Feb 24, 2015

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls is either going to hook you or leave you wondering if you are going to finish the book at all. I went through both of these things. At first I was not sure if I would get through this book. Then all of a sudden right around the middle of the hundred page mark I was hooked. Nothing about this book was what I expected it was going to be.

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be contained or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has deeply hidden away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

For as long as Chloe can remember everyone has loved and done whatever Ruby wanted. Ruby wants cheesecake from the city you bet the boy went and got it for her despite the long drive. There was something about Ruby that made her not like the rest. Soon everything about Ruby and the secrets she holds close unravel.

Where do I even begin to start this review? This was a really unique book. It took me a good hundred pages in to even realize I liked it. The way that the story is told makes you question everything. You wonder if you missed something while reading--but you didn't. You wonder what the heck is going on with this character Ruby and now even after finishing the book I'm at a loss of words when it comes to Ruby.

Chloe was a character who I liked but never once really connected with. It's told from a very distant point of view. Though we are getting perspective from Chloe's take on everything you still don't get a very personal narration. What I loved about Chloe was she started to realize though her sister had this unnatural ability to make you do as she says, she would test the waters. Sometimes she did this unintentionally and felt really guilty about it. Other times she did it just to do something for herself.

Ruby is one of the most frustrating characters. I didn't like her very much. Though I did understand why she did what she did. Even though she did it out of good intentions everything was a downward spiral. She was controlling, manipulative, and had a very cold heart. A part of me wishes we could have seen inside Ruby's head if only to get some understanding of who she was. Because not even Chloe really knew her, not really.

The core of this story is sisterhood. There is not much romance if that is what you are looking for. The boys that are present in the book are so wrapped up in Ruby and don't have the best personalities. Pete was the idiot who made you laugh sometimes. Owen wasn't what I thought he was gonna be. Of all the boys I had a liking for Jonah. Just don't go into this book expecting a romance. You won't find it.

Everything about this book was very eerie. It had you expanding every muscle of your brain trying to understand what was happening in this town and why Ruby had this uncanny way of getting people to listen to her every word. I enjoyed this book despite the rocky start. That ending though left me puzzled and completely questioning everything all over again. Gotta give Nova Ren Suma credit because damn she can write a mind twisting book in an oddly beautiful way.

Imaginary Girls is getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me! This book was not a favorite but I'm definitely glad I read it. I enjoyed the style of writing and the imagery it created. I don't know if I would recommend this book to everyone, but I feel like everyong should give it a chance. This would be an awesome book to sit down and discuss and try and figure out everything. Definitely check it out if you like a story that keeps you guessing and is pretty dark.

Feb 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading were you grab a book, open it up, find something that isn't going to spoil the book and share it. Which is what I plan to do today! I will be sharing two teasers from Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma!

"Ruby said I'd never drown--not in a deep ocean, not by shipwreck, not even by falling drunk into someones bottomless backyard pool." (pg 1)

"I shook my head. I wanted to tell her what I saw. But, more, I waned to know if she had a direct hand in it." (pg 149)

I'm not very far into this book yet, and I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. It is written different than any book I've read and it is so eerie. I have a hunch it's going to get really good and twisty turny soon. Hope you enjoyed the teasers I picked for ya! Happy reading!

Feb 16, 2015

The Disenchantments

I've had The Disenchantments sitting on my bookshelf for a while now. I bought it knowing very little about the story. I loved the cover and knew that I wanted to read this authors previous books so I bought it. I'm glad that I finally read this book and that I waited as long as I did. If I'm being honest I couldn't have read this book at a more perfect time in my life.

 Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?

Morris Award–finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.

The plan has always been to hit the road and wander Europe after graduating from high school. They've talked about it for years. Bev changes plans and decides college is her plan. Which leaves Colby to realize he has no plans for his life after being on the road for the girls tour ends.

There hasn't and probably won't be another book like this one. The Disenchantments is one of the most true to life, character driven, no sugar coating books I've read in a long time. Everything about it was real and genuine. Because of this and the fact I am the same age as these characters, who are being thrust into adulthood it was in a way a sigh of relief. Very much like Colby I am trying to figure out what the future holds, what I plan to do and having a character struggle with it more or equally as much as me made me connect with this book on a deep level.

Colby is a good guy. He's completely lost and trying to figure shit out after all his plans completely fall apart. It's easy to understand his anger towards Bev, his confusion. I haven't ever connected with a male character like I did with Colby. I understood his desire for something more in life and the worry of what came next.

Bev I didn't like very much. She was a bit of a wreck through the whole book. Quiet, not ever giving straight answers. I wanted to figure her out and understand why she did all that she did. It always seemed like she was screwing Colby over. I didn't think at the end I would like Bev but I found that I did. Everything about her and the way she acted came to full circle. It didn't justify her actions, not completely. She's the type that if you don't pay close attention to her you will miss something important in understanding her as a character. 

