Yes. I love you I love you so much Alex. I have decided you are my second favorite fictional boy. Right below Ash from The Iron Fey series. You are amYes. I love you I love you so much Alex. I have decided you are my second favorite fictional boy. Right below Ash from The Iron Fey series. You are amazing in every way and I hate to see your books come to an end. You will always be in my heart. You will always be a part of my dreams ;) One day I will have a guy with your vibrance! Farewell my love!! <3
~Review: Wowy-Wow-Wow-Wow!!! Wow. I was recommended this book by a friend and because of the amount of trust IOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: Wowy-Wow-Wow-Wow!!! Wow. I was recommended this book by a friend and because of the amount of trust I have in his choices, I was all for starting it. No questions asked. So, I downloaded the book and began reading. As I began reading I found out that it was an alien-post-apocalyptic book. Only one problem...I am NOT a huge alien book fan. I don't know why but the subjects of aliens in YA just don't please me. I don't like them very often. I have read one series that was about aliens and even though I liked it I didn't particularly care for it. So after telling my friend that I don't like alien books he told me to shut up and read the book ;P He claimed it was good and again because of my trust in his likes I continued to read. Not only that but after looking at my goodreads friend's reviews I decided it might be worth it...the worst that could happen is I hated it right? Right.
So, the question is...did I end up hating it? Uhm..hell no I didn't! I am so glad I continued to read it. This is one of those rare books that have genius written all over it. Rick Yancey is just that...a genius. It is true without a doubt. His writing is superb. Now this is a well written book. The way he wrote every character is outstanding! I immediately fell in love with Cassie's POV and then Ethan's (even though we only got one chapter from him! Total and only disappointment I had with this book) and her brother's and then well...I better not mention the other one since it is kind of a spoiler. Anyways, point is is that Rick Yancey puts a whole new definition to the word "talented". I am pretty sure that if you look the word "talented", "genius", "creative", and "unique" Rick Yancey's name would be under each and everyone of those.
I don't even know how to explain his writing. It is something that you have to read for yourself. Its not crazy philosophical or lyrical or anything like that. It is probably so enjoyable because of how true it is. His writing is realistic. The way he thinks it all out. His characters especially. I am sorry but I have a hard time believing that if a post-apocalyptic event like the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, wave happened no 16 year old girl would go out into the streets without any fear, full combat skills, or all that mumbo-jumbo. Its cool to read about those stuff but it makes the story that much more fictional and as enjoyable as that is it doesn't quite hook you like a more realistic fictional story does. If that makes any sense at all. Cassie is just one teen girl looking to survive for herself, her father and her little brother. She has to make life risking decisions and choices that have ultimate consequences. She is scared and frightened and she keeps this journal where she documents everything that has happened and the war going on in her mind. It was beautiful!
I think Cassie was a hell of a lot more enjoyable than Katniss! She was snarky and funny. Cassie is brave and strong in ways Katniss can never be. Seriously, Katniss and The Hunger Games better watch out. Rick Yancey has one hell of a series that is going to put both to shame! Sorry. The truth that Mr. Yancey puts behind every character's actions was what hooked me the most. At the end of the book I was left wondering how my actions might be different and how I may or may not be able to survive if something like this were to happen. So in case you haven't gotten the hint yet, The 5th Wave has different POVS. While I love when authors do this I also hate it. Only for one reason though. Reason being, they end each POV at the worst possible moment and I am left wanting to skip the next POV so that I can finish the one I was just reading. It is a torturous method.
While there was some great action in this book, it wasn't action at every corner. That being said, when there was action I about died every time. There at the end my feels were feeling too many feels that I think I might have almost passed out from the amount of hyperventilating I was doing. No. Joke. And then by the end of the book...this was my reaction (according to my last Goodreads update):
"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can't end a book like that!!!!! where the he'll is Evan!!!!?? I want me some Evan!!!!! DAMN IT!!!! Please tell me the sequel is out tomorrow...next week...o wouldn't even mind a month..."
