Considering the long long time since the last HP book, i was pretty excited to read this one. T'was a bit of a disappointment though. The format has cConsidering the long long time since the last HP book, i was pretty excited to read this one. T'was a bit of a disappointment though. The format has changed from story to play, and that did take a lil away of the thrill that this series inspired, but the story and characterisations in themselves were pretty meh. It's needs a li'l bit of expecto patronum...more
Was i not in the right frame of mind to read this? I dunno. After the first 30 or so pages or we are special and beautiful and perfect snowflakes and oWas i not in the right frame of mind to read this? I dunno. After the first 30 or so pages or we are special and beautiful and perfect snowflakes and ooh, look a dangerous looking guy who i've been told to stay away from but is irresistible for no reason...
sigh. i decided i could do without reading this....more
Mixed feeling about this. I'm still not sure whether i liked this book or not. The world building was good, the characters well written and it more orMixed feeling about this. I'm still not sure whether i liked this book or not. The world building was good, the characters well written and it more or less had a good flow to the storyline.
Plus it has angel's and not the nice kind.
I think the only reason i'm stopping myself from liking this too much is because like most YA books which start out with a strong female lead and great first book, i think this one is gonna bit the hype bullet and go downhill. Let's see......more
I'm not sure what sort of a review to write for this book. While i did liked the book, I think it had huge potential and could have been a lot better.I'm not sure what sort of a review to write for this book. While i did liked the book, I think it had huge potential and could have been a lot better. In some ways, the writing was a bit mediocre and the plot could have been stronger/sharper.
I'm still going to read the next one when it releases to see where the story leads....more
Before I Fall is the kinda story that will stay with you for a long time after. Like most YA novels, this one is the story of Samantha Kings, a typicaBefore I Fall is the kinda story that will stay with you for a long time after. Like most YA novels, this one is the story of Samantha Kings, a typical high school teen who has it all - the popular clique in school, the jockey boyfriend, and a happening life. And then it all ends one day in a tragic accident - only Samantha wakes up in the morning to realise she's reliving the same day all over again.
We see her going from denial to rebellion and anger and finally to acceptance of what should be over the seven times she relives the same day - and along the way she gains perspective on the people in her life, and tries to change things for the better.
You can picture the characters in this story real well, most probably cause we've all known some of them while growing up - the pretty girls, the football jocks, the wanna-bes, the nerds n geeks. Lauren's easy and free flowing writing makes it real easy to like this book and feel a part of it.
There were times i empathised with Sam, and times i wondered what the hell Sam was up to. I'm not sure i agreed with everything she did - even when she did apparently get it right. As much as i loved Sam and Kent together, for example, i wasn't happy with Sam's decision to change Kent's life the way she did. But that's the hallmark of a good book - it makes you think and debate.
As a YA, this one covers the usual sex, drugs and alcohol story..not to miss out peer pressure too. But it doesn't preach and, i think, handles these topics very well. The ending leaves you a bit surprised - i completely didn't expect it to happen that way. If you wanna know what i mean by that, you know what you have to do - go pick up this book. You won't be disappointed...more
You need to read this book, it is absolutely delightful. I'm still a bit stunned and not quite sure where to start with this review.
The Book blurb reYou need to read this book, it is absolutely delightful. I'm still a bit stunned and not quite sure where to start with this review.
The Book blurb really says it all perfectly in this one case.
Ellie is handed a copy of Pride and Prejudice in school, and behind her Sam is busy teasing her. And suddenly there's a voice in Ellie's head telling her to stay away from him. He is your Mr. Wickham says the voice of Jane Austen in her head.
And there it begins. Ellie's journey through life with Jane Austen as friend and counsellor for the next 20 odd years of her life - through her trials as a teenager, fitting in with her family, school and the years beyond, her hopes and dreams for the future and more importantly in her interactions with the men in her life.
Its hard to tell you what i felt for the other characters in this book without giving away any spoilers.
