I ACTUALLY FINISHED A BOOK! I know that sounds silly, but I am so excited to finally...moreOriginally 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!(less)
It was so weird for my to physically hold and read to this book because it’s the first one...moreOriginally 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.(less)
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 this...moreIt'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!