**spoiler alert** Lauren Oliver did a wonderful job with this book. Every word, sentence and paragraph was just right. If one word had been different...more**spoiler alert** Lauren Oliver did a wonderful job with this book. Every word, sentence and paragraph was just right. If one word had been different it wouldn’t have been the novel that it is. It’s deep, thought provoking and makes you sit back and think about the decisions you make in your life.
The story starts with Samantha Kingston living the last day of her life without her realising it. She goes about her business with her popular friends like there is always going to be a tomorrow to wake up to. Then she has to keep reliving that day, changing things and seeing the consequences every one of her actions have on the people around her. Everything is linked even when she doesn’t see it.
There are snippets of Sam’s life before Lindsay takes her in to the fold of the popular groups. That was when Sam was relatable and her own person. But as a popular person, she was a sheep, doing whatever it took to keep her place at the top of the hierarchy. For me, I really couldn’t relate to her then, as I’m not one to follow the crowd. I’m too stubborn for that. I would read the moments when she knew she could make a different decision but didn’t want to be seen to be the odd one and I wanted to scream at Sam to be her own person.
Even though I couldn’t relate, it shows what an extraordinary job Lauren has done with her characters. They’re well-rounded with flaws and reasons for their behaviour, slowly making the reason people are the way they are, even when they are deliberately cruel. Constantly testing each other just to get a reaction. And there’s her ability to describe everything perfectly and set up scenes that aren’t needed, but at the same time they are needed because we all do some things in our lives that no one sees. Like when Sam stands in front of a mirror letting the steam from her shower slowly dissipate from it and she sees herself coming into view. Those were nice touches to get a real sense of who Sam really is away from her friends.
Unfortunately, this book is a year or two too late for me to make me think about the consequences of my actions. Things have already happened that make me realise how precious life is. That doesn’t take away from the story though because we watch Sam learn all this. It’s usually at her age they really do start to realise; we’re just seeing it at a moment where she’s had to learn in the extreme.
As I grew up in the UK school system, I’ve no idea what the American school system is like, so I couldn’t help but feel that the book was a mixture of the films Mean Girls and Groundhog Day. It was really unoriginal and predictable in that sense. When Sam starts her story on the last day of her life, and we meet her friends, from then on I constantly had the ‘Queen Bees’ in mind. That’s all I could think about whenever Sam et al did something cruel or shameful. That was the only thing stopping this book going on to my favourites list and getting a full score. (less)
This book definitely left an impression on me. It starts off with Isobel and Lanley being forced into a pairing for an English project and their disda...moreThis book definitely left an impression on me. It starts off with Isobel and Lanley being forced into a pairing for an English project and their disdain for each other completely rolls off the page. Then the attraction for each other slowly comes into it, much to Isobel’s friends’ horror, and the boyfriend isn’t too happy about her spending time with him either. Then strange things start to happen around Varen and Isobel is getting caught up in it too, all with Edgar Allan Poe being linked to it all somehow. It can’t be a coincidence that Varen picked Poe for their project…can it?
I absolutely adored this book and the way Kelly Creagh wove the elements of Poe and his mysterious death into the plot (I’ll definitely be making more of an effort to read his works now more than ever). All the events, conversations, arguments, thoughts flowed so effortlessly and the characters were all well-rounded and realistic. The hint of supernatural goings-on was just right…until the last third of the book, then I got a little bit lost and wasn’t enjoying the book as much for about 50 pages. It just didn’t fit with how the book was going. That was my only issue with the story.
I fell in love with the way Kelly took Poe’s death and the mystery around it, and she ran with it. The whole story worked and you could almost imagine this was why Poe died the way he did. Having never read Poe’s works, I did get a little bit lost with that part of the book, but it wasn’t an issue. Kelly definitely helps by adding some facts about Poe throughout the book when they’re doing the project. If anything, it gets me intrigued to really sit down and learn about Poe. It’s a pity he wasn’t on my school curriculum…or my university module of American literature; go figure.
Nevermore isn’t getting full rating only because of that small bit in the book where it goes from being about this strong attraction to all-out paranormal happenings that I couldn’t follow completely. It lost the chemistry between the characters a little bit. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and I cannot wait for the next book! I shall just have to catch up on my Edgar Allan Poe while I do wait. (less)
This is the first book I have completely enjoyed for a very long time. Every page was a joy to read and I couldn’t really fault the book other than it...moreThis is the first book I have completely enjoyed for a very long time. Every page was a joy to read and I couldn’t really fault the book other than it was probably a bit young for me, but hey…I’m a female Peter Pan! I’m never growing up! In all seriousness though, this book was just what I needed to get out of my reading slump. Just a nice normal read with no paranormal beings falling in love with us humans.
