Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Revealing Kia - A not at all lost girl

Okay, so I got this book for an honest review and I'm so super glad I did! I read book one and already loved it like nothing else... And let me tell you... No, let's start with what the book is about...

The events of Claudia’s party were nothing more than a distant memory as far as Kia was concerned. She was ready to resume her life as though that night had never happened. But it’s a slippery slope keeping a secret and Kia’s about to learn just how hard when she’s faced with the truth and the consequences of her decision. 

Adam Chaves was no stranger to girls wanting him. He was no stranger to breaking hearts, although never intentionally. What he didn’t understand was how Kia could undress him, touch him, burn him with her eyes and still keep him at arm’s length when it was evident how much it cost her. But what Kia didn’t realize was that he had never given up on anything in his life and he wasn’t about to start now. He would have his girl even if it meant he had to kidnap her to do it.

That's the first thing I can think of when I think of this book.

Before I get to all the fan-girling I'd really like to start out with the serious topic that Airicka tackles in the book and her prologue. Mobbing. I've never been a victim of strong bullying, just the 'normal' version everyone of us surely has dealt with over the time being, but I have to say that I love everything that Airicka's characters do concerning it. Nessie's strength to just ignore it, no matter how much it breaks her inside, and Kia's way of standing up for her is just... I swear, everyone needs a friend like Kia and I'm really proud she went up against that.
For someone who has a mother that actually dealt with depression for a while I know how hard it is for the people around them to recognize it as something that needs to be taken seriously. I am glad that Nessie's mother eventually is ready to stand up for her children. 

Now to the less serious and still not less amazing parts...

That's all I can say when it comes to Adam. Man, this guy really is something and the scene in the kitchen? Wow... I was feeling VERY hot while reading that. 
What I actually liked most about this whole book was Adam coming down the stairs with his glasses. There's nothing better about a seemingly perfect guy having just the slightest imperfection. Let's be honest here, no one could keep up with a perfect guy... And no one would want to. But Adam its just the right way imperfect for me!

Now about Kia... Gee, I love her. I love everything about her. I love her loyalty, I love her clumsiness and I love her honesty. No matter how much she wants Adam, she still has her priorities set straight and really follows what she believes. She is a great friend to Nessie, no matter what she thinks, and she is a great daughter to her mother. I really admire that Airicka's main goes up against people, not hiding that her mother actually is living in a lesbian relationship. She is ready to defend them and take on all prejudices for them and in return they prove that conventional is not necessary to be amazing.

My favorite scene (since it's constantly replaying in my head-movie-theater) is the one where Adam teaches Kia how to ski. Them out in a cabin? WOW. Me want. Seriously.

Now all I have left to say is that I am really sad this was the conclusion to the lost girl -series, but it was just great!

This book is sooooo good. I'm gonna read it again very soon because I just can't stay away from Adam... 

Yours truly,

(All pictures found on google and not owned by me.)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The end of a great series - Allegiant

Veronica Roth has been on the top of the book charts with every book of this series. So no wonder everyone was dying to read the last chapter to this amazing ride. This review will contain spoilers to people that have not yet read the books before this one.

Synopsis: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn't.Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” 

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Before starting the book, I had heard a few things about the last book from blogs I read or just simply at Goodreads. So when I heard that a lot of people weren't fully happy with the book, I have to admit that I was worried. I still wanted to read it badly and so I did.

“I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.” 
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Story: I loved the story, I really did! Seeing and reading about the outside world was exciting and exhilarating, but in the end the outside world was just as dangerous as the inside of their own experiment. Tris and Four both realized that the outside world might not hold all the answers, or if they do, they don't just give them up willingly. Caught between the people that hold the truth and the people that might want to keep the truth to themselves, they need to search themselves to figure out just who to trust. And this is where a bit of confusion comes in. Sometimes it felt that there were too many sides fighting against one another. You have the two sides in their old world and then you have two sides on the outside fighting against one another. Maybe, just maybe, with limited fighting parties the story would've been more straightforward. 

“We are not people who touch each other carelessly; every point of contact between us feels important, a rush of energy and relief.”
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

I love the characters in this series though. Tris is a person you have to admire, no matter what. She's brave, full of energy, has the heart in the right place and would risk her life over and over again for the people she loves. Four completes here, shows her what it means to trust someone completely and how to let go and let someone else take care of you for once as well. They are the best when together, and over the course of this book their relationship is tested more than once, but in the end, all that matters is that they have each other. And watching that is a beautiful thing.

