Devouring Books

I love paranormal books, sci-fi, romance and many other genres.

Aimed really high, fell too short

Surrogate - David Bernstein

Surrogate is a twisted, calculated, dark thriller that has a science fiction sprinkled in. It starts off with an opening that is guaranteed to grab your attention and the book remains fast paced until the end. Emotions run high and are portrayed well even though the book moves fast.

The characters are pretty well developed. Typically I prefer books to be written in 1st person, but this book is a great example of when 3rd person should be used. David Bernstein does a great job of conveying the effects of events on multiple characters by using 3rd person. Emotions are conveyed through action a lot in this book, which gives you a really good feel for the characters.

There is a science fiction feel for the majority of the book with the idea of cloning, and then it kind of takes a weird turn when Jane's soul jumps into a cloned body. This book could have remained a horror novel without the soul jumping weirdness. That whole aspect was what brought the book down in my opinion.

I feel like parts of this book were anti-climatic and could have been done a lot better. The ideas were great, but they weren't executed all that well. It was half science fiction, half horror novel, and half drama... that doesn't seem to add up does it? Exactly my point, they tried to shove too many genres into one book.

Each aspect could have been done great. It got really graphic at times, and that could have made for a great horror book. The character Jane had an interesting back story, so that could have made a great drama. The idea to have a clone grow a baby was a great idea for a science fiction book. But all of it mashed together in this short book was just a little much. This book aimed really high and fell short for me.

Dark and Surprising

Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

Every Ugly Word was really good. I love twists in books, and this one had a really good one. I didn't expect it to go the way it did. The main character is well developed, but she is a little hard to relate to. At times I found myself frustrated with her decisions. I would suggest this book to any one of my friends. It was pretty great. I was full of empathy for the main character. When a book really makes you feel, you know it's amazing.

I couldn't stop thinking about it after I was done.

Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel - Jessica Knoll

I loved this book. It was intriguing from the start and had a great twist. It lets you look at things in a whole new perspective. I really felt for the main character. I think Jessica Knoll did a great job with characterization. I really felt like I understood each character, even the ones I hated, I knew where they were coming from. This is a hard book to review because I don't want to give anything away. Basically my suggestion is to read it. It was so thrilling and I couldn't stop thinking about it for days after I finished.

Beautifully written

The Fairy Wren - Ashley Capes

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

The Fairy Wren is a book unlike any that I've read before. This was a book that I tried to take my time reading so that I could savor it, but found myself at the end all too quickly. I certainly had NO idea where this book was going, but I was definitely not disappointed. This book is really well written, and I don't understand why it hasn't gotten more attention. It's unlike everything else, and that is probably why. Does originality scare people away?

I found myself absolutely captivated with the story line, with all the unexpected twists and criminal behavior. The fairy wren itself also added another whole level of mystery and intrigue. This is one of those books I want to make everyone read. When I got to the end and found out that Ashley Capes is also a poet, I wasn't surprised. The whole book is beautifully written, yet not overly descriptive.

Impressed

Death Date - Victoria Laurie

I'm pretty impressed with this book as a whole. Maddie is a girl with an ability to see death dates, but the paranormal aspect of the book ends there. Victoria Laurie made the perfect recipe with this book. She used a pinch of supernatural ability, threw it into a realistic world and then stirred in a mystery. Her book came out as a captivating page turner with an unexpected ending.

Let me talk about that for a second. I read in a couple reviews that the ending wasn't expected. So I spent the entire book trying to guess the murderer. I accused everyone in my head! But I humbly say that I could not solve the mystery until maybe 10 pages before it was revealed. I'm pretty disappointed in my skills as a super-sleuth, but very impressed with Victoria Laurie.

The only reason that this is getting four stars instead of five is because there were a few points in the story where it lagged a little. For most of the story I didn't want to put the book down, but there were times where I wanted it to move a little faster.

Didn't live up to the Hype

The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski

There were some parts of this story that I loved and some that fell a little short for me. I wanted it to be more of a romance than a book about military strategy. But on the romance front, this book fell really short for me. I think that's probably because I feel as if the characters were not fully developed. I didn't have any strong emotions throughout this book at all. I didn't feel a connection with the characters, and I certainly didn't feel the connection between them.

But I really did like the characters and the idea of the book. I liked that the characters were not perfect. You could say Arin was outspoken, but I would say that he could be downright rude. But that's okay, I'm sick of perfect characters. As for Kestrel, I loved how calculating she was.

Sadly this is one of those books that didn't live up to the hype for me. I didn't have serious difficulty putting it down. I just wanted so much more from this story than what I got.

Good concepts, but it could have been done better.

Graced - Amanda Pillar

I received a copy of this book to review via Netgalley and Momentum books.

 

This book was quite the adventure. It had some original concepts for a vampire/werewolf book and some pretty good world building. I would say that my expectations were exceeded, yet I wasn't blown away. I really liked that you got many different point of views, giving you a 360 degree view of the world that was created. The concepts of "graced" humans in a world of vampires and werewolves was a really good idea.

 

The aristocratic society was another good concept, but it could have been executed better. There was not much description of the time period, the clothes or the atmosphere. You were aware that there used to be better technology, but society had reverted back to the old ways, but there is no explanation of why. The climax of the book wasn't as exciting as it should have been, I actually didn't know that it was the climax until it was almost over. I also don't think that the character development was that good. Events in the book didn't evoke emotion in me, but they did captivate me. Overall I would say it was full of great ideas, but it could have been done better.

I was shocked at how good this is

Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley to read and review. 