Della is your normal sixteen-year-old girl with all those thoughts, worries and doubts girls her age have. Then the boy she has fancied all her school life comes to her sister’s going away party and takes an interest in her. The story centres around their developing relationship, with a sub-plot of Della’s diary going missing and trying to figure out who has it when they start sending her pages or quotes from it.
See, nothing complicated about the story. It was a breath of fresh-air. The writing flowed nicely. Nothing seemed forced. The characters were believable. What I loved most about the characters was the love and support of each other. Sometimes families and friends are there for each other just because they can be. No need for sullenness and ‘get out of my life’ drama from Della only for her to realise at the end they were only try to help her. She knew from the beginning, which made the story even more lovely and warm.
I do have one gripe about the book; it needed more about the diary. That’s all. So I’m giving it full marks. I know it wasn’t the most intelligent, thought-provoking books I’ve read, but as I said before, this book wasn’t aimed at people my age, and this Keris Stainton thoroughly entertained me with this story of Della. (less)
I made the mistake of reading a few reviews of this book before I read it for myself. ‘Too similar to Twilight’ was a phrase I spotted a lot. As I rea...moreI made the mistake of reading a few reviews of this book before I read it for myself. ‘Too similar to Twilight’ was a phrase I spotted a lot. As I read Starcrossed that was all I could see. With that in mind, I think Angelini may have been aware of some of the similarities too when Helen half-heartedly refused to be that girl that gave in to whatever the boy asked her to do. It was almost like that scene was in there just to distance her writing from the Twilight series (I refuse to call it a saga).
Anyway, in saying that, I still enjoyed the story. I read it in one sitting because I needed to know yesterday what happened to everyone. I liked- to a point- all the characters, maybe not so much Helen, she was too weak for me as a leading character, but everyone else I could warm to- even if they were all slightly too perfect. I didn’t get the subplot of Helen’s dad and Kate; I thought that was all a bit pointless. And whilst the writing was good enough to make me picture everything clearly, some of Helen’s thoughts were all over the place and I had to re-read some parts so I could get the gist of what she was thinking. And sometimes skip her thoughts because she was repeating herself again.
Like with Twilight I wanted less on Helen/Bella and more on the Cullen/Delos family. I wanted more on their history other than them descending from Greek Gods. The parents of the Delos family sounded like they had some interesting stories to tell, and I was desperate to hear them. Instead there are snippets of stories between Helen and Lucas’ love story.
There were moments between Helen and Lucas that were drawn out and not enough of getting the story moving. I also got wound up with Helen when she couldn’t get to grips with Lucas not kissing her, or doing anything more than holding her hand. She’d already been told what would happen, then when it’s finally spelled out for her, she’s shocked. What was that about?
The last quarter of the book was where the story really picked up and moved along at the speed the rest of the book should have done. I feel 400+ pages was a bit excessive for a story that could probably have been told in less than 300 pages.
I’ll stick with what I said before, that I did enjoy the story, regardless of the things that got on my nerves, and I will more than likely read any more books that come out for this series. I just hope that Helen toughens up. I also believed the Greek mythology that was being spun within the book. I love Greek mythology and learning about it, but I can’t say I know enough that it would distract me from the story because some of it was inaccurate, which I had seen mentioned in reviews.
I recommend this to anyone who loved Twilight, loves a love story between teens, and loves Greek mythology. Don’t let the size of the book put you off, it’s still enjoyable enough if you don’t take it too seriously.(less)
I adored this story. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it because I’d seen a lot of comparisons/similarities to Twilight being mentioned. N...more I adored this story. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it because I’d seen a lot of comparisons/similarities to Twilight being mentioned. Now don’t get me wrong, I like The Twilight Saga as much as the next romance-loving gal. Then I read an article pointing out its faults and my love affair with the sparkly vampires was soon over. So I tried to ignore that and go into Die for Me with a clear view and I’m glad I did.
Kate, the protagonist, was beautifully written. Sometimes overwhelmingly so, that she didn’t seem to have any flaws. In fact, I can’t think of any flaws being mentioned, but I suppose that all adds to the graceful sadness that smacks you off the page. I loved the maturity coming from her, which I can only assume is due to the European upbringing she had, because as an adult reading a YA book, I could finally get to grips with the voice. I remember being 16 and my thought process was closer to Kate’s than it’s been with any other protagonists I’ve read.
