Where do I start? I've been missing out - missing out on the greatness that is called Paranormalcy. ToOriginally posted at Read me Bookmark Me Love Me
Where do I start? I've been missing out - missing out on the greatness that is called Paranormalcy. To anyone who has not yet read this, do so now. Don't put it off any longer! Kiersten White is absolutely amazing and you will not regret bumping this up your reading pile. Filled with hilarious lines and fun paranormal-tagging, this book will have you in stitches!
When Evelyn was eight years old, she wandered away from her carers and ended up in the hands of the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Using the gift that only she possesses, she tags and arrests paranormals, as she can look past their glamours to see their true forms. When a boy, who can turn invisible and shape-shift into anyone he wants, breaks into IPCA headquarters, Evie finds herself spellbound by his intelligence, charm and beautiful true form. Together, they test their limitations within IPCA, when Evie discovers that she may not be as free and "above the rest" as she had originally thought.
Paranormalcy is littered with a fantastic cast of characters - ones that will make you laugh, fume, love and hate. Reth is an attractive faerie who has an interesting past with Evie, one she is trying desperately to escape. Faeries are forced to obey named commands (which is why their true names are kept secret apart from a select few) so you'd think Evie could just order him away? Things aren't so easy when faeries find loopholes and twist commands around in their own cheeky way. We never really know where to stand with Reth and his ongoing attack so he's an interesting character throughout. Alisha is Evie's mermaid BFF and it was so sweet to see two such different beings get along so well. Raquel handles all debriefs in IPCA and is Evie's mother figure, strict but completely caring and protective. Then of course, Lend is the gorgeous shape-shifter. If you don't fall in love with his tongue-in-cheek humour immediately, there's something wrong with you.
With a mysterious creature on the loose and killing paranormals, Evie is forced onto an exciting but dangerous mission to find the killer while keeping herself alive. Paranormalcy is a breath of fresh air and you'll quickly find yourself swept up into the whirlwind of winning characters. This book in three words: Original. Hilarious. Fun. That's all from me - I'll let you read this yourself! ...more
Unearthly completely blew me away. I never expected it to be this good. Fantastic plot, characters, toOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Unearthly completely blew me away. I never expected it to be this good. Fantastic plot, characters, tone, writing style…check? YES! So in a nut shell, Unearthly is about part-angel Clara who moves from California to Wyoming in order to fulfil her purpose - something all angels are given. She finds herself having visions about her purpose which involve a boy named Christian and a fire. Christian is an all around perfect boy - the boy every girl wants but can't have, except Clara. As the two become interested in each other, Clara struggles with separating love and lust with her duty. Then there's Tucker who first appears to hate Clara and comes off as being a jerk, but the two are brought together by random circumstance, time and time again, and eventually find something in the other that they never expected. In Clara's words, "He’s good to people, respectful. He doesn’t cuss. He’s kind. Thoughtful. He likes to pick me wildflowers, which I weave into garlands for my hair so I can smell them all day long. He doesn’t make a big deal about me being different." Mark my words, people, this is probably the first time that I am 100% on the fence with who I want Clara to end up with. The two love interests are both great guys who get their fair share of page time. So how are we meant to decide?
The mystery of Clara's purpose is written exceptionally well. I don't see how anyone can guess what her purpose is until towards the very end, right along with Clara. We're given little snippets of visions from time to time, catching us off guard as we never expect them. The plot is intriguing and mystical, and is guaranteed to have you hooked.
Now Clara isn't your typical angel. Apart from her wings and superior abilities, she's just like any other teenage girl with teenage feelings and thoughts, and Cynthia Hand's writing style captures this perfectly. Instead of hating the way it was written, I found myself laughing and saying "That's so true!" Clara has an endless amount of witty and hilarious lines… It'll definitely tickle a laugh out of you.
All of the characters in Unearthly are unique and interesting. From Wendy (best friend and Tucker's sister) to Angela (other best friend) to Jeffrey (Clara's brother) and everyone else in between, I liked them all and felt as if they all brought something useful to the table. They had a purpose and made the novel interesting in their own little way.
But enough of my babbling. Great novel. The end. Rush to the bookstore to pick up your copy now. Maybe scratch out something in your daily planner and mark it as "Unearthly Time". The sequel Hallowed is expected to be published next year. Can't wait!...more
Divergent is most definitely one of my favourite books. I don't think I can sing enough praise for itOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Divergent is most definitely one of my favourite books. I don't think I can sing enough praise for it because it is just pure brilliance. From start to finish, the characters are solid and the plot is perfectly planned and paced. There is never a dull moment which lets the novel fall into the "must read in one sitting" category. Say...you've seen 32945 positive reviews? Rest assured, you'll be feeling the same. The concept of a society separated into coveted virtues is so alluring and intriguing. Living your life in a certain way because you had to? Not telling lies, not allowing yourself to look in the mirror, not fearing death? What. A. Way. To. Live.
The novel begins in Tris' faction, Abnegation, as she prepares for a test which will help her decide her fate. We easily see that she is not able to live her life completely, having to always put others before herself and sparing herself of luxuries. Factions were created to eliminate undesirable qualities but on the contrary, it simply forces people to go too much the other way. Blunt, self-denying, reckless, ignorant and superior - doesn't sound as good, does it? At her chosen faction, Tris is thrown into many exciting situations, ones you'll be begging for more of. Divergent is fast-paced and entirely gripping. The action sequences are written wonderfully and you'll constantly feel a thrill shooting up your spine as you anxiously await more.
