13 Followers
26 Following
brimartinez

Bri's Books

Hello, there! My name is Brianna, but everyone calls me Bri. I'm a book lover that lives in San Francisco, CA, and I will literally read anything that I can get my hands on. My go-to genres are usually urban or epic fantasy, anything YA, classics, and popular fiction and non-fiction works. I love going to unique bookstores, and the ultimate happiness is sipping on a cup of tea or coffee, curled up on the couch in a blanket and reading a good book.

I tend to write reviews on books that I really enjoyed or books that I didn't. My reviews can sometimes be snarky and sarcastic, emotional, or just filled with love and mushiness. I'm usually just a laid-back, open-minded and friendly person, but I will get excited and fangirl about books like you wouldn't believe! I always try to be respectful of both authors and readers whose opinions are different from mine, and I love having in-depth. thoughtful book discussions. If you are a fellow book lover that is active on the site, please do not hesitate to reach out and say hi! :)

Autumn Moon (A Celtic Wolves Novel)

Autumn Moon (A Celtic Wolves Novel) - Jan DeLima I can't wait for Cormack and Elen's story and to see how things progress!

Heart of the Wolf

Heart of the Wolf - Terry Spear I try to avoid saying negative things about a book if I can, but it cannot be avoided in this case. I think the premise of the story was interesting, but with a romance focused solely on the physical aspects of a relationship/romance, I ended up not really caring for the main couple since I wasn't emotionally invested. Also, for being 100+ years old, Bella, the female lead, made some rather unwise decisions throughout the book that frustrated me.

However, I think the thing that bothered me the most was the writing. I found it to be choppy and uncomprehensive, escpecially during the action scenes. It was very hard to piece together what was happening and how things suddenly progressed with little to no explanation. Overall, the story/plot was a decent idea that just lacked follow-through. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll pick up the next book in the series.

The One

The One - Kiera Cass What a boring end to this series. This book was anti-climatic, and by the end, I really could much less care who America ended up with and whether she was happy or not. She took what little feeling I had for her and just ripped it away with her poor choices and her unwillingness to lose a boy for fear she would be alone. She needed a nice dose of independence.

The author also resolved issues HORRIBLY. She just kills off every antagonist at the very end to resolve all problems. That is not how plot problems should be resolved. There were a number of things Cass could have done to help resolve some of the issues, but she just took the easy way out. I'm not impressed.

I'm glad this is the end of this series. I guess I'm a tad masochistic for having stuck through the whole thing, but I was just really hoping for some kind of explosive ending or watching America learn to stand on her own two feet (neither of which happened, unfortunately). This series definitely garnered way more popularity than it deserved, and it again just makes me sad that books like this one have become the new standard for young adult literature.

The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson Oh no, I sense a love-triangle.... As interesting as this book sounds, it might take me a little while longer to pick it up. Love-triangles do not sound appealing at the moment. ><

Night Broken

Night Broken - Patricia Briggs AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.

I adore this series, and this book is SO GOOD! :D Gotta love Adam and Mercy, and seeing Christy put in her place made everything right in the universe. I need to go and deal with Mercy withdrawal now... *sigh*

Shattered Promises

Shattered Promises - Jessica Sorensen Ugh, I had to call it quits after reading about half the book. The plot was going nowhere (I'm not even sure there was a plot, to be honest!), the characters were hard to relate to, and there was no flow or cohesion to the storyline. There were many times I had no idea what was happening! Hints would be dropped, but never elaborated on, and eventually I just did not care to find out what was going on.

This is also one of the few times where I have absolutely DESPISED the main character, and I do not use that word lightly. Gemma gets into some stupid situations frequently, and her responses are far from believable. She's snarky to the point of being annoying, she can't make up her mind about anything, and she seems to have no morals (at least where guys are concerned). While she is interested in one guy, she has no problem getting physical with another. Classy. The main love interest, Alex, was such a douche, and when you put Gemma and him together, it was a hot mess. I'm actually proud of myself that I was able to handle reading about half of this story.

Yet again I have been deceived by all the high praise this book has received. I'm really starting to become skeptical when I see a NA book with high ratings. It's getting hard for me to weed through a bunch of mediocre works to find that one diamond in the rough, and this story was definitely not a gem.

Take a Chance

Take a Chance - Abbi Glines I was really looking forward to reading this book, but after reading some reviews, I see Nan seems to be one of the main/recurring characters. Ugh! *motivation for reading this book has been lost*

Maybe I'll wait until the sequel is out....

