I admit,I only picked this book up because I was promised Wes and Bianca in it. This book was an easy light read...but the other characters weren't soI admit,I only picked this book up because I was promised Wes and Bianca in it. This book was an easy light read...but the other characters weren't so likable. Flat and boring, they brought nothing to the story. .....more
A bit too slow at the beginning, and frustrating to read, but I persevered. Not too hot on the name Belly, and the writing kind of reads like a middleA bit too slow at the beginning, and frustrating to read, but I persevered. Not too hot on the name Belly, and the writing kind of reads like a middle-grade but it still was a nice light read. To me, I think those boys are too good for Belly. She annoyed me to no end...all in all I liked the ending. ...more
The typical summer reading. This book will have you craving for a day at the beach. The characters were likable, the setting justLight. Easy. Breezy.
The typical summer reading. This book will have you craving for a day at the beach. The characters were likable, the setting just made you wish for summer already (I'm so over the wind and cold here in nz), and the writing style was so easy to read, I breezed through this book in a couple of hours. Just the kind of book that I was looking for.
WARNER!! I am team Warner. :D:D After reading this book, I am definitely a Warner fan. I had a hard time remembering what happened in Shatter Me (theWARNER!! I am team Warner. :D:D After reading this book, I am definitely a Warner fan. I had a hard time remembering what happened in Shatter Me (the first book) but this novella helped to juggle my memory. :D
I am now excited to get into Unravel Me, and the new book that just came out this year: Ignite Me. :D...more
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. WhilCaleb 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 haveLet'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 nChilling, 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 co3.5 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
This was cute, entertaining and lighthearted. Reece was all kinds of hot and sexy, and I definitely had a little flashback of myself being just like PThis was cute, entertaining and lighthearted. Reece was all kinds of hot and sexy, and I definitely had a little flashback of myself being just like Pepper...her insecurities and her naivety was believable and I couldn't help but root for them as a couple. ;)...more
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 wIs 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")...more
This book was entertaining, funny (I mean laugh out loud at moments) kind of funny and so so cheesy. I guess I3.5 Stars (more on the four star side)
This book was entertaining, funny (I mean laugh out loud at moments) kind of funny and so so cheesy. I guess I did expect more passion? or something climatic than what I got, but it was good nonetheless.
The family aspect of this book is what drives this story. It's moving, it's intense, and it's executed pretty well. If it wasn't for that aspect, I prThe family aspect of this book is what drives this story. It's moving, it's intense, and it's executed pretty well. If it wasn't for that aspect, I probably wouldn't have liked it, but surprisingly I loved this book.
Oh, and I admit, I'm a sucker for scruffy blonde hair blued eyed guys. I dunno what it is about them...add in some tats and I'm all teenage swoon girl all over again ha! I can't help it, Colton is my kind of hot LOL Despite his exterior, he has this vulnerable side that you can't help but fall in love with. I loved the dynamics between our two characters, and made their relationship flourish. I also like the nickname he gives Chey. Tiny Dancer. Wasn't much of a fan of her actual name.
What? I'm not being bias.
Okay, maybe I am a little...
Nyrae Dawn's easy to read writing style is what I love about her. It's poetic, and she always manages to drive out these raw emotions that you don't even know you have.
All in all, I loved this book. And I'm probably definitely purchasing the next installment.
4.5 stars overall(blame the typo errors for the .5 deduction) :D...more
I haven't read something like this since Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. And I'm not talking about the content or that both books are sI haven't read something like this since Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. And I'm not talking about the content or that both books are similar, quite the contrary actually, but the feelings I had after closing the book evoked the same feelings I had after reading Anna. But there's no comparing the two in any sense of the word. Both books are different. But both books exudes happiness. That's the ultimate feeling you're left when closing this book. And if feels good.
This book is about a girl named Cath, struggling to find her voice and place in a new situation. She's dealing with the anxieties that come with the thought of leaving the comfort of your home, and at the same time, dealing with the fact that she won't have anyone to guide her through College like she was used to having back in highschool, back at home. She's always been this codependent girl that always relied on her twin sister, or her father to just be there, but never been the girl to really know how to be anywhere else, with anyone else. Her two constant people in her life were her twin sister and her dad. She was comfortable, and the thought of the unknown scared the crap out of her.
And that's what got me. Cath represents someone that everyone can relate to whether you're starting a new school, a new job, a new relationship, or just being able to walk another route to the shop than you're used to. Change is scary at any point of ones life, because we're so used to being comfortable. But watching Cath go through her struggles and see her soldier on, makes you root for her. It was so easy to connect to her as a person, and not just what she goes through, but the kind of person she is. I can go on about how much I relate with her. Introverted? Check. Been apart of a fandom? Check. Wrote fanfictions about that fandom? Check. Gushed about fictional characters? Well this review is self evident. It's the right kind of book for a girl like me. The kind that knows that gushing and putting yourself into fandoms is unhealthy, but you can't quite justify a means to stop. Or want to. Yup. Cath could be my twin. LOL
Fangirl hits all the right spots. You laugh, you tear up, you empathize and you can't help but have a silly grin on your face whenever the love interest is mentioned. But it's more than that. It's like the feeling you get after you've craved chocolate for so long, and then you finally get a taste of it, and just sigh in contentment. That's what this book is like.
There's just something about Fangirl that resonates with me, that makes me think that it's not just a book. It's an experience. It's a lifestyle. It's a right of passage. Of course it is for the characters, but you find that reading along with them, you quite forget that you're reading about fictional characters and start thinking that you're reading about real life people. I also like the dynamics between all the characters that had some kind of connection to our main character, Cath. She brings out the best in people, and it jumps out of the page.
You start to care about the characters, and not just the main, but every person mentioned takes up enough room in the book to care about or sympathize with (Cath and her DAD), to gush about (Thanks to Levi), to laugh with (Reagan is a must-have roommate), to bicker with (Wren is impossible) or even if you want to hate them (sorry Cath's mom and Library boy, but you guys made the list). See what I mean? Rowell makes you feel for them.
This is my second Rainbow Rowell book (Eleanor and Park was the first and was equally amazing) and I'm already in awe of Rowell's skill. She writes characters like they're three dimensional people, not just characters in a book. That's what Rainbow Rowell is so good at. She writes about real people and puts them in real life settings, and she knows how to draw out those sticky emotions out of you and she immediately sucks you in.
If you've ever been apart of a fandom (hello Potterheads, Whovians and the likes) or you've read or written fanfiction, or you're crushing on the latest band member or celebrity, then this is definitely for you. Or even still, you don't have to know about any of these things and still be able to enjoy this book.
Fangirl to me is your bestfriend, your crush, and your favourite relative all rolled into one. It's the ultimate staple on your bookshelf.
Solid 5 Levi's--I mean stars! 5 STARS from me. :D ...more
A heart wrenching and haunting tale about two boys who both lead very different lives, during one of history's most catastrophic times of the HolocausA heart wrenching and haunting tale about two boys who both lead very different lives, during one of history's most catastrophic times of the Holocaust.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas depicts a time in history where Hitler's reign on Germany lead to the devastating massacre of millions of Jews during World War 2. The haunting setting takes place at one of the largest concentration camps Auschwitz (in which Boyne changed to Out-With), where Jewish people were incarcerated, killed and dehumanized.
Although, in the book, John Boyne explores what it would be like to live through the eyes of a nine year old boy looking in, he still manages to capture the innocence of friendship and the atrocities that came with the Holocaust. ...more