THE HARVESTING is really what I expected out of an Adult Urban Fantasy – a strong, kick-ass heroine, a sprinkle of fun fantasy, some humor to tickleTHE HARVESTING is really what I expected out of an Adult Urban Fantasy – a strong, kick-ass heroine, a sprinkle of fun fantasy, some humor to tickle my fancy, and just enough romance to keep me satisfied! Overall, combined with its own creepy take on zombies, as well as a surprising addition of another paranormal creature, the book was a great read!
Layla wasn't just a strong heroine; in fact, in a way she defines being kick-ass! Throughout the book, it didn't seem like there was a single moment where she was weak. Even before the apocalypse, she taught students to fight with swords, and owned her own shashka, a Russian sabre. Whenever she was engaged in battle, she didn't run away or think of herself either - she always was selfless and thought of others, while making sure she won her battles, or die trying.
Of course, the one down side to this is that sometimes Layla seemed a bit too invincible regarding to her fighting skills, but she does show some emotional vulnerability when it came to the romance in this book. Admittedly, I'm not much of a romance fan if it's not written well, but for me, in THE HARVESTING, there was just enough to keep me satisfied, but not too much for it to go over the top. I'm also glad there wasn't an love triangle, when the author could have easily wrote one in. Overall, the romance aspect was cute enough (except for, erm, some hotter scenes) and well done.
Personally though, one of my favorite parts was the world building in the book. From the author's bio, you could probably tell she's a fan of zombies and The Walking Dead, and it shows in the book. For one, at some points they were pretty creepy. The eventual world that you have is also well described, but realistic enough. In a way, the world did remind me a bit of TWD, which was great since I love the show :D
And finally, the plot was fantastic! Combined with a series of action-packed fight scenes and some romance, you also have some really, really unexpected twists along the way, which brought in a whole new set of paranormal creatures, worlds, and mysteries. The overall pace of the book was also well written - I was never bored for a second, and I ended up staying up in order to finish the book! One of the best parts though, in my opinion, was that there wasn't that big of a cliffhanger - this volume's problems were mostly resolved, but there was still enough mystery for me to hunger for more (:
Overall, THE HARVESTING was a great horror/fantasy read, great for almost any paranormal fan! Even if horror isn't your usual genre, this book would probably still appeal to your tastes, with its action, romance, and, erm, other paranormal elements (I don't want to give spoilers D:) Fans of The Walking Dead may also enjoy the novel because of the similar setting and fun (erm, fun?) fight scenes it contains.
*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this novel as part of a blog tour hosted by the Bookish Brunette. This did not affect my rating. The thoughts expressed in this review are my honest opinion.*...more
At first glance, the blurb definitely gives a sense ofFor more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
Rating Clarification: 1.5 / 5
At first glance, the blurb definitely gives a sense of mystery, especially one around Tink. It seemed to me that Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You would be a touching story, full of emotion. While the stories presented in the book, to an extent, touched me, I found that the writing did not appeal to my tastes...
The book is mainly divided into three parts, covering the stories of Merissa, Tink, and Nadia. Honestly, I found it extremely hard to get through Merissa's part of the story - her voice just didn't click with me, and she seemed detached. You learn that she's naturally beautiful, skinny, and popular, but is under a lot of pressure and cuts. For one, her "reason" for cutting didn't make sense to me. I might have understood this wrong, but apparently she can't have an eating disorder since she's already pretty skinny, so cutting is... better?
Her voice also jumped around a lot, which made for a lot of confusion on my part. Reading Merissa's story at that point seemed taxing to me, considering her attitude. At one point, she calls Nadia "flabby", when she's only 119 pounds, which is probably one of the reasons Nadia eventually developed an eating disorder. Her mom, who clearly loved Merissa, was always being put down in Merissa's head. The way that she interacted with other guys in school just made her seem like an ice queen.
There's also not really an ending to Merissa's story... it just stops. I was hoping that there was some kind of ending which wrapped everything up, but we just moved on towards Tink's story. Then when we encounter Merissa again in Nadia's story, she seems well and is interested in another boy. The transition just seemed awkward, I suppose.
In Tink's story, you get to learn more details about what happened in the past, as well as what kind of person Tink was. This part was much less confusing for me, but I still felt like the narrator's voice was detached. However, after reading Tink's part of the story, however interesting it was, I felt like each parts of the story didn't really relate - they read more like three short stories in the same world, rather than one whole novel. Personally, that type of writing didn't appeal to me, but other readers might think differently.
Finally, in Nadia's story, you learn about a crush on a teacher she has, as well as her eating disorder. I felt like the half of her story where she talks about being called a "slut" and her eating disorder were interesting, realistic, and touching to an extent. However, how her eventual crush turned out was unrealistic - honestly, who would start a petition to get that teacher back, and would it really work? In my mind, it couldn't happen. At that point, Nadia also seemed so naive - her teacher obviously didn't like her back, and she was doing something that was unnecessary and stupid...
Overall, Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You was a disappointing read :/ The different voices of the characters, jumbled-ness of the writing, and realistic-ness of the book didn't appeal to me. I'm not too sure who to recommend it to - maybe fans of Oates' other YA novels?
Finding Mia is one of those books that just really connected with me, kind of on anFor more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
Finding Mia is one of those books that just really connected with me, kind of on an emotional level. I have to admit that the writing style wasn’t absolutely fantastic - some of the transitions seemed kind of awkward, and some things could have been worded a bit better - but I found that Mia was great to relate to, in some aspects.