Cress

Cress - Marissa Meyer Wow, what a ride! This series just keeps getting better with every book!

I just have to start out by saying that I ADORED Cress and Thorne. Cress is socially awkward and shy, having been held prisoner in a satellite for a good portion of her life. Thorne is far from shy, and I love how he is able to coax Cress into being more open and courageous. Thorne, in turn, learns to rely on others when he goes blind, and he really grows resilient and reliable. The two of them together are a perfect match, and their growing feelings for one another just made me all happy inside.

Cress and Thorne weren't the only couple I loved in this book. Cinder and Kai finally, FINALLY, make a comeback. Kai has learned how to think for himself and is growing more independent, while Cinder comes to terms with who she really is, her powers, and all the responsibility that has been placed on her shoulders. This character growth was evident when they first met after a long while, and it really strengthened their relationship. They were just adorable.

The plot also really came together in this book. At the end of Scarlet, I really thought that there was just too much going on with all the characters to form a solid, coherent plot later on, but Meyer sets everything up nicely. I can't wait for the showdown to come!

Overall, this was an excellent book, the best in the series thus far. Things are really starting to get in motion, and I can't wait to see what Winter and her story will add to this series.

The Promise of Amazing

The Promise of Amazing - Robin Constantine Ugh, the insta-love epidemic has struck again.

Needless to say, the romance here did not work for me. The characters felt one-dimensional and flat. I'm sure it did not help that I never really cared for Grayson from the beginning. I would have liked to see some kind of development from him, such as learning from past mistakes, etc. Instead, he continues on the same path he's been on and never really matures. Wren just kind of took all his crap. Whenever he made mistakes and upset her, she would brood for a while, and then they would be completely in love again. Girl, grow a backbone. It would have been nice to see her confront him about their problems instead of just waiting for him to apologize.

The main plot conflict was lacking. It was easy to see where everything was headed fairly early on, and there never really was any kind of climax. Also, the writing drove me nuts. I know this is a YA novel, but reading the occasional lines like "Whateverrrr, playah, you're in loveeee" just grated on my nerves and made the characters seem extremely juvenile.

Overall, this book has the potential to be sweet and romantic, but it fell well short of that.

Bound by Night

Bound by Night - Larissa Ione A decent start for a new series. Can't wait for more!

After the Storm

After the Storm - Maya Banks Let's just start by saying I'm glad I was able to finish this book. I really struggled towards the end (sigh).

This book was a big let down. After waiting anxiously for Van's story, I might have had high expectations going in, but I felt nothing whatsoever while reading this story. There was no heightened emotions or excitement, no action, nothing. The dialogue was ridiculously repetitive and overly cheesy to the point that it was hard to stomach, and I felt no emotional connection between the main characters.

I was hoping for a lot more in Van's HEA story, and while the book itself is a disappointment, I am even more upset in the fact that I am reaching the end of the road with this series. KGI started out so well, and quickly climbed up my list of favorite series. However, the last couple of books have been subpar, and this one just hit rock bottom. I'll give Swanny's story a try, but that might be the last book I read in this series unless it really impresses me.

Ten Tiny Breaths

Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker I tried to get into this book, but there was little chemistry between the main characters. Everything seemed to be fueled by lust, and Trent came off as more of a stalker than anything in the beginning. For a novel focused on romance, the lack of chemistry and creepiness of a main character was a kill blow. The plot was also pretty obvious and it is easy to determine what the big plot twist was more than halfway through the story. I had high hopes for this novel since it was so highly rated, but it just did not do anything for me. I guess I will be one of the lone one star reviews in a sea of four and five stars.

Once Burned

Once Burned - Jeaniene Frost *dreamy sigh* How is it possible for Vlad to get more and more sexy with every book? Dear Vlad, you own my heart!

Full review to come!

Gunmetal Magic

Gunmetal Magic - Ilona Andrews This book had me laughing at loud in public (which made for some awkward moments), made me want to pull my hair out with all the sexual frustration going on, and completely captivated me. Dear Mrs. Andrews, can I please have a Raphael of my own (preferably one with leather pants)?

*Full review to come*

Silver Borne

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs *Dreamy sigh* I simply adore Adam and Mercy. Their relationship is far from easy-going (and is always being interrupted by one person or another), but they always manage to rely on each other to smooth out all those bumps in the road. The fact that they are super romantic while smiting the bad guys is just icing on the cake!

The Indigo Spell

The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead GAH! I want this book NOW.

I need.... more... Adrian.... *swoon swoon*

description
Hey Adrian, I got some cherry slushes~~~