I think: Where she Went is written from Adam's perspective and since I love books told from guy POV's, I loved this book before I even started it! But to be honest- and as much as I feel pressured NOT to say this- this story was unnecessary. I was happy with the way If I Stay ended and I didn't need closure in a sequel. If this book wasn't from Adam's POV, I probably would have really disliked it.
I like: Adam's POV. I love books from guy's perspective and Adam's voice delivered, I felt his angst towards Mia and the anxiety of being famous.
What made this not a 5 star read: -I liked the flashbacks at first, it was a nice view into Mia and Adam's previous relationship but however, I still did not feel the chemistry between Mia and Adam and just like with If I Stay, the flashbacks got annoying because I just wanted to see Mia and Adam in present time and how they're dealing with being around each other.
-the transitions. One moment it was Adam and Mia in the present bowling then it switched back to 4 years ago. One moment they were making up, the next they were having sex and the next second after that they were arguing. What in the world...
-I'm sure I mentioned this already but WHY ARE MIA AND ADAM GOING OUT? I don't feel any spark between them. Usually even if am not a fan of the couple I still root for them and life would not be complete if they don't end up together but with Adam and Mia, if they didn't end up together I would be happy.
Overall: sure I have my complaints, but like If I stay, I finished this in one sitting. If you want to read it, go ahead. If not, then you're not missing anything out.
I think: Yet again, hype proves to be bad. Not that I disliked If I Stay, but it was definitely not what I expected.
What in the world is the book about? Mia the MC along with her loving parents and adorable younger brother Teddy, get in a car accident. Mia's is injured badly while the rest of her family dies, how does she know this when she's in coma? Her 'spirit' is lingering around seeing the chaos that the people who love her are in and now she must decide if she wants to move on with her perfect family or stay for the other people and things that love her.
I liked: -Mia's family, they really are a great loss. During the flashbacks or 'remembering' parts I just couldn't get enough of them! And it really breaks my heart to know that they died, almost as if I know these people in real life and can't believe their death.
-The concept of the book. I have recently come to the conclusion that fantasy & paranormal is not my favorite genre but in If I Stay even though there was the obvious fantasy element, it felt like a realistic contemporary story.
What made this book not a 5 star read: -I expected more of Adam. I did not read a SINGLE review of the book before I read it but from the talk surrounding the book on goodreads, blogs & twitter I just expected more of Adam, better yet I expected him to be better developed. To me Adam was just this person who is musician, nice and is dating Mia and he loves her. I didn't feel any depth to him beyond that.
-I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why Mia and Adam love each other and are dating. I feel zero chemistry between them. Nothing, nada. Maybe it's because to me both Adam and Mia aren't all that developed but still cannot comprehend there relationship.
-At first I enjoyed the flashbacks, but when it got to the point where there were more flashbacks then present time of Mia in the hospital and what's going on around her, it got annoying and I just wanted to skip to the parts where it's not a flashback.
Overall: If I Stay is an emotional book even though I did not tear up or cry at all but I did finish it in one sitting so that tells you something. It's definitely worth reading!
It goes without a doubt that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the second Divergent of the year and I mean that buzz wise. I haven't read Divergent myself, but everyone has and everyone that has read it loves it and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the exact same way. It barely came out today and already the hype about it is HUGE, so many people loved it and not a person hated. It's a favorite of the year for 90% of people who read it and let me be the first to say, ALL THE HYPE IS TRUE!
Laini Taylor really is an amazing writer, the world she created is fantastic and her characters are loveable, the plot? A page-turner but I think it's none of that that ultimately makes this book the 5 star deal for everyone but it's the writing.
It is beautiful.
So beautiful I kept rereading sentences because they are just so... fabulous! What do you think of when you hear the names Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel? Classy, beautiful, fabulous and iconic. They make you wanna whip out you're cat frames sunglasses, a ciggy and feel like you own the world. Well this is how the writing of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is.
Fabulous. Excellent. Marvelous. Magnificent. Remarkable. Extraordinary. Brilliant. Spectacular…. Just look up wonderful and all the synonyms you get describe the writing and prose.
Taylor has real skill, she has talent writers wish they had an ounce of. Anyone can come up with a half decent plot, half decent characters and make a half decent novel and sell it but Taylor has the magic. She has the sparkly pink fairy magic dust people wish they had so they can throw it around and wish to make things better.
I mean I bet when you open Daughter of Smoke and Bone the is probably what you will see:
and then you will be feeling: for reading such a good book!
