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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Maximum Ride Forever ~Review

"You're the most stubborn person
I've ever met, and sometimes
it seems like your sole purpose
in life is to make mine harder, 
but I swear, I love you
more than I thought I 
could love anyone."

Maximum Ride Forever....... I have so many feelings about this book.....

Back of Book:
Happily ever after is a lie. 

I've fought my whole life to keep my family safe.

I've even had to kill those who hunted us down.

But when the world is destroyed and you're alone for the first time ever...

How do you find the strength to stay alive? 

Okay.... Where am I going to begin with this? I don't think I have fully digested all the events that happened here in this book. I'm still shocked and hurt and mad and sad and happy and in love.

DISCLAIMER: There more than likely will be spoilers in this review. If you haven't read the book yet, I suggest you click the back arrow when I tell you to. For now though, I will try and keep the spoilers out for a bit. 

My thoughts on the Maximum Ride series, is that it could have ended after the first three books and I would have been okay with that. The entire series, I love, I really do, despite having hated moments of the books, I overall love them. Maximum Ride has been a series I have read over and over since 2005 when it came out. 

This is a series I've grown up with, I've grown up with the flock and felt like they were a part of me. The first three books: Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, and Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, really could have been the entire series and most would be happy with it. 

But Patterson continued on with the series, and don't get me wrong, James Patterson is one of my all time favorite authors, and this series is by far one of my top three, but Patterson really dragged out this story for all that it is worth. He put the flock through so much, and at times, I truly wanted to chuck my books out the window. 

But I refrained, and I continued to read EVER SINGEL BOOK, he put out in this series. 

Nevermore, book #8 in the series, that was supposedly going to be the last one, I was actually okay with. I know a lot of people hated Nevermore, but honestly, the flock was safe on an island, and I was okay with it. 

Now.... onto Maximum Ride Forever. 

This book has me torn between hating it and loving it. I finished it the day I am writing this review, and I know I know, I am late to the party. But honestly, I was terrified to read this book. I didn't want it to ruin the entire series for me. I had heard rumors and in my attempt to refuse to read the book, I could pretend the rumors weren't real...... But I caved. 

Maximum Ride Forever, takes place in a post apocalyptic time and the flock are in danger....again. Food is scarce, the entire world is over, and guess what, they are being hunted...again...

The day I bough the book, I started reading it. I didn't get far into it, only chapter 5, (those of you who know how Patterson writes, that's like page 15) when tragedy struck!!!! I dropped my book and it opened to a random page in the back. 

TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK!!!!!! I don't want this to be ruined for you like it was for me. Please, do not continue if you haven't read the book. 

I read the page...I read the stupid page that had opened up. On that same page, I found out two things. 
1. Max is pregnant
2. Fang is dead. 
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Why did I have to read the stupid page! I was only on chapter 5 and I completely spoiled the book! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!? 

But I continued on, I had to... right? Wrong. I could stop any time. It wasn't like I could read the book anyway, my eyes were too blurred with tears as I sob my way through the book. 

I hated how Dylan, Akila, Nudge, Total, Gazzy, Iggy and most of all Fang, died in the book. I hated how trusting Max got with those albino kids in Africa. What is the matter with you Max? You don't trust people ever! She almost got her wings eaten because of her stupidity. I hate Angel and how evil she is. Yes, I 100% believe Angel is evil and never changed after she was kidnapped. This kid has issues that if I address in this review, the review will never end.  Fang was dead because of this stupid child who has a horseman kneeling at her feet after he ripped Fang's wing off. 

I hated reading this book. I hated how it made me feel, how it made me cry and steam come out of my ears. I hated it. 

Dylan, my sweet Dylan, who I will never love as much as Fang but definitely has a Dylan shaped hole in my heart. He is posing as a Horseman and pretending to kill the flock, but really is saving them. How wonderful for everyone. Nudge, Total, Gazzy, Iggy and Fang are all safe.... WRONG!! FANG IS DEAD DEAD DEAD. GONE FOREVER NEVER COMING BACK. James Patterson, how can you live with yourself? You killed MY Fang. I HATE THIS BOOK.

