If I had nothing else do to the day I started reading this I would have definitely finished this book in one sitting. Our Dark Duet is everything thatIf I had nothing else do to the day I started reading this I would have definitely finished this book in one sitting. Our Dark Duet is everything that I wanted from the first book and so much more. Honestly, I have no issues with this book. Nothing bugged me about the story or the characters. It was just such a perfect conclusion.
For me, the first book lacked that extra something that makes me absolutely love it, so I was really hoping that this one would have what I was looking for. Oh boy, did this book blow my expectations out of the water. Where I thought the first book lacked originality with the school setting, this book more than made up for that. I loved the two different stories at the beginning of the book and I kept wondering how they would end up connecting.
I really enjoyed the monster aspects of the book. It's dark and kept me glued to this book because now there are two forces that Kate and August have to worry about, one is the Malachi and the other is a new monster. The way that the Chaos Eater is described throughout the book is eerie and intriguing. It's never entirely clear what the monster is, but I think it's better that way.
Honestly, I can't get enough of August and I ended up really liking Kate in this book. I was kind of neutral about her for the first book, but her character definitely grew on me. I love her friendship with August and how they seem to be so good for each other. I also really enjoyed Kate's new friendship with the Wardens, maybe my only complaint was that they didn't play a more significant role, but honestly I don't really mind that much.
The ending of this book was by far the best part. It was action packed, bloody, and dark, but also leaves you with hope for the future of Verity. It was definitely a satisfying ending, but I'm really sad to see this world go so soon. I will definitely be picking up the author's other books. ...more
I can't believe this is my first Victoria Schwab book. I've been putting off reading her bookThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
I can't believe this is my first Victoria Schwab book. I've been putting off reading her books for awhile now and I honestly don't know why. This book has such rave reviews, so I knew I had to at least give it a shot. I was really hoping that I would love it because it sounds amazing. Maybe it was my high expectations, but I'm not in love with this book as much as I wanted to be. I was expecting to be wowed, to feel things, to never want to stop reading, etc., but while this is definitely above average, it wasn't the flawless masterpiece I was expecting.
The book really shines with the unique world that Schwab has created. Monsters that are born from violence made by humans is so original and the idea kept me engrossed in the story. I wanted to the know the the whys of everything. Throughout the book I kept thinking "how could this possibly be resolved/fixed" and that makes me want to keep reading. I loved the little song that pops up throughout the book about the monsters, it's creative and chilling.
I really loved August as a main character, if not only because his character plays the violin (I have a weakness for violin playing characters, don't ask me why). I did enjoy his character for more than his music though. I really liked how he's a monster dealing with the fact that he doesn't want to be one. It's not a unique idea, but I really loved how it was executed in this story. It felt fresh and out of all the characters, I think I felt for August the most.
The story falls a little flat in the beginning. Kate and August are both new students, they're kind of drawn to each other/keep running into each other without meaning to, and at first they don't seem to like each other much. It's not a very original start to the story if you take out the monsters, but the story redeems itself with absolutely no romance. Honestly, I didn't see that coming. I thought for sure there might be some sort of romance, so I was pleasantly surprised that a friendship developed instead. I didn't dislike Kate, but she also wasn't my favorite, but I loved her friendship with August and how it developed.
The second half of the book is intense and so many things start to happen. I absolutely loved it and the ending left me kind of chilled. I really need the next book and I've heard it's even better than the first. ...more
This was nothing like what I was expecting. At all. I can't emphasize that enough. I thoughtThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
This was nothing like what I was expecting. At all. I can't emphasize that enough. I thought this would be an interesting story about ghosts and new take on what happens when someone dies. At the very least, I thought there would be a kind of family theme going on since the blurb leads me to believe it's going to be all about family. If I could sum up this book, I would have to just say that it's weird. I don't know what else I could possibly say because honestly I'm not sure what I just read.
One of the most confusing things about this book is definitely the plot. For the first half of the book, it's entirely Dashiell possessing Ruby and Everett for what seems like no reason at all. There's no explanation for why any of this is happening. There's also a villain of the story, but his motives are really muddled and ultimately don't make that much sense. Why bother going through so much trouble over one family? What was the goal of possessing Everett and Ruby? Just to possess them? Yeah Aloysius was evil and a bad person, but his character lacked any depth or emotion. There's no story to why he's bad, he's just that way because he's the villain.
The characters felt like a mess to me, primarily because they lack human reactions and reasoning skills. None of the characters really seemed that surprised that it's possible for a ghost to possess a living body. Everett does at the beginning, but it doesn't last very long. Not only is there a lack of surprise or disbelief from any of the characters, but all of them fail to have the normal reaction of running away screaming when you hear a dead man talking through a sixteen year old girl or at least trying to commit said girl to an insane asylum. I felt no connection to them. I didn't care if they lived or died because they weren't realistic enough. There were many different points of view and characters thrown into the story, but the side characters felt like props and I didn't understand why there were so many points of view. Two or three max would have worked better in my opinion.
The romance was cringe worthy and not just because there was some incest going on. Everett and Ruby both have terrible self images. Neither believes that anyone pays any attention to them, Everett even more than Ruby. But wait, turns out that a girl that Everett likes has been secretly in love with him for what seems to be no reason at all, other than to make him feel good about himself. There's also a very weird scene, that could possibly be considered rape because the woman involved thought she was having sex with someone, but that person was being possessed. This is discussed very briefly by the person who's body was used by the ghost, but eventually it's pushed to the side. I found the whole situation quite uncomfortable. Then there's the incest that I had mistaken for sibling love, but oh was I wrong.
One of my biggest issues when it comes to writing is when an author tells instead of shows. I felt like there was a lot of that in this book. It made it difficult to imagine certain scenes and characters. The reader is told that Dash is loved by everyone and basically perfect, aside from his drug addiction. I didn't see a reason for Ruby to trust or love Dash as much as she does. I actually thought there were more reasons for her to do the exact opposite. I would have liked to see more descriptions and maybe some more flashbacks to good times with Dash and his siblings in order for me to become invested in the story.
I thought the idea behind this book was really interesting and that's why I wanted to read this in the first place, but the execution was all off. This just wasn't for me. It was too weird and for a primarily character driven novel, the characters weren't likable.
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I don't think I could have wished for a more perfect ending to this fantastic series. UnmadeThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
I don't think I could have wished for a more perfect ending to this fantastic series. Unmade has all the humor and fun that the previous books have and the ending is very satisfying.
