Firstly I have to thank Adriana over @ She's Got Books On Her Mind for hosting the giveaway for this book whichReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Firstly I have to thank Adriana over @ She's Got Books On Her Mind for hosting the giveaway for this book which I've won and also the author for sending me the book. I had short conversation with her and she is really nice person. It's totally irrelevant but it's nice to meet new authors and I always look at them with respect. I'm blabbing as always...so the review.
Few summers back there was another Summer series that I really loved. So I was really happy to get to read another summer series. I must admit that that the first one still stayed higher on my all time favorite summer reads. Needless to say some things changed - as I changed and probably I'd have another opinion for summers back. Jesus this sounds like I'm about to tell you how this book was disaster but really it's not. This story was enjoyable and sweet read.
Everything starts with three best friends Tess, Adam and Ellie. They're typical high school students. Now it's summer time and they decide to start working this summer. Tess our main character has not so bright past and her ex-boyfriend is still giving her some hellish time. But you know these kids, they still need time to grow up. The things change once when she sees the "Onslow Boys" again. They're older and therefore out of high school so she didn't have time to see them around much. Needless to say among them is her crush - Toby Morrison. Soon she and her friends become friends with "Onslow Boys" and things start to changed.
Above all this was one really interesting and nice read. The beginning was a bit slow and it took me some time to fully get into the story. But then suddenly everything started happening too soon. That was one problem and another was that sudden interest in Tesa. Like she was living under the rock for all this time and now everyone are interested in her. That sort of love-triangle was maybe good to push the story but IMO the participants were wrong but still that wasn't my decision to make. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series cause I sounds different....more
I guess this had to happen sooner or later. For the first time since I've started reviewing and blogging I forgotReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I guess this had to happen sooner or later. For the first time since I've started reviewing and blogging I forgot to do a review for a book. I'm extremely sorry for that and I'll give my best not to do this again.
So few months ago I've read the first book in Daughter of Zeus series. If you want you can check my review for Persephone here. Now it's time to do what I should have done a while ago - the review for the second book in this series Daughter of the Earth and Sky.
As you can get from the titles this is about greek mythology. I'm really fascinated by that and long time ago I've read many myths but as time passes I've forgotten many things. Somehow I've managed to miss Persephone. I was really happy to hear more about that myth and really enjoyed the story. Here the story continues. After everything she has been through in the first book she though that now it was time for everything to go back to normal. She should know better. Hades was still on her mind and not only because everything that happened between then but also she has a big secret and unfortunately she cannot tell anyone. Even though that'd help many she was young and naive once upon a time. Now she must fight and find a way to tell the truth. Not to mention that Zeus is still stalking her and Aphrodite decided to get her piece of all of this.
Over all I really enjoyed this sequel. As far as I know the third book titled The Iron Queen should be out on May 17th. I'm really looking forward to reading the book and finding out more about mythology. Needless to say Hades is also something I'm looking forward reading about....more
With all middle books or second books in series I've noticed some pattern, but mostly this happens in dystopiansReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With all middle books or second books in series I've noticed some pattern, but mostly this happens in dystopians. While in the first book the whole idea is presented and you need to wrap your mind around something, second books leaves you to connect all the smaller things and mostly to get to know the main character and other characters too. This one follows that patter.
While in the first book you get the whole idea of Slated was nicely presented in the first book and what I mostly like about this series is that's really believable. We got to meet Kyla better here and we get to meet not only her present but her past as well. After being Slated she got a new opportunity to get a new life and start all over. With appearance of some new characters, meaning Nico something changed inside of her. She started to remember, but at the same time she is not supposed to. That brings memory of another self Lucy and that past life and another person she once were - a fighter Rain. Kyla has to be all three and she has to balance herself not to be suspicious. It might sound complicated but it really isn't as the author managed to pull out that idea nicely so that you don't get confused. With all that, the whole idea of fighting back, she has another burden to carry - Ben. It still hurts not to know what happened but she is determinate to find out. Only the things is that the truth might hurt her even more.
At the time when a lot of series suffer from middle-book syndrome Fractured continued with the same light it started in Slated. You'll enjoy while discovering the bigger picture and the inner characters. Now it's time to get the final show in Shattered and whit that title I can't wait to see more....more
After I've heard that Julie Kagawa was writing a dystopian series I was so in. I really liked The Iron Fey seriesReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After I've heard that Julie Kagawa was writing a dystopian series I was so in. I really liked The Iron Fey series and so I got The Immortal Rules for the review. I was thrilled. I had some issues with it though. Starting with pacing. I wanted to press forward few times in the book cause it was too slow. But at the end I liked the idea of the book so I couldn't wait to get this one too.