I continued to hate this book all the way until Chapter 91. Haha, Max, you really think you can kill Dylan with a scalpel? Go for it, he couldn't save Fang. I'm okay with you stabbing him a couple times, course he won't retaliate at all since he loves you---- is that Fang on the bed ? Dylan took Fang's body back to Dr. G.H's lab and tells Max he can make Fang live again.... Max faints, I would too. Don't worry Max. 

Dylan's made an artificial wing for Fang, since you know.... Horsemen ripped Fang's wing off. Still crying a little about that.... But Dylan is offering Max the one thing she really wants. This is where she tells Dylan she's pregnant with Fang's baby and BAM, Dylan makes his decision..... He brings Fang back to life by sacrificing himself....

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Did you catch that? He sacrifices himself for Fang so Max can be happy... I'm sorry about ever bad thought I had about you Dylan.... Rest In Peace. 

Fang comes back to life and now he and Max are together again and have a sweet baby girl names Phoenix. (How cute! Get it, she has wings and was born out of the ashes.... Nice one Patterson.)

I love this book. I hate this book. I want to burn this book. Yes, you heard me, I want to burn this book. But I want to save it forever. I want to hold it and hug it and use it as a tissue (too late).

Regardless of whichever emotion is dominant, I still haven't decided, this book was worth it. It was worth reading it. I was worth ever tissue I used and every crinkle in the pages from holding it out of anger. It was worth it. I feel satisfied with how it ended, I feel sorta whole... (still missing the Dylan shaped hole in my heart), But its okay. 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Breaking The Rules ~ Review

"Sometimes we don't choose
the memories, but they choose us."

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry!!! This is the sequel to Pushing The Limits !!! This book was just as good if not better than the first. But, I would first like atto mention the lovely covers. This is 100% my only complaint for this book, and really it's only half a complaint since the e-reader cover is gorgeous..... The above cover, is beautiful, it's cute, the text isn't scary and the couple is adorable. This cover, is only available as an e-reader cover.... WHAT! I can say I was disappointed to say the least. Because I loved the book so much I 
 went ahead and bought the actual book. But the cover on the left, it isn't actually a cover. No. It is a poster. So I got stuck with the cover on the right. With big green, boisterous text, and a couple that looks like some abstract art.... but not what I wanted.....Which is ironic to me, since Echo is like an amazing artist and whatnot. So I am a little sad that I wasn't able to get a gorgeous cover to match the first one. As if the cover didn't make me sad, Breaking The Rules, is smaller in height than Pushing The Limits! What!? So now the book is shorter and makes it uneven with Pushing The Limits!!!! UGH!! But that is my only complaint of the book. Now on with the actual book review!
Back of Book:
For Echo Emerson, a road trip with her boyfriend is the perfect way to spend the last summer between school and college. It's a chance to forget all the things that make her so different at home. Bust most of all it means almost three months alone with gorgeous Noah Hutchins, the only boy who's never judged her.

Echo and Noah share everything. 

But, as their pasts come crashing back into their lives, it's harder to hide that they come from two very different worlds. And, as the summer fades, Echo faces her toughest decision- struggle to face the future together or let her first love go...

*Deep Breath Carissa

Okay.... Wow... I always have a hard time reading sequels to books that are so fabulous as stand alone. But this book.... yeah. 


All of my fears about reading this book were nonsense. Both Echo and Noah's character development went so much further than the first book. I fell in love with the couple all over again. I found myself so deeply involved with the characters that I found myself predicting their next words and next actions. 

I started this on a four hour car ride from a family reunion back to home, and I finished it all. I couldn't put it down. I was engrossed in the book. 

In this book we find more out about Noah's family and more about what makes Noah, Noah. We learn more about Echo's lust for self-success and how these two can beat the odds. 

Reading this sequel has made my life complete and I could die happy because I know what happens to Echo and Noah now. I highly recommend you read Pushing The Limits and then Breaking The Rules, both of these books are my absolute favorite things in the entire world. Without them I would feel empty.