Like in the previous books, the characters are a major focus. The plot does have more precedence than in Untold, but it is clear that the characters are the most important and where Brennan's talent can shine the most. Every single character, major, minor, or villain is three dimensional. Even Rob shows some development though not nearly as much as everyone else. Holly has show some of the most character development throughout the series. She goes from completely rejecting Angela and the entire idea of being a lesbian, to being confused by her feelings for most of Untold, until she finally seems to accept her sexuality in this book.
The whole relationship with Kami and Jared is still being worked out for the majority of this book and that is understandable. It's obvious that they both love each other, but Kami's link with Ash makes everything awkward for them because he feels everything that Kami feels and always knows what's happening with her. So that makes their relationship practically impossible because it's like they can never be alone and since they both care about Ash, they respect that he probably doesn't want to be a part of their romantic relationship.
The main reason that this book didn't get five stars is because part of the ending seemed a little too convenient. I'll try to avoid spoiling to much, but I think I need to say that not that many major characters die, even though it's clear that their plan should have resulted in at least two more deaths than there actually were. It almost didn't feel right, even though I was happy that they survived.
I'm sad that this is the last book in this series because these characters have really grown on me, but at the same time the ending is tied up nicely and for the most part it ends on a happy note....more
It has taken me way too long to read the second installment in this series. I could give youThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
It has taken me way too long to read the second installment in this series. I could give you so many excuses for why I didn't read it sooner, but no one wants to hear about that. The important thing is that I finished it and I'm ready for the next one.
The Mime Order is vastly different from what I remember of The Bone Season. Not only does it focus on the organized crime groups, but the Rephaim are kind of pushed to the side while Paige is trying to figure out how to make it look like she has returned to her old life. I love the complexity of the syndicate and the relationship between mimelord and mollisher.
I love the dynamic between Jaxon and Paige because there are layers upon layers of history that influence their interactions. How often does that happen in YA? Not often enough in my opinion. Obviously Jaxon isn't the best role model, but he also gave his employees a family, instead of a life of poverty. Paige and all the others have a feeling of loyalty towards their mimelord because unlike all the others he isn't unjustly harsh, instead they have a home and I feel like Jaxon planned for them to feel that way and it really shows that he's actually quite brilliant. There's just so many layers to this character and I love that he's not quite a villain, but he also isn't a hero because that's what real people are like.
The pacing after the murder of an important character in the syndicate slowed down drastically. It felt like nothing was happening from that part of the book until the scrimmage near the very end of the book. It was mostly planning for how to continue the rebellion against Nashira. I wish that the scrimmage was more important part of the book because it was the most exciting to read about and for something so important I feel like it should have played a larger role than it did.
I'm still not entirely sold on Paige and Warden's relationship. Thankfully, their relationship is pushed to the side because there are obviously more pressing matters for Paige to be worrying about other than her love life, especially since having a relationship with Warden is forbidden and could ruin her chances of saving all the voyants.
I had high hopes for this book after really enjoying the first one and while the book has its faults, it was still very enjoyable to read. I will definitely be reading the third book.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
The Bone Season is everything I wanted and maybe even a little bit more. Ever since I was litThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
The Bone Season is everything I wanted and maybe even a little bit more. Ever since I was little I've always had this sort of fascination with the clairvoyant and for some reason I love books that incorporate organized crime. Add a little dystopian and that's pretty much an ideal book for me. So it's no wonder I tore through this book.
The world building is by far the best part of this book. It was extremely complex and obviously well thought out. The info dumping during the beginning of the book slowed the pace down a bit, but I hardly even noticed because I was too wrapped up in the story. The whole world is so carefully constructed and imaginative that it was easy to get lost in the story.
The Seven Seals don't come into play until the very end of the book, but through Paige's memories the reader gets to know more about the mime-lord's gang, so even though they weren't there for most of the book, I still felt attached to them. Paige, one of the Seven Seals, is more complex than I originally thought. From the moment I started reading I thought was another typical strong female character, which isn't bad, but sometimes it's nice to read about someone that isn't invincible and able to get out of every single situation with minor issues. Instead I was happily surprised that not only could she hold her own in a fight for at least a little while, but she also had plausible emotions and she wasn't invincible.
For the most part, I'm indifferent to Warden, mostly because I still don't understand his motives. I don't want him to die, but that's about as far as my feelings for him go because I don't feel like there was much to sympathize with since I don't understand why he does what he does. He's at least a couple centuries old, but I wasn't sure if he looked young or not, so the idea of him having a relationship with Paige was not the first thing on my mind. I wasn't surprised that something developed between them, but I also wasn't sure if I liked it at first because he acts and is so much older than her. A few years isn't that big of a gap, but a few centuries is just a tiny bit to big. If I ignore the age gap, I would probably like them together a lot more because from the beginning its where their relationship seemed to be going, so it wasn't like it came out of nowhere.
I will definitely be looking out for the sequel because overall the book was fantastic. Plus the next book is called The Mime Order and I would love to read more about the mime-lords and mime-queens.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review...more
This is the closure I've been waiting for since I read Forever back in 2011. I very clearly rThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
This is the closure I've been waiting for since I read Forever back in 2011. I very clearly remember thinking that I needed there to be some sort of happier ending for Cole and Isabel and now I finally have it.
I absolutely loved returning to this world and I didn't realize how much I missed this series until I started this book. I adored Cole and at first I wasn't sure about Isabel, but as the story progressed I loved both of the characters because they were so real. It's very clear that Cole and Isabel belong together, but also a little difficult to explain why. They have both been through so much together and it's hard to imagine them not ending up together.
Both Isabel and Cole have messed up lives, but together somehow they're so good for each other. I found myself smiling and laughing at all the cute moments and I was also genuinely upset when something happened between them. There is never a dull moment in the book and I really enjoyed how it is from both Cole and Isabel's point of view.
Isabel is a girl that doesn't take shit from anyone. She's cold to everyone, even if she likes the person. Isabel is also incredibly real with real life problems that many people could be dealing with. Had she stayed an ice queen, I probably wouldn't like her as much as I do, but her character went through major changes by the end of the book and she ended up being more likeable.
Cole is by far my favorite character from this series because he's funny and can be quite charming when he isn't being an arrogant asshole. He also went through some dramatic changes throughout the series and I love that even though his life has been difficult, he's still willing to keep going.
