The book’s biggest problem, was lack of commitment.
The antagonist was nonexistent in this book. In the book, Tate has issues with her stepmother, stepsister and even her father. She even falls into the wrong side of the law. But all that tension dropped, right after it arose. One moment, she would be mad at her stepmother for some injustice or unfair treatment. Then, a paragraph later, Tate would say “but I can see where she was coming from”. It wiped away all of the emotional momentum in the novel.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday choice, is The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes. Last year, Stephanie Oakes made a bombshell debut with The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Though I have since acquired the novel, (and I have oodles of friends that RAVE about it…) I still haven’t read it. Shame on me.
However, I did manage to snag an arc of The Arsonist at ALAMW. It’s sitting on my shelf, waiting for me. One thing that’s superficially attracted me to her books…. ARE THE SIZE.
These suckers are huge. a whopping minimum of 400 pages. They are heavy, as all my favorite books are (kidding, I have a few lightweight favorites too.) There’s just something about heavy-huge novels that I just love. It’s like it’s…. the potential. It stands out. It says “Look at me! I have tooooons of plot twists and turns and character-derived AGONY awaiting you!”
So, I hope real soon I’ll get to dig in to this promising read. 😀
Here’s the gorgeous cover for you to oggle till it comes out in August!
Basically, a list of bad moms in literature. Specifically YA lit. Now, some of these examples are going to be a bit vague for spoiler purposes. I’d like to put these in order, but I simply can’t. I’d have to re-read all of them, take excessive notes and compare. So, they are in alphabetical order, except the last two, which are my vague guessing game books.
All you have to do to enter the giveaway, is follow and RT me on twitter. This contest is US only! (sorry guys, shipping is expensive….)
But here are photos and a list of everything you can win!
So, without further ado, here is my Read and Enjoyed List.
Read and Enjoyed
“What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.
Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer—heir to the M-Corp empire—has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?
In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.”
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“The Earth is dead and humanity’s last hope is amongst the stars. For 50,000 lucky souls, a distant, alien planet will be their home after they endure a grueling seven year journey. Assigned as apprentices to older specialists, Hugh O’Callahan and Elena Ames must learn quickly to survive their dog-eat-dog lives. Meanwhile, Zeneba, a young Charneki girl, is chosen to take the throne as mara. She must learn quickly, for it is foretold a cataclysmic event will mark her reign. Can she find the strength to lead her people against invaders from the sky? The Expedition is Book #1 from Earth Aliens, an EPIC Press series. Each EPIC Press series is made up of 6 short installments, intended for readers 14 and older.”
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Beyond the Ever Reach
*This book has been republished as Beyond the Ever Reach, my review was for it’s former book, Fear my Mortality. No changes occurred between the titles*
New Edition: previously published as Fear My Mortality.
“What if everyone in the world was invincible… except you?
In an alternate version of today’s Earth, everyone is invincible. Since the beginning, people have been able to heal so fast that nobody can be hurt or killed. The normal lifespan ranges hundreds of years. Despite all that, Ava Holland is afraid of death. When the unthinkable happens, her only ally is the boy she should fear the most. Michael Bradley is the strongest, fastest healer anyone’s ever seen. But Michael has secrets too. Together, they run from a society that rejects them. Michael seeks redemption and Ava seeks safety, but when the truth is revealed, it’s up to Ava to save them both.
Beyond the Ever Reach is the first book in an action-packed four-book series.”
You can read my full review here!
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“Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.”
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SOS: A Prequel to The Silence of Six
“Evan Baxter doesn’t have much time left before he must do something that will change his life — and the lives of his friends, his family, and millions of people he’s never even met — forever. There’s only one person who could come through for him at the last moment, but that chance is fading fast. In the course of one day, Evan has to come to terms with pulling off the most daring and dangerous feat of his young life, and he may not survive to see the consequences.
“S.O.S.” is a thrilling stand-alone short story prequel to the acclaimed YA novel THE SILENCE OF SIX by Norton Award winning author E.C. Myers. This eBook includes a preview of the first chapter of THE SILENCE OF SIX.”
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“Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?”
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“Welcome to Novo: Your new home in Space
For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.
But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.
Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government’s increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.
TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.”
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“After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.”
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As a bonus, you can read last years May the Fourth post, right here!
This book is a disgrace to murder mysteries everywhere.
Well, To Catch a Killer wasn’t the worst mystery I’ve ever read…. But it’s definitely up there in the top five. It was SO BORING.
