I have a slight love affair with British stories, so I was prepared to love Num8ers from the get-go. It’s nice that the story is worthy of my love4.5
I have a slight love affair with British stories, so I was prepared to love Num8ers from the get-go. It’s nice that the story is worthy of my love as well. There are some really good “I know when you’ll die” books out there, but this is the first one that I’ve read that tackles death and fate so deftly. Jem’s ‘gift’ of seeing the date of a person’s death in their eyes is not only interesting, but so well developed. We never know how it came about or why, but we get to know Jem and how her emotions tie in with this talent.
Rachel Ward’s London is gritty and raw. Jem is a mere 15 years of age, but she’s seen far worse things than most people and it has toughened her up. She can rumble with the best of them, but she’s still only a girl. She’s scared and insecure and even petulant at times. Her somewhat negative attitude is brightened by the vibrant and normally carefree, Spider. Together, these two characters make quite the duo. They complement each other so well, too. Where one of them is weak, the other steps in to make up for it.
The relationship between Jem and Spider is the backbone to the story, but everything always comes back to the numbers. Fate and destiny play a huge role in the book because throughout all their travels, Jem is burdened with the knowledge that Spider is going to die. She’s seen his number and there’s no changing that. Or is there? That’s the question that drives Jem’s development and her actions. As human beings, is our fate set in stone? Are we destined to die on a specific date with no way to stop it? Or do we dictate how long our lives last? And the most important question, if you knew when someone was going to die, what would you do to change it?
Num8ers is a fast-paced story, driven by a girl and her attempts to outrun the numbers of ‘fate.’ Jem and Spider’s growth through the story and their ups and down help to make the book that much more appealing. They truly are a duo for the ages and while their tender moments are needed, readers will not be disappointed by the slam-bang action that takes place in between. Num8ers is far more than just a book about a girl who can see death and I hope others give it a chance. Plus, when I read it, I could hear that British accent in my mind and I loved it!
Opening lines: There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids, and lonely kids, kids that are different. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: And then, a strangely comforting thought trickled through me – I had nothing, so I could do anything now. Anything I wanted. I had nothing left to lose. ~ pg. 58...more
Cassia has always stuck by the rules, has always lived by the standards of her Society. So when her Matching Banquet arrives and she’s matched with heCassia has always stuck by the rules, has always lived by the standards of her Society. So when her Matching Banquet arrives and she’s matched with her best friend Xander, she couldn’t be happier. But when Xander’s face disappears and another boy’s flickers on the screen, Cassia’s world is thrown into a tilt. Soon she’s questioning everything she knows and falling in love with a boy who isn’t her match. She’s defying the Society that she once trusted…all for love.
Matched has a really great premise and an interesting society, but I think the execution falls flat at times. The book starts off well enough with an eager Cassia and a super sweet Xander, but then it gets kind of boring. For a good chunk of the beginning/middle of the book, I had no clue where the story was going. Even after Cassia starts hanging out with Ky (the other boy on the screen), the plot seems directionless.
Once Cassia and Ky begin to grow close and Ky’s history slowly gets revealed, the book picks up and the purpose becomes more and more clear. Learning Ky’s history and how he is so different from all the other people in Cassia’s world is one of the things that kept me reading. That, and Cassia’s grandfather and how he really starts to peel back the blindfold that she seemingly wears. Discovering just how far this Society will go to ‘protect’ its people is a bit terrifying.
Ally Condie’s writing is almost languid and dreamy throughout the book, which is so contrasting to all the things she isn’t saying. Condie’s writing is beautiful, but this Society isn’t. All this makes Matched very much a thinking book. Condie’s inclusion of poetry works so well in the story too. She places the perfect poems, the perfect lines, and the perfect emotions at just the right spot, so the reader understands and feels the weight of Cassia’s circumstances. Dylan Thomas is the underlying soundtrack to the book and his words, along with Grandfather, emanate the unease that lingers below Society’s surface.
