Jill knows three things; her father is her favorite person in the world, her mom is flawed and she loves Sean Addison. So, when Jill walks in on an illicit moment between Sean and her mother, it seems that the very foundations of what Jill knows to be true are shaken. Her mother disappears that very night and Jill knows why, but how can she tell her father that the boy he watched grow into a young man may have had a thing with his wife? And, how can she reconcile the years old crush she had on a guy like Sean? When Daniel moves in next door with family drama to rival her own, Jill finds someone she can relate to and to bond with, but can two broken people fix each other?
If I Fix you is one of those sneaky books. You know the type. The kind of book that you are sure is filled with teenage angst and melodrama but is the complete opposite. This book is one of the best representations of complex parental relationships I’ve come across. YA is filled with dead or absent parents. It’s just easier to throw teens into the fray if they don’t have parents to step in and handle it. But, in a genre that often reveals some unknown complexity and humanity to parent characters in order to express to young readers that their parents are only human and should be given a break, it’s a relief to get a book like If I Fix You that shows that yes parents are human and humans sometimes suck. Not all parents have some misunderstood relationship with their kids sometimes they’re toxic and sometimes being free of those parents is the only way to truly be happy.
Jill’s many relationships have many sides. There’s no clear path to the conclusion of this book. It could have gone many different ways and still have been dynamic, interesting and wrapped up, but I really enjoyed Abigail Johnson’s approach. The unraveling and then rebuilding of relationships. The murky water that the truth can often be and that the idea of there being two sides to every story, but perhaps some sides are not right. If I Fix you also has the rare love triangle that is realistic, interesting and perfect. Jill’s relationships with Daniel and Sean are very different and both are unrequited intheir own way. It wasn’t like a team Daniel or a team Sean type thing. It’s definitely not even a full blown romance. These characters just get Jill in their own unique ways and they have complexities and secrets and pasts that are unique and appealing.
Jill is the kind of character you just want to root for. She’s inherently good but has her issues. She jumps to conclusions, makes up her mind without all the facts and often hides from her problems. But, she steps in to help others and can listen to others and when she listens she can hear them. Which is important.
I was a fan of the supporting characters and was interested in how their stories intertwined. I could use a bit more about her bff Claire, but that’s because Claire is such an interestingly written character that I wanted to know everything about her. This is not a bad thing, this is excellent and proves Abigail Johnson’s skill as a writer.
I read this book in a matter of hours because from the shock of the prologue, I just could not put the book down. I had to know what would happen next. A simple novel that doubles as a deep page turner.
Recommended for fans of YA contemporary fiction. ...more
I find the way this book uses mental illness to be strange, incorrect and dangerous, depending on how possible readers understand mental illness, mediI find the way this book uses mental illness to be strange, incorrect and dangerous, depending on how possible readers understand mental illness, medication and the way you feel on meds and off meds.
Also...why is it that we do not get an ending for Walt? ...more
At birth, the universe did Lada Dragwyla a great injustice…she was born a girl. In a world where feminity and beauty were the only weapons at a woman’s disposal, Lada wants a sword. On her father’s, the prince of Wallachi, land Lada runs wild, throwing convention and rules to the wind. Until, the day that Vlad’s power is threatened and he must give tribute to the Ottoman Sultan, the tribute? Lada and her younger brother, Radu. Abandoned in a foreign land where she doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t worship the same god, Lada forges her body and mind into a warrior that will one day make her a legend.
The synopsis is a bit misleading, it makes the book sound like it’s about a love triangle. But, it is not Twilight. There are feelings that go between the three characters and those feelings are complex and heartbreaking and beautiful, raw and real. This book is about so much more than a simple love triangle. It’s about discovering who you are, it’s about carving a path for yourself through the expectations of others, it’s about first love and first heartache and the bonds of family that are often stronger than anything else. It’s about life and devotion and what it means to have faith.
And I Darken is the perfect answer to the call for diversity. The author seamlessly wrote characters of color, complex female characters, homosexuality and two different religions without being obvious. And I Darken isn’t about diversity, it is about our world and our history and those things have always and will always be diverse.
