I read this book (in practically one sitting) back in September, and absolutely fell in love with it. The Winner’s Curse blew me away, and was my favoI read this book (in practically one sitting) back in September, and absolutely fell in love with it. The Winner’s Curse blew me away, and was my favorite read of 2014, along with The Winner’s Crime! Life happened, so I’m not posting my review until now, but I’ve told everyone I know to read it. Every time a friend asks for a recommendation (I love being that person in my friends’ lives!), it’s the first one I list, and I practically scream it at them. Haha!
I can’t remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a story and its characters. The Winner’s Curse, and its sequel, are beautifully written and well crafted. Marie Rutkoski gives so much depth to Kestrel and Arin, from their backgrounds to their emotions. I just love them together, and my heart twisted and shredded to see their complicated story unfold. Marie delivers each side of the story so well in their dual perspectives, that it was impossible to choose a side – both are right and wrong. I eventually had to put my faith in the author and simply root for them to find a way, even though it seems impossible.
This book made me cry, it made me angry, it made me ache… I loved it so much and I’m desperately waiting for the third and final book in this trilogy! If you love romance, adventure, and political intrigue, then this is a MUST READ for you! If you haven’t read it yet, go grab it so we can fangirl together!...more
5 HUGE humongous stars, definitely one of my favorites of 2014! I'm so happy I was FINALLY able to read this! I actually hid away from everyone and ev5 HUGE humongous stars, definitely one of my favorites of 2014! I'm so happy I was FINALLY able to read this! I actually hid away from everyone and everything to do it and it was amazing. This is a MUST READ for Flat-Out Love fans. If you haven't read it already, you need to drop everything, hide if you have to, and read it! I absolutely loved Celeste's story and getting a generous dose of Matt and Julie in the process. :) I teared up more than once reading this. If you haven't read Flat-Out Love yet, get on it, and go ahead and grab Flat-Out Matt (novella) and Flat-Out Celeste so you can read them back-to-back. ...more
I devoured this book in one sitting, and stayed up till 1AM to finish. I absolutely LOVED it! I'm a sucker for stories about best friends falling forI devoured this book in one sitting, and stayed up till 1AM to finish. I absolutely LOVED it! I'm a sucker for stories about best friends falling for each other, but this may be the best one I've read... and now it's on my shelf of favorites. I loved both Dani and Wes, together, and as individuals. Cindi Madsen has created fantastic, memorable characters! I loved their friendship, their banter, and watching them fall in love. Falling For Her Fiancé is such a feel-good read - it made me laugh, tear up, and left me smiling. This is one I can re-read again and again. I can't wait to devour the next book in this series! ...more
AMAZING. Brilliant. I absolutely LOVED this book! 5++ stars. FANGIRL is the first book of Rowell's that I've read and it completely blew me away. TherAMAZING. Brilliant. I absolutely LOVED this book! 5++ stars. FANGIRL is the first book of Rowell's that I've read and it completely blew me away. There's so much beauty and truth in her words. I haven't felt this way about an author since I discovered John Green. I can't wait to read Rowell's other books!...more
I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading Slammed. A couple of months ago my BFF tolOriginally posted on A Book and a Latte:
I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading Slammed. A couple of months ago my BFF told me that she loved it, and that I had to read it… so I impulsively downloaded it to my Kindle and started reading, without even reading the synopsis. Holy crow, I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster I had just strapped myself into!
Slammed is a heart-wrenching story about love and loss. It’s about life – rolling with its punches, and punching it in the face when it seems to get the better of you. It’s about family – the family you’re bound to by blood, and the family you choose.
Colleen Hoover has created some fantastic characters! I loved Layken, her family, her best friend Eddie, and of course Will and his brother. All the characters are well written and play an important role. I’m so excited that there’s a sequel, Point of Retreat (written from Will’s POV), so I can spend more time with these characters!