The teenagers in this book were, on a certain level, really easy to relate to. When Mia feels frustrated at her parents, you really could see both sides of the story - on one hand, as a teenager, I would have reacted the same way as Mia might have, even though I clearly did something wrong. On the other hand, as you also get to see from Mia’s father & Suzanne’s point of view, that they really did try to care about her, but didn’t know how to. As the story went on, I loved the emotions that were portrayed, which is the one of the main reasons why I enjoyed the story (:
The author is also able to portray all the characters in such a way that kind of makes my heart break. Even the supporting characters had different but very important roles in the story. Mia's father & Suzanne, although adults, still had some mystery and a lot of emotion behind their roles. Gretchen, one of Mia's new friends, is a popular, beautiful, and rich girl, but is also ignored by her parents for the most part, and also holds complexity. Throughout the story, every character you meet somehow attaches him or herself to you, eventually intertwining each of their side stories into one gigantic beautiful novel (:
However, to me, the writing style isn’t the best. Although the words and sentences themselves were great, sometimes it felt like the story and writing was just jumping back and forth. Specifically, I felt like the transitions between some of the diary entries and actual story seemed... awkward I suppose? It might just be me, but those are my thoughts.The ending also ended abruptly, and although there was a sense of satisfaction, it just... ended, I suppose.
Overall, Finding Mia was an emotional and realistic contemporary YA read. With the perfect balance of sorrow, hope, romance, and shock, I really fell in love with the characters & story. This book is a must read for YA contemporary fans!
*Thank to you the author for providing me a review copy with this book*...more
I’m not exactly sure why, but Indigo Awakening just wasn’t for me. Theoretically, I should have fell in love with the book – there was an[2/5]
I’m not exactly sure why, but Indigo Awakening just wasn’t for me. Theoretically, I should have fell in love with the book – there was an awesome concept, the plot was quick-moving, and there was a lot of action. Still, probably because of the romance between Rayne & Gabriel, I found it hard to finish and enjoy the book, especially at the beginning.
The most glaring issue, for me, was Rayne & Gabriel’s initial relationship. It might have been just me, but am I the only one who thinks these quotes just reek of insta-love? If not, they still had me rolling my eyes…*
“Rayne still felt under the influence of her hyped adrenaline, and getting saved had made her plenty grateful, but one thought took root when she looked at him again. He looked… beautiful. Seeing him in the sahdows, looking up at her, did a number on her heart – a reaction she fought against.”
“Gabriel touching her face felt like the most natural thing. Rayne had a connection to him that she couldn’t explain.”
“Epic cuteness. Rayne smiled. She felt closer to Gabriel than she ever had before.” (This was about 1/3 into the book, and they had met about 15% through, and there were other POVs introduced. My main question was if they were really that close before? Maybe I’m just being picky.)
And this one might not totally be insta-love, but I was still doing eye-rolls afterwards…
“Her eyes triggered something in him – a need. The years of him running hiding, not trusting anyone – they had come at a price that she made him feel”.
* I am quoting from the eARC I received through NetGalley.
Apart from that, I found that Dane’s writing style was a bit… irkish for me, I suppose. There are some awkward transitions between the text, as well as some misused words here and there. Sometimes Rayne also refers to Gabriel (or vice versa) in strange ways. For example: (and again, I’m quoting from the eARC I received on NetGalley, so this might have been corrected)
“Her bike carried good memories and she needed the positive karma.” (Karma is good fate you get for doing good things, not for good memories)
“When Rayne shook her head, the guy named for an angel hit her with a slow smile, another weapon in his arsenal.” (For me, the language “named for an angel” and “another weapon in his arsenal” was just awkward :/)
“The whole scene looked like a disaster flick in a cheesy movie.” (So it looked like a disaster movie… in a cheesy movie?)
“With tears stinging her eyes, she winced at the kinetic energy that jolted through her body.” (Considering the actual physics definition, the use of “kinetic energy was a bit strange.)
Again, these language issues might just be me, and they might have been corrected in the final draft of the book, but this was based on my experience of reading the eARC I received.
There were also a lot of POVs to keep track of, three of them belonging to the villains of the story. I didn’t really feel the need to go into the minds of that many villains, and some of the transitions (again, maybe because of the formatting of the eARC) were awkward. I did enjoy Rafe’s POV though – the small sneak peak of the next book was actually written mostly in his POV, and I was definitely intrigued!
Despite it all, the plot was still filled with action and was quick-paced (well, when Rayne and Gabriel weren’t gazing into each other’s amber & grey eyes). Rafe & Benny were also adorable characters, and I loved their clever voices and banter. The last 10 or 15 percent or so of the book was also probably my favorite part – there was a lot of action, at a non-stop pace, and the Indigos’ abilities were well portrayed and intriguing, although I wish some of the backstory was delved into.
And on a side note, the last line of the book, “_______________ is my ______”…
The Pledge is definitely one of the most unique and/or fascinating books I’ve read, sinceFor more of my reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
The Pledge is definitely one of the most unique and/or fascinating books I’ve read, since I’ve always been fascinated by languages. While its quick pace and beautiful world were great and made for an enjoyable read, I have to admit that the romance and some parts of the plot bugged me. Nevertheless, overall I enjoyed reading The Pledge!
Especially in dystopian or fantasy fiction, building a unique or fascinating world is almost a must. On a positive note, the whole idea of the world itself was fascinating: Kimberly’s world surrounding languages is just so interesting, and the fantasy surrounding Charlaina and her sister were fun to read about. Certain places or scenes in the book were also spectacularly described, like the different shops, allies, or certain nightclubs you get to explore. My one qualm, however, was that I wish some of the history surrounding the world would be described, like how the Queen was able to separate classes by languages, or maybe how Charlaina’s power worked. Overall, however, I was captivated by the fantasy & world of the book!
