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#Review: 5 stars to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken #YA

Posted 29 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review:

I can’t believe how many books I’ve had to start and quit early before I got to one I really really liked. I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time and only when I finally bought The Darkest Minds did I think, yes, I’ve found the ONE!

I loved everything about this book, though in some aspects it reminded me a bit of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. But that could be just because of the whole ‘super powers’ thing and that Ruby doesn’t want to touch anyone for fear something bad will happen. It’s really quite unique in its own way, and scary in parts. Especially the chapter on Ruby’s parents and how what happened..happened. I won’t spoil, because it’s all part of the journey, but it’s really something.

Ruby and Liam made the perfect couple in my opinion and DAMN, why you have to go and write THAT ending, Alex? *sobs* I can’t wait to read Never Fade, as I need to find out what happens next. 

The only person I really couldn’t stand was Clancy, but I think that was probably the point. He was manipulative, temperamental and sleezy in all sense of the word. At first, I thought yeah maybe I could dig this kid, but then after about a page I was like NO! There were times when I wondered if Ruby and her group (Zu, Chubs and Liam) were stupid, with the situations they ended up in. 

Chubs is probably my favourite character. And that’s saying something because it took a long time for him to soften to Ruby, but I liked the fact he stuck by his guns (metaphorically speaking) and knew what he wanted out of life. He knew, when they ended up at East River, that things weren’t all that they seemed, and yet no one listened because…well…why would they? Everyone else was having a grand old time. It made me appreciate just how much outsiders listen and observe more than those that instantly fit in. I’ve always been an outsider myself, and I tend to grasp what is happening to others before they do, and it helps when someone suddenly realises and I’m like HAHA NAILED IT! Just kidding. I’m not that shallow. 😛

Anyway, this book had everything I wanted. Action, romance, a bit of amusement, drama, tales of woe…just everything. POWERS! I love books about super powers. 

I saw Alexandra Bracken at SDCC, though from a distance, and I wish I had bothered to get the book then to have it signed because man, it’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

YAY!

 

-Kat

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#Reviews & Update: Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted 22 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Just a quick update first:  I’m going to be away for 3weeks so may not be able to post anything during that time.

Also, as in true pre-trip fashion, I’ve lost something. My new glasses. Good thing I still wear my old ones now and then, other wise I’d be stuck. I mean, my new ones were lowered in prescription, and they’re better for me, but the lens never cleaned properly. So…anyway.

On to the reviews, yes?

 


Being marooned on an island somewhere off the coast of Madagascar with five celebrities sounds romantic and glamorous, right?
Wrong.

You couldn’t find people with fewer survival skills if you tried. Seriously. Cisco may have centerfold abs, but he can’t even spell SOS. At least super-sexy Jonah seems to have a clue (too bad about the purity ring). If I’m stuck here much longer, these self-involved head cases might drive me crazy-assuming they don’t insult each other to death first. It’s like a group therapy edition of Survivor.
At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all celebrities should be caged in Hollywood and confined to the pages of US magazine. And, btw, if you’re there, God, it’s me, Francesca, and I really want to go home.

Review:

So, I was looking for some funky contemps that weren’t too expencive, and lo-and-behold I found this for under £2 on Amazon! Bargain if I do say so myself.

The story starts off fair cute, Francesca’s humour is just so…fresh. Though she does act older in some aspects than 16. At first I thought she was 18 or so. But, no. She’s very into celebrities, she reads gossip mags like they’re literally growing on trees, and constantly worries about what others think of her. She has a good relationship with her dad who lives with a new girl (younger than her mum) and everything’s great, until he announces he’s having another child. Well, Fran is angry, and in a rush, enters a competition from a Seventeen magazine where she’s to write a non fiction story about loss. Except she doesn’t, she says her dad is dead. Which…isn’t true.

So she wins the competition and is jetted off to a secluded island off the coast of Madagascar. Except… the pilot is hollywood legend Joe (surname has been forgotten, but it’s made up so no worries) and he’s not exactly famous for flying, if you catch my drift. They crash somewhere NOT where they’re supposed to be, and it reminded me of Lost but without all the supernatural stuff and a lot more complaining.

