Caleb finding redemption and a sense of purpose by trying to leave the monster part of him behind was touching...but felt a little underwhelming. Whil...moreCaleb finding redemption and a sense of purpose by trying to leave the monster part of him behind was touching...but felt a little underwhelming. While we're finally getting a taste of his humanity in this book, it was completely unnecessary. Don't get me wrong, I loved how this book was a means for closure and it was written from Calebs perspective, I just think it was written more for the audience sake than it was for the characters if that makes sense. Of course Caleb and Livvies relationship has come along way, I just think the outcome may have been a little far fetched.
Let's just say that after reading this book, I'm convinced I have Stockholm Syndrome. Because surely I'm mentally unstable if I say that I truly have...moreLet's just say that after reading this book, I'm convinced I have Stockholm Syndrome. Because surely I'm mentally unstable if I say that I truly have fallen for this sick son-of-a-bitch Caleb. WHY?! I'll tell you why, when I know the answer myself.
Make no mistake, this is no romance...This book is not for everyone. Certain themes in this book will n...moreChilling, disturbing and mindfully compelling.
Make no mistake, this is no romance...This book is not for everyone. Certain themes in this book will not sit well with even adults. But there's something so dark and haunting that makes what happens in this book raw and real.
This is the kind of book of what would have happened if the girl from Taken (the movie) never had a kickass dad like Liam Neeson to rescue her.
While I'm disturbed at some events that happened in this book, the compelling writing sucks you in so deep, you realize you're drowning in emotions that you can't explain. My heart ached for this girl, and I was set in stone that I absolutely HATED the guy, but something about their relationship (if you can call it that) compelled me to keep reading.
The concept of someone having Stockholm Syndrome always intrigued me. So, I was instantly drawn to this story. The disturbing scenes however, I can solely do without. But that's what makes this story so dark and twisted.
Caleb is a human trafficker, abuser, murderer and rapist (view spoiler)[(although his forced sexual acts actually bring the girl pleasure) (hide spoiler)] This is a man that deserves to be caged, muzzled and restrained...some even say worth the death chair. He's twisted, and downright sick in the head (view spoiler)[(thanks to his tortured past as a sex slave) (hide spoiler)]but somehow he forms a connection with the reader. Whether that connection is brewed from hatred, or not, it's there.
I couldn't for the life of me find the heart to even sympathize with Caleb, not even for a second, and yet his character was written so well. He's the worst kind of predator because he's young and gorgeous. He's compelling, and he's convincing. All of those that mask the perverse monster side of him. And what stings more, is he's capable of comfort.
I cringed in places, I cried in places, and my heart broke in places in this book. And still, I couldn't stop reading. In fact, I didn't realize the impact this story had on me, until a few days later when I couldn't get this book out of my mind.
For that, I have branded this book a five star. If something like this can haunt my waking thoughts, it deserves recognition.
Slight warning: This book is not for the faint-hearted.
I liked the Italian Mob aspect in this book. That's what initially drew me to the story, and then the romance. I loved Mia and Marcus as a co...more3.5 stars
I liked the Italian Mob aspect in this book. That's what initially drew me to the story, and then the romance. I loved Mia and Marcus as a couple. I didn't feel annoyed at anything about them. Sure, it was cheesy, predictable and a little unrealistic, but I enjoyed it.
I'm still intrigued to know what will happen to them after finishing this book, and want to know what is installed in the next book.
The only let down I will say about this book is the writing style. It's awkward and hard to get a hold of. It kept throwing me out of the story. The typos bothered me little, it was mainly the style of writing. There were awkward jumps and too many unstructured sentences, but other than that, it was enjoyable.