This book left me stunned. It pulled at every single one of my heartstrings. It made me cry, more than once… but I snickered a few times too. It made me crave the words of these characters’ poetry, and I now have to Google to see if I can find slam poetry nights near me. If you can’t tell from this gushing review, I highly recommend Slammed! ...more
READY PLAYER ONE absolutely blew me away, and took me by complete surprise. I was pretty sure that I would likOriginally posted on A Book and a Latte:
READY PLAYER ONE absolutely blew me away, and took me by complete surprise. I was pretty sure that I would like it, but I wasn’t expecting to LOVE it so much. It’s easily one of my favorite reads/listens of 2012, and is now on my favorites bookshelf. This book is full of fantastic nerdy-ness, and Cline’s world building is incredible! If you’re a fan of late 20th century pop culture, then this is THE book for you. I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic while listening to this audiobook, and loved every minute of it!
READY PLAYER ONE takes place in a dystopian future where essentially human kind has sucked the planet dry of natural resources. Their escape is the OASIS, a virtual world where as avatars they can work, play, go to school, socialize, and hunt for the “egg” in the game to win Halliday’s fortune – all while being completely anonymous.
It wasn’t much of a jump for me to think that our society could end up plugged into a virtual world in the not-so-distant future. I liked how there was emphasis on facing the world, meeting people in real life, and focusing on what is real. I love how Wade’s character started off as being completely isolated, then established true friendships, and even fell in love along his quest.
Whil Wheaton as the narrator was fantastic! I don’t think there could have been a more perfect narrator chosen for this book! I was a little surprised that Books on Tape didn’t use sound bytes for classic noises (Pac-Man, game over, etc.) but Wheaton did a pretty good job at making the sounds himself. It was probably safer to not include the actual sound, as it may have sounded cheesy or over the top.
READY PLAYER ONE is most definitely an adult/YA crossover title; though I’m not sure teens will be able to appreciate all the references. If you’re a fan of the 80s, dig pop culture from the mid-70s to present day, and enjoy a good quest, I think you’ll LOVE this book! I highly recommend READY PLAYER ONE, in print, and most definitely the audio version! ...more
WOW. I don't even know what to say. I want the next book now!!!! Review to come, though I have no idea how to put words to my feelings about this bookWOW. I don't even know what to say. I want the next book now!!!! Review to come, though I have no idea how to put words to my feelings about this book, this world, these characters. ...more
I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED this book! Graffiti Moon spans just one night and is a beautiful story about friendship, trust, and love... and a second chance.
Graffiti Moon follows six teenagers through the night after their graduation from high school (or year 12 as it’s called in Australia). Lucy and her best friends decide to go out for a night of fun to celebrate. However, Lucy is on a mission to find Shadow, the famous graffiti artist that she feels connected to through his art. Even though she has no idea who he is, she feels like he is the only one who can understand her, and she is determined to find him. Instead, thanks to her friends Jazz and Daisy, they end up hanging out with Ed, Dylan, and Leo. Which is awkward since years before she had a disastrous date with Ed that ended with her breaking his nose.
Lucy is disappointed, and trying to figure out how she’s going to get away to search for Shadow… until Ed says he knows him and can help her find him. The night becomes a course of misadventures, as they all search for the graffiti artist team Shadow and Poet.
Graffiti Moon is beautifully written – lyrical with witty dialogue, an excellent plot, and fantastic characters! The story is told by alternating perspectives between Lucy, Ed, and Poet, which I felt was done perfectly. Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
"I liked that he had hair that was growing without a plan. A grin that came out of nowhere and left the same way.”
Reading Graffiti Moon, for me, was like reading a piece of art. Lucy’s passion is glass blowing, while Shadow paints, and Poet writes poetry, so art has a huge role in this novel. Yet, the story remains grounded by their very real life problems that all teenagers can relate to in some way.
Graffiti Moon is easily one of my favorite reads of 2011, and I’m so grateful that it was released in the US! I want to read more from Cath Crowley so I hope Knopf Books continues to publish her work here! ...more
Stephanie Perkins has officially made it onto my “automatic pre-order author list” (so far, a listOriginally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte:
Stephanie Perkins has officially made it onto my “automatic pre-order author list” (so far, a list of one). I waited to post this review in order to tame down my gushiness but I don’t think it’s possible. I absolutely loved – LOVED – this book! It actually gave me stomach butterflies while reading it, no joke.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, and it was fan-freaking-tastic to be with the characters Anna and St. Claire again. They show up quite often in Lola, and it’s a definite treat for fans. Prior to reading this, I had heard some people say that they thought Lola was even better than Anna… but I just didn’t think it could be possible. I’m still not sure I’d say it’s better than Anna, but it is definitely just as good fantastic!