So first, an excerpt from The Bad Boy Bargain, then on to my review!
Now for the excerpt and a giveaway!
I swore I wrote my Nimona review, but when I went to copy and paste it, I couldn’t find it anywhere.
So now I don’t know if I actually wrote the review, or if I just dreamed I did. (I frequently dream about writing my reviews, rearranging sentences and whatnot. It’s way more dramatic and stressful in your dreams.)
It was so good too! So now, I’m going to have to rewrite and hope it’s as awesome as that one was. So much for binge watching Inu x Boku SS.
When I first started reading Nimona, I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to its hype. But it was SO GOOD. SO. GOOD.
The art was GORGEOUS.
The story starts with our villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart. And, our dear Nimona storms in, demanding to become his new SIDEKICK.
At first, I wasn’t sure where the plot was going (or if there was one). Enter Sir Ambrosius Goldenloins, the goody-goody to end all superheroes. The dialogue was fantastic, so I kept turning the pages. Of course, the art helped too.
It’s filled with witty exchanges, and bread crumbs of information about the characters and their personalities. Even Nimona has an amazing backstory .
Nimona was forever fouling up Lord Blackheart’s plots (whilst simultaneously trying to improve them). She had this beautiful naivete about her.
But in the end, you learn that she placed herself there for a purpose. She ends up delivering a message on loyalty and friendship.
It was fantastic. I love endings like this one. I won’t say what it was (because that’d ruin the magic). But what I can say, is that you’ll never regret reading Nimona.
I had uber high hopes for this book. There had been a lot of buzz about it, so I picked up a copy while I was at ALA Annual conference 2016. Even though it released in October, I wanted to save it for the holidays. I wanted to let it get me into the spirit. The title, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, is as close to saying that it’s for Christmastime without actually saying it.
That plan only succeeded half way. Yeah, I saved it for the Christmas season, hoping to get all snuggly with it. However, this book was extremely depressing.
On one hand, you could say that this means the authors knew how to express emotion.
Or, you could say that this is not a cuddly Christmas time story. There were so many pros and cons to this story! I keep wildly flipping between wanting to give it four stars, or 3.5.
I can’t decide.
Because the emotions of it all were fabulous. It dealt with hopes, let downs and personality changes that occur after traumatic events. (or at least after massive life-changes). So that part was super touching, because I’ve been through some of that…
Except, I kept wanting to smack the crap out of both of them for their crappy attitudes.
At one point, Lily decides to go to the island and then she doesn’t tell anyone that she’s leaving. Which is fine, except everyone freaked out because she’s been acting strange.
Not only does she leave, but SHE STAYS GONE. She randomly walks into a bakery and starts decorating gingerbread and just ends up crashing there. Overnight. It goes on a bizarre bunny trail, ending with frosting an orgy gingerbread scene. Um…okay?
I know depression makes you do odd things, and makes you not care…about anything….
But it just came from out of left field so fast that it felt odd and out of place for the book.
So, what I’m thinking/feeling about this book? CONFLICTED. It had a cutesy ending, where everything was tied up in a string (but not in a sudden, weird way…). It was hilarious when the librarians ended up with injuries after slipping on glittery ice (and Dash ended up with an eye patch…)
Soo….I liked it? 4 stars? Yes? Why am I asking myself so many questions?
I definitely think it should come with the warning that it does have its depressing thoughts.
I’m extremely prone to getting depressed around Thanksgiving/Christmas. So that may be another reason I was so affected by Lily’s emotional state.
I’d don’t know if I’d recommend it for Christmas/wintery fun. It has it’s perks. So I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind a side of depression with their eggnog.
Can’t wait to see this bad boy all filled out!
The Boy Next Door was a perfect winter read (I happened to read it just before Christmas). At first, I was skeptical that this was going to turn out kind of….chintzy. But it starts with a sweet and short prologue (I’m not a huge fan of prologues, but this one was ok).
Then it heads off directly into the drama. But, not immediately to her relationship drama with Gabe. It starts with an ice dancing couple arguing. (this couple dates each other off the ice)
This other couple was an excellent touch for the book, because it brought the reader closer to Gabe’s fears. He fears that if he starts dating Maddy, that they’ll end up like this other couple. Bickering all the time, and with a dead career in skating.
I got engrossed, fast. Perhaps another reason for that was DUAL POV. YAS. I can’t resist male POV. It’s inexplicably refreshing
And here, we have the obligatory misunderstandings and physical chemistry. This is potentially one of the steamiest YA’s I’ve read.