The plot was also quick-paced and had some great surprises along the way. When I was reading, I never was really bored with the book - there was always something exciting or mysterious happening! I have to admit there were a number of twists considering the royal family that surprised me, too. However, there are some things that were a bit predictable, like Charlaina’s true identity and the... feeling, I suppose, of the ending. As a whole, I thought it was enjoyable though!
My biggest issue with the book then was probably the romance :/ It’s the same trend over and over again - girl meets a mysterious, dark, and handsome guy, they’re undeniably attracted to each other and can’t stop thinking about each other, BUT WAIT! can’t be together, although somehow they eventually fall head over heels in love. There were times I was just doing so many mental eye rolls, because the romance seemed cliche, or typical of some YA paranormal romance. Hopefully there also won’t be the dreaded triangle either in the next book...
Overall, The Pledge was a unique and quick read, with a fascinating concept but an if-y romance :/ If you’re looking for a unique or different type of read, or are a fan of Kimberly Derting’s other works, you may enjoy this book! (:...more
First of all, like I said earlier in the post, although I would classify this book as a NewFor more reviews, check out my blog @ Moosubi Reviews!
First of all, like I said earlier in the post, although I would classify this book as a New Adult book, I would say it holds YA appeal. There's no explicit or mature content of the source (no sex or swearing, as far as I can remember), but there is some cutesy romance that many YA readers would probably enjoy. The language is also flowy and easy to read, perfect for a weekend read (:
In this book, Paige has "glimmers" into the past, where she experiences another person's memories by touching their possessions. Throughout the book, she goes through three of these "glimmers", that kind of read like short stories. The stories' plot and content themselves were interesting - I would say they were mostly of the romance genre, but they developed in a cute and innocent type of way. It wasn't insta-love, but more written in a Sarah Dessen type of way, so I did enjoy them for the most part. My only complaint is that the transitions between the present and Paige's glimmers seemed a little awkward - Paige would touch the object, she would think there's a glimmer coming up, and the glimmer would come. Apart from that though, I loved the author's story!
Barbara Brooke's writing style is also easy to read, making this a quick weekend read for me! My curiosity of what would happen next kept me turning pages for a long time, until the sweet ending. Each of the character's voices was also engaging and relatable, especially for a teenager like me ^__^ My only complaint is that because this book was such a light, easy, and fun read, some parts of the book seemed a bit rushed, but not too much. The ending was also a bit predictable, but again, it was fulfilling and sweet!
Overall, Glimmers was a short and sweet romance read, one that would probably appeal to YA and Adult readers of romance alike! This book is also the first part in a series, the second being Beyond Glimmers, but it could also be read as a stand alone (: If you're looking for a fulfilling but short, sweet and cheap read, I highly recommend this book to you!
*Thank you to CBB Book Promotions & Barbara Brooke for providing me a review copy of this book*...more
LIFE ON THE EDGE is the type of book that I classify as a “feel-good” book – it just leaves a happy sortThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
LIFE ON THE EDGE is the type of book that I classify as a “feel-good” book – it just leaves a happy sort of feeling inside of me after I finish reading – the romance was cute, that the characters were likable, and the ending left me satisfied (:
This book follows the journey of Emily, Chris, and Sergei, a pair of ice skaters and a retired skater turned coach, whose goal is to win gold in the Olympics. The characters were likable when they were supposed to be, and I admired each of their strong suits and personalities. Emily is your “typical” heroine – brave, determined, talented. She had her flaws, but that’s what made her relatable to me. I especially liked her relationship with Chris – not quite “dating”, but more of a brother/sister relationship, but maybe even closer – they never fought, and were always there for each other (:
I also, almost surprisingly, was a fan of Sergei and Emily’s relationships. It definitely had its ups and downs, but their raw emotion and devotion towards each other is clear. I also liked that it wasn’t insta-love, or the typical high-school-drama type of romance – I feel like throughout the book, you can really see their relationship develop.
My only complaint is that some parts of the book seemed a bit rushed. There’s some important scenes, in my opinion, in the ending that could have had a bit more depth, but seemed too easy to go through and gain success. I also wished that I could have seen a bit more emphasis on ice skating rather than Emily’s life outside of it – it’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading about it, but I barely got to see her trainings with Sergei and Chris, so some of their shows and programs seemed too easy to come by. Still, overall I did enjoy the plot ^__^
Overall, LIFE ON THE EDGE was a short but enjoyable read, perfect for fans of YA or New Adult contemporary romances looking for a short weekend read! I highly recommend this to fans of authors like Sarah Dessen or Susane Colosanti – in my opinion, this book’s type of romance or plot is similar to those of those two authors, and I believe you would enjoy a book like this as well (:...more
Check out my author interview with Anne, as part of the Any Other Night official blog tour!!
To keep this review simple, I've decided to split it upCheck out my author interview with Anne, as part of the Any Other Night official blog tour!!
To keep this review simple, I've decided to split it up into "What I Liked" and "What I Didn't Like", since I feel like some parts of this book were outstanding, and others, not so much...
What I Liked: - As a character, I admired Ryan so much. I know if I was in his position, I'd probably collapse on my knees and just start wailing for hours straight. He definitely shows his strength, and I really felt that his character grew!
- Ryan's relationship with his sisters and family were also pretty realistic, but also a little heartbreaking. I don't really have experience dealing with movie star famous people lol, but his reactions and emotions were reasonable for a teenager boy. His relationships with his sisters and housekeepers are pretty cute though :D
- Even after Michael dies, the author still effectively portrays Ryan's memories of him, and I admired their friendship. Especially "Soldier Rock" - it's just so inspiring!
- As a character alone, Emily was a sweet girl (: I liked that she didn't placidly follow Ryan's needs - instead she did stand up for herself at some points and behaved like a teenager haha! By all means she's not a perfect character, but that's what makes her relatable!
