Date Published: October 16, 2012
As far as romance goes there was some (No surprise there). This had to be one of the only parts that wasn’t perfect. There was kind of a love triangle in the story but by the end it kind of almost straightened itself out. And the love itself was nothing new, it’s the kind of romance you see in a lot of the young adult books today. You have the supreme guy and then you have a guy who is considered a “bottom feeder”. So overall I didn’t really enjoy the romance to the story and instead enjoyed the major conflict instead.
Date Published: January 23, 2012
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Number of Pages: 236
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
This was a book filled with deep love and supernatural abilities. I was swept away with the deep connection I had with Allie. I really enjoyed getting to learn all the rules and boundaries of this book’s world. There was plenty of action to keep the reader interested and enough down time to allow the reader to really take in each situation and get to know the story more. I really enjoyed the whole story as a whole and found it unique in its own way. This is a book that will take you on a journey of self-discovery and healing.
So maybe not all the ideas of this book were original but they were so much fun to read. I really enjoyed seeing the supernatural abilities manifest in the characters and get to learn more about what they can do and why they can. There were some theories I came up with about the possible lineage of Allie and I can’t wait to discover if their actually true in the books to come. This was definitely a fun tale to read, there were a lot of deep lining issues that were expressed but in a way that wasn’t overwhelming to the reader. I really enjoyed the concept of the immortals and where they came from; I really can’t wait to learn more about their history and their world. You got a small peek into their world but there’s still a lot left unanswered. The beginning of the book instantly grabbed my attention which is rare for me these days…but the way she started off with the mom telling her daughter about life…really interesting and really sets the stage for what the book is going to be about. I really enjoyed the way the author incorporated a realistic situation and added in the paranormal…this author seemed to make this story realistic but in a way that would be impossible in the real world. As far as the actual plotline it seemed to hold all the characteristics of a traditional one, I didn’t really find any problems with it, the ending was conclusive enough to allow the reader to be satisfied with the book but not enough to allow it to be a stand-alone. But overall I really enjoyed the concept of this book and loved the creativity the author put into it.
I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, the romance was so sweet and perfect that it really makes you wish it could really exist in our world. The romance kind of was part of the main conflict but it there was definitely a lot more involved besides the romance. But this book definitely has a lot of issues that deal with relationships so if you’re one to not enjoy that this book probably isn’t for you. But I really loved the chemistry between Allie and Ethan it was so fun to read and experience right alongside them. Overall I enjoyed this aspect of the story and didn’t have any issues with it.
I connected with Allie instantly; from the very first paragraph of the book I was hooked. Allie was just created with great detail and I’m still trying to pull apart the many layers she has. And Ethan was fun getting to know, we got to know him a little at a time, he took a little more time to connect with due to his aloofness at certain points. But as for the more minor characters, they each fit perfectly into the book and they added great texture and fun to the story. And each character in this book was necessary. So overall I enjoyed getting to know each character and seeing what they had to contribute to the world.
Transformation of the Character:
I’m not sure Allie really transformed that much in this book, I saw the start of it but I still think she has a lot of potential for more transformation. And as far as the other characters I also thinks there’s still some more growing room but that’s okay because this is only the first book in the series so there should be more growing to be done. So overall I don’t think this really affected how I enjoyed the book.
The description was really good when it came to describing the landscape and the actual emotions of the characters. I really enjoyed the description of Ethan’s house, it kind of reminded me in an offhand way of the Cullen’s house from “Twilight” because it was set a mile into the woods with a winding road (how awesome is that?!) But what I really enjoyed was the way the author was able to write about how the characters were feeling; what their thoughts were. There were some really touching scenes in this book and I will admit I got a little blurry eyed when it came to them…the way the author described that certain moment just seemed so real and important; I loved it! And the dialogue seemed to really fit into the story and I didn’t really see any issues with it. So overall I found that the description was very memorizing at times and really added a special flare to this story that allowed me to really enjoy it.
This was written in first person and in one POV which allowed the book to be more focused on a small group rather than something much larger. I really enjoyed that the author chose to do this because from what I got a glimpse of there’s a lot in this world that could become overbearing if give a broader POV. Also the author’s writing was good and easy to read, I didn’t really have any issues with it, just a few grammar errors but not enough to be distracting. So overall the style was a good aspect to the book and provided a good structure for the actual story.
Quote of the Book:
““There’s always a beginning and an end…Nothing lasts forever; not life, not even love…It all fades away in the end. That perfect little world everyone always dreams about – it never happens.””
What if your life finally seemed to make sense? But, what if–in an instant–everything is taken away? How far would you go to get your life back?
Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson’s telekinetic powers are anything but useful–she can’t bring her father back, can’t stop her mother’s downward spiral into alcohol, and can’t keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals–because he isn’t mortal himself.
When Allie and Ethan’s love is discovered, there’s someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can’t learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.
I would recommend this to YA and romance readers, this was really a great story filled with imaginative ideas and characters. I really enjoyed this world and can’t wait to continue it in her next book; bring me more Allie and Ethan! Anyways I would definitely look into any other workings of this author and encourage other readers to pick up this book; it really is something special. This book is just filled with some much depth and emotion that it really opened my mind and made me really enjoy reading.