I know I've said this before, but Maggie Stiefvater is definitely one of my all time favorite authors. She never fails to deliver believable characters and an intriguing storyline to go with them. I can't wait to read more of her books and I'm so excited for the next book in the Raven Cycle series. ...more
Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies and I love fairytale retellings so when I heardThis review is also on Living for the Books
Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies and I love fairytale retellings so when I heard about this book I knew I had to read it.
Going into this book I was interested how having a blind main character would work out. I thought it would be hard to picture Isra's surroundings and what was happening, but it was surprisingly easy and worked out very well. I was also happily surprised by how much I liked Isra and that she didn't rely on other people all the time. It was pretty amazing how she was able to jump from her tower and land on the rooftops of lower buildings without being able to see them. I admired her determination to change Yuan once she discovered the truth too.
Some of the book was told from Gem's point of view and at first I wasn't quite sure what to make of him. But in the end, I enjoyed the chapters from his point of view as much as Isra's. It was very easy to become emotionally attached to both Isra and Gem because they both struggle and have had to live difficult or different lives.
A few chapter were from Bo's point of view and I couldn't stand those chapters after more of Bo's personality came out. At first I liked him because it seemed like he genuinely cared for Isra but I found his planning for the future a bit creepy. Bo and Isra don't really know each other but during one of the first chapters from his POV he thinks about her having his child and how caring for their child would be then caring about Gem. That just didn't sit right with me.
I enjoyed the romance in the book, but I felt like there wasn't enough build up to Isra and Gem's relationship. They start out hating each other and then it some how morphs into love while Gem is Isra's prisoner. I understand that they spent a long time together working in the fields but it just felt too fast for me. Once I got past that it was fine until it started to get a bit cheesy. But it wasn't intolerable cheesiness.
My expectations were high for this book and while Of Beast and Beauty was very good, it wasn't flawless....more
I don't think there has ever been a series quite like this one. It always seemed so unique anThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
I don't think there has ever been a series quite like this one. It always seemed so unique and I guess that's why I love it so much. This was exactly what I needed to get out of my reading slump.
I think that part of the reason why this book just works so well is because the characters are so very real and unforgettable. It's been over a year since the last book and I haven't forgotten a single thing about the characters, maybe a few minor details here and there, but honestly it didn't feel like I should have reread any of the other books before starting this one. The characters are like real people and while reading you can feel that. And the friendship that the characters share doesn't feel forced or fake, it's like real friends.
You'd think that a series that basically starts off warning that Blue would kill her true love would be all about that and feature a lot of romance, but shockingly it doesn't. This book probably has the most romance out of the four, but it doesn't take over the plot. Instead it feels natural and like it belongs. I love Blue and Gansey's relationship because it evolves from friendship and they just seem so perfect together. I've been shipping Adam and Ronan since the last book because they also just seem to be perfect for each other.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with how this book and how the story ended. It had the perfect amount of intrigue to keep me reading and it ended in a way that seems very fitting for this series. There is a fairly large cast of characters, but it wasn't hard to keep track of them all and somehow none of them were flat. They were all interesting and when it switched point of view to one of the more minor characters I wasn't hoping that it would go back to the main crew because the side characters were just as interesting.
It has been a long time since I have felt this satisfied with an entire series and I could go on and on about how much I love these characters and how much I'm going to miss them. I would say more but I don't want to spoil anything by accident, so all I have left to say is that everyone should give this series a shot. ...more
I swear this series just keeps getting better and beThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
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I swear this series just keeps getting better and better. I've been saying this a lot, but this time I really can't believe that I waited months before getting around to this book. I'm pretty sure I bought this book on the day it was released or close to that and I just started it this month. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop, so when I realized that I was only a few pages from the end I put the book down for a little bit because I didn't want it to be over. It was just that good.
I'm pretty certain that I say this in all of my reviews of Maggie Stiefvater's books, but I need to say it again. Stiefvater has a gift with words. I always look forward to reading her latest books and I doubt I'll ever get tired of her writing style. It's so easy to picture all the scenes in the book and the descriptions don't slow the pace down, it only adds to the story. At some points I went from laughing to intense shipping to wanting to cry. I'm looking at you, Chapter 26.
I love how flushed out all the characters are. The dynamic between Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and even Noah is just so real and I can't help but love all of them. I love the scenes with Blue and Gansey because they're so cute, but it's also really heartbreaking since he's supposed to die at some point, probably soon. I also really enjoy the scenes with Adam and Ronan. Ronan's wild and completely unpredictable and Adam is this honest, hardworking, reliable guy and I feel like the two characters compliment each other so well because neither of them will ever admit it, but they kind of need each other, especially Ronan.
As expected, the romance has been pushed to the side for most of the book, but in the next book we'll probably get a lot more and I'm really hoping that something will happen between Adam and Ronan. I don't think I'm ready for something more to happen between Blue and Gansey, but at the same time I really want it to happen. I can't wait for the next one and my guess is that I'm going to need a lot of tissues when I read it....more
This was such a disappointment. The concept of Mortui living in the world without anyone knowing is somethiThis review is also on Living for the Books
This was such a disappointment. The concept of Mortui living in the world without anyone knowing is something that I find fascinating for some reason. I'm not a fan of zombies but I'm always up for a unique twist on vampires. Sadly this book was just not for me.
The only part that I really enjoyed about the book was the unique take on vampires and zombies. The rest of the book was kind of boring. The very beginning of the book was interesting but once Wes became a Mortui the book slowed down. It felt like nothing was happening even though time passed very quickly. A good portion of the book was just info dumping and Wes being told that he was a good guy. I shouldn't have to be told repeatedly that Wes is a good guy his actions should show that.
Wes is a very average character. He is special but he is way too perfect for him to be likeable. Even when he did something wrong someone would tell him that he's a good guy and then he would move on. He would think about what he did for a little bit and then it was never brought up again. Obviously he wasn't too upset about it. Wes also didn't do very much for most the book. He went through training but the training parts were boring. Most of them consisted of everyone being impressed with Wes. The end was a little better but not by much.
I also don't understand why Wes likes Emily. Honestly I don't think I could ever see them together. To me their relationship was purely friendship. I don't remember when Wes fell in love with Emily but it felt way too sudden. Especially since he claimed that he was in love with Jez before he met Emily.