Herlequin being as awesome as always gave me the arc of this book. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Everything that I didn't like in the first book was great here. Starting with pacing. I had problem with it in The Immortal Rules but here it was just right. This book has around 400 pages and I think I've read it in one sitting. It was so captivating. Then with Allie. I liked her in the first book too but she became a really dear to me here. Also I've got to see Kanin more. His character in the first book was so mysterious and bad-ass and here I could meet him better. Honestly I'm one of rare persons who is not a big fan of Zeke but who asks me. Anyhow this book was much better than the first for me.
Allie is a girl living in the new world After the Red Lung human population almost disappeared. It was a time for vampires to rise and rule. They needed food so they had to keep humans safe or what's left of them whatsoever. Allie has been turned into a vampire by Kanin but she still had a feelings for human life and in the first book she decided to help Zeke and his little tribe. After that she vowed to do another thing - help Kanin. She could feel he was in danger and it was time to complete the task in this sequel. In the process she meets some other members of her family and realized that the connections between vampires is not so week.
Like I said this series is becoming better and better for me therefore I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
***NOTE: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley from Herlequin. Thank you. I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. ...more
Unfortunately I must admit that I've neglected the vampires lately. Well mostly stories started to look all the same aReview posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Unfortunately I must admit that I've neglected the vampires lately. Well mostly stories started to look all the same and that annoys me. It happened with contemporary and other genres. Only fantasy is still there to keep my imagination alive. But still that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy nice vampire story.
But I found myself in the vampire world once again. The story starts with Sofia, the girl who is still between all the crossroads in life and when the one person disappoints her - it hurts a lot. But when the things couldn't get any worse she got kidnapped. Soon she finds herself captivated in the dark place, really dark. So dark that it haven't seen the sun in centuries Her kidnapper is member of Novak family. That family is the eldest vampire family in the world. Now the time has come and their prince who has been sleeping for years is awake. Derek has to "catch up" with the world and at the same time battle with his needs, feelings, family... Sofia is there to help him, but some things even he can't control.
This book I've got from the author for review. Thank you Bella. Honestly I had no expectations as such, which is a good thing, because I found myself enjoying this story a lot. It was a fast and really interesting read. I must admit that now I'm really curious about the rest of the story. I want to meet Sofia better as well as the world she discovered. Then there is Drake, who is I must say is an interesting character....more
Tanja: I have no idea where to start this one, girl. I mean we have been waiting for Isaiah's story for so long.Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Tanja: I have no idea where to start this one, girl. I mean we have been waiting for Isaiah's story for so long. Boy, finally.
Glass: I've been waiting for Isaiah's story... forever. My heart broke for that sweet, tattooed bad boy in the first book, Pushing the Limits.
Tanja: Yes, also I'm so happy that we finally see him more than just a tattooed bad boy. He is so more than that. Remember when in Dare You To, Beth broke his heart? I cried so much for him and here I continued to do so. Basically my heart ached for him throughout all three books. Even though deep down you know he'll find his safe heaven, Katie throw some unexpected twists here. But let's introduce Rachel first. What do you think girl? I always wanted to have a huge family and few older brothers, but now I'm not so sure.
Glass: Me too, but I think it was more that we were delusional that they would be our big, strong protectors and we'd be little princesses. Well, we know better now. To be completely honest with you, I wasn't the biggest fan of Rachel when I first started reading Crash into You - she looked too dramatic for me and not very convincing with whole fragile good girl/cars lover image. I'm still not one hundred percent sold on that idea, but I got to understand her. But, speaking about Beth, I kind of hated her in this book...
Tanja: I wasn't convinced at the start either. But yeah I could understand her, that's for sure. We all want to make our parents happy, I guess. Ah, yes! I wanted to slap her when she started acting like nothing happened. What do you say about Abby, Isaiah's friend? I really liked her and I'd love to see her book too.
Glass: Oh, she is my favorite female character in this book - you know how much I love kick-ass girls. I really hope that Katie McGarry will give us her story too, but I think hers would be the darkest book in the series so far. It looks like she had tough life and that she was forced to do a lot of things she didn't want to. But let me tell you - Crash into You has the best first kiss scene ever!