Waiting On Wednesday
I have not done a WOW post for awhile, but, I NEEDED to share this one with all of you!!! I love Heather Hildenbrand’s Dirty Blood series and CANNOT wait for this book!!!
Expected publication: August 31st 2012
If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.
Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.
Date Published: May 8, 2012
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Number of Pages: 235
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Wow, I absolutely loved this book; it’s one of those books where you just want to keep on reading till the very last page. It has a lot of the emotions mixed together and I loved how the author was able to take a completely depressing issue and bring life to it; she made it inspirational. I loved reality based stories and this one was no exception, the author’s writing was beautiful, the characters were easy to connect with and the pace was extremely fast…this is one book I won’t ever forget and perhaps I took more from this book than I had ever expected to.
The plot was amazing, it had the perfect pace; just enough slow moments to help the fast moments stay balanced. The concept though isn’t all that original had its fair share of comical and gut-wrenching scenes. The way the author created obstacles for the characters helped the plot become that much more complex and fun to read. I think the best part of the story was when they were at the park…I think that was an essential spot that impacted the main protagonist for the rest of the book. And as for the emotions, there were plenty of scenes where I found myself on the verge of tears, the grief that the author placed upon the characters shoulders was enormous but I’m glad the author was able to really get the reader to see that true emotion. But there were plenty of comical scenes to help bring the reader out of that dark pit, so in overall sense the emotion was perfect, just the right amount of each emotion to create a good reality based story. As far as sub-plots go there were only a few and I wouldn’t even count them as being anything big, they were mostly just problems branching off another character, so in the end it’s mainly just one big conflict that all leads to the same plot. And like I mentioned above the pace was fast so I don’t think there will be any difficulties reading this book quickly. I just really enjoyed the whole story…I liked that things didn’t go the way that I expected them to go, I liked the risks the characters took in this book and mostly I just enjoyed stepping out of my life and seeing someone else’s for a change. So overall I really enjoyed the story and didn’t find anything wrong with the plot.
Yes there was a little romance but not in the way that you would think. This story isn’t about love and the need of finding your soul mate. This story is about re-discovering yourself and taking your first steps of independence. And really the romance that is in this story is perfect and right in every way and the way it ends up is not what you expected and it kind of leaves you wondering well, what happens next? So overall this was not the main conflict of the story and I found it to fit in just at the right moments.
I really loved Honor, I instantly connected with her, and her grief was instantly mine. She just had this aura that the author portrayed that really allowed me to understand her; to really be her. She was craftily created and I loved that she wasn’t perfect; she had flaws. As far as Rusty he definitely made a remember-able first appearance and I instantly liked him, he had this way about him that allowed me to see through his false façade and see the real Rusty. And as far as her brother Finn he technically never made a physical appearance in the book (duh!) but I felt his presence through Honor and I thought it was really cool to experience that. As far as some of the other minor characters they were all necessarily and precisely placed, loved every single one of them. So overall the characters were really easy to connect with and made the story come to life.
Transformation of the Character:
There was a really beautiful transformation that took place; it was gradual and very subtle. I really enjoyed seeing the process and seeing a very vulnerable character go through several obstacles until finally she was someone new; some different from who we met in the beginning of the book. There were actually two transformations and I really thought both were really beautiful and played out just right…I don’t want to go into details in chance of ruining the book for you but just take my word for it that the transformations did not feel fake or rushed.
I really enjoyed the way this author chose to describe each little detail of scenery without actually going into much detail, does that make sense? The landscape was beautifully described, I really felt like I was there traveling with Honor and seeing the country through her eyes. The best described scene no doubt had to be the sunrise at the park…it was so beautifully written and I’ll never ever forget that scene…as far as the amount of description I didn’t think there was too much or not enough, it seemed just the right amount for this story. The author really allowed the senses to take bloom and allow the reader to really get the full experience a book can offer. She was able to take a mundane image and turn into something meaningful…it’s not something you get to see in every book. I really enjoyed the description and believed it to be a strong point in this book. And as far as dialogue I felt that it was a little awkward at times but overall seemed to fit into each scene just right.
The author chose to write in first person and in only one POV. The choice she made fit just right with this story, we were really able to get inside Honor’s head and understand each line of thinking which better explained some of her awkward and comical scenes. As far as the writing itself it was beautiful and smooth, it wasn’t anything that made me stumble or make me go back to previous pages…no this was an easy and fast paced book. This book was really hard to put down, I just kept wanting to read more…it was that good. So overall I enjoyed the authors writing and choice of POV, it really added to the story.
Quote of the book:
“Suspended as we were, with no horizon line or landscape or anything else to draw a separation between the water and sky, I pictured us up there with the stars. Another story written in tiny lights.”
Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.
Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?
I would recommend this to fans of realistic type books and to any of you who have lost a loved one and had to rediscover yourself because of it. This was truly an inspirational and emotional story. I found it to beautifully written and paced just right. I would definitely read more by this author and recommend her to anyone willing to listen. This had definitely become a book I will hold dear to my heart.