Some parts of AfterLife were also told by Seth. He was supposed to be the villain and normally I like villains but I hated him. I don't understand his reasons for doing what he did. I believe he wanted to gain power but why? Doesn't he already have power? Don't the Mortui have everything they could possibly ever want since they are immortal and powerful?
So obviously this book wasn't my cup of tea mostly because I was bored for most of it. There were many parts that I think were supposed to be meaningful but I found it annoying when Wes would point out that he was having a philosophical conversation. It was an interesting idea but if more had happened throughout the book I probably would have enjoyed it much more.
*I received this in exchange for an honest review....more
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I thought that the idea was interesting and uniThis review is also on Living for the Books
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I thought that the idea was interesting and unique but I wasn't sure how well it would work. Having a main character that can't feel anything was something that I worried about because how was I supposed to enjoy the story if I didn't feel anything for the character? Thankfully that wasn't much of a problem.
The concept of Some Quiet Place was unique. The summary had me itching to read this book. Elements and Emotions as living creatures that answer summons was so different from anything I've read before. It was actually very believable too. It was very easy to imagine Emotions and Elements walking around the world.
As I said before, I was a little worried about having a main character that couldn't feel any emotions, but I actually ended up liking Elizabeth. She lives with her mother, brother, and abusive father. That family was so horrible to her but for some reason she wanted to make them happy by pretending to have emotions. Even though she couldn't actually feel anything because of the wall of nothingness, it was clear that she cared about certain people. It was a little difficult to care about the side characters. I felt nothing (kind of like Elizabeth) when her only friend died. I knew it was supposed to be sad but I wasn't actually upset about it.
There was a love triangle in this book but it only bothered me a little bit. It was very obvious who she would end up with at the end. Joshua was sweet and all but I liked Fear much more than him. Fear really seemed to care about Elizabeth and he wanted her to feel something. He is an Emotion so he knows all about the things that Elizabeth sees.
The were two twists at the end. The first one was very obvious and I guessed it pretty early on in the book. The second one was more of a surprise. It's always nice when a book can surprise me. The ending was very well done. For most of the second half of the book I couldn't put it down. The first part was a little slow, but the end definitely made up for it.
*I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
To be completely honest when I first heard about this book and all the hype I actually thought I think I'llThis review is also on Living for the Books
To be completely honest when I first heard about this book and all the hype I actually thought I think I'll skip this one. Not because I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to the hype but because I tend to stay away from alien books. I can count on my hand how many alien books I've read and I guess I just picked the wrong ones because I was missing out on a seriously awesome book.
What makes this book stand out are the characters, not the fact that it is about an alien invasion. I'm sure there are plenty of alien books out there. There are plenty of survival books other there too but I can't remember the last time I read one like this.
The book is told from several points of view but the main character is Cassie. There were times when I couldn't stand her but most of the time her point of view was very enjoyable. She's a strong girl that is just trying to survive in a world. There's nothing special about her, she's just a teenager girl that found a way to keep living even when the odds are against her. I loved how determined she was to keep her promise to her little brother and that she still had a sense of humor while everyone she knew was being killed by aliens.
The point of view switched around frequently but I didn't mind that. I wasn't a fan of Sammy's point of view but I didn't hate it. I loved the part when it was from the Silencer's point of view. And I liked Cassie and Ben's point of views equally. Both POVs had were action packed and some parts were slower than others but overall they were both great.
The romance in the book was the only thing that bugged me. It moved way too fast for my taste but I liked how Cassie pointed this out. I have no idea why Evan fell in love with Cassie and how Cassie fell in love with Evan. At first Evan was a bit of a creeper. He finds Cassie and helps her get better but while she's getting better he bathes her when she's unconscious. He also like to lurk. Instead of acting like a normal person, he'll stand outside Cassie's door and wait. Despite that, somehow Cassie ends up liking him. I warmed up to Evan eventually but it took awhile. It was very obvious what was going on with him right from the beginning but I wasn't too annoyed by the lack of surprise.
I ended up loving this book more than I thought I would, The 5th Wave is now one of my favorite books of 2013. Everyone should definitely read this book. ...more
Lately I haven't been having the best luck with series. I remember loving SplinteredThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
Lately I haven't been having the best luck with series. I remember loving Splintered but for some reason this book just didn't live up to my expectations and I feel like I'm the only one. It was actually quite slow and a bit boring.
Even in the first book, I did not like Jeb and I think that's the main reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I wrongly assumed that since Morpheus is on the cover, the book would mainly be focused on him. Instead it was mainly about Alyssa and Jeb's relationship. To me Alyssa seems a little too obsessed with Jeb, especially by the end when their relationship is kind of rocky and to be honest I don't think there's anything special about Jeb. Their relationship is very sappy and Alyssa is overly dramatic when it comes to Jeb.
Alyssa also refuses to accept that she's a part of Wonderland, which basically causes all the problems in this book and also means that this book takes place in the human world, not Wonderland. All the character development from the first book is gone and all she cares about is Jeb. What does she do when Wonderland is seeping into the human world? She thinks about Jeb and she ignores all her problems because she thinks that since she chooses to live in the human world it doesn't concern her.
The only redeeming quality of this book are the Wonderland characters. However I was not a fan of Morpheus pretending to be human and going to school with Alyssa. Was that really necessary? He can talk to Alyssa whenever he wants and he decides to attend her school. And then there's the fact that Alyssa believes that he's completely evil, but sometimes he's a good person that she finds attractive. Yes he lied to her, but it is later explained why he lied and that he's actually a good person, yet Alyssa still doesn't give him the benefit of the doubt. But Jeb could do whatever he wanted and she would still think he's this fabulous person.
I was pretty excited about learning a little bit more about Morpheus and his past. I just wish the book hadn't focused mainly on Alyssa and Jeb and that it had more Wonderland in it. ...more
It's been a few months since I last read a book about vampires and now I know why. It seems that aThis review is also on Living for the Books
It's been a few months since I last read a book about vampires and now I know why. It seems that almost every vampire book I pick up has the same kind of romance. For awhile vampire books were probably one of the most popular books around but now it seems like most vampire books are the same. There's always a forbidden love with the main character and the vampire. The problem? The vampire wants to drink the main characters blood so he's a danger to the main character. Sound familiar?
The concept of the Shade was something that I would have liked to know more about. The only information about it is that it is a sanctuary for vampires. It probably would have added to the story if more vampire politics were involved since Derek was their prince. The entire book was basically Sofia living in the Shade and trying to figure out her feelings for Derek.