There are secrets and overheard conversations…mistaken identity… It was all so well balanced.
There were only two points that made me rate this a four star instead of five.
I liked her well enough, but there was a lot of flaws and drama surrounding her, and yet none of it was her own.
I mean, there was drama that involved her. Like with her father and her Gabe and skating… but as far as personal, inner flaws went, there weren’t any. Not any real flaws. Not like Gabe’s fear of commitment or fear of losing control. No flaws that interfered with her life in an equally extreme sense.
The second, would be descriptions.
What made me dock the star, was because there was a lot of skating terms used, which weren’t described. It would have been better if there had been more descriptions of the moves.
I love watching ice skating, but I don’t get to do it that much. I couldn’t remember any of the moves names. Which meant that when the scene was playing out in my head, it was sparse due to lack of identification. I couldn’t picture exactly what was happening during their skates.
There were some fabulous descriptions elsewhere. (like describing the cold of the rink, which made me feel physically cold. Holy great writing batman!)
Some of my favorite parts were of course in Gabe’s POV. His POV was a bit sparser, coarser. It’s a texture of voice that I adore.
I’m keeping my copy and will be re-reading it every Christmas to feel the winter spirit. I’d absolutely recommend this to older YA readers.
This story sounds absolutely inspiring. Retellings can go either fantastically or terribly. It all depends on the twists put on them.
Romeo and Juliet retellings can have an even harder time, considering the original story’s ending. I mean, a bunch of people die, the end?
The color for January is RED. And wow, that banner turned out a lot darker than it looked in photoshop. Hm…I will have to fix that. Soon.
But for now, I’m telling myself that stuff doesn’t need to be perfect. So I’ve already read a red book! Yay! I’ll put their covers and information below as I read them. I’ll also link to reviews, though they probably own’t be published in January.
So after narrowing my selection down from 21 to
10 11, here is what I’ve named my top ten books of 2016.
At first, I was totally excited for this book. Though Americans are low on the world totem pole of academics, I find that Americans put extreme pressure on their children to immediately attend college out of high school.
I loved the idea of a book that addressed it in a very direct way, without squeezing through loopholes. Unfortunately, the book didn’t totally address what I was hoping it would.
Instead, it falls victim to a terrible trope.
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. The dream girl is Rayne.
What is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, you ask?
Here is the Ubran Dictionary’s definition:
A Manic Pixie Dream Girl or MPDG, is a term coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after seeing Elizabethtown. It refers to “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” A pretty, outgoing, whacky female romantic lead whose sole purpose is to help broody male characters lighten up and enjoy their lives.
Don’t get me wong, these kinds of characters can sometimes really work for a story. There have been a few that I even love!
Rayne, is not one of them.
In the start, I actually loved her. She was different, in the same way I was different as a teenager. I saw things so much more different than other kids my age.
But then, she spirals in to this odd pattern of hot and cold behavior with Cray. It’s so fast and furious, you’ll feel like you’ve been whiplashed. It was too much.
On top of that, it draws a fuzzy line between Cray and Rayne. Yeah, when people say a girl is “leading on” a guy, there are a lot of discussions that the concept doesn’t actually exist.
But in this case, I really felt like Rayne treated Cray unfairly when she was encouraging his affections (and returning them), whilst simultaneously in a serious relationship with a guy from Italy. It was a bizarre game of back and forth with her.
It was just….meh. It was conflict for the sake of conflict and nothing more.
Later on in the book her attitudes about the world around her get more and more…well, manic, and it gets to the point where I start thinking “I think this girl needs a bit of psychiatric help”. She just started jumping to conclusions and flying off the handle in a way that seemed so completely random.
Another issue I have with this book:
He was a controlling asshole. And by the end of the book, it was like *shrug* all’s well that ends well!
It ended kind of sitcom style, where dad realizes he’s been too tough but the kid also realizes that the father wanted what was best for him. Yay family kumbaya moment! (Not.)
My experience with controlling people (especially with people as controlling as his father), is that they don’t all of the sudden decide to not be controlling assholes.
They just don’t.
It made the whole thing seem contrived. Completely derailed from reality (or any semblance of it).
It just was a meh read. Not good, not bad….not miserable but not really enjoyable either.
I literally just finished this book. And I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I definitely feel positively about it, but it does have its major drawbacks.