While Matched was not my favorite book, it is a good opener in a series. The way the book ended isn’t really a cliffhanger, but it promises a really interesting future. Crossed comes out later this year and I will be picking it up because I’m more than curious to see where things go from here.
Opening line: Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? ~ pg. 3
Favorite lines: And when she asks me what I’m doing, I’ll tell her and everyone else that I know: they are giving us pieces of a real life instead of the whole thing. And I’ll tell her that I don’t want my life to be samples and scraps. A taste of everything but a meal of nothing. ~ pg. 249...more
Legacy picks up with Maddie just barely escaping the grasp of Isaiah and learning that her connection with Trevor runs much deeper than even they thouLegacy picks up with Maddie just barely escaping the grasp of Isaiah and learning that her connection with Trevor runs much deeper than even they thought. The two are back at Ganzfield, minus several friends who lost their lives in the last battle, but with more new residents in their stead. Isaiah is still out there, still hunting down other G-positives, and the Ganzfield crew won’t stand for his murder. They devise a plan to draw Isaiah out once and for all, but nothing ever really goes according to plan and a few deaths are almost expected….but is a birth?
Kate Kaynak gets better with each book and I can easily say that Legacy is my favorite in the series thus far. It is a bit slower than the rapid craziness that was Adversary, but I enjoyed getting to know the characters more. Trevor’s family life is interesting and seeing how he fits into it really adds some depth to him. His grandfather Archer is so sweet and I love how he holds on to the idea that he may be more than just a regular guy.
The new characters that pop up around Ganzfield are fun to get to know as well. Maddie’s relationship with Rachel becomes more of a true friendship and I have to say her minder girl-talk with Ann cracked me up. As did many of Maddie’s jokes…New Jersey once again becomes a punch-line. But at the center of it are Maddie and Trevor. Their love story still holds strong in this one, but a little wrench gets thrown in. I can’t lie, I like a little tension, but the way they handle it all just makes me smile. Their love story is one that I can really get behind.
Legacy is on wild ride with new characters, unexpected twists, and that evil guy Isaiah still wreaking havoc. If you’re looking for some great character growth (along with some snarky Maddie) then Legacy aims to please. Be prepared though, it can be upsetting. A little death, a little anger, and a lot of me wanting to slap a few different girls for various reasons = great job, Kate! It’s a good thing Accused comes out this year because I really don’t want to wait that long for it.
Opening line: Trevor and I had wanted to wait until dark to steal the car, but that would’ve been too late. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: Where could we get a nun’s habit? I’d never enjoyed the voyeuristic aspect of telepathy – having a front-row seat to other people’s sex fantasies made my stomach clench. Most of the time, it was just…gross. Not to mention poorly lit, with bad acting and stilted dialogue. ~ pgs. 31-32...more
Ellie used to be normal, with a normal family and normal friends, but with her 17th birthday quickly approaching, strange nightmares beat at the backEllie used to be normal, with a normal family and normal friends, but with her 17th birthday quickly approaching, strange nightmares beat at the back of her mind. Then on the night she turns 17, Will, a boy who strikes déjà vu in her mind, turns up outside her house and literally opens her eyes to the world around her. Ellie has been reincarnated time and again as the Preliator, the one who stands against the demonic reapers of the world and with Will as her Guardian, the two must face down the evil that is eager to tear out her soul.
Courtney Allison Moulton has just made me fall in love…with an angel story. This is a rare feat, as I do not generally go for angel stories, but this one blew my socks off, stuck them in the dryer, and made them all toasty warm for me. Just the way I like em’! If that made no sense to you, it just means the book was awesome.
Angelfire offers something for everyone: action, romance, incredible world-building, and plenty of snarky dialogue. Ellie is badass, but not cold. Her human nature and emotional vulnerability make her easy to relate to and easy to like. Also, the fact that she names her oh so pretty Audi, Marshmallow, helps. Then there’s Will. Oh Will. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen my readiness to throw down and fight over Will because he is so worth it. And, Ellie jokingly calls him Batman – who just so happens to be my favorite superhero – so Will is full of win. He’s also gorgeous and tough and willing to fight to the death, you know, to protect a girl (and the world). He’s exactly the right amount of tortured emo boy, but fun at the same time.