The romance actually wasn't too bad but I had a few issues with it. My main problem with the book was the insta love. The moment Derek wakes up he sees Sofia and wants to drink her blood but then he stops himself because she's too beautiful and he doesn't want to hurt her. He thinks she special the moment he sees her. I'm just not a fan of books that have something like that in them.
There was kind of a love triangle in this book too but that didn't really bother me. Sofia is in love with her best friend but she also falls in love with Derek. Not much is known about Ben (her best friend) but from the flashbacks he felt more like her brother than a friend. I got the feeling that Ben wasn't really competition for Derek.
Most of the book was fairly uneventful. The ending was probably the best part of the book because it left me hanging. I think that the book could have been much better if more actually happened throughout the book instead of just near the end.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!...more
Definitely better than the first book. From what I remember Burn Mark was a bit slow and hard to fThis review is also on Living for the Books
Definitely better than the first book. From what I remember Burn Mark was a bit slow and hard to follow because there were just so many characters, but Witch Fire starts off with plenty of action and it was much easier to understand.
The best part about the book was the witchwork. Most of the books that involve witches have them casting spells and waving magic wands, but not this book. The witchwork requires a little more work than that and I think that's what made the story stand out. The Devil's Kiss, the Inquisition, and the superstitions really added a whole level to the story.
The characters were pretty interesting as well. Lucas still doesn't know how he feels about being a witch and he struggles with what he thinks is the right thing to do. Should he blindly follow WICA or listen to Glory? Glory is still my favorite character. She's brave and strong-willed unlike other YA heroines, but she isn't completely invincible.
I thought the other characters were kind of boring. The government agents all seemed the same and I wasn't a fan of many of the side characters simply because I found them annoying. They just seemed to be there when it was convenient. Lucas and Glory's parents were barely there and Lucas' father lets him go across the world to find Glory. That right there is not something that should have happened if his father was actually being a father. I'm pretty sure most parent's wouldn't let their children go to the capitol of witch crime.
There was a bit of romance between Lucas and Glory and I really enjoyed it. I knew that eventually it would happen and it didn't take away from the story. Their relationship really developed over the first and second books and I felt that it was the only way their relationship could have gone.
The ending actually surprised me. I had guessed about something, but it wasn't even close to what actually happened. Now that I think back, there were very subtle hints about the twist and it just made the story that much more enjoyable.
* I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I think it's important to note that I don't read manga or watch anime. I'm pretty sure the only anime I'veThis review is also on Living for the Books
I think it's important to note that I don't read manga or watch anime. I'm pretty sure the only anime I've watched is Sailor Moon and I'm almost positive that I haven't read a manga book. So I have almost no experience with Japanese stuff. I was pretty excited about this book when I first heard of it because it sounded pretty awesome but I had no idea what to expect. I had some problems with it but overall it was a pretty enjoyable read.
The part of this book that I liked the most was probably the setting and the mythology that was mixed in. I haven't read anything like Ink so the book take place in Japan was interesting and new to me. It was obvious that the author did her research and the way she used Japanese in the story was very easy to understand. The strongest part of the book was definitely the world building. I felt like I was actually in Japan. The book had the potential to be something amazing but it fell flat with the characters and the romance.
I did not like the main character at all. Katie just moved to Japan and she had two friends. She's a social outcast and the first thing that happens in the book is her spying on Tomo breaking up with his girlfriend. She thinks he's a jerk because he's horrible to his girlfriend while he's breaking up with her but I'll get to that later. Katie happened to see one of Tomo's drawings move that day and after that she became obsessed with him. She turned into a stalker. Of course she didn't listen to her friends about staying away from Tomo. No that would be seeing reason and Katie is not reasonable at all. Somehow Katie goes from stalking Tomo to being his friend and then all of a sudden she's in love with him. Classic case of insta love.
The romance in this book was my least favorite part. Katie and Tomo fall in love way too quickly so I still have no idea how Katie went from stalking Tomo and thinking he is a jerk to being in love with him. The first time Katie sees Tomo he's telling his girlfriend that he got another girl pregnant. You would think that Katie would get the message that Tomo is bad news but of course she doesn't. Once Katie and Tomo become friends and are kind of dating Tomo continues to try to push Katie away because he's dangerous and she could get killed. Later in the book Tomo pretends to try to rape Katie and after she runs away from him, she thinks that she was a moron because she believes that Tomo was just trying to make her angry at him so that she would stay away from him. In her mind that meant that Tomo was trying to save her. I'm sorry but even though he was trying to save her, that doesn't excuse his behavior. Katie barely knows Tomo she says that she can't live without him. Maybe this would not have been so bad if there was time for their relationship to actually grow and develop.
Without the art in the book I would have probably given this book 2.5 stars but the art was just so beautiful that it deserved at least half of a star. The concept of the Kami being tied to ink and how Tomo's drawings can come to life was very interesting and even though this book has flaws, it wasn't terrible.
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After the heartbreaking ending of Unspoken I thought that I was ready for Untold over a yearThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
After the heartbreaking ending of Unspoken I thought that I was ready for Untold over a year after I read the first book. In the beginning of the book I barely remembered what happened in the last book. I only really remembered the major stuff, like Kami breaking the link with Jared, but aside from that I was kind of lost and a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. Thankfully in the beginning there were little reminders of the events that took place in the previous book that were extremely helpful and perfectly timed.
I completely adore the characters and I went through this book with a smile on my face (for the most part) because the characters are extremely witty and sarcastic. Yes there were a few cringe worthy lines because they were really cheesy, but those were overshadowed by the brilliant remarks of Kami and her friends.
The major complaint I have about this book is that it takes forever for the plot to get going. Most of the book focuses on the characters and while I love the characters and how they developed, I feel like there was too much emphasis on them and not enough on the actual plot. Until over halfway through the book, it is mostly Kami calling meetings with her friends where practically nothing gets done combined with an overload of angst. Character development is extremely important to me, but there is also only so much angst I can take and that is why this book did not get five stars.
While there was definitely a lot of teenager angst, it is also kind of understandable. Both Kami and Jared are learning how to deal with losing their link. Neither of them have ever lived without the other constantly in each other's minds. The way Jared tries to explain this link to Ash is perfect:
"Every dark moment you ever had in your life," Jared said. "Every time you were a kid hiding under the covers convinced that nobody in the world existed, that it was just you and the nightmares. Every time you felt alone in a crowd, alone by yourself, forever and essentially alone, and don't pretend there weren't moments like that. Every time you felt worthless, every time you thought there was no purpose to existing, no center to the world and no peace to be found. I never had a single moment like that, I was never lonely a day in my life, until now."