For one, This book rotates through three and eventually four POV’s, all male, all brothers. Usually male pov’s have me jumping for joy. But this was a tad different for two main reasons.
HI Kym!! Thanks for visiting my blog and being willing to do this interview! I can’t wait to peek behind the scenes of Flip the Bird!
HI Rachel – thanks for having me! I’m soooo excited about Flip the Bird’s release you might say I’m “flipping” out. And with so many thousands of books being released every year, I’m honored and thrilled that you chose my book to review.
From the first moment I saw Flip the Bird on the catalog for HMH, I KNEW that this book would be a must read for me. It’s sounded unique, funny, and with a title like that, how could I pass it up?
Whew! I just got the email in at 9:30 with the cover! It came on so fast! I didn’t even know the sequel was being published until a few days ago. That having been said, I feel like this post is going to be terribly inadequate.
I actually still have my arc of The 52nd! It’s too dark in my apartment to take a photo this late at night. 😛 Blogger fail.
So anyway, here’s the GORGEOUS cover!
The release date is June 3rd, 2017. I can’t wait to R&R it! But for real, look at that cover! Also, I have a side gripe to rant about.
STORY TIME KIDDIES.
You see the really cool font? With the blocks sticking out? Doesn’t that pattern look so Aztec? I almost Boo-yah’ed when I saw that.
This semester I’m taking an art course (hoping to get my AA in art…) so it’s a graphic design class.
Our first project was to create a logo, and our second project was to create an identity system incorporating the logo. (basically, a letterhead, business card, and envelope.)
Well, my fake company I created for the class was an AZTEC CHOCOLATE company.
I used a design in the background that was a slightly different version of the god’s crown on my logo…
It basically looked like the side of the font on this beautiful cover! And you know what my teacher said?
“This pattern looks too greek.”
For reals guys, I almost died.
I mean, I got where she was coming from. Critique’s push artists to be better. And I did come up with something better on the next phase.
But since then I’ve seen like….five Aztec/Maya art pieces that all have that motif and it slays me every time.
Here’s my ‘too Greek’ design:
During the next phase, I came up with this one:
I think this one looks maybe a tad too….Nepalese… But hey, I got a better grade. That’s all that matters in college, amirite? Ok So ….the end.
That’s all I had for my last minute improv.
Don’t forget, the first book in the series (The 52nd) is on sale this weekend for .99 cents! The sale ends on Halloween.
You can purchase it on Amazon here
I have a challenge question for my audience today. What shape comes after a love triangle?
Omg. I don’t know where to start. When I first heard of this book, I just lost myself for a bit.
I mean, Beauty and the Beast……Plus STEAMPUNK?! Yas. Yas please. I needed it, like, yesterday.
So I set my sights on getting a copy at ALA!
Unfortunately Shadow Mountain was not giving copies to reviewers/bloggers at the convention.
It broke my heart, but alas, some lady I met later was like,
“Do you want this? I don’t think it’ll be my thing.” And I was like.
So I came home with an arc after all!
It took me a month to get to it, but I finally did. I started reading at about…. 1 in the morning and all of the sudden, a GHOST APPEARED. (in the novel, not IRL.)
ScArEd Me HaLf To DeAtH. sCaReD. WHY. Why did I decide to read this at 2 in the morning?!? While I was home alone?! With freakin vengeful ghosts in it?! I’m a scared-y cat. I haven’t even read most horror books gifted to me, because I’m such a chicken. (a Bloody Mary incident as a child left me scarred for life. XD)
Someone quick, I need a Miles to hide behind.
Also, Miles = Wounded Hero. Ah. You know how those are my weaknesses. The part where he helps Lucy take care of her…..wounds? Awwwwww. Probably my most favorite moments. Beside the inebriated Miles. That was one of my favorites too.
Of course, as this is regency inspired (as regency as steampunk can get, I imagine..) the romance was mostly explored intellectually rather than physically.
It was refreshing, though I’ll admit, I wish there were a few more stolen moments than there were… But it was still highly enjoyable.
One thing that I savored was the amount of steampunk. Some books say they are steampunk and then usually end up having a pitiful amount of actual steampunk. This book had a healthy variety, which was engaging. While at the same time, it didn’t go overboard in the mechanical department.
Same for the flipside, I felt that the fantasy was well balanced, and wasn’t overwhelming the steampunk. It’s very rare that I’ve seen the two elements balanced just right with each other.
My only hangup? I didn’t really feel much for the characters. Sure, I got the fuzzies when Beauty had her moments with The Beast… but as far as deeply loving characters? Eh. Not sure it was there.
