It was a pretty boring day at work and l was in the mood for a light romantic read. After seaOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★★★ 1/2
It was a pretty boring day at work and l was in the mood for a light romantic read. After searching through my devices and TBR pile for a good pick, Ready for You immediately caught my attention. Never did it occur to me that this choice was very dangerous – dangerously good I mean.
Ready for You is a straight up romance story centered on two broken hearted person. This is a story about ex lovers and how they lost each other but had a second chance. The most amazing thing in Ready For You is not the concept because its not very original. How many movie and stories had this plot cemented through the years? Numerous authors and scriptwriters delved deep and brought us great hits as well as humiliating flops. Ready For You, for me, is one great hit – a complement that I do not easily give especially to romance novels. TBH, I was anticipating a disappointment in Ready For You (that is always the case for me with romance – less expectation, less disappointment) however it wasn’t the case. Ready for you was amazingly good and addictive that I’ve lost a day at work finishing this baby. :P and the best thing, I had no regrets.
As I said, Ready For You is not a creative master piece. It is not unique or fresh but what made Ready For You stand out is how the author wrote a very emotionally packed story that made me shed a tear or two. It was very raw. The dialogues did not came out as scripted. The dialogue were natural and intense. I felt all the angst, love, regrets as well as lust that Mia and Garrett had for each other. All the emotions are solid and heartbreaking but beautiful as well.
Mia and Garrett’s chemistry is electric and dangerous. There’s so much book couple around who became a success because they make the perfect pair and for me Mia and Garrett is one of those. Usually dual POV stories will have weaker chapters due to its characters, however it was not the case in this story. Both characters carried their chapters very well and the story was very fluid. Mia can come off as irritating at times with the her “pity me” attitude but as I came to know her, I realized that what she felt was warranted. It takes time to warm up to her but there’s nothing to hate. I sympathized with Mia’s pain and I admire her strength through her journey. Garrett on the other hand was definitely boy candy. A character worthy of all the swoons and fantasy. I think the only factor that influenced my decision to make this a 5 star review is the fact that Garrett came out as too good to be true. Granted that he loved Mia so much that he can forgive her of anything, but I think he let Mia off the hook too easily given the circumstances of their issues. It wasn’t just about Mia leaving, it was so much more (you need to read the book!!!). I wanted more from Garrett – emotion that matches the gravety of what happened.
Oooohhh I almost forgot, this book is suitable for mature readers (yep – bold and underlined). Emphasis on the mature because it has a lot of steamy and dangerous love making scenes that will make you break a sweat. Not to be considered erotica as it was tastefully done – just not suitable for readers who are uncomfortable with mature content. Watch out for the first time these two had sex. Boy oh boy!!!
I could not emphasize enough how much I enjoyed Ready For You. As I said, I lost a days worth of work because I finished this bad boy and it was all worth it. The fact that I couldn’t focused on work because I wanted to finish this badly gives you an idea of how good this is so you don’t need me to convince you further. This is the third in the series but can be read as stand alone. Haven’t read the first two but plan on doing it as soon as and hoping that its as good as this one....more
Sophie is an addict. It’s been nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long Sophie has been free from drugs. But as Mina died, Sophie finds herself in a situation she didn’t once imagined. Her best friend is dead and everybody thinks its her fault. Sophie’s distraught of what happened to Mina eventually took a toll on Sophie’s mentality. No, she is not crazy but the questions around Mina’s murder eventually plagued Sophie beyond help. It has consumed her life especially when everybody blames her of what happened to her best friend. The killer is still out there and Sophie is the only person who has the determination to find the truth.
Far From You blew my mind of how insanely good it was. I love a good old fashion mystery but Sharpe made it more interesting. It’s no longer just a murder mystery but a story that digs deeper than just finding out who the killer is. Far From You gave me an explosive murder mystery, solid and well written story, highly developed and interesting characters plus a arc that is not one dimensional.
The story is narrated by Sophie with before flashbacks taking readers through the series of events. The flashbacks will also help readers understand and know the characters that completes the story. Sophie is the driving force in Far From You and I admire her courage and strength especially considering the trouble that she’s facing. In spite of the madness and difficulties, Sophie’s drive was what pushed her through the end and it was all worth it.
Sophie’s loyalty and love for Mina was one highlight for me and one that I loved in the story. It was raw and delicate – and though it wasn’t too obvious, you can see it here and there.
Mine is wrapped up in Mina, magnified by her, defined by her, existing because of her.
It added depth to the story and the relationship of the characters strengthen through that. I do not want to give out spoilers but I’ll say this – it was not only a story about murder, it is also a story about love and friendship.
She’s the first thing I think of when I wake up, the last thing I think of when I go to sleep, and the only thing I think about in between.
The twist in the plot was not what I expected. I loved that this story kept me in my toes but those twist were like the cherry on top. The twists for me wasn’t written to sensationalize or sizzle the story because when you read it – it actually fits. The added elements worked overall and it was perfect. You’ll have that light bulb moment and understand Sophie better. It wasn’t predictable but it wasn’t an easy puzzle either.
I think the biggest factor why Far From You is a sensation is Tess Sharpe. Her skills in storytelling really brought it for readers. The moment you start reading, you are sucked into the story like glue. Sharpe wrote a love story that is both beautiful and sad. She did not only write a mystery that kept reader on their toes but also an explosive romance that fired through the pages. Sophie and Sharpe has touched my heart and I hope that it will do the same to you....more
Say What You Will is a story about two dysfunctional teens trying to make the most of what thOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★★★ 1/2
Say What You Will is a story about two dysfunctional teens trying to make the most of what they have. Amy, the girl with cerebral palsy, needs to be helped with everything everyday. Unable to walk or talk, Amy’s life seems to be shitty but Amy finds no reason of slowing down. Amy is her own island – she thinks differently and has enough will to succeed. Amy thinks she’s one of the most fortunate teens in school. On the other hand we have Matthew who has OCD and its making his life a mess. Complicated as it is, Matthew knows he has a problem but needs that extra nudge to do something about it. His issues is slowly making his life harder and harder. Then he met Amy. Two teens with complicated life’s became unexpected friends – what’s there to stop them now?
The moment I saw Say What You Will, I immediately knew I needed to read it. When Diane of Oops! I Read A Book Again told me she had a copy, I didn’t think twice when she offered it. It was one of those stories that was right up my alley – plus its highly marketed as a mixed of TFiOS and Eleanor & Park, two books I loved so what’s not to like? A no brainer. :)
This book is about friendship that slowly blossomed into something more. The way that Amy and Matthew helped each other with their issues was amazing and inspiring to say the least. Amy is such an honest girl, she’ll make you think twice on how you think about yourself. She knows her limitations but her view of it is refreshing. She isn’t bitter or mopey – she is a very funny and strong character. Her strength is very inspiring and the main reason why I enjoyed Say What You Will. It is easy to fall in love with Amy’s character. I have to say that it wasn’t the same with Matthew. I do love him but Matthew needs a little warming up to. He’s smart and quick on his feet but unlike Amy, Matthew is controlled by his condition. I am not judging him, but I just wish he had the same fight as Amy had given the circumstance. But I think Matthew is written that way with a purpose. I have to be honest though, I had a little issue at times with how Amy pushed Matthew. It just felt selfish and unfair of her to expect so much of Matthew immediately. Though they had different issues and circumstance, both burden are the same. They both had to struggle and for Amy to push and push was a bit disappointing. In the end, it did not matter though. It shows the great contrast between characters. Amy and Matthew both impacted each other greatly. Their journey from being friends to beyond was slow and sweet but epic. It was not hard to love these two and I have to admit that their dynamics was unique and interesting in every way.
A great factor why Say What You Will worked for me is how raw and honest it was written. It is not a sob story or a novel written for pity. It is about empowerment and finding strength in the most unfortunate situation. A message that despite your issues, those should not be the reason to stop you. The only factor that stops you from achieving anything is yourself. I love the sincerity of the story and how uniquely it is portrayed. I love how the characters had flaws. I enjoy seeing the growth in Amy and Matthew through their issues. It was a story that tugged my heart and made me smile.
Say What You Will is a winner. From the author who wrote a story so inspiring and amazing, to the message that is well heard and resounding, and to the characters who are simply memorable. Kudos!...more
Big Fat Disaster was one of those requested book that I was really interested and excited in reOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING ★★ 1/2
Big Fat Disaster was one of those requested book that I was really interested and excited in reading but ended up being disappointed for various reasons. It was not a complete let down per se and I did finish the book but overall different things affected my feelings towards loving this book completely. I started reading this book early February and it took me this long to finish this book.