That quote perfectly explains Jared and even Kami's behavior. They now will have these feelings and doubt themselves because they don't have each other to tell them that they shouldn't be doubting themselves and feeling so alone. Most people learn to deal with feeling alone because they have to, but Kami and Jared never learned this essential skill because they didn't have to. There was another quote that I can't find, but I believe Jared said while trying to explain the feeling to Ash and he said that it was like asking a fish about water (or something like that).
There was also a love triangle, but it wasn't all that bad because all the characters involved are three dimensional and not just there to create drama. It's also really obvious how the characters actually feel even if they won't admit it. Probably the best side character is Angela because I feel like she really developed as character. Angela is dealing with her fallout with Holly after she tried to kiss her friend because she thought that Holly also liked her. Throughout the book, Angela is trying to work out how to come out as a lesbian and fix her relationship with Holly. It's a really great addition to the story because the way it is handled is believable.
I already bought the next book, so I'll be starting that as soon as I have the time....more
The first couple pages were amazing. I mean ghosts and murder? Doesn't that sound interesting? Too bad it wThis review is also on Living for the Books
The first couple pages were amazing. I mean ghosts and murder? Doesn't that sound interesting? Too bad it wasn't all about the murder.
The characters were kind of average, except for Lillian but I'll get to her later. I have mixed feelings about the main character, Hannah. There was nothing about her that made me dislike her, but I wasn't exactly rooting for her either. The not so average thing about Hannah is that she can see ghosts. This is never really explained, but that didn't really bother me too much. Basically Hannah is haunted by her dead best friend.
I feel like the romance was just not needed. Finny was the typical bad boy and of course Hannah falls in love with him.Their relationship didn't add anything to the story for me, it was just kind of there and I tolerated it...kind of. The murders were way more important than the romance, but guess which one trumped the other? That's right, the romance.
But the romance didn't take center stage either. Instead I think that this book was mostly about Hannah dealing with the loss of her best friend, Lillian. Lillian had anorexia and Hannah did practically nothing to help her best friend get better. Even though Lillian's dead she still has a huge influence on Hannah and on their other friends.
I wish the murders had been more important to the story. The ending felt so rushed and it was really obvious (to me) who the murderer was. At first I had no idea who the murderer was, but when I started thinking about it I was able to figure it out pretty quick.
Overall I I liked Paper Valentine but I didn't think it was anything special. I was looking for a murder mystery but instead I got something else....more
First off have you seen that cover? Gorgeous. No wonder why I pThis review and more can be found on Living for the Books
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First off have you seen that cover? Gorgeous. No wonder why I picked this book up in the first place. It also got quite a lot of love when it first came out so I had to read it. Did I read the same book as everyone else because I feel like I'm in the minority here when I say that this book and I didn't get along.
It all started when I realized that there was nothing mildly redeemable about the characters. There was no substance to any of the side characters, especially Luke and Sunshine. The main character is weird and not in the good way and to top it all off the love interest is a creep. The book was packed to the brim with instances of Violet blurting out the most random things and it almost never made sense, but none of the characters except for Luke seemed to notice that she didn't know how to hold a conversation and that she brought up irrelevant topics.
There was also absolutely no reason for Luke to be that nasty to his sister. I get it, siblings fight, but there wasn't a reason for Luke to hate on Violet. I kept waiting for some sort of childhood flashback to explain his hatred but there wasn't any. It was just there for the author's convenience and to show that the characters developed by the end. The same issue was present with Sunshine. She was written as a self-absorbed, bitchy girl but it's not like this added to the story, in fact it detracted from it because most of the time I just wanted to her go away.
The romance made me cringe. Their relationship developed unnaturally fast and I felt like I had no reason to root for them. The way River talked to Violet was very strange. If a guy started talking to me like that I would avoid that relationship at all costs. Occasionally Violet would start thinking logically about how dangerous River was, but then she would decide she didn't care because she felt in her heart that she should keep giving him chances and that he doesn't mean to kill people, even though he tells her that he does not think killing is morally wrong and that some people deserve to die. He also can't seem to stop lying and Violet is aware that everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie, yet she still chooses to believe what he says. If that's not alarming then I don't know what is.
The entire book felt like a jumble of literary and movie references that did very little to advance the plot. It also seemed like the author tried to mash too many gothic or horror story ideas into one book. The whole thing with Jack and the kids in the cemetery was very strange and it felt out of place. The villain of the story didn't even make much of an appearance until the end of the book. I saw a few people talking about how great the twist was at the end of the book, but I knew what the twist was since the mention of siblings and Texas.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a major disappointment because it had so much potential, but it was executed poorly. ...more
Going into this book I was expecting the usual paranormal stuff and the usual romance where the gThis review can also be found on Living for the Books
Going into this book I was expecting the usual paranormal stuff and the usual romance where the guy saves the girl and they end up falling in love or the dreaded instant love. Well I was pleasantly surprised! Living Violet isn't really like any other paranormal book I've read.
The whole Cambion concept was basically new to me. When incubus were mentioned I had this vague sense of knowing what was being talked about before it was explained but I don't exactly know where I know that word from and that is going to drive me crazy for the rest of the day.
The main character Samara Marshall was great. She didn't drool over Caleb like everyone else. She even thought he was weird and he is so a round of applause for her. It actually took her awhile to warm up to Caleb and she had actual reasons for liking him. Basically she's curious why women are dropping like flies after they make out with him and that's why she want to find out more about him. I mean wouldn't you be curious too?
I loved reading about Samara no matter what was happening. She was sarcastic and strong so she didn't like to get bossed around and most of the time she was the one bossing Caleb around. I found some things completely ridiculous though. Like Dougie teaching Caleb how to defend himself and he gets beat up by an eight year old (I think that was how old the girl was). The relationship between Samara's parents was also really strange to me. How is her dad's wife ok with him spending time with Samara's mom? Wouldn't she be the tiniest bit worried about that since Samara's mom seems to have a hard time getting over the fact that Samara's dad married someone else.