Tris is an amazing heroine. Though skinny and weak at first, she becomes resilient and takes things day by day, being mentally strong and taking us on a long emotional journey. I think the character development in this novel was excellent. As Tris fights for what she wants, she matures and becomes a very different person, or rather, discovers who she really was to begin with. The secondary characters are also very enjoyable to get to know as they each have a distinct personality. All of the characters evoked many strong emotions from me, good and bad, going to show how great of an author Roth is.
There's an amazingly good romantic subplot in the novel and that in itself was a mystery! We meet a few male characters early on and for every single one I asked the question, "Is this her love interest?". Unlike many novels where it's obvious who the main character will end up liking, this one comes as a surprise and is not obvious from the very beginning, which I loved! Her love interest turns out to be someone who is complex, intelligent, strong and hot. Where can I get myself one of those?
I felt that this book was similar to The Hunger Games in that it's an action-packed adventure. This book also deals with sacrifices and the idea of doing things you normally wouldn't in order to survive and gain. In saying that, the similarities end there. Divergent is a unique book that will keep you on your toes. Unexpected things happen that will make your jaw drop and heart fracture. You'll be left wide-eyed after the twists. This highly-anticipated novel most definitely lives up to all of the hype and more! Fantastic characterisation and an always exciting plot. What more could you ask for?...more
Wither is a story about control and confinement, set in a futuristic world where, other than North AmeOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Wither is a story about control and confinement, set in a futuristic world where, other than North America, no continents exist as a result of war. The themes in this novel are mature, a stark contrast to the lighter YA I have read recently. In this novel, we are transported to a frightening and eerily realistic world from the very first page when the main character, Rhine, is being kidnapped by strange men in grey coats. From there, Wither takes us on a dark and chilling journey as the captives try to escape their deadly fate.
From the summary, one may think that there is a significant amount of romance. I was surprised when I found that this wasn't the case, though that did not at all lessen Wither's quality. The love story serves as the minor plot line, while the majority of the book follows Rhine's experience as a first wife and her struggles with escaping. She, along with two other girls, are captured and married to a boy named Linden. While he is always kind to Rhine and favours her over the other girls, I don't feel as if his love for Rhine is ever genuine (he seems to fall in and out of love/like/lust constantly) so I wasn't able to fully connect with him. That's ignoring his complete cluelessness, naivety and ability to conjure up my frustration like no other. Gabriel, a servant at the mansion who Rhine becomes close with, is better. I was able to sympathise with him and see that he truly cares for her. Neither boy has a particularly strong romance with her, but the mystery and thriller makes up for it.
Because of this virus, many are trying to find a cure while some are resigned to their fates. Linden's father is one of those looking for a cure, but not with conventional methods. He has no qualms about dissecting bodies and killing to reach his end goal. Housemaster Vaughn is a truly frightening character, as his thoughts and actions are cold, calculating, misleading and deadly. He is the cause of much death and is the main source of fear in the mansion. There is a strong theme throughout the book which is portrayed through his character - some will do anything to get what they want, even if it breaks every single moral code in existence; it's just a means to an end. The explored issues of child trafficking, teen pregnancies and complete exploitation are realistic and very present in our society. I would think that this book will really strike a chord with many readers and open eyes. Although this is not a fun and lighthearted story with a whole lot happening, there isn't ever a sense of boredom. Every scene is captivating, no matter how ordinary and mundane, and will hold your attention until the very end.
A lot of this has to do with the brilliant characters that have been constructed. They are unique and will provoke a multitude of emotions from you as they each serve a different purpose and fill different roles. Rhine is a very strong female character who isn't afraid to defend herself and fight for freedom. Linden is sometimes aggravating but does have a sweet side…in that oblivious sort of way. Gabriel's impossible not to love and he and Rhine share some great scenes. Because of his charm and ability to make her feel free, Rhine quickly becomes attached which is so enjoyable to read! I, like most readers I think, loved the sister wives, Jenna and Cecily. Jenna is nineteen, one year away from death, and assumes the motherly role for the girls, doing everything in her ability to help and protect them. Cecily, on the other hand, has just become a teenager and quickly falls pregnant. She is the perfect stereotype of a naive girl who wants nothing more than to become a woman, eager to receive love and attention. Linden's willingness to oblige her made me dislike him a little too… There are, of course, others characters such as the servants who I loved also!
Lauren DeStefano writes in a style filled with beautiful imagery, so much so that you can't help but get dizzyingly lost in the words. She skilfully weaves her way in and out of scenes where one moment you're admiring the nature, and in the next you're trying hard not to dwell on the insistently disturbing images. Wither is an intense story that will stay with you and leave you wanting more. If the cover didn't make you want to read it already, hopefully this will!...more
It's not often that you come across a book with three strong and distinct narrators. Sweet Venom drawsOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
It's not often that you come across a book with three strong and distinct narrators. Sweet Venom draws readers in with its supernatural creatures and teenage heroines, all completely different from one another. Enjoy reading a novel that feels more like three, and fall deeply in love just as I did! Another brilliant book by Tera Lynn Childs you must get your hands on.
