This is a story I adored from beginning to end. For once the girl was the brave one, and the guy was the one who wouldnLoved it! Couldn't put it down.
This is a story I adored from beginning to end. For once the girl was the brave one, and the guy was the one who wouldn't take peer pressure or any risks for what he believes is good.
The mythology and time-orientation were great. This is a book about magic, but also about history. There were great references to the Middle Age culture and English history, all mixed up with witchcraft and present-day teen issues.
I loved Kate's character - brave, confident, self-sufficient, believing in the unusual. Jarrod had lots of issues, most of them ticking off the reader - like his inability to stand against the "popular crowd", his disbelief of all things paranormal, even when he's causing them, his treatment of Kate. But that was the idea - seeing him grow and change, and beginning to appreciate what's special in life and to stand up for it.
Absolutely loved the ending, and though I started the book thanking the author it wasn't the first of yet another series, I closed it wishing there was at least a novella that followed behind.
For those who've read Anne Osterlund's Academy 7 this one should be on the read/to-read list, and for the fans of Old Magic - try Academy 7 - I think these books have a certain spark in common, though one is set in the past, the other - in the future....more
A modern Beauty & the Beast, this story has it all - romance, angst, realism, humour & action. I loved every moment of it.
Honestly, I learnedA modern Beauty & the Beast, this story has it all - romance, angst, realism, humour & action. I loved every moment of it.
Honestly, I learned about Beastly through the news that Alex Pettyfer was going to play the main hero in the movie adaptation, but it was the fact that the plot was based on my favourite fairytale that made me eager to read it. I was a little cautious about starting it, but once I began, there was no stopping.
Beastly is a modern rendition of a man without kindness changing from the outside-in - the perfect, rich and handsome Kyle who thinks that ugly, or even plain people are not worth looking at, turns into the dark, brooding and lonely Adrian who seeks the beauty of his roses in order to forget about his own hidious appearance.
The story being told through his eyes, the reader sees how isolation and pain slowly mend Kyle's soul, turn it to seeking inner beauty and create Adrian - a guy who descriminates between shallowness and true kindness. Kyle never saw Lindy as someone beautiful, but for Adrian, she's like one of his roses - pure, and gentle, and shining from the inside-out.
The shallow playboy learns to love for the first time, and to sacrifice - to let the one most precious to him go free and choose her own destiny, even though that means that he may never return to his human form. Yet, as his friends tell him - there is more humanity in his beastly form than in most people.
I was charmed by how the classic love and transformation affected a spoiled, shallow New York City guy. There was a lot of the dark sins of our current reality in this book, but also a look deeper into the souls of those who have it all and those, who fight with life every day yet retain their inner beauty. Beastly can teach us a lot about people in these times of fallen taboos and lack of values, but also about the kindness and the beasts within our own souls.
Sparky, sassy and crazy! A great YA read, laughter guaranteed XD
The girl in who's world we're thrown is one hell of a package. Sarcastic should not beSparky, sassy and crazy! A great YA read, laughter guaranteed XD
The girl in who's world we're thrown is one hell of a package. Sarcastic should not be her middle or last name, but her first - instead of Morgan, which, as she remarks constantly - is a male name (reference - Morgan Freeman). She's messy, crazy and eccentric, childish and a bit unrealistically-thinking... and she's a lot of fun to follow!
That said, I have to admit - I'm not known for my addiction to fey YA. Actually, I steer clear of such stories because I've had a bad history with them, never finding a good one. And this? This was supposed to be half-fey, half-modern-reality which... admittedly, I didn't think would work well. At.All.
But it did. I learned so much more about modern and ancient Ireland culture, all the while having fun and being unable to get the smile off my aching cheeks. And the fey part? Totally rocked.
I've heard so much about Maryrose Wood's style and way with words, and I've been so intrigued by the other books she's created that I could not wait to take a bite of something she created. Admittedly, I was most eager to buy the paperback on this one because of the gorgeous cover art (it's just soooo funky) and the catchy, loaded with goof-potential title.
I'm very happy I did buy it. And I'd definitely try to get my hands on all her other works - for God's sake, the woman wrote as if she herself was a angsty teen with issues; even better, actually.
So... there you go. If you want some colour and loads of laughs to brighten your read list, pick this one and you'll get it... plus extras XD...more
A story to inspire every young girl, to make her laugh and cry, and appreciate that most real-life fairytales do not have a happy ending.
I picked up tA story to inspire every young girl, to make her laugh and cry, and appreciate that most real-life fairytales do not have a happy ending.
I picked up this book with nostalgia. When I was young, third grade and spending a third of my time in the local children's library (the other two halves divided between school, and ballet and playtime) I went through the lovely collections of Bulgarian translations to the best novels for kids in the world - The Eternal Children’s Novels. There were some great books in there, tales that have stayed with me to this day and I've come back to; now I'm searching my favourites and buying them, making them a great addition to my personal library, addition which brings sweet memories.
Going back to the subject, one of the books I read was The Dark Tower, a lovely and heart-wrenching tale of the French princess locked away during the Great Revolution. I read it many times and was eager to read another of Sharon Stewart's works - Princess Anastasia. I kept asking about it, but an addition never came to our library, and I couldn't find it in any store.
Recently, 12 lovely books from the abovementioned series for children were re-published (among them Frances Burnett'sA Little Princess, Louisa May Alcott'sLittle Women, Gaby Schuster'sPrincess Sissi and Jean Webster'sDaddy-Long-Legs, all of which I already own). When I saw Princess Anastasia I bought it immediately with childlike glee - for some time I was third grade again and easily swept by the magic of a book that brought back my younger, imaginative side.