I think my favorite thing about Perkins’ writing is her characterization; her characters are all so realistically flawed. I loved the tall geekiness of Cricket, and the spunkiness of Lola and her obsession with costumes. I also loved how honestly Perkins depicted teenage life and alternate lifestyles (Lola has two dads for parents)… it is so refreshing to see this realism in YA. Most of all, I loved all the little moments between Lola and Cricket. I didn't think anyone could unseat Etienne St. Clair from his pedestal, but Cricket did... or at least forced him to share it!
If you can’t tell from my review, I HIGHLY recommend these books! In my opinion, they are the best of YA contemporary. I can’t wait for my pre-ordered finished copy of Lola to arrive (releases 9/29/11) so I can read it again, and I'm already pining for the next companion novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After! Seriously, I would read anything Stephanie Perkins writes....more
I absolutely LOVED this book. It is easily one of my favorite reads of 2011. Immediately after I finished, I wanted to re-read it all over again… but instead I went back and re-read my favorite parts. Afterwards, I stalked the book’s website which didn’t really help me move on from the book because Jessica Park has posted chapter tidbits there! They just made me want to re-read it even more! I’ve been struggling with writing this review for quite a while, mainly because I’m afraid I will not do this book justice.
The characterization is outstanding. The characters quickly drew me into the story, and once I was hooked, I couldn’t put this book down. Park has created some unforgettable characters. I just loved Julie, nerdy lovable Matt, quirky and endearing Celeste, and of course adventurous and gorgeous Finn. I’m a little sad this is a stand-alone novel because I MISS these characters.
Flat-Out Love takes place in Boston, and this story made me fall in love with the city all over again! I really enjoyed seeing Boston through Julie’s eyes as she traveled around the city looking for an apartment. Also, I have to say this book left me with a serious craving for Dunkin’ Donuts (sadly there isn’t one near me). I also really liked how Park incorporated Facebook statuses and messaging into Flat-Out Love, they made the story current, relatable, and entertaining!
I know this will sound cheesy, but Flat-Out Love is the first book in a long, long time that has touched me this deeply. I could relate to so many aspects of this book. I felt that Park did an excellent job of delicately capturing the aspects of dysfunctional families while tackling some difficult issues. This is a story about love and loss, family and tragedy.
Flat-Out love is a memorable and fantastically romantic story that I know I’ll be reading again and again. I highly recommend this book!...more
Love love love love love. I really don't know what else to say. This book is now on my "favorites" book shReview from my book blog: A Book and a Latte
Love love love love love. I really don't know what else to say. This book is now on my "favorites" book shelf. I listened to the audiobook version, and I couldn't stop. I found excuses to continue and almost listened straight through! I loved Where She Went even more than If I Stay. It's beautifully written, almost lyrical, and told from Adam's perspective. It's a story about grief, closure, and hope.
I thought Dan Bittner did an excellent job as the voice of Adam. He captured the rocker attitude and Adam's emotions well. I look forward to listening to him in Shiver and Linger as well when I prep for the release of Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)!
I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to keep this short and just say... if you haven't read If I Stay then do so now, and pick up Where She Went with it so you can read them back to back. You will not regret it! I can't wait to see what Gayle Forman has in store for us next. I will read anything she writes....more
Just... WOW. This is a brilliant debut by Veronica Roth. Intense.
I've been working on this review for days. Days trying to come up with something coherent to say about this book. When I write reviews right away about books I LOVE, I tend to get a bit gushy. Ah, I simply loved this book - from the plot to characters to the setting.
