This was not quite what I was expecting as an end to the series. After the cliffhanger of the last book, I was looking forward to something amazing. T...moreThis was not quite what I was expecting as an end to the series. After the cliffhanger of the last book, I was looking forward to something amazing. This did not live up to my expectations although I did get drawn into it.
I think the thing which didn't sit well with me was (view spoiler)[that Cole's character was completely rewritten. Did he really have to get amnesia to turn into a decent being? I thought that was a bit contrived although it seemed like an interesting twist at the time. I would have liked it more if he had been faking it. That would have been more in character. I enjoyed disliking Cole and seeing what new thing he and his band would get up to in their efforts to place Nikki on the throne. (hide spoiler)]
That being said, I did enjoy the book overall. I pretty much sat down and read the whole thing through. I just wanted a little something more from this last novel.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the second of John Green's books I've read after Paper Towns. I admit that I didn't read the description before diving in, and I'm glad that I...moreThis is the second of John Green's books I've read after Paper Towns. I admit that I didn't read the description before diving in, and I'm glad that I did otherwise I probably wouldn't have read it. At least not at this point.
This was hard to read. Cancer is not a topic I usually turn towards when I'm looking to escape into a book. I didn't think it would be fair of me to rate it lower just because it was about a topic I didn't particularly enjoy.
This was very well written, and the characters jumped off the pages. I enjoyed seeing Hazel's interactions with her family, and how they deal with her diagnosis as a family. Her emotions feel real to me, and she is someone I could definitely relate to even having never gone through cancer myself.
I love how Augustus bring levity back into her life at a time where she seems to just be existing. (view spoiler)[The hard part was watching Augustus fade away. That was absolutely terrible. I know it is something which happens every day which leaves a sick taste in my mouth. (hide spoiler)]
This was an emotionally draining book, and one I wish I had either prepared myself for or waited until I was in the mood for a good cry. (view spoiler)[Although to tell you the truth, I don't think I would ever willingly choose to read a book about a child or teenager dying. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was very well-written with well thought out characters brought to life in a situation which many have to deal with every day.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had high expectations when I started this book. I read the book description and was so excited to read it. There was so much potential and so many r...moreI had high expectations when I started this book. I read the book description and was so excited to read it. There was so much potential and so many rave reviews that I was surprised that it did not live up to my expectations. The first few chapters were great. Seeing how Anna is dealing with what happened to her and wondering how Ashton is going to break through her shell. I think I just wasn't expecting it to happen as quickly as it did. (view spoiler)[It didn't seem realistic to me that this girl who won't even let her parents touch her has sex with a guy she met three days ago... (hide spoiler)] For what I saw in the first few chapters, the characters became incredibly out of character for me. They didn't develop in a realistic way for the situation they were in. Anna especially was not a believable enough character for me and came off as a little desperate. Ashton was a little better but not by much.
I had to put this book down several times because I just got irritated with the characters and the fact that (view spoiler)[all they seemed to do was have sex with "no commitment." (hide spoiler)]I almost think that Anna and Ashton's relationship was more messed up than the "relationship" between Anna and Carter. I don't think that's what the author was going for.
I also didn't enjoy the writing style either. I believe there were maybe two instances (I know of one for sure) where she said "try to" instead of "try and." I know this seems a little nit-picky, but every other sentence seemed to have this error.
The potential was there, but the characters just did not live up to it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I fell in love with Celia Garth and her sassy thoughts! I mean what woman today calls her thoughts sassy? I've definitely been going around having sas...moreI fell in love with Celia Garth and her sassy thoughts! I mean what woman today calls her thoughts sassy? I've definitely been going around having sassy thoughts since I started reading this!
I have always loved historical fiction. It really doesn't matter when or where as long as the characters are strong and the story is good. Celia is a very strong protagonist. She begins her journey as a dressmaker to prevent herself from becoming "the poor relation" dependent on her cousin Roy whom she does not think very highly of. Soon she finds herself in the middle of the Revolutionary War, watching the British bombing her beloved Charleston.
Celia is a woman of gumption (another word I love!) and discovers her own way of making it through the war without giving into hysterics or despair too often at least. She is brave even when she doesn't know how things could possibly end well. I loved watching her grow into a strong woman who can hold to her convictions and do what she believes is right.