Meg was my favorite out of the characters in this book. With her pink hair and vibrant personality it was easy to love her. She was the one always smiling, happy compared to Colby and Bev. Even the happiest people aren't all rays of sunshine though and that made me love Meg even more.

There is romance in this book and yet none at all in certain aspects. I was torn about how I felt about the romance that was there and what I thought was implied. I personally was rooting for a romance with a certain character who wanted an old record player and Colby. A part of me feels like it was there implied in small sections that could easily be looked over if you weren't looking for it.

There is so much about this book that I loved. The dynamic and realistic relationships between Bev, Meg, Alexa and Colby. The way that Bev, Meg, and Alexa played music that didn't sound so good but they played it anyways. Their road trip. The message of the story. Though at times it may seem like nothing is happening, something is especially with the obsession with that tattoo. I got so caught up in this story without fully understanding what it was conveying. And then as you read that last page it hits you. You understand.

The Disenchantments is a really good, authentic book that is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me! I don't know if I would recommend this book to everyone. I say this because I feel like there are those few who won't understand the message or relate to Colby's fear of what comes next. This is not a bright and sunny read, it's quiet sad a lot. It's so good though. With that being said his is definitely a book that should be read by those who are facing adult hood, whether you are secure or insecure about it. Read this book. 

Feb 11, 2015

The Ruby Circle

I don't know how to feel about the fact that The Ruby Circle is the last book in the Bloodlines series. It's bittersweet and after finishing the book I clutched it to my chest, it was so good. I was sad it was over. I wanted more and yet at the same time I am glad that all this chaos in their lives is over. And then I'm just sad again. Book feels people, major book feels.

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.

Let me start off by saying that the fact this series is over has me a tad bit emotional. And by a tad bit I mean a lot. I fell in love with Sydney and Adrian, two characters that in the beginning I didn't feel such affection for. I can remember being unsure about this spinoff from Vampire Academy, but curious as well. All doubts were gone after each book in the series and now with this final one I wish there were more to come.

Sydney proves that her strength mentally and physically meets no bounds when it comes to helping those she loves. Sure, she's only human and doesn't have brute force on her side. But she has wits and she can conjure one nasty fireball. Not only that she is surrounded by those who care about her. Sydney is amazing and I loved everything about her in this final book. She has grown so much since the very first time she was introduced to us--whether it be in the Vampire Academy books or the very first book in this series there is no denying her growth.

Adrian oh boy. To think I used to want to deck you sometimes. Now I just want to smother him in hugs. He has become one amazing and well rounded character who never lost his sarcastic charm. He went from a boy and has turned into a man. I can't really put into words how much I loved the character he grew into. The struggles he faced and overcame when everything seemed to be pitted against him, even his own mind.

With the events that took place in Silver Shadows it made me realize anything was possible with this final book. Anything, because after the events in Sydney and Adrian's relationship that took place it was a wow moment. A moment of, oh shit Richelle Mead is pulling out the big guns. She did so in The Ruby Circle. Let's just say there are some jaw dropping moments that make you love this author ten times more. As if we needed another reason to love her am I right?

I could sit here and write a lot about this book. About how much my love for Eddie grew. How the book was fast paced and not a moment of dull. I could discuss spoilers to great lengths because I have so much to say. But I won't. This is book is to good to be ruined. Richelle Mead wrapped things up for this series so well and past what I ever thought she would do. This book will make you smile and sigh in joy and sadness.

The Ruby Circle is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! If you are a fan of this series and Vampire Academy I know that everyone will be happy and wondering if maybe by some miracle we get more. Read this book. Start the first one if you have yet to read it. Richelle Mead writes in a way that makes you get so caught up in the story you can't help but ravish the book in a sitting or two.

Feb 5, 2015

Lola and the Boy Next Door

After finishing Anna and the French Kiss I knew right away I wanted to start the next book, Lola and the Boy Next Door. I am so glad I did because I loved this one even more than the first! Lola and Cricket's story stole my heart.

 Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Lola looks different everyday, her sense of fashion colorful, sparkly and all her own. She's dating an older guy who's often on the road playing shows. Things become complicated when her old neighbors move back in next door. Her feelings for Cricket Bell might not be as dormant as she first thought.

I was super excited to start this book after finishing Anna and the French Kiss. At first I wasn't sure if I would fall into Lola's narration as quickly as I did with Anna, but I found that not to be the case. If anything I feel into Lola's story deeper than I did with Anna and St. Clair. Lola is who she is, but at the same time she's still figuring out who that person is. Lola was a fantastic character. I connected with her on a deeper level I didn't with Anna. Which seems crazy because I really understood Anna and felt I related to her so much. It goes to show Lola is an awesome character.

Holy moly did I adore Cricket. He was not what I was expecting. At first I was like hmmm I don't know about you boy. That thought lasted about two seconds and then Cricket started to speak and I was melted. He's just so Cricket that it's impossible not to love him and the way he writes little notes on his hand. I wanted to reach into this book and claim Cricket mine. He is such a sweetheart.