Anyway I think my favorite part of this book was the romance between Samara and Caleb. Sam isn't exactly sure what to do about her feelings for Caleb. This is probably because of what happened to her parents. She's not really sure if she wants a serious relationship and even though Caleb is he doesn't push her. You can actually read about their relationship developing. I just love reading about that.
It was also pretty obvious that there was something paranormal going on with Caleb and there were some other obvious things but I never saw the ending coming! So basically I really liked this book. It was a nice change from the usual paranormal.
*I received this book from the author. Thank you!...more
Last year I fell in love with The Raven Boys and it's been one those books that hasn't left me since, so my expectations for The Dream Thieves were exLast year I fell in love with The Raven Boys and it's been one those books that hasn't left me since, so my expectations for The Dream Thieves were extremely high. So high that I was a little worried that I would be disappointed. But I had no reason to worry because Maggie Stiefvater is the author of this fabulous series.
One of the best things about this series has to be the characters. Every character has a story to tell and I just love that. The raven boys, specifically Ronan, are my favorite characters. Mainly because there is so much depth and thought put into these characters. I love their relationships with each other and how even though they are all so different and from different backgrounds, they are like brothers. I was very excited that Ronan and his ability was the main focus of this book.
All the characters have grown since the start of this series, but none more than Adam. He isn't my favorite, but I still love him. His determination to be independent and to make something of himself is inspiring. Out of all the characters, Adam seems to have had the most difficult childhood, but he doesn't complain and he doesn't want Ronan, Gansey, or Blue's pity.
The concept of taking things out of dreams was completely new to me. The dream objects that Ronan brings back are pretty amazing and it makes me really wish that I could do something like that. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding Cabeswater.
I know that many people were disappointed by the lack of romance in the last book, but I was not one of those people. It's refreshing to read a Young Adult book that doesn't focus on the romance. There's a little bit of romance in this book and it nearly made me cry.
Every twist in this book kept me on the edge of my seat. The only reason I put the book down was because I didn't want it to be over too quickly.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Broken is unbelievably good. In all honesty going into this book I wasn't sure what to expect. JuThis review can also be found on Living for the Books
Broken is unbelievably good. In all honesty going into this book I wasn't sure what to expect. Just reading the blurb about the book basically gave away the entire story. So I guessed everything about Alex from the first couple of pages. Did that take away from the story? Not really. Sure I wasn't surprised but it was still good.
So the book starts out with Emma mourning Daniel's death. Daniel had died recently so I kind of expected Emma to grieve. At least she didn't act like some helpless girl. I actually liked Emma even though she was this normal girl that was still mourning the loss of her boyfriend. She punches people and smacks people around with her cast. Why can't more characters be like Emma? Normal but still able to defend themselves.
Broken was delightfully creepy. The deer and Dr. Franks especially. I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a deer or animal that was hit be a car the same way ever again. Dr. Franks was just completely nuts and a great villain. I loved him as a villain because I'm weird and love villains.
The insta love kind of bothered me but it was also kind of justified given the situation that Emma and Alex were in. The only thing that really bugged me about the book was how predictable it was. It could have been so much better if it wasn't so obvious what happened to Alex and Daniel. I mean it basically says it in the blurb! I mean Alex Franks goes to Shelley High School?
I love retellings and I thought that Alex and Emma were so adorable together. I don't even know how to describe how much I love their relationship. I actually loved almost all the characters except for Josh. There's just no love for Josh. I even like Dr. Franks better than Josh.
I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by this author!
*I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!...more
I'm getting so sick of books being compared to The Hunger Games. Especially when the only thing they have iThis review is also on Living for the Books
I'm getting so sick of books being compared to The Hunger Games. Especially when the only thing they have in common with The Hunger Games is that the book is dystopian.
I have a lot of issues with this book but I think I'll start with the positives. First off I love the idea of this book. It was unique and it sounded like something I would really enjoy reading. I actually really liked Davida and I would have preferred to have the story from her point of view since she was the only character I actually cared about.
One of my main problems with this book was the main character. Aria was one of the most clueless main characters I have ever read about. She also doesn't make any sense. She's taught that mystics are evil people that can hurt her so what does she do when she meets Hunter? She feels completely safe with him and doesn't even think that it would be better if she ran screaming in the opposite direction.
Aria's relationship with Hunter and Thomas was also strange. I know that she lost her memories but how she acted around Thomas was just plain weird. She was forcing herself to love him because her parents told her to. Even when there were clear signs that they were never in love.
The love letters that Aria found were ridiculously cheesy. Every single time she was with Hunter something cheesy happened. I can't deal with cheesy romance unless it is well done cheesy romance.
"A kiss that feels like it can change the world." Doesn't that sound a bit cheesy to you?
This book was also extremely predictable. Nothing in this book surprised me at all. It took Aria almost the entire book for her to figure out something but it took me only a few chapters to figure it out. I made six predictions within the first couple chapters and at least half of them were correct. The fact that Aria can't make any connections and is so gullible was so frustrating.
I feel like this book would definitely appeal to Matched fans but since I am not a fan of that series this book just wasn't for me. It was way too predictable and no matter how much I tried I just couldn't like the characters. I will not be reading the next one even if the cover is as pretty as this one.
Oh that was painful. Not the kind of horrible book painful but the heartbreaking type of painful.
Crown of Midnight was a step up from the first book. It was easier to get sucked into the world because I was already invested in some of the characters. Plus I love the idea of a female assassin and in this book Celeana is being an actual assassin instead of trying to become the king's Champion. In the first book, to me she didn't feel much like an assassin but in this book she was completely badass!
I especially enjoyed the magical part of the book. It's mysterious and very interesting because there isn't always a reason for why something happened or how something happened (or there isn't yet). This part of the book just keeps me guessing. What is Maas going to pull out of her magical hat next?
There was a love triangle in the first book and it's still kind of there in this book, but it's very obvious who Celeana loves romantically and who she loves as a friend. I loved Chaol in the first book and after reading this book I love him even more. He really develops as a character and I had been waiting for something to happen between him and Celeana for so long. They are so perfect and cute together. What happens between them is so heartbreaking and horrible.
The downside is that the beginning was a bit slow for me and it took awhile before I was completely hooked and the ending was predictable. I guessed the twist as soon as Celeana had doubts about the rebel movement. But other than that it was very good.
This sequel is very action packed and isn't without its fair share of bloodshed. The next one can't come out soon enough!