Courtney Allison Moulton surprised me with Angelfire. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and I think her writing contributes a great deal to my love for the book. The snarky banter between Ellie and Will never gets old and the dialogue in general flows so well. Ellie is hilarious at times, but breaks down as well. She feels very, very real. I’m more than eager to see where the story goes, what happens with the bad guy, and how Ellie further deals with her mess of a life.
Opening line: I stared out the classroom window and longed for freedom, wanting to be anywhere in the world other than gaping up at my economics teacher like the rest of my classmates. ~ pg. 11
Favorite lines: This is why I love Will: “Ellie, you need to understand,” he said softly. “I exist only to serve you and fight by your side. Whether that fighting is to preserve your life or to make sure you smile, that is what I am built to do. You’re all I have, and I will watch over you forever.” ~ pg. 136
And I love this line:
“So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.” ~ pg. 145
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication...more
Personal Demons pleasantly surprised me with its take on the age old battle between angels and demons. This one isn’t just about good vs. evil, it’s mPersonal Demons pleasantly surprised me with its take on the age old battle between angels and demons. This one isn’t just about good vs. evil, it’s more about the fight for a soul; Catholic school reject Frannie Cavanaugh’s soul, to be more specific. And Frannie’s soul is worth fighting for, since there’s something just a bit different about her. She has a sarcastic and fiery attitude, a no-nonsense take on love – it’s not for her – and a deep-rooted belief that there is no God; that last one is with good reason though.
As much as I liked Frannie as a character, I felt the need to slap some sense into her often and with force. A pet peeve of mine is repetition in dialogue. It’s different if a character has a catchphrase, but Frannie says ‘whatever’ all the time! It drove me crazy, but halfway through, her usage of the word dissipates. Then when the boys come around, she’s a goner. For a girl who is strong-willed and independent, she tends to turn into a babbling, lovestruck girl when the dark, sexy, bad boy Luc is around and then again when the light, sweet, and gorgeous Gabe pops into her life. She’s more than willing to have a ‘thing’ with both guys, for better or for worse. Her attitude goes from smart and spunky, to a mess of lusty emotions.
Some of it I understand, because Luc sort of forces the emotions, but most of the time Frannie can fight it off, she just chooses not to. Her flip-flopping feelings can be grating, but it’s contrasted very well with steamy scenes and both the Heaven and Hell backstory, as well as Frannie’s backstory regarding her disdain with God. I was more interested in some of her personal issues with religion and her family, than with her complicated feelings for both boys, but the reveal of it all is satisfying enough.
We all know that when a love triangle is present, readers pick sides and Personal Demons is no different. And even though Luc gets much more page-time than Gabe, I’m firmly on Team Gabe. There’s just something about the underdog that tends to reel me in. Gabe is almost perfect too – I think it’s the angel thing – so he was pretty hard for me to resist.
Personal Demons is a guilty-pleasure book with a fairly predictable plot, but stands as an addicting read nonetheless. Frannie got on my nerves some, as did Luc and a few other characters, but overall, I enjoyed how everything progressed and I’m looking forward to reading Original Sin soon....more
Let me preface this entire review by first saying that I don’t like angel stories. I rarely come across one that I enjoy, let alone love, but UnearthlLet me preface this entire review by first saying that I don’t like angel stories. I rarely come across one that I enjoy, let alone love, but Unearthly is one of those rare exceptions. I loved it. Every. Single. Page. Of. It.
Clara Gardner is part angel or angel-blood as Cynthia Hand calls it. But the thing is, Clara isn’t an angel-blood who just happens to be a teenage girl, she’s a teenage girl who just happens to be an angel-blood. And she acts like it. She’s insecure and moody and fights with her mom and her brother. She’s a little bitter about her purpose as an angel and how it controls her life. Clara is a teenage girl, but she has to balance that with her destiny as an angel.