Divergent takes place in post apocalypse Chicago, where the government has split society into five factions dividing citizens by personality traits. The factions are Abnegation ( the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), and Erudite (the intelligent). The traits are taken to the extreme in each faction and there is rivalry and tension between some of them. Divergent follows the story of Beatrice (a 16 year old girl) as she decides which faction to join and goes through the initiation process. I won't go into too much detail because I think the synopses give too much away already.
I have to say, I have mixed feelings about Beatrice, the protagonist. Though I was constantly rooting for her, at times I despised her. I could understand why she did what she did though, and in the end I think I can say I liked her. I fell in love with Four, he basically "stole the show" for me. From the time Four walks onto the page I was fascinated and wanted to learn more about him. About 2/3 of the way through this book I wished that I could read from his POV. Funny enough, I read somewhere (sorry can't remember where) that Roth had initially wrote the story from his perspective, but got stuck early on and changed to Beatrice. I really hope that she will release some Four POV goodies, or ideally release a book in the series told from his POV. What I also loved about the characterization is the diversity - thank you Roth! Seriously, fantastic. There are characters of all shapes, colors, sizes, fashion, demeanors, and forms of self expression.
I'm trying, but I just can't think of any criticism for this book! The action was intense, there were times that I caught myself with my jaw hanging open, clutching my book. I would love to get inside Roth's head and learn where these some of these scenes came from! I can't say enough good things about this book. It is EXCELLENT. If you haven't picked this up already, do so now!...more
Can you imagine love being considered a deadly disease, illegal? A disease so life threatening that itStunning. Heartbreaking. Captivating. Beautiful.
Can you imagine love being considered a deadly disease, illegal? A disease so life threatening that it's required by the government to be "cured", and all kids are scheduled to be cured once they turn 18 years old? Think about it. Can you fathom it? Think about all the forms of love... The love between a parent and a child, siblings, best friends, pets, and -- of course -- loving the person that makes your heart race. I was so skeptical about reading/listening to this book. It sat waiting for me for quite a while before I took the plunge. I loved Lauren Oliver's first book Before I Fall, but this one's story line seemed a little too far fetched for me. I had nothing to fear, this book was amazing.
I'm having such a hard time putting words to what I thought of this book. I literally hung on every word - sometimes I went back and listened to parts of it again. Lauren Oliver has a beautiful way of connecting her readers with her characters. The goody-goody-ness of Lena (the protagonist) in the beginning grated on my nerves. Though as I got to know her, I understood why she felt she had to be on the straight and narrow path. From my own experiences, I could relate to her feeling obligated to be a good kid because of her mother's history and living with her aunt. I loved watching Lena becoming aware of the world around her as her cure date approached -- learning about love, and how it effects humanity. Lena's best friend Hannah, and Alex, help her to see, really see, what is going on around her... Oh, and did I mention that Alex is definitely swoon-worthy?
Delirium wiggled it's way into my heart and pulled at each and every individual heartstring. It reminded me to appreciate all the little things in life - the small things that make me laugh, the things that make me cry (good or bad), and especially the things that make me want to do a happy dance! It made me stop and consider my relationships with the ones I love.
You need to read this.
This audio book was read by Sara Drew, I think she's best known as Dr. April on Grey's Anatomy. I thought she did a really good job of capturing the emotions. Though when I watched Grey's while reading/listening to Delirium I did a double take... I kept seeing her as Lena :)....more
Now that I can think more coherently about this book, I thought I'd update my review... :)
Love love LOVED it. I read this in less than 24 hours... I jNow that I can think more coherently about this book, I thought I'd update my review... :)
Love love LOVED it. I read this in less than 24 hours... I just didn't want to stop reading, and I was sad when it ended. Every character is well written - flawed and realistic. I felt like I knew them, that Anna's friends were my friends. Ugh, and St. Clair is completely swoon-worthy and now possibly my favorite male fictional character. What made this love story so sweet, is that it wasn't an instant romance. It was the gradual, real, relationship building good stuff.
I have to say that I also loved that this book took place in Paris! I actually studied abroad right outside of Paris when I was in college and it was hands down one of the BEST experiences of my life. I could relate to Anna about how she learned her way around the city (except I didn't hesitate to get out and do things). Reading about the city and her experiences was like the cherry on top of the best sundae ever (I know, complete and utter CHEESE... but this book does that to me)!