Side Note: I had a name crush on Mia. I LOVE that name. :D
Is this book supposed to be funny? or is it just me? I found myself laughing out loud at the absurd stuff that Travis done to make a point sometimes w...moreIs this book supposed to be funny? or is it just me? I found myself laughing out loud at the absurd stuff that Travis done to make a point sometimes when he acts more like Abby's older brother instead of her boyfriend, but it was hilarious. I didn't quite like Abby though. Sometimes it felt like she was messing with his head on purpose, and other times I could've sworn she was bipolar ...but despite its flaws and the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters, I found myself actually enjoying this book. I was skeptical at first because I read a lot of reviews on Amazon, but realised that a lot of them were a little misleading. This book isn't for the faint hearted I admit, but I liked it. I think it was entertaining enough to keep my attention and it had enough drama to satisfy me. Of course some parts stretched out towards the unbelievable, but I guess I just let it fly... I'm actually intrigued with the Maddox brothers and wonder if the author would write a book for each one, because I wouldn't mind delving into their background ..that would be an interesting read. Also, I would have loved more of an explanation to why Travis behaves the way he does...he's got major anger problems but the explanation was brushed over lightly and I think it would've made him more of a hero if McGuire delve deeper into his issues rather than glazing it over with the cheesy romance...but like I said I enjoyed it.
3.5 stars but I was feeling generous and gave it 4 stars ;)
(I filed this book as new adult, even though I'm aware that is supposed to be "YA")(less)
Realistic, relatable and heart-warming. This book makes you think that love doesn't have to be expressed through shallow words, or that it's not so in...moreRealistic, relatable and heart-warming. This book makes you think that love doesn't have to be expressed through shallow words, or that it's not so instantaneous. That you don't have to look like the girl on a TV commercial, or a model on a poster to find someone that is attracted to you no matter how many flaws you may have.
Eleanor and Park is a book about love and makes you believe that you can find a safe place in someone's heart when otherwise you fail to find a safe place in your home.
This is exactly what I needed after reading Allegiant.
The Transfer is a short story based off the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. It tells the st...moreThis is exactly what I needed after reading Allegiant.
The Transfer is a short story based off the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. It tells the story of Tobias Eaton as a 16 year old, and how he becomes Dauntless, and the steps it took him to get to where he is.
Four is so complex, I can't help but fall in love with him as a character. After reading this short story, I just exploded with empathy.
He's a compelling character that I can't get enough of. I look forward to reading more of his short stories!(less)
The DUFF is a book about a girl named Bianca who gets told from a hot guy that she’s the DUFF [Designated Ugly Fat Friend] Which loos...moreRating: 3.5 Stars
The DUFF is a book about a girl named Bianca who gets told from a hot guy that she’s the DUFF [Designated Ugly Fat Friend] Which loosely translates to: being the girl that’s not as attractive as the girls in her group of friends. You don’t even have to be fat or ugly to be considered a DUFF. You just have to be the girl who happens to make their friends look prettier, or more attractive than you, that it’s noticeable because you might dress in unassuming clothes. Or you might be a little timid and shy, or anything that makes you not really stand out to anyone. Which ultimately makes you the DUFF. You’re the girl that makes her friends look more appealing to the ‘man-whore’ so to speak.
After reading a couple of pages, I thought this book was a little shallow at first, because the main character Bianca was a little immature and un-likable. I couldn’t seem to relate to her at all, which made it a little harder for me to continue reading, but I persevered, and I’m glad I did.
I mean, sure she’s this cynic, over opinionated girl that hates the world and every body in it, and yeah she had her reasons. But a lot of the times her words and actions to other people were too over the top. Not only that, but she came off too bitchy and judgmental towards people that she didn’t know, not to mention, to people whom didn’t deserve it.
And what was worse, she was doing the exact same thing to people, that she hated people doing to her. She was constantly slut shaming, and calling people names, even knowing how it felt because she got treated the same.
Also, she hated a guy because of the rumors she’d heard about him of being a ‘player’ and a ‘womanizer’, and not really knowing anything else about him but his name, and that he liked to flirt with girls. Those reasons for hating a person are both shallow and judgmental, that it only made me dislike her even more.
Not only that, but the ‘situations’ she finds herself in with Wesley was kind of rushed and out of the blue. I mean, she kisses him and then right after, she slaps him and calls him an, “asshole”. I was confused for a second, because that was both unexpected and really odd since she was the instigator, but then she drums it in our heads that she constantly hates him? That part didn’t make sense to me.
In saying that, it did make for a better effect in the end as her character started to develop as the story progressed, and then I started getting a feel for the real Bianca and see her evolve into this mature girl that rationalized her situations, and faced her problems.
