Having read Crash Into You first, I have to agree with those that say that they liked that one better. Pushing was amazing, but I think I prefer Isaia...moreHaving read Crash Into You first, I have to agree with those that say that they liked that one better. Pushing was amazing, but I think I prefer Isaiah ;) Full review coming up. (less)
Wow, I'm slow. I had no idea this book was part of a series when I requested it on NetGalley. Anyway, the book stands on its own, and what a great cho...moreWow, I'm slow. I had no idea this book was part of a series when I requested it on NetGalley. Anyway, the book stands on its own, and what a great choice I made by requesting it!
The story of Rachel and Isaiah is fast and dangerous, just like what they most love: speed. They seek freedom at all costs, freedom from their families, from their school life, from everything that overwhelms them.
I seriously love a good bad boy-good girl book, and this one was just brilliant! I love how it alternated between both main characters, giving us a much wider take on their story.
Isaiah is a guy who puts up a front for everyone, he wants people to believe he's bad news. But then along comes Rachel, who can see past his walls and into the boy he really is. Both characters are from broken homes: Isaiah is a foster care system kid, while Rachel's existance is an excuse to make up for the death of an older sister she never knew.
I had no idea, none, about how bad a panic attack can be. This thing, this disease that Rachel suffers from... it's just WOW. Nice work, Katie, you really changed how I view them. I now know how serious they can get if whoever suffers from them doesn't get help.
Where can I get myself an Isaiah? The tough bloke with the soft interior... I could just feel his love for Rachel through the pages, and I LOVED (kudos Katie!) how Rachel changed him and his need to always be in control. He learned how to fully trust her, and that just shows that he really, really loved her, and my heart just... <3
Both of them get in real deep trouble with Eric, resident ruler of the streets, and they need to pay off their debt to him before something bad happens. The pressure of this drama, combined with Rachel's older brothers' bullying, really made her ill.
I had to keep myself from screaming at my Kindle, they were so, so MEAN. Except for Rachel's twin, Ethan, they all pushed her so hard, I wanted to beat them until they felt the same pain I was getting from Rachel. (They eventually begin to change, but still. This just goes to show that you can be as rich as a king and still have a crappy family.)
Then there were the friends, who I now know have their own stories. Noah and Echo were lovely, all suportive, Logan was wicked cool and Abby... LOVED her. I would love to read her story.
The road to a good place will be difficult for these two, but they'll get there safe and... relatively sound.
I'll of course be reading the previous books soon, I wish I'd read them before reading this one! (less)
I've been dancing on this book for way too long, and have finally decided to put it to rest.
After reading the blurb and one very promising review, I r...moreI've been dancing on this book for way too long, and have finally decided to put it to rest.
After reading the blurb and one very promising review, I requested it from NG, but sadly, I found out that this book isn't right up my alley.
The pacing was way too slow for my taste, I didn't get emotionally attached to any of its characters, and I felt like Jacquelyn took too much time setting the suspense in the story. Half way into it is not the right moment to start introducing the wow-ing factors.
The romance fell flat to me too, I didn't feel that "Oh, they want to be together, awww" sense I like to get when I read romances. Juliet was annoying, and I didn't like that Allie didn't do anything to change that. I mean, here's a girl you call your best friend, acting like an idiot to you... I might not be as forgiving Allie was.
The bad man, Blondie, appeared a couple of times in the first half of the book, and I was not even spooked by him.
All I got from this book is a little bit more knowledge about the illness XP, the allergy to the sun.
It's too bad too, because the premise sounded so appealling, but the writing didn't do it for me. But hey, it might do it for you. Read some more reviews first.(less)
Simone has done it again! This woman can really make you fall for her characters! There are so many things...moreReview originally posted on The Clock Monkey
Simone has done it again! This woman can really make you fall for her characters! There are so many things I loved about this book, I'll just list them for you:
1. A strong female MC. Ashtyn is such a good and independent (American) football player that her teammates choose her over her boyfriend to be the team's captain. When she first meets Derek, she brandishes a pitchfork at him to protect herself. She can take care of herself and she lets everyone know it.
2. The bad boy with a soft heart. Admit it. You love them. I love them. We all do. Derek has the Elkeles stamp all over him: hard exterior, but really loving heart. I just wanted to hug him all the time.
3. A really cool set of secondary characters. I mean, how great are Ashtyn's boy friends? Her relationship with them is amazing. She's one of them, but she can be a girly girl, too. And I just LOVED them whenever they stepped up to protect her. Those are real friends.
4. A greatly built story that has actual meaning, as opposed to just being there for the sake of giving the characters an environment to meet and fall in love. Derek has lost his mother, his father is overseas with the Navy and his stepmother is a 25-year-old girl with a little son and a baby on the way. Ashtyn's mum is MIA, her father barely gives her the time of day (but for ACTUAL reasons, not just to be out of her way!) and her sister's coming back home after seven years of having no contact with her. These are the conditions in which Derek and Ashtyn meet, and they shape up their story in a beautiful, beautiful way.
5. Sports in a Contemporary book! I don't understand squat about American football, I just think about it like I would rugby, but Simone really made me like the sport! I usually avoid Contemps with sports, but since this was an Elkeles book, there was just no way I was going to miss reading it.
Yes, your heart will twinge a little in pain, but trust me, it'll live. This is just a really lovely book meant to be read when you want to feel a little bit of loving.
My second John Green book and it was a punch in the gut like my first one, Looking for Alaska. John, you sure know how to make us miserable! But there...moreMy second John Green book and it was a punch in the gut like my first one, Looking for Alaska. John, you sure know how to make us miserable! But there's always a silver lining, and this was such a moving and beautiful story, I loved it. Thank you. (less)
Now I get why everyone loves this book so much. It's definitely a Must Read for everyone, regardless of their age. I just felt like jumping inside the...moreNow I get why everyone loves this book so much. It's definitely a Must Read for everyone, regardless of their age. I just felt like jumping inside the pages and hugging Charlie for hours. Beautiful book! (less)
To be such a short novel, it had a very long story that traveled through time; a unique romance.
