Instead of focusing on what I didn't like about the book, I shall simply say what I did: I liked the family dynamics between Lara Jean and3.5 stars.
Instead of focusing on what I didn't like about the book, I shall simply say what I did: I liked the family dynamics between Lara Jean and her dad and sisters (though both sisters seriously annoyed me at times), and I loved what Lara Jean said (in the narrative) on page 294 about being separated from someone for a long time and then finally seeing them again and also the importance of the little things, as I could relate very much to it. I liked Lara Jean as a character--she was sweet and naive and perceptive, but also obviously not entirely reliable as a narrator--and I liked a lot of things about Peter, too, albeit not everything.
I also got a kick out of all the Korean drama trope nods. (Whether they were intentional or not, I don't know, but they were plenteous.) As a fan of K-dramas, they made me smile and even laugh at times--the contract dating, the tragic family backstory, the talk of fate, the significance of first love, and, of course, the entangled relationships in the romantic triangle/square/pentagon (view spoiler)[complete with the horrible, manipulative female second lead (hide spoiler)]. There were probably other nods, too, but those are the ones I remember noticing. (view spoiler)[But hey, there was no evil mother-in-law figure, so yay! Haha. (hide spoiler)]
On a more ambivalent note, I appreciated the circular aspect of the ending (view spoiler)[the book started with Lara Jean talking about writing her so-called love letters, and so ending with her writing a real love letter was fitting, in a way (hide spoiler)], but I also wish there had been a little more closure, too. But then again, open endings go along with the K-drama tropes, too......more
4.5 stars. My sister really liked this book, and mentioned it several times, so I finally picked it up from my too large stack of library books and st4.5 stars. My sister really liked this book, and mentioned it several times, so I finally picked it up from my too large stack of library books and started it. I read it in two sittings within twenty-four hours. So, yeah, I liked it too. :)
The voice was different from most YA paranormals, more unique. It actually took a long time for the main character, Jessica, to discover the truth (re: Werewolves exist! Eek!)--it was in the last maybe quarter of the book, so in that aspect it was kind of slow moving, but the story was fast paced and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Jessica's penchant for vampire novels was funny, especially when it seemed like everyone around her was reading classics and only classics.
Sigh. The ending was rather cliffhangery, and from what I understand the second book in the series is worse. I'm developing a great respect for authors who can end a book in a series with closure, wrapping up the book's storyline, but still leave the reader wanting more. ...more
So, this was a surprising read. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. But, oh my goodness, cliffhanger much? I really dislike cliffhanger endinSo, this was a surprising read. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. But, oh my goodness, cliffhanger much? I really dislike cliffhanger endings......more
Well, I liked the first book, Forgive My Fins, a lot more than this one. I mean, this was okay, but I don't think it quite lived up to its potential.Well, I liked the first book, Forgive My Fins, a lot more than this one. I mean, this was okay, but I don't think it quite lived up to its potential. I think there were too many plot threads for too short of a book, and none of them were quite able to be focused on sufficiently to be completely satisfactory, for me anyway. And the way the author wrapped up the problems in the end wasn't quite to my taste. (view spoiler)[(I was hoping that the whole turn-Quince-into-a-merman magic thing would enable Lily and him to rebond, but maybe that would've contradicted some of the rules of the story. As it is, Lily bonding with Tellin reminded me way too much of arranged marriages where the spouses keep paramours on the side. And I didn't understand why the bond-before-you're-18-or-else-you-won't-be-eligible-for-the-throne rule existed, other than to provide conflict in the story.) (hide spoiler)] Plus, I'm not a fan of stories that get preachy about environmentalism, and while this didn't quite reach that point, I found the repetitious comments about "ocean warming" and whatnot vaguely annoying. All that being said, this wasn't a crappy book, and I did like it...just not as much as I hoped....more
Funny, fast read. I liked it more than Oh. My. Gods.. Lily was a little (or a lottle) dense sometimes, and her continued insistence that--well, I'll jFunny, fast read. I liked it more than Oh. My. Gods.. Lily was a little (or a lottle) dense sometimes, and her continued insistence that--well, I'll just say her insistence regarding her "bond"--got kind of old. I liked Quince. (Actually, he's the main reason I liked this book more than the previously mentioned Greek gods one--I didn't really care for the love interest guy in that one, he was just kind of blah. I thought Quince had a little more personality and depth, and was just all around a better character.)
