Devouring Books

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

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

Only read this if you are prepared to cry

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Fault in Our Stars will break your heart, I just want to let you know so you're prepared. Buy a box of tissues first. You will laugh, cry, smile and consider donating money to the Make a Wish foundation. What makes this story so heartbreaking is that it is so real. There are a lot of people who fight cancer on a daily basis, and I'm sure you know of at least one person. The Fault in Our Stars is a book that everyone can relate to and some people might not be able to read because its content is too sad.

But it is also an incredibly happy story. It is a story filled with hope and strength. It's a book about growing up, falling in love, and just wanting to feel normal. John Green creates very three dimensional characters who you grow to understand as you would your best friend, he is talented I tell you. For me this was the first book I have read by him, I know, where have I been? I am pleased to say that it was a great introduction, although I hope he doesn't break my heart so badly the next time I read something he has written.

A walk in the shoes of a bully

Tease - Amanda Maciel

This is one of those books that will enter your heart and never leave. It takes you to a point of view that you never see, the bully. Sara and her friends bully the new girl Emma for being a slut up until Emma kills herself, and then they all face criminal charges after her death.

Amanda Maciel has some serious guts to write from the point of view of the bully. It takes some incredible writing for you to actually see the other side of things, when typically all we feel for bullies is hatred. That's not to say you will love the main character Sara all the time, actually most of the time I hated her. I don't think I can say I've ever hated a main character in the story, but Sara and her friends are downright cruel to Emma. What makes this book so amazing is that you might hate the main character, yet love the book.

This story broke my heart in so many ways, first and foremost is that it was inspired by a true story. High school is a difficult time for everyone and I don't think most people think about the detrimental effects that bullying can have on a person. But I do know that we don't think about why someone is being bullied, or what the bully is going through themselves. Tease puts you in the shoes that most of us never thought we'd walk in.

I wish I read this book sooner.

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

A story for middle school kids so adventurous that it can be compared to Harry Potter. That's right, I said Harry Potter. I couldn't help but be reminded of that amazing series while reading this book. There were three kids on a quest to save the world, two guys and a girl. The girl was highly logical, the main character a hero and his male friend. Sound familiar? Now, don't get me wrong, in no way am I implying that this book lacks an original storyline. I mean it is based off of Greek mythology, but it isn't what I would classify as a retelling. Oh yes, you heard me right, it incorporates Greek mythology, I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

Rick Riordan is really excellent at world building, he has incorporated Greek mythology into the modern day world, which I didn't think was possible. He also doesn't assume that you know all of the Greek myths and fills you in whenever he mentions one. He keeps the pace fast and the story light. I can tell that this is another series I will love.

I just wish that I read it when I was a little younger. WHY AM I JUST HEARING ABOUT THIS BOOK NOW? Seriously though, it's like 9 years old, where have I been?

My only fear continuing on is that the following books will not be as good. That is typically the rule with a series, the only exception is, of course, Harry Potter.

Hilarious quick read

Get Happy - Mary Amato

Reading Get Happy actually made me extremely happy. I have never laughed so much reading a book in my life. It was so lighthearted and hilarious. Mary Amato wrote a story that captures what it is like to be a teenager, without making the main character unlikeable. Actually, I loved Minerva. She is honest, funny, sarcastic and insecure. She reminded me so much of myself when I was a teenager.

I was shocked at how good this book was. It wasn't exactly the storyline, but it was the writing that really made this book phenomenal. This book really cheered me up and I wish I could personally thank Mary Amato for that. I'm disappointed that it's over and I need to check out Guitar Notes by Mary Amato.

I received a copy of this book to review courtesy of Egmont USA and Netgalley

Meh

Before You - Amber Hart

There were many times in this book where I hated the characters internal monologues. I found their thoughts to be unrealistic. There was all of this preparation for a big terrible secret which wasn't as terrible as it was chalked up to be. I also found the ending rather unbelievable which kind of killed the story for me.

There were parts of this book that I really did like though. There was one scene which made me giddy with excitement. I liked Diego for the most part, except the fact that he tried to fit spanish into every sentence. It just felt as if the author was trying to show us that she knew some spanish words. Faith's actions kind of annoyed the crap out of me.

It was okay, but I'm not about to recommend this book to anyone.

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

Creepiest book I have ever read

Amity - Micol Ostow

The word eerie doesn't even cover this book, it's more like morbid. Micol Ostow writes a horror novel that is so visually descriptive that it chills you to the bone. The characters are surprisingly three dimensional, which you don't really expect in this kind of book. The flash backs between the two time periods confused me at times, but for the most part I think it worked really well. I have always liked the Amityville Horror movies and this book filled me with the same fear. Amity is the creepiest book I've ever read and I'm so glad I picked it up.

I received a copy of this book to review from Netgalley and Egmont USA