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Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such a Rush By Jennifer Echols

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 If you are a fan of Jennifer Echols or have enjoyed her previous books, you will, no doubt, just LOVE this book.

Such a Rush was amazing yet totally unexpected. It was by far, one of the most original books I have read this year!

Why is that? 

Well, Jennifer Echols has done it again, she created an intricate, mesmerizing tale that once again swept you off your feet. While reading, you were ecstatic, compassionate, and sorrowful at times. Her character development of the protagonist blew me away. She created a unique storyline while adding in the romance, mayhem, and angst just the way us fans like it.

 The Plot:

Leah Jones is a high school senior who aspires to be a pilot. She works for Mr.Hall and flying is like breathing to her. She has a great job and just wants to complete her last year of high school so she can become a full-time pilot, her dream job. The catch? She lives in a trailer, her mom is a flake, and it seems like she’s losing everything she ever cared about. Mr.Hall dies, leaving her at the mercy of the Hall boys who never considered her part of the flying family. She’s struggling to hold onto her job, even if it means going against her principles and doing the one thing she would have never dreamed about. But she has no choice, she has to listen to Grayson as he threatens to divulge a secret that would end her life as she knew it. She despises what she’s forced to do, to work for the Hall boys with Grayson who never seems to leave her alone. 

But she doesn’t mind Grayson’s constant presence. And that’s what frightens her the most.

 The Characters:

I love this book, but that doesn’t mean it contains no flaws. There were several little flaws which made me slightly frustrated but not enough to make me furious or lower my rating of this book. The main problem I had with the characters was that Leah was wonderfully developed, with all her hopes and her dreams mapped out for us, while the other characters, namely the Hall boys were curiously underdeveloped. I had no idea what was going on in their heads and at times I would be like, what are you thinking!? But despite that, I still enjoyed their characters and the ambiguity of Alec and Grayson just added to their allure. 

 Leah:

Leah was super tough, breathtakingly beautiful, and confident. Basically, everything you want a main girl to be. She was amazingly strong and kept her cool. I admired her for the fact, despite she grew up in a trailer park, she wasn’t afraid to go after what she loved. Leah knew what she wanted and she would get it! 

Alec:

He seems like the quintessential golden boy but he isn’t. He’s devious, wicked smart, and a diabolical mastermind. I have no idea what to call him, he was so unique. His reasons for doing what he did were ambiguous and he turned out to be the opposite of what we thought of him as. So, be prepared to be surprised and shocked at the end of this book!

 Grayson:

Straw hat? Check.

Aviator glasses? Check.

Super sexy bad boy? Check!

Grayson was the super sexy bad boy we have to love! But, he was so different from the rest of the bad boys we see in YA, it was refreshing. He seems broken because he is broken. He’s flawed and doesn’t magically fix everything wrong about him when he falls in love. He is perfect but hard to love. But once you do, BRACE YOURSELF!

 The Romance:

Hello, this is JENNIFER ECHOLS, so obviously the romance is PERFECT! It’s not too quick or too slow, it’s just right.

Who are the people in love you ask? 

That’s why you’ll have to read this amazing book so you can find out for yourself! 

Prepare to be swept away in the sizzlingly love 😉

 Overall:

Jennifer Echols has done it again, I am in love with this book. I adore it! I treasure it! I praise it! 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Jennifer Echols, has read and loved any of her books, or someone who has amazing taste in books 🙂

Another reason why this book is SOOOOOO good, while I’m writing this review, I’m resisting the urge to slap my computer screen down so I can sprint upstairs and grab Such a Rush so I can read it again, (for the third time and it’s not even out yet.)

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Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

This book was AMAZING! I didn’t think it was possible but this book was even better than the first one. This is the sequel to Lost Souls and it had the same hypnotic, mesmerizing quality to it. Unlike the first book which focuses on Luce embracing her dramatic transition into a murderous mermaid, this book shows the more rebellious side of Luce. She has left the mermaid tribe and has made it clear that she will not come back, under any circumstances.

Characters:

Luce:

In the last book, Luce was timid and still learning the ways of the mermaids. Well, not in this book! She still is learning but she finally gets a backbone and does whatever pleases her. She still is as selfless as ever but with the evil people(cough cough Anais), she doesn’t hesitate to stop them. It was invigorating and amazing to see Luce’s transformation from that timorous child to the inevitable queen she became!