I can’t say I disliked this book, but I did find it wasn’t as funny after a while and it just got a bit irritating. There seemed to be a lot of oneupmanship with each of the characters, but given that there were like…6 celebrities (more like B list celebs) and one normal and one Perez Hilton like guy, that was to be expected. The amount of swearing, however, was a little unneeded. I don’t mind it but when it’s just thrown out there for no reason other than, clearly, to shock, it’s just a bit weird.

This was a quick read and I didn’t struggle to get in to it, which was a relief. If you like the sound of it, I’d definitely recommend a read.

I rate this 3 and a half stars.


‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

Review:

I saw the movie of If I Stay first. I’ll admit that, and so we can get that out of the way. *sighs*

I loved the film and cried, and just…it was so beautiful. So when I came across the book in the library, I had to read it. Granted, I was months/years overdue, but who cares?

And basically, I fell for this book just as I did for the movie, and then some. Because obviously there were bits that weren’t put in the film, but were just as lovely to read.

Mia is a strong willed character who is then thrown in the deep end with a challenge that I don’t think I could complete. A car crash is one thing, but then to lose everyone in your family? That is just crippling. So I didn’t blame her if she didn’t want to wake up from her coma. As I’d seen the movie first ,I knew what the characters were like and I knew roughly what to expect, but the words on page still struck me hard. I need to read the sequel.

I thought the romance was sweet and gentle, but still held meaning, and Adam was everything you’d want in a guy.

I’m a little stuck for words, to be honest. I loved the book so much, I don’t know how to do it justice. So I’ll leave you with my rating, which should explain everything.

5 stars!

 

-Kat

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#Video: Ruby Red/These Broken Stars review + update

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Espionage, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

So I’m testing out a little thing. I sometimes can’t always be bothered to write a review (yes yes we all know I’m lazy!) and depending on my mood, and depending on how well the videos are received, I’ll do video reviews.
So…it’s all up to you. If no one wants to see my mug on screen (which I can’t blame you for, really) then I’ll not do anymore.

😀

Also, I’m REALLY new at this, so I’m still learning what to say and stuff. As you’ll be able to tell, I’m not anywhere near as articulate on video as I am in writing. LOL.

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Mini Reviews: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson // The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead #contemporary #romance #supernatural #YA

Posted 20 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

5 stars!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d tried reading it last year, but something about my mood wasn’t letting me like it. I know. Weird, right? In any case, I finally decided to get this from the library instead, y’know, just in case it didn’t work out. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read books involving road trips before, and have always liked them, but that doesn’t always mean I like everything about them. But this…Amy’s journey, mentally (and physically) is both heartwarming and fascinating. Maybe a part of me could relate in terms of what she’s had to go through (though I didn’t have to move across the country because of it), in that she lost her father. Something about it stuck with me, about how you need to move on, etc etc. I liked that this wasn’t instant love at first sight, and it built over time, which I prefer. Always. Roger was sweet, and completely hooked on her ex-girlfriend and he only has one goal, initially, and that’s to find her and figure out why she dumped him.

What he doesn’t plan on is how the road trip (that was meant to be simple, a to b, instead turned out to be a wild discovery of awesomeness) would cause him to realise that plans change. Him and Amy’s situation, going from barely knowing each other, to a full out…well, love story, is so utterly romantic I wanna cry. And boy, do I want to go on a road trip now. SO BADLY. Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this! I wish I’d bought the book now. I might do that, so I can reread it. Also, the doodles and pictures in this were adorable, and it actually informed me on stuff I hadn’t a clue about. Okay, enough rambles. A solid 5 stars from me!

 

4 stars!

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

It took me quite some times to really get into this, I think because the pacing felt a bit off. There were slow moments, and then BAM things were off like a race. It definitely took longer to read compared to Silver Shadows; that kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what happened next. Where as with this…I still enjoyed it, but I kept on putting the book down. And I don’t do that with books I love.

There were real moments of potential, where it could have been…tighter, I guess. I liked the magical aspect, as usual, and also how they were trying to find out where Jill was* but a lot of the clues were pretty basic. They could have been so much better, more complicated maybe. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling too much. But I did like Ruby Circle, I just wish I could say I loved it. Maybe 4 stars is high, but I can’t rate it lower, given that this is one of my favourite series. ♥

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Review: 4.5 stars to The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Posted 12 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.

