Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Title: Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: No
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Bought at Wal-Mart

Goodreads: (some things have been cut out because of length)
All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once... When Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Review (note: I read this over nine months ago. Write reviews in a book people! It's a great idea.)
Jennifer Echols is pretty famous in the YA world. I really want to read her book Dirty Little Secret. It sounds really good. So did Such a Rush.

No, this isn't a negative review. Just a review filled with a bit of disappointment. I say this because of this word: typical.

Typical situation: girl wants to leave her crappy home and parent for some place better and for a better life.
      I wish the situation was...I don't know, not this. I don't know what it should have been, but I feel like this back ground story is a bit boring. 

Typical character: girl puts on a mask of "I don't care", but really want to be loved and have the free she wants.
       I love characters who have a strong backbone and can stand up for themselves. Look at Rose Hathaway and Tris and Lea from Delirium. What I don't like is how much of this attitude of "I don't care" was emphasized in the book. I get that she didn't care what people of her, but it got a little tiring to have it played out over and over, especially when it came to her best friend, Molly.

Typical boy: boy who hides a secret but loves the girl and won't tell her a single thing.
      A boy that keeps secrets from a girl usually results in one thing: guy won't tell girl and she gets upset with him but they end up together anyway. the secret that Grayson was keeping was sweet and thoughtful when it came to who it was about and the reason behind it. But keeping it from Leah was bit stupid. I think if she was told, then she would have done a better job helping Grayson.

Yes, most of these things are common in YA contemporary novels, but sometimes they can get really boring.  Now the planes were cool. I have never read a book that incorporated planes. In a way, the planes represented the freedom Leah craved, which I thought was brilliant. Planes are like birds: flying free.

Besides some of the comments mentioned before, the one thing I truly didn't like about this book was Leah's best friend, Molly. I get that she's a nice love interest for Adam, and a nice contrast to Leah, but other than that, I don't see the purpose of her. She was annoying. She have a fight with Leah and then she disappears to the background until they make up in the very, very, end. 

Don't get me wrong, though. This book good, just with some faults.

Rating

Cover
I love the hair representing the "wind blowing through your hair as you fly" effect, but I wish there was a bit more with planes incorporated. 


P.S. College sucks when it comes to wanting to read and review. Beware!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Bought from Amazon.com

Goodreads: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Review
To me, the Percy Jackson series and the Hereoes of Olympus are one of those series that if you love it, you love it. It's not a YA book that we normally think of: one hero, love interest with some forbidden love triangle or something, and one evil villain. Instead, these two series revolve around several characters (and Percy) and different couples and several evil villains. Great series all around. And I happen to be one of the people on the world that love this series. 

This book.........Holy freaking crap. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. One thing I love to point out is that unlike most YA novels, this series has several authors. I don't really like third person POV, but Rick Riordan does a great job using it. I love getting each character's perspective on the story/plot, even if I really wish I could know every character's thoughts on each scene (what a long book that would be). As much as I wish the story was told from only Percy's POV like in the first series, I do like all the characters narrating.

In all of his books that I have read (which is just the ones with Percy in them), Rick Riordan brings his own humor to the story, which makes getting through one of his books without a laugh very hard to do. I was surprised that this book didn't have as much funny jokes and humor as his other ones. Maybe it was because this book was a bit more serious than the others; given that Percy and Annabeth are in Tartarus (which was cruel) and Frank, Leo, Jason, and Piper are trying to reach the House of Hades to close the Doors of Death, with Nico's help. As much as seriousness is good for a book with so much suspense, I did miss some of the funniness Riordan brings to his books.

Characters:
I have to say, this is the one book I think most of the characters really revealed their true selves. Frank, we know, has been uncomfortable with himself, not only being the son of Mars, but also in his awkward shape and the fact Leo keeps teasing him. In the HOH, he grows out of all of this and comes to accept himself even more. Leo, who left a little left out given that he is the only one of the seven without a girlfriend, expresses this and I came to the conclusion that he teased Frank and was a joker because he felt that was the only way he would be noticed for something other than his awesome mechanical skills. I was really happy that he met Calypso, but really upset that the gods hadn't let her go yet. 