I kid you not, the writing is that good. I kind of want to eat it from how yummy it is!! I think if we took away the amazing writing we would just end up with yet another fantasy story, granted better then others but ubiquitous nonetheless. Lets be honest, at some parts of the book I was confused to the point where I literally had no idea what was going on but all of that is a trick on Taylor’s behalf and everything does clear up and I think the romance was too insta-love and I didn’t understand all the way how it came about, it just happened. Even after the big GASP happens and that should have cleared all doubts about the love, it still didn’t make 100% sense to me and. Also, Akiva’s past and his ‘kind’ didn’t have a solid background explanation for them to make them convincing and believable but in the end these things don’t smother the fact that the book is unique, it's amazing and mesmerizing and you better read it or I will hunt you down with black fairy dust and the results will not be that of the dreamy kind.
my favorite book reviewer/blogger ever Ari, over @readingaftermidnight just loved this book so much she proposed to it and let me tell you, things are about to get ugly in here so if you can't handle hair pulling, nail clawing and cat fights get out while you can because Graffiti Moon is mine. I won't do sharing when it comes to this book so somebody is going down and I already know it won't be me!! And if you can't already tell this is about the best book ever... just saying.
Lucy isn't looking for the average guy, she's looking for Shadow and Shadow is not average. He's a graffiti artist that tags walls all around the city and his art is just inspirational, it's amazing, and Lucy cannot think if a better match for her other then Shadow and she is willing to donate a kidney to find out who he is. So after the last day of school she goes along with two friends and a group of guys on a ‘shadow hunt’ to look for who thinks is her soul mate and she along with the rest of the gang, got the night of their life.
I was kind of apprehensive when I started reading this because while everyone loved it I’m always that one person who is the opposite of everyone else (which is why I haven’t read Divergent yet) so I was expecting the worst and the best at the same time and it goes without saying I got the best. I just want to go out, buy it and cuddle it to sleep every night. Why is Graffiti Moon so special you say? Umm, the characters, the plot, the dialogue, the writing, the everything is just plain fabulous.
This book alternates POV’s between Lucy and Ed, one of the guys that go on the ‘hunt’ with Lucy and I love this because my top favorite books alternate POV and also it has some chapters where it’s just poems written by Ed’s best friend, Poet.
I loved how this book was hilarious at parts but it still managed to stay profound at the same time. Crowley’s writing is just so beautiful, it’s realistic, it’s funny and it’s poetic in its on way.
I cannot gather my words in a way that does justice on how amazing this book is! My heart went out to all the characters, especially Ed when he thought about money or Bert. I loved how they are all realistic, they acted like teenagers, thought like teenagers and they are real teenagers. This book takes the course of one night and while usually books like this fall a little short for me because I always want way more time with the characters I didn’t feel like that with Graffiti Moon, the pacing was as perfect as pacing can get.
The beginning was perfect to me but when Ed and Lucy went out on their own I didn’t think it was as good as the start because I just wanted more showing then telling but that didn’t last too long because the end completely made up for it.
Overall this is probably my favorite read if 2011 and already I’m planning to re-read it!!
(thanks to the publisher at netgalley for providing me a galley to read)
I wanted to love this book. I tried to love it, I really did but what can I say? I could only fool myself for so long. I had HIGH expectations for thiI wanted to love this book. I tried to love it, I really did but what can I say? I could only fool myself for so long. I had HIGH expectations for this book, very very very high expectations. Safe to say I was disappointed.
I started reading Dessen novels right before this book came out so when I saw how amazing The Truth About Forever & Just Listen are I knew this book will top both of them but really it didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I read it in ONE sitting but still the entire time I was turning the pages I was complaining.
Over all I liked the book but I couldn’t over look the fact that it seemed like I have read the plot before.
-Auden’s crazy mother? sounds just like Macy’s mom from The Truth About Forever
-Auden over academic achiever personality? Macy was the same way.
-Auden’s wild brother who is tamed by a girlfriend who is the exact opposite of him? Remy’s brother from This Lullaby had the same thing happen to him. Also Macy's sister went through a similar thing.
-The over all plot of exploring new things? kind of just like The Truth About Forever’s plot on how Macy worked for Wish to have some and try things out of her element.
so do you follow me? it feels like I have read the book before!
and UGH! Don’t get me started on Jason! usually I like to see the reoccurring characters from previous books but definitely NOT Jason.
The romance? it was good but also (And this is the best way I can put it…) it was half assed. Sorry but I had to say it! It feels like Eli’s & Auden’s relationship just happened instead of actually developed like we saw in TTAF & JL and I think the reason for that is instead of showing us Auden & Eli interact Dessen just told it instead of actual showing…
It feels like I’m only saying bad things about the book so in all honestly I DID LIKE THE BOOK! but it’s not as amazing & extraordinary as TTAF & JL. Definitely pick this book & read it though!
This book and all the characters in it hold a special place in my heart. Just like all Dessen's books the problems the main character is facing are reThis book and all the characters in it hold a special place in my heart. Just like all Dessen's books the problems the main character is facing are real and oh boy the romance is lovely, so out of this world lovely.
There is not way to explain how much of a good book this is because such good books should NOT be written, it should be illegal! From start to finish I was completely in love with everything about it.
Amazing characters? check.
Amazing plot? check.
Amazing romance? check.
Amazing everything? check.
Along with Just Listen, this is one of Dessen's absolute best books. I can't even begin to say how good it is, if you haven't read it you're missing out on a lot!