Tanja: Oh, hell yes!! It was the hottest and the most innocent first kiss in the world of YA first kisses I've read so far. Even I got goosebumps. I don't think that any kiss after that one was so strong and emotional. But then again we're used to Katie writing emotional and powerful scenes. Did you have any troubles with this book. I've got a few. First one is Rachel's parents. I wanted to slap them both. (and I do respect older people)
Glass: Me too. At first I was most annoyed with her mother, but later her father. Even older brothers had few not very likable moments. My biggest problem with this book is the fact that it reminded me too much of Perfect Chemistry series and lot less of previous books Katie McGarry's novels. All that street/ghetto background of the story wasn't quite believable - it felt little bit "fake". It's not that I didn't loved this book, I just had impression as if I was reading modern fairy tale about princess and stable boy.
Tanja: True that. I loved every emotional aspect of this story but like you said, setting was sometimes off. That's basically the main reason why for me, this book is the weakest in this series. It's still a five star read but Dare You To was more coherent to me. So West's story is next. What are your expectations?
Glass: Honestly, not much. I'm not completely sure how long this series will be interesting to the readers. She already gave us stories of three central characters - everything else is just playing on safe card. I think it is time for her to write something completely different, don't you think? But Tanja, we will read sequel! No matter everything I said. Got it?
Tanja: I totally agree, Somehow I think Katie should move on and give us something new (but after we get Abby's story). You're the boss, girl. Till then we're gonna reread that first kiss scene. *wink*
***Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Herlequin Teen, via NetGalley. Thank you. We're not paid for writing this review. We do it as lovers of written word. All opinions are personal. ...more
I know it took me a while to post this review but with my exams and everything I really didn't have time. I want to apReview posted at Ja citam, a ti?
I know it took me a while to post this review but with my exams and everything I really didn't have time. I want to apologize to the author and AToMR blog tours who gave me the copy of this book. It won't happen again - I hope so.
So I haven't read the first published book in this series Just Remember to Breathe so I honestly didn't know what to expect. Glass told me that the books were really interesting and that I should give them a try and so I did. This is a story about Julia a not so typical girl because her father is a really important person in world so she must keep an image. It's not an easy thing to do when you're basically left alone in foreign country and when your family cares more about their status than you. Of course things didn't go as expected and that brought a lot of trauma into Julia's life. Now she is tired of being somebody that she is not and decides to take her life back into her hands. At the other side we have Crank a guy who also have a lot on his back but he has something to pull him thought - his music. Now they only need to learn how to be in control again.
The biggest surprise for me was the fact that this book is written by a man - no offense because I mean this as a compliment It's just the female character is so strong and nicely written that it's really a big surprise for me. I enjoyed this story and I can't wait to read Just Remember to Breathe which I've already gotten from the AToMR. Thanks for trusting in me....more
My traveling with this book stared a while ago. I was so happy after I've gotten Water for review and even more aReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
My traveling with this book stared a while ago. I was so happy after I've gotten Water for review and even more after I've enjoyed it so much. So after that I continued receiving these for review and I was really glad for that. Now this traveling has come to and end. As always it's not easy to say goodbye.
It'll be hard to tell you much about the story as I don't want to spoil anything for you. It started like a story about elements and akasha in the process it hosed some great battles and then it ended in chaos. I mean wold was in chaos but the story has gotten the ending. Kaitlyn was someone I connected to in the first book. I hated what some people have done to her and it was hard to read about it. Later she became different and with that we somehow grow apart. I couldn't support some of her decisions and for the right reasons. I was never in her shoes. For the other characters Micah was a perfect guy in many situations and I really liked Alex and Susan. For the record Shawn will always stay on my black-list.
Now after everything that happened before and mostly after the chaos in Fire it's time to end things once for all. Earth started a bit slow for me and it took me time to get to fully enjoy the book. All the search for Micah had it's ups and downs but after that it was on the road I wanted it to be. I liked the conclusion that the story has gotten....more
Vestige has been among the first dystopian YA book that I've read and ever since then I couldn't wait to see theReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Vestige has been among the first dystopian YA book that I've read and ever since then I couldn't wait to see the whole picture of this story. Now Scion is out and I had a chance to read it. Luckily I can say that waiting payed off.
