Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I really wanted to like this book. I think I even did at some points. I just don’t think this series is for me. Possession never did quite click for me, and while this came closer, it just didn’t quite reach that. This is still an excellent book, just not for me. And the worst part is, I don’t know why!Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…
Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.
All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....
The characters were well developed and believable. I loved all of them so much. They were complex and interesting. I liked seeing characters from Possession showing up in the lives of these brand new characters. The only things I didn’t like about them were the superpowers. They were epic, but some of them didn’t make sense, and some would just magically appear, and then just as quickly fade into nothingness.
The plot was even more exciting than that of Possession, but I think I missed something, because I don’t think I fully understood the goal of the Insider’s, which is probably going to be so obvious. And while it was exciting, it wasn’t very memorable. I had the same problem with Possession, and went into it only remembering the most basic plot points. So many details are fading from my mind as I type this.
The world-building I thought was better than in the first book, or maybe I was just already used to the world. Everything made a bit more sense than before. I only wish there had been more backstory, because I always want to know why everything is as it is. Maybe I just missed something big, but I felt kind of confused about all that.
I still haven’t made up my mind up my mind about this one completely. Elana Johnson is certainly a talented writer, I just think maybe this isn’t the right series for me, and yet I’m still planning on reading any following books in this series.
I received an ARC to read and review, and received no compensation for this review
Sunday, June 24, 2012
So right after I read When You Were Mine, I knew Rebecca Serle would be one to watch. Her book is full of awesomeness, and there are even rumors that a movie may be in the works! And guess what…she’s super nice, too! Here’s a little bit about her:
Rebecca Serle is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA from the New School in NYC. (She likes New York much more than LA, but don’t tell anyone that.) Rebecca loves shiny hair, coffee, yoga, and pretending to be British. She, too, experienced heartbreak once. It worked out okay, though, because she turned the experience into this book. When You Were Mine is her first novel.
See? Now you can proceed to read this interview of epic proportions!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale.
What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy… and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends…
I found When You Were Mine to be realistic, funny, and heartbreaking. From the first page, I knew this would be something I would enjoy. Ever since I first read Romeo and Juliet, I was interested in Rosaline. I found myself seeing the story from her point of view a lot, so when I heard there was a book from her perspective I knew I had to get my hands on it!
The writing was practically perfect! It was easy to read and entertaining. Rebecca definitely knows how to write. I found myself laughing, crying, and most of the time just having a good time. It was fun to see which elements of the original tale were kept in place, and which were twisted slightly to fit the new setting.
I loved all the characters. They were all real, but kept certain traits of their Shakespearian counterparts, keeping the story going. Over the course of the story, I found myself hoping that things would turn out differently. That Rosaline and Rob would end up together and no one would die, but no. It stuck to the script, leading me to shed a few tears.
If you hated being forced to read Romeo and Juliet in high school, give this new twist a chance. You will not be disappointed!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Before I leave, I wanted to give all my awesome followers a challenge. When I come back from camp I want to have over 100 updates waiting in my inbox. They can be tweets, comments, Formspring questions, emails, or anything else you can think of. I want it to take me at least an hour to get through all of them. I don’t have a reward for you (poor person here!) but if you respond to the challenge you’ll be that much more awesome! And if I get any more followers, you get bonus points!
So will you accept my challenge? You can start off by commenting on this post!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
- Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- Author Interview: Alethea Kontis
- I’m the Sunday Star (on Monday!)
- Top Ten Tuesday 6-12-12
- Book Review: Before I Fall
- Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
- Surrender by Elana Johnson
- Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
- Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan
- Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
- Blood Red Road by Moira Young
- Looking For Alaska by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White