Hand masterfully creates Clara’s story, so that it reads like a contemporary love story, but has plenty of angel lore to reel in paranormal/supernatural lovers. This take on angels is something I’ve never read before and I was enthralled with the mythology behind these angel-bloods.
The characters of Unearthly are well-developed and I never felt like they were lacking. Clara’s Lorelei Gilmore-ish mom, her fun-loving younger brother Jeffrey, and friends Wendy and Angela are all unique and engaging in their own way. But let’s get to what everyone wants to hear about: the boy.
Clara’s love life really does not exist for the majority of the book and it’s wonderful – we get to know the real Clara, instead of love-struck Clara. But the boys are swoonworthy nonetheless. Christian, the boy from the visions Christian, is, as Wendy puts it, god-like. You can’t blame a girl for fainting around a guy like that, especially when being around him may or may not trigger visions.
As great as Christian is, I feel the need to gush about Tucker – Tucker who is snarky and rude and teases Clara and her orange hair by calling her Carrots. I love this boy and trust me, you will too. He’s engaging to read from the get-go, but once the story picks up, I never wanted Tucker to go away.
Unearthly is a sweet love story hidden in the mythology of angels on earth; here to do some life-saving, purpose-driven, destiny-following deeds. Cynthia Hand’s debut is tender, wrought with tension, and will easily be one of my favorite reads of the year. If the cover isn’t enough for you to pick this up, then hopefully this review directs you straight to the bookstore.
Opening line: In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees. ~ pg. 9
Favorite lines: “Oh, come on. You eye-hump him all through British History. I thought you were just enraptured, the way everyone at school seems to be. I’m happy to find out that you have a good reason.” ~ pg. 106
*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication. E-book page numbers may not match with physical copies....more
The synopsis for this book does not do it justice. This isn’t just some story about a girl who falls in love with a boy and then things go sour. It’sThe synopsis for this book does not do it justice. This isn’t just some story about a girl who falls in love with a boy and then things go sour. It’s a story about Ari, this passionate, intelligent, caring teenager who loves art and feels this looming pressure to please her family. She does all she can for her sister Evelyn, who is a young mother, while lusting after her brother in law, Patrick. Her best friend Summer is a piece of work, but Ari still loves her. When she meets Blake, she slowly allows herself to live outside of the expectations that normally drive her. She gets lost in this new love and when things begin heading south, she slowly has to find a way to be Ari again. A different Ari, a stronger Ari, but still Ari.
The complexities weaved into this story took me by surprise. It takes place in the 80’s (before I was even born) and the setting feels much more intimate than stories set in the present where technology tears us away from face to face contact. Tying in information about the AIDS scare was also a nice touch.
I wasn’t expecting Ari’s story to pull me in as it had, but as a character, she is interesting. In fact, all the characters in Other Words for Love are interesting. Rosenthal layers each of them, so we get a peek at who we think they are, only to discover that maybe they’re more than we imagined. The story follows Ari in her day to day life, but somehow, every little thing about her drew me in. I haven’t been so absorbed with a character in a while.
Ari’s pain was my pain, her joy was my joy. When she felt the stirrings of love for the gorgeous and sweet Blake, I felt them too. When she hated her mother or her sister Evelyn, so did I. But when Ari felt alone and depressed, I wanted her to know that it wasn’t true, because I was there. That’s cheesy, right? But that’s how I felt. Ari could easily be me, or you, or anyone who has ever felt lost and Rosenthal conveys that so well.
