I love Harry Potter. Love, love it! The Sorcerer’s Stone is a small, quick, yet fun read. It’s actually quite a simple book, as it was written for chi...moreI love Harry Potter. Love, love it! The Sorcerer’s Stone is a small, quick, yet fun read. It’s actually quite a simple book, as it was written for children and was Rowling’s first novel. I realize that it could have been better and longer, but there are little gems in it. Laughter and tears, friendship and love. It’s really quite a little treasure with fantasy and fun in it.
It isn’t as well written as the latter books, but it is Rowling’s first novel, and she’s just barely tapping into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I love the world Rowling created, I love the characters, especially Fred and George. My favorite line: “You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid--we know we’re called Gred and Forge.” Ha ha! Love it!
Ah, I love the Harry Potter series. I’ve read this book several times- each time the next book came out- and I still love it. And I will read it several more times in my life. (less)
I absolutely love this book. I can never contain my excitement over it. It is brilliant, romantic, poetic, it's just simply amazingly incredible. How...more I absolutely love this book. I can never contain my excitement over it. It is brilliant, romantic, poetic, it's just simply amazingly incredible. How anyone could not like, no- love, this book is beyond me. I am in love with Mr. Darcy. Tall, dark, and handsome, how could I not? He has faults, yes, but that just makes him that much more likable and believable. I love Elizabeth's wit and character, and seeing her change from hating Darcy, to loving him completely. And I want to hit Mr. Collins over the head for his stupidity and ignorance of women's feelings and thinking he knows their thoughts!
Elizabeth's and Mr. Darcy's love for each other is so romantic and beauitful. It is timeless, undergoing trials and contempt before it could blossom into something truly majestic and true. Their love for each other is sweet and shy, yet sincere and ardent. Several times during the book I had to laugh, or found myself smiling stupidly over the awkwardness their love goes through, when Elizabeth starts to harbor feelings of gratitude and respect for Mr. Darcy which slowly turn into true love, and then seeing Darcy's changed character and that he still loves Elizabeth, and more, since she vehemently rejected him.
Reading Pride and Prejudice just makes me giddy with delight. The romance makes me sigh in contented bliss, and root for Lizzy and Darcy. This is an absolute beloved classic, one that I will love and reread eagerly forever. (less)
This book was amazing. The plot was intriguing and thought provoking, the characters were so well defined. I especially loved the romance. The interac...moreThis book was amazing. The plot was intriguing and thought provoking, the characters were so well defined. I especially loved the romance. The interaction between Maddie and Justin was perfect, even though it took a while for Justin to act. And might I add Justin is completely swoon worthy? tall, handsome, and completely oblivious to the affect he has on women. I really liked Maddie, she was a strong character. The writing was good, and it was funny! And witty. Several times during the book I was laughing. Some of the scenes, like the one where Maddie’s making a sandwich, was just so funny! I loved it. I loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one.
Thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the arc, I really enjoyed it!(less)
The Broken Lake was wonderful. It wasn't as good as The Pace. It was kind of slow, nothing really happened, but I still really liked it. I think it wa...moreThe Broken Lake was wonderful. It wasn't as good as The Pace. It was kind of slow, nothing really happened, but I still really liked it. I think it was kind of like a fill in novel, a breather book after the fast pacing and action of the Pace, and maybe a breather before The Iron Quill. This novel slows down, and you get to see more of what the characters are feeling, and just learn more about them and what they're like. The characters were amazing, and the writing was beautiful. The love story is romantic and perfect. It just makes me smile at the sweet love that Wes and Sophie share. I loved the Broken Lake, and I can't wait for The Iron Quill to see how it all ends, and if they'll ever find a way to stay together. (less)
Angel Star is completely perfect and captivating. I fell in love with it from the very beginning. It swept me off my feet leaving me in a contented fe...moreAngel Star is completely perfect and captivating. I fell in love with it from the very beginning. It swept me off my feet leaving me in a contented feeling of pure bliss. The writing was beautiful, pulling me into the story. The romance was wonderful. I loved all the characters. They had so much depth, and I felt their love and sorrow. Teagen was a great character. I loved her purity and innocence, but also that she wasn't perfect, and has a small portion of the dark side. And I loved Garreth. He was so perfect and swoon worthy. He was kind and gentle and so in love with Teagen. The meaning in this book was so deep and caught my attention. Jennifer did a superb job at creating a truly wonderul gem of a story, one that will stay close to my heart.(less)