This sequel had me on the same emotional rollercoaster as Pushing The Limits did. I loved every second of climbing and loved even more the moments of free falling. This sequel left my heart throbbing and aching the read it again...... so I did. Twice more actually, I even reread Pushing The Limits in between rereading the sequel twice.

MUST READ!! GO PICK IT UP NOW AND READ!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!! You're life won't be complete until you do! These two books are tied with being my favorite book of all time. I never knew a sequel could do this to me... but it has. Echo is as sassy as ever, Noah is as sexy as ever, and together.... OMG. I can't live without them. 

Shout out to Katie McGarry for making such incredible characters. As a writer McGarry is simply splendid. The way she develops her characters in outstanding. Other authors, I'll read their book and love the plot but could care less about the characters because they never develop. McGarry is the total opposite. She has an incredible plot and she goes into each character so well that they feel like they are a part of you. I feel so close to Echo and Noah. 

After reading this sequel, I think I am finally going to read her other books in the series, Crash Into You, Dare You To, Take Me On. These books follow some of the other characters in the Pushing The Limits series. Like I said about this sequel, I was scared to read it for fear it would ruin the first one for me. But I believe in McGarry so much that I am going to continue to read her books. 

Along with the rest of the Pushing The Limit's crew, I will read her new series, Thunder Road

TTFN, more reviews to come and definitely more Katie McGarry on the way! 

Lock and Key ~Review

"It's a lot easier to be lost than found.
It's the reason we're always
searching and rarely discovered
--so many locks not enough keys."

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, is a very sweet book that I recommend as a book when you need to feel self-empowered. The book follows a girl named Ruby on her path to self discovery. When I first read this book I was in middle school. It was a little bit mature for my age group but I read it again in high school and fell in love with it all over again.

Back of Book:
She's used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her older sister, Cora. Now Ruby's got her own room in a fabulous new house, she's going to private school, and -for the first time- feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there's the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you've got to reach out to someone else.

I have a very good relationship with my mother, and so I usually find it extremely hard to dislike mothers in books and moves, but I didn't particularly like Ruby, Ruby's mom (Yes they have the same name).

Then there is Cora and her husband Jamie. At first, my ideas of Cora were slightly negative, like how could you leave your sister? But then as I continued to read through the book I understood Cora a bit more and I liked her a lot by the end. Jamie, I absolutely loved him from the beginning. He was sweet and endearing and throughout the whole book, he just really wanted to help Ruby. He was one of my favorite characters.

As mentioned in the book description, there is Nate. Nate was very kind to Ruby and I really think that he is what helped Ruby open up more. Their relationship was definitely the reverse of what I usually read. Instead of good girl meets bad boy, it was bad girl meets good boy. I actually enjoyed the switched up relationship. 

All in all, this book is one of my all time favorites, so much so, that my copy has water damage due to falling in the bathtub. Oops. ;) 

More book reviews to come, sorry it has taken me so long. Life happens though, and I think we can all understand that. 

Comment any book suggestions you'd like me to read and review. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Paper Towns ~Review

"If you don't imagine, 
nothing ever happens at all."

Back of book:
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night-- dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge-- he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q... until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.

Paper Towns by John Green was a page turner for sure. From the first encounter with Margo Roth Spiegelman, it was easy to tell how quickly readers would be sucked into the pages. From chapter one all the way to the countdown of the clock, I was right on the edge of my seat.

This book had so many moments that were absolutely priceless. From Ben needing to pee while they drive cross country, and Radar's family secret, the entire book was filled with all the qualities you see in everyday people. The Truth is, this book hit all the right buttons to make it seem.... almost realistic, at least, thats how we want it to be.

Each character had their little quirks about them. Authors often get too caught up in the story and forget to develop the characters. But that's not so for John Green, his characters were all so well developed I felt I had actually met them in high school. (Of course, they go by different names in my life, but still the thought still counts.)

Perhaps it was because I was enjoying the book so much that I had high expectations for the ending. However; I felt that as soon as Q found Margo, the book just kinda fizzled out. I didn't enjoy the ending.