Vincent and the Revenants were fun and I wanted more interactions with the whole group. I was drawn to Gaspard (I always like the ones that hide in the background) and I wanted more of him and his history. The mixture of different characters was just right. My only niggle was the turnaround in Jules’ behaviour. It was too much for me. But it didn't take away my love for this story.
The story has a steady pace with nothing dragging. There’s just the right amount of intrigue to the plot that keeps you reading so that you can get the answers to all the questions that pop in your head. The only thing that was predictable, and I saw coming straight away, was the events unravelling in the last five chapters. Although, there was a moment in the book which was never answered and I’m hoping I’ll see that in the sequel…there is a sequel right?
I really can’t recommend this highly enough, especially if you love a good angsty romance. I devoured this book in a couple of hours, which takes a lot for me to do when you have a screaming parrot in the house, that’s how much I enjoyed the story.(less)
I came across this book by accident by flicking through the little menu on Amazon that tells me what other people bought when they bought the current...more I came across this book by accident by flicking through the little menu on Amazon that tells me what other people bought when they bought the current book I’m looking at. I love mermaid stories (blame Disney), so I clicked on it and it was going for a really good price on the Kindle, and I’m so glad that I bought it.
This is one of those rare books I wish had been around when I was a teenager. Jade is such a warm, funny, relatable character that could be your best friend. Taking away the fact Jade discovers she’s a mermaid and is dealing with that, I couldn’t have asked for a more rounded protagonist in a YA book. Hélène Boudreau should be proud of herself, because this is one character that can be a role model to many teen girls out there going through puberty.
The story never stalls. We go straight into it with when Jade gets her period, then becomes a mermaid and then finds out some things about her mother’s death that sheds a whole new light on how she’s become a mermaid. The mix is just right of Jade being freaked out and taking it all in her stride to keep the story moving, rather than dwelling or accepting the change too quickly.
The friction with her best friend as this all happens to her is spot on. I remembered all the times I’d fought with my best friend at Jade’s age and could relate to how she was feeling. I also loved the relationship she had with her dad. They grew stronger by sticking together rather than fighting when her mum drowned, and that was a nice refreshing change to read.
The growing attraction with Luke was a nice subplot too. Especially when you throw in the Queen Bee’s attraction to him and how she gets everything she wants, then you feel for Jade and keep your fingers crossed that it’ll all work out in the end for her.
The mixture of sweetness, growth and light-heartedness was just right. Even as an adult I could appreciate how good this book is and will be passing it on to my nieces to read- if I can tear them off the computers long enough to read an actual book. Please read this book and pass it on to any tweens that you know.(less)
**spoiler alert** I wanted to love this book. I’ve loved ghost stories since I was ten years old. So here we are with a ghost story and we have romanc...more**spoiler alert** I wanted to love this book. I’ve loved ghost stories since I was ten years old. So here we are with a ghost story and we have romance to boot. But I didn’t love it. There was something missing with the story because I had to force myself to continue to get to the end, and I’m glad I did because the last third is the best part of the book.
We meet Amelia, lost in a fog since she died, doesn’t know who she is except for her first name and doesn’t know how long she’s been dead for. She knows she must have drowned because she keeps having nightmares about it, but that’s all she remembers- the drowning bit, not the circumstances for it. Whilst moving through this existence, Amelia sees a boy, Joshua, drowning and in moment of connection, she helps him to save himself.
After saving him, Amelia realises that Joshua can see her, the first person to see since she had died. Slowly Amelia and Joshua start fall for each other as they get to know each other, and with it comes Amelia’s memory in dribs and drabs. Then Eli, a fellow spirit with a hidden agenda, steps into Amelia’s existence too with some frightful promises about what will happen to Amelia now that she is now long in a fog.
This story had so much potential, but the writing was bland and didn’t grip me. I was bored by the characters and felt no love for any of them. Even when you read about Amelia remembering her death, I still felt nothing for Amelia. There’s no connection between reader and story.
The last third of the story picked up pace and all the twists and turns were thrown in quickly, almost too quickly. If the subplots had been spaced out a bit more, it would have made for a better read. Only having them all flung at you at the end in the hopes of you reading the next book does not endear me to the story. But knowing me, I’ll still read on anyway because I can’t leave a series unfinished either. (less)