Yeah, anyway. It's a more lighthearted approach to the mermaid lore than most of the books I've read or looked at. I liked it....more
4.5 stars. A typical Sarah Dessen fare. (Hehe. Fare. Like food. Ha. Sorry, bad pun...I'll blame it on the lateness and my tiredness.) Although, I have4.5 stars. A typical Sarah Dessen fare. (Hehe. Fare. Like food. Ha. Sorry, bad pun...I'll blame it on the lateness and my tiredness.) Although, I have to say, with Dessen, I tend to either love her books or hate them. (e.g. Just Listen and The Truth About Forever: loved. This Lullaby and Dreamland: hated.) What Happened to Goodbye was, thankfully, the former. ...more
So, I don't normally give books like this--you know, fluffy romantic comedy types--five stars, because, even if I really like them, they're usually stSo, I don't normally give books like this--you know, fluffy romantic comedy types--five stars, because, even if I really like them, they're usually still...well, fluffy and lacking much (or any) substance.
Anyway, when I picked it up I fully expected Rhymes With Cupid to fall among the hordes of cheesy, sweet, silly, fluffy, romantic books I've read and liked and promptly forgotten about. And, to be honest, it pretty much is all of those things. And I may very well have forgotten about it in a week or a month or whenever.
I found this book really funny and really sweet and I really loved it. It had me cracking up every few pages--Elyse has a dry sense of humor that worked for me. And Patrick was so sweet, but in a way I could believe. And Dina was nice, and not in a sickening/gag-inducing little Miss Perfect way, but a genuine nice way.
Oh, on side note: as far as fluff goes, it does have some profound thoughts--I loved what Mr. Connor said about helping people and letting people help you. ...more
**spoiler alert** Zoiks and oh my bleeping goodness! (To go with the Scooby Doo reference, hehe. And Evie's version of swearing. :)) I'm just going to**spoiler alert** Zoiks and oh my bleeping goodness! (To go with the Scooby Doo reference, hehe. And Evie's version of swearing. :)) I'm just going to hide this whole review because I'm too lazy to insert the little spoiler tags everywhere and I don't think I can fully, ah, censor myself.
So. Supernaturally. Which I loved. The sequel to Paranormalcy. Which I also loved.
This one's darker in tone than the first. I didn't think it was *quite* as funny (though Jack added an extra flavor of humor to the mix), but Evie's voice was still as quirky as ever. But that made sense, because, despite the killing spree going on in the first, it was a more lighthearted story. (I think. I reread Paranormalcy a few months ago but it's been long enough for me not to remember all the specifics anymore.) Supernaturally was more introspective, I guess. Evie's trying to figure out where she came from and where she really belongs, and she's sure it isn't truly with the people she loves, and, well, I could feel her pain and confusion and...er (my vocabulary is failing me here), lost-feeling. Homelessness? And her flirting with the temptation of her power... There's something intriguing about a story where the main character struggles deeply with something forbidden in herself, and Evie definitely does that. To the extent that she had me worried about her and what she was going to do. (I was seriously tensed and thinking, DON'T DO IT, EVIE! at the end. I don't normally get that worried about characters, because it's usually pretty obvious what they're going to end up doing, even during their inevitable temptation scene. So, kudos to Kiersten for that, among other things.)
That all being said, this isn't a dark and depressing read. It's still Evie. It's still Kiersten White. It's still fun. *grin*
I love that Lend, despite being a paranormal, is so ordinary. He's not extreme. His and Evie's relationship isn't "extreme". It's normal. (Well, normal aside from the whole shape-shifting and soul-stealing aspects.) It's refreshing. It's sweet. And I love it.
[WARNING: here's where the real spoilers begin]
Jack! Oh my goodness, what a character. At first I thought he was funny. (He kind of reminded me of a male version of Evie. Sort of.) Then I thought he was crazy. (Jumping on the bed? To quote Evie, "What are you, five?") Then I thought he was creepy. (Going through her stuff in her room when she's not there? Stalker much?) And then... well, let's say I can sympathize with him--he had a crappy childhood--but, man oh man. I didn't start having suspicions about him until the cemetery scene with Uber Vamp. (Evie was all like, "It has to be faeries because only they can use the Faerie Paths" and I was like, "Um, hello? Crazy Jack? Somehow I'm thinking that kelpie attack wasn't quite so freak incidenty as I originally passed it off as." I didn't know what his motivation was, but it became clear in due time, and well, as I said, I can sympathize with him, even if he is a creeper. But then, Kiersten White made me sympathize with Vivian, too, and she was a cold-blooded mass murderer, so...)
*snickers* It was also refreshing, his relationship with Evie. I laughed at their "kissing" scene, and his reaction to it. Well, and Evie's. Another realistic approach, I thought: not everybody has chemistry with everybody. You can think someone's cute without actually having a spark between you. And--best of all--no love triangle! Yay! (Reth is the closest thing to it, actually, but with him, he's too creepy and otherworldly for me to actually view him as a viable threat to Lend, you know? I like morals. The faeries in Evie's world don't really have them. I'm thinking that would put kind of a damper on having a healthy relationship.)
Anyway. Long story short, I liked this book. A lot. And I am very very very eager for the third to come out. ...more