Ah, blissful sigh. I love the Goose Girl. It's enchanting and magical, and takes me back in time to a beautiful fairtyale. The writing is flowing and...moreAh, blissful sigh. I love the Goose Girl. It's enchanting and magical, and takes me back in time to a beautiful fairtyale. The writing is flowing and poetic-like, the plot was very well thought out and intriguing, and the love part was so sweet and perfect. No matter how many times I read the Goose Girl, I always find myself sighing inside and smiling when I read the last few pages with Geric and Ani. This book is beautiful, and I love, love it! Completely reccomendable to girls who love fairytales with some cute romance. (less)
Matched was a beautiful story. It was kind of slow, and simple. The characters live very sheltered, controlled, organized lives. They have no need to...moreMatched was a beautiful story. It was kind of slow, and simple. The characters live very sheltered, controlled, organized lives. They have no need to worry. Their whole life is planned for them; their life isn’t even theirs. What made this story so enchanting to me was Cassia. I loved her voice, her thoughts. She was just an everyday girl, oblivious to the caged life she was living in. And then she began to wonder. What if there’s more to this life than what the Officials have decided? What would she do if she could choose- if she could choose who she loved, who she wanted to be with? Cassia and Ky’s love for each other was a quiet love, a beautiful love, blooming in the dead of night, unseen, forbidden, yet reaching out for the impossible, daring the night to take away its glow and determination.
I really liked Condie’s writing style, it was flowing, poetic like. It breathed with beauty and promises and possibilities. The book is kind of slow, there’s not much action, but sometimes, I like slow books like this. Books with a beautiful romance, and a character that is discovering who they really are. I loved the ending, especially the last chapter. It shows that Cassia will never give up, that she will fight forever. I guess I might be able to see why people might not like this book, but I loved it. I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic, and I can find treasures in almost any love story, whether the book be brilliant and action packed, or not. (less)
I love Wings. It’s creative, not like other faerie stories. I love Aprilynne's creatioin of faeries, the bio makeup and such. And how she made them ha...moreI love Wings. It’s creative, not like other faerie stories. I love Aprilynne's creatioin of faeries, the bio makeup and such. And how she made them have coloring of their hair and eyes. It's just so creative. And then we got to glimpse the fearie world. We heard a little about it, and how fearies live and the magic of the seasons, but we didn't get to see it. But in Spells we do, so I"m excited for that. And I liked the idea of having trolls in the story, it made the story more original and intriguing.
The characters were done well. And I feel so bad for Laurel, she has to decide who she wants. David is nice, and the perfect human boyfriend, and she really likes him. Tamani on the other hand, sparked intense feelings inside her, and she couldn’t deny it; he’s intriguing, intense, cocky and daring. He’s pretty much the dream boyfriend. David and Tamani are both so likable, I can’t decide who I think should end up with Laurel. I probably lean towards Tamani, because he’s, well, so cool and intense. But David is so nice, and he deserves Laruel. Why did Aprilynne have to make them both so likable? Neither of them really have a flaw. David is kind of unsure, and shy at times, but that just makes him that much more likable. But, I think I would be sadder if she chose David. I guess I just feel like Tamani likes her more, like his feelings are so much deeper and meaningfully, than David’s feelings; he likes Laurel because she’s pretty, and different, and there’s something about her that just draws him to her.
I love this book. It's pretty much amazing. A really nice, fun read. Now onto Spells to find out what happens! (less)
I love Graceling! It’s absolutely amazing. It’s intense and intriguing. The plot of the story is so intricate and vivid. It was thought out to perfect...moreI love Graceling! It’s absolutely amazing. It’s intense and intriguing. The plot of the story is so intricate and vivid. It was thought out to perfection. The world Kristin created is amazing and beautiful, I can picture it perfectly. Kristin’s writing style is unique, but I love it. It fits the story and Katsa’s character. The characters are so real and believable. I love all the characters. Katsa and Po have so much depth to them, and their relationship was beautiful. Even the minor characters are perfect. Sometimes I just found myself smiling over something someone said, or what Katsa thought, or I would be laughing, and have to read the scene again because it was just perfect and funny. The ending is so sad, but it ended perfect. I love this book! Love it, love it! (less)
Lost Voices spoke to me like a dark reminiscent fairytale. It almost seemed like a very vague retelling of The Little Mermaid. Little things sometimes...moreLost Voices spoke to me like a dark reminiscent fairytale. It almost seemed like a very vague retelling of The Little Mermaid. Little things sometimes just reminded me of the classic tale. But Lost Voices brought a whole new world to mermaids, in a very compelling and ominously beautiful way. It was darkly fantastic, full of luscious intrigue and secret enchantments. Its foreboding melodious lull swept me into the world of these killer mermaid girls. The writing was beautiful, intricately woven with the mermaids haunting, stunning songs of death.