Ellie is a typical geek looking for a happy ending with prince charming. Along the way, you learn life lessons through Ellie's experiences and trial and error. And later through looking at past events with the fresh eyes of an adult
In school, Ellie likes Sam. She's attracted to him inspite of all Jane's warnings to pay him no attention - he's her first love. At the same time she hates Sam for his arrogant ways and confidence. And thus begins the boy trouble. And it continues for quite a while with a motley crew of men (who she tries to classify into her 6 categories of men)
Then there's Di - Ellie's elder sister who's a pain in her ass growing up. You want to hate her, and at the same time you want them to be close sisters.
As much as i wanted to hit Ellie on her head when it came to her choices in men specially when some weren't kicked out sooner - the girl is improving when it comes to who she picks. But i still wanted to hit her when it came to Sam. And hit Jane as well. Sam was too hot and too good to be blindsided for being confident.
Sam. I loved him. From the first time he was featured in page two where he called out Ellieeee
Whats bestest in this book is the writing. Its simple. Yet it has many layers. And it gives you that warm cosy feeling. The characters are all very well written, you identify with Ellie. You want Sam. And you wish you had someone like Jane to lean on during the horrible times.
The only problem i had with this book was the ending wasnt as strong as i would have liked it to be. But it was a happy one and in its own way, a perfect one
A lil snippet of the beautiful writing: On her failed relationships because of bad choices in men:
Ellie: Humans are complicated Jane. Really complicated. And I've made mistakes because I've repeatedly chosen not to see that. Jane: It is more likely a result of the philosophy you persist in holding dear. Romanticism encourages an abandonment of restraint and, as you've so often wished to fall in love without regard to rationality, this invites the absurd. Your mistakes in judgement are not due to the complexity in humanity Ellie. They are due to the lens with which you view love Ellie: You mean, i need to change the fairy take and not the man? Jane: Precisely
I've been looking forward to reading this book since last year. Mainly because of the awesome cover and all the hype surrounding it when the book initI've been looking forward to reading this book since last year. Mainly because of the awesome cover and all the hype surrounding it when the book initially released.
Hush Hush (great name for a book, btw) is the story of a Nora, a seemingly average girl and the strange boy in school - Patch (any Bella-Edward flashbacks?) The paranormal or fantasy aspect of the book comes in the form of Fallen Angels. I found the story line pretty intriguing - fallen angels haven't been covered much in novels before. Patch is depicted as mysterious, a wee bit creepy and obviously hot. I read most of this book to find out more about him and the story around him - a bit like Nora was doing actually. Nora, and I'm sorry for being so blunt, but Nora is downright boring - the quiet studious girl who doesn’t get in any trouble, and looks out for everyone.
The book had a real good storyline, but the characters weren't fleshed out as much as I would have liked them to be. I feel the author could have given them a whole lot more depth. It would have made the reader feel a part of the story. For me, there were a lot of parts missing in the book. The story did not cover why Patch and Nora liked each other, They just seemed to. It did not explain, for example, what made Patch fall for Nora. We do know how and why he chooses her, but nothing as to why or what he likes in her, specially since i couldn't see what was so special in her.. And considering his dark and mysterious bad boy nature, I most definitely would have liked more lines on Patch.
There are some great lines in the book and at times I found myself laughing at their conversations and situations (mostly at 4 in the morning, so I'm sure I woke the neighbors up). I will most definitely want to read the next edition, if there is one. I like the idea of the fallen angels and the mystery behind them.
All in all, this was a great book. Although it could have been so much more. Very enjoyable, great lines, and awesome cover. My cribbing aside you will want to read this book for the concept and feel good factor. Good for a Saturday afternoon....more
Shiver is a beautiful, poignant that did give me the shivers at times. The nice kind of shivers.
Grace lives in Mercy Falls with her parents who misseShiver is a beautiful, poignant that did give me the shivers at times. The nice kind of shivers.
Grace lives in Mercy Falls with her parents who missed their classes to parental school and are more like hippies who bunk with Grace in the same house. Despite the lack of any parental support, she's independent and confident. "I’m raising myself" she says…"It seemed like you ought to pick the sort of person you would be, no matter what your parents were like."