With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found — as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out…

 

Review:

Damn, the ending to The Madness Underneath…how awful. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Stephen!!!

My baby!

Okay, that’s enough. I had to know what happened next. It was a need, a need I’ve felt I’d waited decades for. But when I got The Shadow Cabinet, I devoured it. I loved it. I…couldn’t get enough. Maureen Johnson has such a fun way of telling a story, and there’s witty humour in there, even with a sad or serious premise. I found myself laughing while wiping tears away in parts.

I need to say how much the new mysterious characters – Sid and Sadie and Jane (who briefly appeared in book 2) – annoyed me. SO. MUCH. They were just….*throttles the air*

And I know, I KNOW, they  were a major part of the book this time, but god, how I was glad when things came to a…DAMN I can’t spoil. Okay, well, I’ll try not to.

Rory, Boo, Callum…I love these people. Though we see less of Boo and Callum because Rory is being held under protection by Thorpe who is ‘sort of Police’ and after the demise of Stephen, he’s taking charge. He gets on my nerves sometimes, but I understand why he’s being that way. He’s upset as well, but he has to be responsible. Rory just wants to forget, but she can’t, and she’s got so many reminders.

Some things happen and they are quite…sad. I mean, within the bounds of not spoiling, I found myself heartbroken at times.

Jerome is back, and kind of…weird. He’s one of those people who hover and don’t really contribute much, always asking questions and just…in the way. But I guess he did step up near the end. If I say anything more about Stephen, it’ll ruin it, but let’s just say…it’s not the end. There. Take that how you want to. Lots of ghostly shit goes on, and man, do I love a ghostly story. hehe.

There are a few trippy moments, where I was just as confused as the characters.

Mostly, I just felt so bad for Rory. Not that I could ‘relate’ as such, but she made me feel. And that’s enough.

I’m so SO glad there’s a fourth book, especially with that ending. Not quite a cliff hanger, but it was weird enough to want more. I need more. I need it NOW!

Kat

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#ARC #Review: 3.5 stars to Mind Games by Teri Terry #SCIFI #UKYA

Posted 10 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

Released March 5th 2015 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, well, okay where to start? First off, I just want to say how pleased I was to be accepted when I requested this. I loved the Slated series and so was really anticipating new stuff from Teri Terry!

I’ve been torn, severely, about what to rate this, however, so excuse me while I get my thoughts in order.

The premise sounded great, and I can really see that technology may well get to the point where we’re given implants and live mostly in a virtual world. It’s scary. I found myself so captivated by the prospect, and the world, and how it all escalated so quickly.

I’m still not sure if I liked Luna. I guess I did, but then certain things she did, or that happened to her, made me want to throw the book across the room in frustration.  She never stayed consistent with her moods.

I didn’t like Gecko at first. I expected he would be some kind of love interest to Luna and it instantly put me off. I thought Luna was strong enough to deal on her own, and she was. But actually, Gecko turned out to be a decent guy. I ended up feeling sorry for him in the end. He definitely came off worse, in my opinion.

Hex. I liked him at first. He was fairly minor, not really in nor out of the story. After a while, though, I just didn’t trust him.

Luna’s family I felt were a bit of a nonevent. I found I didn’t care about them. Some parents in books I instantly GET, and like, but these people were just…there. The same with Luna’s grandmother who, I thought, was going to be some kind of major part of the book.

Tempo was a tricky character. I thought she was a bit too…evil-doer, and not a lot else to her. Not much back story there. There were many other minor characters who were good, who I would have loved to hear more of, but they just…disappeared. The sad part is, I can’t even remember their names now, but I know at the time I liked them. 

The whole book was like a roller-coaster that never seemed to stop. It was up one minute, down the next, and I’d go from hooked, to really annoyed to really hooked again. A lot of people have said the ending was bad, and though I agree it was wrapped up quick, I thought it was decent enough. At first, I forgot this was a standalone. In which case, yeah maybe it could have used more…detail.  In some ways, the ending seemed more like a lead up to a sequel, but that’s okay if it’s not. I don’t like harsh ending’s anyway. And funny, because I’ve never been a fan of epilogues, and this time we get one with limited detail and here I am like “GIMME MORE!” 

