I ACTUALLY FINISHED A BOOK! I know that sounds silly, but I am so excited to finallyOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole
I ACTUALLY FINISHED A BOOK! I know that sounds silly, but I am so excited to finally be pushing out of this three month long reading funk. I’ve been so devastated that I haven’t been wanting to read. I don’t even think that’s a totally accurate statement. Let me rephrase: I’ve HATED the thought of reading. I haven’t been interested in it at all. I actually started to get worried that I would never want to read another book again. BUT I READ ONE! AND I LOVED IT!
If you read and loved Try by Ella Frank, then you are going to fall head over heels in love with Take. It is 100 times better. The writing, the characters, the plot, the drama….everything is SO much better than the first book. When I read Try earlier this year I remember that I liked it, but I also did skim it. It wasn’t something that I read straight through mostly because I thought that it was far-fetched and a little silly. There is nothing far-fetched or silly about Take. It is just HOT.
One of my biggest complaints with the first book was with Tate’s character. It’s not that I didn’t like him, but I also didn’t overly love him. I was actually a really big fan of Tate’s character in Take, which is an example of some crazy awesome character development. And, of course, Logan was just as hot as ever. I was also really interested in some of the supporting characters that were introduced (both new and old.)
What I really liked about this book was how it still held predictability, but it also took a different course than the first book. The drama was more intense, the heartbreak more shattering, and the heat was more well…hot. I’m really interested to see everything progress even more in the third book because let me be the first to say that Ella Frank has some serious writing skills.
There are two reasons why I’m docking this book half a star. 1. It did get a little rushed at the end. 2. I’m still not on board with how quickly Logan and Tate fell in to their relationship. It was adorable when the “I love you’s” started to come out, but it was also really uncomfortable since it was mentioned several times in this book that they had only known each other for so many weeks. I don’t understand why their story is being so rushed. As a reader and a fan of these boys, I want to see their relationship progress into months and years…not just weeks. I’m willing to read about those gaps of time and I’m really disappointed that I’m not seeing them. This book felt like a span of around 2-4 weeks, and I wish that there would have been several months to read about.
The ending of Take has a huge cliff hanger. I honestly didn’t expect to leave off where it did and now I just want the next book RIGHT NOW. Everyone needs to go read this series! It is so good!...more
It was so weird for my to physically hold and read to this book because it’s the first oneOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
It was so weird for my to physically hold and read to this book because it’s the first one I’ve read. I listened to the first two books on audio and I swore I was going to do the same with this one because they’re such good audiobooks. When I received an email from the publisher asking if I would like a copy and to join the #Isla campaign, I just couldn’t resist. I knew that I had to get my hands on this book because lord knows when the audiobook is going to come out. Let me tell you that I was not disappointed. This book was amazing!
What I love about Stephanie Perkins’ writing is that it’s so realistic. She doesn’t play that boy meets girl and they fall in love and all of the emotions are so exaggerated compared to real life. All of the books in this series are definitely romantic and feature the characters falling in love, but it’s so much more than that. The characters that Perkins develops act like how I would expect kids their age to act. They have those enhanced emotions and the petty drama that a lot of contemporary authors either ignore or exaggerate too much. I love the realistic quality that Perkins brings to these books.
I remember when I listened to Anna and the French Kiss on audiobook and Isla was introduced at the very end of the book, and I remember thinking that Isla and Josh would eventually get their own book. I was so excited to learn that I was correct. Isla and Josh are, by far, my favorite couple in this entire series. Not that I didn’t love Anna and St. Claire and Lola and Crickett, but there was just something uniquely special about Isla and Josh. Not to mention that Josh is probably my favorite character in the entire series. I’m really devastated that I don’t have more to read about them.
There did come a point in this book where I started not wanting to read it because I anticipated sudden doom. I knew that something bad was going to happen, and I honestly was not looking forward to the ending of this book. I don’t want to give anything away about the ending, but I will say that I was not disappointed in the ending at all.
Another thing that slightly bothered me was something that was mentioned in the first few chapters that really felt like a spoiler alert. I don’t want to say what it is because that will give away a big chunk of the book. However, I was really annoyed because I knew that that was going to happen at some point during the book. Obviously, it did happen. I kind of wish that Perkins would have maybe made that more of a surprise than to just leave the reader wondering when it was going to happen.