Grace has a thing for the wolves in Mercy Falls. She was mauled by wolves when she was younger, and saved by one yellow eyed wolf who she now thinks of as her own wolf. For six years now she's seen the wolf watch her from the shadows, there every winter and gone every summer. Until suddenly things change when a local boy is killed and a strange boy turns up at her porch.
The yellow-eyed cute boy is none other than her wolf. But its September and getting colder every day, and Sam shouldn’t be a human but in wolf form as the cold gets nearer. He knows he will change soon, but he doesn’t want to, now that he knows Grace. He also knows this may be his last year as a human, and he wants a lot more time with the girl he's watched over for so long and is in love with.
At times Sam seems from a generation gone by, with his polite ways, shy smiles and quiet words. And his poetry. "A boy stuffed so full of words that they spilled out of me."
One thing different that worked well in this book was Sam's vulnerability and sensitivity. Almost emo for a werewolf, while Grace the human in the relationship was almost too independent. Two different people shaped into characters by their upbringing and surroundings, and yet joined by a delicate emotion - kinship and love. The scenes in Grace's bedroom, Beck's room the first time they go there and also the candy store will have you feeling like you're really there, experiencing the moment with Sam and Grace.
Maggie Stiefvater werewolves aren't the all powerful, long lived, moon changing variety that every other PNR book on werewolves depicts. Sam explains what happens to them not in a paranormal but more a scientific way, and rather than the qualities you read in other books, reading about the lives of these wolves will make you mourn for them and their loss of humanity. I wont say more, go read to find out what I mean.
The writing is beautiful and heartbreaking. Every chapter begins with the temperature of the day since this story is tied in with the seasons and the weather. I went through a series of emotions while reading this book. Terror for the wolves, joy for Grace and Sam, sorrow for Sam and his future with Grace, touched by the sensitivity these two show for each other and specially by Sam trying to do the right thing for Grace. But mostly from somewhere in the middle of the book, I felt real scared about how this book was going to end. But it was all worth it. This one leaves you with a warm feeling inside and one reading wont be enough. Read more... ...more
"It's hard to save the world when you can't save yourself" — Carrie Jones (Need)
Need is a new age YA book with a dark twist to everything you knew abo"It's hard to save the world when you can't save yourself" — Carrie Jones (Need)
Need is a new age YA book with a dark twist to everything you knew about pixies. Zara has been on auto-pilot mode every since her step father died and to get her back to the land of the living, her mother sends her off to cold cold Maine to live with her step-Grandmother. Still grieving for her step-dad, Zara views her mothers packing her off as a betrayal, and she now has to deal with cold climate and a new school and environment. This is made easy with a hot Nick Colt and an over-achieving Ian, both of whom immediately vie for Zaras attentions. There's new friends to be made in the hyper-bubbly Issy and geeky Devyn; not to forget, no YA school story can do without the popular girl who doesn't like you from day one.
Now here's where my problems with Need begin. Everythings fine so far, and then wham!! There's a pointing man in the woods, and everybody goes weird. One internet search and library trip later, we have a growling and protective Nick, and a theory on pixies stealing boys.
I liked this book, or i really tried to. That part that got to me was how easily everyone involved just accepted the whole supernatural angle. Zara especially. No subtle easing into the supernatural world, and as interesting as the rest of the book was, it made it real hard to read without a 'did i miss a few pages of Zara's introduction to things that go bump in the night' thought in my head.
Another thing that was a bit ridiculous and well, funny, were Zara's plans about the pixies. See, the pixies need her to survive, which means they're all out to get her. Zara dearest has plans on how to escape them, capture them, and at the end imprison them with forks. Yes, forks. See why this got a bit too much from someone who has every phobia in the world?
As a YA, this is still a good book. At times unintentionally funny too. There's not much character building, very little world building, but a good story and warm characters.
And one that note, i'll leave you with this: I back into him and blurt " But you're so cute. Werewolves aren't supposed to be cute. Vampires are, i think. They are in the movies. But the werewolves are pretty much ugly and they wear leather jackets and are all dirty with these monster sideburns"
Edward would be proud of you Zara, although Jacob might have a lil something to say...more