I must say that I really love books that are about a couple of people hitting the open road and having a life changing experience. This book does not disappoint!
I thought that the character of Honor was written really well and she was a whole lot stronger than she gave herself credit for. Rusty on the other hand could be sort of a pain in the you know where at times!!! He just really was the type that would say whatever is on his mind no matter who he hurt. If it was the truth, he had NO filter!!!
I so much enjoyed the people that Rusty and Honor met along their travels. My favorite was Wyatt and I must be honest in saying that I was hoping that Honor and Wyatt would just dissappear off into the sunset together. He was a very sweet and sentinental guy. At the time, it seemed like exactly what Honor needed.
In conclusion, I have to say that this is the best contemporary that I have read so far this year! Now, I need to go read Moonglass by Jessi and keep on the lookout for Golden, coming out next year!
Date Published: November 29, 2011
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Number of Pages: 305
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, the concept piped my interest but there always seemed to be something else I needed to read but yes! I have finally gotten the chance to read this book and I’m glad I did. And if you’re looking for the next “Hunger Games” this isn’t it. I fair warn you now that once you start to unravel the very fabric of this world it isn’t going to be pretty…though I felt this book had a few issues in terms of romance I did find it a fun and enjoyable read. This is one that I will definitely want to continue…there’s just so much more left to unveil about this world and its inhabitants.
In terms of the plot I found that it had all the elements of a traditional plot and really there wasn’t anything unique in this aspect of the book. You have the traditional pair of young teens who come from two different worlds and somehow in one way or another two cross paths and Wham! There’s one of your biggest conflicts…yeah though I’m getting tired of the same romance couple. I am glad that this book offered more than just the romance. The big story behind their government and all the hidden quirks and mysteries is enough for me to keep on reading this series. I also thought this book has a lot to offer, there’s such a deepness to this world that I feel by the end of this series it might just teach me a thing or two. All of the twisted plots, sub-plots and characters will all converge into one and at some point or another this series will dig deep within the reader and reveal something about them, though it didn’t happen in this book I believe it’ll happen in the ones to come, to me this world, it’s so real, so close to how some of us think that if we continue on the path were on…well this could really happen in hundreds of years from now of course. But like I said though the romance wasn’t all that great to me I did enjoy the overall plot and story this book had to offer.
Some of the characters were really great like Day, I loved how the author created him and created his own POV, it really shone a light into his part of the world. And as for June, she was good and well created but I just didn’t connect as well with her than I did with Day…part of it I think was just how she acted, she kind of pissed me off in some areas of the book but there’s something else about her that I didn’t particularly like, don’t know what that is but maybe I’ll figure is out later down the road. Now as for some of the other more minor characters, I felt the author did a good job on creating them and placing them at just the right moments within the story. She created them to not only add more tension but to add some emotion too, not the bawling your eyes out kind but the kind where you get a stray tear here and there…so overall the characters were created with their own great imagery and roles just some outshone some of the others.
Transformation of the Character:
As far as transformations went there were a few, not going to list the characters that did I think it would pretty much spoil one of the good things about this book. But I will say that they were well placed and believable, though at times I kind of wonder if that character really waited long enough to think about a particular action but it was good to see the end result none the same. There are still some major transformations needed in this story and I found some of them making subtle changes even within this book but I believe given more action, conflict and emotion these characters are bound to change in some way or another.
I loved the description of this world; I really could see all the imagery presented to the reader, some good and some not so pretty. This author didn’t always gloss over the imagery just to spare the reader, she at times just told you how it is and showed you the dark images and at times showed you the little silver of light in the world (those were my favorite). Some of the scenes were really simple but told so much, with some of the knowledge that everyone has and add on a simple scene to go along with it can really add texture to the story and I enjoyed it. As far as amount of description there was a fair amount but nothing too overwhelming, she seemed to know when to stick to simple and as little as possible to help set the pace of the story but she also knew when to dive a little deeper and give the reader just a little more push to better imagine the world and scene. So overall I was pleased with the description and I liked how the author chose to use all of its advantages throughout the story.
I liked this author’s style, she chose to do two POV’s one from June’s and one from Day’s. She chose at just the right moment to switch over, to leave the reader in suspense of what could happen and to leave the reader digest what just happened and allow the reader to see into the senses of the other main character. As far as the writing itself I didn’t find it tedious or weird in any way, it was simple and elegant at times and she really seemed to have a great grasp on the world she created for her characters and didn’t slip up on the world itself or the story to go along with it. So I was overall pleased with this author’s style of writing.
Quote of the Book:
““Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” He looks toward the railway car’s open door, where streaks of dark water blanket the world. “You try to walk in the light.”
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
I would recommend this to dystopian readers and to anyone who likes kind of dark books (Not particularly scary, just dark). I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re reading it for the romance, like I mentioned earlier this isn’t the best aspect of the book. I really enjoyed the concept and can’t wait to continue to explore this world and find out the secrets that started to build up in this book. I enjoyed the inspirational like writing and the style this author chose to use and can’t wait to see what else this author has in store for her readers. And when this series is done and over with I still can’t wait to see what other stories she has building up in her world. So overall I enjoyed this book and with a few flaws found it to be an easy and enjoyable read.