I wish I could have rated this higher, but there were just too many “Argh!” moments for that to happen. It’s okay, though, because I stuck with it. I wouldn’t have given up. I think Teri has such a refreshing way of telling stories, that I knew it would get better. And it did. Just not consistently enough for me. :/

-Kat

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#Review: 4.5 stars to All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter #YA

Posted 4 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Fun, Funny, Mystery, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also…I explain at the end about what happened. 😛 Also, there may be the odd spoiler. It’s hard to tell what’s classed as a spoiler or not. Sorry in advance. If anyone spots one in time, tell me and I’ll cut it. Also, sorry it’s long. I may have gone over board on the padding thing. >_<

Forgive me, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I may be a bit rusty with words. All Fall Down has been the first book I’ve managed to finish in 2015, and that’s both great and sad, because I’ve been reading about 5 books… I wish I was one of those monsters that has lots of eyes. Maybe an octopus? Yeah. Then I could hold lots of books as well. *sigh*

Without sounding too basic: I really liked this book.

Now, I guess I need to…what is it you people say? ‘pad it out’? Well, alrighty then.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first picked up I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Which, now that I think about it, was maybe about 5 years ago? Wow, how time flies. I fell in love with the Gallagher Girls series and its characters and the basis that a girl can be a terrific spy without a dudes help!

I then followed Ally with The Heist Society, and there’s just 3 books, but I don’t care. ( I’m really hoping there’ll be more!) Because we all know Ally has something else up her sleeve. 

Yeah, like Embassy Row. Jeez, it feels like forever ago since she was talking about writing it, and now it’s HERE, and I’ve READ IT, and it’s EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AND COOL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE!

*breathes* How’s THAT for padding out? Oh, you want more?

Grace is the main character in this fabulous tale of politics, mystery, murders and teenage rebellion. Oh and spying. There has to be spying and espionage. (Wait, isn’t that the same thing?) 

There’s even a line in the book that made me squeal, where Grace thinks “If only I knew a spy.” I just instantly thought “CAMMIE!” but that’s me going off on a tangent. ha.

The secondary characters are just as awesome. You’re first introduced to the ever elusive Alexei Volkov (I instantly thought of the evil guy from Chuck, but again…tangent) and he’s Russian (duh!) and he’s cute. I think. I can’t always trust my imagination. He’s also sworn to keep Grace out of trouble because he’s her brother, Jamie,  best friend. Confused yet? No? Good.

Then you have Noah, who runs into Grace’s (and our) life like a gust of wind, and he never fails to keep us on our toes. He’s been assigned as Grace’s best friend by Ms Chancellor (who we’ll get to in a bit.) and he’s every bit the friend. He’s trusting, caring, eager to lead Grace into trouble (or is that the other way around?). I wasn’t sure about him at first, to be honest. I much preferred to see more of Alexei. Noah seemed too..one sided. Not much to him besides acting like puppy. I don’t know.

There’s Megan and Rosie, who are pretty cool, though we don’t know much about them besides they are good at stalking and hacking into things (computers, mostly). 

Now, where was I? Grace witnessed her mothers death when she was 13, and since then she’s been haunted by  the image of what she saw there, a man with a scar on his face. She’s accused of making it up, and everyone says it was “an accident” but Grace doesn’t believe that, so when she has to move back with her Grandfather on Embassy Row, she sees the scarred man and plots to take him down, so to speak. Little does she know…literally. There’s so much plot twisting in this it almost gave me whiplash. The hidden tunnel system under the ground was genius, I must say, and made me want to know more. 

Grace and Friends go on a quest to find out what the Scarred Man is up to, after hearing some things, and finds herself caught in a web of lies and…maybe a bit of brainwashing. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I didn’t think much to her grandfather, and I had liked Ms Chancellor up until the point where I didn’t…and then I did…see what I mean by the ‘whiplash’? It’s like “woah there slow down!” lol But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed getting jolted here there and everywhere. I heard there was a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, I’ve read much worse. It was an ending that certainly makes you want to know what the hell is happening! But it’s not one that’s left me screaming off the rooftops. If that makes sense?