Frank and Leo are just a few examples of revelations. The biggest one to me was Nico. This is the first time we really see him for him. He lashes out at Cupid, who provokes him into revealing his big secret. It is shocking to learn this secret. I'm not going to say what it is since it is a big spoiler, but I will say this: if you look at the whole series, you wouldn't think of it at all. Many books these days have some of this issue (think of Glee when you are wonder what it is) and oddly, I would have never thought Riordan would have put it in his series. It's not that I think he's against this issue (I'm sorry if I'm offending anyone; I can't think of any other word for it without revealing the secret or sounding really, really rude), but it was just a surprise. But then again, a chapter earlier kind of hinted to it, which I wasn't smart enough to pick up on, but still, it was a shock. But I still love Nico. By far, he is one of the strongest characters of the series; not by strength and brute force, but by character in himself.

Romance:
What I love best about these books is that the love dovy stuff isn't overwhelming stupid and cheesy. It is the love you would expect two teenagers to experience as their first girlfriend/boyfriend. Of course, I love Percabeth all the way, but Jasper (Jason and Piper) and Frazel (Frank and Hazel) are good too. Hopefully Riordan doesn't screw it up and forget about Calypso. I love them together. I think their couple name is Caleo.

Ending:
I'm happy it ending the way it did, but I'm sad that Bob died and that Octavian is a horrible ^@*$^#)@ face. He's too power hungry. I really don't like him. I kinda hope he does get shot out of a cannon by Frank and Reyna. I can't wait for the last book, The Blood of Olympus, which I hope doesn't mean a main character dies. 


Rating & Cover:
The Big Kahuna



Monday, January 13, 2014

Mini Reviews #7: The Clockwork Princess


Title: The Clockwork Princes (The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Yes
Finish or ARC: finish
Source: Bought
Rating: Big Kahuna (greater than 5 starfish)

Goodreads: Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. 

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. 

Review:

I don't need to tell you how much this book was loved by practically everyone. I don't need to tell you how awesome the plot and the characters are. This book was great period.

Except for one thing.

WHen you come to teh end of a series, it's sad. It's even sadder when one of the main characters dies because of old age. I mean, the ending was so heart-wrenching that I cried-happy and sad tears. Usually I don't cry for much. I don't like to. But my Lord, this author made the ending so emotion that I couldn't help it. I might be exaggerating, but I can't express my feelings any other way.

I'm not sure how I feel about the end though. It was wonderfully sweet, but because I rooted fro Will the whole series, it was a little shocking and I felt the part of me that loved Will go all sad and depressed. I will say one thing though: I want to go to the bridge and have a relationship like Will's and Tessa's. Maybe even one like Jem's and Tessa's too. 

Mini Reviews #6: The Avery Shaw Experiment


Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Series: No
Finished or ARC: e-book, finished
Source: Bought on Amazon.com
Rating: 5 starfish

Goodreads: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Review: 

Funny. That is the first thing you need to know about this book. It is funny. I was laughing through the whole things (except at the part where Aiden was being a jerk!). The concept of the book, trying to get over a broken heart through science, is hilarious and interesting. The seven stages of grief-go through them to cure a broken heart. At first, I thought the idea of stupid given that Avery never had a boyfriend, but after reading about her, it made sense.

The plot itself is great.Only a true nerd would think to use her heartache as a science project. I loved that her partner was a jock, but a fun loving one. Not a mean, "I'm only hear because I'm failing" jock. Avery's and Grayson's relationship through the whole was a comedy but very sweet. While they did this project, both Avery and Grayson learned much about themselves. Avery comes to understand that she doesn't always have to shy away. Grayson learned that he was indeed, very smart and just had to apply himself.

This book is a definite read for anyone looking for a quick and fun read.


The poorest excuse for why I haven't blogged all Winter Break + 1 question


The answer: I'm lazy and not very motivated. I have to say, college takes a lot out of a person. Even though it was most Gen. Eds, my classes were very demanding. So, what do I do when I get home? I SLEEP! A lot.

