MY THOUGHTS I admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was excited toThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I admit, The Selection series is one of my guilty pleasures, so I was excited to read this spin-off. It wasn't as amazing as The Selection series, mostly because I can't ship anything yet, but this was a really great start to another series!
This book is set roughly twenty years after the events of The Selection. Eadlyn has been raised knowing that she will one day be Queen. A rise in rebellion and Eadlyn's life is change when her parents decide that the citizens need a distraction. The perfect distraction being another Selection. Eadlyn wants nothing to do with The Selection, but she has to put up with all of these boys with the idea that she might marry one of them. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind.
What I find very interesting about this book is I just loved getting to see the selection from the selector's point of view. It would've been interesting from a guy's perspective, but it may be even more interesting seeing things from a female perspective when the Selection has never been female run.
Kiera Cass seems to write unlikeable female characters. America wasn't very popular and Eadlyn also has her flaws. I saw her as very spoiled and a bit of a brat. This is understandable, considering that she was raised as royalty and raised to be Queen, but it was a bit annoying. Though based on how other characters saw her, it seems that Eadlyn is supposed to come off as a brat, so it doesn't bother me too much. I also strongly believe that she will change throughout the series, so I look forward to that.
As for romance, there wasn't really any. This book mainly introduces us to all the potential suitors, so there isn't yet a romance. There are a few people that I might try to ship, but I can't really have an actual ship quite yet. Though, I do like Henri! He's not really shippable, but he's probably one of my favorite characters!
Lastly, and this is why I am disappointed with this book, the ending sucked. The ending, while it will be important for the next books, felt like it was just placed there just to have a cliffhanger ending. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the book and it was completely upsetting.
IN CONCLUSION Despite some of my misgivings, I did enjoy this book! I like many of the suitors and, mostly, I can't wait to start shipping! Eadlyn is a bit of a brat, but I expect her character to grow as the series goes on. The ending sucked and it really hurt my thoughts on this book. I might just recommend readers to wait to read this until the next book comes out, unless that one ends in an equally awful cliffhanger......more
MY THOUGHTS This book is beloved by many and it included my favoriteThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This book is beloved by many and it included my favorite trope, a girl dressing like a boy, so I decided to pick it up. I discovered a MG fantasy (though, I assume the series begins more YA as it goes along) and I'm interested to read the rest of the series!
Alanna is supposed to be sent to become a lady, while her twin brother Thom is going to be sent to be a knight. Alanna doesn't want to be a lady and has always been braver than Thom, so she brings up the idea of switching places. So, instead, Alanna begins Alan, Thom's younger twin and goes to become a knight, while Thom goes off to learn sorcery. This begins Alanna's long journey into knighthood.
My main problem with this book is that it covers a long period of time, so a majority of it is character growth. It starts out with 10 year-old Alanna and ends with 14 year-old Alanna. Not that it's horrible seeing Alanna grow. We get to see her navigate the trials of becoming a knight and keeping up her disguise and how much stronger she gets with time. We also get to see her friendships grow. Overall, though, this isn't really that eventful and not a whole lot happens until the end. Also, it bothered me that 4 years was basically covered in 200 pages.
Character-wise, Alanna is a great main character and she's pretty badass. She's stubborn and wants to make sure that she earns her place. As I mentioned, she does become stronger throughout the book. There are many side characters, some helping her along her way, some not, but they all help shape her.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I found the fantasy aspects and the plot very interesting, but it lacked the adventure and oomph that I wanted. I think this book was more MG than YA, so that may be some of my problems. I know Alanna will be older in the next book, so I will be expecting more. This is a very quick read and will appeal to fantasy fans everywhere. ...more
MY THOUGHTS After reading White Hot Kiss, I needed to read this book immediately! I was notThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS After reading White Hot Kiss, I needed to read this book immediately! I was not disappointed! This book is just as fantastic as the first!!
Layla is trying to recover from the crazy events from the last book, but, of course, things aren't over. Layla's powers have been changing and she can't even see souls anymore. Add in the fact that mysterious things kept happening when she's around and her classmates are acting crazier than usual, and something is happening. Along with this, Layla and Zayne's relationship seems to be turning beyond friendship, despite how forbidden it is. Then, the return of Roth adds more questions, but he also carries answers to an evil that has been unleashed from hell. Now, they have to find out who is causing all of this to happen, but they may be closer to the truth than they think...
One of the 'issues' that I had with this book was that I absolutely couldn't put it down. I would think "I really need to start my homework after this chapter", then I finish the chapter and it ends in a way that I can't possibly stop!! I MUST KNOW MORE!! Friends, that is a mark of an amazing book. So much happens, the characters are so frexing amazing, and the entire book is edge-of-your-seat. Don't even get me started on the last hundred so pages. Boy, do things get nuts.
Now, the romance gets more pointy in this book. The last book had a more Roth focus, this one starts to have a focus on Zayne. Let me say that I have absolutely no problem with the love triangle. It's done well and let's face it, both guys are hot and swoon-worthy. I honestly can't pick a side!
Lastly, the ending? I mentioned how fantastic the plot is and how the ending really takes thing up a notch, which brings me to the end... Yep, there's a cliffhanger. You've been warned.
IN CONCLUSION I know this review is all over the place, but my excuses are that this book was so mind-numbingly amazing, that I don't know how to use words and I want you guys to be as surprised in this book as I was. Overall, this was a fantastic sequel and I'm impatiently waiting for the next book!...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS Emma's boyfriend, Lucas, is dying of cancer. Lucas's family has given up and has already started planning for the funeral, but Emma still has hope. Out of desperation, Emma goes to a local woman who creates remedies for something to cure Lucas. The woman gives her something but with a warning that Lucas might not come back the same. Emma uses the cure and Lucas miraculously recovers, to the astonishment of everyone, but he begins to act strangely. He speaks in stunted language, his dog doesn't recognize him, and he can't recall events of his past. Emma begins to question if he is even the same person. But government agents crawling around the house looking for a piece from an airplane crash lead Emma to the discovery of a strange object. Maybe it wasn't her remedy that cured Lucas at all, maybe it was something else.
