I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. B...moreOk, I admit that I'm wrong.
I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. But, as with many other books (I'll learn my lesson one of these days) I really liked it. More than that, honestly. It was amazing.
I can't remember the last time I read a book in a single day. I probably haven't in many years, but I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it a good part of my time at work, which resulted in the little girl I watch asking me about the book as I was more or less sobbing through a good portion of it. Embarrassing, but well worth it.
It was and wasn't an easy book to read. The characters were great. Likable, intelligent, and wittier than anyone real teenagers I've ever met, I fell in love with them. But, the subject of cancer and the impact it has on Hazel, Augustus, and everyone they know was hard to read about. Not having been through and health problems like that, it seemed to me to be a pretty realistic portrayal. At times they were strong and willing to fight, but sometimes they weren't. They broke down and were scared and sad. They mocked and resented the platitudes that sick people hear, but know that they come from a loving place.
Basically, this is the best book I've read in a very long time and I see myself reading it many more times in the future.(less)
I had loved Elixir and couldn't wait for this to some out. I can't say it was as great as the first one, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
The story picks...moreI had loved Elixir and couldn't wait for this to some out. I can't say it was as great as the first one, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
The story picks up with Sage missing and Clea having no clue how to find them. I'm not sure what it is about these characters or their relationship that I love so much, but I just get so much more involved in their lives than I do with many characters. So I just love them together and their being torn apart just ripped my heart out and I really felt for them. I also liked how the events of Elixir had impacted Clea's friendship with Ben, yet she still needed his help to find Sage, so there was a struggle there.
I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but I'm excited to read the next book and see what happens. While the ending definitely left room for a third book, I'm not sure that there was enough of the plot left open to sustain a third one. I guess we'll see, but I'm sure I'll be reading it.(less)
I never get sick of the Stephanie Plum series! I particularly enjoyed this one as it opened with Stephanie on a plane flying back from Hawaii where so...moreI never get sick of the Stephanie Plum series! I particularly enjoyed this one as it opened with Stephanie on a plane flying back from Hawaii where something happened with Morelli and Ranger, but we don't know what. We're kept in the dark for awhile, but I loved the suspense. I'm constantly torn about who I prefer Stephanie with, so not knowing what happened or who she's currently with was delicious torture. The plot followed the same general formula that they all do, with a main mystery and then funny side plots with Stephanie chasing down various criminals, but with all the familiar characters, it's always a fun and entertaining read.(less)
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so I really wasn't sure what to expect from a LDS book. The plot sounded interesting though, so I though...moreI won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so I really wasn't sure what to expect from a LDS book. The plot sounded interesting though, so I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did.
As a non-religious person, reading a book where the main character's faith plays such a major role in her life was a little weird, but it worked. I wasn't familiar with all the LDS terms and concepts, but it was easy enough to follow along. I love a steamy romance novel, but I think there is also a place for books like this that have romance, but in a more conservative way for people who want that sort of thing.
The story was sweet and while I didn't find the writing great, it was good enough and I soon found that it was hard to put the book down. The only thing that bothered me was that Serra, the main character, was unbelievably dense about certain things going on around her, but I guess there are people like that and it served it' place in the story. (less)
Wendy's mother never seemed to love her and tried to kill her at her 6th birthday party, claiming she was a monster. Now Wendy is 17 a...moreLoved this book!
Wendy's mother never seemed to love her and tried to kill her at her 6th birthday party, claiming she was a monster. Now Wendy is 17 and it turns out her mother might have been right...
I went in to this book not knowing anything about it, but once I started I couldn't put it down. The first chapter about Wendy and her mother's attempt to kill her was riveting, and as the book continues and Wendy discovers the truth about herself is just gets better. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say more about that, except that it was a nice change of pace from the other fantasy/supernatural YA books I've read. I really enjoyed the growing romance throughout the book and the fact that there are 3 viable love interests. I could see Wendy ending up with any one of them throughout the series, and surprisingly I like them all. It's rare for that to be the case and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book; the end of this one definitely left me hanging!(less)
A quick, cute read for the holiday. I liked the characters and the plot, even if the speed at which their relationship progressed was a bit ridiculous...moreA quick, cute read for the holiday. I liked the characters and the plot, even if the speed at which their relationship progressed was a bit ridiculous. The setting was perfect to get me in the holiday mood too.(less)