Yeah, it a stupid excuse. I have at least three reviews that never were posted from last summer, and I just finished one book so I need to review that. I'm so lazy. I have been contemplating on whether or not just to stop blogging and just go back to just reading, but then I thought, nah! Sure, I'm not like the other major blogs that can post everyday and put up giveaway after giveaway, but I'm fine with that. Would I like to be like them? Hell yeah. Will I be? Possibly. Soon? No.

I'm guess is that since most of the big, high powered blogs' bloggers are women/men with a routine schedule, they have a set time to read, blog, read, etc. Me? Not so much. Given that I also procrastinate too much, there is a big doubt that I will ever had a routine schedule. Oh well. Post as I go.

I have one more thing before I post reviews that should have been posted last year. In my bookstore, I've changed the list of what is up for grabs and the price. Instead of paying the for the books, just pay for the shipping. I'll probably repost this again later just to get it out there one more time.

Oh, I here's my question:

Don't you think it's ridiculous that Barnes N' Noble doesn't have a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/After Christmas sale on ALL products? I think it's stupid. Only the ones with a red dot are on sale, but those are the books most people don't really, really want. Seriously! What do you think?


Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Shell Full of Books: The Missing Months

 
 
This is my version of IMM.
 
This edition is for all the months I've been gone because college is CRAZY!
 
Here are the books:
 






 
 
 There are only a few books that I actually bought. Most of them are the ones that aren't YA novels. There are a few more books that I have bought, but they aren't YA, so I didn't take a pic of them.
There are some I traded for, but not much.
 
Thank you so much to all the bloggers that I won these books from.
I will try to list them all. Sorry if you were one of them and I forgot about you.
 
Kassiah Faul, Swoony Boys Podcast
Jen R., YA Romantics
Heather, Buried in Books
Kelly Oram, Kelly Oram Writes
Gretchen McNeil, Seanchai
Laura, Colorimetry
Laura, What's Hot?
Wendy, Minding Spot
Bailey, Novel Nerd
Scott, See Scoot Read
 Cassie, Citrus Reads
Jill, The O.W.L
Lisa, Read.Breathe.Relax
Megan, The Book Babe's Reads
Jean, Jean Book Nerd
Inga, Me and Reading
Dorine, The Write Path
Ashley, Ashley Loves Books
Montana, The Book Belles
Samantha, Books With Bite
Audra, The Society.Net
Nicci, Paper Dreams

Wow, a lot of bloggers, and I encourage you to visit and follow all of them.


Until Next Time!

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Series: No
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Bought from Amazon

Goodreads
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

 
 
Review:

I have many reviews to still post from this past summer. Some include books that I absolutely love. And I know I have been absent, but college will do that to you. But back to the book, I skipped the others because this is one that comes first above all.

A lot of words could describe this book, but all of them have been said. So I will say this:

This book does not degrade cancer. If anything, it shows what can happen to ones that do have it, especially ones that are teens. Teens with cancer don't get to go to college; they don't get to fall in love and grow old with their loved one; they don't get to watch their children and then their grandchildren grow up to be adults. No, they just die an unjust death.

Like Hazel's dad and Augustus said, cancer just wants to feel alive and be known to the universe. Well, it is known, and it is alive, while it takes a life in the process. I have only known one person personally that has died of cancer. It was my aunt. I wasn't close to her, but she had that personality that you couldn't really hate her. Her death made my family extremely sad, but we got through it.

I guess I'm trying to say that that despite our views on cancer, it's something that we won't be able to stop from taking our emotions on a rollercoaster. This book did that to me. It was funny, dramatic, and all the emotions that come with YA. I still can't believe I cried.

And because I cried, this book is extremely great. But of course, some may argue, but who cares. This book should be read by everyone. The characters were so in depth that I felt that this wasn't fiction. Hazel and Augustus and Isaac were all real. The love story, despite being doomed, was the best one I've read to date. It was......it was real.

I have to say, I was thrilled to hear that they were making a movie. And after reading the book, I swear, if they screw up the movie, I will hate the actors and the plot and the producers and the studio FOREVER!! Like Divergent, if they screw up that, I will hate them. I'm still up with their casting of Four. I felt he should 1) be younger, and 2) actually look like the one in the book.