Fans of the whole series need to be prepared to blush and smile your widest smile toward the very end of the book. I’m sealing my lips, but I will say that SOMETHING happens that will leave you squealing [;
Overall, I loved this book. Stephanie Perkins is one of my all time favorite contemporary authors and I really do hope she take this series further sometime in the future. I know that I would love to read about Kurt and about Isla's little sister Hattie, whether that be their own story together or two separate stories. I feel like there is so much more that needs to be written about these characters and I really hope that eventually becomes part of Perkins' plans....more
It's been a couple weeks since I've read this book, so my review might not be perfect and in depth.
The one thing that absolutely stands out about thisIt's been a couple weeks since I've read this book, so my review might not be perfect and in depth.
The one thing that absolutely stands out about this book is Logan. Oh my goodness. Hello, Logan! He is the definition of sexy. And he had this bad boy attitude, yet with a sensitive side that he tried to hide at all possible times, that built him up that much more. I thought that his relationship with Tate could be a little awkward at times. That's probably because I didn't overly love Tate, though. Discounting that slight hiccup, Logan made this story.
On a negative note, it seemed pretty far fetched for Tate to all of a sudden realize that he was gay. No, that doesn't sound right when I read it on the screen because that sort of stuff does happen. Let me rephrase: It wasn't far fetched that Tate realized he was gay so late in life, it was how quickly he acted on it after being so against it for like a week. I would have liked to see more of a building chemistry romance between Tate and Logan. Their actions and routines started to get repetitive within the story. Some editing and character building would have fixed that right up.
Another thing is that I thought there could have been more of a plot. Don't get me wrong, the sex was hot, but I really wanted to see more cute moments between Logan and Tate. Since Logan was such a strong character, I really wanted to see more of his vulnerability and more moments that made me want to grab my heart and swoon. There were moments like that! I just wanted a little bit more to the storyline.
Overall, I actually really enjoyed this book. I can't wait until the second book comes out this summer. It's definitely a hot and powerful read, and I dare you not to fall in love with these men!
Have you ever been around a handicapped person (either mentally or physically) and felt nervOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Have you ever been around a handicapped person (either mentally or physically) and felt nervous? Uncomfortable? Frightened? Disgusted? Maybe a little bit ashamed of yourself for feeling that way? If you have, don’t feel like the worlds worst person in the entire world. Chances are that most people have felt that exact way at least once in their life. The main character in Summer on the Short Bus, Cricket, feels that pain when she gets shipped off to a summer camp for handicapped children. To say she is uncomfortable and slightly disgusted is an understatement, and if she has her way she’ll be on the next ride out of freaksville.
Over time, Cricket begins to learn that being a little different doesn’t make you a freak or a weirdo. Yes, the kids at camp look different than she and the rest of the camp counselors do, but they are no less loveable or wonderful. They’re just like her on the inside. So what if they look different on the outside? Summer on the Short Bus is an eye opening novel that details just how important every human being is, whether “normal” or “abnormal”, and brings about the growth of one ignorant little girl and turns her into a believer.
This book….my goodness…….hmm…..powerful. That’s the word that I want to identify with this book. IT IS POWERFUL. And so freaking true! I’m ashamed to admit it (see first paragraph) but I also felt a little uncomfortable during my initial stages of this book. I felt uncomfortable reading about handicapped children. How awful of a person does that make me? The one thing that spurred me on and made me feel less like an asshat from Hell was Bethany’s constant message in this book that being afraid or uncomfortable around handicapped people does not make you a horrible person. It’s normal behavior. Quite frankly, it’s normal behavior because most people don’t experience that on a day to day basis. To put it frankly, handicaps are abnormal in today’s society as a whole and people fear the unknown. I’m happy to admit that I eventually grew to love every single member of that camp and wanted to hug every single one of them. It didn’t matter that they were handicapped or a little different! And that was the message that was constantly thrown in my face during this book. Those kids were normal people with a different outside. And I loved them. I loved this book. I loved the messages. Now look at me rambling.