Date published: June 19, 2012
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Number of Pages: 224
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
This was an interesting and eye-opening story, I didn’t really know anything about post-traumatic stress and it was really interesting to see how a person really feels and thinks when they’re experiencing it. This was definitely a book dedicated to reaching out to people who don’t understand how war can affect a person’s thoughts and actions…definitely bone chilling at times. I will definitely be thinking about this book for some time; God bless our troops.
The plot was pretty good, I really enjoyed being able to see the story of the characters past and present…it really allowed me to better understand what he was going through. There were some sub-plots that helped move the story along and allow the reader to better understand some of the minor characters. Parts of the story were more complicated than others and there were moments where the character made some really stupid decisions and others where he knew just what to say…I liked that the story wasn’t perfect, there wasn’t a perfect environment. This was a more reality based story, it really allowed you to see what some of our men are coming home to after their tour of war…it is never a pleasant experience over there and to imagine that some of these things could happen to our dedicated soldiers is heart-wrenching and wrong. Though this story was completely fictional I believe that it can really open our eyes to what’s really happening this very day. This story definitely opened my eyes up to the emotional aspect of our soldiers…I have a more in-depth appreciation for our soldiers; every single one of them. As for this story I didn’t really have any issues with the plot, I felt that all the repercussions and outcomes were true to the story.
There was definitely some romance in this story and it was part of the main conflict, it was raw and soft at the same time. I had a few issues with it….it just didn’t add a lot of impact like some of the other conflicts in the story…I wanted the story more focused on the characters “mental” problem. But overall the romance was average and interesting but it didn’t add much to the overall impact the story had on me.
I really enjoyed Travis, he was perfectly created, I loved that he didn’t always make the right decision’s or say the right things; he was flawed. As for the other characters they each had their own personality; each one fit perfectly into this story. All of the characters were really easy to connect with, some even touched my heart. So overall there wasn’t much to say about the characters other than they were well placed and added a depth to the story that really allowed me to connect with the story itself.
Transformation of the Character:
There were a couple of transformations, I really enjoyed them, each one was unique and gradual, and they were definitely necessary and much appreciated in the end. I also felt that there were some unveilings of characters; meaning the characters discovered something about themselves that altered their perception to life and allowed them to be changed. This aspect was overall good and added a certain flavor to the book.
I really enjoyed the description of this book. I liked how the author described the inner thoughts of Travis; I was really able to grasp what he was going through and see how he adjusted to his surroundings. The comparison from his home to Afghanistan was really eye-opening; it allowed me to really understand and perceive the difference of accommodations that were available to him. The differences were definitely described well and I felt that the author did a great job describing each scene. One of my favorite descriptions was when the author was describing Travis’s dreams…I liked how she was morphing them with reality, it really added more realism to his disorder…it allowed us to see how his mind was working and morphing his reality with a bad past. There were some really powerful scenes that the description really help boost…as far as dialogue goes there was a lot of it and I found that cussing wasn’t held back in this book but I believe that it added character to the story and it didn’t bother me like it normally would in any other book. But overall I really enjoyed the description.
The author’s style was in one POV and in first person. I enjoyed that we were able to stay in Travis’s POV and we were really able to see into his mind (that being very important) but I had a problem with transitions in this book. I found myself a bit disoriented when the author chose to go from one scene to the next…like we would be reading on one day and all of a sudden it was the next day…there just wasn’t that smooth transition I’m used to. As for the writing itself I found it easy to read and very beautiful.
Quote of the book:
“Above me is an Afghan boy. One I’ve seen before in the streets, begging for whatever we have to offer. He smiles at me as I die.”
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, makes him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.
I would recommend this to supporters of our troops and to anyone who’s looking for a reality based book. A caution I would give you is that if you don’t enjoy cussing in your readings this book may not be for you but in all reality I didn’t have a problem with it. I really enjoyed this book and definitely support it 100 percent. I loved the authors writing and will be looking for any future books by her. This was one of those books that really opened my eyes to the world.
Cover Reveal – Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk
People get divorced, but that’s what happens to other people. That’s what Claire thought anyway, until her husband, Charlie, tells her he wants a divorce.
Claire has no choice but to take on the title of Divorced Woman, and face the question she has no idea how to answer. Who is Claire without Charlie? Her family believes her newly divorced woes can be cured by jumping back into the dating scene – and landing herself a boyfriend. With her dating dunce cap in hand, Claire stumbles her way through the foreign territory of online dating.
A teacher from hell, a stalker, and a softball coach later, Claire proclaims herself the dating idiot she thought she was, and fears she’s doomed to be a lonely, crazy cat lady. But an accidental run-in with an old acquaintance might change everything. What starts by comparing dating battle wounds over a cup of coffee, quickly turns into something Claire thought she had given up on.
As Claire discovers maybe there is love after Charlie after all, Charlie realizes his mistake. He wants her back, and he’ll do anything to prove it to her. Now Claire must choose who deserves her heart, and if she’s really willing to give it away again.
