Another absolute childhood favourite! I'd totally forgotten this until my mother dug it out, and then just the cover brought back SUCH a flood of loveAnother absolute childhood favourite! I'd totally forgotten this until my mother dug it out, and then just the cover brought back SUCH a flood of lovely memories....more
My mum found a huge bag of Christmas books in her cupboard the other day, and I squealed when I saw most of them - including this one! Which I instantMy mum found a huge bag of Christmas books in her cupboard the other day, and I squealed when I saw most of them - including this one! Which I instantly sat down and re-read. Just too cute :D...more
Favourite Disney film, oh my! I was so excited to receive the book as well :) It's one of those gorgeous, large hardcovers with full movie illustratioFavourite Disney film, oh my! I was so excited to receive the book as well :) It's one of those gorgeous, large hardcovers with full movie illustrations :D...more
Oh my god, Natalie. (view spoiler)[I think her breaking Alex's fingers is possibly one of the most horrifying things I have EVER read. And what made iOh my god, Natalie. (view spoiler)[I think her breaking Alex's fingers is possibly one of the most horrifying things I have EVER read. And what made it even worse, to me, was how Alex had to go to hospital to have them fixed... yet she didn't just tell the doctor that a bully broke them. She said she fell on the ice. WHAT THE HELL. I think someone breaking your fingers is when you go fuck this, all bets are off, I'm telling someone about the bullying. Just, omg. Also OW. *cries*
I loved the twists and turns this took and how you never quite knew who the guilty party was... I didn't see the McKenna double-cross coming at all, even though I was certain Maia had to be innocent. (hide spoiler)]
I also wish there had been more of Amy, just because. Also, I love Jones :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The "sexy" tag is totally for Ariadne, because she was a freakin' awesome villainess! At first I didn't like her, which I guess that was the point...The "sexy" tag is totally for Ariadne, because she was a freakin' awesome villainess! At first I didn't like her, which I guess that was the point... but then she really grew on me - I guess as the others began to rub me up even more the wrong way. She was a bitch, but she was a strong character and knew what she wanted and how to get it, and how to toy with the lesser folk while doing so.
So. I'm really sad that I didn't end up liking this book. I wanted to! Cover of so much pretty! But in the end, it just wasn't right for me; not my cup of tea. If you know me well, you'll know I am super-duper not at all a fan of paranormal romances - a few exceptions aside, of course. This, alas, wasn't one of the exceptions.
This book was like someone had given me a cup of tea with milk in it. I take my tea black. Now sometimes I can tolerate that bit of milk, like if a well-meaning friend has just put it in without asking and I don't want to be rude and correct them since that'd mean wasting a cup, but usually - no thanks. I like milk on its own. I like tea on its own. I am not a fan of the two together. But sure, some people are: like with romantic plotlines and paranormal plotlines.
So I know there are some people out there who'll go all batshit crazy over this book - because story aside, I did think it was well-written. (Although there were a few uses of alabaster skin and sapphire eyes, both of which kind of make me groan. And cuss, which just makes me laugh because it sounds so hick and funny!) And the idea seemed interesting enough: Ever's friend/crush/wannabe boyfriend Frankie died two years ago and he's been visibly haunting her ever since. Everyone can see him, too; he's not just her own private ghost. I thought that was a pretty nifty idea, until it brought up things like - he died at 15, which I guess means he's eternally fifteen, but now she's seventeen (and then turns eighteen)... and is still head over heels for him? Also, I didn't like the references to him being a smoker, and the fact that this was made out to be some kind of sexy, awesome trait. Fifteen and a smoker. Smoker's breath is not sexy!
Another thing I didn't get was Ever's enormous aversion to her own name. Thankfully, Ever was a nickname and not her actual name, and she HATED her first name... so I thought it was going to be, like, Ethel or Edna or Eunice or something really old-fashioned and embarrassing. Nope, it was just Eleanor. Now I know it's common to dislike your own name, but I really don't understand the fiery rage Ever had for 'Eleanor'. I kept expecting it to be explained, like she was named after a horrible relative? But no. She just hated it. I'm still bewildered. It's not my favourite name, but I don't really class Eleanor as the sort of name that you screech at someone not to ask about!
I did like her best friend Jessie a lot, at least up to a point. I have to say I found it a little offensive how badly Jessie reacted to jokes about her and Ever being a couple when she took Ever (homeschooled) to her prom. She couldn't laugh it off at all; the way she made out it was the worst thing in the entire universe for anyone to make a gay joke about her :/
Also, it was kind of funny how Ever was all "slut!" at Ariadne when she found out she'd hooked up with Greg as well as Toby... the day after Ever herself hooked up with Frankie when she'd been with Toby the day before that. I think that was when I began to like Ariadne more ;) I have to say though that I was never entirely fond of Ever herself to start with - she's the type of girl who falls completely head over heels for a guy (who is by the way totally sketchy and five years older than her) the second she lays eyes on him, ie. before she even knows him. Like, shaking, blushing, head spinning, the full works. I don't enjoy reading about girls like that... just not my type of character, ergo not my type of story. I really expected to find out that Toby was actually wielding some kind of magical power over her that turned her into a completely different girl around him, but nope!
(No, he and Greg and Ariadne were just soul-collectors. That's all. And I'm still uncertain as to how Ever got in the way of Toby's mission, which was to guide Frankie's soul back to heaven. All he had to do - or so it seems - was swoop in and grab, but then Ever "complicated" things. Somehow. I don't really understand. I guess that once he'd done the job he would have had to move on and leave Ever behind, but surely he could have done the ten-second job straight away instead of hanging around and then falling for her and not wanting to move on? Unless he fell at first sight as well. Oy.)
