Monday, July 30, 2012

Feathermore Review

       I downloaded a free copy of Feathermore by Lucy Swing off Amazon the other day. I flew through this book in a few hours. Jade is a high school senior who loves her parents and her two best friends, Claire and Nate. Although she shares everything with her friends and family, she has been keeping a secret from them. She has been hearing a voice that seems to be warning her of something. On the first day of school, she meets an attractive new student, Avan. She is immediately drawn towards Avan and finds that he puts her mind at ease. Jade suddenly finds her life changing completely and she is facing something she never thought was imaginable. She must reevaluate her life and how Avan fits in to this picture.

- This was an interesting storyline that I didn't really see coming.
- I really liked Claire's character. I was glad to be able to see a story that can explain her behavior at the end of the book.

- I still felt like Jade's character could have been fleshed out a little more.
- I felt the connection between Jade and Avan didn't give me enough information. I would have liked to see a little more about their relationship to explain why they care about each other so deeply.
- The long monologue at the end that told the story of why Jade was being targeted. Although it was informative, I honestly got a little bored.

       Overall, this book was a solid 3 stars for me. I liked the storyline enough and will be reading the second book when it comes out. I didn't completely fall in love with the book but I did not regret reading it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Awkward Review

          Awkward by Marni Bates was a fun and light read. I sometimes find myself having to alternate between more intense and series books with lighter reads otherwise I'd be a nervous wreck. I worry about my characters too much sometimes. Mackenzie is used to flying under the radar and spending her time studying for her multiple AP classes. Usually, she rambles when she's nervous and finds herself in awkward situations. During one of her most embarrassing moments in public, some mystery person decided to record it and put it on YouTube. The video goes viral and she is suddenly thrown into the spotlight. Mackenzie has to find a way to deal with this new found attention from the media as well as her classmates.

- Mackenzie stays true to her friends. They stick by her throughout everything and she reciprocates.
- Her rambles were awkward and believable. I actually cringed a few times because of the weird things she would say to people. This made me feel like her character was more believable.
- There was some drama but it wasn't the typical 90s teen movie drama that I was expecting.

- I felt like the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a little more.
- The use of the terms "Notable" for the popular kids and the "Invisibles" for the unpopular kids. I think that was pretty juvenile and I really don't find it believable. Teenagers don't talk like that.. from what I can remember and from what my younger sister tells me anyways.

This book was super short and easy to read. I finished it in a few hours. I needed something that was light and not so serious and this was perfect for that. I give it a solid 3 stars because I liked it but I wouldn't read it again.

Under the Never Sky Review

         Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi has recently become one of my favorite books. I was so drawn to this story and couldn't put Hazel Grace (my Kindle) down! Here is the general synopsis and my review:

          Aria has been thrown out of her community and is forced to survive on the outside. She meets an outsider named Perry, who has saved her life once before. The two embark on a journey to save Perry’s nephew and to prove Aria’s innocence in hopes of the ability to return home. The longer she is out in the wilderness, the more she learns about herself, Perry, and her society as a whole.

- Aria and Perry do not immediately trust one another. They both come from completely different worlds and it would make no sense for them to automatically give up their previous views. Their relationship grows as the book develops.
- Aria isn’t portrayed as a whining girly girl. Yes, she has grown up inside a bubble (basically) but she sucks it up and tries to deal with her situation.
 - I loved the dual narration. It provided the reader with a better understanding of the different communities as well as how their thoughts slowly change about one another. - Roar cracked me up! It was great to see other characters that weren’t completely flat. I think he was a great part of the book!

- I wanted to learn more about the Realms and other aspects of the society. Hopefully it will be discussed in the next book.
 - This really isn’t something that is technically a bad aspect about the book but the ending left me yelling at Hazel Grace yet again. I know it sets you up for the next book but my love of fictional characters causes me to freak out a little bit when I’m left without closure.

 Overall, I abso-freaking-lutely loved this book! I always can gauge how much I love a book by how much I miss the characters when I’m done reading and I definitely miss these characters. I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Dark Dates Review

I was sent a copy of Dark Dates from the author, Tracey Sinclair, and that was extremely nice of her. Dark Dates was a relatively fun read. The protagonist, Cassandra, runs a dating service for vampires. All is going well with her business until vampires are being murdered and her clients are many of the victims. On top of the murders, someone seems to be targeting her as well. There are quirky friends and a love interest or two?? that help her solve this mystery. Overall, I enjoyed this book. However, there were some things that really irritated me.

- Cassandra’s sarcastic comments were hilarious!
 - She actually has a friend that she can talk to instead of revolving her life around a guy.
 - Vampires can be good or bad just like there are good and bad people.

- Cassandra needs to get her hormones in check. I mean, I don’t care how sexy a guy is; If I’m mad at you I’m not going to let sex distract me from how much of a dick you were being earlier.
 - Addressing the reader. I know some authors like this tactic but I think it happened a little too much. When I read, I want to loose myself in the book. When the protagonist addresses the reader, it pulls me out of the story.

I would rate this 3.5 stars because I am somewhere between liking it and really liking it. There were pros and cons but I didn’t find myself with that “I need to know what happens NOW!” feeling that I get with certain books. Anyways, I think this is definitely worth a read. The ending sets you up for a sequel and I look forward to it!

Good Morning!

Okay, I haven't written in my blog in quite some time. However, last night I realized I wanted a way to keep track of my book reviews that I have done (other than just on GoodReads). So, although this wont be a book entirely made of book reviews, I will post them from time to time. So, welcome to my blog and happy Olympics!