I love this cover and I want to thank Ms. Wilk for giving me the opportunity to unveil the cover of her new book! Are you ready?
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Date Published: May 1, 2012
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Number of Pages: 563
I’ve been waiting for this final book for a very long time and I am so glad I finally was able to read it. Though this isn’t my favorite of the series it did have a certain feel to it that made the reading fun and enjoyable. This was a highly anticipated and exciting book and though it may have a different feel to it than the other two books I did feel that by the very last page it was worth the effort. I loved the main character; I sympathized with her and found the world to be more tangible and more relatable than in the first two books of the series.
The plot was very complicated, there seemed to be issues popping up every other page which gave the sense of continued action but there were moments where the plot was slower; where Bitterblue (the main protagonist) had to absorb the shock and news of previous scenes and there were also the moments where she had to discover some things on her on and in order to achieve that she had to take a moment out of the chaos and just explore and think. Some of my favorite moments in the book is where she explored outside of her tower and explored her kingdom, it seemed to me in those moments we really go to see what Bitterblue was made of; her most vulnerable side. The sub-plots in this book were really good too; I loved discovering more about the other characters and seeing how they contribute to the overall conflict of the story. One thing I thought was brilliant in this book was that the author seemed to combine “Graceling” and “Fire” together to make “Bitterblue” it was really brilliant actually. As for the pace of the book it was really fast to me, this was a fairly long book and it took me a matter of about 2-3 days to finish it and that’s not me reading non-stop. I guess the author has a way of engaging the reader with her characters and adding in plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader reading. So overall I felt the plot was really throughout and executed and it definitely kept the reader’s attention throughout the entire length of it.
The romance was kind of low key in this book, the romance between Po and Katsa was comical as usual and really good. And as far as Bitterblue’s romance though there was a tiny piece in this aspect it wasn’t anything that really stood out from the actual plot and conflict of the story. So overall the romance in this book was really low key and didn’t contribute much to the overall conflict of the story.
Loved the characters in this book, the author has a way of creating characters with personality and distinct qualities….it’s like she’s creating a whole league of new people on their own. The characters are very much alive and three dimensional, they were easy to connect with and want to follow their story. It was really cool to want to know the antagonists even more; it was like for once I wanted to understand the mind of the bad guy; to hear his/her story and see why he/she does things he/she does. There was one issue I did have with Bitterblue, I felt she was a little weak…maybe it’s because I expect so much from her but how she responded to certain circumstances was just a little off to me…But overall I very much enjoyed the characters in here and felt that each one was needed and contributed to the overall conflict of the story/plot.
Transformation of the character:
There were a few transformations that took place within this story but none to really point out…it was more along the lines that these characters were finally discovering themselves and therefore allowing their outer view to be perceived by others just the way they were all along. But the few transformations that took place were in due time and none of them seemed rushed. So overall this wasn’t really a key aspect that contributed much to the story.
This book was definitely really detailed; the author went to great lengths to make sure the readers really see where each scene takes place and what’s happening. I loved the way the author chooses to describe things; she has a way with words to capture the reader’s attention and cause them to want to read every little last detail. I loved the way she contrasted the castle against the east city…it really gave the reader with a better understanding on the circumstances of each character and allow the reader to see exactly why they’re the way they are. Also the author did a great job describing the inner thoughts of Bitterblue and allowing the readers to get a grasp on all of the things she had to endure. It was really cool that the author created all of these different types of ciphers; I feel that it takes a great mind to even understand a cipher to begin with! So overall I found the description to be a great aspect to the book and I didn’t feel like there was too much of it; without it I believe some of the readers would be lost within some of the scenes.
I like that the book was in third person, it allowed the reader to step outside of the main character and see all the little details around them. But it was also nice to be in only Bitterblue’s point of view, it allowed the readers to get to know her and see how she works. As for the writing itself I didn’t find any problems with it and it seemed consistent with the other two books. This book did kind of feel different from the other two…like it was a little darker, a little more harsh and somber. But overall I enjoyed the style of this book and feel it was a good aspect to the overall story.
Quote of the book:
““….did it act like a regular rat?”
“No,” Katsa responded firmly. “It marched right up to me. I thought, Oh, here’s a volunteer for my dinner, but then I found myself standing there staring at it like a fool. And then it ran at me!””
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
I would recommend this to fans of the Graceling Realm series and to anyone who hasn’t gotten the chance to read any of these books; they’re really good. You can read this book as a stand-alone but from personal experience I think reading “Graceling” and “Fire” first would add more joy to the overall reading experience. I really enjoyed reading this book and series and can’t wait to see what else this author has in store for her fans.
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Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
This book was different in the sense that it was a different story than I had anticipated. It had its ups and downs and the emotions were definitely strong but I think this story just lacked a certain spark…But it did have some really cool concepts and some of the scenes were really good but the book as a whole just didn’t live up to what I expected.