- Ryan also develops some friendships with Johnny, and also a bit with Calvin, which I enjoyed seeing grow! It was definitely a healthy and nice friendship, and it was nice to see that Ryan had someone to lean on. It also made his character seem more realistic :D
- The plot itself was pretty fast paced - I finished the book within a few hours of one sitting!
- The book also deals with alcohol and drugs, which I felt was portrayed realistically, and a bit enlightening (:
- I also liked the author's exploration about karma! Anne talked about it briefly in the author interview, but I liked seeing Ryan get over his loss and learn to live for the better things of life.
- The "secret" that Michael left behind came unpredicted for me, to be honest. It really made a huge impact on the book and was full of realism. One of the reasons why I felt like I liked the book, despite my other qualms about it, was because in a way, this secret spread awareness about this issue. Of course it also affected the plot quite a bit.
What I Didn't Like... - Of course, although Ryan's a strong character, sometimes he seemed a bit too strong. Apart from his conflicts with his parents, he seemed almost perfect. For example, sometimes he helped Chrissie a little too much.
- Sometimes I also felt like Ryan's grief was skimmed over a little. The book definitely doesn't completely ignore the issue, but it seemed like at some points even though Ryan was saying that he really missed Michael & was sad about it, he didn't show it.
- There were some questions in the beginning, like why Ryan was feeling guilty about Emily that I didn't quite understand.
- Ryan and Emily's initial relationship seemed a little like insta-love. On a positive note though, it does develop into something deeper (:
- Some of the more serious issues of the book, like the "secret", drugs, and alcohol, also seemed to be a little skimmed over. I realize that they weren't the very main point of the story, but I wish that characters like Chase had a bit more involvement.
- The ending with his parents, Michael's parents & Chrissie seemed a bit rushed.
Overall, however, I did enjoy Any Other Night. Considering that I'm more of a fantasy-adventure person, contemporary fans of her other novel The Wedding Cake Girl will probably also enjoy the author's initial debut (:
*Review for blog tour! Check out an excerpt & giveaway featuring this book @ Moosubi Reviews!
As an urban fantasy, reading The Salamander Stone was*Review for blog tour! Check out an excerpt & giveaway featuring this book @ Moosubi Reviews!
As an urban fantasy, reading The Salamander Stone was extremely unique – the system of magic or “Vril” was a concept that was new to me, and seeing the concept used around the book was enjoyable and refreshing! I did have a few qualms about the book, but for the most part, I was riveted by the action and plot of this book (:
As I mentioned before, The Salamander Stone has an extremely unique magic system. The concept of harnessing power with ley lines, the elements, and “aberrant” is an idea I honestly was completely unaware of until I read this book! Although it was a bit confusing in the beginning, I later was intrigued and was quite excited about learning about it!
The plot was quick-paced, but a bit tiring to read in the beginning. Admittedly in the beginning, I was pretty confused – the author suddenly throws you into an action scene, with no prior background knowledge. I was confused about who James was, or what Amber’s mother had told her, so I ended up going back a few pages and rereading to see if I missed anything. Moreover, I found that in the beginning the author’s writing language was a bit hard to get into – there were some grammar mistakes, and since I didn’t fully understand the plot, I was also confused by some of the emotions and descriptions the author portrayed.
Nevertheless, I do believe after reading a few chapters, the pace quickened, and I wasn’t as confused. There was lots of suspense and action, as well as a number of twists and the development of some great characters and relationships! I found Amber herself as a main character to be slightly underdeveloped since I felt like I didn’t really get to know her personality and background too extensively throughout the story, but her relationships with the side characters were complex and interesting! I actually found Meshak’s part of the story to be really interesting, even though I admit I was confused about his involvement in the beginning.
Overall, The Salamander Stone, although a little rough for me in the beginning, was an exciting read, with a great development of plot and characters and a great share of action! I recommend this to fans of fantasy looking for something different but refreshing, keeping in mind that it may be a little confusing in the beginning....more
Before I start my review, I do realize that there were people who enjoyed this book. When I writeThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
Before I start my review, I do realize that there were people who enjoyed this book. When I write reviews, sometimes I do get a little over the top, so I apologize if I offend you. I’m not trying to disrespect the book, the author, or its fan – in fact, I admired Amanda Hocking for her success. Here are my opinions, and hopefully they aren’t too offensive. Anyways, onto this review!
With such a beautiful cover, an author who was indie author turned published success, and just fantastic mythology and mermaids, Wake had a lot of potential to be one of my favorite books. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations :/
I’ve also decided to create a long version, and a short version of my review, since I realize that I do get long winded sometimes. Here’s the short version: Although I enjoyed the mythology presented in Wake the characterization of Gemma and the decisions she made irked me, therefore bringing my reading experience down. While PNR fans might enjoy this book, I unfortunately didn’t. And here’s the long version:
One of my main problems with the book was with the characters. Let’s start off with Gemma, who I consider to be the “main character”. Hopefully I don’t come out as too rude, but to be honest, I found her to be whiny, immature, and stupid, in a sense. When she knows she would get punished, and finally gets punished, she storms up to her room and refuses to talk to anyone. She even understood it was a fair punishment, but she still reacted that way! I’m not sure about other readers, but to me, this was really immature and it irked me :/
Her romance, unfortunately, also bugged me. The beginning of their romance begins like this: “I think you’re pretty…. sorry that just slipped out” *heartbeat* HE THINKS I’M PRETTY EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I’M PRETTY! “You think I’m pretty?” “Yeah” “I think you’re pretty too” *make out scene* There’s also a point in the book where she makes a really important decision (slight spoilers ahead), and the conversation basically goes like this: Mom, I need to make an important decision (Mom is mentally ill by the way, which I had no problem with.) Oh honey, what is this decision? *explains situation* Ooooh, so you get to be a mermaid? Yes. Then leave everything behind! Become a mermaid! That would be fun! Okay. Does anyone else see the problem in this logic? Her mother, who is mentally ill tells her daughter to leave her home to become a mermaid, just to be a mermaid, and Gemma listens to her. I’m sorry, but I thought this was incredibly stupid.