Other Words for Love is so much more than it seems. It’s beautiful and touching and filled with heartache and hope. It’s about life, family, friendship, first loves, first heartbreak, and it’s about growing up along the way. Ari, Blake, Summer, Del, Leigh – every single character is fleshed out and well-developed. The story flows easily off the pages and it was hard to put down because as the time in Ari’s world continued to drift by, I wanted to drift along with it. The ending holds an astounding perfection that left me smiling with tears in my eyes. I was content with Ari's story came to a close, but it was bittersweet at the same time. Trust me when I say that this book will surprise you in the best ways, you just have to give it a shot.
Opening line: In 1985, just about everyone I knew was afraid of two things: a nuclear attack by the Russians and a gruesome death from the AIDS virus, which allegedly thrived on the mouthpieces of New York City public telephones. ~ pg. 7
Favorite lines: “Don’t be afraid of the dead, Ari. They can’t hurt you. It’s the living you should worry about.” ~ pg. 15
And this one:
I was sure he meant Del. I thought of the fight with the engineering student and the college expulsion and the STD, whatever it was. I also thought of Evelyn, and I wondered if Blake and I had something in common. We were both trying to make up for things we hadn’t even done. ~ pg. 100...more
To start, Jacob Deer is possibly the most endearing character I have ever read. He’s full of quirks and eccentric4.5 - Fantastic doesn't do it justice
To start, Jacob Deer is possibly the most endearing character I have ever read. He’s full of quirks and eccentricities that make him weird to most, but he’s really just a young man who is trying to be happy. He doesn’t conform to everyday behavior, instead, he marches to the beat of his own drum; or better yet, he’s the drummer.
Daniel Cohen has created this fantastic journey for Jacob, the gorgeous Sophia, and bodyguard Diego. The three of them travel across the world to Tibet on belief alone (Diego doesn’t believe, but he’s raking in the big bucks by going). Their search for the Ancillary flower is both thrilling – Cohen changes perspective every few chapters, so I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to get back to these three, or Mr. Maddock (Sophia’s grandpa/librarian), or bad guy Marrow – and the search is hilarious. Cohen keeps the mood light the whole way through with Jacob’s insistent ‘humor in every situation’ nature and with Tibetan boy Clark (who worships Superman).
The setting becomes a character itself with Cohen’s vivid descriptions – I could almost feel the mud squishing underneath my feet and the power rustling through the air. Cohen takes his characters on quite the adventure and it was great to see the development. Some go from non-believers to believers, others crack open their shells so we can see their real selves, and then there’s Jacob, who never wavers despite all the trouble he encounters.
My only issues with the book are the overuse of ellipses and the somewhat corny ending. I get how the ending comes to fruition, but it kind of reminds me of the ending to Harry Potter. It’s sweet, but corny nonetheless. Aside from that, I loved everything about the book.
The Ancillary’s Mark is a great book for anyone and everyone because it doesn’t rely on one factor to draw readers in. It’s interesting because of the story, but mostly because of the characters. For those of you seeking a good thrill, this is the one for you. I was captivated from the first sentence and surprised by every twist. If you have the chance, be sure to pick this one up.
Opening line: There was no conclusion, just a feeling of finality. ~ pg. 5
Favorite lines: The doctor told his mother that it was a painless death, but the doctor was a liar. The pain never went away. ~ pg. 12
And this one:
Diego removed his fingers from the earth. “Souls come in different sizes?” “Of course. Haven’t you felt yours growing?” ~ pg. 118...more
Michele Windsor’s entire life has been spent living with her mom in a rather Bohemian way. The two women are mother and daughter, but also the best ofMichele Windsor’s entire life has been spent living with her mom in a rather Bohemian way. The two women are mother and daughter, but also the best of friends. When tragedy forces Michele to move in with the grandparents she has never known, all the way in NYC, her only solace becomes her possibly delusional exploits in the New York of the past. Add in a dashing young man and a long line of strong Windsor women and Michele may just discover enough about her past to impact her future.
First and foremost, Timeless is a love story. Michele’s ventures back to 1910 bring her to Philip Walker, the young man she’s dreamt about nearly her entire life and someone she almost instantly falls in love with. Once again, the insta-love thing bothered me a bit, but I was able to get past it.