Nevertheless, I was excited to see a character cut from the same cloth as the characters from Stranje House for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. (Another romance, though a bit fluffier, with still awesome strong ladies, and amazing wounded-heroes to die for.)
I also felt like the pacing was a smidge slow. Not super super bad, but just a smidge. But maybe it’s because I don’t usually read adult? Maybe it’s stellar pacing in the adult world? Or in the regency world? I don’t know.
So overall, I’d say I enjoyed the book and that I will most definitely be picking up book #2!
YAS. This was everything I wanted, but was denied while reading The Foxglove Killings and Last Time We Were Us. It was just. Gah. Dynamic, well paced, and generally adorable.
Also, duel POV. YEEAAAAAAASSSSS.
See the cover for Elisa Dane’s Beneath the Void!
Soooo….I was way less than impressed with this one. I had zero feels and gave no cares about what happened to Caleb or Mandy.
Which is sad, the book is inspired by the Disney movie Sky High, a movie I LOVE. (specifically, characters Layla and Warren) and I totally shipped those two. So I was totally in the mood for a Warren type character to fall in love with a Layla type character (which is to say, an opposites attract story)
Unfortunately, the emotion, the attraction….heck, even the plot line, just wasn’t there. It was boring. It was dull. Nothing happened.
Even when Mandy’s grandma had an upset, I didn’t really feel anything, or any suspense, or any fear for any of the characters.
The best part of the book was the bromance between Caleb and J.T. But it was a very tiny light in a very dim surrounding. I’ve read a lot of fluffy contemporaries that I actually love and adore…so I know it’s not the genre or the audience that was off for me.
This is a major case of it’s definitely not me, it’s you.
I have no qualms about calling out terrible books. So boom, there it is. Book, meet Terrible. Terrible, meet book. Good, we acquainted now? Do yourself a favor and just skip it. 😛
This review ended up so short that my SEO rating is orange. Dude. XD
In a few of these cases, the debut I list is their Debut Young Adult novel. A few of these wrote adult previously, but had never published for YA or MG before
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Now for a huge picture of the cover!
O.m.g. guys. I have had a whirlwind of a week. But this is about Monday-Wednesday in particular. Possibly the only relevant piece of information you need to know is that I found out I was allergic to wheat (gluten) less than a week before this vacation.
I’m UBER excited to read this one. Childhood best friend? Miss-understood-Bad-Boy?
I’ll be there before you finish the sentence. XD I’ve actually read a few great Juvie boy stories, so I’m actually really hoping that this one will blast them all out of the water.
Oookayyy, so this novel turned me into a cheeseball. It was cute, it was fluffy.. And for that reason, I’m giving it four stars.
It was emotionally strong as well, which was somewhat unexpected. Which brought it up to 4.5 stars. Yes, it does kind of read like a One Direction fan fiction… I’ve never read OD FF, but have read FF for plenty of other fandoms and I imagine they are somewhat comparative.
You’ve got really good fanfiction and realllly bad fanfiction. This would fall into the really good category. The only reason it’s not five stars is just for the tiny bit of plot weakness.
That tiny bit of plot weakness lies in Stella’s job. An almost totally random girl getting chosen to photograph a boyband’s day to day activities? Not likely.
But Also, I’m one to talk. Pot calling the kettle black. XD At 15 years old, I was randomly plucked up by NYT best selling author to do social media stuff….sooo…. That was beyond highly unlikely. So… I think I’ll just shut up about that.
I loved Stella’s emotional/internal conflicts. Especially towards the end. It takes a lot for me to connect to a character emotionally, and I connected with Stella.
I also connected with her sister, as I was sick a lot as a child. Not with cancer, but I definitely still empathized with her feelings.
So for those who don’t mind the One Direction-ness of it, I would highly recommend it. It was overall just a fluffy, feel good novel. Indications are that this is probably going to be a series, so I’ll eagerly be awaiting the next story.
Lighthouse Land was one of the first Scifis I ever read. I think about it every so often, and since I overhauled my website, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring it up.
It’s been far too long since I read it to post a review about it……But when I was trying to decide if/what I should do for May the Fourth Be With You, It came to me. What better tribute than talking about the book that got me into scifi?
Not only did Lighthouse Land get me into scifi, but it also has a HILARIOUS Star Wars reference. Perfect, right? It’s crazy to think that I don’t remember enough to post a review, but I do remember that totally specific piece of dialogue. Perhaps there were even more references that I didn’t catch. I was only ten or so and I hadn’t even watched Star Wars yet.
