If you want to laugh and cry, and appreciate how difficult life could be for others, not only for yourself, than this is the book you should read. AndIf you want to laugh and cry, and appreciate how difficult life could be for others, not only for yourself, than this is the book you should read. And even though you wonder in amusement at the odd, terrifying and yet funny twists and turns of fate while reading the book, completely engrossed by the plot, at the end your thoughts seem to turn to your own way of living.
At least, mine did. When I finished the novel I stopped for a moment and re-evaluated my life. Is it really all that bad, or do I just think it is because I'm your typical life-is-tough-on-me 17-year-old teenager (something I thought I was not)? Or worse, is it all so bad because I want it to be - because I feel sorry for myself and unthinkingly choose to look at the glass as half-empty, so as to never take a risk and chase happiness?
This book made me concider all this, and in a good, laughter-filled way. Because, when life is as hard as it is on Kate, all you can do to make it better is laugh at the irony and idiocy of it all!
I had great fun reading the book, chuckling at the ridiculous misfortunes that sprang up in Kate's life, but also feeling for her. Always sympathizing with her. Elizabeth Scott had created characters so real, so believably flawed and interesting, that somewhere along the way one begins to think of the novel as a real-life story, retold on paper.
"Perfect You" is one of the best real-life stories I've read....more
I read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the oI read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the older ones.
Good Wives I picked up this summer and though I have not put out enough time to read it, I made my mind to do so now and I finish this double edition.
Louisa May Alcott's writing is... enchanting, poetic and so very beautiful that it lulls you right into the story and sets your heart to tender thoughts and feelings.
And the characters are more than lovable. Grown-up Meg, strong-willed Jo, tender Beth and artistic Amy, but also kind Mr and Mrs March, happy Laurie, caring Mr. Laurence and sharp-tongued old Aunt March. And Daisy and Demi are just two jewels who made me laugh and coo at the same time.
The only thing I did not like was that Jo didn't end up with Laurie. Though I understand where the author was coming from by making Jo feel as if he wasn't grown-up enough to stand by her, I had a feeling they'd end up together ever since they met in Little Women. I lamented that they did not, but enjoyed the twists with Amy and Professor Bhaer.
The death of loving Beth made my eyes tear up, as did the poem Jo wrote in the second to last chapter of Good Wives.
The ending was simply beautiful and I closed this classic with a mind and heart full of gentleness....more
The Season is a regency novel, filled with laughter and romance, spiced by a bit of mystery and danger.
When I first heard of the book I was intriguedThe Season is a regency novel, filled with laughter and romance, spiced by a bit of mystery and danger.
When I first heard of the book I was intrigued because I love Regency novels. Then I began reading reviews because for I while I couldn't find a way to purchase it (I live in Bulgaria and don't have a credit card). I found that loads of people refer to it as a weak chick lit novel, where the three main heroines are all silly, though supposed to be strong and independand, and all the action develops as if modern characters were placed in the past. That did not slacken my interest of the book, though.
So I asked a cousin of mine to buy the book, for she lives in England, and now I can safely judge it for myself.
I loved reading "The Season". It was a light, laughter-filled novel, which included a fair doze of romance and intrigues. The characters were amusing and the plot was fairly dynamic. As a whole - a very good Young-Adult-Regency-Era-Romance novel by my thinking.
I would not recommend this book to those who want pure realism or pure reality. Those who want to judge the book harshly may do so, but for myself - I enjoyed reading it and I daresay I would put it into my read-again-from-time-to-time book collection....more
I've read this book three times in one year and will read it again soon! Utterly engrossing, a page-turner of a romantic novel built on the best kindI've read this book three times in one year and will read it again soon! Utterly engrossing, a page-turner of a romantic novel built on the best kind of humour. A definite must-read for Regency romance lovers....more
The last of three very different, yet equally thrilling books in the Wake Trilogy. Lisa McMann truly created a fitting end for Janie's journey to undeThe last of three very different, yet equally thrilling books in the Wake Trilogy. Lisa McMann truly created a fitting end for Janie's journey to understanding her dream catcher abilities.
I must admit, my heart was heavy as I read through the book - there is enough angst in it to last me a lifetime, and if I were to face something as difficult as the choices Janie had to take, then I probably wouldn't have lived through that hell of a life.
Unlike the other two books, there are little places of true happiness for our fave dream catcher in this one, even with Cabel there, supporting her all the way through. Honestly, I hoped there would be a happier development of the plot, but I still think this is how it should all end - after all, life's not a bed of roses.
For all you readers who love Janie, this will be a heavy read, but it's worth it. There are a lot of important things the heroine in this book faces, things that will make you look upon your own life and reconsider your own problems.
