May 30, 2013

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

  • Book Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
  • Author: Kody Keplinger
  • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book after I read The Duff by Kody Keplinger. I enjoyed The Duff so much, I knew that I wanted more from this author. A Midsummer's Nightmare is about a girl named Whitley Johnson. Whitley has a one-night stand on her graduation night, only to find out later that the guy she had the one-night stand with is her soon-to-be stepbrother.
I really enjoyed reading about Whitley. She really stood out to me and I loved that she didn't care to be who she was. Whitley's character really develops throughout the story. She does make plenty of stupid mistakes, but I we all make stupid mistakes sometimes. Whitley's character really grew on me throughout the book and I felt like I could feel the emotion in her struggles.
Whitley's soon-to-be stepbrother, Nathan, wasn't very interesting to me. He seemed kind of boring at times and I just didn't really like him. There were some scenes where I really did like him, but there weren't very many. There's nothing bad about him, it's just that he seemed too plain, in my opinion.
Thinking about all of the characters in this book, I enjoyed most of them. I did not like Whitley's parents very much at all. Her mother was selfish to the point where I just wanted to slap some sense into her. Her father made me mad a few times. Especially since he never told Whitley about her new step-family basically until she met them. The other characters, like Harrison and Bailey, I enjoyed reading about.
I gave this book 4/5 stars because I did really enjoy it, but I felt like it could have been better. This wasn't a very original story, but it was well written and entertaining. I could definitely see the whole 'my one-night stand, who I thought I'd never see again, is now my soon-to-be stepbrother' scenario happening in real life. I would say this book is a page turner because I finished it in just a few days and, like I said before, it's very entertaining.
Favorite quote: "Anger was less painful than abandonment."
Do I recommend this book? Sure. It's an entertaining and enjoyable read. Most people seem to really like it!

May 17, 2013

The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle (Devils #1)

  • Book Title: The Devil's Metal
  • Author: Karina Halle
  • My Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook
I first heard about this book through some one's blog. As soon as I read her review, I just knew that I needed to get my hands on this book. The Devil's Metal is set in the 1970s, which to me is pretty awesome. It's a book that revolves around rock n' roll music, and for someone who loves rock n' roll as much as I do, this book definitely pulled me in. It's also a paranormal book that involves demons, so that's a plus in my opinion.
The main character in this book, Dawn Emerson, is a music journalist that goes on tour with a band, called Hybrid, that she has been in love with forever. I really loved Dawn's character because she is a super strong character and she's determined to follow her dreams.
Then we get to Sage Knightly, the lead guitarist for Hybrid. Sage is a bit mysterious at first because he doesn't really say much at all. But when he starts to open up a little, let me just say that you might fall in love. Sage is totally swoon-worthy. As soon as I finished this book, I was asking myself "Where can I get a Sage Knightly?!"
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Some had me cracking up, some had me smiling like an idiot, and some had me wanting to throw things at the wall. Overall though, I really did like most of the characters.
I gave this book 5/5 stars because I was totally and completely in love with it the entire time I was reading it. I never wanted to put it down, I was staying up all night reading it, and I just kept wanting more and more. It's definitely a book that will suck you in and you won't be able to stop. All I have to say is well done, Karina Halle.
Favorite quote: "I wanted to be someone, someone important. I wanted to be revered, I wanted to be respected, I wanted to be loved. I wanted it all so much that I remember thinking I would do anything for it. I would give anything for it."
Do I recommend this book? Yes. If you love music, swoon-worthy guys, and demons, you should definitely check this book out. It's incredible.