I don’t even remember if it was in the first book or the second book. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the third book. I was going include the scene as an excerpt but I found a problem.
Lighthouse Land isn’t an eBook. Anywhere.
So I’ll be constructing it from memory to the best of my ability.
There was a statue that needed to be recharged, in order to send/transport them back to Lighthouse Land. The only place with enough energy to charge it, was a powerplant located in a remote area on the mainland. Neither Jaimie or his friend were old enough to drive. But, his friends older brother was old enough to drive. (he was almost twice their age.)
So they drove, up the solitary road, in the middle of the night. Inside a somewhat beat up soccer mom van… They stole into the main room, hooked the statue up with jumper cables and let ‘er rip.
Alarms and siren’s blared. There had been one road up, and one road down. They piled back into the car and burned down the trail. Only a small community existed around the plant, mostly of workers and their families.
So near the bottom of the road, there was a police block, where they were screening everyone for the perpetrators of the ‘attempted terrorist attack.’
The friend’s brother rolled down the window for the officer. The smell of burnt fried fish wafted out of the window.
Their singed hair and eyebrows seemed an obvious sign.
The brother lifted two of his fingers and moved them in an arc.
“We are not the droids you are looking for…”
And that quote had me and my sister in giggles for days. Of course, the actual scene is probably much funnier in Adrian McKinty’s original words.
And of course, that scene wasn’t the solitary great thing about the series. Even if I don’t remember specifics, there are elements included that effected (and still effect) the way I write in my own novels.
Nearly a decade later and it still puts a smile on my face. It’s always going to be nostalgic for me.
So wherever you are, Adrian McKinty, I’ll always love you for all of the things about me you’ve influenced.
Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. It was nearly phenomenal. There’s only one thing that set it back to 4.5 stars. But I’ll get to those later.
This is just a highlight post! I signed up for a surprise release from Alyssa Rose Ivy and I must say, I’m excited to read it.
You guys are going to LOVE this excerpt. It definitely has me eager to read Soulspark.
Aww. Dudes, I’m such a sucker for this series. Even though I generally enjoy historical fiction, this series is my first regency era series. (Seriously, I haven’t even ever read Jane Austen. I know, I know, so sue me…) But I don’t think it’ll be my last.
Excerpt and Giveaway!
Now, on to my interview with hero and love interest, Michael Bradley!
Teasers and Giveaways and Playlists Oh My!
Aw! This was cute!
A-Z Challenge Link List:
I’m ENTIRELY DEVASTATED. My head and eyes hurt too much to read the book in time for the tour. Sucks, because McGarry is one of my FAVORITES. I had the pleasure of reading her debut before it was even released. (it makes me fuzzy inside knowing that I was attached enough to keep it. I’m pretty sure It’d be impossible to find someone willing to give it.)
Excerpt, teasers and a giveaway!
Now for the excerpt and giveaway!
Now for a somewhat unplanned topic:
Cover & Giveaway
I have a cover, excerpt AND a giveaway for you guys!
This sounds so adorable..
Ok, so even though this stop is for Triumph of Chaos (Book #3) I’m going to include the synopsis (Synopsi? Synopsises?) for Book #1 & #2
Book Blitz Giveaway time!
I’m going to take a moment before the excerpt and giveaway to make a leprechaun joke.
I have mixed feelings about his book. The beginning was quite wonderful, and really had me invested in Calvin and his life. But…
This post is going to be a little on the fly, because this week has been full of colossal screw-ups on my part. Good news is, there’s still a huge giveaway to enter!
*drowns under books*
Wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Holding Court, but I loved what I got. It had a fantastic Nancy Drew vibe to it.
Deluded, contrived and boring. Reading this, I had one question:
Cover Love and Giveaway!
I’m hosting an interview stop for this tour! Here’s the interview:
Synopsis & Giveaway!
Here’s Chapter One!
Read the synopsis, see the cover and enter the giveaway!
Here’s my review, excerpt and giveaway!
Meh. I’ve been trying to write this review for a few days, and I don’t know what to say. I mean, it was okay, but I didn’t particularly feel the chemistry between Maddy and Bryce.
This post will actually have all the books I got in February. I’m going to try to participate regularly, but no promises. hehe.