The New York of 1910 is so vastly different from the NYC of 2010 and I loved that. Monir beautifully describes 1910, the roaring twenties, and then, a war torn 1944. Each trip to the past brings with it a vibrant, lifelike setting, new music that was so real I could hear it, some interesting characters, and another little piece of the puzzle of Michele’s past. While I found the love aspect a bit cheesy at times, I still enjoyed the relationship between Michele and Philip. The past ties in so well with the future and I love how the Windsor family unfolded through time.
Timeless is a romantic novel with a touch of elegance and beauty. There is mystery, there is family, and there are plenty of secrets to discover. Each trip through time was surprising and held just a sliver of the bigger picture. Michele’s family , both past and present, are engrossing, engaging, and so strong. The Windsor women will easily entertain anyone who enjoys a good story and I highly recommend this one.
Opening line: Michele stood alone in the center of the hall of mirrors. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: What was the point of loving when the people you loved were taken from you? When Death or Time were always looming and poised to strike, why did love even exist?. . . Why must we spend so much of our lives missing people instead of being with them? ~ pg. 266-267...more
Words cannot explain my crazy love for Anna and the French Kiss. The story is simple: girl gets shipped off to boarding school in France, makes new frWords cannot explain my crazy love for Anna and the French Kiss. The story is simple: girl gets shipped off to boarding school in France, makes new friend, meets a hot guy, and falls in lust with him. But there is so much more to it. The characters become real in the course of the 372 pages, as does the incredible Paris setting. I’ve never been to Paris myself, but after reading this, it’s as if I’ve seen the sights, smelled the city, and tasted the food. Stephanie Perkins brings that much life to Anna’s Paris.
And to Anna as well. This is one girl I could not only relate to, but who I wholeheartedly loved. I adore Anna. She’s funny, insecure, hilarious, flawed, angry, happy, sad, hormonal (obviously, as I list her emotions here…), and a teen girl. She’s a character that could easily be any girl I pass on the street. Oh, and I love her. I love Étienne St. Clair too, because I couldn’t leave him out. He’s as realistic as Anna, with is insecurities, his sweet gestures, and stupid actions. And his British accent and all-around gorgeousness. That’s the reason that Anna and the French Kiss is so easy to enjoy (not the gorgeousness, but a plus!); it’s the characters. The characters, both big and small – no offense to the short Étienne – are developed so thoroughly that they all leap off the page.
The relationships between Anna and Étienne, between Étienne and Josh, between Anna and Meredith (I could go on, but I’ll stop) all evolve throughout the book. Perkins’ witty humor comes out on every page and the dialogue is sharp and quick. The book is cute, I can’t lie about that, but it’s not 'ooey-gooey, poke-out-your-eyeballs' cute. This is ‘melt into a puddle, I-want-to-live-in-you-forever,’ kind of cute. It’s a love story that doesn’t just focus on the love. There’s tension between Anna and Étienne – and it’s some yummy tension – but they start as friends and build from there. Not only that, but the two of them have issues outside of their little ‘I like you, do you like me?’ bubble.
Anna and the French Kiss is impossible to dislike, unless you are soulless and possibly a kitty murderer. It’s sweet and real and fantastically written, with a cast of characters that you’ll want to meet, know, and be BFFs with. I smiled a lot while reading it; one of those cheesy grins of pure joy. I read it one sitting because I couldn’t put it down, even though I wanted to. Much like a meal in Paris, Anna and the French Kiss is a book to be savored, but is still so easily devoured. As I read the last line, I let out a sigh of pure bliss. A sigh!? That alone should make you pick this book up. Right now. What are you waiting for? GO....more
Laney’s been used her entire life, but her escape allows her to live for the first time. In a new town, with a new name, Laney, now JulMore like a 4.5
Laney’s been used her entire life, but her escape allows her to live for the first time. In a new town, with a new name, Laney, now Julie Miller finally gets to experience the life she never had before. She finds a job, meets friends, and even finds herself a boyfriend, but all of that could slip through her fingers if her pursuers catch up with her. And let’s face it, pursuers don’t give up that easily.