What I loved most about Sweet Venom was the characters. The author skilfully introduces the three sisters individually, building up each character and familiarising readers with them before writing in the next. Gretchen and Grace are the main focus of the novel and develop a strong relationship, making their quest to find their other sister even more gripping and suspenseful. Gretchen Sharpe is an excellent hunter, trained by her guardian ever since she was found as an orphan, while Grace Whitfield is an ambitious student who plans to reinvent herself at her new school, kicking her quiet pushover self out the window. Both girls have admirable qualities and are very likeable! As they introduce readers to their third sister, Greer Morgenthal, their relationship becomes particularly important as Greer isn't like them. Rich and stuck-up, she couldn't care less about anything other than herself. Yes, we have a big problem on our hands! As much as this story is about the supernatural, it is as much about the sisters finding each other. Only after many investigations, accidental run-ins and interventions do we end up with the brilliance that is Sweet Venom and its amazing relationships.
The mythology was fantastic, but no surprise there. Childs always creates stories with great paranormal backdrops. We discover that the girls are descendants of Medusa and it is revealed that they come from an elite lineage of guardians who have an important destiny. After learning about the art of hunting the supernatural, the creatures and even Medusa's life, you'll be enraptured by the wonderful storytelling, which will keep you tethered to this world. You'll never want the book to end! I know I'm itching to continue the series!
Not only is this a paranormal novel, but a romance. While Greer and her oblivious boyfriend Kyle are nothing serious, you'll swoon over Grace and Gretchen's love interests! They're amazing. Gretchen can't seem to shake her admirer, Nick, but Grace and her brother's friend, Milo, are very interested in each other. Milo is a senior football goalie who is charming, sweet and takes the siblings around to see the town. With that smile and kind heart, how can you resist? It's very amusing seeing Grace up her game for Milo. Nice clothes and lip gloss while doing homework at home? Expecting someone, are we? *wink* While Gretchen is too busy for relationships of any sort (including with Grace - oh how fun that hurdle was...), she is undeniably shaken by a boy in her class. Watch as she tries to convince Nick and herself that there's nothing between them and see how sexily persistent he is. Both romances are special, hot and endearing in their own way. Don't fall over yourself!
Watching each girl transform is beautiful. Whether barriers are let down, strength is built or set views are changed, you'll love seeing the developments. They find each other through the strangest circumstances and face scary obstacles head on with the strongest support. A magical tale about three sisters taking on the world you cannot miss!...more
The Name of the Star absolutely blew me away. While very excited to read this, I was slightly worriedOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The Name of the Star absolutely blew me away. While very excited to read this, I was slightly worried about what was in store for me because I could not imagine this murder mystery as a young adult novel. I was shocked and elated to find that this novel was fun, and that if you took out the murders it would still be an amazing story about discovering yourself in a foreign place, making new friends and more! The characters are so realistic and developed really well, and I'm in total awe of how completely I was immersed in the atmosphere. London isn't two-dimensional but rich in history with beautiful sights, and Johnson captures all of this in her writing, making the novel an absolute joy to read.
I've always been a fan of Jack the Ripper. While gruesome, the mystery and thrill of the murders are intriguing and Johnson does a fantastic job of describing everything to readers who may be new to the subject. Whether it be from a knowledgeable student, a first hand account of the murder or a news report, each murder and the legends surrounding the Ripper are explained. What we end up with is a very rich and realistic story, which fully succeeds in creating a frightening and uneasy mood when necessary.
Rory Deveaux is a student from New Orleans who has come to study at a London boarding school. Don't you just love boarding schools? Every single boarding school story, I get excited for. I love how students are able to live together and be independent (but in London, no less!). Rory is a brilliant protagonist. She's straight-forward, very determined, not cowardly and is willing to protect her friends at all costs. Want another bonus? Along with Rory's witty remarks, her Americanisms amongst her native students are hilarious. I'm telling you guys - this is good young adult fiction. Don't be scared!
There are so many characters in The Name of the Star, each with a significant role, and I adored them all. Jazza is Rory's roommate and the two get along very well, with their similar likes, dislikes and habits. Both are close and loyal to the other until the arrival of a late student, Boo, shakes up their world with her secrets. Oh how I loved the mystery in this novel. There are dozens of twists and shocking revelations that will put the story in a new light, each and every time. Scattered throughout the novel are short scenes of outside characters, told in third person point of view. These characters are closely related to the Ripper murders and will usually provide us with a new perspective or piece of information. Basically, they scare us. Who knows what these characters will reveal?
With the shocking discovery on the final page, I am very glad that this is a series. I can't bear to leave these characters or the exciting world which Johnson has created. A very interesting storyline awaits us in the second book! A truly amazing book - be sure to get your hands on it soon!...more
Mercy has taken over the body of a girl named Carmen, who has come to a small town, Paradise, to liveOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Mercy has taken over the body of a girl named Carmen, who has come to a small town, Paradise, to live with Ryan's family. As I read this novel without the summary fresh in my memory (I was internet-less), it was a little difficult for me to connect and immerse myself in Mercy at first, having no idea what I was reading. As I continued, the skilful blend of mystery and romance pulled me in, keeping me on the edge of my seat as the main characters investigated the kidnappings.
There are several plot lines which intertwine in this novel - Carmen's life which is controlled by Mercy, her relationship and adventures with Ryan, and Mercy's own life as a past angel plus her relationship with mysterious Luc. The protagonist herself is confused about what is happening and who she is during most of the book, and this unfortunately had me quite confused as well. Just about every scene with Luc flew over my head, so I have no clue what happened there. I found the story lines about Carmen and Ryan much more enjoyable to read about than Mercy's own, as Mercy's fallen angel plot is not explained or addressed much. I don't think you'd even know that she was an angel without reading the summary first.