Written somewhat poetically, Barceló tells us the stor...moreTo be such a short novel, it had a very long story that traveled through time; a unique romance.
Written somewhat poetically, Barceló tells us the story of Celia and a man whose name we don't know, if I remember correctly.
Celia, the widow, is in love with a man she loved in her youth, and who left without saying goodbye. And he, a teenage boy captivated by that woman's strength. In their short affaire, she tells him something like, "I knew you'd be back." He doesn't understand a thing, and thinks she's confused, speaking to the man she once lost.
Now a grown man, he makes a trip from New York to the town where he grew up, and where he hasn't been in years. He expects to find a modernised town, as towns tend to get after some decades, right? But when he gets there at night, he can only see a few lights on here and there, and this brings back a memory from his childhood.
The hotel where he's staying is just like the one from his memory, from the time when he looked through tge window to spy on the visitors who stayed there when he was a boy. And like that, litttle by little, he realises that -almost magically- he's back to the Villasanta of his early years. And he remembers, too, that Celia is a teenage girl in this time.
And so begins the search for the love of that young Celia, while he's a fourty-some-year-old man.
The Goldsmith's Secret is a beautiful tale of a love that couldn't be. He gets his second chance, but will he succeed?
There's not much more to say about this book. I loved Elia's writing; I could see that old Spanish town very clearly while reading. I'm also a hopeless romantic, and this book was perfect for me. I'm really glad to have read it.
Para ser una novela corta, tenía una historia larga, que viajaba por los años, muy bien lograda.
Contada un tanto poeticamente, Barceló nos cuenta la historia de Celia y un hombre del cual nunca sabemos el nombre, si mal no recuerdo.
Celia, la despechada, enamorada de un hombre que amó en su juventud, y quien se fue sin decir adiós. Y él, un muchacho cautivado por la fiereza de esa mujer. En su breve affaire, ella le dice, "Sabía que volverías," y él no entiende nada, piensa que le está hablando al hombre que una vez la dejó, confundida.
Él hace un viaje que lo lleva de Nueva York a la ciudad donde creció, y que hace tanto no ve. Y como es de esperar, las ciudades se modernizan con el paso de los años, ¿no? Cuando llega al pueblo, es de noche, y sólo se ven algunos faroles encendidos por acá y por allá, tal como él lo recordaba de su infancia.
El hotel donde se hospeda es igual al hotel de su memoria, de cuando espiaba por la ventana a los viajantes que se quedaban allí. Y así, de a poco, él descubre que -casi por arte de magia- ha vuelto a la Villasanta de su infancia. Y se da cuenta, también, que Celia es una adolescente en esta época.
Así comienza su búsqueda, la búsqueda del amor de esa Celia juvenil, mientras él es un hombre cuarentón.
El Secreto del Orfebre es una historia de un amor frustrado. ¿Tendrá final feliz?(less)
OH MY GOODNESS. I seriously could not stop smiling at my Kindle as Cricket tells Lola he loves her. Stephanie, you have a gift! I'm extremely happy ri...moreOH MY GOODNESS. I seriously could not stop smiling at my Kindle as Cricket tells Lola he loves her. Stephanie, you have a gift! I'm extremely happy right now, butterflies are dancing inside of me. I want a Cricket of my own! :)(less)
I LOOOOOOOVED this book! Can I give it ten stars? Yes? OK.
Love. Paris. Boy with cute accent. French food. Drama. More drama. Friends. Love. PARIS.
That...moreI LOOOOOOOVED this book! Can I give it ten stars? Yes? OK.
Love. Paris. Boy with cute accent. French food. Drama. More drama. Friends. Love. PARIS.
That pretty much sums it up.
I always try to write good reviews, nothing like, "OHMYGOSH that book IS AWESOME!!!!!!"
OH. MY. GOODNESS.
I couldn't stop reading this book. I had to know how it ended asap! I hadn't felt that many book-related butterflies in my stomach in a long time! I'm using a lot of exclamation marks, but I don't care!
This book is
And then, whenever Étienne (that is a love name right there. I just made up that term.) and Anna kissed, it was
I wanted them to kiss all the time. That's how good those scenes were.
The writing is amazing as well. The plot is fantastic, and so is the pace. Everything about this book is incredible. And yes, it's got some clichès, but Stephanie sure used them to her advantage!
I can't write a better review, sorry. All I'm thinking now is, "Where can I sign up for SOAP?" Maybe I'll find my Étienne there.(less)
For my first Caletti book, it was awe-some. It had drama, it had love, it had strange relationships... everything you can ask for in a Contemp!
The way...moreFor my first Caletti book, it was awe-some. It had drama, it had love, it had strange relationships... everything you can ask for in a Contemp!
The way Deb created Clara -at first a shy girl, who becomes someone new with Christian around- was incredibly belieable. I could really see her, hurt and broken, trying to find herself again in that little place on the beach, where she and her father go to escape from the city. Every one of her decisions made sense, once you got to "know" her, which helped me understand her throughout the whole book, and made me want to grab her off the pages and keep her safe myself! She was a really grounded person, and I loved watching her grow.
The rest of the characters was brilliant as well. Her father, and his secrets; her best friend and her personality, Christian and his... he was really well written too, crazy as hell, but a great character, plot-wise.
I loved this book so much, I can't wait to read some other Caletti book!
If you're looking for an intense Contemporary book, then run to the book store and get this one!