What drew me to this book was the cover/title hinting at aliens as well as the line "unidentifiable object" in the synopsis, which also hinted at aliens. Basically, I love to read books with aliens and this book didn't disappoint. This book has a very interesting premise and it was, well, interesting seeing it being carried out.
This book is told in 3rd person, but a majority of this book follows Emma. I'm torn about Emma. My main problem with her mainly lies with her relationship with Lucas, but I also liked this. I had problems with their relationship only because their high schoolers and she acted like they were meant to be (she planned to have children with him for crying out loud!). I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing in first loves are the only loves and that relationships will live through high school. Even with this, though, it brought out what I liked out Emma: her strength. Her love for Emma causes her to never give up on Lucas and eventually, Scout (mention him later). I read a blog post today about how strength in female characters isn't all about being badass, but standing up and not giving up. Emma had that.
Now, Scout is probably my favorite character. Scout is the alien that crash lands and takes over Lucas's body (not that much of a spoiler). What I liked about Scout was how much he changed throughout the book. He went into Lucas's body out of necessity and viewed the lifeforms as just lifeforms. He slowly grow, though, to like Emma and learn about this planet. My favorite part about him was the fact that he was very, um, clueless to this world and it was interesting seeing him try and do things. He's also very innocent, even though it takes awhile to notice.
Back to the perspectives, I enjoyed seeing from Scout's point of view, for obvious reasons, but I also wish we didn't have it. Only because his point of view in the beginning gives away the fact that he's inside Lucas, rather than shocking us.
As for romance, this isn't really a romance book. There's the romance between Emma and Lucas, but this isn't really in the book. Still, love is a major topic, as Emma is doing all this because of her love for Lucas.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I liked this book. It's a very interesting semi-light sci-fi with strong characters. I recommend this to those who would like an earth-bound alien read! ...more
MY THOUGHTS It took me awhile to get into this book, but I ended up enjoying it!
This book is from the perspective of three characters: Rhiannon, Nicole, and James. Rhiannon's boyfriend just broke up with her, without explanation, and wants him back Nicole broke things off with her boyfriend, and is now chasing after a crush...on her math teacher. And James has always been best friends with Rhiannon, but does he feel for more? These characters will overcome challenges, as well as have some fun.
I read this in audiobook format while I was at work, so I basically listened to it for a few weeks. This fact made the book feel slow, but to be honest, the first part has a very slow pace. This especially worsens with the unusual formatting. You start with Rhiannon telling you what happened from her perspective in the first half of the week, then Nicole will give her perspective of the same days, then James. Then the process repeats itself for the last half of the week. It's a very interesting perspective, and I'm torn at how I feel about the same days being repeated. On one hand, it was repetitive. On the other, It added so much more depth and let me understand the lives of all the characters.
As for characters, I was meh about them at first. Rhiannon was especially irritating because of how she was hanging onto her ex-boyfriend, who is an a-hole. I was mostly upset by her moping and how I just knew that things would come back and bite her. Eventually, the characters grew on me and, in the span of only a week, they grew as well!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did end up liking this book, even though it took awhile. The format is hard to get used to and the pacing was a bit slow at first, but the last half really picked up and I loved the growth of the characters. To be honest, I think I would have liked this book more if I read it in traditional form rather than audiobook, but I still liked it. This was a very realistic read and great for fans of contemporary!...more
This was a really short story giving more insight on how Link dealt with being an Incubus. I'm not the hugest fan of this series, but I did find thisThis was a really short story giving more insight on how Link dealt with being an Incubus. I'm not the hugest fan of this series, but I did find this book very interesting. It's nice to see how he dealt with it and it was oddly amusing seeing how Link's family thought about his new abilities.
My only complaint would be that this is from Ethan's point of view, which doesn't really make much sense. I would have preferred to see this fro Link's perspective.
Anyway, this novella isn't necessary for you to read, but if you would like to look more into the Caster Chronicles....more
I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I've read almost every Sarah Dessen book and this one has to be one of my favorites! It was absolutely beautiful!
Sydney has always felt like she was in her older brother's shadow, but for the past few years her brother has been in and out of holding cells and escorted home by officers. Then her brother drives drunk and hits a teenager on a bike, paralyzing him for life. Now Sydney is known as the girl with the brother in jail. Sydney decides to move to a new school, away from the whispers, and ends up becoming friends with a girl, Layla, whose family works in a pizza shop. She gets introduced to Layla's brother and Layla's friends and Sydney begins to feel happy again. But her parents are too preoccupied to notice anything but Sydney's brother.
What I love so much about this book is how much depth is within it. This book has the usual coming of age tale that I expect from Sarah Dessen, but there's so much more to it. It has a strong aspect of family. Sydney's parents, especially her mom, become very controlling of Sydney in this book, as if she is her brother. They also see Peyton, Sydney's brother, as a victim and even act as if Peyton is away at school, not in jail. It is very infuriating the way they treat Sydney, but it's very realistic.
Sydney begins to live outside her brother's shadow. She's at a school where no one knows her brother's past and she has friends that like hanging out with her. It's hard for Sydney to have a life like this because of her parents who always seemed like they liked Peyton more, especially now. We really get into Sydney's life and point of view. Her character is very realistic! She has her flaws, but she's the girl that will always do the right thing and will always be there for her friends. Something her parents can't see. It's very beautiful, though, seeing Sydney change and grow throughout this book!
There is a romance, but this isn't a romance book. There is so much more to this book!
IN CONCLUSION I love this book so much! I was so engrossed in this book! It was absolutely beautiful and it was amazing seeing Sydney and her growth! Really, I recommend this book for everyone!...more
MY THOUGHTS Wow. I actually read an adult book. For those who don't know me, which is probably everyone, I love to read Young Adult books. In fact, I'MY THOUGHTS Wow. I actually read an adult book. For those who don't know me, which is probably everyone, I love to read Young Adult books. In fact, I've read maybe 5 adult books in my life, out of over 1,000 YA books. So, yeah, I see this as an accomplishment.