It was good; it was a fast read for me and didn’t take a lot of time to finish. And the concept was interesting and fun, I really like the halo’s it was cool to see how the author chose to use them and what their purpose was. The plot was well placed and I don’t think it lacked any important element, I really enjoyed that there were secrets and some of them were slowly uncovered allowing the reader to be in suspense rather than already knowing the conclusion. The concept of angels is never a new concept but I do like that this author chose to add in some creative thoughts and ideas making it fun to read about. The sub-plot about her best friend was an essential part of the story and I felt that without it the story wouldn’t be complete and would actually be lacking a very important element. As for the other sub-plots there weren’t many of them, I liked seeing the main character’s life unfolded throughout the story, it really allowed the reader to better connect with the story and understand what’s going on. As for the feel of the book, it had a kind of dark and sad feel about it, the main character had some deep lining issues and therefore added in a more realistic feel to the story. As far as originality there was almost the same plot line we see in most YA these days (Mysterious boy, new girl they meet, ect…) But it also had some variations that some of those books don’t have…so overall it was a good book to read.
Yes there was romance and it was kind of a big chunk of the story so that kind of was a letdown to me. But if you’re into romance it was sweet and very much fun to read and it was not the major conflict just kind of the branch off of the major conflict. So overall this was an okay aspect of the book.
They were really well created, they were realistic and interesting. The main protagonist had a lot of depth to her and I liked that, she had this whole ordeal that she went through and throughout the book is trying to find her way to the surface but I have to say one of her flaws is that she trusts way too easy…not that it ended badly because of this but in reality you just don’t instantly trust a stranger, it takes time. As for the minor characters there were a few unnecessary characters but they didn’t do any harm to the story itself. So overall the characters helped add a new texture to the book and allowed the reader to better connect with the story.
Transformation of the Character:
There was a tiny or beginning of a transformation, I still think that there will be more to take place but you could already begin to note the changes the character is making. I don’t think that the transformation is being rushed but rather that it’s taking time and therefore giving it a more realistic and believable feel to it. So over all there was a small transformation that will become something bigger in the books to come.
I really enjoyed the description; the way the author chose to describe some of the scenes was really cool. One of my favorite descriptions is of the halo itself; she uses simple words to leave a stronger impact on the reader. Some of the few fight scenes were really well described and I didn’t find it hard to keep up with them. As for the way she describes the scenery I didn’t find a problem with it, she kept it simple at times and more detailed at others…I didn’t think there was too much or too little description and as far as the dialogue I didn’t find it unrealistic or fake at any moments throughout the book. Actually I think some of the best description in this book came from the dialogue because the words of the characters were deep and inspiring…it really gave the reader an insight of the character and how they were “really” feeling. The description of emotion was in both the dialogue and prose…with it being spread throughout it really allowed the reader to better understand what the character is thinking and feeling. So overall the description was an essential aspect to this book and added more flare and creativity to it.
I liked that the author switched from three POV’s, for this story in particular it opened up the story more and allowed the reader to better understand the situation and start to believe the boundaries in the created world. As far as the writing itself it was good a bit off at times but overall easy to read and understand.
Quote of the book:
““You shall know the truth…and the truth shall set you free.””
Once you’ve seen, you can’t un-see. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .
Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.
Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.
Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.
A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
I would recommend this to fans of angelology and to fans of romance. This was a fast and fun read but nothing that necessarily stunned or wowed me. I am willing to continue on with this series to see what this author has in store for her readers. The ending did leave you kind of wondering but I wouldn’t consider it a cliffhanger but it did leave me wanting to read more. So overall it was a good book just not one of my favorites.
I have to say that I agree with Lacey on this one! Although this book did not give me the WOW factor that I normally look for, it did have enough to hold my attention. I enjoyed the storyline and enjoyed all of the characters.
Jake and Brielle were good for each other. I felt very sad for Brielle for everything that she had gone through. Losing someone is never easy and she just feels like everyone in her life disappears.
The religion aspect is heavy in this book. I did not mind it at all, but, if you normally do not like talk of religion in your books, then you better steer clear of this one. The main focus of the book is about God’s angels watching over their charges and the fallen angels trying to corrupt them.
Overall, I did enjoy the concept of this book. It was a little sketchy at first, but by the end, I was so glad that I read it:)
Date Published: January 11, 2012
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Number of Pages: 353
Publisher: Hallway 11
The instant I read the summary for this book I wanted to read it, it sounded so powerful, so psychological that I definitely wanted to check it out and I’m glad I did. I mean just reading the title of this book it gave you a sense of how this book was going to mess with your mind and your emotions. There were plenty of scenes I have taken to heart and will never forget and believe it or not I think this book taught me a thing or two about myself and others. A definite read I’d recommend to all those who are just beginning to discover themselves and make their mark on this world.
The plot was intense and emotional at times, though I didn’t really cry in this book it did dig it’s claws deep within me and made me FEEL. Some books will leave a mark on me and this is one of them, so much happened, so much raw emotion was unveiled that it literally made me stop and really think about what was going on in these four lives. I’ll admit there were times I had to stop reading and just take a break, there’s just so much I can take in one sitting. I would lightly set it aside and read a more “light” read and once I was back to semi-normal I picked it back up and finished it. It definitely had a lot of twisting plots and sub-plots; it really told a great story. One thing I found off for me was ending, there was something mentioned at the end that I’m still unsure of what it meant, I don’t know if it was a small detail mentioned early on and I forgot or perhaps it’s just me but either way I didn’t understand it. Perhaps one day I’ll go back and re-read it and see if I can find it out but until then I’ll have to leave it at that. As far as the rest of the plot I thought it was well played out and found it a good and steady read.