I took my time reading it, feeling an uncharacteristically big yearning for modern teen romance, and still read it in a couple of weeks, savouring every page and every chapter. The second half I read in one day, actually, having to pack for travelling but unwilling to put it down. The story was not through Anastasia’s eyes, but from another lovely character who leads the reader through danger and abuse, to romantic withdrawal from life in fairytales, and right into a real fairytale which turns bitter more often than not, but is all the sweeter for it. This book made me realise, through its historically-based characters, that all who have grown without any kind of true love, no matter rich or poor, turn into monsters. Love makes us human. The story was full of people who, in poverty and lack of affection, had turned into monsters. Nowadays we see the same, but in rich, spoiled, uncared for people. Also, there was a very wise remark about anger and how it turned a crowd into an unstoppable force, as water, but as mindless as pigs.
The heroes were very funny, unique and endearing. The anti-heroes were scary and cold, mindless fanatics or ingenious devils. And the fiction was so well interwoven with real-life facts that at one point you stop thinking of the novel as a non-real-life book. I loved the bits I've heard on documentaries, like how the princesses had sewn in their jewellery into their clothing to hide it 'in plain sight'. And the part about Alexei's illness...
The Dark Tower brought me to tears when I was a child, and Princess Anastasia made my eyes water, so many years later.
It was a real magical experience, reading this novel, and I’m certainly going to be reading it and the rest of the books I have mentioned above to my young cousins – these are books that teach a young girl to dream and fight, to be brave and honest, to follow her heart; but also reveal how all of us are equal, and how a modern girl’s life is much more fairytale-like than any princess’s ever could have been. And maybe, one day, I will read them to my children, make them laugh and dream and learn, so that when they grow up they will know why these stories are called classics. ...more
Heartbreaking and yet exquisitely tender. The second installment to the Shiver series is darker, sassier and more challenging in its essence. The ShivHeartbreaking and yet exquisitely tender. The second installment to the Shiver series is darker, sassier and more challenging in its essence. The Shiver fans would not be disappointed.
Though I love Sam and Grace, in this book a new intriguing character is intoduced - one Cole St. Clair, who brings insolence and crudeness to the story in the beginning, but develops quite interestingly as the reading progresses. For one thing, the burning intensity between him and Isabel is one very amusing new addition to the story of the wolves from Mercy falls.
I took my time reading this book, because I cannot easily handle so much bad stuff happening to the characters all the time, but I loved every minute of it. Maggie Stiefvater's writing style is more poetry than prose and it transported me into cold winters while I was dying from all the hot summer days. It's fantastic!
If you loved 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, then its sequel would definitely take a place within your favorites, too.
When I read that the secIf you loved 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, then its sequel would definitely take a place within your favorites, too.
When I read that the second book from the series was going to be about the calm and romantic Nicholas St. John and not about his firecracker of a sister Juliana – I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. I thought that, him being so gentle and kind and all things lovable would make the novel somewhat boring.
Was I ever wrong.
It turned out that he was a man, harboring so many secrets that only a woman with an equal number could match him. Lo and behold – the beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted Lady Isabel. A daughter to an earl, Nicholas is perplexed by her oddities in the form of reading bills, wearing men’s clothing and working on a roof.
But they are a perfect match even more due to the fact that they both suffer from the fear of loving, caused by the ruined marriages of both their parents. And while battling wits and struggling to hide their secrets, they must learn to trust each other, or else more than their own lives would be in ruin.
The second book in the series proves a bit darker, deeper in meaning, but still with the humorous and sarcastic tongue of its predecessor. I especially enjoyed the hilarious articles from the Pearls & Pelisses magazine which advised the chits from the ton on how to “land a lord”. The irony and sarcasm underlining them was delicious. It reminded me of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and her Lady Whistledown.
The book left me thirsting for the third installment in the St. John siblings series which is bound to be an enticing read. ...more
Wonderful as always, but it's obvious J.Q.'s writing skills have developed with every book. As her first published novel, Splendid is intriguing and aWonderful as always, but it's obvious J.Q.'s writing skills have developed with every book. As her first published novel, Splendid is intriguing and amusing, but the language is not as good or as authentic as in her later books.
Still, I had great fun reading it and would recommend this novel to all Julia Quinn fans....more
Beautiful, hilarious and endearing! A timeless classic that has the easy going page-turner plot of a modern relaxing read alongside the emotional andBeautiful, hilarious and endearing! A timeless classic that has the easy going page-turner plot of a modern relaxing read alongside the emotional and philosophical depth of the most renowned jewels of literature.
A read for both young and old, that will induce you with new awareness for the beauty of life and those little, everyday happy moments, while laughing at all the oddities of people and their tempers....more
Really, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations twReally, really sad. Compared to the rest of the books in the series, at least. With numerous angst-filled moments and recollections, and situations twisted the wrong way. Very intense and full of humour and sarcasm, as always - Richelle Mead's writing style is superb in those aspects, but I was led to expect by one of her interviews that it would have more happy and less agonising moments than the previous four books. It was not so.
Not that it had the major battles and life loss of the preceding books (neither was the book without such moments - they were just not as big), but the emotion levels were always on the rollercoaster and confusion reigned all over when the situations forced an incredible mix of contadicting emotions to press upon Rose, and even on the rest of the main characters.
Very dynamic and unpredictable when it comes to the plot itself. Though this is not my favourite book of the series, I think Spirit Bound has built a very nice ground on which Richelle Mead could construct the end of the series - there had been hinting at events that will happen and yet the prediction of a resolve to the story remains unfathomable.
Spirit Bound left me thirsting for the next book - the final of the series, even more than I'd had after reading the preceding four novels.