Anyway, I unlikely was not planning to read this book. I saw the movie a few months ago. I usually hate watching the movie before the book, but it was my roommate's choice of movie so I just went with it. It wasn't until just recently when my local library had a challenge going on to read 5 books to either take place or were published in 5 different decades from the past hundred years (you could do this up to 4 times). I only had one more book to go to finish all 4 tickets and I had nothing in my stuffed bookshelf that would work. So, I asked my roommate, and she gave me this.
This book took me what felt like forever to read, but I do think this was a beautiful book. This book tells the story of Chiyo/Sayuri. At the age of nine, she and her sisters are taken, separated, and sold. Chiyo, as her name is at the time, ends up in a geisha home (there is a word for it, but I don't remember how to spell it). This book chronicles her life as she begins to train as a geisha and as she eventually becomes one.
The big interesting factor of this book, according to many reviews, is all of the Japanese culture. I really did like this aspect as well and it was obvious that the author did a lot of extensive research. Though, I felt like most of the culture in this book was the culture of those within the geisha lifestyle of those whom surrounded themselves with such. Also, the history within this book is particularly interesting. It details what it was like, for a geisha at least, in the years before World War 2 and after. The Depression was also a very defining factor.
If you have a problem with slow-pacing, then this book is definitely not for you. As I already mentioned, this book spans decades of this woman's life. The years from age nine to around her thirties are very detailed. The pacing did bother me a little bit, as I'm not used to books like that, but it makes perfect sense considering. This book is about Chiyo/Sayuri and her life, which can not be told in a very fast way. I actually do think it worked for the story.
My only actual issue with this book was the whole Chairman thing. The Chairman helps Chiyo/Sayuri with a very small act of kindness and after that, she kind of becomes obsessed with him. I could understand why, but it was particularly irritating since he never really paid any attention to her. He was also thirty years older and had a wife, but that didn't actually bother me as much just because of the fact that Chiyo/Sayuri wanted to, basically, be his mistress. Still disturbing though.
IN CONCLUSION Despite the whole Chairman thing, I loved almost everything else about this book. Sure, the pacing is a bit slow, but it does work with the book. This book is very realistic, historistic, and beautiful. I do recommend it to those who enjoy looks on different cultures and historical fiction.
I will say that, based on what I remember from the movie, it does follow the book :) ...more
MY THOUGHTS I will read basically anything YA, but I do tend to avoid books with teen pregnaThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I will read basically anything YA, but I do tend to avoid books with teen pregnancy or sports. Obviously this book focuses on the former. For awhile, I didn't bother to pick up this book, but for some reason I decided to go outside my comfort zone and I discovered this beautiful book.
This book is separated in before and after. Before, Reena has always had a crush on Sawyer, but it seems that he never really sees her, that he prefers her best friend instead. But one day he does and they develop a strong, but bumpy relationship, that leaves with Reena pregnant and Sawyer disappearing. Flash forward three years and Reena now has a beautiful daughter named Hannah. Reena is now used to her life and even has a boyfriend, when Sawyer comes back to town. Sawyer was completely unaware that Reena was pregnant and wants to fix what he broke, as well as get to know Hannah, but can Reena let him into her life again.
I think what makes this book really beautiful is how realistic it is. This book has very raw realism, but it only makes it more beautiful, if that makes any sense. This book is told via both before and after which only enhances this. It's very interesting because we already know what happened, from the after, but we only know the ending. Through the before, we learn so much more about the relationship and it makes everything more clear.
Reena is our main character and she's a great one at that. In the before chapters she has naive innocence, which does change as it goes on. In the after chapters, she's such a strong character. She's been through a lot in her young life, but she continues to take it. She loves her daughter and does a great job at raising her, as well as going to college classes and work. What's really frustrating is that nobody seems to see how strong she is, only her mistakes, and it takes awhile to get people to see this part of her.
I'm a bit torn on Sawyer. I liked after Sawyer, but before Sawyer was a bit of a jerk. He was a troublemaker and did drugs. Even though, it was obvious that he did love Reena. He just had his own issues. In the after, Sawyer has changed after traveling the country. He is no longer a troublemaker and he really is sweet. He really does want to fix things.
As for romance, I don't consider this a romance book. Yeah, it's about a couple falling in love, twice, but there's more to this book than that. This book is about how to love, but not only the romance variety. It is about family, bothe Reena's and Sawyer's, who distanced themselves after Hannah. It is also about Hannah. This book is also about being able to forgive and learning how to love again.
IN CONCLUSION Anyway, I'm getting a bit teary-eyed while writing this review. Overall, this was a very realistic, but beautiful read. I'm very glad that I reached out of my comfort zone and picked up this book! I already have Katie Cotugno's new book checked out from the library, so I hope to read that one soon!...more
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA woThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Yeah, I'm a bit late to this one aren't I? This book is a huge mark in the YA world and it come out 15 years ago, so the fact that I didn't get to this one now is very unusual. At least I got to it, right?
This book focuses on Melinda who just started high school and is a social outcast. She used to have friends, until Melinda called the cops on a party over the summer. Now, no one wants to talk to her. All the while Melinda is falling apart, trying to hide within herself what really happened.
The only thing I really knew about this book was that it's about rape. I think everyone in the book world already knew that about this book, since it's been out for 15 years, but just in case. I really do wish I could've gone into this book without knowing that, so I would be more shocked as I think that was the intent, but oh well.
I must admit, I was on the fringe on whether I should have given this 3 or 4 stars. I completely love the message behind this book and the writing is absolutely amazing. This book captures greatly how you can speak out about something and about depression as well. Really, this book does a great job at focusing on tough subjects. We need books like this out in the world!
It is very easy to feel for Melinda in this book, even without knowing what she went through. And, while I have never gone through what Melinda has gone through, she is relatable. My only issue with this book is just the pacing and overall non-existent happenings.This book is incredibly realistic and it captures Melinda's depression in an entire school year, and it makes for a slow book. Don't get me wrong, I really think this is perfect for the book, I just had some trouble with that.
IN CONCLUSION I can honestly see why this is practically considered a YA classic. It is a very sad book, and I hate thinking that girls (and some guys I guess, but mostly girls) have to go through this. The author did such a great job with creating such a realistic read with a tough subject....more
I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS This was such a beautiful book and it brought tears in my eyes, but it wasn't just sad tears, there were tears of happiness in there as well.