Dual POV: I didnt read a lot of information on the book, so I had completely missed the fact that this book was going to be in dual POV. So when the POV changed, I completely missed it. Both voices were kinda similar, so I didn't realize the change until Four talked about Tris. With a dual POV, you gotta make sure that make both voices stand out and be different. They seemed to be kinda similar, which is why you needed to pay attention to the change in POV at the beginning of the chapters. But hey, I still loved it nonetheless. Seeing Four have his own voice was really nice, I just wished it would've been a little more distinct. 

“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me- they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

The End: Now I'm of course not gonna tell you how it ends. I can tell you though that the end is the reason why I'm not giving this book a 5-star-rating. Now I know why certain things have to happen in a last book and I also have a lot of understanding for that, but this one thing I didn't understand. And that just made a big part of this story kind of senseless. It sounds harsh, but it felt like it. So while part of me understands the reasoning, the bigger part in me just doesn't see any sense in ending the book the way it did. And it doesn't have anything to do with the romantic side of me either or the part that loves happy ending, it's just the way I feel overall. I really wish the ending would've been different.

Overall, I still love that series a whole lot and will definitely reread as well! Simple because this story pulls you in and doesn't let you go again.

So don't let reviews keep you from reading the last piece of this series. I think everyone needs to make up their own mind about this last part of the series.

Thank you for reading!!

Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover does it again

Have I mentioned lately that Colleen Hoover is a genius? All that have read books by her won't be surprised, but if you have yet to read one of her books, I would suggest starting rather sooner than later!!!!!

Synopsis: Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

“But I’ve learned over the past year what it really means to be able to

miss someone. In order to miss someone, that means you were privileged enough to have
them in your life to begin with.” 
Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover

Oh my....I have not mentioned it enough, but I love books from male POVs, and this one was no different. I have fallen in love with “Hopeless” beginning of this year, and already there I fell in love with the amazingness that is Dean Holder. Reading this heart-wrenching story from his POV just made this whole story so much more complete.

“I wonder if it's possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once.” 
Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover

I loved it! I loved everything about it, no doubt. I loved how he wrote to Les, despite everything, how honest and raw his descriptions are, his feelings, and with him I felt EVERYTHING!!! And you will feel it too.

The story itself is just as beautiful from Holder's POV than it was from Sky's. If you haven't read the story, you should, because this story will make you cry lots, laugh, but most of all it will seriously break you heart, because in the end, nothing is what it seems. And doesn't that just suck.

“You did everything you could, but sometimes all the love in the world from mothers and brothers isn't enough to help pull someone out of their nightmare. We just need to accept that things are what they are, and all the guilt and regret in the world can't change that.” 
Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover

Holder has been through so much, and we get to witness how he moves on from losing the two people that he loved most in the world. We see what it did to him, how he tried to take every day as it comes to make it through somehow and how sometimes, the smallest thing can make you appreciate life anew . Holder and Sky show us how people heal from the wounds from the past and present alike, how you can always move forward, no matter if you know what's around the next corner or not.

“My attention is constantly homed in on her like I'm a compass and she's my North.” 
Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover

There are no words to describe what reading this book puts you through

Colleen Hoover has a style of writing that sucks you in the first moment you open the book. You don't wanna put it down again until you get to the end of it and you get completely lost in the story. I love that, I love the magic of a book that makes you forget where you are, what you were supposed to be doing and that there might be somewhere you have to be. All that matters at this moment is that you finish this book.

And I did.

Yvi <3

Jenny Pox - and this is an honest review

I really had high hopes for this book. It sounded great from the synopsis. It turned out I was to be proved wrong. Or at least in my mind. I know lots of people liked it, but overall, this book really wasn't for me! And I'll tell you why!

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

Oh my, where to start here. Apart from the writing style, that took a lot of getting used to and I still didn't really like it, the story was simply bizarre. 

People that know me know that usually I'm giving books really high ratings, so for me to give a book one star, there really was something wrong for me with that book.

Okay, first things first: Jenny seems to be a likeable girl, no matter how secluded she lives because of her “Jenny Pox”. You get the image of a good girl that always lives by the rules and never really does anything wrong. She stays out of the way most of the time, not really getting in contact with anyone because of her ability to bring illness to all people she touches. But that's about all we find out about her. There is not much else we find out about her, which is one of my major minus points of this book. It lacked depth. The characters weren't all thought out, you didn't get an in depth picture of them and all you knew about them was what was happening in the story. There was not a lot of background, which made it really hard to connect to the the characters. And I don't mean just Jenny, but also Seth and Ashleigh, the other two main characters in this book. I couldn't connect with them and just didn't GET them, seriously. 

My prime example for that is the fact that Jenny, like I said, seems to be that good girl, always trying to do right by everyone. And then all of the sudden she takes out a joint and smokes it. It doesn't go together at all. When I read that all I could think of was: why would you have her do that? It doesn't do the story good and doesn't bring it further, so why make her a girl with a drug problem when she doesn't really have any.