Lets start with Colby. We all know that Colby is overweight and we know for a fact that she is different from her sisters being bigger like her dad but it came to a point that I was not comfortable with the situation anymore and kept asking why Colby did not do anything about it. I do not blame Colby in any way as I understand how she came to this point but the abuse she experienced was just too much. We can see immediately Colbys struggle towards her weight and how her family treats her badly because of this. The difficulty that Colby endures is no fun to read and it makes me cringe every time I read the stuff that comes out of her mother and sisters mouth. I wished that Colby found her voice sooner, it would have made a difference.
The other characters of the book were very irritating. I did not like any of them and they did not do any good to the story in any way. They maybe part of the story but there was nothing memorable or phenomenal about them. The adults got away with all the harshness and stupidity, Ryan who supposed to be sympathetic to Colby just gave her sh*t (and what happened to him afterwards was unnecessary drama in my opinion), and Colby’s family was a big disaster on their own and I hated every single one of them. I did not find any resolution nor answers to the issues that happened in the story.
Next would be the other stuff that makes up this book. This is not only about Colby’s weight issue but a mix of everything that you can think off: rape, emotional abuse, adultery, suicide, etc etc. I would have appreciated it if the author focused on her main topic and built the story around it. I see where the author was going with this but it was really difficulty focusing on Colby because of the those. I felt that it wasn’t executed as smoothly as the author planned but it does add volume to the story – more like a bad daytime drama.
I wanted Big Fat Disaster to become a story of empowerment and strength. A story wherein a girl found her voice and courage to stand for her own and fight her issues with head held up high. A story about rediscovery of self worth and the ability to be proud of oneself regardless the issue and the situation. But I ended up reading a book with a messy story, mediocre characters and a message that was not voiced out properly to convey its strong message. The negativity in this book weigh down all the potential it had. It makes me sad to rate books like this as I am rating now but it is what it is....more
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read a Harbison book (Here Lies Bridget) before when I started blogging and it was fantastic. When I saw this for a tour I was on the fence if I wanted to join because when it comes to YA, we all know that it’s always a hit and miss. I had warning signs from the very start (knowing what the story will be abut) but I persisted because I wanted to see how it was. Well I have finished the book and Anything to Have You has been an experience I couldn’t quite explain. It was a roller coaster ride and a ride I do not want to repeat. It was not a bad book per se, its just that the book was all over the place which I’ll explain in a bit.
The story is told in a dual narration between Natalie and Brooke. Teenage best friends who has been friends since they’ve met. Each girl is very different – Brooke is very outgoing, loud and has an in your face attitude while Natalie is the laid back and girl next door type. While Natalie enjoys a night with hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn to enjoy her current flick, Brooke is the party animal who adores the limelight. Brooke loves the crowd while Natalie loves her privacy. Both girls are so different yet they understood each other – a friendship that they both cherish and respect. Everything changes in a night. A night that Natalie will forever remember.
The first few pages was smooth sailing. We get to meet Brooke and Natalie in their everyday lives. I was enjoying reading how these two girls operate in their own environment. With that said though, I disliked these girls and how the story went on from the frickin’ party that started this whole roller coaster ride. My initial disappointment was with Brooke and how she is portrayed in Natalie’s POV. She is insensitive, insecure, a huge attention seeker and a bigger narcissistic brat. I hate how she treated her boyfriend Aiden in spite being a great guy and I hated the fact that she kept on justifying her actions thinking that her actions are OK. Hated her more when it came to her part. Being inside her head was torture. I could not even give her a little sympathy and thought that she is a ticking time bomb and it’s all her fault. Surprise! Surprise! Oh the drama, seriously. Then we have Natalie. I thought Natalie was to root for but the moment she acted like a flirt like Brooke, I immediately was turn offed. When she flirted with Aiden, that was the oh-Oh moment and I knew instantly how this will all turn out. Aiden was no exemption either. My god! How can one let a girl think throughout differently thinking that it would work out for everyone in the end is something so stupid it hurts. He does sound such a great guy though which sucks given what happened to both parties.
The twist was very predictable and I somehow wanted to DNF this halfway but thought otherwise. The story is bad in the first half, worse in the middle and a complete let down in the end. While the author tried to make a happy ending in the last few chapters, it just did not work. The story was irreparable. I was beyond the point of caring to even concentrate on the ending. I was just happy to finish the ride. If Anything to Have You was delivered differently with a more substantial story line then maybe it could work....more
OMG! OMG! OMG! Let me compose myself for a little bit. This book (series rather) has blown my mind and the mOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
OMG! OMG! OMG! Let me compose myself for a little bit. This book (series rather) has blown my mind and the minute I finished reading it, I wanted to re-read it all over again just so I can relive the experience. I am left with a mix of emotions that I can't sort out right now. I warn you, I will praise this book because it deserves it and more! I was fully entertained with the characters and their hilarious dialogues, enjoyed an adventure that I was not expecting and was left with a eagerness and craving like an addict in withdrawal. Tellulah had me high with so much awesomeness and I knew I needed the last book, My Life From Hell, that instant. Ohhhh the wait! But enough gushing, let's list down the major points of how insanely good My Date From Hell is.
WHY MY DATE FROM HELL ROCKED:
First and foremost reason why My Date From Hell and the series as a whole is fantastic is because of how well the characters are written. I love characters that has spunk and can kick ass. I love character who stands out. Not only is there Sophie and Kai, the driving force of this adventure, but even the secondary characters rocked. That does not happen often. I love Theo and Hannah even before but the additional of Festos is really the cherry on top. These guys were pure entertainment. Sophie + Theo + Hannah = will make you laugh 'til your tummy ache, Sophie + Kai = makes your insides tingly and your heart race, Theo + Festos = all the mush and gush in a good way, and put them all together = AHSKSOGERFSLBDGNPGERG!!!! No words. Seriously, no words.
Story. If you have started the series from the first book, My Ex From Hell, you already know that Sophie/Persephone is in deep trouble as both Zeus and Hades team up to kill our star. Both head huncho does not want our dear hero to remember everything as Persephone thus the never ending torment and danger in Sophie's life. Now in My Date From Hell, the story picked up right were the first book ended and progressed as we uncover the secrets to finding the truth about Sophie's life as Persephone. She does not remember and the journey of uncovering those is wicked. We are given answers to questions that we were eager to ask. And so much more.
Ending/Twist. OMG! I have to state that there were no cliffhangers so all of you who hates that can simmer down. Immersed as I was with the trilogy, I did not expect and imagined that twist in the end. I love were the story is heading and I can't wait to finally read how this story will end. HA!
Pacing. So let e give you an idea. I started reading this book immediately after I finished work. I was planning to read a couple of chapters but ended up finishing it. This bad boy did not let me sleep a wink. I stayed up all night and worked right after - feeling energized and giddy. It was like me whenever I had 2 cups of coffee in 3 hours. It was all worth it!
Sophie + Kai.OMG! OMG! OMG! Oh all the feels! Anybody who reads my review know that I am not a fan of romantic stories especially in YA. YA books tends to make romance the selling point regardless the connection of it to the plot. I hate that fact. I want a romance in its purest form. A romance that feels right. It needs chemistry, it needs the right partnership between the peeps involved. It needs to feel normal without sounding script-y. You know what I mean. Sophie and Kai may not be the most romantic and would not be my number one choice if asked the question BUT their relationship is one that I enjoyed the most. It was mushy in the right places, the chemistry between these two is insane and both characters complemented each other.
Tellulah Darling. The series will not be a hit without the ability of this fantastic writer. After reading the first book, I immediately knew that this series will rock but Tellulah exceeded all my expectations and more with My Date From Hell. I knew that I would enjoy it but I was not expecting this much. As I said earlier, I immediately wanted to re-read the series all over again and grab a copy of My Life From Hell right there and then. But I am kind of afraid for the final book as Tellulah needs to really write an explosive ending. High expectations and all that. Anyway, thank you Tellulah from writing such an entertaining read that became one of my favorites for 2014.
WHY MY DATE FROM HELL SUCKED:
Yup that's right! there is not a single thing to hate about this book unless you hate mythology, anything teen related, or you just don't like to laugh. -.- or to wait.