Ya, I pretty much through an emotional ride hissy fit. ;P What can I say!? Its the effects of reading this wondrous book! There were so many great things in this book you can't even count them individually. You just have to wrap them all up in a pretty bow and call them The 5th Wave. Yes, because the entire book was awesomesauce. So wait? What about the whole alien bit? It didn't faze me? Nope. It was a different kind of alien lore. It was different enough for me to realize it was aliens but not feel as if they were aliens. I know, doesn't make sense. Basically I was able to look over the whole alien bit and enjoy the book for everything it was. I actually really enjoyed the alien bit! Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave was an exception to my "hate alien books" rule.
I can seriously not complain about one thing in The 5th Wave. It was incredible! I ate this book like it was my favorite pizza! I completely devoured it. I can't wait any longer for book two. I seriously need it ASAP! The way it ended...was cruel. I can't see where Rick takes this series. I am a HUGE Rick Yancey fan everyone. He is a true genius and now a huge favorite of mine! If you are a fan of The Hunger Games then be prepared to have your socks blown off. I honestly think that everyone should go out and buy a copy so they can read the thrilling adventure that is The 5th Wave. This is one of those 2013 books you NEED. If you are looking around and need a book to read this should be your first choice. Once I could put my alien book hate I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. There is a reason this book is on my "need in order to breathe" shelf. Its one of those rare books I am going to keep around for as long as I live. One that I will snuggle with at night. One that I will re-read till its worn and falling apart. One that will follow me everywhere I go. It is a part of my heart now and it always will be! THAT my friends is where my love of this book exceeds and the amount of amazeballs it is. ;D
Need-In-Order-To-Breath!!!!!!! (5 stars times a billion) ...more
~Review: I can't say right off the bat that I was completely wowed or fell absolutely head over heels in love.Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: I can't say right off the bat that I was completely wowed or fell absolutely head over heels in love. I will say that I didn't find it horrible and completely unappealing. There wouldn't have been a review here if that was the case. Not only because this is a blog your but because on my blog I like to think that my reviews help people find new books. How would you find new books to LOVE if all I gave you guys was bad reviews? Ya not really possible.
Blood Moon was good. My three star rating stands for "This book was good! Not great, but not horrible. At the least, worth the read." That was exactly the case in this book. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. It was worth the read and I think book two has more potential. I think Blood Moon had a lot going for it and I'm not exactly sure what it was that turned me off. What caused me not to love it.
It may have been Simon and Willa's instant love. I believe that there can be some sort of spark or connection when you first meet. I mean there has to be something that goes on when you first see the person that interests you in getting to know each other and becoming more than acquaintances...right? I just think that meeting, feeling the spark and all of a sudden THAT night the guy comes to your HOUSE again, in the middle of the NIGHT waiting outside your WINDOW and her coming out and them kissing after they JUST MET is uhm a little far fetched and if I might add a little creepy!? Then her mom saw it all and I don't know about you but my parents wouldn't have just stood by and just watched thinking "awe how cute! There's my daughter in the middle of the street kissing a boy I don't know." Sorry but I think that whole thing was a little crazy and way too fictional. I love fiction, that's all I read really but I like my fiction believable too. I mean it kin of goes away from vampires and werewolves and witches and dragons. How the hell do you make those unrealistic things...realistic? Trust me it's possible. I just wish I would have seen some more believable (not so much realistic I guess) attributes in Willa and Simons relationship and also with other parts of the book.