This novel was well written and had me turning page after page wanting to know what thing Celia was up to next and if she would finally get that future she has been planning for herself for so long now.
Take a chance on this book. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!(less)
I was really really excited to read this because I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. They were rich and sensual without necessarily...moreI was really really excited to read this because I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. They were rich and sensual without necessarily being overt about it. This one was missing something. I still can't quite put my finger on what that something is though. I enjoyed seeing Jaime in a different light, not just through Cade's eyes. Dom definitely had a lot of depth to him as well. I think I might have wanted them to tackle their insecurities a bit more or at least discuss them with each other more. I felt like they found out about things from outside means and never really talked about them as a couple. I wanted to see them work through more together. I do think Dom is absolutely adorable especially with his staff!
I did enjoy this book, I just wish it had more of what the other two books had. I also don't quite understand the cover as that couple definitely is not Jaime and Dom!(less)
I am absolutely in love with this book! I had to limit myself to only reading it at certain times of the day otherwise I would have just read it all d...moreI am absolutely in love with this book! I had to limit myself to only reading it at certain times of the day otherwise I would have just read it all day and not done any studying at all. I finished reading this last night and immediately ordered the other two books (something I should have done as soon as I started this one).
Francine brought her characters to life. Their struggles and fears felt incredibly real to me. I could feel Hadassah's faith seeping out of every word. Reading about her struggles with keeping her faith in a society filled with people who commit one amoral act after the other was truly inspiring. Even though this took place in Ancient Rome, I could see our society today reflected in it which makes me incredibly sad. But knowing there are people out there whose faith is as strong as Hadassah's gives me hope. I believe that the entire message of this book is hope and God's everlasting love.
Her writing was beautiful. I felt I was experiencing life right along with her characters. I also like how she followed not only Hadassah but Marcus, Atretes, and Julia. They all have their faults, but they also have lots of things going for them which made them all the more real to me. Each character grew and changed as the story went on.
I cannot recommend this book enough to people. It was simply beautiful and will affect you in ways you never thought possible!(less)
Resist was every bit as engaging as Breathe. After the destruction of the Grove, Alina and the remaining survivors set out to find the only place they...moreResist was every bit as engaging as Breathe. After the destruction of the Grove, Alina and the remaining survivors set out to find the only place they think can keep them safe: Sequoia. Quinn and Bea are finally together and trying to find their way to Sequoia as well, no longer welcome in the Pod. Surviving the Outlands is not easy, and places they think are safe might not necessarily be as safe as they think. Ronan, the former Pod Minister's son, has just taken part in the destruction of the Grove and is disgusted at what he sees around him so when he is given the opportunity to change his life, he grabs it.
I really enjoyed this sequel. I thought the characters were well thought out and grew as the novel progressed. The plot was definitely action packed and had me turning page after page and reading just one more chapter. I like the twists thrown in that kept me guessing what was going on just beneath the surface. So much was hinted at before it was revealed, keeping me that much more engaged. The novel was beautifully written as well. (view spoiler)[I thought the ending was a tad rushed though and somewhat confusing at times. (hide spoiler)]
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I thought this book had a lot of potential. It just did not quite get there. The story follows Valentina and every once in a while her mother Olivia....moreI thought this book had a lot of potential. It just did not quite get there. The story follows Valentina and every once in a while her mother Olivia. The changes in POV were a bit abrupt sometimes and definitely skewed as to how many pages each were given. 90% of the story was from Valentina's POV while the rest was from Olivia's. It was an awkward amount which I think ended up detracting more than helping. I think Olivia's story would work better as its own separate story.
I didn't mind this story up until almost the end, and then it was ruined. Those who have read it probably know the scene I am talking about. I literally had to stop reading and decide if I could finish the book because I was so weirded out by what had just occurred. I only had about 30 pages left so I went ahead and finished it.
I think the story line of this novel was good. There was love, loss, surprise, hate, friendship. The writing style just did not do it for me. There were too many unnecessary details, and I wish I had been shown rather than told everything flat out. Overall, it was not terrible, but could definitely been better without that one scene.(less)
**spoiler alert** Where to start? I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was eager to read this one. I really like Opal because she m...more**spoiler alert** Where to start? I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was eager to read this one. I really like Opal because she makes a ton of mistakes! It makes her a lot easier to relate to.