Let's wrap this up. BEWARE of My Date From Hell. It causes serious troubles to those who has read it. So far I have experienced uncontrollable laughter from remembering Sophie's antics. Stomach aches from forgetting to eat because I can't stop reading. Lack of sleep for eagerness to finish the book. Euphoria and tingling sensation from the feels of Sophie and Kai (and the other one, well three - hopefully). And a major hungover. I can't seem to pickup and read any book after reading My Date From Hell. Geeez! I may somewhere in this review sounded insane but seriously, if you can't see how much I loved this book then I don' know how to explain it anymore. Not only are you getting a well thought and written story with characters that rocked but you'll also enjoy endless entertainment that you will remember day, months and even years from now. This is one of those books that you'll want to read because it is that good!...more
Amery has been in a government controlled program since birth. Why? Well she is special and she is an alien.Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Amery has been in a government controlled program since birth. Why? Well she is special and she is an alien. She knows the important and there is no exception. She has to play by the rules and Amery is repeatedly reminded of the importance of the project and her cooperation. Everything gets complicated when Lola is kidnapped by a group of people who wants to stop the program. To Amery, it's not about following the rules anymore, she has to do whatever it takes to save Lola and continue with the program that her people is depending on.
Unite is a very intriguing read. While I have not read a lot of books concerning aliens, I was excited to pick this up. Honestly, Unite has a few major issues that causes major gaps for the readers and may cause a few facepalms but there are a number of factors that does redeem the story. May not come at par but close enough. Entertaining as it may, if the story was polished (focusing on the plot itself and the development) then this would b a phenomenal read.
What I loved:
Plot. Aliens + female lead (who is also an alien) + action. That is an instant wow for me especially since I haven't read a lot of books about aliens. I am very eager to read these types of books out of curiosity. The idea of an alien integration in out planet was really the hook for me. I wanted to see how the author would do that and make it work.
It was a fast read. Though Unite lacked the back story that I wanted, it did not hinder how fast I turned each page. The writing was awesome and delivery of each scene was swift. Half of the book was a slow intro between the characters and the story but the later part of the book was all action. Not the kind of action that has full pow but enough to make it interesting.
Lola and Lochie. I love Lola. She seems like an awesome sidekick and a kickass bestie. She's described as emo but she's freakin' sweet and laid back. Lochie on the other hand sounds like a great guy. I love how he interacts with Avery but still has that mysterious effect to him.
Curiosity. I may have listed major issues below about Unite, but I still want to see what happens next. I want to read how Campbell continues the story. I am eager to read more about Amery, the project and the danger that awaits them. Its the reader in me that wants to check if the book gets better with its sequel.
There were holes in the story. Granted that this is the first book in the series, I had more questions than resolution by the end of the book. I would have expected a solid intro to the series given that we are dealing with a whole new race in the mix but nope, we only get to met Amery and know she's an alien somewhere. A little more info about the planet, the project, etc would have been appreciated.
In relation to the holes, there were parts that are unrealistic and off. One example is how did Lochie and Amery escaped from a well organized group without a scratch. It was a major huh moment. Sometimes I felt like I skipped a paragraph or something. I won't dig deeper as to avoid major spoilers but as I said, after finishing the book I had more questions than answers.
Romance. I just do not approve of how the author introduced the readers to this twist. The revelation from Lochie was unexpected and when Amery somehow realizes that she felt the same way, I was just not feeling it. There was too much "I hate that guy" for me to believe that she has feelings for him. It was an out of the blue realization. I felt like it was a twist added thinking it'll make a difference or impact to the reader. Well it did to me and not in a good way. I just felt like the author included a romance thinking that the readers would invest or like the series more which I totally disagree. Give us a solid story with likable characters - more than enough reason to continue reading.
As I said, if the author focused on the development of the story and its characters this would be a phenomenal and unstoppable read. It showed great potential and I am indeed curious as to what will happen in the next book but those major issues really bugs me. Hoping that by the next book, I'll be able to understand Amery more and have a better grasp about her background but for now, i'd say this is a so - so read....more
There’s no doubt that in the near future, social media will consume our lives more than it is affecting us nOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
There’s no doubt that in the near future, social media will consume our lives more than it is affecting us now. The amount of time that people dedicate in updating their accounts is crazy – whether it be Facebook Twitter, Instagram or whatever. I myself am guilty of this habit because it is indeed addicting. Every activity, every destination, every thought is being “broadcast” with every click. And there is no limit as to what you can learn through the web in every search. Imagine being able to have that resource in a single chip implanted to a person. A chip that has the ability to connect one to a vast network of users – a hive of information readily available to dispense in whatever way possible.
Glaze explores the idea of using social media to help a society be connected to maintain a peaceful life. The idea is to provide a sense of security from being part of a family that is interconnected throughout the system. Information tailored to your liking and readily available whenever you need it. Being connected to everybody anywhere. There is a catch though – Glaze does not allow anybody younger than 16 and criminals. And that is the ultimate dilemma of our young heroine Petri. Petri Quinn is not on Glaze despite being the daughter of the Creative Director of Glaze and with her latest altercation with the law, it seems like Petri will forever be an outsider. Petri wanted to be part of Glaze so badly that she’ll do whatever it takes, regardless the consequence just to be chipped. Now Petri is chipped but it seems like Glaze is not what she thought it was. What will she do?
The idea of Glaze is not far fetched, and I personally do see the possibility in the future which to be honest is both a good and bad thing. To have information and data at a blink of the eyes is tempting but imagine the danger of this potential for one person having all that information for disposal. You can never be safe – privacy will no longer exist. Exposed and powerless. This is what Curran wanted to portray in the story. Regardless of how sweet the idea is there will always be a bigger drawback that will affect everybody gravely.
This is my first Curran book so I am not familiar with her other works but I have to say that I enjoyed Glaze immensely. Sci-fi is not very appealing to me or dystopian so I had second thoughts but all those disappeared the moment I was sucked into the story. I particularly love Curran’s take on social media and how the story rang very true most of the time. Curran has an ability to develop a story that does not only have substance but also characters that are well rounded and interesting. The world of Glaze is very intriguing and though the story did end up quicker than expected, it was a story done very well that it makes up of all the issues that one may think off. Glaze is an ultimate page turner – a story that I not only enjoy but highly recommend....more
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focusedoriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★ 1/2
Witches and magic are always a fascination to me. Haven’t read or owned a lot of books focused on witches but it definitely is one of those reads that will satisfy my bookish feelings. I love anything magical so I was too excited to find copy of this book in my local bookstore. :)
Half Bad is the first in the series and I don’t know how I feel about it. It was not horrible but it wasn’t great either. Maybe I had such high expectations seeing that a lot of readers enjoyed this one but to be honest it was really dry and needed more work.
The book started very confusing – I think that was the main issue. I read through it blind – all I knew was that our lead character Nathan is a half witch and there’s a lot of focus on him because his dad is a famous black witch and the fact that he will eventually be a main part in the story in the trilogy. That’s it. There’s more question that resolution. No solid information to the readers which makes it harder to really connect with the characters or the story.
We sort through pages of Nathans life, narrated by him, – mostly torture – with no real development at all. The first part is actually good. The part where we read about his torturous life in the cage and through his childhood was really captivating but then came the half part of the book and it came downhill from there. I patiently waited but it came to a point that I wanted to stop out of boredom because the pacing of the story was reallllly slow. And I am a patient reader. I wanted magic, I wanted action, I wanted development but all I got was a sad narrative of Nathan’s journey of search and survival. Ooooh there’s a love interest as well which for me was a hindrance. There was no chemistry nor did I like Annalise. She was dull and clueless as a board. Her character in the book is forgettable and I wished so bad that the author wouldn’t invest the time developing this. Focus on the magic!!!
I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to love it so bad but nothing was appealing to me which is really disappointing. It is not a horrible book, it was just too slow and under developed for my taste. Nevertheless, I’ll still pick up the next book. Still have hope, this is the first book after all....more
Ariane is out! Finally, Ariane has escaped GTX facility with the help of her dad and Zane. They are on the rOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Ariane is out! Finally, Ariane has escaped GTX facility with the help of her dad and Zane. They are on the run and Ariane needs to consider everything and everyone if she really wants to have her freedom. She is now taking all the risk for a chance to be completely free and she is not alone to do so. Little did Ariane know, the other parties involve in the integration experiment has plans of their own and they would do anything just to succeed. With new knowledge at hand, what will Ariane do? Will she run or will she fight?
The Hunt picks up right where The Rules left off. As I expected, the second installment in the series is as explosive as the first book. Story continues with Ariane after her escape from the facility she’s been all her life and the problems are just getting started. Once outside, Ariane is faced with more problems than solution and she needs all the facts if she plans to survive. Together with Zane, she meets with Mara (who apparently is Zane’s mom) and discovers some secrets of Dr. Laughlin of Laughlin Integrated Enterprises. With a plan thought out, Ariane will try to outsmart the bad guys and hopefully have the freedom she deserves.