The protagonist is a girl who is not classically pretty, some would say she was ugly, who is equal parts vulnerable and strong. Lada is fierce without being devoid of feelings, she is powerful and yet still has many of the physical and emotional weaknesses that many girls her age have.
Her brother Radu, is as handsome as he is weak. As intelligent as he is afraid and as cunning as he is quiet. The young sultan, Mehmed is a devout Muslim who manages to be faithful to his god without being portrayed as a fanatic hell-bent on killing infidels.
And I Darken is a unique twist on history. Vlad Tepes is one of the most interesting characters in history. He’s Vad the impaler, the Prince of Darkness and of course, Dracula. Turning Vlad into Lada is a unique concept that I cannot wait to continue reading. In the first book, Lada and Radu are kids but you can sense what they are to become. They have so many sibling squabbles but you just know in your heart that if they can just work together the world would fall at their feet. With her ferocity and his intellect, they would be unstoppable. They just have to figure it out.
Recommended for fans of historical YA, historical fiction and anyone who likes a badass heroine. ...more
In 2017, I have challenged myself to read go farther than I have ever gone before...Sci-fi the final frontier. I've always considered myself a sci-fiIn 2017, I have challenged myself to read go farther than I have ever gone before...Sci-fi the final frontier. I've always considered myself a sci-fi person because I like time travel but last year I realized that I never actually read sci-fi.
This is book 2 in the great sci-fi experiment and I loved it. Science fiction is interesting because it's based off of theories. It's not just imagination and myth like Fantasy, it's also what could be. There could be time travelers walking among us right now, there could be parallel universes and what if a giant metal hand was left here on earth millions of years ago. Where did it come from? Who left it?
The possibilities are endless and the answers make you feel incredibly small.
I don't know if it's because I am reading it too late, or reading it too old, but this book is boring. More, I can think of a bunch of books that do wI don't know if it's because I am reading it too late, or reading it too old, but this book is boring. More, I can think of a bunch of books that do what this book does but better. Also, why is it A Wrinkle in Time when there is no time travel, more like parallel universes. This is basically Dorthy in Oz or Alice in Wonderland.
I'm not a fan of these kinds of stories where a kid, or people, get dropped into strange worlds and kind of wonder around until people help them.
Also, crazily anti-climatic ending. Oh and the Christian rhetoric was very weird and out of place. Not subtle at all and I am not sure WHY it's in there...
But, at least this is my 150th book and I have officially completed my 2016 reading challenge....more
I found it to be quirky and funny, but no character in this book is remotely realistic, it's like a John Green book and for some reason filled with reI found it to be quirky and funny, but no character in this book is remotely realistic, it's like a John Green book and for some reason filled with references most 16 year olds won't get. But, I'm in my twenties so I liked them, lol....more
Great concept and the first half is great. The last chunk is chaotic, all over the place and I couldn't keep up. People die and are brought back, therGreat concept and the first half is great. The last chunk is chaotic, all over the place and I couldn't keep up. People die and are brought back, there are all these different worlds and it's barely sensical. And, then ppl die and it's like why?! I don't know. Great concept. I'm willing to read book 2 for the concept and hopefully a less confusing world. ...more
This is going to be short and sweet, because to truly tell you why I love this book, I would have to spoil it. And, spoiling it would ruin it, so here are is a very short and sweet review.
This was one of the rare situations where I read a book without reading the synopsis. I follow Colleen Hoover on facebook and remembered reading a post about how emotional this book was for her to write, and so I added to my library queue and forgot all about it. When the book became available, I was like, cool, let me listen to this one. It was one of those risky maneuvers, because Ms. Hoover is a hit or miss for me. I love her Slammed book, but didn’t really love anything else she’s written.
This is a story about love. It’s about the people we let into our lives and the people who change us. It’s about discovering who we are. It’s about picking up things from our parents that are better left in the past. It’s about lost love and the past and the future.