I started to see her as a confused teenager with many flaws, who is just trying to get through high school, and trying to find herself, and the ice around my thoughts melted as I read further. I also realized that this side of Bianca was really a wall or protective-barrier she seemed to put up with people around her, because she was scared to get too close to someone, where she’d feel exposed to the public. She’d built so much anger up inside of her because of her past relationships with not only her ‘ex-boyfriend’ but her family problems, that she managed to mask her emotions and feelings.
I realized that she’d been let down so many times in her life, that she’d learned to protect herself by pushing people away with her bitterness, hoping that she wouldn’t have to go through that kind of pain she’d been through once upon a time. And then her character just bloomed into something real, and someone I could easily know in real life. Someone I could relate to if I were in her shoes. Her voice started to feel like an honest, real character which was surprisingly refreshing to see in YA these days. Her point of view, though candid, was completely necessary and new I decided I liked her in the end.
Her character seemed to just grow on me as I read further into the book, and in some point in the story, I found myself really getting hooked into her character and I started to care what became of her, and wanted to know what choices she was going to make, and how they would affect her future. I started thinking that her bitterness was just a mask she hid behind, and gave her an excuse to hide that fragile little girl that she was, that ultimately just wanted to feel important. Wanted. Accepted. That’s when Bianca became this representation of every girl that has ever felt insecure, or felt like they were not good enough for someone, or rightfully the DUFF. And I mean, every girl has been through the DUFF stage at least once in their life. And it’s like we as women, don’t even know or realize how many people feel the same way. Guys too, but they just have better way of hiding it than us girls.
Wesley Rush wasn’t someone I liked at first either. His insults to Bianca were a little too hurtful for me to bear, because the way he said them made them feel like they could easily be directed at me, too.
I mean, he states that Bianca would look better if she started hanging out with girls that were slightly ‘uglier’ than her. WHAT? Of course, he didn’t say it in those words, but that was what he was implying. His redeeming qualities started going down after that. If someone had said that to me, I would have slapped him too.
The thing about Wesley Rush, is that he’s exactly the kind of addiction that Bianca speaks of. You don’t even know when it happens, but he gets under your skin and crawls his way to your heart. That’s exactly what he did to me.
I found myself anticipating his presence on the page. Aching to hear his witty comebacks, oh and that curly hair and grey eyes was a bonus. But my favorite part about him was the fact that he was the one who craved Bianca’s company, and made the effort, despite his initial reasons for approaching her in the first place. Making me believe that he always did find her attractive, he just didn’t want to admit it.
And then, before I knew it, I was swooning at the mention of his name. Not because he was hot, or a jerk. But because there was depth there, and he was more than just a ‘womanizing man-whore’ that treated woman like left overs. He actually turned out pretty decent, oh and I LOVED the note he wrote to Bianca. Gosh! I felt my heart melt after reading that.
The other characters were a little bit unrealistic and there wasn’t any distinction to really separate them from the other, but that wasn’t all that bad. I wasn’t really bothered by that fact, although I do wish we had a little more insight into their characters.
Also, I loved when the story delve deeper into the fathers past and how he dealt with his problems of the presence. I wish Keplinger went deeper on that subject, because that was when the story took a U-turn into something really interesting. Still, Keplinger handled herself well with book. I won’t say anything else, because I’m afraid I might ruin the plot, so yeah…
All in all, I enjoyed it. It was pretty well-written, which only made me commend Kody Keplinger even more because she’d written this book at the young age of eighteen, and had it published. That’s a huge accomplishment in itself, so I congratulate her for writing a book that is both relevant, and worth the time I put in reading it.
I look forward to reading more books by this author.
P.S. My Confession: I kind of have this small crush on Wesley Rush right now. Don't judge me LOL :D
Holy. Fuck. I cannot wait for the next book. There's just no eloquent words to show or say how I feel about th...moreNot a review, just a whole lot of rant.
Holy. Fuck. I cannot wait for the next book. There's just no eloquent words to show or say how I feel about this series right now having just closed this book, and how much I am anticipating the next. Except: I. NEED. THAT. BOOK.