The story does develop and I love the idea Kade did with The Hunt. It was a total game changer and every scene is packed with so much awesomeness it was hard to put this book down. It was pow after pow so expect that once you reach that peak in the story, it would not stop until you reach the last page. For a reader who does not favor stories with aliens, I really enjoy this series more than I expected. Like the previous book, the dual POV in The Hunt is actually something that you’ll appreciate because we all know that its had to connect with Ariane. She is still confused and naive at some point. She is a little bit insecure and fragile here and there so the balance of Zane’s POV did help because he is positive and a very strong character. I love how the readers can distinguish the human from the part human because that’s what the story is really about. It remains true to its intent and Kade did a very amazing job achieving that. Though there is romance, there is very little. It was an awwww moment to see how Ariane and Zane slowly falls for each other – not mushy, not rushed. The romance is not unnoticeable but the story does not depend on the romantic plot between the main characters. Another yey for me!
So overall, The Hunt is an amazing sequel. I enjoyed every bit of the story with gusto. Kade did a fantastic job and it will be hard to top The Hunt so good luck on the next installment. I do hope it wows us as much as the first two books. The ending of The Hunt is very promising and definitely made me super excited for the next installment. From reading the latter part of the book, the readers should look forward to what will happen to both Ariane and Zane. I know I am....more
First of all, let me thank Dianne from Oops! I Read a Book Again for giving me the heads up once this baby aOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
First of all, let me thank Dianne from Oops! I Read a Book Again for giving me the heads up once this baby appeared in Netgalley. I immediately texted her when I finished reading My Date From Hell and gushed all over that conversation. Haha! She sent me a message a soon as My Life From Hell was up for requests so thank you D for reminding me – much love to you dear.
I will not to humiliate myself with too much fangirling over the series – I will try, but no promises. As I said from my review of My Date From Hell, this trilogy is a complete packages oozing with so much awesomeness unlike any other. It is not a tearjerker that will change your life, nor will it give you clarify and peace. It is also not a breakthrough story that you have not read before. My Life From Hell, and the series as a whole, is a YA read about a about Sophie and her adventures after finding out that she is Persephone but without the confidence, power or her memories. Imagine everything goddess and bottle that inside a teenager – that can only mean disaster. It is a YA with mythology centered plots so expect too much emotion, ego and power trip, drama and romantic plots to it but done right.
I super love Sophie in My Life From Hell because if you thought that she was badass in the first two books, then you’ll surely appreciate her in the final book. She is pushed beyond her limits – physically, emotionally and mentally – yet her determination and strength only became stronger than ever. She is glorious and definitely showed everyone what she is capable off. I saw Sophie’s vulnerability here – and the moment she overcame those fears was epic and she kicked ass while doing it. If you think that Kai was swoon worthy before – then you have not read My Life From Hell yet. Though Kai loved Persephone before and it is evident in the story, he is definitely inlove with Sophie. Two different things. Though Sophie may not trust it – the readers do and we have been rooting for Kai ever since that kiss. I don’t believe that he was attracted to Sophie because she is Persephone – Sophie is a different league on her own. And as I have been saying over and over again – the chemistry between these two is insane. The main characters rocks (obviously) but what I enjoyed also in the series is how Tellulah incorporated everybody in the story and no one was left out. Everyone was connected and I thank Tellulah for creating an intricate stories that does not only revolve around the main characters – I cannot imagine the series without Hannah, Theo, Fee and even the Zeus and the other baddies. The trilogy was never one dimensional. It had a lot of twist and turns and I enjoyed everything. Everyone grew on me and I love every single one of them regardless their involvement.
What more can I say? I think I covered everything in my previous review. Questions are answered with clarity. We have resolution and revelation and I was not expecting a trilogy with so much depth. As the character grew, the story developed deeper than one anticipate. The ending was perfect – and as sad as the thought that the series came to its end, I love the fact that Tellulah will leave the readers with the satisfaction that they deserve. She has not only earned a spot in my bookshelf, Tellulah has earned my respect as a reader and earned the recognition she deserves as a writer. My Life From Hell is the final installment of the trilogy and I have to say that Tellulah Darling outdid herself in writing a fantastic ending to a wondrous trilogy that was quite enjoyable and addicting....more
Looking For Alaska is one of those stories that I will always hold close to my heart. Though it isn’t a bookOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Looking For Alaska is one of those stories that I will always hold close to my heart. Though it isn’t a book that made the greatest impact in my life, it is a book worthy of all the praise and award it earned. Looking for Alaska is beautiful in its simplicity and the experience reading it will always be memorable in the most unexpected way. So why did I chose Looking For Alaska? One (and the most obvious), I have a copy. Hehe. Two, people are raving about it so I am curious about the hype. Three, some people said that this is better than TFIOS and I have to agree.
Looking For Alaska is about a teenage boy named Miles – a friendless nerd who has a strange fascination with people’s last words. In the attempt of searching for his great perhaps, Miles decided to attend the boarding school that his old man went too. It is a big adventure for a boy with zero social circle but Miles wanted to widen his horizon and seek what needs to be found. But along with gaining a few friends, Miles also gained something that most people strive to achieve – experience, knowledge and understand. Culver Creek Boarding School is where Miles discovered things that he would never usually pursue and it changes him forever. As it is said that after, nothing is ever the same.
Characters – though Miles is our main character, he was a bit dry at the start. He was a social outcast and he loved it that way but he had an urge in him to seek and explore. The transformation that Pudge made in the book was great. I love his maturity and his depth. There were times that Miles irritated me but a lot of times I enjoyed reading the weirdness in this boy.
Then we have Alaska, the intellectual and eclectic chick who made Pudge’s school life interesting.
Don’t you know who you love, Pudge? You love the girl who makes you laugh and shows you porn and drinks wine with you. You don’t love the crazy, sullen bitch.
Alaska is an island on her own. She is very moody and a mouthful but very pretty and smart at the same time. Alaska is not my favorite character but she impacted the book greatly and all the people around her – which makes her very memorable. We will always have that one friend who we love and hate but makes the biggest impact in our life, correct? That’s Alaska in this book.
I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.
Takumi and Lara on the other hand did not make that much difference as a turning point in the story but their presence will never be forgotten. Lastly, is Chip or who is often referred as the Colonel. The main drive of the group, Chip is a funny character. A short guy with the biggest attitude, Chip definitely has more in him that meets the eye. Chip for me is the opposite of Alaska, minus the boobs. Weird as it is, these 5 kids complemented each other. They were the perfect balance of smart and mischief.
Narration & Pacing – the story is narrated by Miles. While some find Looking For Alaska boring, it was a different case for me. Pudge took his time and I loved that. Helped me adjust and enjoy the scenes and dialogues of the group more than expected. The decision to separate the story in two parts – before and after – really helped eased my emotions. The blow and heartbreak of the “after” was unexpected yet it made sense.
Story & Message – Looking For Alaska is a book that I believe every teenager needs to read. It is a coming of age story about friendship, love, relationships and even sex. It is every teenagers journey growing up and Green did not shy away from writing a story that stayed true to what is real. Looking For Alaska will make you feel an assortment of emotions yet after the very last page, you’ll have that smile knowing that the story is as remarkable as it is said to be. Though the story had more hilarity that seriousness, the message is well conveyed in the end. Green wrote a story that explore all the greatness of being a teenager but also did not hesitate in including the nasty bits of this stage.
“We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”
I know so may last words. But I will never know hers.
There’s a number of reviews already written and my review will not make the biggest impact and does not do this book any justice, so I think that is all that I have to say. Again, this is a book worthy of all the praise and I am happy that I have read it. This is my second John Green book and I am looking forward to reading his other works as well....more
I have been sitting on this review for a month now. I have read and finished Heartbeat in undeOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating ★★★ 1/2
I have been sitting on this review for a month now. I have read and finished Heartbeat in under a week upon approval but I have no idea on where to start or how to sum up my feelings of it. Heartbeat is a very raw and intense story – it is a strong in-your-face novel which I love however it had too much negativity centered around the main character that I ended up so torn and brokenhearted afterwards. It took me awhile to recover and it was difficult to focus on another book after.
Emma is a teenager who is consumed by grief. She has lost her mother all of a sudden but her mom is kept alive because there is a baby inside of her. This leaves Emma grief stricken and hateful towards her stepfather. She is so wrapped up in her depression and hatred that she blames her mothers circumstance on his stepfather leaving the relationship stressful and arduous. Every page becomes a burden and every encounter will make you cringe. Emma becomes emotionally detached to everything and everyone who is important to her and through that journey – it will become hard for readers to sympathize with the main character.
