My God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a w...moreMy God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a while, but for some reason or another I hadn't made the time to pick it up. Boy, was I kicking myself for having waited so long to read it.
If I Stay is the story of a young woman who, after a terrible car accident, is abruptly torn from her comfortable, easy life and loving family and forced to make an unbelievably difficult decision - whether she can stay without them. I don't want to tell you too much about the plot, because a.) I don't want to ruin it for you and b.) talking about it makes me cry. I will tell you that this book is so incredibly moving that when I'd finished, I literally put my Nook down and cried for five minutes straight (at least). And man, was it was an ugly cry. If I Stay has a way of making you feel so profoundly grateful for every last moment in your life - it reminded me of my mortality in a subtle, heartbreaking way.
In some way, the feeling I had when I closed the book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief. I wasn't sad about what happened in the story so much as I was moved at how the story made me think of my own life. I found myself constantly thinking about what I'd do if I was ever put in that situation, and God, I don't know if I could be quite as brave as the narrator.
If I Stay is a reminder of how short and innately sweet life is, and about how at the end of the day, or at the end of your life, the one thing you are always going to want to hold on to is the cherished memories of the people you love. The people who make life worthwhile. I'm going to cry again just thinking about how this book evoked those memories for me. I called my parents just to tell them I loved them. I made sure to tell my little brothers how much they mean to me. I gave my husband an extra kiss goodnight, and told him how thankful I was for his presence in my life.
Also, the writing is simply lovely. Forman takes teenage love, teenage emotions, teenage dreams and writes about them in a way that is accessible to every age, and is still believable. The language is beautiful, the pacing perfect. It's a short book, (about 200 pages) but I honestly don't know if my heart could have taken any more.
I highly recommend this to anyone who reads to feel something, and not just for entertainment. I loved it and I think you will, too! (less)
It seems like it's been ages that I've been looking forward to this book!
After I finished reading Book 3 to the Mortal Instruments series, City of Gla...moreIt seems like it's been ages that I've been looking forward to this book!
After I finished reading Book 3 to the Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass, I never imagined that there might be a fourth book. The book ended so cleanly, with everything wrapped up with a nice little bow and I was quite satisfied with the way things ended up. Clare could have ended the series right there. However, soon after finishing City of Glass I was promptly informed that Clare was working on a fourth book to be published in April of this year - I was definitely surprised, but also excited to see where else she took Clary, Jace and the rest of the gang. The characters in this series are great, and I really enjoyed the first three books.
City of Fallen Angels was much better than I expected it to be. I'll be honest, I was worried that Clare was simply trying to bank on the success of the first three books and wasn't ready to let this money-maker go yet, hence the unexpected promise of three more books. I was worried that the potential for drama and excitement with these characters was all used up. I shouldn't have worried. This book was just as fast-paced, filled with wonderful sarcastic tet-a-tet between the characters that I've come to love, filled with mystery and intrigue. It was just an all-around good time. I have to admit, it wasn't quite as good as City of Glass - I felt like this book was more of a set-up for the next two books.
There were quite a few racy (excellent!) scenes between Jace and Clary, which I loved! But really, the best parts of the book were the banter between Jace and Simon. Hilarious! I laughed out loud a couple of times. I came to like Simon SO much more in this book and am finally attached to his character.
As is Ms. Clare's custom, the book ends on a ridiculous cliffhanger, which, while frustrating, ensures that I can't wait for the next one.
So, I think if you liked the first three MI books, the 4th installment won't disappoint you. (less)
**spoiler alert** For pretty much the first 125 e-pages I was thinking seriously, WTF is going on? I didn't feel like I was retaining anything I was r...more**spoiler alert** For pretty much the first 125 e-pages I was thinking seriously, WTF is going on? I didn't feel like I was retaining anything I was reading because it kept jumping around so much. It took me FOREVER to get through.