What I loved about this book was that we got an outsiders view on Anna and St. Clair. We got to see how they are and where their relationship is now. I adored that so much. It was nice to still have those characters present while falling in love with Lola and Cricket's story.

Lola has two dads. Each was written in a very distinct way. I loved Nathan and his protective side. Andy and his love for baking. It was a refreshing and the dynamic between the two was great. There are many more reasons why I loved Lola's parents but I won't rattle them off because it's best to read the book and see why I adore them so much.

At first I wasn't going to discuss Max because well, honestly I don't feel he deserves to be mentioned. I knew I didn't like him. But I didn't realize how much I would dislike him by the end of this book. Max should never have been with Lola in the first place. I feel like he was harsh towards Lola in a way that had she not been surrounded by the people she was could have really screwed her up. Words hurt.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds from me! I adored this book and will most definitely be reading the next book. I will be reading any book by Stephanie Perkins for that matter. And you should too.

Feb 4, 2015

Cover Reveal...But Not Really

This is a cover reveal post but not one at the same time. Basically this is a post of three books I am dying to read that have finally got covers after waiting and pondering what they would look like.. I can't wait to read them.

#1 No More Confessions by Louise Rozett

First and fore most can I just say how much I love No More Confessions book cover? And that title! I am having a total fangirl moment. I want this book so bad. This series is so good and I'm sad to see it end with this book. But oh boy. I can already sense this book is going to make me feel all sort of emotions.

#2 P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

It can't be May soon enough. Jenny Han always gets some really fantastic covers. Most of all though she writes some really awesome books. I have read and reread her Summer series so many times. I have no doubt it will be the same with this book and the first.

#3 Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

This cover is so different from any of Sarah Dessen's other books. It makes me feel like this one will be different from the rest in the best possible way. I can't wait! I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan and can not wait to read this book. Can I just say that again and again? I can't wait.

#4 Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Consider this one an honorary mention. Um...a guy on a motorcycle. This book no doubt will be amazing. This is Katie McGarry after all. Her books are always amazing! I just stumbled upon this one today and I can't even contain my excitement.

Feb 3, 2015

Author Interview

Today I am happy to say I have Hallee Hadley on the blog today. Her book The Trusted Night has recently been published on Amazon and today we will talk a little bit about where she got her inspiration for the book. But first here is a little bit about The Trusted Night

“Anything that sets you apart from what a regular infant would look or act like automatically sets you outcast from the rest of society, transferring you to a government organization called the KIO. Here, abnormal children such as myself are taken away from their families and are transformed into perfect human look-alikes. The transformations usually consist of multiple surgeries, injections, and painful exercises. We are made whole, then wired to be prison cells for criminals. Jails are no longer used because world powers have decided that the total institutions let everyone off easy.” 

The souls of our world's prisoners can be found seeded in those unlucky enough to shelter them. I, Maya Errithe, am a Cell. I shelter a prisoner. I can't get her out, nor am I supposed to. We have to find her, we have to stop her. This means we'll have to roam different worlds, soar through dimensions, and trek through time. All to get to her before she commits the crime, the same crime that sentenced us all to an undercover life of secrets, lies, and deception

Hi there Hallee! Thanks so much for stopping by. First I wanted to ask what inspired your idea for The Trusted Night?

Hallee: My inspiration for TTN came from listening to the song "Breath of Life" by Florence and the Machine.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Hallee: I've wanted to be a writer since my freshman year in High School. Before that, I wanted to own and Orphanage and work with kiddies.

Let's talk about Bonnie and that frying pan! She is such a badass. When did you know Bonnie would be so tough?

Hallee: Oh, honey. Bonnie was supposed to be a badass from the beginning!

Was there any particular scene you struggled to write?

Hallee: Hmm... Well, I was stuck on the scene of Salesman and Paul fighting over who should be the one to... You know... (Spoilers!)

How about one you found easy to get down on the paper?

Hallee: Jack shouting at Maya that she's too young to have a boyfriend!

If you could live in the world you created, what two characters from your book would you want by your side throughout your time in the story?

Hallee: Oh, God. Probably Henri and Bonnie.

Were there any authors who inspired you to begin writing?

Hallee: I had many authors who inspired me to write, but my inspiration mostly came from music and Disney movies. Yes, Disney.

Now for the not so serious questions!

Hallee: Yay!

Favorite book?

Hallee: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore!

Favorite book to movie adaption?

Hallee: The Maze Runner!

If you had to pick one character out of any book you've ever read which would you want to come knocking on your door?

Hallee: Daemon Black from Obsidian by JLA.

Thanks so much for stopping by Hallee! Wonderful having you on the blog. :)

Hallee: My pleasure, Lovely! Thanks for having me!

Hope you all enjoyed the interview! You can find Hallee's book on Amazon and Goodreads. If you would like to connect with Hallee she has a Twitter page as well as a website. Happy reading everyone!