Heartbeat is not only a story of loss but it is also a love story. Caleb is actually an interesting character. Caleb understands how it feels to lose someone. He knows how hard it is to move on and how ones grief will consume you. I liked Caleb. He was the only factor that helped me continue with the story and Caleb somehow managed to lighten the heaviness I felt with Emma. The only issue I have with the romance is the fact that it was developed too late – I was exposed to such heaviness and depression from Emma that it (romance) did not pull me from that black hole. The strain of reading Emma’s POV was so overwhelming there was no way to recover from that. I have to agree with one reviewer that if Heartbeat was written in both Emma and Caleb’s POV it would have been better. It would have balanced the story line better. The romance was OK – something that the character needed but I was not too crazy about it.
Heartbeat is not an awful book – it actually explored grief in a very detailed and effective way – so effective it left me with such unexpected heaviness. Heartbeat is written well, there was no fluff or unnecessary filler to make this story “catchy”. It was a straight cut story about a teenager who lost her mother and how she is dealing with her grief. I have no issue with how Scott wrote the story line – I love the rawness and realness of it however I think my issue is with how Emma was written with so much hatred it was hard to connect and sympathize with her.
I know how everyone is torn about this book but my only advice is to read it. That is the only way to know how you’ll feel about Heartbeat. I myself love this story and how it really touched and affected me but I also hated the fact that I was so ticked off by Emma. I hated her from start to the very last page and she will forever be etched in my mind forever.
“I see what grief does, how it strips you bare, shows you all the things you don’t want to know. That loss doesn’t end, that there isn’t a moment where you are done, when you can neatly put it away and move on.”...more
Katie McGarry has done it again. Over and over, McGarry has never failed to deliver a story as awesome and bOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Katie McGarry has done it again. Over and over, McGarry has never failed to deliver a story as awesome and bittersweet as her previous books. Every time I pick up a McGarry book, I prepare myself for the flooding of emotions yet I always under estimate how the stories impacts me while reading them.
Crash into You is the third in the series and it is as good as the first two. What I love about these books is how realistic and natural the story is and how raw the characters can be. Crash into You is Isaiah’s POV – the much awaited story of the handsome and talented kid. Isaiah is one of the favorite that everybody has been eager to read. To be honest, I don’t have any vivid memories of Isaiah from the former books so I can’t sympathize and relate like others BUT Isaiah is such a great character who I came to love throughout the story and I was really rooting for him to get that happy ending he deserves.
Isaiah is a foster kid who bounced from one foster home to another. He has piercings, tattoos, and street cred yet he strives to be better. Crash Into You will show you the side of Isaiah that will melt your heart and any girls for that matter. Not only is he handsome and smart, he has that maturity and quality of a boy that you’ll be proud to introduce to your parents in spite the badass appearance he fronts. Rachel on the other hand is a girl who grew up privileged. She has 4 brothers who are over protective, parents who spoils and loves her and a very “sheltered” lifestyle. The only sad thing about Rachel’s life is being out shined by her dead sister Colleen and how everyone treats her like she’s going to break any second. Isaiah and Rachel met through a drag racing gone bad and the two eventually found themselves in a situation they could not maneuver around.
There are a few things that I love about MacGarry’s books. McGarry writes awesome unconventional love stories with depth and WOW factor. Not a lot of author can do that effectively, but McGarry did that thrice already – that’s something. This can be a double edge sword as the forth installment needs to ready outdo the first three but I think McGarry has that covered. Next, I enjoy a good love story. I hate mushy and stereotypes with too fairy tale like flow. But in Crash Into You the chemistry between Isaiah and Rachel is instantaneous yet it wasn’t instalove. Their romance slowly bloomed with time and experience not like other YA stories out there. Another was the characters. Like McGarry’s other characters, Isaiah and Rachel balanced each other without appearing “scripted” making the bond between them work. Both characters has issues that countered the other, yet in the end they both complemented each other without making the story mushy, over dramatic, or unbelievable.
Next thing is I love is how McGarry has the ability to write her characters with a world of their own. Three books down and though her characters maybe intertwined, they still have distinction to differentiate from character to character and book to book. If you are following the series, don’t worry as you’ll see glimpses of past characters in these stories. What I do though is that I read these stories as they are without carrying left over emotions from prior books, that way I can give the characters a chance to step in the light on their own without bias. :) If this is your first time reading, do not worry as these books can easily be read stand alone but I highly suggest reading Pushing The Limits first and go on from there.
In addition to that and most importantly is how compelling and addictive the pull of these stories are to readers. I always fail to keep a straight face when I start reading, and Crash Into You was not a exception either. I always cried weep at each page turn and most of the time end up with that heaviness in my chest. Crash Into You, and the first two books included, gave me mixed emotions yet contentment whenever I finish them.
Crash Into You is a recommended read. McGarry has proven to me that she is not only a phenomenal storyteller but a gifted author who delivers beyond someone’s expectation. Her stories are well crafted, engaging and powerful in its simplicity and she knows how to pull readers until the very end of the book. Her series may not be suited for every reader but anybody who desires to read a well crafted book with grounded characters needs to have her work on the shelf. The praise of her and her stories are spot on and I could not wait for more....more
I had The Great Gatsby sitting in my shelf for quite sometime now and to be honest the only time I had theOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I had The Great Gatsby sitting in my shelf for quite sometime now and to be honest the only time I had the urge to read the book was when I finished watching the 2013 adaptation with Mr. Di Caprio. You see, this is my second classical read and as I always said – I’ve been always afraid to get into these books for some reason. I’ve been dreading each time picking up any classic but I always end up with that unexpected joy of actually finishing it afterwards. Anyhoo, just finished the book a few moments ago and I have to say. WOW!
The Great Gatsby was narrated not by the core character Mr. Gatsby but by Nick Carraway. A curious man who got sucked into the intricate illusion that Gatsby created, Carraway was a unique and effective voice that gave us an intimate and inside look of Mr. Gatsby. Carraway not only adored Gatsby, he also saw what other people did not see – Gatsby was no more than a person delusional in a dream that once was but lost.
The pursuit of Gatsby with the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, was both sweet and tragic. It was madness to a point but with a love like what Gatsby has, I could not see no other way but what has been narrated. The idea indeed made my heart jump but everyone will eventually see the naivety and desperateness of Gatsby in the attempt to pursue his dreams. It was the idea and hope that catches the sympathy of readers but it was as good as any dream. Buchanan was a high reach before James Gatz became the famous Gatsby, and it was a high reach now because Daisy will forever be that girl he once lost. Carraway was correct, the past could not be repeated no matter how hard you push for it.
Other characters in the book also played great roles no matter how minor they maybe. One in particular is Tom Buchanan who in the present is Daisy’s husband. A guy who is self absorbed and narcissistic plus I hated his guts. He was very arrogant and self centered – but have to say that he and Daisy complemented each other to the dot for some reason. Daisy was the typical trophy wife but in the Jazz Era – that’s the best description I can think of her. More glitter and spaz, less sense and maturity. She was very shallow at times, very materialistic at most and opportunist. All she could think about was beauty and security – and that’s the only reason she entertained Gatsby – because she thought that he could offer more than what Tom could possible give until she realized it was all a grand facade of what really is.
What I love about the book, in addition to the characters, was the how Fitzgerald write the story. It had a sense of mystery, though first and foremost a love story, The Great Gatsby was more than what it appeared like the infamous Mr. Gatsby. It was very intoxicating and I have to admit that I got sucked in like Carraway was. Take note, I did not read this book in a sitting. It was in a span of a week and every time I got back to where I stopped it was like a switch was turned on and I was in West Egg once again sipping champagne in one of Gatsby’s party. The turn of events was very fast yet it did not skip a beat and in spite how sad the ending was, it all makes sense and had the clarity that gave a resolution to its readers.
I know I may never give this review justice but for a well known book and a highly adapted film, I have to say that this is definitely an experience worth remembering!
NOTE: also did a movie review (2013 adaptation), click link above...more
First of all, let me tell you that I haven’t read the first book in the series and I think thaOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
RATING: ★★ 1/2
First of all, let me tell you that I haven’t read the first book in the series and I think that was not a smart decision. Honestly, I love suspense and any story with a killer angle. I love the anticipation and the mystery behind the characters and the back story of it all. That is the main reason why I requested Wake to Darkness and was excited on reading it but somehow I was unexpectedly disappointed and that is sad because I wanted to love this story. Maybe if I read Sleep With the Lights On I’ll be singing a different song but I got to work with what I have.
Reading Wake to Darkness started rough for me mainly due to the change in voice of the narration. I could not adapt to it and the change between characters were really confusing. Made it harder for me to focus and enjoy the story. The switch was not smooth and the inner dialogues of Rachel was somewhat irritating at times. This was my main issue throughout the book. I am up for dual/multiple voices but in Wake to Darkness, it just did not work well for me at all. I think another issues was the fact I was not well connected with the characters, again back to the fact I haven’t read the first book, so I was not that invested with the characters or their relationship. Rachel and Mason seems like a great couple but I was not feeling the tension that’s supposedly there. Not really a big issues since the mystery was what I was looking into the story in the first place but worth the mention.