So I started off this book with such high hopes. I should have known something was wrong when Kade was absent for most of the book. Why was the main love interest not around? Oh yeah so Opal could fall in love with the guy who kidnapped and tortured her and was involved in getting her sister Tula killed. I didn't understand it at all. I didn't see the progression to a relationship, and I don't understand how Opal could have forgiven him for his past crimes when it had taken her so long to forgive herself in the part she played.
I did like the return of Valek and Opal's interaction with Teegan and Reema, and the compound part at the end was very fast paced and enjoyable minus Devlin.
I really wanted to like this book, but having finished it, I'm left with a sour taste in my mouth. (less)
So you know a book is good when immediately after you finish it you have to tell someone how awesome it was. My sister got a text within seconds of me...moreSo you know a book is good when immediately after you finish it you have to tell someone how awesome it was. My sister got a text within seconds of me closing the book. I've read a lot by Sophie Kinsella, not all of which I have particularly liked. This one I loved! It's the best one I've read by her.
Ok I won't give too much away. Nothing that you won't read in the first couple of pages or the jacket cover. The book starts off with Poppy searching frantically for her engagement ring which she's lost during a surprise fire drill. When her phone gets stolen, she's about to have a major breakdown. But then she sees it: the phone tossed in a waste bin. That is when the hilarity ensues!
Poppy is so funny! I just love her so much! She was ridiculous in a real sort of way. I can definitely see someone walking around the world just like her. She was a very engaging protagonist, and I had to tell myself to put this book down, or I would never have slept last night. As it was I read about five more chapters than I was supposed to! It had absolutely everything going for it. Love, drama, humor (so much), and (view spoiler)[footnotes (hide spoiler)]! If you want something, funny, romantic, with a great plot, this is the book for you! Read it! Now!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I received this book as a Goodreads First Read and really enjoyed it. My friend mentioned A.J. Jacobs a while back to me, but I never had the chance t...moreI received this book as a Goodreads First Read and really enjoyed it. My friend mentioned A.J. Jacobs a while back to me, but I never had the chance to read any of his books until now. His writing is witty and engaging. I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
Each chapter is devoted to perfecting a certain body part from the nose to the stomach which was revisited many times. The things he did to live a healthy life were sometimes extreme. He was fair in that he tested both extremes on any given matter. I have always been fascinated by the human body and how it functions, so I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot and changed some of my habits as a result.
There were a couple chapters that I could have done without reading. I learned a little bit more about A.J. Jacobs than I really wanted to know...
Other than those couple chapters, I had a great time reading this book and would recommend it to others!(less)
I learned about this book after watching The Wedding Date. The movie is very (and I do mean very) loosely based upon this book. So if you've seen the...moreI learned about this book after watching The Wedding Date. The movie is very (and I do mean very) loosely based upon this book. So if you've seen the movie and don't think you want to read the book because you're expecting the same story, you're wrong. The only thing the two have in common is that the main character hires a man to be her boyfriend for her sister's wedding. Apart from that, the plot is completely different.
Sophy is pretty funny even if she talks about her "wobbly bits" a bit too often. She is the queen of digging herself into holes she can't quite get herself out of, such as creating a boyfriend to keep her mother off her back. I really enjoyed reading this and seeing how everything would turn out in the end. Elizabeth Young kept me guessing, and I had a hard time putting this one down.(less)
There were many things about this novel I enjoyed while there were other things that didn't quite work for me. Rosa and Mariella seemed a bit extreme...moreThere were many things about this novel I enjoyed while there were other things that didn't quite work for me. Rosa and Mariella seemed a bit extreme to me and not entirely real. They were such opposites, Rosa fearless while Mariella never stepped a toe out of line. I was thrown in the beginning with the changes in time and place, often having to go back to see what had happened previously. It wasn't as bad the farther into the book I got. I think the character I was most rooting for was Max. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe he felt the most realistic to me. Overall, I did enjoy this book but feel I could have enjoyed it more.(less)