Oakley's brother, Lucas, just passed away from cancer. Lucas wasn't just Oakley's brother, but her best friend as well, so the loss of him is hurting her and she doesn't know how she will ever get over it or if she ever should. Her mother decides that she and Oakley should go to California and live for Aunt Jo for awhile. While there, Oakley finds comfort from a notebook full of letters Lucas wrote to Oakley during his last days, but she finds other surprising in California. She ends up befriending a surfer named Carson who helps her heal, but does she deserve happiness? When Lucas can't anymore? And how can she get close to someone again, when she's eventually going to leave?
There are numerous books out there focusing on grief, but death is something that happens in the real world all too often and the grief that comes with it is very raw. This book features this so realistically. Honestly, this book is entirely about Oakley trying to live her own life again after Lucas's death, which is much harder than it sounds. She doesn't want to forget Lucas and she doesn't feel like she could live happily anymore. This was dealt with so well and, honestly, even I almost cried while reading this book (I was at work, so I couldn't full-out cry without raising a few questions).
The character development was spot-on. Oakley grows so much throughout this book. She was fearful of being happy, but she was also very fearful of growing close to anyone. This causes her to make some dumb decisions throughout this book regarding relationships. She closes herself off and distances herself from not only perspective friends, but her family. She does eventually grow to realize what she's doing wrong and that Lucas would want her to be happy, but it's such a tragically beautiful growth.
There is a romance in this book, but it's very slow and realistic. Carson, our love interest, is such a great guy and he's very sweet. He understands Oakley and does his best to help her. He honestly does care about her, something that takes Oakley awhile to realize. Also, the romance is not the bigger picture in this book, this book is entirely about Oakley and Lucas which makes the book even better.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very beautiful book about grief. This book did remind me very much of Sarah Dessen's style, with her coming of age tales and very raw books, but Chantele Sedgwick obviously has her own voice and she is a wonderful writer. I very much look forward to reading anything else she will write in the future!...more
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS I usually don't go for thrillers, because most of the ones I read seem to be the same thing, but this was a very entertaining read and much more different that other thrillers out there!
Lexi and Ava are twins and were adopted after being found in front of their, now father's, restaurant. When they were young, they made up a third twin, a triplet, named Alicia. Alicia was to blame when anything went wrong. Now that the girls are older, they pretend to be Alicia in order to get guys. After the guy guy attempted to rape her, Lexi wants to be done with Alicia. Then, just a day later, the guy ends up dead. Another boy Alicia dated ends up dead and the evidence starts piling up. All of it pointing to Lexi and Ava.
First off, the idea behind this book is very interesting. Many people, myself included, have made up imaginary 'friends' as a child and put all of the blame on them. Lexi and Ava did this as children and then later decided to become her, using Alicia as an alternate identity. I disagreed with them doing this, although it does sound like fun, but I thought it was a very unique idea. Then add on the idea that Alicia may possible be real, and you have a very engrossing book!
Lexi is our main character and I liked her character. She isn't shy, but she's more reserved and she feels more free as Alicia, who isn't afraid of anything. Ava is more of a party girl. I liked their relationship. There definitely acted like sisters, as they didn't always get along, but they did love each other. I was annoyed with Lexi as she was so quick to point fingers at Ava. I know, all the DNA points at the two of them and she knows that she didn't do it, but I would think that she would have trusted her more.
The mystery was actually very surprising! I thought I had it all figured out, but in reality, I was completely wrong. I do think the book ended oddly. I don't know how to explain, but some of the revelations near the end felt off to me.
IN CONCLUSION If you want to read an interesting and surprising thriller, than this is the one! It was a fairly quick read and very different from other thrillers. I did have a few issues, but I still enjoyed it overall! ...more
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS My knowledge oThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS My knowledge of Indian mythology is very limited. All my knowledge of Indian mythology basically comes from the Tiger's Curse series (To be honest, my knowledge of mythology from any culture comes from books). So, I really wanted to see more of a lot into this mythology and I ended up diving into a great book!
When Callie was a child in India, she was given a skull medallion. She didn't think anything of it and her family soon moved to America. When she encounters a demon and her family's lives become endangered, she realizes that she's not as normal as she thought. She's the reincarnation of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and she alone can prevent the end of the world. With the help of Shiv, one of the protectors of the goddess, she must find the Sword of Knowledge, which will help her save the world.
The whole entirety of this book was very unique and all the mythology was tied in very well with the story! At first glance, this seems like the usual teenage girl chosen to save the world and, yes, that is the major plot of the book, but there is so much more involved in the book! This book is very action-packed and has an overall adventure vibe. Also, the Indian mythology was very well explained and I was fully able to understand what was going on, even with my limited knowledge. It was also very interesting getting a look into Indian culture.
As far as romance, there was romance in this book, as to be expected. I'm a bit indifferent towards it. Sure, I want them to be together, but mostly because I expect it. Though, the romance does not distract from the plot and it is not annoying by any means!
The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the time. The pacing itself was very fast, but it made these happen far too quickly. A span of a month could happen in a few pages and I felt like some moments were brushed over far too quickly.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very great start of a new trilogy! The ideas are really interesting and very well-done! The entire book is very fast-paced, action-packed, and full of adventure! I had issues with how time was dealt with and I was indifferent towards the romance, but I still enjoyed this read! If you would like to read a great book involving Indian mythology, I definitely recommend this book!...more
MY THOUGHTS Ever since Jackie's family moved in with her aunt and uncle, Jackie has been carThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Ever since Jackie's family moved in with her aunt and uncle, Jackie has been carrying on a secret relationship with Marcus, her own cousin. Feeling guilty about their relationship, and the love she feels, she decides to break things off, which only makes her and Marcus more miserable. It's even worse when Marcus begins a relationship with the new girl in town, a girl that Jackie thinks is hiding something. Jackie believes that she has something to do with Ellie, her best friend that went missing, and she intends to find out.
Oddly enough, the romance didn't bother me, but what bothers me is how it takes up most of the book and what it did to the characters. This book is supposed to be a thriller/mystery with a forbidden romance added to it, but instead it was the opposite. I felt like the mystery was hardly mentioned then came up again in the last 50 pages. While the romance that took over was all angsty and I don't like angsty characters.