With that said, Wake to Darkness has a really good plot and it really captured my attention. I was reading ’til wee hours ready to find out who is behind everything. I love the angle that Payne is focusing on though I don’t know how she’ll work the same angle in the next book, but for Wake to Darkness it worked like a charm. The mystery behind what is happening was a good hook and the the big reveal was not who I was anticipating. I was scratching my head asking why did I not thought of that. Character wise, they were OK. Again, due to not reading book one so I was not as connected as some readers were. I am basing the facts on first impression. Rachel was fun, quick on her feet and capable as a lead but I needed a stronger character. She went a great ordeal with Mason on book one (according to reviews) but she was mellow here. Strong and capable yet there was something missing. Mason seemed flat to me. That’s the only thing I can think about this dude. In terms of delivery and pacing, for me, it was bearable. If you can get pass the shift in voices early on, then reading Wake to Darkness is going to be a easy.
If you have not read Wake to Darkness, read book one so you would not end up like me. Shows great potential but it wasn’t calling to me the way I expected. Had high hopes but part of the issue was really me so I highly suggest to give this book a try – you might have a different opinion....more
Eve Hallows is back with an all new adventure! I’ve been an instant fan of The Nightmare Series since Book oOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Eve Hallows is back with an all new adventure! I’ve been an instant fan of The Nightmare Series since Book one, Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks. Three books down and author Robert Gray still amazes me with each book. He has a talent for delivering creepy yet entertaining reads that both young and the not so can enjoy.
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers picks right up from where book two ended. Gray didn’t hesitate with the action as we encounter Eve yet again in a sticky situation. Together with her friends, Eve goes on another adventure in finding the remaining books that apparently is in the middle of chaos that is about to happen not only of the human world but also of Gravesville. Both world depend on Eve to save them but is Eve up for the job? Not only is she with characters that we know since book one, but she also meets new friends and allies along the way especially the elusive and mysterious Sedrick Creach.
What I love most about the series is the amount of fun I get whenever I read Eve and her adventures. The characters in the series are well developed and continues to develop with each book. Although Eve is very reluctant on her abilities with regards to the situation, she did not hesitant to dive in the action when necessary. I love Eve’s snarky and sarcastic attitude, especially for a human who grew up in a world full of monsters. She is just a funny character especially when she is with her family. In Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers, she is accompanied by her misfit friends who always makes me laugh with their decisions and adventures. In addition to the characters is the world building that is incredibly creative and imaginative. I love reading the detailed description on Gravesville and to be able to imagine these monsters that lurk in the streets. Lastly, pacing on these books are the bomb! You’ll read on and on without realizing that you are nearly finish – there are no dull moment or whatsoever.
Friends, if you haven’t read any books in The Nightmare Series this is the perfect moment to do so. If you are not a fan of MG reads, I can guarantee that these books are worth it. Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers is absolutely and 100% horrible (and by that I mean, AWESOME)!...more
I can’t quite find the right words or emotions to write a review well enough for Crave. Crave was truly veryOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I can’t quite find the right words or emotions to write a review well enough for Crave. Crave was truly very confusing and disappointing. I have read a lot of books that I know from the very start would disappoint the reader in me and Crave was one of those but I hoped that somewhere between the pages of Crave, there was a redeeming factor to this book – which mind you is the first in the series – but there wasn’t.
Anyway, so Crave is a paranormal romance centered between two focal characters: Savannah Colbert and Tristan Coleman. Two teenagers set to disrupt both worlds they live in but somehow cannot grasp the severity of the events happening. Savannah is a dhampir, part witch and part vampire. A rarity which made her a force to recon with. She is the “social outcast” of the story that lived a boring and uneventful life – that is before the change happened. Then we have the Tristan who is the star player, handsome stud and one of the untouchable Colemans who is set to lead the “Clann” after his dad. I have to say that these two are great examples of what not to write for characters – they are flat, unappealing, and very cliche to the T. I could not feel that attraction that the author was so focused on imposing. The characters alone was so dull and putting them together did not help either. The book is literally centered around Savannah and Tristan and their relationship. Snooze!
Crave is romance heavy so my excitement right away was depleted. I needed action and a lot of kickass-ing. The story had a witch angle, a vampire angle, Romeo – Juliet star crossed lovers angle yet the author did not do anything to make these elements work. I was anticipating Savannah’s reaction and how her life will finally change after she realizes what she really is but even with that, the author did nothing to pull and redeem the story. She had bigger boobs, gaze that can induce anybody to be stalker-ish and an urge to dance. Hmmmm. She can’t even dance a tune before the change then now thinks that dance is her life, how did that happen? And being half vampire but no bloodlust? Again, how did that happen? This book is full of ‘convenience’ that is just irritating. I needed a good world building wherein things are left to my imagination but all I got was pages of filler and details that the story did not need. I was expecting a story centered around witches and vampire and maybe the start of an epic battle but only got cheesiness and mush. I was waiting for a sizzling romance with characters that make my insides tingle but found none. I was waiting for more paranormal but got romance. I needed a book that is not solely written for that (romance) purpose. Hmmmmmmm I can go on but you get the picture.
I don’t have any issues with the author per se, this is my first book of hers so I was really expecting something. My issue is with how the book disappointed me as a reader where I felt that it wasted my time and energy reading it. Disappointing is not even close and hate is to much of a word to use. I just needed substance, emotion worthy characters and a fresh plot not a story that hit all my checklist to a example-of-a-YA-book-not-to-read. This just makes me sad....more
Hunted was an instant request for me because I love thriller/mystery book regardless if I read the synopsisOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Hunted was an instant request for me because I love thriller/mystery book regardless if I read the synopsis or not. There are just something special about finding who did it or why and rooting for the heroine throughout the story. It’s the chase that grabs my attention and although this genre is overpopulated already, there are tons of authors that still make this genre enjoyable and engaging so I was super excited.
Evelyn Bane, FBI’s rockstar profile, is on a hunt for The Bakersville Burier who chose to terrorize his victims and half-buries them deep in the woods once he is done. Evelyn knew this killer would not be easy to catch. Risks are at stake and not everyone thinks of Evelyn highly for this case but its up to Evelyn to catch this nasty psychopath and stop the spread of terror. Such dramatics huh? Well basically there’s a killer and Evelyn is the person who has the skill and drive to catch him. Just wanted a more dramatic narration of the plot. Could not help it given the genre we’re reviewing. :)
Moving on, Hunted was a hit and miss for me. There were points that I did enjoy and kept me reading through the wee hours but there were certain parts of the book that just didn’t cut it. I’m going to list down all the point, bullet style starting with the misses.
- Hunted had repetitive details and phrases that were unnecessarily because the first it was mentioned was enough. Like Evelyn being an agent in BAU means she has a lot of enemies. This was repeated numerous times and I just thought it was unnecessary to continually state that fact. Evelyn has many enemies – we know! - Infodumps. Hunted had a lot of those. I appreciate details being explained especially if readers were unfamiliar with the terminology but sometimes, leave those to the readers to figure it out. - Evelyn. Our hero is very antisocial and stiff. She is uptight and very tough. I understand she has been through a lot and she is very uber dedicated but leads need to connect to its readers, Evelyn did not. Evelyn wasn’t rubbing me the right way so I was not sympathizing with her in the story.
With that being said, Hunted had parts that were really intriguing which I enjoyed.
- Evelyn’s drive was very addictive. Where Evelyn lacked the hold to readers with her charm and wit, she showed that she can handle her own. Her attitude at times borderlines between courageous and being hardheaded, she still persisted and became victorious. She also added to the mysterious vibe of the story because her past was only touched here and there. Hopefully readers would see more of Evelyn’s past in the next book(s). - Hunted is a fast read. I admire the swiftness of the story regardless the info dumping and the slowness to like Evelyn. Once you get the grove, Hunted becomes a swift read. - Kyle. I want more of Kyle. I have to admire, this dude really made me smile. He is very charming, sweet and persistent. I love how Heifer didn’t think that the romance was crucial but still wrote a bit to make the story more interesting. Kyle for me balanced Evelyn’s dull character and hopefully these two work out in the longer run. - Ending was great. There was no cliffhanger or any unresolved issue. It was straight cut and everything was wrapped up tight in the end of the book. I did a happy dance when Evelyn finally kicked some ass and came out smiling in the end.