Looking back while writing the review I do really have to give credit to Mrs Harman. This book had some really good things going for it. She had some really great ideas and I can really see the potential for this series! I'm thinking that this could have first book syndrome where it is just the spark to the flame. It's the opening to something great. I definitely want to read book two to see where Willa and Simons adventures are gonna take them. What kind of struggles await them. I would definitely love to see what happens next and maybe I will enjoy book two more. There have been two series where that has happened. Where I didn't particularly love the first and felt as if it was just a starter book and then the second blew me away. I definitely see the potential for the Moonlight Trilogy! It's there I know it's there!! ;D
As far as writing goes I think Teri has a wonderful writing style. She simplifies. So many times these days authors try to show how genius their writing can be by too much dazzle. They try to complicate things way to often. There is beauty in simplicity. Teri Harman showed us just what that meant. Where she could have made a big show of The Six Gifts and make this big complication of it with many details she kept is simple and straight to the point. No huge network of underground tunnels with so many twists and turns you are sure to get lost forever. She explained everything rather well. I didn't have to back track to make sure I got it all down like I sometimes have to with other books. She gave the main points and the history behind it all nicely. It was well done. I think the side characters were a little undeveloped. I mean they are side characters but some had a big enough role where is like to have had less simplicity and more detail. I think Teri did a wonderful job with Blood Moon. I think her writing was great I just feel as if she had all this she wanted to accomplish and had a bit of trouble carrying it all out. Like she wasn't sure how to put all these ideas into one book. I felt as if there was a bit of struggle to get the series started. Now, that the series has started and is out there I have no doubt she will find her rhythm and make this series as great as it can be.
Again I have high hopes for this series and the potential I see in it and other works from Mrs Harman are incredible! I think that if you have the time read it. If you have the patience to read a good starter book and wait for a great sequel do it. It's worth the chance trust me. I mean really, sometimes a start up is better than a kick off first book and a sucky sequel. Take the chance and enjoy it. You never know if you will encounter the same problems as I.
This review was a part of the Blood Moon Blog Tour. *a copy was provided for review purposes*
Wow wow WOW!!!!! She has done it! Trisha Wolfe has managed to blow my mind and both capture and break my heartOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
Wow wow WOW!!!!! She has done it! Trisha Wolfe has managed to blow my mind and both capture and break my heart. I fell in love with Trisha Wolfes writing and stories when I read her first book in this companionship, Destinys Fire. One of the best steam punk books I have ever read! I wasn't really sure where it was going when she offered me to join this event. It was mainly the cover that through me off. It was all Egyptian an I was confused. I had completely forgot the main important things from Destinys Fire!!!! I seriously need to reread it now.
Now even though I was confused at first it quickly explained the Kythan things I had forgotten and I was so hooked on Astartes Wrath I didn't want to put it down until I finished and I didn't. I happen to be a huge fan of the Egyptian times and Cleopatra. And even bigger a fan of Egyptian times DURING Cleopatras reign xD I can imagine how much research Wolfe had to do to finish this book. And may I just say that she did a flipping fantastic job!! She truly caught the time and culture perfectly. I am no history major of that time but everything she wrote gave enough to make you feel you were really there. She captured the Greek tragedy perfectly. Too perfectly might add *cries hysterically*
Astarte, Phoenix, Xarion....all the characters she created were wonderful. Even the bad guys. I really don't know how else to build this book up!! I'm at a loss of words for the amount of amazing Astartes Wrath contains! It was action packed. The first scene we open up to is a battle. There was tragedy interlaced to no end. There was romance like no other. Friendship. Loyalty. Betrayal. And it's the story of how it all started. I love this book to no end. Seriously I have no clue how else to express how great this book. From the characters to the writing to the plot to well everything. Every once of this book was wonderful. It had be heart broken to no end and full of joy at the same time. If you haven't read this series do so as soon as possible ok? Thank you so much Trisha for giving me a chance to read your genius!! ;D
This review was a part of the Astarte's Wrath Event hosted by the Tough Girl Legion!
~Review: I am going to start off by saying,..Don’t ever underestimate Trisha Wolfe. It will make you feel likeOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: I am going to start off by saying,..Don’t ever underestimate Trisha Wolfe. It will make you feel like a fool. Now, that being said, Trisha, I have never underestimated you. No. Not one bit. With every story of hers I am blown away. She has an incredible talent that I am glad she hasn’t let go to waste. I tend ti have the nasty habit of reading a books synopsis and then completely forgetting what it is about when I start it, jumping into a book without reading the synopsis, or skimming the synopsis and totally not understanding what the book is supposed to be about. I kind of like it though. I never do it on purpose but it always turns out for the better. Ok, well maybe not always but most of the time. Where am I going with this?