Anyways, moving on. I actually liked Harper, for the most part. At times, she was overly dramatic, but I understood her notions. Her decisions were practical, and in a way, I could relate to her personality. My only complaint is that her romance with Daniel seemed a bit rushed, but I thought that their relationship was pretty healthy and a tad bit cute-sy overall!
And one more thing on the characters – when they noticed one girl of the group of four was missing, everybody suspects that Penn, Thea, and Lexi either ate her or killed her, except for Harper and Brian. It’s a little rude, even though the girls were supposed to be the “bad guys”, and definitely jumping to conclusions too quickly.
As for Amanda Hocking’s language, for the most part, I found it to be not as fluid as I would have liked it to be. There wasn’t much sensory language, and some of the wording and paragraphs seemed awkward in context with the plot. She also used third person throughout the book, which made it confusing at times as to who the author was referring to.
The plot was actually pretty fast-paced – almost a little to fast, actually. Again, the romances did seem a bit rushed, and the book I read was only 308 pages. I did, however enjoy the mythology in it – my favorite part of the book was actually the explanations behind who Penn, Lexi, and Thea actually were. There’s actually also a pretty surprising… transformation I suppose towards the end of the novel, and it went along with the fantasy element well.
Overall, although I loved the mythology Amanda Hocking presented in Wake, I found the main character and her romance to be bland, which ruined my experience.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift through ARCycling....more
In terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters.In terms of enjoyment, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING definitely rates highly. I was immediately sucked into the world, the action, magic, and characters. There was one factor that I was slightly bothered by, but overall I completely fell in love with this book. In fact, afterwards, I might have, erm, been like this…
YOU'RE. JUST. GOING. TO. END. IT. LIKE THAT???
And then like this....
*wallows in self pity* I NEED NEXT BOOK NAO.
Anyways, *ahem* moving on…
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING started off with a bang, with lots of excitement. There was immediately so much action thrown in the reader’s face (in a good way). The fantasy and world building also mesmerized me – it was purely magical, rich, and full of magical creatures. I was also refreshed by the book’s fantasy system centering around gnomes and goblins, since I haven’t really seen them as the focus of a fantasy book, although I have always thought of the two as small, always-happy garden creatures (erm, gnomes), and creepy, monster-like creatures of the night (erm, goblins).
Greta was also a kick-ass heroine! As a bounty hunter, she’s obviously a great fighter, and her sharp tongue is hilarious, even at the worst of times. There were so many action scenes, and she definitely dominated. There’s one scene where she’s attacked, and instead of stepping in the shadows or standing still, waiting for help, like many female characters might have done, she definitely takes charge. She takes so many sacrifices and is headstrong, always heading into danger. Combined with the explosive action scenes in the book, Greta was a near-perfect heroine for the setting!
The side characters also helped to add to the story. I especially liked the relationship that Greta eventually developed with the “Lost Boys” – there was a sort of friendship that definitely developed between them, like a family. I also liked Siona as a character, and hopefully we will see more of her and the boys in the next book!
My only complaint about this book was Isaac & Greta’s relationship. There were some serious eye rolls with some of the dialogue in the book. Die-hard fans of paranormal romance might enjoy their relationship, but the “We have chemistry OMG we are meant to be together YOU MUST BE MINE” is getting a little old for me :/ I know that they spent time with each other prior to the book, but I didn’t really see it develop, so it seemed a little like insta-love. Outside of dreams (you’ll see if you read the book), they really didn’t spend much time together either :/ Maybe others would dig their relationship, but unfortunately their seemingly quick progression kind of ruined my experience with the book.
On a side note, there did seem to be signs of a retelling of Hansel and Gretel…? I did like how the author retold the tale in subtle ways!
As a whole, I did enjoy the book! Unfortunately, it also ended in a huge cliffhanger (grr….), so I’m probably going to be reading the next book! Full of action and great fantasy, I recommend this to fans of YA PNR. (:...more
Do you guys every feel like the ending changes almost everything you previously thought about the book?This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
Do you guys every feel like the ending changes almost everything you previously thought about the book? For my experience with Between by Jessica Warman, I felt like suddenly after a point late in the book, every word just became so much more meaningful to me, and I found myself almost loving the book.
At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t totally happy with how the plot was progressing. I found a lot of the characters to be naïve, and some of the plot was becoming predictable. I actually found Liz to be one of the most annoying, since her attitude was portrayed as if she was just so innocent. I get that she lost a lot of her memories, but I felt that her attitude just suddenly changed from her original personality. There are a lot of scenes that she saw her past self, and she just seemed so shocked. I suppose she was reborn in a way? I’m not really sure – I suppose right now I’m just reflecting, but the point is, her general nature bugged me, in a way :/
My other complaint was that the plot seemed a little transparent to me. For the most part, I could predict what was going to happen next, and was a little surprised that the characters couldn’t figure it out themselves. I do admit however that I did read through the book in a relatively quick time – although I thought the plot was easy to predict, it had what I adopt as “readability”, as I kept on flipping the pages.
Anyways, there was one point where I felt that the book became a lot… better I suppose? There was one huge twist that probably had a huge impact on me, and my eyes probably popped out of my head when it happened o___o At that point, I also felt that Liz’s character did develop enough for me to connect with her more. The side characters also seemed to grow more interesting traits and change, for the better, and start to let go and make better decisions. Some of the more interesting parts of the mystery were also revealed, and the criminal was finally revealed.