I just have so many questions! Argh. Like, Ever's father dying... why? Apart from turning her mother into a mess, that did little to really advance the narrative. It just came out of the blue as this big shock... and then there was kind of nothing. You'd think a major event like that would equal a major plot-point, but it faded really fast into the background, so much so that I'm not sure why it had to happen. Also, the weird dreams Ever was happening... they didn't seem to be prophecies or anything, so why were they there? Same again with the altercation between Jessie and her mother's drop-kick boyfriend... it seemed like a major plot-point but was again just a random one-off. But, like with Ever's dad, what a HUGE event to just be a random one-off!
Also, the ending felt like it was meant to be a cliff-hanger, but it wasn't. Ariadne's line just kind of made me shrug, because I wasn't entirely sure what she even meant by it. It sounds like a giant prophecy of doom... but it's also really unclear what's actually going to happen.
I wish I was still in the UK, because my work friend Katie would totally be all over this one. As for me, I'd happily read more from the same author because she did have a fast-paced, engrossing style. This one just wasn't my genre of choice! However, a book with Ariadne as the main character? Oh hell yes, now that I would be all over!...more
It's not just a colouring book, it's full text as well alongside the pictures that you colour in, such an awesome idea! And there's a small version ofIt's not just a colouring book, it's full text as well alongside the pictures that you colour in, such an awesome idea! And there's a small version of the picture at the top of each page so you know what colours everything is meant to be... although that didn't stop me from colouring in the first few pages in neon high-lighters :P At least I was 10 so it's all neat! Most of the pages are still uncoloured too... project for a rainy day?!...more
So I started it yesterday and could not put it down from the first page! Until it was super late and I was only haThis book, omfgasdfjhksflbbbbtSQUEE.
So I started it yesterday and could not put it down from the first page! Until it was super late and I was only halfway through, and my alarm was set for 7:25am (allowing for two, maybe three, hits of snooze, although on my new phone I have to be careful because what was snooze on my OLD phone is cancel alarm on the new. At least that kind of makes me wake up faster because I have to be aware of exactly what button I'm sleepily pressing)... anyway, there was no way I could stay up until 1 or so to finish this last night. But then when I got home today: oh boy, straight on with a pot of peppermint tea and straight back into the book! (Two pots of peppermint tea totally count as dinner, right? I kind of got sidetracked.)
THIS BOOK, OH MY. It's just amazing. Firstly, the writing is so brilliant and engaging that it could have been a list of cottage cheese recipes and I would have been giggling along and squealing and loving it. Story aside, I just loved Abbey and loved her voice, she was so real and vibrant and, yep, so familiar. Reminded me a lot of me, and it's nice to read about someone where you have that kind of a connection.
And then, the story! YAY! Would you believe I didn't know this was a gay book before I started reading?! I know, right? It somehow slipped under my radar and then I just nonchalantly requested the e-galley without a clue in the world... clearly, it was meant to be. This book and I? It's FATE. Because not only was it surprise!gay, it was surprise!GOOD gay. Now, I read anything gay I can get my hands on pretty much, and there's a lot out there that isn't really all that great, that I'm pretty much only struggling through because the girls are kissing the girls. This book? NOT one of those. This book? Fucking hell five stars and then some if you please! It's just brilliant and I want to take it behind the bike shed and make out with it. I loved Abbey's coming out process so much and one of the parts I really loved was her reaction to being asked out by a boy, and how that actually made her blush and everything too, and how she liked his attention, and then how awfully confused she was because wait, he's a boy and Hot Dog on a Stick Chick is a girl and OMG HELP. (Also, best nickname ever! Although there is a character on an opposing basketball team nicknamed The Fridge, which made me laugh so hard I got tea up my nose, because a certain housemate of mine and I used to work with someone we nicknamed The Fridge, because that's how sweet and kind we are. So the basketball Fridge made me visualise the ex-work Fridge, and much hilarity ensued.)
I just realised that the boy kind of disappeared after Abbey was forbidden from going out with him. Which explains why I can't remember his name.
Keeta, aka Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, was a fabulous character as well, although in the end not particularly likeable. She is SUCH a player, and it was just really interesting to read about her and Abbey because it was kind of like a typical m/f high school romance... only with two girls. Keeta was a total player with double standards out the wazoo and Abbey just kept following after her like a lost little puppy, no matter how badly she was treated, giving second chance after second chance... it wasn't all sunshine and roses, yet neither was it all doom and gloom, which is where a lot of glbt high school romances seem to sit. It was refreshingly different for the genre, but so similar to a lot of straight books, and I LOVED THAT SO MUCH. Why are there not more books like this???
I love that the title has Freshman Year on the end, because it makes me think there'll be one for each of Abbey's years of high school. PLEASE.
I loved Mia by the way! And was a little sad that they didn't hook up at the end, but then I was also pleased, because it was again nice to have something realistic instead of all neatly wrapped up with a bow, happily ever after style, you know? The end of a school year isn't an END, it's just... there. A point in life. Things don't have to be all sorted out by the last page. Same again with Abbey not coming out to her mom. I kept wanting her to and groaning when again she didn't, but in the end I'm happy with her holding off until another time. Not everything has to be said in the one book. It leaves stuff for a sequel AND just generally, not everything has to be said even if it's the only book. You can tell how things will go anyway, more or less. You know her mom will be cool with it.
I'm so glad she and Kate made up as well, and that Abbey's fears were mostly ungrounded. I also really liked Jenn, and enjoyed Stef and G a whole lot :D Such a great cast of characters, seriously! I can't think of a single thing in this book that I didn't like, really. Except for the fact that it had to end at all? :P...more