Nonetheless, Mercy is a very suspenseful and mysterious book. There are many twists and turns, and the identity of the kidnapper comes as an absolute surprise. You don't find out who it is until the very end so the mystery is present throughout the whole novel. I felt the romantic element of the novel didn't make much sense and was a bit useless. Other than Ryan being pulled out of his shell where finding his sister was the only thing that mattered, Mercy and Ryan's relationship seems to have no purpose. They don't have a reason to like to each other and their relationship isn't explored at all. Hopefully this is expanded more on in the next book, as well as her confusing relationship with Luc, her "eternal beloved".
It is not until the final third of the novel that I started loving it for good. As Mercy gets closer to finding the kidnapper and things begin falling into place, everything suddenly becomes very exciting. We are left with a shocker of a cliffhanger so I will definitely be picking up the next book, Exile, in hopes of an improvement! I look forward to finding out where Mercy will be taken next and what will happen between her, Ryan and Luc....more
Don't you just love it when you immediately know that you'll love a book after reading the first page?Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Don't you just love it when you immediately know that you'll love a book after reading the first page? It's Skye's 17th birthday and she's celebrating it with her friends, as her parents died when she was only young. All is well when suddenly, strange things begin to happen; broken thermostats, exploding boilers, terrifying avalanches…what on earth is going on? Furthermore, two gorgeous transfers are now vying for her attention, both impossibly different to each other. Are they more interested in her or in keeping her away from the other? Caught in a battle between light and dark, Skye has her work cut out for her!
The characters in A Beautiful Dark are amazing. Skye is a perfect narrator, feminine yet powerful, and is able to describe the events of the book with ease. Although we're positioned to favour Asher, a rebel angel, over Devin, a good angel, Skye's able to show us the positives in both. When Sky begins to develop powers, she struggles to control and call them at will. While the Guardians, only able to act upon direct orders given by the Gifted, can heal and control the elements of air and water, the Rebels are able to inflict damage and control the elements of fire and earth. A war between the two races would destroy the earth and its fate lies in the hands of Skye, with her power being unbeatable and destructive to the other side. The question is, which side will she choose?
The mysteries in this novel are written superbly, with all characters having the potential to be the villain. Nothing is revealed until the end, and what transpires will shock you! A Beautiful Dark is filled with suspense and forbidden romance. Jocelyn Davies will keep you guessing and sitting precariously on the fence between good and evil. Is the rebel who loves her just using her for her power? Or is the seemingly good boy simply acting to lure her over to his side?
Promises of otherworldly love triangles are always a hit. Wonderfully executed, A Beautiful Dark will surely please. Without squealing, it's quite impossible for me to articulate just how much I loved this book. If you want flying angels, overnight sleepovers, elemental battles and steamy kisses with soft wings wrapped protectively around you? This is your book. After this cliffhanger, there is no way you can wait for the sequel and stay sane. I'm dying…slowly. Put me out of my misery!...more
If you're looking for a novel which completely changes your opinion of the main character as the storyOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
If you're looking for a novel which completely changes your opinion of the main character as the story progresses, this is the one for you. Overweight, lazy and ugly, Elisa finds herself wedded to King Alejandro, a handsome man who surprisingly does not look at her in disgust. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is about Elisa's journey to become a fierce, strong, fit and brave leader. The character development is executed wonderfully and the exaggerated negative characterisation of Elisa in the beginning only furthers the extreme transformation. On her dedication day as a baby, God's light washed over her and blessed her with a Godstone, a sign that she has been chosen by God to fulfil an important purpose. She must complete her service whether or not she realises she is doing it, even if she disagrees with the path laid out before her and even if she might not survive. Most die before accomplishing anything. It's all she can do to hope for a happy ending.
While the beginning was unique and interesting, it was a little hard to understand, with all of the strange names, locations and history. But soon enough, after the first few chapters, things just began to make sense and here's where the journey starts! Initially, it was very difficult for me to read about such a pathetic protagonist, and Elisa's transformation by the end of the book is absolutely amazing. When she gets kidnapped in the night, she loses weight and learns how to survive on her own. She also manages to lead a group of otherwise hopeless people to safety, with vicious enemies planning to destroy their villages. At times the novel was serious and sad, and at others it was lighthearted, fun and exciting. Elisa's adventures are fascinating and oh so interesting to read about! She's a genius!
One of the people who kidnapped Elisa was Humberto, a boy her age with the skills of someone much older. He sees Elisa for the strong person she is from the very beginning and falls in love with her, despite her marriage to King Alejandro. Carson positions us to favour this relationship, as it is healthy and full of honesty, rather than the passionless and false relationship between the King and Queen. Alejandro has a mistress - can you believe it? He isn't keen to tell others about his secret marriage either...tut tut. I must say, though, his son Rosario is the most adorable thing! You'll definitely fall in love with him.
The conclusion of The Girl of Fire and Thorns is perfect. Everything just falls into place and feels right - peaceful. I cannot wait for the sequel to see what Queen Elisa will do next! Now that she's come into herself and her powers, I'm sure she has many great adventures ahead of her....more
Recovering from the fire that had her choosing between the boy she was supposed to save and the boy shOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Recovering from the fire that had her choosing between the boy she was supposed to save and the boy she couldn't let die, Clara begins to discover that many things aren't as they seem. While she's plagued with visions of a death, Clara's world is turned upside down when the people around her reveal their shocking secrets. She learns about her true background, what exactly is going on with the two men in her life, what her secretive brother has been hiding and things about the angel world she would've never thought. Enjoy the ride as we once again fall into this mesmerising world of love and angels created by the talented Cynthia Hand.