Hunted, being first in the series, showed a lot of potential and kick. There are certain factors that I think Heifer needs to add more work to but overall, Hunted showed me that there’s more to the story in the future. While I love Evelyn’s drive, her lack of character sometimes makes it boring to read. Hunted has issues but it is an entertaining read, so give this one a chance to prove that it can deliver regardless the issues it poses....more
One examination is what it takes to determine the status a person lives their entire life. Numbers 5 and higOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
One examination is what it takes to determine the status a person lives their entire life. Numbers 5 and higher enjoys a privileged and glamorous life while a 2 or 3 will have to work harder just to eat not including the 1s who are sent Elsewhere because they are categorized as dumb enough to be able to work or function. Kitty knows how unfair this system is when she took her test. Kitty was given and marked a III. Competent to be included in the society but restricted and controlled by the government. When opportunity knocked on the door and the promise for the life of a VII presented itself, Kitty accepted with gusto. Little did she know that the bargain she struck demanded more than she could ever commit.
Dystopian stories are not a preferred genre of mine for unknown reasons. I don’t hate it, its just that Dystopian will not be a first choice whenever I pick a book. But Aimee Carter is one of my favorite author because of her Goddess Tet series so requesting Pawn was a no brainer. I wanted to see if she can deliver a good story as engaging and good as her other works but in a completely different genre. With that said, reading Pawn was harder to digest than what I had expected. I mean this in a good way though so let me explain. The story has its appeal – well crafted characters, engaging storyline and a very dramatic and climatic series of events that will definitely make any reader giddy with excitement. It was one blow after the other and I enjoyed it, but I also had to slow down a pace to brace myself with what’s happening. I wouldn’t say the story was hard to follow either nor was it complicated – it wasn’t. I think I was just too overwhelmed and caught off guard with revelation after revelation.
Speaking of characters, the Harts are definitely a handful. Oh boy, they had more issues and drama than any fictional family I encountered. From Augusta to Lila, they form the family that had soo much issue it comes to a point of exhausting. Augusta, or who I call wicked oldie, was one mean and manipulative b*tch. A very well written and vile character who really pushed my buttons. All that mattered to her was power – it wasn’t about family or “for the greater good”. She is the government regardless who the prime minister was. Daxton on the other hand also pushed my button but not enough to hate him than Augusta. But since there’s another book I think I haven’t seen enough of him yet. The supporting characters were OK but not to memorable to leave a mark. Then there’s Kitty. Strong willed and determined Kitty, I know I’d like her the moment she thought she had more potential that her III. I love a lead character who knows their right to anything. I know I’ll be seeing more of Kitty in the next book especially after what I read from the last few chapters! Ohh things are going to be itty gritty – I can feel it! One last thing to note – I love how the author didn’t build the story around romance or with a love triangle. Woooot! I’ve said this a dozen time with my reviews recently, a book is not incomplete if there is little to no focus on romance especially if its not contemporary – we do enjoy a well written romance but it’s a case to case basis. :)
So I’ve babbled enough so lets wrap things up. Pawn is incredible if it wasn’t obvious yet. I have never doubted Carters gift for delivering a good story and Pawn proved to me as a reader that she has mad skillz. I am definitely looking forward to more. If you are not familiar with Aimee Carter then this is the time and/or the book to start – totally worth it!...more
There’s really no telling how to determine a psychic medium with true abilities. Alexandra King has her storOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
There’s really no telling how to determine a psychic medium with true abilities. Alexandra King has her stories to share in this department. With all the impersonators running around and doing their theatrics – you can expect that Alexandra King is the real deal. Her abilities as a psychic not only helps her career but it is her life. Recently employed by her good friend Zach, Alexandra is on a mission to find Zach’s missing brother but ends up with something far from her expectations and more.
Reading On The Scent, which was the first book in the series, was so different from Something Wicked. Asides the fact that the main character were both psychic – there wasn’t much similarities between the two but the story line does continue with a different focus. On The Scent was a cute and light read Something Wicked on the other hand was more thrilling. Something Wicked is Alexandra and Dylan’s story line and although there is a focus in the romance department, Something Wicked has an explosive and amazing story (serial killing+ghosts) that readers will enjoy. The romance is also not cutesy stuff, I have to emphasize on that, but the “mature sexy sophisticated” kind. Steamy at some point too! Watch out for those.
I don’t know what it is but I love reading Something Wicked more than I did with the first book. Both are equally good but Something Wicked is better in my opinion. Alexandra is really an awesome woman and has a fabulous character that exudes confidence. She is one tough cookie but she does show her delicate side once in a while. Dylan on the other hand matches the hotness and confidence of Alexandra making them a strong and dynamic combination that elevated the story – they have chemistry and I believed the attraction. Another note that I would like to add is that although Something Wicked CAN be read as a stand alone, I advice you to still read On The Scent just to get acquainted with Hannah and Zach. You’ll enjoy the story better.
Something Wicked is a great pick if you want to read something fast paced with an interesting story that doesn’t only focus on one angle. Something Wicked is a story that highlights more on characters than the plot so I can guarantee you that you will never read a story with flat characters. Campbell also writes does not write with unnecessary flourish and I say that in a good way. She doesn’t need fillers or any tactic with her work because she knows she has a story and she has the talent to deliver. In addition, her works exceeds a readers expectation as what it did to me so yey for an amazing author. Something Wicked may not be as booming and spectacular as some highly praised books but it is a damn good book so grab a copy! Enjoy....more
I should have written this review right after I read Paper Valentine – its been a while and I feel like I woOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I should have written this review right after I read Paper Valentine – its been a while and I feel like I would not give the proper credit to this book just because I forgot a few details that need to be highlighted but I will try my best. I’ve read Yovanoff’s The Replacement a few years back and love how effectively creepy her writing is. I knew back then that Yovanoff will be an author that I will watch out for in the future. When I saw Paper Valentines, I immediately know I need to read it for myself because Yovnoff definitely knows her stuff. It may not be hardcore scary and creepy but she nails a story good.
Paper Valentines is a crime thriller that dips into a lot more than just solving the mystery. Paper Valentines also has a touch of a lot of everything else that makes it harder to pinpoint where the book really falls into but that is also its strongest trait because you’ll never know what is in store for you. Although the main story is about serial killings, Paper Valentine also explores the bond of friendship between Lillian and Hannah and a start of a unusual yet cute romance between Finny and Hannah – those small details that solidified the story as a whole.
The characters were amazing in Paper Valentine. We have a very strong lead in Hannah who happens to see her dead friend Lillian. Hannah is very timid, down to earth and just lovely. There’s a certain light in her personality that you’ll love though I believe she changed after Lillian died due to anorexia. Lillian is a ghost but Hannah has the ability to sees her. Though that part was never explored, I didn’t have any issues with it because it all worked out perfectly. They both balanced each other plus the bond between these two is so touching and sad yet beautiful. Finny or the male interest in the story is the brooding, mysterious and not the typical boy that everybody is rooting for. The hardass if you will. Though I may never understand how these two clicked, I liked it. Here’s another detail I love about Paper Valentine. It is story that didn’t need romance to sell. I was never the focal point of the story – which again, I loved.
As I said, Paper Valentine is not a horror book. It wasn’t scary or anything but the creep factor was on the right track. The story is very straight forward but there’s something about Paper Valentine that will definitely make your skin scrawl. And that gives you an idea how good Yovanoff can write and deliver her goods. She knows her stuff. Overall, Paper Valentine is a great read and one that I can recommend. It is fast paced, great well rounder characters, a story that is not complicated but has that pull to its readers from chapter one to the last page and it has a little bit of everything from ghosts, serial killers, etc. Perfect fit for any reader. This is a book worth reading no matter what your mood and preference is....more
Nazirah Nation always knew where her place was. She is born an intermix – people who are born of different rOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Nazirah Nation always knew where her place was. She is born an intermix – people who are born of different races – but never did she had any qualms with her life. She was happy. Intermix don’t have the luxury as some have but she embraces the life she has. Nazirah has a loving family and everything is perfect until the day that Adamek took it all away. Nazirah is out for blood – no matter what it takes.
Intermix Nation is your typical story with a dystopian centered plot. You have an emotionally charged situation + a shattered yet strong presence from a herione + and the last straw to spark the movement. Nazirah finds herself in the center of it all because her brother leads the rebellion himself but Nazirah’s head is not in it. She is broken beyond repair by the death of her parents and her heart is not in the cause no matter how encouraging her brother is.