Besides the angst and how much the romance took over, I actually didn't have a problem with it. It sounds odd, as they are cousins, but I actually rooted for them. A big part of it is that I can see it from their perspective and how guilty they feel, how they know this is wrong. They try to stop, but these two really do love each other, they just have the misfortune of being cousins.
As for characters, Jackie was okay, but she was a pretty average YA MC and her back-and-forth motion with Marcus was a bit annoying. Marcus, on one hand, was such a sweet guy! Will is another great guy who is in the book and his situation is a bit unusual, as he is very supportive of Jackie's relationship with her cousin and wants to help her. He's an awesome guy and a great friend!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I felt like the romance took main stage, while the mystery aspect was a bit neglected. The romance was angsty and a bit unusual, but I oddly rooted for it! If you are okay with forbidden romances and your mysteries being a bit less, then try this out. I think I'm mainly disappointed by the mystery and expected more, but I was really surprised by my feelings towards the romance. That factor caused me to like this book and I will look into more books by this author....more
MY THOUGHTS It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did, I found a very interestThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did, I found a very interesting read!
This book takes place in a dystopian/steampunk future. In this society, there are three different races: humans, Kantian, and Neumarian. The Neumarians have supernatural abilities and are enslaved. The world is taken over by a ruthless Queen, Semara's mother. As princess, Semara has to sacrifice a Neumarian on her birthday. When she comes face to face with Raeth, a childhood friend that she betrayed and thought dead. Raeth is also meant to be the sacrifice. Semara refuses and discovers that she has her own supernatural abilities. With the help of Ryder, Raeth's brother, Semara is able to escape. They have to figure out a way to stop the Queen, all the while a price is on their heads.
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. The story was a bit confusing at first and I had issues with Ryder. At the beginning, Ryder supposedly hates Semara for who she is. He also rescues her because of Raeth. But he is always saying, in the beginning, how much he hates her. Then, in the next paragraph, he would help her out. Yeah, I can sort of understand it, but it was very crazy having him have completely different feelings every other paragraph. Thankfully, this didn't last that long.
The further along I got into this book, the more I enjoyed it! The world-building was phenomenal! And the characters were also really great! I loved Raeth especially! She is much stronger than she looks and she is just such a great girl! She is loyal, and even though Semara did horrible things to her, Raeth still loves and forgives her! I absolutely loved her! I also loved how much Ryder would do to protect his sister and, eventually, Samara.
The romance was iffy for me. I loved them together, but I did think it was too fast. It wasn't insta-love, but I thought they were exchanging "I love yous" too soon.
IN CONCLUSION It was hard to get into this book at first, but I ended up finding an enjoyable read! If you would like to read an interesting dystopian, steampunk, and semi-fantasy book, this is the book for you! I do plan on continuing this series....more
I wasn't planning on reading this until all the novellas were bound into one book, but it was a free read on Pulse It, so I went ahead and read it. II wasn't planning on reading this until all the novellas were bound into one book, but it was a free read on Pulse It, so I went ahead and read it. I was a bit disappointed. I admit, the main reason why I wanted to read this was because of Simon, one of my favorite characters in the series. I was expecting his usual sarcastic self, but nope. He has forgotten almost everything, so he's kind of muddled and, well, dull. Also, because of this, the entire novella was basically Simon remembering thing vaguely. There wasn't really anything else going on, besides my ship sinking. For something that's about Shadowhunter Academy, there wasn't a whole lot. Yeah, I'm disappointed, but it's just part one of a novella series, but maybe it'll get better?...more
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MY THOUGHTS This book was not at all what I expected. I thought that this would be an action-packed paranormal with gargoyles! Gargoyles! I've read very few books with gargoyles as the main creature, so I was excited to read this one! Sadly, this book fell flat.
Kate Mercer is an actress and few the past few years she has been playing a major role in the Dark Fall trilogy. She's used to paranormal elements being only on screen until, every night, she has extremely realistic dreams of haunting a castle. Ian McGuire is an author and has been invited to the castle to research for his books. What's most interesting to him is a supposed "ghost" haunting the halls of the castle. Both will discover what is truly going on in the castle and the roles they both need to play.
Sounds interesting, right? But this book just didn't reach up to the expectations I had. A majority of the book was just Kate trying to decide is she really wanted to be the next sentinel. I understand that it takes awhile to decide, but probably 70% of the book was just this. The other percent was a weird add-on storyline with a crazed stalker. Again, I understand that, as an actress, she has stalkers, but this really wasn't necessary for the story. Especially since the first part reads as a paranormal and the last part reads as a thriller, they don't really work together,
I was also really confused by the castle. The castle is a Sanctuary for supernatural creatures and I guess it just bothered me that there were other supernatural creatures just seemingly added into the story. But what bothers me the most is just has the characters don't seem shocked at all by this. Sure, Ian chalks all this up to an elaborate act at first, but he still doesn't act that surprised. The world-building and character development in general was just lacking. Everything felt flat in this book and I, honestly, couldn't care less for the characters.
Now, I keep bashing on this book, but it's not that horrible. The ideas behind this book were really good and I would've loved to read more about them. Sadly, this book went about the ideas the wrong way.
IN CONCLUSION This book isn't a bad book, but it really just fell flat. I hate saying this, but I don't really recommend this book. There are other books about gargoyles that are much more exciting....more
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MY THOUGThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I stayed up late reading this book, unwilling to put it down, only to make it to the end and just stare blankly at the screen. Why? Because I wanted more. This book was beautiful and absolutely fantastic!
Khalid, the "boy-king" and ruler of the land, has taken and killed a wife every dawn. When Shahrzad's best friend becomes a victim, she volunteers to become the next wife with the intent of killing the boy king. Shazi has to use her smarts to survive the dawns, but each time she holds back from killing him. Despite what has happened to the other girls, Shazi is growing closer to the boy king, and him to her. The thing that holds her back is that he's keeping a dark, secret. Why is he killing the girls?