After the exceptional book that was Unearthly, I was a little worried that Hallowed wouldn't live up to expectations. Fret no more because this sequel goes above and beyond to sate our thirst for more! I loved all of the characters in the first book so I was delighted to find that they were all developed so well! Burning questions we had about them are answered (especially those relating to her parents!) and the unveiling of many secrets are startling as they change the way we perceive everything. We've been in the dark for so long and we're finally getting some answers! I could go into more detail but discovering these things are half the fun ;) I have to bow down to Hand for the way she handles these big reveals. Rather than being sudden and out of the blue, we realise that clues have been left and foundations have been set up from the very beginning. Everything feels right and like they should just be, no matter how surprising or devastating.
The love triangle gets even stronger, can you believe? After a few particular secrets are revealed, Clara and Christian find that they have many things in common. It's like the heavens are pushing them to be together! *crickets chirp* Yes, it's true. I enjoyed seeing Clara's internal struggle so much. She's devoted to her loving boyfriend, Tucker, but all forces seem to be directing her towards Christian. From their visions and angel similarities to their telepathic link, you'll begin to wonder if the two are destined for each other after all. Both love interests have their moments during this book. With playful flirting, serious talks and hot encounters from both sides…it's an interesting read, let me tell you! All of that tension will explode one day! If you were strictly on a Team in the first book, you'll find that Hand slowly but surely develops them both into solid love interests with equally irresistible traits. Take that and make your way to The Fence!
I am very excited to read the third book of this series. After the discoveries I can't stop mentioning, many pathways will appear. This story can go in any direction and I can't wait to see where the author takes it! She puts a terrific spin on angel mythology while creating a stunning world of vulnerability, danger and inner-strength. With a cliffhanger that'll leave you screaming, get buckled in for a novel filled with mystery and addictive romance! Is it 2013 yet...? *spirals into a depression*...more
Unfortunately the first book of the Angel trilogy did not live up to my expectations. From the summaryOriginally posted on Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Unfortunately the first book of the Angel trilogy did not live up to my expectations. From the summary, you'd expect lots of action and dark romance. Is that what we got? Not really. After Willow looks into the future of popular girl Beth Hartley, she sets off a chain of events that catapults her into a new life filled with running and angels. In the novel, angels aren't sweet and humane like angels typically are. Instead, they feed off human energy until the person goes insane, becoming weak or ill with disease. When people experience angel burn, the person doesn't realise what is happening and continues to believe that angels are beautiful creatures. Alex, an assassin trained to kill angels from a young age, is able to see these angels for what they really are and devotes his life to killing them. When Alex is sent an order to kill Willow, he begins questioning what he does and who is running Project Angel.
I really liked the two main characters but they weren't developed enough in my opinion. By the end of the novel, I didn't feel as if I knew them any better than I did in the beginning. Separately, they're two very unique and interesting people but together as a couple, there were no sparks! My big issue with this novel was the romance. Their reluctant fascination with each other was interesting at first but then it turned into a massive cheesefest. For absolutely no reason other than physical beauty, the two become obsessed with each other. There was a constant thought train of "Oh she's beautiful!", "Oh I can't stop staring at her!", "Oh I love her!", "Oh I can't be without her!". It was very difficult to read and this is coming from a romance lover. Completely out of nowhere, Willow says "I was in love with him". There was absolutely no build up which frustrated me to no end! It was simply random and totally unexpected. In fact, it wasn't until after the "I love you"s were said that any emotional connection was present between the two! If the declarations of love and cheesy thoughts had come at the end after they'd actually begun liking each other, I would've liked this novel much more.
Angel Burn constantly switches between first person point of view with Willow and third person point of view with everyone else. This was a little jarring and confusing at first but I guess it just emphasises that Willow is the central character although other stories are being told. I wish the novel was written with more mature language. Though it is young adult, I don't see why the romance had to be dumbed down so much. While the first half of the novel was somewhat painful and tiring to read, things got better in the second half when things began coming together.
Though I enjoyed this new spin on angels, I do not think Angel Burn was executed as well as it could've been. I really loved the idea of two teenagers going on the road and fighting bad guys but things seemed to just happen suddenly and without reason. Angel Burn had lots of potential but in the end, the author didn't take advantage of the characters and plot well enough. I'm not sure whether I'll be continuing on with this series so we'll have to wait and see. Who else has read this? What did you think? ...more
When high school isn't filled with cat fights, secret romances and illegal dealings behind the gym, EvOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
When high school isn't filled with cat fights, secret romances and illegal dealings behind the gym, Evie finds herself bored with the utter normalcy of her life. She yearns for the feeling of importance she felt when working for the IPCA and soon begins going on missions again, behind the backs of those she cares about. Relationships and friendships are tested and Supernaturally is one suspenseful scene after another. But of course, this wouldn't be a book by Kiersten White without some serious moments of comic relief.
We are introduced to a new character named Jack, a boy who has grown up with the faeries and has the uncanny ability to create faerie doors. Jack might be my favourite character yet! His humour rivals that of Evie and I'm sure he'd give her a run for her money in a comedy-face-off. In Supernaturally, things are very different to how they were in the previous book. The budding romance between Evie and Lend is halted when Lend goes off to attend college, leaving Evie behind at high school. Reth is a maybe-not-so-evil faerie, the evil killer from Paranormalcy might be not-so-evil and her parents are maybe not-so-non-existent. Crazy revelations about many are made and it was fantastic to see the way these grew and changed.
