Here at Gone with the Words, we claim TEAM BELOW! Oh, yes. They said the Above is hot and IRead this review on my blog! --> Atlantia by Ally Condie
Here at Gone with the Words, we claim TEAM BELOW! Oh, yes. They said the Above is hot and I was all noooooooo, sir. I live in Texas now and I know hot and do. not. want. more. So I signed myself up for the Below.
It’s true. I’ve always wanted to live under the sea, like Ariel, and I was at one point fascinated with underwater cities/ruins. So of course I’d choose the Below! Once I started reading and learning all about it, I knew I’d made the right choice.
There were so many neat things down there! Now, the people running the show? Maybe not what they seem. The story is always building up, always moving. With Atlantia being a standalone book, Ally Condie did a great job with the pacing.
Rio was an interesting character because she’s taught to pretty much make herself invisible for certain reasons, but her personality is not that at all. She’s brave and confidant. There’s a little bit of love story, but it’s definitely not the focus of the book.
Rio’s mission to follow her sister and make it to the Above drives this story, and the secrets Atlantia and the people ruling it are keeping are a bit of a mystery. Not every is as it seems, so it definitely kept me reading to find out the truth of it all....more
First, yes, I am in fact posting a review for this OBVS Summer book in October. Sorry, not sorry. :D
So I found myself nonstop thinking about Nantucket Blue after I started reading it. It only took me a couple of days to get through it, but I wanted to be reading it at every moment I wasn’t able to...kind of like how Cricket feels about her Secret Lover. :)
The story started out really sad, and I could relate to Cricket in her feeling of helplessness. I still feel that way in those types of situations and I’m an adult! Everything Cricket does is out of the goodness in her. She’s just a really good person, even when she’s frustrated with her own family. So it did hurt and anger me to see her being treated badly by her best friend. But at the same time, I got why Jules was acting that way toward her, even though she was going about it all wrong.
While in the beginning Cricket is obsessed with FINALLY making Jay her beau, I actually took an instant shine to Secret Lover. How could I not?! And of course the age difference didn’t bother me personally, you know, since I’m currently in an almost ten year relationship with a guy five years younger than me and all. ;) So while I loved them together, it did feel like their blossoming relationship was so fragile, even with the strong emotions between them, because of everything happening to both of them. I was really rooting for them, and while the ending is a happy one, I made the mistake of reading the synopsis of the sequel, Nantucket Red, and WTF?! I totally shouldn’t have because now I’m upset! :(((
Now, the setting. Oh, freaking wow, it sounds amazing on Nantucket!! I so want to visit this place one day! Leila Howland did a great job at painting this place for us who have never been there.
Nantucket Blue is not only about finding first love, but also about losing people you love and learning to live a life without them, because as it turns out, life does go on regardless. I really loved this book and I cannot wait to read more from Leila Howland....more
There’s such an authenticity to Trish Doller’s voice. I mean, damn! This story felt SO real!! I always feel like her characters are so perfectly real in all of their imperfect glory. I don’t ever feel like they are going through motions intended by their creator, but that they are recounting their stories with us, their good friends. It's as if Trish Doller is recounting actual lives and she’s recorded all their actions and conversations. I loved that realness. Love, love, LOVE IT.
I also loved so much more about Where the Stars Still Shine. The characters, the setting, the care with which each relationship was crafted to touched me so fully. So much amazing in this small package of a book. As far the setting goes, I didn’t realize there was this town in Florida that was so Greek prominent. Ever since watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, anytime a Greek family is brought up, I picture the families from that movie. So it was no surprised that it happened with Where the Stars Still Shine. Not as zany or crazy, but definitely big and all up in your business. I loved every single one of them. I especially loved Callie’s dad, Greg. His patience and unwavering, unconditional love...there’s no way I couldn’t love him. Callie’s mom on the other hand..*sigh* I was so angry with her, but I can’t say that I hated her, because I understood that she was sick. But her level of selfishness while perfectly aware that she’s sick? I couldn’t help but get angry about that. Not only does she deprive Callie of a loving family, but she puts her in danger and keeps her in poverty! UGH.
And now lets talk about Alex. Oh, man, Alex, you guys. I must admit I was weary of him at first, he is presented in a not so flattering light and all. And he does seem to not be able to keep his hands off of Callie, but neither could she, so that wasn’t that big of an issue...but it just made me weary. Like, is he going to destroy my heart, this guy? Because I’m LOVING him already. He was caring, and smart, and funny and A TOTAL GREEK GOD. Alex does have his own major things he’s dealing with, which made him all the more incredible because it showed us the kind of man he really is.
Where the Stars Still Shine evoked a number of emotions from me. It was such an experience of a book. I swear it made me tear up at least once per chapter, and for so many different reasons. It will evoke things in you too, I guarantee it. Trish Doller will continue to be an auto-buy author. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy tomorrow, because this follow up to Something Like Normal is just as amazing. Don’t delay! You’ll kick yourself later if you do. :)...more