I felt that it wasn't at all what readers were expecting and personally I was a bit disappointed. I read through three hundred pages of amazing book material only to lead to the flop ending, with morals and lessons to be taken out of the book.

Even so, I did enjoy the book and despite the ending, I would still recommend this book to anyone in need of an adventure that doesn't lead in romance. It was an enjoyable read and a quick read too.   :)

Good job, John Green, another good book! For those of you who haven't read any of his other books, I suggest you hop to it. John Green does an excellent job of capturing the "teenage" spirit. His books may make you cry, or have you smiling like an idiot, like I did at the end of this book. Highly recommend John Green to all readers.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clockwork Princess ~Review

Book three: Clockwork Princess

"Tessa touched his wrist lightly
with her hand.
"Be brave," she said.
   "It's not a duck, is it?"                

Again, look at the quality of the cover. She really did a great job finding an artist to capture how magical and mystical the world of Cassandra Clare is. 

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.
If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
Okay, it is really hard not to spoil this all for you guys. So bare with me, as I try to tumble around my keyboard to find vague phrases that won't give anything away. OMG!!!! THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE ENTIRE SERIES!!!!!
I'm going to start backwards. The ending was phenomenal. There has never been a better send off to a book, ever. Clare tied up all the loose strings and wrapped it in a neat bow. This book has you crying because you think something bad happens to someone you adore, only for the ending to bring them back with a bang! Talk about a full 360! 
Congratulations Clare, on your wonderful ending of the Infernal Devices. One of the really amazing parts, is that the Infernal Device series's timeline, connects to Mortal Instruments! I mean, not the entire series, but this final book, it lines up with the time line of Mortal Instruments
This final book, really makes the other two books shine brightly! This trilogy has so much to offer, to anyone and everyone. Romance, comedy, action, thrill, suspense, mystery. I hope everyone who reads this, gets the chance to read this series. I promise you, it is 100% worth every moment. 

Clockwork Prince ~Review

Book two: Clockwork Prince

"Ah,” said a voice from the doorway,
“having your annual
‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’
meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem.
                 “And no, this is not that meeting."                

Can we just take a minute to look at this absolutely gorgeous cover? Mmmmmmm, yummy. Jem Carstairs, I love you so much! Now, onward with the review. The synopsis please......*drum roll*

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
When book one ended Will shows up at Magnus Banes house. First off, Magnuse Bane, Jem Carstairs, Will Herondale, all are yummy, and if you think otherwise, I'm not sure we can be friends like I had hoped. :P, just kidding, but still. You can't not love them. 
Anyway...... Will shows up at Magnus's house saying Mag is the only one that can help Willl..... 0.0 what? What's going on Will? You learn that throughout the book, no spoilers, I promise. This second book has so many plot twists and exciting moment, that you are kinda left dizzy. 
Tess has some big choices to make and not to mention all the fighting and shadowhunter battles. Go Henry!!!! Cassandra Clare, did it again! In Clockwork Prince, you really get to learn more about the Downworld and the amazing world of shadowhunters. 
In the second book, Clare really connects you to the characters and their world. Again, points to Clare for writing in such a way that she really makes you feel like you are standing next to the characters. A writer who can do that is truly amazing. 
By now, I'm sure you can tell how I feel about this series, and if not, let me just try to explain. This book series is absolutely amazing in every way, and you simply can not put it down. Having to wait for each book to come out was torture, and lucky for all of you, all three are out. I highly recommend this series if you have the time to read three books, because again. You can't read just one. 

Clockwork Angel ~Review

I had a bit of difficulty deciding if I should do this trilogy in one long post or in three separate posts. So, I've decided to do three posts so that it won't be as dramatically long. This trilogy was absolutely amazing in every way. You can't ask for a better set of books than this one. The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare, is the prequel series to her popular series The Mortal Instruments

Book one: Clockwork Angel

"There's plenty of sense
in nonsense sometimes, if
                you wish to look for it."                