My favourite part of Supernaturally was the way everything unfolded and developed. We're never 100% sure of anything and are given a new mystery to ponder very often. Great pacing, as always, lends itself to a never-boring read. The plot increases in complexity, opening doors from the past and for the future, and grips us in its clutches. Your heart will be forever thudding, waiting to see if Lend and Evie's relationship will persevere. Will her secrets and the countless misunderstandings ruin everything? Will things eventually work out? Guess you'll have to see for yourself!
If you enjoyed Paranormalcy, this book will not disappoint and will leave you dying for Endlessly. If you're new to this series, now is a great time to start! Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, Supernaturally is another magnificent novel by Kiersten White. ...more
Carrier of the Mark is simply amazing. It's been a long time since I've read a novel with explosive roOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Carrier of the Mark is simply amazing. It's been a long time since I've read a novel with explosive romance, brilliant mythology, a whole cast of fantastic supporting characters and nail-biting suspense. I could shout praises all day long! Alas, I must control myself...... Megan Rosenberg and her father move every year, but something about Ireland just feels right, like maybe it's where they're meant to stay for good. On the first day of school, Megan is inexplicably attracted to Adam DeRís, despite the warnings from her friends to stay away. The Derís family have a reputation for being stuck up and caught up in the world of witchcraft... True? False? You're in for a nice surprise!
Adam and Meg…all I can say is WOW. Their love is intense, consuming, earth-shattering and meant-to-be. Fireworks are exploding everywhere here! Yes, they're drawn to each other immediately. Yes, they fall in love as they prepare for a huge paranormal battle. No, it is not like Twilight! Fallon is a magnificent writer and fully immerses her readers in the realistic world she's created. The romance is forever, but not cheesy or overdone. I dove in head-first and devoured every little "I love you" like it was water and I was dying of thirst. Throughout the book, my heart threatened to jump out of my chest because the romance isn't on a constant high, but is met with barriers and devastating revelations - not just between Adam and Meg, but their friends and family too! Even if you're not a romance fan…there are plenty of other things to love about this novel.
Usually when you have two amazing lead characters everyone else blends into the background, but you will love Adam's family, Meg's friends (and their cute boyfriends) and Meg's father. It's not everyday that you see a young adult character with a great relationship with her dad! What they have is sweet and trusting and will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside in no time! All of the characters will plaster a smile across your face with their humour and friendliness - oh, these Irish folks are so lovely!
So many things are revealed and turned onto their heads in Carrier of the Mark, which is why I haven't gone into the plot. It's all part of the mysterious allure! It's exciting and unique, and you'll have a lot of fun exploring…"things". The beautiful scenery of Ireland plus the magical element of this story is so engaging and will quickly have you falling in love! It doesn't get much better than this. I guess I should stop fangirling now and just let you read the book. Do it now, before I send evil villains after you! ...more
I hold a lot of love in my heart for this book. It's everything I expected and more! It's the night beOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I hold a lot of love in my heart for this book. It's everything I expected and more! It's the night before Eve's high school graduation, the day before she will deliver her valedictorian speech and finally cross the bridge to the building in which she will learn her trade, before finally being able to live and work in the wonderful Sand City. Or so she thought. After Eve's shocking discovery about what's in store for her and the other girls at her school, she is forced to flee. Escaping into the wild, Eve must make her way to Camp Califia if she's ever to survive. What will she find on the way? Friends? Enemies? Love? A great novel by Anna Carey!
Her entire life, Eve has been conditioned to fear men. They're dangerous, lying manipulators who only want to use women for their own benefits. But everything she's ever known about them changes after she is saved by a boy name Caleb, who she gets to know as a person, and he shows her the extent of her brainwashing. I found their relationship to be beautifully fresh and innocent. With Eve's cute naivety, you'll quickly come to adore this couple as much as I did. Along for the ride is Arden, a rebel from her school who's also chosen to run away. She and Eve form the most unexpected friendship, being there for each other and really caring about the other's welfare! So sweet!
The government is corrupt. Children are working and people are reaping the benefits in Sand City without even thinking about where their luxurious houses and possessions are coming from. Even darker things lurk beneath the surface and the absolute unjustness will shock you. After being rescued, terrible circumstances befall our heroine and all hope seems to be washed down the drain. Your heart will pound in fear and suspense, never knowing when the end of the line will come. This novel really did make me cry, caused by unexpected deaths, heartfelt moments between characters and sad sacrifices alike. Eve dragged me along on the back of a pickup truck, taking me on a bumpy ride to the extremes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream and shout - get ready!
I was shocked by the ending. I really was. I couldn't believe my eyes nor stop the tears from bursting out. The ultimate sacrifice is made and you'll think back to the beginning, seeing things in a new light and being severely affected by the revelation that's made. Get the popcorn to eat, the strong hand to crush and the box of tissues to cry in. I'm desperate for the sequel. It needs to come soon!...more
Epic Fail is such a fun novel, one that will lift your spirits and give you the pick-me-up you're lookOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Epic Fail is such a fun novel, one that will lift your spirits and give you the pick-me-up you're looking for! While it's light, humorous and very entertaining, the author manages to slip in a few serious and emotional scenes too. You'll speed through this book very quickly, being sucked into the engaging Pride and Prejudice-like story. Derek Edwards keeps himself at an arm's length away from everyone, always assuming the worst in people. It's not hard to understand, since his parents are the most famous celebrity couple in the world. Slowly, Elisa proves herself to be a true friend, not after his popularity or money, and we have ourselves a lovely beginning to a friendship, folks! Gee, I wonder where this will lead……
Elise is a fantastic character. She manages to keep her head straight, be responsible and fun in the chaos she calls her family. She and her three completely different sisters transfer to Coral Tree Prep, a fancy school where - wait for it - her father is a maths teacher and her mother is the new strict principal. Could high school get any worse? At times I felt like strangling every single one of her family members but thankfully, Elise's humour is endless. Her sarcasm and lighthearted wit is refreshing and will put a smile on your face for sure!