Also, sometimes it was also just macabre. The one scene that stuck to me was when Seth is REALLY injured, in and out of consciousness, and Jenny had to get him out of his clothes. Then he's naked, she sees his private parts and....smiles.....I mean, that guy is half death, lying on her bed and she sees his private parts and smiles?? I had no idea what to think of that, other than that in a situation like that, maybe another reaction might've been a bit more real. 

But you think that's weird: The end just killed it for me. I mean, it was a massacre in the end and that just made the less sense in all of this senseless world. And I don't mean that figuratively, I meant the actual word massacre. 

I read other people refer to this as “Carrie”-like, and that might just be right, but I wasn't expecting that, and that just didn't work for me as at. Might be my fault for having wrong expectations of this book, but I just couldn't make it work for me. I had a hard time finishing it, but there was always a part of me that hoped the book would get better, but then again, the end...well you read what I think about the end...

I think everyone should give every book a chance, and maybe this book is right up your alley, it just wasn't in mine.

Always yours,

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Betraying Innocence - Airicka Phoenix

Okay, here's the synopsis... (Yeah, I did get the book for a review from the author and of course I will do an HONEST review... is there any other way?)

October 31, 1983, seventeen year old Johnny Baits vanishes without a trace, leaving the slumbering town of Chipawaha Creek, British Columbia reeling with his mysterious disappearance. Twenty-nine years later, The French family moves into his home, never realizing they're not alone in the house. 

For seventeen year old Roseanna French moving to a strange new town is a problem she can handle. But even she's not prepared for the evil that has been sitting dormant for years... waiting. When seemingly harmless noises and creeping shadows at night leads to the murder of the people closest to her, Ana has to find a way to stop the evil before it can consume her completely and she can no longer wash the blood from her hands.

Rafael Ramirez is battling his own demons. Unlike Ana's, his has been haunting him for years. But running isn't an option. He has a mother, a brother and a sister looking to him to keep them safe. He doesn’t have time for pretty girls with issues, even if the sight of her makes him hope for things a guy like him doesn’t deserve. But when Ana asks Rafe for help, what can he do except give it? But what happens when the evil comes after his family? Can they stop it before it's too late or will it claim them the way it had claimed Johnny?

So Airicka has them all: Spencer, Adam, Octavian (*sigh* Octavian.....) and now Rafe... Seriously, with those guys coming from my head I wouldn't want to live in reality anymore... But now let's get to Betraying Innocence. The first thing I want to say is: 

I have to be honest here, whenever I checked Amazon for the book I just couldn't get myself to actually buy it. I don't even know why, but I had it on my wish list instead. I was really glad when Airicka offered free copies and I got one. Boy, am I happy about that!

This book is romance, fantasy and murder mystery in one. No matter what you feel like, this book satisfies every need. I was hooked from the first page and I can say that a lot of it was Rafe and the whole story behind him. The way he treated Ana, caring for her in the sweetest way and then pushing her away made my heart break along right with Ana's. And still, even though he tried to push her away he was always there when she needed him and I am glad that eventually Ana got the chance to pay him back for that.

Concerning the murder mystery... I pretty quickly was onto three of the four guys involved and I felt immensely proud. It's not that Airicka just writes it so flat... In contrary, she makes it exciting and fun to just follow along, trying to solve the mystery WITH Ana and Rafe instead of just reading how they do it. It takes a lot to actually make me take part in a book and hold my breath whenever the characters hold theirs, but Airicka managed so right from the beginning.

I couldn't figure out what Johnny's deal was at first and I wasn't sure what to think about it, but just like he grew on Ana he grew on me, even if it was just the person you love to hate.

Now one of the quotes I loved most from this book:

' "Is he dangerous?" her mother gasped. "Oh yeah, in a big way!" Wanda laughed, still making no attempt to take their order or go away. "The boy could make a nun sin! Just looking at him will melt your clothes-" '
- Betraying Innocence by Airicka Phoenix

Now I want to say a few things about the grown ups in this book. I love both of Ana's parents and I especially love how her dad takes to Rafe eventually, being the cutest and yet protective dad anyone could wish for. Same goes for Ana's mom, who appears to be tough on the outside, all business woman, but then she shows her soft sides and I can just say that no matter what was thrown Ana's way, they were there for her, which I think was very good and yet didn't seem overdone or anything, like sometimes authors do.

I read a few Airicka Phoenix - books so far and all of them got a five-star-rating from me, which is the highest on Goodreads. If you ever get a chance, pick up any book from her... You won't regret it, no matter which book you pick.

All I have left to say is:

I love you, Airicka Phoenix. 

Yours truly, Julie

(All gifs and pictures found on google and aren't owned by me.)