It Ends With Us is romantic and sad and devastating. It will put you on the edge of your seat, make your heart beat rise and it will give you hope. It will make you shake your head in exasperation, it will make you judge and it reveal things about yourself that you never knew. Reading this book I realized that while I know certain things about love, relationships and human nature, I am still very judgmental. It taught me and it showed me things about myself and how I look at the world that I needed to know. These discoveries will help me be a better friend if I ever find a love one in certain situations.
This book will also make you laugh. It will make you swoon. Will make you chest clutch. I was swept away and then hit with a dose of reality.
Colleen Hoover does a wonderful job differentiating between Lily’s adult voice and her teenage voice. And, I think through the two looks at Lily’s life we see how she has evolved into the woman she is by the end.
I was satisfied even as the book really took me on an emotional journey. I highly recommend this book and if you read it I would love to know what you think....more
Alex is on the run. She doesn’t know why, but her mother packed their bags and ran off with her awhile back and they haven’t stopped running. They’re on the run from the Hematoi, descendants of the Greek gods. That is until Daimons, break into their secret home and kill Alex’s mom. Afraid for her life, Alex calls the only people who can help her, the very people she is running from. Now, alone in the world, Alex must reaclimate herself to the society she ran from and discover the secrets that sent her mother running into the night.
As a series, Covenant is solid. It’s action packed, funny, has a bunch of heartbreak, twists, turns and a swoon worthy romance. As an original piece of work, it’s disappointing.
This series is a blatant rip off of Vampire Academy. Sure, it’s got gods and powers, but everything from Alex being on the run and getting picked up by Aiden, a hot, slightly older, legend in the making Sentinel who she has a huge crush on, gets trained by and basically falls in love with (hello Rose & Dimitri) to the way that Daimons are turned (hello Strigoi) to the very structure of Half’s being the body guards for Pures (hello Moroi and Dhampire) There’s even a lovable, fun loving teenage alcoholic (hello Adrian)...see, Vampire Academy ripoff.
If you’re looking for a fun read, that’s not too serious, not too complex and if you’re missing that thrill of reading Richelle Mead’s popular series, then I suggest Half-Blood, book 1.
My biggest issue with the book is that Ms. Armentrout has issues with establishing consent. There’s a relationship that Alex enters into in a very “lets just give it a shot even though you’re in love with someone else” relationship very similar to Adrian and Rose in Vampire Academy that I have a lot of issues with. There’s a completely out of place scene where Alex is drugged and almost hooks up with one of her classmates, who knows she is drugged. The next day he is all apologetic and angry with himself for letting it go that far and she tells him he has nothing to be sorry for and then she APOLOGIZES TO HIM.
Not, ok. Not, ok. NOT OK. That’s a very problematic situation. That situation is why I can’t give this series higher stars and why I had to point it out despite it being a spoiler. We just need to really understand that if a guy or girl has sex with someone who is drugged, and not able to properly make choices for themselves, or give consent, that is rape and it is NOT OK. ...more
I really liked Unearthly, but it had a rushed ending. I was able to get past that, because the ending was interesting and not at all what I was expectI really liked Unearthly, but it had a rushed ending. I was able to get past that, because the ending was interesting and not at all what I was expecting.
Hallowed, was exactly what I was expecting and still had a rushed ending. Cynthia Hand spends all this time setting up the ending and then it's just kind of over.
I just don't understand what Cynthia Hand is trying to say about destiny. In book 1, Clara very obviously was all about making her own choices and not going for the choices people or some powerful being has chosen for her. This time she kind of caves, gives in and doesn't fight. I have a hard time with the love triangle, only, because we clearly see her fall in love with one guy, while the other guy is supposed to be her destiny and they're like duty to each other ...BUT, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THEY HAVE FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER? Well, Cynthia Hand did not give that to me and so I have huge issues with the idea that destiny is not something that we willingly choose.
There are a lot of balls dropped by the author when it comes to the supporting characters and their stories. I'm not sure what's happening with Angela, with Jeffery, etc, because sooo much is happening with the love triangle. What about the black wings? Is there going to be a war? Are they coming? What's happening?
I will probably read the last book in the series just because I speed through these books so easily, but I am unhappy that it's not living up to it's potential.