Dorian:

Understandably, he is very broken, confused, and has some residual feelings of hatred towards the mermaids. But that does not excuse his pedantic behavior! He refused to see mermaids as good creatures, he just firmly believed that humans were the best. This is a problem when he falls for Luce, when he tries to change her and make her become a human. This would be fine except the survival rate is roughly .05%! Dorian easily dismissed any attempts for HIM to do anything for Luce. I know he was hurt and all but that does not excuse his selfish behavior!

I knew Dorian would be filled with angst and venom for the mermaids because they killed his entire family but very quickly, he succumbs to Luce and falls madly in love with her. I didn’t believe he had fully believed that Luce was good and I was proven right throughout the book, whenever Dorian made bitter outbursts at Luce.

DORIAN! Make up your mind! If you wanna hate the mermaids: HATE THEM! But if you don’t want to hate the mermaids: DON’T BE ALL MEAN AND BITTER TO LUCE!

Also at the end, he becomes a sniveling human boy who doesn’t deserve to live because he does something really, really annoying!

Dorian was hurt and had both negative and redeeming qualities but the trouble was, only one side was present at a time, meaning he was either amazing or incredibly bitter. I like Dorian a lot but then started resenting him at the end for doing something really, really stupid!

Plot:

Waking Storms is alternating points of views between Luce and Dorian. Their love wasn’t a typical YA insta-love. They both had MAJOR issues. Luce was partly responsible for Dorian’s entire family dying so it was understandable that Dorian was drawn to her since she had saved his life but was also very furious at her for killing his family.

The beginning of the book picks up three months after Luce saved Dorian’s life. While Luce is struggling to become accustomed to her new role as the pariah of the mermaids, Dorian is craving to see Luce, the mysterious stranger who pardoned his life. He’s angry but he’s also curious for answers, some closure of the tumultuous events that changed his life forever. And he’s willing to do anything to find them.

Luce and Dorian’s interaction was exactly as I thought it would. They were both tentative yet undeniably curious and drawn to each other. Dorian would have bitter outbursts and Luce would be shy and withdrawn at times. They both were shattered yet together, it seemed like they were whole and repaired.

Overall:

I loved this book and I thought this was by far the best book in the series! This book made up for the romance which was desperately missing in the first book. There’s a lot of action, romance, and mystery to this book.

If you liked the first book even a little bit, you will be drawn to this book since it has TWICE the allure of the first book. I was hooked on this book and it was simply magnificent!

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il cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divine

il cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divine

By Nipaporn Baldwin

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The cover was a sort of combination of punk and anime. It was definetly eye catching but I couldn’t say I loved it. It didn’t seem to match the story but it was pretty 🙂

This was a short novella. It was one of the many in the series.

It was in poetry form and flowed very eloquently.

It was confusing at first and then all the pieces fell in place and it was easy to understand. The way it was told was cool and more different than what I usually read. Since the main character was a cyborg, it was like a machine was documenting its life in the first few pages. The middle was interjected with a point of conflict and cool literary elements like letters and mechanical codes. It was quite engaging. The story then progressed with all the elements of a true story being thrust in: love, sacrifice, and destruction.

I could easily see how this could be a full blown story. It was a nice, engaging read. The ending was beautiful as it was told by the scientist Quinn and it could not have been more perfect.

All together, a very satisfying novella and it would be ten minutes well spent if you read this.

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Pushing the Limits

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Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Release Date: July 24th, 2012

 

Characters:

 Echo Emerson:

I didn’t like her character. She seemed so arrogant and too sensitive most of the time, especially in the beginning. Yet at other times she would be sweet and delicate. It was strange to see that her character would just randomly fluctuate, which is why I cant say I like or dislike her because i’m not really sure what she was actually like. Forget her mom being bipolar, I thought ECHO was bipolar.

 

Noah:

I know he was supposed to be hawt and sweet and all that but I felt his character was just…wrong. He cussed in every sentence and objectified women. Then, suddenly after he meets Echo, who is apparently extremely beautiful, he falls madly in love with her? He turns into this total sap who only thinks about Echo, in fact, he asks her to…marry him. No joke! I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t make any sense. And, can he please PLEASE stop adding the word “baby” to every single freaking sentence! It was so annoying, he would be like:

“I love you baby”

“You are so beautiful baby”

“Baby, what’s wrong?”

DOES HE HAVE NO OTHER VOCABULARY!?

 

Plot:

The beginning of this book was great! Super entertaining and fast paced. It was nice seeing the banter between Echo and Noah before they started reminding me of the couple from the Secret Life of an American Teenager, which I HATE!