The first book in this series was fascinating for so many things. It's the first time that I've seen the apocalypse happening instead of just seeing the consequences of it. When people randomly started disappearing it was a sign that something bad is about to happen. Clark and Micah are now apart and both must fight to end all of this, to end the evil.
Firstly, I should say that some readers might have troubles with this book because it has a lot of connections with religion and the Bible itself. It depends from person to person I guess how they will experience everything that's going on in this book.
Secondly, this book was much darker from the previous one, which is something I really enjoyed and which was a perfect fit for the story. The situation at hand was really serious and dramatic and the picture of the whole environment helped in a way that it created the fitting atmosphere.
Lastly, both Micah and Clark were much different. They both seemed older and much more scared but still ready to fight and be brave. With help of the others Micah worked really hard and when the whole story got the full picture I must say I was really surprised as I didn't expect it. Only thing that I was missing here was the romance. You could feel that in both of them but I missed them together....more
Few weeks ago you had a chance to read Glass' review for this book. We both wanted to read it every since and noReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Few weeks ago you had a chance to read Glass' review for this book. We both wanted to read it every since and now we finally got to it. The bottom line is - we both love it. Like she said I as well think that everyone should read this book.
To list you all the things I liked in this story...well it'd take some time, that's why I'm sure I'll forget something. I apologize in advance. But really this book is probably everything I like in book. It has a wonderful story and witty characters, it deals with some serious problems but also it's not predictable. You have no idea how shocked I was after I realized everything.
Julie is new student, meaning she is about to start her college adventure. If the morning shows how the day will be then Julie should sleep the first day off. She came all the way to Boston just to attend the college. She is alone in the new city and when she arrives at her destination she discovers that she doesn't have a place to live. Luckily she has a great mother who pulls things off and soon she meets Watkins. The family who will change her life. She moves in with them and meets their lives. From the inside you see the typical family. Mother and father who are working hard with three children. Brilliant Matthew, or Matty, little Celeste and the brother Finn who is currently traveling around the world. But she soon discovers some things that will make her think. Without knowing they'll change her life.
So I believe you should find some time in you schedule and throw this book in cause maybe or probably you'll forget all other appointments for that day. Who can blame you?...more
Now before I start with my thoughts on these book I should say that I've read The Infernal Devices series beforeReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Now before I start with my thoughts on these book I should say that I've read The Infernal Devices series before starting with The Mortal Instruments, so it really influenced my opinion about this one. I believe I'd probably enjoy it if I have read it years ago and before TID. But well, I'm going to finish this series anyway.
As I have read City of Bones over a year ago it took me good 100 pages to get back into this story and connect all the dots. While I did connect all the dots related to the story and events, but connection with Clary as main character failed. Not only with her, but with most of the characters here. I did like the story and the whole prospect of Valentine, who did seem like an interesting villain.
I shall also add that I believe my time for this series has passed. Maybe in the past I'd enjoy this whole complication and unnecessary drama, but not today. Still this world is something interesting and I'm glad that I've got to see it in this light....more
Do you know what made me read this book - trailer. Yes the trailer for the book (and I also love Callum and HarpeReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Do you know what made me read this book - trailer. Yes the trailer for the book (and I also love Callum and Harper and yes the blurb), but still after seeing the trailer I wanted this and trust me that happens once in like million years. So after I became the part of this tour and received the book the story started. I honestly expected it to be sweet and lovely read with some moments that will have me crying but this...boy was I wrong?!
Sophie is a girl, teenage girl, whose parents are too much into everything - themselves, jobs, other people but her daughter. That's why she is acting the way she does. Parties, drinking, boys and drugs. You'd say typical, but not quite. She is young and she only wants attention. Once when it all goes too far and she ends in jail. Then she is sent to the place where her life changes. It's not unusual to read about people whose life has changed after they had to help others, in this case children, but here it's taken to another level. It's beautiful, amazing how the author gets you into the story and makes you love Sophia so much. I honestly hated her cause she was a bitch - to use her words, but after surviving everything with her and reading this story I want her as my friend. Not to mention other characters in the book, they all make it seem more real.
