REVIEW: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

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Synopsis:

For the first time in a stand-alone paperback comes Stephenie Meyer’s Life and Death, a compelling reimagining of the iconic love story that will surprise and enthrall readers.
There are two sides to every story….
You know Bella and Edward, now get to know Beau and Edythe.

When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.

What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back….

With a foreword and afterword by Stephenie Meyer, this compelling reimagining of the iconic love story is a must-read for Twilight fans everywhere.

REVIEW

First off, I want to start by saying the NOSTALGIA WAS SO INTENSE YOU GUYS. And if you’re wondering why, it’s because Twilight was my first ever paranormal read when I was a kid (and also contraband since my mom didn’t approve of bloodsuckers lol). Like every other fourteen-year-old, Twilight was my fav read for quite awhile until I started to explore other series in the paranormal genre. But still, it holds a great place in my reading heart today, which is why reading this reimagined story was like revisiting a part of my childhood.

So…I had not idea what I was getting into when I bought this, not really. I knew the sex of the characters were switched, but I didn’t know just how much of the story Ms. Meyer would change to fit the new theme. And to a degree, all was relatively the same. Except one part, one VERY BIG PART, which I’ll get to in a minute.

I thought it was interesting, getting the same story but from a male perspective. Honestly, when I heard about this anniversary edition, I was really hoping we would get Twilight told from Edward’s POV. I think that would have been super interesting to read. But alas, it was taken in a different direction, and according to Meyer, it was because she wanted to shut down the haters that were saying that since Bella was a girl, her overwhelming feelings for Edward were because of just that, her sex. This new retelling was supposed to disprove that theory. And I agree, it would have been the same whether Bella was male or female. But one thing bothered me about this, and that was the hero worship Beau had for Edythe. I remember that Bella was incredibly in love with Edward, maybe a little too much. But I NEVER remember this kind of, he-can-do-no-wrong, crap. It was kind of annoying, if I’m being honest, for him to flaunt over her looks on every page. Especially when she would get mad at him for no reason, and he would just freaking apologize. A relationship should be about equality, mutual respect. This was idol worship, and it left me feeling kind of awkward, which I’m sad to say.

Now, on to what I really want to talk about.

SPOILER ALERT Y’ALL

GAHHHHHHHH THAT ENDING! Dude, I was thrown for a serious loop, thinking it was going to be the same as the original, because everything else had been up to this point, so why would that change? But oh, HELL, no. Instead we got to see what would have happened had Edward let the venom spread through Bella in the dance studio, turning her into a vampire, and essentially eliminating the need for the next three books in the series, and honestly, I was shook. I loved that I got to see how it could have ended had Twilight been a standalone, because really, that one moment of hesitation could have taken their lives in a completely different direction. No Jacob love triangle, no Renesme, no Voluri nonsense, NOTHING. It was bizarre, satisfying, but also sad to experience this alternative ending. In this version, Charlie and Renee think Beau died in a car accident, the werewolves still hate the vampires, and that’s how it ends. Just…done. Over. He’s gone, the Cullens move to another town a year later, and blah blah blah.

I’m not surprised to say that I liked the original better. Your first love is your first love, book or person, and I don’t think any version of retelling could have changed that for me. But I did enjoy this book and the nostalgia it brought back, the memories attached to it.

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer = 3.5 stars

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Currently Reading: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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As the title suggests, I’m currently reading the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I’m on chapter 26 and I won’t lie, I’m having a hard time getting into it. And I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been busy with everything else in my life, or if it’s because I have this terrible curse of not liking what the rest of the world seems to adore, but I’m hoping to focus on it this week and get it finished. Is anyone else like that, though? Have a running problem with not liking books that are super popular? If so, tell me which book/series had you casted out by the rest of the bookish community. Maybe we can form a support group lol 😉

 

Kasie West Read-A-thon!

Hey! So I did something I hardly ever do. I ordered a bunch of paperbacks/hardcovers a while back as a bit of a treat, and now two of the three have come in! I thought I would share with you my bookish bounty lol.

P.S. I Like You   The Fill-In Boyfriend   By Your Side

So far I’ve read “P.S. I Like You” and I thought that was a really cute read. I gave it 4 stars overall, and I thought the premise of the story was refreshingly original for a YA romance. I just started “The Fill-In Boyfriend” the other day, and I look forward to seeing how that scenario will pan out 😉 Anyway, I should be getting “By Your Side” by the beginning of February, so hopefully I’ll have some more reviews to come!

P.S.

I recently got an author Instagram account, so if any of you want to follow me, I’m at @authorindaherwood. And if you want to find me on Twitter, it’s @IndaHerwood.

Current Re-read: Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre

Having decided to take a little break from reading Lady Midnight (Gasp! I know! But dang that thing is LONG) I was looking over a certain bookshelf when I remembered reading this book five years ago when it first came out. I can’t even remember the last time I read a dystopian, so I thought I would give this one another read. Since I never did a review for it back then, I thought I would write one this time when I finish re-reading it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this book/series if you have read it in the past, or just now discovered it here on my blog!

As always, happy reading my fellow bookies ❤

Synopsis:

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

REVIEW: ASH (HIVE TRILOGY #1) BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE

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Synopsis:

Are you an Ash?

*Increased stamina
*Lack of appetite
*Anger outbursts
*Insatiable thirst
*Beauty & Strength
*Male

Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!

Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don’t let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman and she wanted nothing to do with the ash … until the day she found out she was one.

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash. Superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.

Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive – the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

Problem? The Hive is full and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling – a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she’ll get special treatment.

Good thing there’s Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.

REVIEW

Wow…this was…wow. It was like Divergent meets The Covenant series meets vampires in a clash of awesome lol. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this read. It was interesting, funny as hell, and it had the Sexy Six, which are a bunch of kickass alpha males that make you wish that this book wasn’t a work of fiction. Needless to say I was a fan.

Charlie is sassy, headstrong, and a girl you would be happy to call a friend. When life throws her a curve ball, she steps up to the plate with a Louisville slugger in tow. So when she discovers she’s an ash, something that was thought to be impossible until now, she owns up to it and treats it like any other obstacle life has thrown at her. All she has to do is survive the culling: a heinous, medieval like tradition to eliminate the weak from the pack and allow newly turned ash the chance to live.

Along the way she meets a totally awesome roommate/best friend. A bunch of hardcore enforcers that somehow become her family, and even a hot as hell super ash who decides to train Charlie personally for the culling – the likes of which has a few demons of his own.

Plot twists galore, I thought this was a fantastic start to the series. We get enough information to understand the world of the Hive, but at the same time we’re not overwhelmed with details. It was the perfect mix of paranormal, romance, and action. My hat goes off to Leia and Jaymin for writing this one 😉

ASH BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE = 5 STARS

AUTHOR INFO:

Jaymin Eve

Jaymin Eve has a passion for reading, writing and arithmetic … okay maybe not the last one but definitely the first two. She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.

Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And travelling as frequently as possible.

When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssjs appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.

She’d love it if you contacted her, giving feedback or just to have a chat.

Stay updated:

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And check out her blog at:

http://jaymineve.blogspot.com.au/

Leia Stone

Leia Stone lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two kids and her dog. When she is not chasing around her twin son and daughter, or writing, she has her nose shoved in a book. She wrote her first book when she was 23 years old. Keep reading, live with purpose. Freeworld!

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Old Review Look Back: Divergent

I recently watched the movie Divergent, the likes of which I’ve watched a few times, and it made me want to go back and read my review that I originaly posted for the book from three years ago. It’s pretty entertaining to see what your thoughts were on something from way back and to see how they have changed over the years. And since I’ve been in such a reading rut lately and haven’t been able to post any new reviews, I thought I would repost my old review for Divergent by Veronica Roth for you all.

P.S. I challenge all of my readers to go back and read through some of your thoughts on a few of your favorite reads from back in the day 😉 I bet it’ll either make you smile or cringe terribly. Or maybe both lol.

 

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Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

REVIEW

First off, I cannot see how you can’t give this book at least a 3 star rating. If you did, then you apparently don’t have a taste for dystopian fiction. But then again everyone has a right to their own opinion. So…back to the book.

I loved it.

Honestly, I didn’t have the greatest expectations at first. I thought this was going to be boring and probably not a well thought out plot, but I could not have been more wrong. This author came up with the most incredible world pact full with such minute details you felt like you were living the story alongside the characters. And for me, that is one of the most important elements I look for in a dystopian. This got an A + + for world building.

Now what can I say about Tris…she is one kick ass heroine who can joke with you one moment and the next put a bullet through your head. What I’ve noticed from other books in this genre with their heroines is that they are either too cocky, too sweet, too whiny, or just down right boring. Tris is a character that anyone can relate to, and you want to root for throughout the book.

I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes action, drama, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of suspense. A perfect read.
AUTHOR INFO

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

WEBSITE: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW : Ruin (Ruin, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Synopsis:

I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

REVIEW

THIS. WAS. AMAZING.

Holy crow, this was so freaking good y’all. Though I don’t know why I’m so surprised since I’ve loved so many of the books written by this author. The characters, the story, the struggle with them all…wow. So good!

 Poor Kiersten was not dealt the best hand in life, and neither was Wes Michals – despite how it looks on the outside. Struggling with something so heartbreaking and earthshattering on your own is a disease within itself. But sharing it with others isn’t an option at this point for Wes.

Kiersten suffered the unthinkable, leaving her withdrawn and closed off to the world around her as a result. When she literally runs into Wes Michels, everything changes. They both recognize a similar quality in each other, a certain brokenness. And doesn’t misery just love company?

As depressing as I’ve made it sound, this book had a lot of funny, cute, and heart lifting moments in it along with a ton of great advice on how to live life to its fullest potential. I completely fell in love with Kiersten and Wes and their shared story; my heartbreaking at all the right and wrong moments. Guys, I freaking bawled like ten times while reading this lol, but trust me, it was warranted. I got so attached to these characters and this story that I couldn’t help myself. I also couldn’t put it down, which is how I read it within the span of a single day. That’s how good this was.

Normally I hate sad books, but this one wasn’t sad to me. It was uplifting and inspirational with an outcome I wasn’t expecting. Something else I loved was the religious aspect. Going through what Wes was going through is not an easy thing, and having faith through it would be an even bigger struggle. How he dealt with it was real, honest, and how any of us would react given that hand. I give the author big credit for writing about it with such accuracy.

If there was anything I was going to criticize about this book, it would be the whole instance with Lorelei. I honestly didn’t get why it was in the book. It lasted for about two chapters and then it was completely over with and not talked about again. Also? Had I been Kiersten and I heard the rumor about what Wes may or may not have done, I certainly would not have trusted him so completely and so quickly. That was about the only unrealistic thing I found in this story. But despite that, I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on Gabe’s story next!

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken = 5 stars