What to say about these characters? There was so much to them, I literally believe there are people just like them out there, it was like the author took a real live person and implanted them into this book, it was just so realistic and true to a person…kind of made me shudder. And besides the realistic nature to them I loved that they made mistakes, it wasn’t like anyone of them were perfect, the author created flaws, imperfections. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a book where a lot of the characters were painted in this factory perfect light, it’s one of the flaws I hate in a book, I personally like a good idealistic and realistic character, one worth rooting for and boy did this author do good in this aspect! As for the connection of character to reader there definitely were some strong connections, the way the author created really made it hard for the reader to not connect to them. So overall I loved the characters and as for the minor characters they were well placed and added to the overall plot.
Transformation of Character:
There were some major transformations that took place by the end of this book, I’m not going to mention to whom and what they were (that would be a spoiler and I just don’t do that) but they were believable and beautiful, I really liked the tactics this author chose to use…it really made them more substantial and stronger. Guess there really isn’t much I can say in this aspect without spoiling it but just know the transformations were amazing.
The author did a fantastic job with description, she not only described each scene but she also did a good job in the aspect of the mind of the character. The way she described how the character was feeling was very well executed. As far as the amount of it I didn’t really find any problems with too much or too little, there were a few scenes where I wished there would have been a deeper description but other than that I didn’t have any problems with it. In fact she did very well in describing the world they were living in, I’ve never lived or even been to New York but the way she described the city it makes me believe I was there.
Brilliant! Loved the lyrical style to this book, it’s one of the things that made me enjoy it so much. As for the POV’s I liked them but I found it a little bit awkward at times when the views were switched. Most of the time they were good and I enjoyed each view don’t get me wrong but I found that some of the times that it switched to another characters that it should have waited just a little bit longer…As far as the writing itself I found it beautiful and smooth, it wasn’t choppy or awkward, it was simply just beautiful to read. And I just loved the little quotes at the top of each chapter, they were so inspirational and perfect you can definitely tell they were handpicked with care. So overall I enjoyed this author’s style, especially the writing itself.
Quote of the Book:
“The memories always seemed to hit like a flash flood. They came out of nowhere and buried all her senses under muddy water until she couldn’t see and could barely breathe. In that thick, murky place she had to try to find something to grab hold of, because when the water subsided it formed a whirlpool that threatened to suck her back down into its depths, lost forever to the light.”
Still reeling from the suicide of his best friend Tess, seventeen-year old Brendan struggles to overcome addiction and identity issues. Walking the ledge outside his Manhattan apartment has become its own sort of drug, as he stands night after night with his arms outstretched, ready to fly away. Sarah can see him from her window, and begins journaling about a boy on a ledge. Paige and Nate, a young couple in another building, can see both teens from their fire escape. None of them know the others are watching, but a strong desire for freedom resides in each of them, and as their lives begin to intertwine, that desire will be tested. Anyone can jump, but not everyone can fly… Sharp, humorous, and deeply layered, this chronicle of a suicidal teen’s survival explores the reality of addiction and other tough issues, but does so easily, through the use of multiple perspectives, intelligent dialogue and authentic characters. Equal parts romance, contemporary drama, and coming of age, this highly engaging and intensely beautiful novel challenges our cultural perceptions in the battle for balance.
I would recommend this to readers who love realistic stories and to those who love to read writing that in a way mimics poetry just without the confusion of what it was about. I really enjoyed the fact that I could obviously see how much this author cared about her characters, the way she treated and supported them really shined through. She took care on creating this story that could both support all of the characters and allow the reader to enjoy it at the same time. I definitely will be looking for further writings by this author, this was a slower read for me but that’s only because of the deepness and rawness of it, to some it won’t necessarily affect them in the same way as it did me but I do hope it does…this book just has so much to offer to the reader if only their willing to accept it.
Going into this book was very sad for me. I have a relative that committed suicide and I could really identify with Brendan. The thoughts that surround you when a tragedy like this happens is filled with “what if’s”. What if I was there, what if I tried to talk to them, what if I would have known before this happened?
After reading this book, it gave me a little more sense of what goes through the minds of people who have contemplated hurting themselves. The characters were very realistic and made me feel a whole lot of different emotions. The storyline was wonderful and I really liked the different POVs given. It allowed us to see into the thoughts and feelings and to get to know each of the characters on different levels.
My favorite character was Brendan. He had worn a mask to cover his emotions and it was time for him to start healing. I think he changed the most throughout the book. His problems not only stemmed from his friend’s death, but also issues involving his nonexistent parents.
Highly suggested reading for anyone whom has lost a loved one. The story line is a little dark, but, it gives the rest of us hope that we can over come the difficult obstacles surrounding our loved ones death.