This book sat on my kindle for a long time because it's classified as erotica and I don't typically read erotica. But it was nothing like I expected. I think I went in expecting the entire book to be poorly written sex scenes. But the sex scenes were actually the best I've ever read. All of the characters are so well developed, even the minor ones. Each character has their own backstory and personality. The action is non-stop, with a bunch of sub-plots. Throughout the entire book I was on the edge of my seat. That's not to mention the romance! I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I can't wait to read the sequel.

Light summer read

Remember When - T. Torrest

I received a copy via Netgalley to review
Remember When is the perfect summer read. This book was very lighthearted and took me back to being younger and to a time period I never experienced. I feel as I got to experience life from a very different perspective. It wasn't a book that really made me think or that I related to on a deeper level. It was a bit superficial, but this is not to say that I didn't enjoy it. It was the perfect read for a day where I needed to relax. I didn't really find myself relating to many of the characters, but I found them intriguing all the same. It was a quick and relaxing read for me, but I wanted more. I don't really feel as if the story went anywhere. I'm not sure if I will return for a sequel.

So elegantly written

Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

I received this book from Netgalley and Clean Teen Publishing to review.

Queen of Someday is an enchanting story that is elegantly written to make your heart ache and swoon. I fell in love with Princess Sophie almost immediately. The book starts off very strong and holds your attention the whole way through. This is a story filled with secrets, betrayal and the feuding between the head and heart

There were many lines of this book that I highlighted on my kindle. The writing is marvelous and really conveys the emotions that Sophie feels without spelling it out for you. I loved all of the references to different poems, I found that aspect of this story rather romantic.

Princess Sophie goes through quite the dramatic change, we watch her grow into a very different woman as the story progresses. I think that the character development was done very well, as living at court can change a woman drastically.

I feel as if many will say that romance was a little rushed and that Sophie fell too hard and too fast. But I believe that is how love happens, especially young love and especially when you find your true love. We can not forget that Sophie is only 15 years old at the start of this story. I would not say that this book contains the dreaded insta-love that we have all grown to hate.

I was initially drawn to this story because of the beautiful cover, but the words contained once you open it are twice as beautiful. I would suggest this book to nearly anyone. It is a compelling, quick read. I am very much looking forward to a sequel.

Dat ending doeee

The One - Kiera Cass

This book. OHMYGOD I'M OBSESSED. I literally was yelling "JUST TELL ME ALREADY!" in my family room and my mom turns and gives me this look like 'are you insane?'. Then she asks me "Are your characters not doing what you want them to?". Well, obviously... and I'm impatient.

This series is really original. I loved it.

 

Obviously I don't have much to say as I was too shocked by the ending.

Could be done better

Shades of Earth - Beth Revis

It was great, but it could have been better. There were many twists that I didn't expect, but some of the explanations just weren't enough for me. I felt like we should have ended with book two, but it wasn't tied in a neat bow so the story had to go on. I'm not saying that she didn't do a great job, but I would have liked the story to be a little different. I would have liked to have a bit more character development too. The world building is not as phenomenal in this book as the previous two.

Serious cliffhanger

The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead

Uhm, are you kidding me Richelle Mead? How can you leave me hanging like that? Warning: huge cliff hanger ahead. CAUTION!! HAVE THE NEXT BOOK READY. My library doesn't seem to have it, and I'm telling you that it's a crisis.

In this book I got everything I was hoping for the entire series just to have it all ripped away. Richelle Mead, I don't know why you think it's funny to play with someone's heart like that.

Honestly I don't know how to write a review after a cliff hanger like that. I love the book, that is all.

This might be the best of the series

The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

Oh my God, who knew that this series could get any better? This book was INTENSE! There were points where I was jumping up and down I was so excited. And Adrian... will you marry me? Please?! You get to see how vulnerable he is in this book, yet at the same time he remains his goofy troublesome self. I felt like I was a part of this mission with these characters. And honestly I laughed out loud a lot. Adrian's so funny. He's so cute. And I'm insanely jealous of Sydney.

Something that Adrian said kind of... hit home and made me cry. My late boyfriend used to say something very similar when he was alive. When I read that line I had to read it about 14 more times, and it broke my heart. And then he says it a bunch more times, just in case I didn't get the point. Ouch Adrian, I never thought you'd hurt me like that.

Love it!

The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

My favorite part about this book is Sydney's romance with Brayden. It really shows you that love is not about being with the person who seems like they may be perfect for you. Love is an entirely different beast, who might just be attacking Sydney in a way that she is very resistant to. Honestly I feel like I relate to Sydney a lot more than I did to Rose. Rose makes a great female main character, yes, she is strong, bad ass and questions authority. She's awesome, but Sydney is a lot more real. Maybe it's because she's human? So I guess that might make sense, but it adds this whole other level of depth to the stories. Sydney is constantly challenged with doing what is right and what she has been taught to believe is right.

So many emotions. And if anyone knows my feelings I've been a sucker for Adrian from the start.

Could not be happier

Bloodlines - Richelle Mead

When I read the Vampire Academy series I read all 6 books in 2 days. I knew about this series, but I wanted to save them for myself. Also, I didn't think I'd really enjoy reading the books from Sydney's POV as much as Rose's. Honestly, I think I like them more. If I'd have known Adrian was in the books I wouldn't have been able to hold off reading them as long as I did. Adrian is practically my favorite character in all of the books. I MISSED YOU ADRIAN!

I always found Sydney super uptight, and she still is, but I grew to love her a whole lot more. I really love that for once there are a lot of humans in the books. For all of the VA series the only human that is involved with vampires is Sydney. It certainly gives these books a very different feel and I love them.

The only series that all of the books were incredible in was Harry Potter, and now this series and Vampire Academy. That is like, the highest of high compliments. I'm in love. No one can get me to do anything social because I can't put down these books