At the end I want to thank whoever made this trailer, cause it created one picture in my head and later I discovered that there was a lot more. Also I'll be more than happy to read any book that Fisher Amelie ever writes....more
This is one of these books that I thought I can't make mistake with. Well that's partly true, cause when I say I - I mReview posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This is one of these books that I thought I can't make mistake with. Well that's partly true, cause when I say I - I mean the person I used to be..it's looks like that. But I should tell you more about the story first.
Sophie is a really typical young girl. She is in high school now and most of her days she is spending with her two best friends. Her neighbor next door is a bit older. He is leaving for college this summer and that's why he's hosting parties in his yard all night long. Of course Sophie is invited but too scared to go. Until one day when by the accident she finds a list. It's a list her aunt left in the car which Sophie inherited. Her aunt was her hero and now she is gone - dead. Sophie feels like she needs to knock off the things on the list in memory of her aunt. She doesn't even dream that by doing so she will change herself too. She grows up with the list but unfortunately not always things go according to the plan.
Now back to the start. Like I said few years back this book would be something wonderful to me. It's a realistic story about teens growing up, getting to know the world, love and find themselves. Well today I guess I'm older and I don't feel the same. So I believe that the younger readers will love this book but I think it's time for me to leave them behind....more
This series is another one from I-blame-Zemira list. She introduced me to this series and I was really surprisedReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
This series is another one from I-blame-Zemira list. She introduced me to this series and I was really surprised by The Opportunist. I couldn't wait to see Leah's story even though she was never my type of the character.
So Dirty Red continues where The Opportunist stopped. As you could see in my review I really enjoyed the story about Caleb and Olivia and I couldn't wait to see what happens next. I really can't tell you much about the story itself cause I'll spoil it for those who haven't read The Opportunist but let's just say that this book brought a lot of different feelings. I was never fan of Leah and I'd never be. She is basically everything I'm not but I still could understand her - up until one point. She knows what she wants and she is not going to stop until she has it. She'll do anything to get it. I admire her for that cause she has a real will and courage. What bothers me the most is the way she treats innocent people. That I'll never be able to forgive her. Those who have read this story will know what I'm talking about. But still the fact that Miss Fisher knows how to create a really strong characters and story and still so real is admirable.
Now I can't wait to read the rest of the story from Caleb's POV. I really don't know how this will end or I don't know how I want it to end. I really hope that the author has a few surprises for us....more
I should probably start with a lie. If you look at the synopsis it promises you a Prince Charming, aka Max. But he is all but that.
IDNF at page 198.
I should probably start with a lie. If you look at the synopsis it promises you a Prince Charming, aka Max. But he is all but that.
I should probably end with truth. This book is full of nonsense if you ask me. They are teens and they are left to their own devices. Parents are absent in general. Police is also there, but like it is not. Adriane is a bit crazy, I mean that girl barley survived, her boyfriend was killed and next thing she does is go to Paris?!? Like really? Then there is writing. It doesn't fit Nora and her age at all.
I also couldn't connect with the characters at all. Nor the writing for that matter.
It does have a nice parts about Prague. It's history and legends. That part was something that made me wish I could go and visit right away.
Anyhow, I might go back to this one, but not right now. ...more
I have no idea why it took me so much to write this review. I have read this book a while ago and it really wasReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I have no idea why it took me so much to write this review. I have read this book a while ago and it really was a great read I just needed some time to put my words together so here we go.
Article 5 was one of the books that I really enjoyed. Last year was time of dystopia explosion and with all new concepts and stories I was in heaven but now with sequels I can divide those that were really amazing and those that were forgettable. This one goes into the first category.
But it didn't seem like that at the start. When I started reading this I was really afraid as the story was slow and while things happened nothing happened in general. But soon enough I realized that it was only building it up until everything exploded because after that I started reading as fast as I could. We got to see the awful picture of society and the way the people were treated and sometimes it was hard to go on. Ember and Chase tried to work as hard as they could and with everything going on the things between them were sometimes hard, not to mention the past and burden they carried on their backs. We saw Ember grow here and while I might not agree with some of here moments still in the situation she was in I can't but admire her and her strong will. Chase at the other hand was still the boy I fell for and after this I fell even more. Being so strong was admirable considering the circumstances.
That made this book real as it wasn't all pink and fluffy at the end of the day, every day was a struggle they had to endure and some days were bad but some were good. But they had each other at the end of the day. I really loved how this story developed and the relationship itself. Now I can't wait to see how this all will end.
But one thing is sure Chase I'd treat you better, honey!