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 
When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
This first book, was fairly easy to get into. It started off with just the right amout of tension and mystery to hook you in. There isn't much information I can give without spoiling the book. But, this first book was wonderful and really sucked me into the world of shadowhunters. Yes, there is a love triangle, so if you are looking for a romance free book, you better look somewhere else. 
The Clockwork Angel will have you begging for more, and the great Cassandra Clare delivers, for sure! As the series continues you find yourself falling in love with not only the main characters, but the secondary characters as well. Clare's writing is, in no simpler term, splendid. She knows how to drag you through every emotion the characters feel and their backstories. 
This first book is definitely worth reading! I highly recommend this book if you want to get looped into reading an entire series. I guarantee there is no way to read just the first one. You will have a desire to read all three. I promise you this. So if you are willing to read a couple books, totally pick up The Infernal Devices

Pushing The Limits ~Review

"I gazed into her beautiful
green eyes and her fear melted.
A shy smile tugged at her lips
and at my heart.
Fuck me and the rest of the world,
I was in love."                

Pushing The Limits, by Katie McGarry is my #1 favorite book ever. Well, from 2013 till now at least, I have yet to find a book to pass it on my list.

The entire story line was compacted and sweet, and the typical bad boy, good girl romance story. But, at the same time it was totally different. This book had me turning the pages constantly, I simply couldn't put it down.

Since I first read it in 2013, I have reread it six times. It is one of those books that you simply crave. After a book that had my heart yearning, I found myself needing to digest this book once again.

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon

Fun fact, the quote up above appears in one of my other favorite books, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

The complexity of the characters and the sparks these two have together makes me fall in love with them more, each time I read it. Although, I've read it so many times I still get surprised by some of the events that occur. 

As always, here is a description of the book via the back.

So wrong for each other... AND YET SO RIGHT. 
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth. 
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagines. They should have nothing in common. 
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just now far they can PUSH THE LIMITS and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her HOW TO LOVE AGAIN. 

Ah! It gives me chills just reading the back again. Between the mystery, the attracting, the thrill, and mental torment, this book has everything a teenage girl can ask for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs that heart racing story. For two years now, it has been my favorite book of all times! So worth the time to read. 

Where She Went ~Review

"First you inspect me
Then you dissect me
Then you reject me
I wait for the day
That you'll resurrect me

Where She Went is the sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay. This book was at first rather hard for me to get into. For starters it was from the view point of, distressed rockstar, Adam Wilde. It is always different when the author switches the perspective from one book to another.

Second, I was just so upset with Adam and Mia, and how their whole situation turned out. But as soon as I got to, maybe a fourth of the way in, I was hooked. This book had me falling in love with the messed up Adam, and feeling sympathy towards him. I couldn't help it. Each time I turned the page I wanted to jump into the pages and tell Adam that I was more worth it than Mia was.

Points to Forman for being able to evoke these feelings out of  her readers. It always pleases me when an author can do this. Then again, I may just be a total sap. But oh well, I like being able to connect to the characters.

Again, I feel it is important to have the synopsis of the book in every book review. So, here is what is on the back of the book.

It's been three years since the devastating accident... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is rising star at Juilliard and Adam is a bona fide rock star, complete with tabloid headlines and a celebrity girlfriend. 
Then chance brings the, together again, for one night. 
As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past ad open their hearts to the future - and to each other. 

Compared to the first book, I felt that Forman continues the story smoothly. During the course of the second book we learn more about what happened to Mia and Adam after the events of the first book and how that mentally and physically affected them both. We get to see a lot more of "Shooting Stars", the band Adam belongs to.

As far as which one I feel I enjoyed more..... Well, I think that Where She Went happened to be a lovelier story line. But! You for sure have to read If I Stay, in order to really get the full effect of the sequel. This isn't a series where you can pick up the second one without reading the first and expect to know what happened.

All in all, I give this duo a double thumbs up and a five star rating. These two books had me balling and thinking about how much I have to be thankful for. Nice job Gayle Forman!!! She is definitely one of my favorite authors now.