However, what really changed my experience was the last chapter. It was written amazingly, beautifully, with such prose… I’m not sure how else to describe it. It was all about emotions, letting go, and the future… it was just so lyrical! For me, the end was definitely the highlight of the read!
Overall, Between was a different type of contemporary ghost story, which some emotional developments and interesting surprises near the end. Again, it was very “readable” and was a relatively quick read for me, although I didn’t connect to the beginning. I would recommend looking at other reads, for others did love this book, and it has won a number of awards.
I’m pretty confused about my own thoughts about this book.There were definitely aspects of the book thatThis review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
I’m pretty confused about my own thoughts about this book.There were definitely aspects of the book that I enjoyed, but I did feel like it could be so much better.
One thing that I really have to commend Gretchen for is for her writing style. It really is smooth, and at times really spooky. I have to admit I wasn’t as creeped out in Possess as I was in Ten, but it had a generally spooky feel to it. One of the reasons why I was able to finish this book in such a quick time, and was motivated to keep on reading was because I loved her writing style!
I also loved Gretchen’s take on exorcisms and demons. The subject itself is pretty interesting to me, so I loved learning about its mythology. I wish this aspect was actually explored a bit more, but for the most part, I enjoyed the mythological part of Possess!
The plot was pretty fast paced, although only a bit predictable. There weren’t any particularly large twists or turns, but I did like the exorcisms that took place. There was also bits of romance (some cliché, unfortunately…), typical (but hilarious!) high school experiences, and some mystery involved!
However, like in Ten, it’s the characters that disappointed me. There was the typical love interest, the snarky but beautiful and unpopular heroine, the best gay guy friend, and the other guy that loves the girl, even though the girl wasn’t really interested in him. I felt like in general I just didn’t connect with the characters, especially Bridget (the main character). I commend Gretchen for making her half-Asian, but she didn’t seem Chinese at all. Her physical traits were described so that she seemed more Irish, and there’s even a line in the beginning where she remarks, “Were you expecting someone more Chinese?” In general, I felt that Gretchen was making an attempt to diversify her character, but nothing really stood out in her that made her Chinese, especially since I’m an ABC (American Born Chinese) myself.
Overall, Possess was a relatively quick and mysterious read, with spooky exorcism fantasy and a fast-paced plot! Unfortunately however, the characters & romance didn’t appeal to me. I recommend this book to PNR fans, since this type of heroine, plot, and romance would appeal to fans of the genre ^__^ I will probably check out the next book in the series out of curiosity, although I am unlikely to buy a copy, nor will it be on the top of my TBR list....more
Let us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:
Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version:Let us start off with yet another freaking-out-OMG GIF:
Since this review might be pretty long, I will provide two versions.
The Short Version: This book was epic. Just full of awesomeness. EPIC. I loved the fantasy, the characters, the plot, the world – everything!
The Long Version:
Let’s start off with the characters. Emariya was pretty darn awesome. She’s not your typical kick-butt ninja-fighting heroine, but it’s clear that she’s a determined character and really cares about her country. The number of sacrifices she makes is extraordinary, and I admired her quick thinking and bravery throughout the novel. And even though she’s expected to be queen, there were still aspects of her character that I related to as a person, and I really connected to her (:
The love interest, Torian, is actually introduced pretty late into the novel, but I actually felt like he and Emariya had good chemistry. There was a bit of fantasy involved, but for the most part, their relationship did seem to have some depth. It also had its ups and downs, and hopefully I will see it develop more in the next book!
As for the side characters, like Jessa, Khane, Reece, and Garith, I felt like each had a pretty important role. They each had unique traits, which were shown throughout the novel. Jessa had a great friendship with Emariya, while Garith genuinely cared and loved Riya. I especially liked that Garith wasn’t too obsessive either, and there wasn’t an annoying love triangle. As for Khane and Reece, they each have pretty interesting and mysterious roles in the novel, and hopefully they will appear more later!
The general structure of the plot is actually pretty simplistic, but in the mix were a lot of magic, action, and mystery! As the first book in the series, there wasn’t as much fantasy as I might have wanted, but there seemed to be a lot more in the end. Still, the different lands enchanted me, with each custom and setting (:
However, there was one huge twist at the end that I didn’t suspect until very late in the book. It definitely shed new light onto a lot of the characters, and right now I’m probably still in shock because of it :o And of course, like most authors that I love, there’s a cliffhanger. It’s not as gaping as some, but it definitely left me hungering for more!
Overall, Cornerstone is absolutely fantastic! Full of magic, action, twists, and excitement, this is a must-read for any fantasy fan (: I will definitely be reading the next book!
*Thank you so so much to Kelly Walker for providing me a review copy of this book! The fact that I received a review copy has not affected my opinion.*...more
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This book was just fun! I'm not how else to describe it - after all, I had fun reading it, the language was easy and fun to go along with, and the story was a joy to follow along - and just fun haha ^__^
The language is extremely easy to get hooked on, especially if you're in the mood for something along the lines of a fantasy-adventure. The style of writing was light and humorous, something that of a fourteen year old like Matt Archer. There was also a good amount of humor in the book, along with non stop action (Monster-Killing! Fight scenes!) and a bit of mystery. Because that, this type of book might also appeal to an older MG reader, especially guys, considering that the romance portion of the book was kept to a minimum, but the action and language may appeal to that specific age group.
Matt was also a great character, perfect for the setting of the story. In the fantastical element of the book, he definitely grew a lot as a person and as a warrior. Being a high school student myself, there were also certain aspects of his character that I found exactly like resembling that of a younger high school student. His troubles with his older brother, his crush, algebra (ewww), and monsters all in all made him an endearing character to follow along in his journey.