*I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review...more
I had very high hopes for this book after seeing all the glowing reviews for it. I honestly don't see why eThis review is also on Living for the Books
I had very high hopes for this book after seeing all the glowing reviews for it. I honestly don't see why everyone seems to love it so much.
The beginning of the book was great. I liked being dropped right in the middle of action, but after she got away from the camp things started to slow down. The road trip to find East River was pretty boring even when they were getting hunted down by skip tracers. After I got through the middle of the book it started to pick up again. But then I got to the end and I wanted to throw the book across the room (but I didn't because that would hurt the book). Those three stars are for the end of the book. Now I need the next one because that ending left me wanting to strangle Ruby and I need to know how this is all going to get fixed.
I really couldn't stand Ruby. I couldn't take the "I can't tell them my secret because then they'll hate me" thoughts. I just wanted to slap Ruby and make her tell them because the constant thoughts about that were driving me insane.
There was also a love triangle. Now I didn't mind Liam. I actually liked him, but I couldn't stand Clancy. I knew from the moment that they met that he would make a love triangle. Clancy reminds me of Warner from Shatter Me because they are both psychopaths but the girls they like doesn't seem to think of them that way. I'll stop right there with the Shatter Me comparison otherwise this could turn into a rant.
I did like the idea of kids with superpowers. It was interesting but it was never explained where these powers came from. They just kind of appeared and no one seemed to question where they came from. The color classification was a bit confusing. I understand that Oranges are psychic, Blues have telekinesis, and Yellows have something to do with electricity but I'm not really sure. I have no idea about Green and I think Red has something to do with fire but I'm not sure.
Overall I liked this book mostly because of the ending and how intense it was....more
Its at times like this that I wish I had half stars because honestly this book deserves 2.5 starThis review can also be found on Living for the Books.
Its at times like this that I wish I had half stars because honestly this book deserves 2.5 stars. You see I struggled with this book but it had a good story going. It just needs some work.
I just had so much trouble starting this book. First of all there were many mistakes and sentences that just didn't make any sense to me. It gave me a headache trying to figure out what the character was trying to say or what was going on. It was very hard to keep track of all the characters. There seemed to be more and more each page but I just couldn't seem to remember who some of them were.
I also just couldn't connect to any of the characters. The way they spoke sounded forced and unlike any teenager I've ever met. Eileen and Christian's relationship bothered me the most. She barely knew him and she was perfectly fine with being bonded to him. If someone I barely knew was bonded to me and could feel all my emotions then I'd probably run far far away. There's no way I'd ever want someone close to my mind unless I actually knew them and they knew me.
There was also the little detail about Eileen and Christian having tattoos on their backs and never noticing it. How can you not notice that you have a tattoo on your back? Just wondering.I'm also a little bit confused about Eileen and Christian because aren't they relatives? Eileen's real last name is Fairey and Christian's last name is Fairey...could they be like distant cousins? That would be really strange.
The part of the book that I actually really enjoyed was the ending. I never really felt that the villain was really a threat until the end because he wasn't really in the book that much. Actually Eric is my favorite character because I find him one of the most interesting characters. Evan is probably my second favorite character because at times he could be very funny and I found his interactions with Amanda hilarious.
So I think that this book just wasn't for me. I'm not really into love at first sight. I like reading about characters falling in love. So if you are a fan of love at first sight then I'd say read this. The book does have potential. It has a good story line going for it and great ideas it just needs some editing.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!...more
I was never a huge fan of this series, so going into this book I didn't expect much and I think my expectatThis review is also on Living for the Books
I was never a huge fan of this series, so going into this book I didn't expect much and I think my expectations were met. Siege and Storm was enjoyable, but it lacked intrigue. The book was over four hundred pages, but it felt like nothing happened.
Unfortunately, the same problem I had with Alina in Shadow and Bone was present in the second book. All she seems to care about is looks. She wonders how her friend Genya could have fallen in love with someone she considers ugly. What a wonderful friend. She also calls Zoya vain and ambitious but she has no right to. Alina is extremely vain and all she wants is more power. I found it ridiculous that she insulted someone like that. Despite that I enjoyed Alina a little bit more in this book because she was powerful and prepared to fight.
Most of this book was spent preparing for war with the Darkling and I found it sort of boring. After Alina and Mal teamed up with Nikolai everything seemed to slow down. It was all about drama between Mal and Alina. The end was probably what brought my rating up because it was intense and definitely the best part of the book.
As I said before, a good portion of the book was taken up by Mal and Alina drama. Those two are extremely insecure about each other and it got on my nerves. Thankfully Nikolai was there to make sarcastic comments and lighten the mood. I love Nikolai and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Nikolai and Alina but I know I prefer him to Mal. Then there's the Darkling. I think he's great villain but I don't like him as a love interest because I think he's creepy. The visions Alina has of him just drive home the fact that he's creepy as hell.
After reading so many glowing reviews for this series, I wanted to fall in love with it, but I just couldn't. I enjoyed it and will probably end up reading the next book, but I doubt that this will ever be one of my favorite series....more
I don't think I've had that much fun reading a book in a long time. Such a refreshing read in a sea of YA bThis review is also on Living for the Books
I don't think I've had that much fun reading a book in a long time. Such a refreshing read in a sea of YA books.
The whole concept of Nightmares was something that immediately caught my eye. I got completely caught up in the world that Mindee Arnett created. Especially the mystery.
More often then not, I can predict the ending of books. I love solving mysteries so as I was reading I was trying my hardest to piece together the clues and make a list of suspects in my mind (because that's just something I do). I thought I had it all figured out but then the ending happened and...bam! I was wrong! Well half wrong or half right. I love it when I'm wrong and books aren't predictable.
The cast of characters were very likeable except it took me awhile to warm up to Eli. He was such a jerk but eventually I realized that he wasn't so bad and that he actually was a nice guy. Dusty was such a hilarious main character. I found myself laughing at the things she said. I loved her sarcasm and attitude. Her friend Selene was also great. I loved how she wanted to stand up for sirens and how she wanted to change the siren stereotype.
There was a love triangle, but honestly I didn't really mind it too much. Dusty meets Paul, this really sweet guy about halfway through and they start dating, but he just rubbed me the wrong way for the entire book. The other part of the love triangle was Eli, but nothing really happened to them for most of the book because Dusty and Eli were both dating different people, but it was obvious that there was something between them.
The end was so intense and I really hope that this is part of a series because I need the next book!
*I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!...more