Lori Pescatore’s self-published novel is a thrilling mystery with a paranormal twist and romance that sizzles off the page. Julie, the main character, is kind and strong, with a personality that lures the reader (and everyone else) in. The mystery about who Julie’s running from is revealed little by little as she acclimates to a new town and a new life. Austin, Julie’s first friend and soon to be boyfriend, is funny and sweet. The young doctor that takes in interest in Julie, Eli Elsworth, is swoon-worthy and, much like Austin, beyond sweet.
Pescatore slowly unravels Julie’s story and her abilities, but keeps the edge on my throwing in plenty of surprises, not to mention the hotness factor goes off the chart at times. The characters are all well-written and unique. I found myself completely engrossed in the story, desperate to find out why Julie has these powers and just what is up with this doctor. The minor characters that appear do wonders for the story. Small, seemingly insignificant scenes/characters are more than they appear and I loved that.
It’s not often I read self-published books, but I am so happy that I read this one. Well-written, unique, and filled with interesting characters, Pescatore’s debut is astoundingly fresh. Though because of some of those steamy scenes, I'd say this one is probably for a slightly older crowd. Nothing is explicitly stated, but there's still some hot and heavy making out. My only complaint is that there are a few issues with tense (past to present) but not too much to really bother me. That, and the romance picks up very quickly, but that's pretty well explained.
Human Blend is a distinctly original paranormal mystery that will make you grip the edge of your seat one minute, laugh out loud the next, then make you fan yourself from all the sexy hot makeout sessions. Pescatore has captured both my attention and my heart with her story and her characters. The cliffhanger ending has me yearning for more of Julie’s story and I only hope that Pescatore is hard at work on it.
Opening line: She vowed to be more careful this time. ~ pg. 1
Favorite line: “Face it, Julie, your life screams ‘damsel in distress’,” Marcus commented back. ~ pg. 224...more
Wow. Just wow. I feel like I need to start a round of applause for Jay Asher because what he has done here, it’s amazing. The story starts with Clay JWow. Just wow. I feel like I need to start a round of applause for Jay Asher because what he has done here, it’s amazing. The story starts with Clay Jensen, a nice, wholesome, all around good guy who receives a package of cassette tapes narrated by a dead girl. A dead girl who committed suicide and who names thirteen different people as a contributing factor on the tapes. Clay is one of those people.
Hannah Baker’s suicide comes as a surprise to most everyone in the community, but she chronicles her feelings and her decision through 7 tapes and 13 people. Asher uses the dual narrative of Hannah and Clay to lead the reader back to the moment when it happened; when and how Hannah decided to give up and just why these 13 people are so important in that decision. The dual narrative is confusing at times, but I got used to it quickly.
Asher doesn’t shy away from the stigma that surrounds suicide, he embraces it. Hannah Baker is selfish for what she does, but in a way, she knows that. To me, suicide is an incredibly selfish act because the people who are left behind, those are the ones that suffer, but Hannah’s reasoning is all too common. What happens to her happens in real life, all too often. And her thirteen reasons – while some may not seem good enough – are enough to lead her to her final action. Clay’s part in the tapes, in Hannah’s life, and in the aftermath, drives the reader to continue on. He forces us to care for Hannah even when what she’s doing seems horrible, because he cares.
Part mystery, part suspense, and sadly, realistic, Th1rteen R3asons Why is a moving look into suicide and how one person’s actions can change another forever. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that made me want to do more, to be better, and to always consider my actions, but this book has done just that. Asher’s debut is powerful, honest, and all-too real. Th1rteen R3asons Why is a book that is more than worthy of its praise and I only hope that it has the same effect on others as it had on me.
Opening lines: “Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?” ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked. I’m listening. But still, I’m too late. ~ pg. 146
And this one: No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same. ~ pg. 156...more