I have never read the book that this is a loose retelling of, but I am familiar with it. Still, I was able to fully enjoy this book. I admit, it took a little while. At first, I had trouble because this book changes who it is following every chapter or so. Sometimes it's Shazi, sometimes it's Khalid, Shazi's family, Tariq, etc. I was getting confused and it was a bit slow-pacing for a bit, but then I FOUND THE MOST AMAZING BOOK!
One thing that really stands out is the world-building. The entire world was crafted so brilliantly and so well-detailed, that I felt like I was actually within the pages.
As for characters, Shari is a fantastic MC! She's smart, snarky, and many people in the book described her as fiery (maybe not very nicely). But what more could you ask for in a character? This character knows how to play this game and get what she wants. Even with her strength, she isn't a completely badass girl with no weaknesses. She's' a very complex character and, if I must say, all of the characters in this book are so well-developed. Really, Ahdieh is such an amazing writer!
Lastly, the romance. I ship it hard. I was kind of iffy for a bit, since Khalid definitely has the bad boy thing, but I absolutely adore hate-to-love romances. And I need to stop now before I begin fangirling (more than I have already). Though, there is a bit of a love triangle-esque thing with Tariq, who was Shari's boyfriend before. I really hope that this doesn't come into play in the next book.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book is my favorite book so far this year! I loved everything about it and I'm sorry if I was vague, but I'm having such a hard time formatting my thoughts that actually make any sense! If you enjoy well-crafted fantasies with a brilliant storyline, brilliant characters, and all of the twists, so do yourself a favor and pick this up. Heck, if you're a fan of amazing books, pick this book up....more
MY THOUGHTS So much happens in this book that I really don't know how to feel right now!
Ari is back on Earth with Zane and the rebel organization Clementia. But her family and fiance, Cal, are currently back on Nova and being held hostage. After seeing a video of Cal with the President, Ari is questioning if he has betrayed her, but she can't help but still love him. Then there's Zane, her ex-boyfriend from before her memory was erased. Ari can't help but grow close to Zane.
My synopsis really doesn't really give this book justice. So much happens in this book and I had to leave a lot out because I don't want to ruin the surprise(s). The book begins with Ari's perspective. I had issues with her perspective at first because it was mainly focused on her complicated feelings for Zane and Cal. A lot of stuff about trying to plan how to rescue her family and the Clementia leaders being a-holes also happened, but that was most of it. After that, though, the book picked up pace and introduced so many new surprises and twists! I absolutely loved it!
I loved the different perspectives we saw in this book, much like the last one. I loved when it switched to Zane's perspective and we got an entirely different insight on the events going on and the characters. Different, at least, from Ari. Though, it would have been very interesting to see things from Cal's perspective, but I can definitely understand why that didn't happen.
I looked back at my review for the last book and my only issues seemed to be that I didn't feel like I got enough explanation about the memories and the psychic abilities. I'm glad to say that this book fixed that. Everything was explained and everything added up and make sense!
I did have issues with the romance, but that's not uncommon with books for me. There was actually kind of two love triangles in this book. Ari had one, of course, but I felt like there was one introduced for Zane as well. It actually wasn't the love triangle that bothered me, but I don't like the back-and-forth complicated feelings that come with them.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a really awesome sequel! So much happened in this book and I was very surprised with every page! I felt like everything was explained and I really can't wait for the sequel! My only issue was the complicated feelings Ari had, but that began to disappear as the book went on. If you enjoy great sci-fi dystopias, I do recommend this series....more
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved backThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5
MY THOUGHTS After the events in the first book, Mary Hades has moved back home with her family only to have the bombshell dropped on her that the are essentially switching homes with another woman who wishes to live closer to the city. Their new home now rests out in the outskirts in a very large, old, and beautiful. A home with a history that no one will tell them. The previous owner is very jumpy, no one ever wants to come to their new home, and their odd new neighbor skirts around all questions. Mary knows something is wrong with the house, but cannot sense any ghosts. It's only her mom's strange behavior and a young girl's diary from long ago that she can begin connecting the dots.
What's interesting about this series is that each book focuses on another ghosty story and I actually very much enjoy that. It's recommended to read Mary Hades and even My Daylight Monsters, the prequel, will help you understand things, but you won't be entirely confused without the stories within them.
This book was very short and felt more like a novella than a full book. I felt like half this book was Mary and half this book was Liz, the girl from the 1800s. I thought that this was very interesting, that we got to see how the house affected the past and how it was affecting the present. I felt like a lot more was happening in Liz's parts, but the Mary timeline picks up the pace near the end. It was also interesting how history seemed to repeat itself.
As for the book itself, I wish I could've gotten more information, as I'm still confused about the house, but overall this was very frightening and dark. It brought up some very unexpected things as well. I felt like one of the strongest things in this book, though, was probably Mary and her mom's relationship. It goes through hardships in this book, but I really think it grows stronger.
For some reason, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1. This ghost story did have very scary aspects, but this book was very short and so it did feel a bit rushed to me.
As for romance, THERE IS NONE! Hurray! What I liked about this is the fact that it proves that you can still have a great book without the romance!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a very creepy ghost story and it was told in a very unique manner, I just didn't enjoy it as much as book 1 (though this is still a great book!). This book is very short, around 170 pages, and very gripping, so you will get through this book very quickly! I very much like how each book has it's own ghost story while still having the same basic cast of characters! I am excited to see what creepiness will come next!...more
MY THOUGHTS After reading The Waiting Booth I was very excited to read this one! This book wThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS After reading The Waiting Booth I was very excited to read this one! This book was still very good, but it didn't amaze me as much as the first one.
Mia now gets to be a portal gatekeeper with Arizona and Regulus. She now has to keep up with training and school. She still needs to find her missing brother, Pete, and find Dr. Bleeker (one of the bad guys). All the while she's growing closer to her boyfriend Regulus and becoming torn about the IIA. Can she really trust the IIA?
I still loved this book and enjoyed reading it, but this book had middle-book syndrome. Not much really happens in this book. There's a lot of the team trying to find Pete and Dr, Bleeker, and they do get answers. The training and Mia dating Regulus takes out most of the book as well. The book does put up the pace closer to the end, with unexpected twists. The twist is very upsetting, but it makes me want to continue the series even more, to see if the wrongs can be fixed.