The story starts off with both the main characters being as messed up as you can get. Echo, once a popular girl with a jock boyfriend, has become a pariah and somewhat psychotic teenager. You see, in her sophomore year something bad happened to her which caused her to have these HUGE scars on her arms. The catch? She can’t remember that night. At all. Apparently, it was too traumatic so her mind repressed it. I was intrigued and couldn’t wait for her secret to be revealed! When that time came, I was regretful because it was quite early in the book meaning the next 200 pages or so would be filled with her inane crying and insipid behavior. 

At the end, in like about three paragraphs, she comes to terms with her messed up life and problems and suddenly realizes what she has been doing wrong. She miraculously fixes her problems, and i mean ALL her problems with her boyfriend, mom, and crazy dad and step mom in a Kodak worthy moment  That’s right, Echo’s

entire conflict was solved in three paragraphs after she changed her way of thinking. Apparently, she had been thinking in a very narrow-minded, pedantic way so when she finally realized that, she was able to fix her way of thinking and magically mend all her problems with a new approach on life. Who knew her problems, which had seemed oh so grandiose, could be solved in three minutes? Wow, thanks for giving me a four hundred page book when it could have easily been 3.

 

Noah, on the other hand, has just one problem, albeit, an extremely large problem occupying his mind. How to get his brothers custody. You see, Noah is an orphan and is parents died in a fire (Could this be related to another fire? Someone call the Baudelaire orphans!) So Noah, also know as the fourth Baudelaire to me, was carted from foster home to foster home. He hit his first foster father because the guy was hitting his own kid but seriously? Two wrongs don’t make a right! His logic is messed up: guy hits son so I hit guy? That doesn’t make sense! You got mad at the guy for hitting his kid but then you hit him, doesn’t that make you exactly like the foster guy? This, of course, caused Noah to become a criminal in the eyes of EVERYONE. Which sucks for him because he really really wanted to take care of his brothers. But maybe he should have thought about that before he hit someone, huh?

Not that it matters. It just makes him even more determined to win custody of his two little brothers so they can live with him. Yes, his two brothers should leave the mansion where two loving foster parents who actually care and love them are and come live with their brother who is a is school senior with a criminal record whose only aspiration is to fry burgers. Why, this makes perfect sense.

No matter how many people tell Noah, his brothers are happy where they are, he doesn’t leave them! Throughout the entire novel, he fights with reason and adamantly protests that he should have custody of his brothers. Finally, at the end, he’s like “Hey, my brothers are happy here, and I can’t offer them the life they deserve on my nonexistent salary. Here foster parents, you can keep them and I will visit. Maybe.” 

So at the end, he finally gets a clue! 

Too bad we had to endure 400 pages of him saying I NEED MY BROTHERS! (When they didn’t need him…) Ouch, unrequited love, that’s gotta to hurt…

 

The love:

Echo and Noah. I admit they are a cute couple and truly deserve each other for multiple reasons:

 

1. They both are said to be attractive (personally, i wasn’t buying it but *shrugs*) so Noah and Echo, great couple!

2. They both are messed up but when they’re together they are less messed up so YAY! Their relationship totally works! 

3. They have some serious physiological problems and authority issues. Maybe, together they can face them? (In the end, they both do so DOUBLE YAY!)

 

At first, Noah and Echo were admiring each other’s aesthetically pleasing outward appearances while exchanging heated banter. Why? I have no idea but they hated each others guts, or really the stereotype which they thought the other person for, but that was before the stereotypes they had built for each other were shattered as they grew to knew each other. (And eventually fall in love). 

As they got past their mutual distrust of each other, both Noah and Echo were able to get to know each other and their relationship grew at a slow, sweet pace that made perfectly good sense. 

What I disliked was HOW their relationship grew.  I felt I was transport back into the 17th century because Noah did EVERYTHING! I felt like he was courting her! He was the first to say the l word, he was the first to take every step forward all while Echo just sat there…WTF?

But besides that, they were a great couple and seemed to work. 

 

Overall:

3 and 1/2 of five stars

I had high hopes for this book, unfortunately, this book did not meet them. While it was good, it was not AS good as  I had thought it would be. Pushing the Limits had a great concept but I didn’t think the execution worked out. It was very entertaining in the beginning but tended to drag towards the middle and end. At some points, I was even hoping for the book to end. 

The plot was also unclear, the summary makes it out to be some sort of thriller involving two teenage ruffians but in actuality, it was severely lacking in plot with no issues despite the mental barriers the characters had placed. That was one of the things that irked me about the book, that the problems weren’t resolved but the characters actually changed their prejudiced thinking and reexamined their “problems” just to realize they were wrong all along and that the problems were in fact, not real. 

This was a good book, but it wasn’t particularly outstanding and I wouldn’t voluntarily read it again.    