Yes, I skimmed the synopsis and had no clue what the heck I was getting into. All I knew was the author was Trisha Wolfe and the cover was really pretty xD Was it one of those books that turned out for the better because I didn’t read the synopsis? Well I wouldn’t say because of it but yes. It had positive results. I just find that I am pleasantly surprised when I do so. I did end up going back to Goodreads and reading the synopsis…but moral of the story: I am bad with synopsis’, Trisha Wolfe is amazing so I have full trust in her amazingness to not read the synopsis, Of Silver and Beasts has a pretty cover, and this book was really really good.
I don’t know how she does it but Trisha can take one of the most unusual plots and turn it into something magnificient. Seriously. Where did this book come from? Who would have thought of it? Not me that’s who! I can’t express how great this author is. Just how amazing her writing and stories are, so is she. Trisha is one of my most favorite authors. She is like a buddy-‘ol pall. ;D Knowing what a great person she is gives a positive feedback for her book. No, that does not mean this review is bias. I give credit to authors as authors and authors as people separately. I may love the author but dislike the book. I have sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so don’t worry your little heads. ;D
One other thing Trisha has down pact is her tragedies. People, I can’t number the times her stories have ruined my swollen my heart with love and then completely deflated it because of her endings. She is one cruel mistress. The endings leave you wanting nothing but more and hanging on a thread because of the wait. Now, I feel as if I have been talking too much about my synopsis problems and Trisha’s book as a whole so I am going to get a bit more focused k? K.
Of Silver and Beasts is extremely unique. It kind of had that whole “Hunger Game” feel but…better. I liked how Trisha could take a huge world-wide plot and completely make it her own. So now that I have mentioned the Hunger Games, you may as well know that things get pretty intense, thrilling, action packed, and tragic. I felt pain for the characters that didn’t have any real part in the story. There is one part in particular that killed me. It was a pairing of blood (you will get that when you read it…hopefully). The reaction of the other killed. The devastation, anger and emotion that Trisha managed to get through was tragic. Tragic. That word will pop into your head a lot when you read it.
I can’t really say more for fear of too many spoilers but know this: Of Silver and Beasts is a spectacular book that seized my heart. I am highly anticipating book two. I think you all should read it! If you have never read anything by Mrs. Wolfe before might as well start now! The characters in this book were wonderful and I enjoyed reading from the protagonists point of view. She was a great heroine and the hero…DAMN! That boy is HOT ;D I love him to no end. Oh goodness….I can feel spoilers trying to pull themselves to the surface. I might as well go. Moral of this review: Read. Read. Read. Of Silver of Beasts and the author are amazing. There is no room for disappointment.
I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I have been in a reading funk and I think it got me outOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! I have been in a reading funk and I think it got me out of it. The writing was supurb, the story line was unique and intriguing and the characters were phenominal. I loved them all. Bad and good. I was with this book from the first page and stuck with it till the very last sentence...at 3:30 if I must add. ;D
I think one of the major things that made this book so unique was the meaning behind it. You could tell the author wanted to make a point. Faith. That was one major message twined in its pages. And it was not just faith in the almighty God. It was faith in yourself, your companions and faith in letting go and moving on. It actually opened my eyes a bit more. This series is inspiring.
Shannon is a wonderful writer! She has officially made me a huge fan of hers. Her story telling is amazing! I can't wait to find what happens in the next book. There is something about Dittemore's writing that just grabs you and keeps you turning the pages. I have no clue how many times I told myself "Just a few more pages. Ok just one more chapter." Obviously that didn't work out too well. It just kept getting better and better and the intensity rating shot through the roof not allowing me to put the book down. Her writing is smooth and effortless.