The plot of these books continue to be very interesting and unique. The characters are also still great, of course, and I am becoming even closer to all of them. I mentioned in my review for the last book how happy it made me that Mia told her friends what was going on (a rarity in YA) and her friends continue to be a big part of the series.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, while this book is a bit of a lull in the series, it does pick up speed near the end. I am enjoying this series so far and I an definitely reading the next book!...more
MY THOUGHTS I love this series so much! For most of the series so far, I've only been giving them 4 stars, but now I really need to go back and changMY THOUGHTS I love this series so much! For most of the series so far, I've only been giving them 4 stars, but now I really need to go back and change all of them to 5 stars!
Aemi is currently captured by the Dron. The Dron see her as an enemy, a wealthy Itantean, and see her as the way to bargain for their lives. Aemi tries to plead with them that there is no bargaining with Nautilus, who has been slaughtering both Dron and Itanteans, and that Itanteans are no longer their enemy. All to no avail. Aemi has to figure out how to escape the Dron along with trying to find peace between their people and a way to take down Nautilus. But even with all of this, more secrets about her family will come into light.
A favorite part about this series is how vivid the world is! The world-building in this series is extraordinary and with each book I get more and more insight into this world! Really, there is the unique underwater world that I get more info about with every book and now we get more info about the Dron and their histories. The entire world within this series is so complex!
I must mention the romance. There isn't a whole lot of romance in this book, but I fully ship Aemi and Nol. I understand why they *cough*Aemi*cough* are hesitant on being together, but I honestly really want them to be together!
IN CONCLUSION This is an amazing series and this installment is just as good as the rest! In fact, the books keep getting better and better! I am most definitely looking forward to the next book and Kate Avery Ellison is certainly an author I'm now on the lookout for!...more
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MY THOUGHTS I loved NightfThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS I loved Nightfall Gardens, so I was quite happen to get into the next book right away!
This book takes place right where Nightfall Gardens left off. Lily is now the protector of the gardens and most prevent the terrors inside from unleashing into the world. Though, she's not alone. She has her brother, Sila, and her best friend, Cassandra, along with others to help her. Now the siblings and friends are finding more and more dangerous secrets about the gardens and their home. Even worse, her 14th birthday is coming closer and she has to face the Smiling Sisters in the Shadow Gardens. A challenge that many of her ancestors did not survive.
Many of my thoughts of the first book continue with this book.This book series is still incredibly imaginative and, again, love the world-building! What I really loved about this book is how we get more information about the gardens ans the creatures! We got a whole bunch of information, that I loved, in the first book. but with this book being focused strongly on one of the gardens, I felt like I was getting do much more info and it was absolutely interesting! Although, I have to say this: this series is still very very dark, and I loved it. Of course.
I loved the characters in the first book, but in this book I see this grow so much more. It's sad, how they are changing, due to the circumstances, but I loved how strong these characters become. Lily, who was described as vain in Nightfall Gardens, has changed so much since the beginning! She has to change, and I hate that, but she has become so strong! Silas is the same way! I also need to mention Cassandra! She's such a great friend!
IN CONCLUSION I am loving this series! It's such a dark, gothic, gory series, and I love it! While this was the 2nd book it a trilogy, it had no middle-book syndrome whatever and I am definitely looking forward to the conclusion!...more
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MY THOUGHTS This was such a great series and this was a great finale!
In the last book in the Nightfall Gardens trilogy. the evil within the gardens are amassing to break out of their prison. Finding, and destroying, Pandora's Box is even more important than ever. Lily, Silas, and the other friends and allies have to find the box along with trying to fight a war with the creatures inside the gardens.
Wow. A lot happens in this book! I felt like this book was very long, but how action-packed things were just made up for it! The ending was a bit rushed, but it was still a very great conclusion!
I must repeat myself from my review of the last book: the characters change so much! Again, I hate the circumstances that make them change, but if you were to compare the characters from this book to from the first book, they would be completely different. It is even more heartbreaking in this book what the characters must go through, which is horrible considering what has happened in the previous two books. This series is not all gumdrops and rainbows!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I really think this series is worth it! If you enjoy dark, gothic books, then this is a great series for you! I am very satisfied with this series!...more
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MY THOUGHTS I usually read YA books, but I also have a love for MG. This is a very very very dark MG book! But I loved it!
Lily and Silas Blackwood's family is constantly moving from place to place, running various 'pathetic' plays. When a mysterious uncle shows up, one Lily and Silas knew nothing about, wanting to take Lily away, things change completely. It turns out that the Blackwood family is related to Pandora and since she opened the box, all the females in the family have to watch over Nightfall gardens and the horrors Pandora unleashed. Now, their grandmother (that, again, they never knew) is dying and Lily has to take her place. The siblings now have to face the horrors of the gardens and prevent the horrors from making it out into the real world.
The world-building and imagination involved in creating this book is amazing and I was fully able to imagine this horrible environment! I also liked how there was somewhat of a basis of mythology from multiple cultures added into the book. And the gardens are so very very creepy!
As for characters, there is a large handful. Lily and Silas are obviously the main characters and we get to switch every so often. Sometimes we see Lily in the mansion and sometimes we see Silas in the garden (as the men in the family are not allowed to be at the mansion). The two have their own flaws and, as siblings, do have points when they act as if they dislike each other, but they obviously do care about each other. There is also a large amount of supporting characters--some good, some not--but all fit well into the story!
IN CONCLUSION Very dark but great start to a new series! If you enjoy dark, gothic books then I strongly suggest picking this book up!...more
MY THOUGHTS I have certain key words that cause me to pick up a book. With this one, all I hThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I have certain key words that cause me to pick up a book. With this one, all I had to read was 'alien object' and I needed to read it!
This book begins with a teenager named John who ends up finding an odd intelligent object in the woods that calls itself KAD. John takes KAD home and realizes that having KAD around has many advantages, but it's not only hard, but dangerous to hide as well. With the help of Lena, John's neighbor and possible girlfriend, John will figure out how to help KAD from losing power and from the government agents trying to get their hands on it.
