There is definitely magic between author and reader, props to you Lesley! Can I just say how much I absolutely LOVE this book?! The awesome Lesley LivThere is definitely magic between author and reader, props to you Lesley! Can I just say how much I absolutely LOVE this book?! The awesome Lesley Livingston has woven an incredible story including fairies and memorable cast of characters. Not to mention embedding humor and romance onto every page.
Even though the story is told in third person, Lesley has described everything vividly. I was absolutely dazzled by how amazing this debut book is. Every once in awhile, there's a special book that is absolutely a gem. This is it. For me, this is one of the best books I have ever read!
The characters come to life and you feel like you've known them all your life. You'll feel their emotions like they were your own. Kelley has become one of my favorite characters and so has Sonny and practically everyone in the book.
Wondrous Strange includes the excitement of theater and the magical elements of the Celtic myths. The whole experience leaves you breathless and hungry for more even though the last page satisfies you... but only for a little while. Luckily for me and all the readers that want to read this book, there will be a sequel!!
Wondrous Strange will be released on December 23 so add it to your Christmas list! It'll appeal to teens as well as adults too, so I strongly suggest you let Wondrous Strange enchant you!
The Good: Oh my freakin' goodness, what can I say about this book that hasn't been said before?! The cThis book really boosted my self-esteem. No lie.
The Good: Oh my freakin' goodness, what can I say about this book that hasn't been said before?! The characters are amazingly relatable and real, the writing is pitch-perfect, and it just resonated with me. It is truly awesome and even when I'm old and on my death bed, I will still remember this book.
This review isn't one of my longest and it's not because I don't have anything to say about (I have way too much praise for North of Beautiful!), it's because I have one word to describe this: inspiring.
The Bad: I was left with a lot of questions. What happened to Terra? Will Merc ever stop and smell the roses? Where did Claudius go (because one minute he was there and the next he wasn't!)? Will Terra's dad ever stop being an ass? Will everyone get what they deserve? Will anyone have a happy ending?
There are sooo many questions left unanswered and it's killing me! So, that deterred me from fully loving this book.
Overall: North of Beautiful is a fantastic and thought-provoking read that will leave you more wiser and understanding. I could not get enough of this book and I think everyone, regardless if your self-esteem is off the charts or barely there, should read this book. It will be one of the best things you'll ever do.
The Good: The book was very well written and the whole story just flowed amazingly, the story is set in 1947 and in some books the slang the characterThe Good: The book was very well written and the whole story just flowed amazingly, the story is set in 1947 and in some books the slang the characters talk in makes me feel disconnected from the story, What I Saw and How I Lied was not one of those books.
The characters are well-developed and the emotions they feel seem so real that you can't help but be empathetic. My favorite characters have got to be Evie and Mrs. Grayson.
Evie is just your all-american teenage girl and she's experiencing all these different situations that test her. In the beginning, she was just the main character that I really didn't care for. But in the en,d I wanted her to be my best friend. Evie has grown up emotionally and mentally from falling in love from the first time, getting her heart broken, feeling grief, being in the middle of a scandel, to learning justice and finding bittersweet wisdom.
The twist. I so did not see it coming. I actually gasped out loud when it was revealed. It kept me reading from morning to eight at night. This is my type of mystery.
And the ending... I just love the ending! You know how some endings are rushed and they leave you going, "I can totally write better than that" or "Was that piece of suck suppose to be the ending?" What I Saw and How I Lied's ending or it's whole story is not a piece of suck. In fact, it's a piece of awesome.
The Bad: It was boring in some parts. While some parts grabbed my attention, other parts I skimmed until something exciting happened.
Even though I did enjoy it, I didn't really connect with the story. Like I said before, it's very boring sometimes.
Overall: I really enjoyed it and if you have the patience to endure some chapters, you will love the book in the end. I say buy it, even if it is in hardback. With absolutely no doubt in my mind, it totally deserved the National Book Award.
The Good: There are so many amazing traits about this book that if I can't even tell you about them without sounding too fangirly. And that'll make meThe Good: There are so many amazing traits about this book that if I can't even tell you about them without sounding too fangirly. And that'll make me look stupid and you'll probably not read the book. Which is an a freaking crime against nature!
Let's start with the plot. I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it before. So right off the bat, it's creative and unique! Sure, Eyes Like Stars is not the only book dealing with the theatre or Shakespeare or even characters from books coming to life, but it's how the author (Lisa Mantchev) made it her own that really captivated me.
On to the characters! Bertie is such a strong character, she just lept off the pages and commanded the reader's attention. She's not perfect, but you can't help but want to be her. Confident, quick on her feet, quirky, witty... Bertie is just a fantastic character! Although it's told in third-person, I really felt for Bertie. Whenever she triumphs, you can't help but grin. Whenever she fails, you can't help but worry and hope that everything will work out for her. And, whenever she makes up a new scheme, you can't help but root for her. No matter how flabbergasting it is.
And last but certainly not least, Ariel. Oh, Ariel, Ariel... WHY ARE YOU NOT REAL?? I-he, Oh my freakin' goodness... *drools* The reason why I love him so much is because he IS SO FREAKIN' COMPLEX! The moment you think you got him figured out, BAM! He does something that makes you reavaluate his whole character.
And the faeries, oh how I love them! They are just full of interesting quirks and the take the book to a whole new level. The book isn't always happy, but these clever characters make it so much more enjoyable with their wacky antics.
I could go on and on about how I loved Nate and his way of talking (another layer aded to this book!), how much I loved Lisa Mantchev's adaption of the Shakspearean characters, and how much I loved the rest of the characters (who are so distinct from each other!)... but I won't. If I talk about them anymore, you'll probably grow sick of hearing about them and might not read the book. So, I'll stop because this book is not to be missed!
The Bad: This is so weird, I cannot think of anything bad with this book! Nothing comes to mind, whether because it's really late and my brain is not functioning or the book is really that good.
Hopefully, you'll agree that it's the second opinion because that's how I feel.
Overall: Let's review, shall we?: Eyes Like Stars has an amazingly well-written, original, and enchanting storyline; is has hilarious, memorable, and vibrant characters; and a MUST READ anyone looking for the time of their lives.
Like I said before, I suggest you run- no, hijack a really fast vehicle of transportation and speed all the way to your nearest bookstore. You will not regret it, even if you do get arrested!