Dear teen me,
I have thought about writing this letter for a good time now. I actually agonized over it. It’s not that I didn’t know what to say. I did know what I wanted to say, I just didn’t know how to say it.
Blog tour stop, read the synopsis and enter the giveaway!
Read the excerpt and enter the giveaway!
Read the synopsis(es? synopsi?) and enter the giveaway!
…..Well…the cover is already on the banner, but it’s blown up in the post.
I actually really like element stories, but I almost didn’t take on this one. Why? Well, it was actually for completely unrelated reasons. But I decided to dig into it anyway.
Ready to enter the giveaway, see the cover, and read an excerpt? DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?!
Ready to see the cover and read the synopsis?
Here’s my stop on the Reign tour!
I was supposed to post a review, and I screwed up big time. So this is pretty much going to be a book blitz post. (With a giveaway!) The cover is crazy though, I love the deep tones.
Ready to see the cover of Conspiracy Boy?!
Hey guys! Ready for a cover reveal?! Here it is!
Now for the review and giveaway!
So, in January’s post, I mentioned that I’m somewhat colorblind…. But that’s not going to stop be from loving colors!!! This is my first meme I’m hosting. create your own post and link up!
Alright! On to the list of this years colors
(and links to each post)
GUYS. I’m impressed, ridiculously impressed.
Ready to see the cover and enter the giveaway?
Ready to see the cover and enter the giveaway?
Sci-fi? Romance? I’m in.
Today Melanie McFarlane and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for THERE ONCE WERE STARS, which releases April 26, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!! (And a SECOND GIVEAWAY for SWAG)
Read my review and an excerpt from The Union, then enter a giveaway!
Here’s my review of Mirror X, which is my first stop. Remember to come back on the 5th to read an excerpt and my review of Ascendancy!
I super enjoyed this one! I liked the Native American culture weaved in (although I cannot attest to its accuracy.) I’ve always felt like shifter stories make for great Native American fiction telling because NA beliefs are so at one with their environments. Most I know of have an inherent respect for nature, which also blends in nicely with shifter stories.
Ok, ready for the Cover?! There’s also an excerpt of chapter one, and a giveaway to enter!
Holy crap! This book blew me away. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked the book up. I’ve read books that have immortal (or extremely long-living) humans in them, but it’s always been a tossup for me. More than half the books I’ve read with immortality I ended up disliking. Some authors pull off amazing stories, while others just kind of flop.
Here is the Release Day Blitz for Prophecy of Shadows! I have the cover wrap for you guys to look at. Also, an Excerpt and TWO giveaways! One is for a Kindle (giveaway by Barclay Publicity) and the other giveaway, you can win one of five Elemental bookmarks!
Read my review, and read why authors shouldn’t send childish messages to reviewers.
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this one.
I liked the characters for the most part. But I it was just short of actually clicking with most the characters. I found myself unable to keep track of all the terms. The plot was a little ambiguous….
I just don’t know what to say. Jeez. Usually reviews just pour out of me and this one just doesn’t want to flow.
Ok, on to things I liked:
Ready to see the cover? (Also see the official trailer and enter the giveaway?!)
Wow! This story was completely combustible. Seriously. One of my favorite angles is the ‘best friend’s brother’ angle, and for 3:AM Kisses, it totally worked.
Shearwater Release Day Blitz & Giveaway!
OMG. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS FREAKIN BOOK. One of my FAVORITE princesses growing up was Odette from Swan Lake! omg. Some one actually wrote it! omg. I’m completely freaking out. Just…Fangirling all the way. See the cover below!
Today Jennifer Bardsley and Month9Books are revealing the cover for GENESIS GIRL, which releases September 27, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!! Plus, read a note from the author and
THE ENTIRE FIRST CHAPTER.
Holy crap guys. This is a lot to take in. I feel like my brain just ran from California to NYC all by itself.
Read an excerpt right here!
Today Everly Frost and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for FEAR MY MORTALITY, which releases April 5, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley! Plus a note from the author, and you can read THE ENTIRE FIRST CHAPTER.
Actually, the synopsis really intrigues me. I’m interested in reading it. Ready to see the cover?!
Here it is:
There was an initial confusion about the title. Some places it’s listed as Grumpy Cat Vol 1 and other places list it at The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey! #1.
I’m not quite sure how to review all these mini stories…They all have combinations of different authors and illustrators…
I guess I’ll review them individually? And then do an overall impression? Yeah, I’ll go with that idea.
And here’s the full cover!