Other than that, I also liked his relationships with his family and best friend, as well as the fantasy elements of the book. As I mentioned before, I liked the elements of realism in this book, despite the fantasy genre. His close relationship with his uncle and best friend, but not-so-close bond with his siblings, were nicely portrayed. The main fantasy element of the book, monsters, was also an interesting topic. Eventually, Matt finds out about the origin of the them, which for me was actually quite unexpected. Exploring their mythology and being was intriguing for me, but I think it's important to note that there are small religious aspects of their origin. Personally, I didn't mind it, but it may be a small problem to a certain group of readers.
Overall, Matt Archer: Monster Hunter was a quick and enjoyable read! The magic and mystery of the monsters as well as the realisticness of the characters would make this a great read for a male readers, even in the older MG age group (:...more
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it.This review first appeared as a tour stop on Moosubi Reviews!
Compared to its prequel, REFLECTION, REACTION definitely has a different feel to it. While the first book really developed Heather and Nick’s relationship, REACTION doesn’t start happily, but with a lot of raw emotion. Even though the two books were different, I definitely still enjoyed REACTION!
One of the best things about Jessica Roberts’ works is her ability to really connect me to her characters. There was a lot of emotion and realistic-ness in her writing, and I could definitely relate to Heather’s feelings. Throughout the novel, I definitely felt bad for her, and had a slight feeling of satisfaction whenever she made a cynical remark. The language was just so beautiful!
You also really get to see Heather’s relationships with some new people (Jerry, Bob, Doc, etc.) and some older relationships really develop (like Creed, Liz, etc.) It was amazing to see everyone support each other no matter what, and I admired the strength of their bonds. I especially liked her relationship with Creed and Liz as it developed into something more.
The plot also brings some surprising new developments, some very surprising but refreshing and intriguing, and some just so… beautiful (I’m not sure how else to describe it!) There’s one scene that Heather finally visits someone she hasn’t seen for such a long time, and their reunion is great!
As for Heather and Nick… they’re the type of people that fans of the series just want to get together again. I was always rooting for them, and there were moments where I literally screamed in my head, “Aaaawwww!” The eventual ending seemed a bit rushed, but still satisfying (:
Overall, REACTION was an emotion filled read, and a great sequel to Reflection! Some new characters are introduced, and the old are still well developed, and it truly is a beautiful story (: I recommend this book to fans of the first book, and to fans of contemporary romance! ...more
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre.This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!
If you know me well enough as a reader, it's no secret that (well-written) fantasy is my favorite genre. I love everything about the genre - the magic, the world, the different characters, the adventure - whatever you can think of! That being said, as a fantasy fan, Broken Aro satisfied my need of a good fantasy read.
Aro is the type of character that I could relate to, in a way. I do have older siblings, although we don't share the same types of relationships as Aro and her brothers did, but I could understand her feelings of helplessness, and just wanting to break down. Throughout the book, there were times where Aro wasn't the strongest character - in fact, she completely broke down. But that's what made me like her - if she's too strong, she's not believable, and there's no struggle. Eventually, she does become a stronger and promising character, and hopefully throughout the rest of the series, we get to see her character grow even more.
The writing style was fluent and vivid, and immediately sucked me in. Usually in epic fantasy, the action or adventure and fantastical elements are written beautifully, but it's the characters and world building / style that really add to my experience. I felt that the book overall wasn't long enough for the world building to really develop (you already get an idea of how this world works though), but the novel was written in such a way that I was able to read through it quickly, but enjoyably!
As for the romance, there might be a romance brewing, and there's definitely some romantically-tense moments in the book, although I can't exactly see how it would turn out in the end. There's a large emphasis on familial relationships, which I really admired! Hopefully in the next book, this trend will continue ^__^
My only complaint is that the book seemed too short! One of my issues with the plot is that there didn't seem to be largely developed struggles, but part of the reason was that the book itself wasn't very long. The "climax" was a bit anti-climatic too, although there still is a lot of action, and the ending is open-ended. Still, I definitely enjoyed this short read!
Overall, Broken Aro was a quick, enjoyable, and fun fantasy read. I definitely recommend this book to YA Fantasy fans, and even to romance fans, although the romance isn't concrete! I will be reading the next book - hopefully it will be as good as the first (:
Simply put, this book was beautiful. I’ve always been curious about the idea of dreams and nightmares, as well as beingRating Clarification: 4.5 / 5
Simply put, this book was beautiful. I’ve always been curious about the idea of dreams and nightmares, as well as being an avid fan of fantasy. Combined with Lois Lowry’s emotional and fluid language, this book definitely seemed like a dream.
Gossamer is told in mainly two ways – the first in “Littlest’s” journey and growth, and the second from the viewpoints of a boy who was taken away from his mother, a lonely surrogate grandmother, and a mother struggling for redemption. While the book wasn’t very long, I felt that I really got to know the characters and their stories. Through their dreams and stories, I felt like I knew about the boy’s pain, the grandmother’s loneliness and hope, as well as the mother’s struggle. As for the “dreammakers”, they were really like dreams – each represented a curiosity of a sort, each embodying an emotion that I enjoyed.
Back when I read The Giver in seventh grade, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, mostly because I was forced to read it and the ending just seemed so depressing to me. I suppose that’s why I didn’t really appreciate Lois Lowry’s language – it flows and seems like poetry. Throughout the book, Lowry was able to combine happiness with sadness, love with hate, and dreams with nightmares. Both sides of the story were touching, and just full of emotion.