I take half a star off because, mostly, I had started reading this off an ARC I recieved off Netgalley, and if you know me, it takes a long time to read ebooks, until I got the paperback and read it much swifter. There were the odd moment where the pacing could have been better, but 98% of the time, I had no trouble. 🙂 

Can’t wait for book 2. I hear it’s set in the Med? Oooh…sweet. Anyway, that’s it from me. Go add this to your goodreads, if you haven’t already.

😀

-Kat

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Review: 4.5 stars to Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale #Funny #UKYA

Posted 10 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, YA / 3 Comments

by Holly, Smale
four-half-stars

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

 

 

 

Review:

Wow. The Geek Girl series has to be, as of now, one of my favourite series. Granted, it’s a completely different kind of genre than I usually read, and is aimed at a much younger age group, but it does the job just as well. It makes me laugh, it makes me almost want to cry (true story!) and it makes me wish I could jump into the story and give Harriet Manners a really big hug.

If you’ve read the previous two books, you’ll know that Harriet is a Geek (actually I think she’s more a nerd…but oh well) and she’s got one best friend and a stalker. She’s also too smart for her own good. But there are situations she doesn’t know anything about, and naturally those are the things she’s thrown into.

Harriet is so sweet. She writes these lists and plans what to do, and then it’s almost sad when they fall through. Here she’s preparing for Sixth Form and then her dad announces they’re moving to New York.

Have you ever read a book full of just…so much…but you just don’t know how to sum it up?

There are funny, laugh out loud, moments, but if I’m honest, this part of Harriet’s story had a lot more depth. Among the humour there was so much heart. She tries so hard to fit in, and lets people lead her into situations she has no control over, and it’s so sad. And like with many coming of age stories, she soon learns her lesson and I’ll admit, I almost cried in one particular scene when she realises her mistakes. I could feel how much she regretted what she’d done.

She’s all for wanting to be grown up, but come on, at 16 years old you rarely know for certain who you are or what you’ll become. You also never really realise the consequences of your actions until it’s far too late. I think that’s why I felt so sorry for Harriet, but also kind of admired her for trying to break out and try. I wish I’d had those guts at 16. Hell, I’d take them guts now. o.O

So over all, I feel like I’m watching one long movie and seeing this wonderful character grow before my eyes, from a girl to a young lady and it’s rather heartwarming. I give full marks to Holly for writing such a  joy to read. I can’t wait for All That Glitters. 🙂

-Kat

four-half-stars
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Review: 4 stars to Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Faded Gatsby glamour and thrilling gothic horror meet in this gorgeously told, terrifying and dreamy YA romance.

‘You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…’

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery… Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

 

This was one of those books where I dived in head first, not knowing what to expect. And honestly? I came out the other side pleasantly surprised. Confused, disturbed, but surprised none the less. In a good way. Can you be disturbed in a good way?

I’m unsure of somethings, mostly the point. I believe this is a series, but I’m not sure if the sequel will be from a different point of view. Probably. The ending felt pretty solid in terms of whether a continuation would be needed. The writing was intense, hooking me with no shame. I found I both loved River…and hated him. He was troubled. A seriously troubled boy with no qualms about what he was doing, and whether it was wrong or not.

I was concerned for how fast Violet fell for him. It was what you’d call ‘insta-love’ which is all very well and good but it’s still a little…WTF?! You know?

When River’s brother, Neely, arrived, I actually liked him more because he wasn’t trying anything with Violet. He was far more relaxed, normal, and still sweet and caring. At one point I was hoping Vi would come to her senses and go with him. And then you have…the ending. I don’t want to spoil too much because the whole point of the story is the mystery, but there’s quite a lot of mind-fuckery and that is something I both love and hate. I was creeped out by certain bits, but actually not as much as I thought I’d be. If that makes sense? The creepery started in the last few chapters.

The side characters: Sunshine (Vi’s neighbour) and Luke (Vi’s brother) were…in my opinion, annoying. Then you have Jack, a boy who has a drunk for a father (uncle?) and after an incident leaves him homeless, Vi and Luke take Jack in.

There’s tons of mystery and that kept me on my toes. The romance is good. Sexy with a tinge of “okay wtf?!” going on.

I’ll admit, I thought the book had the actual devil in it…and perhaps that was me being optimistic. I have this weird fascination with hell. >_< Anyway, if you want to be led on a journey of danger and fantasy, go for this. It’ll mess with your head and then-some, but leave you wanting more!

-Kat

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