Gone - a book filled of emotional ups and downs, a fitting end of the trilogy, which would have you turning the pages in awe to the very last one....more
Very sweet and very interesting. There was a love triangle though and I kind of hate those, but still - very nice read. There was death and fear, notVery sweet and very interesting. There was a love triangle though and I kind of hate those, but still - very nice read. There was death and fear, not only love and friendship. The maind character, Teagan, grew with the pages, became stronger and more sure of herself, but also found that she has a dark side she cannot always suppress. I can understand daanger's appeal, but I love Garreth's character (and if she doesn't stick with him, then she's crazy xD).
Will definetely wait for the second book in the series....more
Seductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've alwaySeductive, hilarious and creepy - a hell of a story collection for all YA fans!
I've been steering clear from short stories since forever as I've always been a fan of the fully-developed storyline that novels give. But this collection really made me change my mind about short stories - the thirteen tales were dynamic, enthralling and offered a lot in a small amount of words, while simultaneously leaving even more to the imagination, making your mind whirl with questions and theories. I was happy some of these get development through other books, which I've already added to my to-read list - otherwise I'd been screaming with frustration over what the hell happened next.
This is the breakdown of the collection, or my thoughts of every short story as a stand-alone: (I'm placing a sort of groupment by year-orientation - if YA stands for all teen years, I'm dividing it into early(13/14), middle(15/16) and late(17/19) as to writing style and story headiness)
Number 1 was a story called Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney, and it is my absolute favourite in the collection. I'm really sad there's not an actual novel/series developed from it. The story was mysterious, sassy and seductive; the main heroine a great mix of darkness and spirit, and the support cast made reading a thrill. I was so into it that I forgot I was reading a short story and when it ended I was exclaiming "Oh, no, c'mon!" This one was a late-YA.
Number 2, or Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz, would be a great read for all Blue Bloods fans out there - her style is just the same as in the series, and the story is both creepy and cute, a thing I haven't known others than Cruz to actually pull out in a good way. This one was more of an early-YA.
Number 3 - Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder, is as much about action as attraction. I love the two finished trilogies by Snyder and when I saw her name I knew this was going to be good. And it was, I'd have loved it even more if she had written it in her usual adult style, but seeing as this is a YA collection... This one was middle-YA.
Number 4 by Holly Black is called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and is really cold. There is almost no romantic sparks in it, but the story is strong and heady, really meaningful and captivating! I’ve read only one of Black’s other works and it’s not among my faves, but this one really got to me and I loved it. I wanted more even! It’s a definite late-YA story.
Number 5 is a sparklingly hilarious work by Sarah Rees Brennan called Undead is Very Hot Right Now. I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it. It was an unexpected contrast to all the other stories, but a welcomed one. Definite early-YA.
Number 6 came by Kelley Armstrong and was with the somewhat simple title Kat which seems to give nothing away, but by the time I’d read it it was loaded with meaning on so many levels. Fans of the world of the Darkest Powers series would adore another dive into it. There is no romance involved, but there’s plenty of life-altering relationship ties in it. A middle-YA.
Number 7 was called The Thirteenth Step and was contributed by Libba Bray. It was, like Holly Black’s, a piece that was dark and heady, not easy to swallow, but really meaningful. I loved the twists in the story – the main heroine started with a certain frame of mind, then halfway into the story it changed dramatically, and then again at the end, throwing me completely off-balance with the way things wrapped up, it was so unexpected. Late-YA.
Number 8 was a Halloween-themed tale by Rachel Caine by the name of All Hallows. All Morganville Vamps fans must read it – it’s a great story from Eve’s POV, giving us another look at the fiascos that come with celebrating Halloween in Morganville. We get to laugh and scream with Eve, Michael, Clare (CB XD) and Shane, and enjoy the addition of hilariously-addled Miranda. Loved it! Made me wanna go back to the series. A middle-YA.
Number 9 was called Wet Teeth and was by Cecil Castellucci and had a somewhat cute feeling to it. I both hated and loved the way it ended – it was sad and unexpected, but it was very well done. Early-YA, by my count.
Number 10 came by the name of Other Boys, a creation of the celebrated Cassandra Clare. When it began I got the feel it would go similarly to the beginning of a certain all-known series about vamps and teen love, but I had hardly made the references when the story turned. And then a bit later turned again. It became something completely unexpected and surprised my inner miss know-it-all XD. Middle-YA, I think.
Number 11 was written by duo Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie under the name Passing. Those of you aware of the Crusade series must read this as it is the inspiration for them and comes as a sort of prequel. I once tried Crusade but I guess I wasn’t into the frame of mind for it, but this short story really hooked me up and I’d love to go back to the book. Middle-YA for me.
Number 12 is called Ambition by author Lili St. Crow. It was very realistic, and the guy was really enticing. The ending was no ending at all, but a real cliff-hanger. I think it’s a middle-YA.
Number 13 was a piece called All Wounds by Dina James, and I loved it almost as much as the first short story in the collection. I was more than happy to see there’s an upcoming novel by the same name in which the author actually develops the story she begins here. I added it to my shelves without a second thought. Middle-YA.
Really loved this book, will be taking up others like it in future. ...more