Uggggh. I don’t even know what to say about this. I don’t even know what to THINK about it.
I’m not sure why, but I went into it thinking that it was a Cinderella retelling? I’m not sure why, but that is definitely false.
Aw. I’m usually not a big regency fan (I still can’t get myself to watch an entire episode of Downton Abbey. I just. can’t. do. It.) But I generally enjoy historical fiction. I so so so wanted to give this one five stars, but there were reasons I had to hold back on that.
Sigh for being reasonable.
This ebook is free today! Here’s an EXCERPT!
This novella was adorable. I finished it really late at night (well, like 1 in the morning) in December. It put me in the mood for Christmas, and also made me feel warm and fuzzy about one of my favorite YA couples. Although it does end on somewhat of a sad note because of Aelyx’s departure.
Read an excerpt and enter the giveaway!
Yay! I’m finally hosting a meme! Here’s January’s Post & Link Up
*Slams fists into table*
This comic made me want to curse in the best/worst kind of way.
I WANT TO KNOW.
I NEED TO KNOW
WHAT THE F HAPPENED TO HIS MOTHER?!?! WHY?!
Warning! This Top Ten Tuesday post has way more than ten books featured. I simply couldn’t narrow the list down any further. I already gouged my heart out by removing 15 or so. I might have a book hoarding problem.
The book was cute, and written ok, but it wasn’t without its flaws. It was a quick read, but I found it kind of tedious and found myself just waiting for it to be over.
And now for the Cover Reveal!
I am really impressed with this novel. I was hesitant to pick up this novel. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. I’ve been hearing about this book EVERYWHERE for the past couple months. So when I picked up the book, I tried to shut all those thoughts away, and just absorb what the words gave me.
Those words gave me a lot more than I expected.
See the Cover Reveal and the synopsis! I rarely see fiction books that focus on women in sports. It’s even rarer for me to see something involving winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding. Personally, I think this one sounds promising! I’m really looking forward to reading it.
I’m not sure where I should start with this one.
The cover maybe? The image is great, I love that floral dress, so the issue doesn’t lie in the cover itself….It’s the ridiculous tagline.
“Staying alive on a first date should be a given, not a challenge….”
Okaaaaay..? I read the entire book, but they actually don’t ever go on a date together. They have study group and a few other things….but no dates. Soo……
First, you have to know that taglines are a pet peeve for me. I try to not look at them. They bug me, but when I pulled this off my shelf I rolled my eyes a little.
See the cover, and a teaser for Digital Horizon!
SO CLOSE. It was SO CLOSE to impressing me…..until about the 73% mark.
Exquisite. Absolutely exquisite. The YA genre lacks great thrillers. Sure, I’ve read some good ones, but most aren’t exclusively thrillers. Usually, they have sci-fi elements and occasionally they have fantasy woven in. Still, even if you classify those novels as ‘thriller’ and then weighed those books against other genres, it’d still be the smallest genre of YA fiction. This novel is pure thriller, and it has one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen.
Awwwww, Ronan. What a sweetheart. I’m pretty much in love with Ronan. He’s one of my favies. He’s chivalrous, and because he’s supposed to be the physical guard for Adriana (where as she’s the empathy), he comes across as a strong protective man-boy, who’s conflicted between his loyalty to The Maker, and his heart which aches to be with Dri’s (regardless of the cost.)
This series makes me such a sap. Saying slang like favies. *pffft* *denies everything*
I finished this book in one sitting. I’ll admit, I was expecting a book (and series) similar to her Heist Society series, not in content, but in style. In other words, I expected it to be entertaining, but perhaps not out-of-this-world amazing. But this book was pretty much amazing. I was so engaged in Grace’s emotional/mental turmoil. My heart hurts just thinking about it. Clearly, some major research (or maybe even a close personal experience) went into this novel.
The writing was fine but the plot was sub-par..
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to get along with the book. There was little explanation, but a lot of things were put out for you to automatically believe. After a while, the writing stabilized and I really got into it. The execution of the novel, and the novel itself, was definitely worth it.
When I saw this book, I knew the author was gutsy. Sherlock’s fan base has without a doubt, exponentially increased in the past couple years (a la BBC) but the truth is, Sherlock is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. People write about him all the time, and each one tries to reinvent him as something more peculiar.
Color me impressed. This book has a tortured soul to it, and it was exquisite. I’ve never seen a book tackle so many dark topics at once (at least not successfully.) This was my first book of Mindy’s, but it certainly won’t be my last.