 
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Spark ARC

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Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Release date:  August 28, 2012
Publishing Company: Kensington, K-Teen 

Acknowledgments (no, it’s not like I’m writing a book or something but I am SUPER grateful) 

First and foremost, thank you to the author, Brigid Kemmerer, for being so kind and willing enough to take my plea for a galley into consideration.  You were so helpful and nice so THANK YOU!!! 🙂 
Secondly, thank you to Kensington publishing company for approving my request to read the digital galley of ARC!
Last but not least, to all those awesome bloggers on Goodreads who gave me helpful suggestions and shared the same pain as me (approval to Spark still pending)
So thank you soooooo much to all you awesome people!

Now, for the actual book review:

Synopsis:
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.
Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.
Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.
More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.
Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.
The fuse is lit…

How INTENSE is this summary? Forget fire, I think I just died. 
Let’s just take a moment to reflect on how SEXY this summary is…

A few moments later:
If you love Storm, you will love this. There’s no doubt of that. But, if like me, you already claimed Gabriel as the hawtest Merrick and liked him single: sorry. It hurts at first, when you realize he likes Laney but the pain lessens. A little. 
If you were looking forward to the Becca/Chris love story: sorry. In this book, the main focus remains on Gabriel and Laney (the love interest). While Chris and Becca pop in every now and then, the book is solely focused on Gabriel’s life. Another INTERESTING development was Nick and Quinn. Woah! I was somewhat perplexed at their blossoming love, I mean it was obvious since book one they would be together, but I figured their love story ( hehehe, I love that song by Taylor Swift and that book by Jennifer Echols if you’re wondering) would take place in Nick’s book but it happened in Spark which makes me wonder:
1. Will Nick even have a book?
2. If he does have a book, which he most likely will, then what is in store for him, love-wise since he’s already taken? 

Anyways, enough of my rambling, now to characters, starting with…

Gabriel:
I could go on and on and on and on about he is so hawt, HE should be on fire but I think we are all well aware of his EXTREME EXTREME EXTREME hawtness. 
Gabriel is generally thought to be the bad, insensitive guy but he’s really not. In this book, we uncover his secrets and get past his rough, bitter layers to reveal the good guy who’s underneath. Personally, I thought what made Gabriel so GOOD was not his philanthropic actions, but the fact he didn’t require any thanks for it. He saved people from fires and was accused of starting the fires himself, but not once did he require any glory for his charitable actions. I think that shows more about his character than anything else.
He’s not perfect, though. Not even by a long shot, but he tries to redeem himself. Yes, he hides his tortured soul behind mean comments and a huge ego but underneath that, there’s a really great guy. I love Gabriel not only because he is the hawtest Merrick brother, in my opinion, but because he has issues and learns not to run away from them but to face them. In short, he is freaking amazing.

Laney:
I’m not gonaa lie, in the beginning, I hated her so much, but towards the end, though I didn’t agree with her reasoning, I still got where she was coming from and learned to appreciate her as a character. In the beginning of the book, she was extremely rude and seemed stuck-up but she improved as the book went on. She was the typical nerd who’s actually hawt so I didn’t really like that characterization. Did she have to be hawt? Why couldn’t she have just been a regular nerd, that I would have liked to see. But besides that, I understood why she did what she did. Another bonus part was her compassion for her brother, I thought it was utterly adorable!

Things that irked me: ( come on, everyone has those)

1. Gabriel and Layne
Yes, they were cute together and Laney was mostly tolerable BUT it makes me sad to see Gabriel not single. I couldn’t help loving him as a single in the first book 🙂

2. The scene in which Stacey ( this total douche bag who I hate) and Layne are talking. Layne says ” Luke, I am your father. ” and Stacey is all like, “Wow, you sure know your Star Wars!”. Seriously??? EVERYONE, I mean everyone, knows that quote. You don’t need to even watch the movies to know that line! I knew that line even before I watched it, it’s is the most popular quote of all time and you DON’T have to be a fan to know. 

3. Hunter. I loved his friendship with Gabriel, it was the most adorable thing in the entire book but I hoped with making Hunter more of a main character, we would glean more information about his relationship with Becca but no such luck 😦 He doesn’t talk about his true feelings towards Becca and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed 😦 
Maybe in the next book, oh I can’t WAIT for Spirit, Hunter is the best, after Gabriel of course 😉  

Overall:
Five stars out of five stars
It was extremely well written and I enjoyed reading a book from Gabriel’s perspective. We didn’t see much of Chris/Becca but that’s what comes with companion novels. With books like these, with alternating perspectives, you can’t seem to let got of the characters in the first book, so seeing them as flat characters in the next books really hurts. On the other end, companion novels in a series are great because you get the perspective from each person and understand everyone much better instead of just one or two.  