If you or anyone you know is thinking of harming themselves, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
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Date published: March 1, 2012
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There are books I go into not knowing if I’m going to like it or not but with Jolene Perry’s writing I now know I’ll always love it. The way she’s able to just pull everything together makes the reading that much more enjoyable and fun. This book definitely didn’t let me down, I loved every minute of it, the authors style of writing and the way she was able to mold these adorable (or should I say amazing) characters was perfect.
The plot was filled with plenty of complex situations and emotional ups and downs. It had all of the elements required of a traditional plot line but it also had an even more complex outline, there were sub-plots that seemed almost as important as the main plot and it really added a new level to the book. I felt that the author did a great job on tying up any loose ends, all questions, thoughts, or ideas were resolved by the last page. There were a lot of deep emotional conflicts, I loved that the author chose to insert a type of comic relief at the highest intensity moments; it allowed a serious situation to be a little less intense. The author was like a ninja in this book with her writing; she crept around some serious subjects but managed to make them subtle yet powerful. This story was definitely a great fast moving plot, there were plenty of scene changes and slower moments; overall great plot line.
Sigh, what to say about these amazing, in-depth characters? There were so many great qualities about them, each one was painted with a different paint brush; each had his/her own personality. I really enjoyed the fact that each character this author brought into this world had its own role, not one felt out of place or worthless. In fact I found that really none of the characters fell flat, though at times a particular character drifted away the author had an explanation on his/her behavior. Though I felt a little iffy about Sarah in the end I was happy to have met her. It’s nice to meet a new person once in a while even if you know you would most likely never connect with said character. I did feel a strong connection with Jay, he was just too lovable and well-built and Sky…well she’s has her own quirks and flaws that I love. I wish I could really meet these characters in real life, I feel they could really teach me a thing or two.
Transformation of the Character:
There were definitely some transformations that took place, one of them being Jay and the other being Sky. I kind of want to say Sarah made a transformation also but hers was subtle and can be taken as a hidden trait that was just revealed at the end, I guess it’s up to the reader to guess what it is. But the transformations of Jay and Sky were beautiful and amazing; I loved the fact that the author chose to gradually change them instead of waiting to the end to make them change.
The description was really well written and though out. Though I wouldn’t say most of the description was stand-alone I would say that the author was clever enough to incorporate it into the dialogue itself without being cheesy or overwhelming. The dialogue actually was really good; there were clues and description within it. But I have to say that the best part about the description is how she chose to describe this new world. Her words are almost lyrical sounding, like she’s chosen to describe her world through the beauty of poetry. But before you start to cringe at the thought of poetry remember it isn’t poetry, it just has that deep and beautiful sound to it. It just flows so nicely together that it reminds me so much of poems. But in an overall since the description was the right amount and was written with such grace.
This author has a nice and creative style, she chose to write in her own style and break out of the A-typical mold. She got creative with her description, she did a great internal monologue with Jay and she did a great job on both breaking the chapters up and creating subtle symbols. She did a great job on meshing an Indian/Alaskan culture with American society; it was both eye-opening and different. And one last thing I am so glad the author chose to write in Jay’s POV, it allowed us in my opinion to see more of the world and understand each sub-plot and plot better. We were able to connect easier with the characters and understand them.
Quote of the book:
“It feels like we’re on top of the world-our lips together, our bodies together. And it’s just me and Sky…just us…only us…Sky and Jameson. Because Sky and Jameson go together, and we’re awesome.”
Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
I would recommend this book to the fans of Jolene Perry, this book will definitely not disappoint, and this was an epic and fun read. I would also recommend this to young adults, though this can be enjoyed by almost any age, this has young complicated love written all over it. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is opposed to love stories (There’s tons of love and heartache). I really enjoyed this book and it has definitely landed a spot in my favorites list, it was just so much fun to read and pick apart. Jolene Perry has become a top author I’ll be on the lookout for future books, her writing style has convinced me to read just about anything she produces! And if you haven’t checked out her first book “Next door Boys” I highly recommend you do it! Move over high top authors and make room for Jolene!
I have to agree with everything that Lacey said above! Sometimes I pick up a book and I am not really sure where it is going to go but I was not disappointed at all! It was also quite refreshing to read a book entirely from the male point of view. The writing of Ms. Perry is just unbelievable. I am so glad that she shared this book with us. Character development was fantastic. Jay is our swoon worthy “hero” of the story who has feelings for his best friend Sarah. He has just helped Sarah attract the attention of the guy she has a crush on at a dance. I felt so sorry for Jay at this point! But then he meets Sky…..I so loved her character! Sky has been through so much. Her character just exuded (?) confidence. She was not afraid to go out there and just have a good time. I felt like her and Jay learned a lot from each other and were just meant to be together.
I did like Sarah but there was one time when I wasn’t to sure about her. I was really hoping there was not going to be a big “I realize I love you”‘ fiasco. I am one to believe in fate and I like to believe that Jay and Sky were fated to be.
I want to thank Ms. Jolene Perry once again for allowing us to read and review her wonderful book. I have also purchased her other book “Next Door Boys” and can’t wait to read it!
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Jolene Perry’s Bio:
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.