The one thing that I wasn’t a big fan of (I lied, there’s actually two things) is the relationship between Cricket and Quinn. This book really didn’t call for a romance, and I felt that that whole thing kind of took away from the book. Not only were they super insta lovey, but I hated Cricket for 80% of the book (until she stopped being an utter bitch) and didn’t want to see her happy AT ALL. Their relationship took up a big chunk of the book that I thought should have been dedicated elsewhere. Another thing I didn’t overly like was the mystery that starts coming up toward the last half/end of the book. Again, it wasn’t really necessary and took away from the book. I thought that the whole thing should have been dedicated to the campers and Cricket’s growth. There were just a few too many different things going on in the story.
Summer on the Short Bus is a book that I would hand one of my students in a hot second. I think that it’s a book that every child should be forced to read for their own personal growth as human beings. Have you seen the way kids treat each other? Have you seen the way kids treat people, small or large, that have handicaps? HORRIBLY. That’s how they treat them. Believe me, kids will laugh at the handicapped children in this book at first, but they NEED to read/hear the messages that are repeated over and over in this book. This book is, yes, powerful. It’s also something that our society needs to read about. I loved this book. Screw the things I didn’t like….I just loved the overall message. More please!...more
What a cute contemporary read! Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas is filled of nonstop high schoolOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole
What a cute contemporary read! Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas is filled of nonstop high school drama, twists and turns, and adorable friendships and romances. It is the PERFECT read for contemporary lovers. I was a really big fan of the main character, Heart. She made me laugh out loud several times and just gave the book a laid back, snarky feel. It was definitely a relaxing and entertaining read! The supporting characters were equally as entertaining. I really felt like I was at a high school prom watching all of these unique personalities play out in front of my. Ask Again Later has a sort of Pivot Point by Kasie West feel in the sense that it goes back and forth between two different paths that Heart can take. For the most part I really enjoyed that, but there were times that I was like UGH…just stick to one path! It got kind of confusing at times, but it was fun to go back and forth of what could be. The relationship between Heart and Schroeder ( I think that’s how you spell his name) was absolutely stinkin adorable. I was a BIG FAN of that relationship. They were just so flipping cute! I can definitely see him making it on to top boyfriends lists at the end of the year. For me, personally, Ask Again Later was maybe a bit too young for my taste. The characters seemed a little younger than they were actually portrayed, and I often thought that this was more of an MG title than a YA title. I think it’s actually kind of a mixture of both. If I compare it to contemporary YA books as a whole, then I have to admit that Ask Again Later is definitely on the younger side of YA. It’s something that I could see younger kids and huge fans of contemporary YA reading. Ask Again Later is a book that could be read in an entire setting. It’s addicting and a feel good type of read. Definitely a book that sparked my interested and is making me say hmmm….maybe I’ll just pick up more of Liz Czukas’ books in the future!...more
It really upsets me that I didn’t end up liking this book. There really wasn’t anything wrOriginally reviewed on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
It really upsets me that I didn’t end up liking this book. There really wasn’t anything wrong with it story and writing wise. My problem lied with the kids being the main attraction of the story and the haunting truth behind human behavior. As an adult, I was beyond freaked out at the harsh abuse that these children were exhibiting. It was even more creepy with the thought in the back of my mind saying that kids really would act like that in that type of situation. It’s only human nature. It was just too harsh for me, though. I found no enjoyment from reading this type of series. Most of all, I found it to be really upsetting and disturbing .
I can definitely see why this series is so beloved and talked about. Grant’s writing is both powerful and moving. There really wasn’t anything to complain about writing or style wise. It really just came down to how much I could personally handle.
The characters were interesting, but I didn’t really latch on to any single character. I only made it 35% into this book before I had to stop so there was still a lot of time for character development that I just didn’t get around to see. Around the part that I quit reading there was a no twist being introduced that I think might have definitely increased the entertainment level.
One thing I did enjoy about this book was the take on powers and an almost Harry Potter vibe with kids and magic. I think that I would have responded to that twist better if I hadn’t already been so upset with the book. However, the powers themselves seemed to lead to even more destructive behavior between the children, which automatically turned me off.
In my personal opinion, this is a book that is going to appeal more to younger readers than adults. I only say that because I don’t think younger readers will be so terrified at the actions of the children like an adult will be. However, I’m looking at my Goodreads page and I see a ton of people LOVED this book. Maybe I’m the only wimp around here. It’s not a book or a series that I will be continuing, but I would definitely recommend that people check it out because of how powerful the writing is.
Fans of the TV series Under the Dome should give this series a chance!...more