When Roland started to develop a relationship with Jake I finally started to understand bits and pieces - that the story is obviously taking place in some kind of warped future, that magic exists in this world, the huge religious undertones... The jawbone and the standing stones? Still don't get it.
I didn't really get *into* the story until Roland told the story of his coming of age. When he told Jake about how he sacrificed David, I had my first a-ha moment.
So then obviously they go through the tunnel and Jake is *sacrificed* and then the Man in Black starts to talk - and that's when the book redeemed itself for me. It felt like I was reading a completely different book - like, at LAST! Meaning! The whole size/universe analogy - I started to get really excited! And then the book ended. LOL. Typical.
But at least now I'm really psyched to get to the rest of the series. On to book 2... (less)
Isn't the cover for this book totally bad ass? Just gorgeous. I've always been a sucker for pretty cover art, but this book has also had some sweet re...moreIsn't the cover for this book totally bad ass? Just gorgeous. I've always been a sucker for pretty cover art, but this book has also had some sweet reviews from reader friends so I was pretty sure it wouldn't disappoint.
Sisters Red is a grown up, stylized and modernized re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. It focuses on a pair of sisters, aptly named Scarlett and Rosie (how cute!) and their woodsman friend Silas, who dedicate themselves to exterminating wolves that prey on young girls.
This book was a treat. It was fun, romantic and the characters all shone. The bond between Scarlett and Rosie was heart wrenching and beautiful, and I adored the way the love story progressed. I also LOVED that the heroines were two ass-kicking femme fatales instead of your typical delicate flower damsels in distress. I love me a good, strong female lead character who doesn't need to be rescued.
I only had one gripe about the book: It is SO predictable. I had the ending figured out way too quickly - the author drops clues here and there that are incredibly obvious. But to be honest, I wasn't expecting anything so complex or mind blowing when I picked up this book. I got what I expected - a sweet, quick book to get me out of the horrible slump I've been in after the disappointment that was The Maze Runner and not being able to finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The relationships between the characters are what make this book sparkle, so I'd say it's worth the read(less)
I'll be honest. I've been DREADING writing this review.
I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McC...moreI'll be honest. I've been DREADING writing this review.
I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and I couldn't wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic, one of my favorite genres. Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy.
As you've probably guessed by now, this book was a huge disappointment. McCafferty's writing is still there. Funny, sparkly, witty, and everything else that made Jessica Darling so fun to read. However, the premise for the book, while intended to be satirical, just did not work. AT ALL. The idea is simple, albeit far-fetched. For some unknown reason that is not developed (some kind of virus), humans somehow lose the ability to procreate after the age of 18. Why 18 is the cut-off date is never discussed. So, as a result, teenagers become a hot commodity for their wonderful gestational abilities, and are hired to make babies for older adults who can pay to adopt them.
I should have known just how committed McCafferty was going to be to making this new dystopian society realistic. Her writing is always current, full of social commentary - why wouldn't a dystopian society be the same? However, the society that we're landed in is just.... ridiculous. I get it, it's supposed to be a satire - the idea of children, no - babies, having babies and being absolutely obsessed with sex is supposed to be exaggerated. I just couldn't get past how ignorant the characters sounded, nor could I ever really quite catch on to the (cheesy) invented lingo.
The characters - they were okay. The alternating narratives were jarring at times. Melody was far more interesting than Harmony, but quite frankly, I kept getting confused in the beginning by who was who because their names were so similar. Melody was smart and funny, and I liked her voice. I wanted to smack Harmony most of the time. The ending was much too rushed and not really resolved in any way. It felt... contrived.
::sigh:: I'm still so disappointed.
I'm still a huge fan of McCafferty's. I hope she goes back to writing Contemporary YA. (less)
OMG! I loved this book! It's a lovely, classic-style fairy tale that has tons of potential for a film. It's written simply, and yet the characters are...moreOMG! I loved this book! It's a lovely, classic-style fairy tale that has tons of potential for a film. It's written simply, and yet the characters are endearing and charming. A totally fun, lively read.