This made it onto my favorites book shelf. I know this is a book I'll be picking up again and again. Seriously, one of the best YA books I've read. I can not wait to read more from Stephanie Perkins....more
Perfect Chemistry was the first book I read by Simone Elkeles, and she just blew me away. I read this in one sitting... which meanOne word. FANTASTIC!
Perfect Chemistry was the first book I read by Simone Elkeles, and she just blew me away. I read this in one sitting... which meant staying up more than half the night. I can’t remember the last time I’ve done that! The next day, I went back and re-read parts of it… wanting to just devour it again. This was like West Side Story and The Outsiders meets Pretty in Pink. The writing is amazing, and I was completely immersed in the story. The characters are believable and have so much depth. I never would have thought I could get emotionally attached to a “perfect” cheerleader and a gangbanger! Hmmm… all I can do is gush… so how about a list of things I LOVED about this book:
• I LOVED how the chapters alternate perspectives between Brittany and Alex, so that you could get entirely into their heads. • I LOVED that the story is about two kids from opposite sides of the tracks, with differences in wealth, race, and social circles. • I LOVED that Brittany could recognize her own façade. • I LOVED that Alex was a smarty pants. • I LOVED that Brittany was so dedicated to her sister • I really liked the friendship that developed between Brittany and Isabel, and how realistic it was… • I LOVED how Elkeles tied in so many life lessons into a beautiful love story (don’t judge a person by how they appear on the outside, or where they are from). • Most of all, I LOVED the chemistry between Brittany and Alex!
Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this book! I did find the ending to be a little too… tied up in a neat little bow… but I loved the characters so much that I just ate it up.
I highly recommend this book! Be advised that this is aimed toward older teens as it deals with drugs, sex, and gang violence. ...more
I loved it. Couldn't put it down. I just finished. The sequel, Linger, is waiting for me at the library... but if I go get it now I won't get any workI loved it. Couldn't put it down. I just finished. The sequel, Linger, is waiting for me at the library... but if I go get it now I won't get any work done today!!!!!
I was drawn to this series by the book covers. I think they are beautiful, and honestly I was worried that I would be disappointed with the book not living up to the artwork. I wasn't disappointed! I love the cover art, loved the lyrics and poetry throughout. Loved the story, and can't wait to read Linger, and for Forever to come out this summer. ...more
Oh my. I just finished this book and now I want to go out and buy the second one. Now. I don't think I can wait till it comes in a the library. I coulOh my. I just finished this book and now I want to go out and buy the second one. Now. I don't think I can wait till it comes in a the library. I couldn't put it down, and stayed up into the wee morning hours reading the past 2 nights.
I was appalled at first by the premise of the book - how the government puts on a game show where kids are chosen as tributes by drawing names out of a bowl. The tributes are then put in an arena and forced to hunt each other down and be the last survivor on live television. Honestly, I didn't think I would like it or want to finish. I loved it. I'm so glad I was curious enough to know what all the fuss was about and requested it from the library.
The Hunger Games is well written with both lovable and despicable characters. It's a story of survival, love, and friendship. I can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a book so much! I highly recommend this book, though I think it more suitable for older teens and adults. This is not a children's book!...more
I read this over and over as a child, but I had to re-read this during our vacation to Canada as we visited Green Gables on Prince Edward Island (theI read this over and over as a child, but I had to re-read this during our vacation to Canada as we visited Green Gables on Prince Edward Island (the house and property Montgomery based her books upon). It was fun re-read :). ...more
Yes, I'm reading this again (#3) :). I broke down and bought the audio book. I didn't like the reader at first but now that I'm about a 1/4 of the wayYes, I'm reading this again (#3) :). I broke down and bought the audio book. I didn't like the reader at first but now that I'm about a 1/4 of the way through I like her....more
I LOVED this book. I actually listened to the audio version and recommend listening vs. reading for this one - the reader did an amazing job and madeI LOVED this book. I actually listened to the audio version and recommend listening vs. reading for this one - the reader did an amazing job and made the story come to life for me. So beautifully written... I was sad it came to an end....more