Anyway, the ending kind of threw me for a loop, but it was true. We don't get to choose if we get hurt in this world and in this life. But we get to choose who hurts us. In this case, though Hazel was hurt when Augustus died, he was hurt when he had to leave her against his will. (I'm crying again, by the way).

Read it. It will be worth it. Okay?


Rating for everything:
The Big Kahuna
 
 
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mini Reviews #5: Blissfully Out of the Ocean Breeze Rain with a Prince


Author: Sherryl Woods
Series: Yes
Source: Bought
Finished or ARC: Finished
Stars: 5 Starfish
 
 My summary:
Go on an adventure with three incredible sisters who find that home is the best to be and that romance may come out of nowhere and give you a reason to stay.
 
Review:
Sherryl Woods is an adult fiction writer that I would recommend if anyone asked. It's not how she writes that gets me, it's the story. I love the stories she comes up with, and the Ocean Breeze books are a great example. Great love stories with a flare of drama. The characters are very different from each other so their stories each have a certain personality to them. The only thing about this series that makes me sad that its only a trilogy. And the last book didn't have a big epilogue to it - like a 5 years later thing. No, just a one year thing. It sucked. But don't let that stop you from picking up this great series.
 
 
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: Yes
Source: EBook, bought
Finished or ARC: Finished
Stars: 5 Starfish
 
Review: I've never read anything by this author, but apparently she has several best sellers out. And I can see why. Once Upon a Prince was a great read, except for one little detail.
 
The story starts off strong and really gets your emotions going. the thing is that what happens is our heroine gets her heart broken immediately - like, in the first five pages. But then her knight (or prince) in shinning armor comes in and saves the day. Sure, the plot is kinda cheesy, but that cheesiness makes it great. And sure the characters are a little cliché, but the stubborn women and prince who can't get what he wants but wants to save the day anyways makes the cheesiness complete. We all need a cheesy novel once in a while.
 
The flaw: they fall in love in two weeks. It's not insta-love/love-at-first-sight, but damn close. I wish their romance went on a little longer. But it's a great read anyway.
 
 
Author: Debbie Macomber
Series: No
Source: Bought
Finished or ARC: Finished
Stars: 5 Starfish
 
Review:  I love Debbie Macomber. Her books are like crack to me. LOVE THEM!!! Sure, many of you wouldn't like some of her stories because of the insta-love crap and some of the too cheesy plots, but like I said earlier, everyone needs to read a cheesy love story now and then. This book is romantic and cheesy enough to make anyone smile. I loved it. End of story.
 
 
Title: Bliss Books by Entangled Publishing
Author: Various
Series: Yes
Source: EBook, bought
Finished or ARC: Finished
Stars: 5 Starfish
 
Review: Entangled Publishing has been known to publish great books like our favorite series about a seriously hot alien. Their Bliss series is a great addition to their books. They are the type of books that are a quick read with awesome characters, comedy, love, and drama. It's a book series to read when you are bored. They a great. End of story.
 
 
 
That's all.
Until Next Time
 
(P.S. Sorry for my silence. I've been busy all summer with college stuff.)
 
 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review: Harry Potter series-Books 5-7 by J.K. Rowling

 
(Ignore books 1-4. Already read and reviewed)
 
My book summary:
Boy wizard, Harry Potter, battles with understanding the wizarding world and getting ready to fight the Dark Lord once again. At his side are his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. But between trying not to die and learning everything he can, Harry works at trying to protect his friends and loved ones. 
 
Source: Bought
 
Review: It's been a while since I've read these three, but I remember enough. And sorry it's short, but I've pretty much said what I needed to say in this review. Anyway, these last three books--you can really see the difference between the first books and these.
 
1) There is more detail, which is good.
2) More development of the plot and setting.
3) More character development
 
In the first books, there was just the characters and some of their emotions. In addition, I thought there was little detail. I guess it's hard to write a series backwards. But in these last three, we get to read more about each character and why they are the way they are. And we get more detail on why something is happening.
 
The last book, The Deadly Hallows, was my favorite, only because it was when Voldemourt got his butt kicked. This series overall is amazing.
 
Series rating overall:
The Big Kahuna
 
 
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