     
 

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Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Synopsis:                                                             
 Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible.
Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way.

The cover of Space Between is simply breathtaking. The red and black hues of the cover draw a reader in but the hypnotic prose of the novel is what keeps the reader in.

The story begins with a chilling prologue about how Lilith and Lucifer (Daphne’s parents) met. This introduction really sets the stage for the rest of the novel by straight away introducing you to the dark world in which the protagonist, Daphne lives.

The beginning of the novel starts with Daphne going about her normal life. The catch? She’s a demon and lives in hell. She is bored and scared of becoming like her half-sisters, who seduce men from Earth for their own wicked means. Daphne represses the urge to become what she is constantly afraid to be: a demon, but it’s getting harder each day. It’s in Daphne’s very nature to be a vicious demon and she tries hard to fight the urge, but will it ever be enough?

Her life takes a turn when her brother, the only good aspect of her life, goes missing. Together with the aid of a human boy she enlists, Daphne embarks on a perilous journey to save her brother. But will she come in time? And will she ever come to terms with her inner demon?

My Review:
This book was amazing on so many levels. The writing was dark, chilling and had a poetic, chilling tone to it that sent shivers to my spine. The writing of this books was simply magnificent! When reading this book, I FELT so much, I was totally immersed! There was just SOMETHING about the writing that made you want to never take it out of your hands. It was like this book hypnotized me. It was never out of my hands and once I had read one page, I was drawn to it like a moth to light. It also helped the prose was so poetic and heavenly, I felt like I was reading reading a masterpiece that had transcended everything in this world.

The book alternated between points of views between the main characters: Daphne and Truman. Daphne was an easy character to like, everything she did made sense and her love for her brother made her endearing. Also, thumbs up for her trying not to be evil!

Truman, aaaaaaahhhhh, he was honestly the most tortured soul I have EVER read about. I loved him ever since the beginning but I could see how people may not grow to like him since he is bitter but with good reason. His mother had died of cancer, his dad was never in the picture, and his uncle had checked off on him so, he was entirely alone. Which is why he attempts suicide, to bring his miserable life to an end. As he fades out of life, he ends up in Hell. This is when he meets Daphne.
OMG! Their meeting was unbelievable. This particular scene is from Daphne’s POV, and when she sees him, he is described as a handsome fellow with torrential blood flowing from his veins. Daphne is drawn to him, not in that insta-love in most romance books, but out of curiosity for this tortured soul who came to her home. He eventually gets saved by Obie and sent back to Earth.
This scene was just…INDESCRIBABLE! Their meeting had a perfect balance of eeriness and vulnerability.

Afterwards, Daphne comes to Earth to search for her brother. And the last person to see him?
Truman.

Daphne and Truman team up together (after some hard efforts) and began the dangerous journey to find him while evading angels, who will kill Daphne for over crossing her boundaries in Hell and daring to come to Earth.

Truman and Daphne’s love is brilliant. It is like the melodious last note at the end of a orchestra performance. It’s like the rush you get when you speed in your car. It’s like a flower blossoming over time. In short, it is perfect. Their romance was not overdone so the whole book revolved around it but there was still enough to leave you over the edge and breathless.

The ending of the book was quite energy-consuming to say the least. Let’s just say there is QUITE a cliffhanger towards the end of the book but don’t worry, it gets resolved. The ending of the book was not your average Disney tale, it wasn’t perfect, but neither were the characters. One aspect I ADORED about the book was that no one was wholly evil or good, they all were doing what they thought was right. Each action, bad or not, was justified. No one was perfect but they tried, they really tried to do the right thing.
Daphne and Truman and all the other characters were well developed. Both Daphne and Truman had serious issues but they learned to deal with that. Their love was not overpowering or obnoxiously flamboyant. It was deep yet sincere. Fats yet slow. Perfect yet saddening. It was the solid, steady flickering of a candle, it wasn’t certain but it was mesmerizing enough so you thought it would last forever even though it was vulnerable enough to be blown out with a single whiff of air.
Brenna Yovanoff employs the commonly used story of Heaven and Hell and makes it her own. This book seemed more like a masterpiece than a YA novel. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance with a dark undertone.

Another reason why this book is so good? As I’m writing this review, I’m fighting the urge to stop writing and just read Space Between. I may have finished it but I will never have enough of it. Space Between will always hold that chilling interest, whether it’s your first or fiftieth time reading it.

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