Nearly all the mermaids annoyed me, with their bitter and rude natures and their abrupt mood changes, but I think that’s kind of what Porter was going for. Mean, murderous mermaids molded from the horrors of their past. They did posses a lot of sadness and heartbreak, too much for girls their age when they changed, so I can understand how and why they act the way they do and why they use their voices to kill. What I did like was that Luce held true to the end. She could have given in to her cruel mermaid nature, but she fought it, striving to use her voice for good. The ending was sad, but also held a moment of promise, letting Luce know that not everything is bad and cruel and that there is hope.
Porter created a really original and intriguing dark story, and I’m excited to see what happens next. I think this may be a series that I would like to own.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harcourt Books for the arc, it was amazing!(less)
There are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their way stealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refu...moreThere are some books written that touch you deeply. Stories that work their way stealthily into your heart, and imbeds itself securely there, and refusing to disperse, leaving you utterly breathless and completely captivated with wondrous awe. Delirium did this for me. There are not many books that can speak to you the way Delirium does. Books that tug at your heartstrings, and make you believe in the impossible. Books that can express what love really is: an all consuming, brilliantly captivating, wrenchingly heartbreaking power that takes control over you. Love that turns your world around, shows you things you never saw before, makes everything brighter and more amazing than you ever thought they could be.
Delirium takes you on the journey of Lena, a normal girl in a loveless society, who is soon immersed in the unthinkable, has found herself facing the most deadly thing ever known to mankind. Love. Lena begins to explore this completely new and forbidden emotion. An emotion that people shun and fear. An emotion that could get her killed. And in the end, she is tried more than she could have possibly imagined. My heart breaks for her, and yet it soars with hers as she discovers this whole new, enthralling world.
Delirium is such a uniquely, enchanting, astounding story. It was beautifully written, brilliantly told. And the ending. I don’t know if I’ve read a more heartbreaking, incredible ending. The last several pages I was on the edge. I couldn’t read fast enough. The story had me captive, refusing to let go until the very last word. I don’t know how I can possibly wait until 2012 for Pandemonium to come out! When February 1 rolls around, get your hands on this book, and don’t let go. Prepare yourself for a wonderful, beautiful love story that hopefully touches you the way it did me.
Thank you, thank you! for Netgalley and HarperCollins for letting me read this arc. It was incredible.
Fantastic book. Really original and intriguing. I loved the twist near the end and how it ended. I hope there's a sequel, with some romance in there....moreFantastic book. Really original and intriguing. I loved the twist near the end and how it ended. I hope there's a sequel, with some romance in there. wink wink ;)(less)
No matter how many times I read this book, I always end up with tears at the end when the Savior comes. The emotions of Jim and his family, and everyo...moreNo matter how many times I read this book, I always end up with tears at the end when the Savior comes. The emotions of Jim and his family, and everyone else are so poignant. That moment, witnessing the Savior coming and hearing his words, is full of breathless wonder. Chris Heimerdinger is extraordinary, creating such a thrilling, epic adventure, infused with words of the scriptures and the knowledge that the Lord is coming. Though these actual events, minus Jim and the other fictional characters in the story that Chris made up, happened nearly two thousand years ago, reading them in this way just fills me with wonder and joy, and makes me eager to go back to the original account. (less)
Oh Apollus, you melt my heart with your hard core, studly, cocky Roman exterior, and your soft, romantic, insecure, yet powerfully strong and spiritua...moreOh Apollus, you melt my heart with your hard core, studly, cocky Roman exterior, and your soft, romantic, insecure, yet powerfully strong and spiritual interior. If only you were real. And Gidgiddonihah, I miss you already. Though I know your story isn’t over yet. You’re my favorite character I have ever journeyed with. If you were real, you would be my favorite Book of Mormon hero. You are one brilliant, astounding Nephite, I wish there were more men like you. And Chris Heimerdinger, you mange to create these tender, incredible moments that tug at my heart, making me proud to be a member of this church, and eager to live my life as zealously and righteously as your characters do. (less)