Now…the boys. Oh what a dilemma Elisa has gotten herself into. At first, she only has to deal with a hardened Derek, but then Webster Grant steps onto the scene! He's your typical nice guy, but Derek seems dead set on hating him. Of course, we think Derek's overreacting but maybe his accusations have merit… You won't have any idea about what the true story is until the end! Yes, even this fun romance has a mystery! I really did love both guys and the story the two share… *gasp* Unexpected!
The ending is lovely. It couldn't possibly end without a happily ever after but it's really all about the journey! Loved the plot and loved the characters - more please! I'm really looking forward to reading whatever Claire's got in store for us next. I'm quite sad that Epic Fail is a stand-alone! I could definitely spend some more time with this fun and dynamic cast of characters....more
A Need So Beautiful was absolutely amazing. I devoured it in under 3 hours before begging for the sequOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
A Need So Beautiful was absolutely amazing. I devoured it in under 3 hours before begging for the sequel. Charlotte is your typical high school student. She's got a cool best friend, a slightly crazy family and a doting boyfriend. But...did I mention that she's constantly forced to unfamiliar places, forced to help unfamiliar people? If she ignores the Need, Charlotte feels intense physical pain but with every helped stranger, her body continues to wear away. How long before she is gone completely? The Need is calling her more and more often, which means that her time is running out.
The strong point of this novel is the characters. I enjoyed exploring every relationship and watching the effects Charlotte's dilemma had on each. Sarah is the yin to Charlotte's yang and they've been friends since they were kids. Sarah is gorgeous, yet she has a difficult time finding the perfect boy who meets all of her standards. Logan and Charlotte have been in a long-term relationship for a while now and are very comfortable as friends and as lovers. What I loved was that they were in a sweet and strong relationship. This is the first book I've read where the main character is already in a relationship and stays in it. The development was fantastic and just as good as a newly blossoming love.
Charlotte is adopted by a woman named Mercy, who has also adopted other kids. She has no recollection of her parents, or any of her previous life, really. When her skin begins to wear and fall off, revealing a golden interior, Charlotte is frightened and doesn't know who she can turn to. There's a mysterious woman, claiming to know how to save her life, and an old friend, who she has trusted dearly for many years. When they begin pulling her in two different directions, Charlotte finds herself needing to make a decision between life or death. For spoilers sake, I can't say more, but it will all blow your mind. I promise.
A Need So Beautiful ends on a shocking cliffhanger, after we just learn an unexpected and vital piece of information. Must we wait another full year for more? This novel was an exciting start to what will be a brilliant series. I look forward to learning more about Charlotte and seeing how she overcomes the obstacles which will be thrown her way! If it's in your TBR pile, grab it now. If you don't own it, buy it. Shoo!...more
Insurgent continues directly from where we left off in Divergent, so if you didn't have the time to re-read the first book, I highly recommend you read the very detailed recap Roth posted on her blog. Erudite is looking to start a war with Abnegation and are using mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers to do so. Tris' parents die in order to save her life and we just keep hearing that it's all part of the bigger picture. What secrets are worth dying for and how many more lives will be forfeited to the cause? Tris and Four are Divergent, and together must navigate the precarious politics of their world before all is lost forever. Who can they trust and what are they really fighting for? Oh the mysteries….
The story of Divergent was almost a cakewalk compared to Insurgent. Tris has left behind her days of training and proving herself worthy of Dauntless, and is now on the outside where she has no instructors or factions to protect her. She's mostly on her own, facing the cruel reality of life, and has only Four by her side to keep her sane. So what happens when that effortless connection becomes strained and ridden with uncertainly? Insurgent left fractures in my chest with the amount of emotional turmoil and speed bumps the two experienced. Despite what we saw and loved in the previous book, Tris and Four don't have a completely solid relationship yet and this has a large effect on what takes place in the story. Both make terrible decisions, which spiral into even bigger mistakes that leave consequences far greater than they could imagine. Roth toys with Four and Tris constantly, throwing them into steamy make outs one moment and enraged arguments the next. Yes, it's not easy on the heart but it does make the book that much more realistic and meaningful!
Although Divergent will always be my favourite child, I loved the storyline of this book. We get to explore all of the factions through the characters' travels for answers and there's loads of excitement from sneak enemy attacks, unexpected alliances and dangerous risks. To even attempt to explain this book would be insane! Roth covers a lot of ground and many things will have changed by the time you reach the final page. We uncover lost family members, traitors and secret information, while we delve that much deeper into the groups of factionless and mind-control serums. So much is revealed to us and it's a little bit mind-blowing. You want to take a breather to digest it all but you know you can't pull yourself away from the pages! This is something Roth never has a problem with and I'm certain everyone is now waiting for book 3 with bated breath. She sure knows how to end a book!