Overall, Gossamer was a quick and beautiful read, great for fantasy readers of all ages. I especially recommend this to younger readers, since the language is fairly simple but enjoyable, but also older fantasy fans who are curious about the idea of dreams....more
To be completely honest, I wasn’t constantly wowed by Pretty Amy. It wasn’t a book that had be completely in tears, surprised by its many twists,[4/5]
To be completely honest, I wasn’t constantly wowed by Pretty Amy. It wasn’t a book that had be completely in tears, surprised by its many twists, riveted by the non-stop action, or just in shock at the end. Instead, the book had those moments where Amy just resonated with my thoughts. It wasn’t as if we were the exact same person, but she has those qualities and thoughts that, at one point, almost everyone could relate to.
I’m not sure if I’m the right person to say this, considering I’m a teenager, but I think Amy is someone everyone could relate to, at some point in his or her life. She isn’t someone who’s particularly attractive, smart, confident, rich, etc. – she’s average looking and middle-class. I admit that at some points, she’s not that nice either – there’s times that she screams at her parents, co-workers, lawyer, shrink – almost everyone, really. But her emotions and eventual contentment with her fate were well-written and portrayed, and I felt like I could really connect to her character. I’m not quite sure how else to say it! Anyways, here are some quotes I pulled from a particular chapter (Chapter 8, I think) that I completely adored:
“In high school you are not given a choice as to who you become, you are signed up long before that based on looks, smarts, and talent, then corralled into your group. The problem was I didn’t like my group. Girls who were not popular but not dorks either, who were not pretty but not totally disgusting. Girls who floated somewhere in between, somewhere boring; who didn’t get asked on dates, who never had to stay out past curfew, who never had to lie to their parents.”
“I would tell myself that tomorrow woud be better. And then when tomorrow wasn’t better, say, ‘Well then, next week will be better, next month, next year.’”
“We gave nothing to each other because we wanted so much to be liked by other people.”
Other than that, I also eventually grew a bit attached to the side characters. You actually don’t get to see a lot of Lila and Cassie, until the very end and the beginning, but you meet lots of other interesting characters like Daniel (Amy’s shrink), Connor (Amy’s co-worker), her parents, Joe (her childhood friend), and Dick Simon (her lawyer). Each one of them clearly care or grow to care about Amy, and it is a bit touching. Joe and Amy’s parents, for example, always supported her, even though Amy wasn’t always nice or honest to them. Connor was particularly interesting with his almost always positive and effort-focused outlook on life, along with his willingness to help a complete stranger. Her lawyer and Daniel, of course, aren’t as developed because of the nature of their roles, but how Amy eventually gets to accept their help and come to terms with her future is complex, a bit long of a struggle, but still riveting.
My one qualm is that at times, Amy seemed a bit overdramatic or naïve. You could probably tell that Amy’s friendship with Lila and Cassie isn’t as honest or strong as Amy would have liked it to be, although she continues to support the two. Of course, her behavior was realistic, but considering how one of the two eventually betrays Amy, there was a time where I wanted to tell Amy to finally break it off and stand for herself. Sometimes she also yells at others who are trying to care for her, although they probably didn’t deserve it. Still, I admit that if I was in Amy’s position, I would probably act in the same way, so I suppose it is realistic enough.
Overall, Pretty Amy was a touching and emotional great read for me, because of how much I could relate to Amy and the complexity and emotion of the side characters. Fans of maybe darker or rawer contemporary reads may enjoy this novel, although I still recommend checking it out at the library or previewing a chapter or two online/at a bookstore, if available, to see if Pretty Amy might resonate with you....more
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Let start off my the all classic GIFs. As a National Book Award Finalist for YA Finalist, plus a book that has received so many raving reviews, I have to admit that as soon as I saw this book on ARCycling, I might have been like this...
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Never Fall Down follows the journey of Arn, an 11 year old boy enslaved by the Khmer Rouge. Throughout the story, the book follows his hopes, disappointments, friendships, an betrayals. The plot itself is pretty fast paced - after all, the book is only 216 pages long. Although definitely entertaining, because of the length I felt that it was a bit underdeveloped. However, as a whole I admired Arn's strength throughout the story.
As a character, Arn definitely shows his strength. At times, he acts as a leader but also a savior of sorts, although he's far from perfect. His imperfections stood out, but also made him a unique and complete character. I actually felt pretty connected to his emotions - when he had hope or felt happy, I felt hopeful for him too! Of course, when he was sad, or the inevitable happen, I probably went NOOOOO!!! in my head too. As a whole, he was a great leading character!
His voice probably actually makes or breaks the experience of the book. Many readers will find it outstanding - it really shows the innocence of an 11 year old, and it really pulled me in. It's actually mostly in broken English, which enhanced the experience for me, but for some it might not be fore them. Although mostly because of the length of the novel and the style of the language, there wasn't much emotion portrayed in the writing, there was still a sense of despair that probably brought the novel together.
However, I do admit that it seems like because of the style of writing, Arn's character doesn't develop much. If you think about the story as a whole, he definitely had to adapt to his circumstances, but since his style of English stayed consistent, it might seem like he's more of a static character. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but this article from School Library Journal does a great job about explaining it!
Another thing that I'd like to mention is the age-appropriate-ness. My younger sister who's in 8th grade read it, and she definitely seemed fine with it, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate for younger middle school students. Because of the language, which is fairly simple, it might also seem like this book is appropriate for a younger age group, but because Never Fall Down covers such a serious topic as genocide, I recommend this book for older readers, not limited to YA readers!
Overall, although I had some small issues with the language, Never Fall Down was a brilliant read, really opening my eyes to such tragedies. As for the language, I recommend reading the first few pages to see if Arn's voice appeals to you - if it doesn't within the first chapter or so, this book might not be for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend it to all readers!