The characters in this book grow on you. I had a few problems with Brielle. Sometimes should just plain out annoyed me. She came off whiney at first but I grew to love her throughout the books. She had reasons to be sad and depressed. I couldn't imagine going through what she went through. When she finally opened up she was a great character. I LOVED Jake. When we first meet him in the beginning of Angel Eyes, he instantly gives off great charisma. He is humorous and lively. Like I said I loved him. #CrushListWorthy (I am starting that trend ok??) There are other characters throughout the story are all charismatic to a point. I couldn't help but love hating Damien. He was a really good bad guy (too many contradictions hah?) ;D
If you haven't started this series yet I recommend you do. You might find yourself just as happy as I was. I honestly didn't know what to expect when starting this. There aren't too many angel books trending now-a-days but each one is different in someway. There are SO many ways you can write a story with angels/demons/fallen angels. You never know what your going to get. What you get with this one is great! Go out and get your copy! I think its worth it! :D
****This review was a part of the Broken Wings Blog Tour with YA Bound Tours.****
~Review: So this is another one that I don't understand all the low ratings. I will admit that it starts off raOriginally posted at: Girls on YA Books
~Review: So this is another one that I don't understand all the low ratings. I will admit that it starts off rather slow and at times I was confused and had to re-read but once it got into its own rhythm I was enjoying it! It isn't anything paranormal or in today's age. It is set back in the early 1900s and when it was unladylike to go to the university. When the rich ruled and the poor worked for them in the household. Frills, parties, manners, marrying into class and all that was in style. Where you were born into the work and there was no way out. Despite all those bad parts of the days I love that time. It wasn't all bad. There is just something so elegant and proper that draws me into that time. And then of course we are in the outskirts of London throughout the book.
I loved the writing of Mrs Browning. Again at first it took some getting used to and getting INto but it worked. She seemed to catch each girls emotions and turmoils really well. You felt compassion, sorrow, anger and love for them all. More anger towards Rowena but well get to the characters in a bit. Browning did a fantastic job with capturing the year too. I felt as I was in 1913. The scenery was drawn vividly. The social turmoil was laid down and explained well. I really enjoyed it. Not only that but what she delivers isn't a happy ending. That may sound terrible but sometimes I like my books to have that stone cold truth.
The characters were also real and true and honest well....except for Rowena. I hated Rowena. She was fake and allowed herd to be pushed around. She wasn't honest. She wasn't real and she didn't stand up for what she thought was right. She annoyed the absolute shit out off and I hated her. She was worse than her aunt and uncle. Now the other two, Victoria and Prudence were awesome characters. Victoria was the most delicate in everyone's eyes but in actuality she was the most strong. She was the most true and right and honest. She was a lovely character and I absolutely adored her!! I really wanted her and her man to go into more romantic levels but they stayed friends and I ended up really liking that. It was right. Prudence was probably the most delicate. She was wounded easily because of her history. She was the daughter of a governess but because she grew up in the home of Mr Buxton she was sort of saved from her title. Me Buxton treated her as his own daughter instead of a governess' daughter. So when he died and they all moved to Mr. Buxton's bothered her whole life changed. She was a ladies maid to Rowena and Victoria. She was no longer an equal and it was a tough transition and she handled it well. She stayed strong and did what she was told.
I came to like Rowena when she was with her guy. That was the only time I truly liked her when I could accept her and enjoy her character. She honestly meant no harm she just fell under the influence of class and pleasing people. She was also in a tough place. Of course, Victoria being my favorite, I enjoyed her all the time. And I enjoyed Prudence most of the time as well. I liked Victoria and Rowena's cousins and their friends. They were nice side characters. Then of course I fell in love with all the love interests ;P
This wasn't just a tale of a tougher age and the struggles of three different girls, one more different than the others. It had a mystery to solve. Who WAS Prudence truly? Why was she disrespected so bad? It wasn't just because of her mother was a governess....there was a secret ran deeper than all was let on. Well written and a good tale of the past I really liked Summerset Abbey. I'm looking forward to the next book and anything else by Mrs Browning. Again, this book has a lot of negative reviews when I started and I was surprised. There were some positive ones but I wasn't expecting that many negative ones. Advice: don't listen. Try it out for yourself. People now are rating a hell of a lot better than they were before. I believe it has 4 stars on goodreads??
Now I think you should give it a try because you may just find you didn't read the right book to start off with and this one is. It may start a new trend in your book readings it may not. Bottom line...try it. I really liked it and can't agree with those negative reviews. Oh and you Downton Abbey fans...read!!!! It's good! If you like true endings...read. If you like older settings....read!!! People... Just read ;D