While this is an emotional and tense read, Roth makes sure to incorporate enough humour and romance to keep our spirits from crumbling. If you're a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed with Insurgent because it's everything you love and more. Reading a book of Roth's means you'll get brilliant characters and story lines guaranteed. Hope is born and hope is lost; entire lives are changed in a split second. But somehow Tris and Four always remain standing, just as strong and fierce as they were at the start, if not more. Despite their trust issues, they are one of my favourite YA couples and surely you know why. They had me holding my breath in absolute dread for a good portion of the novel because of their willingness to do anything for the other. Dangerous when villains happy to exploit this are lurking around, yes? The final chapter of Insurgent will rock your world so be prepared to be left awestruck. Veronica, will you marry me?...more
Elise Landon doesn't recognise the blue-eyed blond she sees in the mirror. Of course, this is all justOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Elise Landon doesn't recognise the blue-eyed blond she sees in the mirror. Of course, this is all just a dream...until she finds an angel figurine under her pillow, one that we know belongs to Charlotte Cassidy. From A Need So Beautiful, we're familiar with Young's world in regards to the Forgotten, Shadows and Seers but A Want So Wicked still manages to be full of suspense, as we're eagerly waiting for Elise to find all of the pieces of the puzzle. Although this novel was darker and delved deeper into the characters and plot, I still found myself preferring the first. It had something extra special but A Want So Wicked is truly no less addictive.
Elise's family is a real highlight of this novel. Although they're worlds away from each other in terms of personality, they're a tight knit unit and full of love - her father's "little tribe", as he calls it. Lucy is Elise's older rebel sister who is constantly getting into all sorts of unknown trouble, sometimes with Elise's help. Her dad is a protective pastor who reinforces an 11pm curfew, but can talk boys with his girls and is all around very hip. He's level-headed and a great supporter of his daughters, but also shows his vulnerable side when he questions himself as a single dad after losing his wife to cancer ten years ago. I cherished all of the father-daughter moments. They were perfectly sweet and balanced out the dark supernatural elements of the novel wonderfully.
Elise is an easily likeable character. She's the good girl who had lots of friends in school and is kind to everyone, especially so now with her Need kicking in. Not only does she feel compelled to help strangers after seeing their lives play out like a movie in her mind, she sees memories of her past life as Charlotte and visions of Onika's life. Her discovery of her destiny was even better than Charlotte's, but only because it was two-tiered. She's (unknowingly) learning things for the second time and things are a lot more complicated and mysterious this time around. She must also race against the clock as Shadows begin chasing after her Light.
Now, her two love interests, Abe and Harlin… What can I say? Everyone fell in love with Harlin in A Need So Beautiful, the man who was so devoted and in love with our beautiful Charlotte but had to let her go for the greater good. Initially, he was heartbroken and vulnerable, still damaged from his loss 9 months prior. In this second book, he's drawn to Elise (no surprise there!) but fights his feelings because he's still in love with Charlotte. He swore that he would find her again, but what he doesn't know is that he already has. His relationship with Elise was exciting and reminiscent of the effortless ease he shared with Charlotte, and once again, he'll make you giggle, swoon and fall in love ALL OVER AGAIN. Their flirty banter with her shy innocence was just perfect. Abe, on the other hand… *SMACK* While he was gorgeous and charming to begin with, you just knew he'd be bad news later on... He showed glimpses of his dark side quite often, something Elise only picks up subconsciously, but we were forced to wait for the big reveal… Torture, I tell you!
I really enjoyed the ending of this novel. It kept us tense and waiting until the very end, some things expected and others not. It wrapped up this series in a very satisfying way, although it was open-ended and definitely allowed room for another book, which I would be happy to receive! We follow a little bit of everyone's story in A Want So Wicked and everyone gets their conclusion, no matter how open, so I'm left feeling happy yet sad that it's all over. This was a great series by Young, and I'm looking forward to more from her in the future! ...more
Amidst sweet romances and chilling scares, my first experience reading an anthology was wonderful. WitOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Amidst sweet romances and chilling scares, my first experience reading an anthology was wonderful. With some of the most well-known and popular young adult authors contributing to Enthralled, readers of all types will find something they like in this exciting collection of short stories.
I don't usually read short stories because they either lack depth or aren't long enough to satisfy my thirst. When I come across a good story, I want to grab onto the characters and never let the story end! Thankfully, the stories in Enthralled are completely satisfying. I fell in love multiple times but was pleased with how each ended. There aren't any horrible cliffhangers, only threads left for readers to continue the story in their minds or for authors to continue writing with in the future.
Some of my favourites were Red Run by Kami Garcia (a love story about a girl set on revenge and a misunderstood highway ghost), Let's Get This Undead Show On The Road by Sarah Rees Brennan (a hilarious story about a boy band with a vampire guitarist) and Gargouille (a sad but touching and hopeful love story) by Mary E. Pearson. I enjoyed many of the stories but these three stood out for different reasons. This anthology is excellent for introducing people to authors they've never read from before. I was only familiar with a small handful prior to reading this but now knowing all of their writing styles, I can be confident in reading their original series!
With a new story thrown at you so constantly, your interest will be piqued until the very end. What will you be reading about next? Without individual blurbs, each story comes as a surprise and is like Christmas sixteen times over! Whether you're hit with great story after great story, or finding yourself combing the anthology for "the one", you'll experience a variety of flavours that'll tickle your taste buds. Definitely something to pick up if you are a fan of the paranormal!...more