First off: Can I have a KAD? Seriously, this guy can do literally anything! He can teleport, travel to other worlds, create items out of air, create a mind connection, anything you can think of! I honestly really love the idea behind this book and the plot in general! Really, all the idea put into place to create KAD is amazing!
I did have issues with the pacing, though I shouldn't complain. There is a lull in the book where not a whole lot happens. At this point in the book, KAD is gone (long story), so this portion actually feels oddly like a contemporary. In this part, there's a lot of development in John and Lena's relationship, which is why I really can't complain, because that is very important to the book! Also, probably my favorite part of their relationship comes from this part (more on this later)! The pacing definetly does pick up closer to the end and I actually loved portions near the end, where we got to know even more about what KAD does, but it does have a slow middle. It doe pick up though and, believe me, it makes sense!
I have a love-hate relationship with the romance. In the beginning, I really liked John and Lena's romance. They had a friend to love romance going on and I love those, but I also loved how they still had a relationship where they could still be friends in a wa. As, they loved each other, but they weren't always kissing and such, having fun conversations with one another. Issue: they did eventually become too cheesy for me. Their conversations got a bit cheesy and I thought they were going too fast (I'm a prude though,so...). When their conversations got fun again, I began to love the relationship again! See how this is confusing! Anyway, I always have issues with romance in books, so don't take my word for it.
Now, the ending! I really really liked the ending! It ended in a cliffhanger, but I'm quickly beginning to realize that I actually LOVE cliffhangers, when done right (This one was done right!). I can't say how it ended, but there is something hinted at for the next book that I am really excited about! (view spoiler)[ALIENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION I really think this was a great start to a new series! I had issues with the romance (but I also liked it?) and there's a lull, but that's it! This was a really great new sci-fi with very interesting ideas! I am very much looking forward to reading the next book!...more
MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up soleThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up solely based on the large amount of great things I've heard about it. I'm glad to say that this was a great book.
This book is from the point of view of Aristotle, who goes by Ari. He's a bit of a loner and doesn't really have any friends. That is until he meets Dante at the pool one summer. Ari and Dante don't have much in common, but they become the best of friends.
This was a very slow-paced story and that's my only major problem with this book. Although, the pacing makes sense. This book is entirely real. The characters are flawed and their lives, in general, are very realistic. The writing and the narrative is also very real and might bother some people, but I loved how real it was.
This book is a friendship story, a coming of age story, and a love story. I think the first two is most prominent in this book. It's a beautiful story about friendship and growing up. The love story involved is, again, very real. It is slowly added into the mix. It was one that I expected, as I knew that this book featured a gay romance, yet was still shocked by. I knew it would happen, but Ari never even hints at playing on that team. The love story portion does not come until the very end and it made me so happy when it did! I also have to mention how much I loved how the parents were very supportive of their sons. In fact, Ari's parents knew about it before Ari himself did.
This book also has a theme with family as well. Ari's brother is in jail and Ari doesn't even know why because his parents never mention him. There isn't even a single picture of his brother in the house. Throughout the book, Ari continues to question about his brother. There is also a little bit about Ari's dad, who hardly ever talks. In this book, Ari also grows closer to his family.
IN CONCLUSION This was a really great book. It was beautiful and very realistic. I loved the friendship and the eventual love story! I recommend this book for pretty much anyone, especially if you love contemporary. ...more
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting fantasy/dystopian series! I eThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting fantasy/dystopian series! I enjoyed the first book and I enjoyed this one as well.
Reychel has been a slave all her life and now she's finally free. But is she really? There's a prophecy about a prophet that will save all their people, and Reychel is believed to be that prophet. Except she doesn't know how she can help. Every time she looks at the clouds she doesn't get any visions at all. And now she'd being pressured to deliver a false prophecy. How can she lie to everyone?
I thought this was a very good sequel and I applaud the author at her world-building and character development. I really think that Reychel has grown a lot since the first book and I can tell that she will be growing more as the series continues.
What is most interesting is how surprising this book is. There are many plot twists throughout this book, none of them expected.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It's a really quick read, under 200 pages. If you liked the first book, you should definitely pick this one up. As far as continuing the series, I hope to pick up the next book soon!...more
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MY THOUGHTS I liked so many things about this book, but I did have a huge problem with the romance. And as the story went on my feeling towards the book spiraled downward.
Basically, Ember teleports at night for ten minutes, each time a seemingly random location. It turns out that she, along with others, were some kind of generic experiment done by the government. Now, the government wants their experiments back. Ember has to work with her 'pair', Caden, on missions to help stop threats. But when her 'new home' is more like a prison, she can't trust the government. Especially when they are hiding so much from her.
When I started this book, I was loving it! I love the idea behind this book, still do! But then the romance starting trickingling in and I just wasn't enjoying it anymore. I avoid New Adult like the plague, for good reason, and I had no idea this book was a New Adult book (the Goodreads synopsis gives no hint of it). My dislike towards New Adult is mainly because I am a prude and most New Adult books get very sexual. There's nothing wrong with sex in books, I know people do it, I just don't like it when the scences get descriptive. It makes me very uncomfortable and, frankly, I find it very gross. Anyway, Coden, our love interest was very unlikeable. He's an arrogant pervert. He would pull off Ember's sheets to wake her up, knowing very well that she was naked (this was before they were together) and he tricked her into going skinny dipping with him. The romance was also very insta-love, which I also hate.
I did like the whole idea behind the story. I thought the whole idea of teleporting at night was very interesting. I really want to know more about the whole idea! Though, now I think back and see so many holes in the world-building...
Last thing I have to rant about: Desiree. She was Caden's friend and the entire time Desiree basically wanted to kill Ember. This was so stupid and just plain irritating! I couldn't understand why Desiree was so hateful towards Ember. Yeah, she with your old best friend, but really? And I, frankly, am just tired of the mean girl trope. (Of course, Caden just ignores his "best friend").
IN CONCLUSION This is just making me sad. At the beginning of this review, I was giving this book 3 stars, now it's down to 2 and I'm having a hard time finding things I like. Really, this just wasn't my kind of book. I thought it would be, but the sexual stuff ruined it for me and before you know it, I started finding tons of flaws. Honestly, I don't think I'll be reading the sequel....more