To be honest, I wasn’t too invested and connected with Nazirah primarily because she can be a bit self centered and selfish in the first half of the book. It was always about her her her and no one else – that was what ticked me off given that there was a bigger picture/battle than her pain. She did changed in the other half of the book which was great but still her inconsistency and hypocrisy was boarder unbearable. She is strong I give you that but she was not the heroine I had in mind for the story. Adamek on the other hand was a surprise. Initially, I thought I would hate this guy but his sincerity and eagerness to find redemption and forgiveness was very heartbreaking. Adamek is a cold blooded killer. Someone who does not hesitation because he needed to and he’s very good at this missions. This is a character that you would hate right? But there’s something in Adamek and his sincerity in finding forgiveness that touched my heart and believed in the goodness deep within him. He’s very charming too and funny – complete opposite of Nazirah’s gloominess and snark.
The story was very clean and it was easy to follow. I’m glad that the author didn’t sell the book through a romantic plot. The author has amazing writing skills to be able to deliver a story and wrap everything in a single book given that this is a dystopian novel. We all know how many series are out there and some failed miserably. For the first time, I have read a stand alone dystopian and it was pure awesomeness! That alone plus the fact that I didn’t have any major issues with the book overall is a statement of how amazing both the author and her work is. Highly recommended. Don’t miss out on a chance to read this book – it is worth your time!...more
First of all, fair warning to all the readers who wish to read Vortex. If you are not familiar with the seriOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
First of all, fair warning to all the readers who wish to read Vortex. If you are not familiar with the series, please read/re-read Tempest first – I’m happy that I did as the gap between the books can be quite daunting and can hinder one from following the story smoothly since Vortex picks directly where the first book stopped and the world can be intimidating and confusing. With that said, here’s what I thought about Vortex.
I’d like to start by saying that I can definitely say that reading Vortex is way better than what I experienced when I read Tempest. Characters were stronger, plot direction and progression was better and I got to enjoy it more than I did Tempest. It wasn’t boring t all plus I get to learn more about Jackson without irritation from all the jumps he did in Tempest.
The main issue I had with Tempest was following the complicated world and the idea of the story plus the factor that I couldn’t connect with any of the characters AND the fact that it was heavily centered on the romantic plot of Jackson and Holly. But now with Vortex, Cross really represent and gave me something to look forward to in the story and I was really invested now unlike before. Vortex dabbles more on the plot development and the EOT so expect more action packed scenes that are really gripping and exciting. In terms of Jackson’s time traveling, it was less in Vortex than it was in Tempest – which was really a bummer especially if you don’t understand the world at that point. But now, everything aspect of the story seems to be working.
In addition to that, Vortex introduces new, interesting and intriguing characters that added a different layer to the story although I do miss Adam because he was simply adorable. Again, I am not a fan of the romance. I can do without it and I kind of hate that this series is half about Jackson and Holly. These two just does not work for my taste. Although Jackson is ‘better’ here, Holly remains flat and forgettable. Ohhh and the ending was amazing! Won’t even attempt to talk about it so I wont spill and spoilers.
Overall, Vortex is definitely a good read. Although the series can be quite confusing, reading book two will help you understand the world better. A very well written and engaging sequel that will be enjoyed by readers who craves a challenging story with time traveling aspects. Vortex really helped redeem the series and hoping that the next book does not disappoint....more
What captivated me in requesting this ARC was the cover. I was so drawn to the cover that I immediately clicOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
What captivated me in requesting this ARC was the cover. I was so drawn to the cover that I immediately clicked without reading what the story was about. The cover was just striking and I wished for the best when I started reading it. I know that it’s not a good idea but we all do it once in a while. Anyway, enough about that. Here’s what I got to say regarding The Waking Dreamer.
The Waking Dreamer is first in series so its crucial for this book to be explosive. I believe that for series to be successful an author needs to deliver and be in their A game since book one because unless that happens, who would be enthusiastic and excited in picking the next one? There are exceptions but your story should either be mysterious and intriguing or has redeeming factors that can entice a reader. Without that – you loose your readers immediately. Inline with that thought, The Waking Dreamer delivered – big time! The Waking Dreamer gave me more than what I expected and I finished the book with a big smile on my face.
The Waking Dreamer is a fantasy book with characters who are Bards, Druids, etc who happens to fight against a common enemy that are very creepy I tell you. The story is focused mainly on Emmett who happens to become a very important and powerful player and though I didn’t had the chance to really get to know Emmett, I still connected with the character and he shows a huge potential to be a strong lead partnered with Amala and Keiran who happens to be a great duo. Amala is very powerful and has snakes for what they call a Wisdom (like familiar with witches I believe) and her partner Keiran is a Bard with a very strong character and can be quite funny. Emmett loves to drop movie references so readers who adores pop culture in their read, you’ll enjoy Emmett.
A bit of issue I had with the story was how it was written. Alexander writes very fluidly and richly BUT tends to go overboard with the details resulting in me wanting to skip on some parts of the story. And you don’t want that. I need consistency and enough balance to fully enjoy the world building, progress and the characters as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, the story once it starts is very swift and fast paced. Tons of action, death and nail biting fight sequences but you can get lost with the lengthy delivery of the story and the author tends to kill some characters who haven’t been in the story long enough to leave a mark.
Anyway, overall I really enjoyed and am looking forward to the next installment. Wish that the author tones down or at least shortens how the story is being described – balance the story telling with the other elements and the series will be amazing. I can’t wait for the net book and hoping that I enjoy it as much as The Waking Dreamer....more
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to beOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
I’ve read Tempest immediately after I read Tomorrow is Today which was a short novella before this and to be honest, I can’t remember everything about Tomorrow is Today or my first reading of Tempest. That doesn’t sound good huh? Now, I needed to read Tempest again for a refresher because I’ll be reading and reviewing Vortex. Remembering and comparing bits and pieces of how I felt about Tempest before I can safely say my opinion did not change much. An OK yet very confusing read that is not recommended to everybody but will be enjoyed by some. Got it? Good, now let us dig deeper. :)
Tempest, or the series so far, is mainly about Jackson and his ability to time travel + he fights bad guys. That’s the gist and core of the story. I know it’s not only that but to simplify it that’s what you should expect. I am very picky with choosing books about time travelling because admit it, it can be very confusing if done wrong and I am not really into them. But I have read good ones so there’s no issue there. With regards to Tempest though I don’t love it to death but I did enjoy reading it enough to finish and be motivated to read Vortex to see what happens next – confusing no?
So let’s start with the characters. Jackson is a teenage boy who lately discovers that he can time travel. There’s nothing that jumps out besides the fact that he can time travel. Then we have his girlfriend named Holly. Again, a very flat character that does not stand out in the story. The two of them in a relationship did not do any good as well as I really didn’t connect with them in any way for a reason I’ll explain in a bit. The other characters in the story were very predictable besides the little girl from the future (who I forgot the name) and Jackson’s dead sister Courtney. Those ladies I would love to read if Cross explored them a little bit more rather than focusing on the romance of our main character.
So the main reason why I did not connect with Jackson or Holly is the fact that the story moved too fast. I felt that I have missed something. It is evident that Holly will eventually be shot and will die but that part was introduced too soon in the story that I did not have any feelings invested or whatsoever. Another factor why the relationship of Jackson and Holly didn’t work for me was because they were boring as individual character and more boring as a couple. In addition to that, I hate cheesy relationships when it is not needed and Tempest had that. I needed more time travelling than Jackson reminiscing future/past Holly.
Here’s a big downer in Tempest – the universe of Jackson and the laws of time travelling created by Cross is very confusing and undeveloped. I had a lot of questions that are left unanswered which made it more difficult to follow the story. Jackson jumps back and forth between past and present time lines but no matter how many times he jumps or whatever he does in the past does not affect the future whatsoever. How is that possible? Parallel universe is talked about but how does it relate to the story – it was never fully sorted out. Even when the characters are explaining half jump, full jump, or the effects or lack thereof of Jackson’s jumps was no help at all. A lot of reviewers explained this better than I am doing so I’ll stop here because this is becoming a rant.
Finally, we have the twist and the big ending. Twist about the dad and the story of his(Jackson) life was very predictable. Now he breaks up with Holly since she becomes a big target unless he does that – nothing new to that as well. There are signs that he’s going to be an agent to fight against EoT too! Ohh did I not discuss EoT? Well there’s nothing much to discuss really asides the fact that they are a group of time travelers who has a different agenda compared to Jacksons group. In short, the bad guys.
I hate rating books lower than 3 stars – there is so little time to waste over books that are not compelling or memorable but we can’t always win every battle right? I believe I would have loved Tempest if the story was more thought out in terms of explaining how exactly time traveling works in Cross’ universe and if the people in the story were written with more character. The romance didn’t help either. Tempest will most likely be loved by readers who devours stories about time travel but it wasn’t working for me.
Now I am very afraid with reading Vortex but I do hope that it gets better! Fingers crossed....more