I've had this one on my shelf for a LONG long time, and I didn't bother picking it up until the third (and final) book, Forever, had been released.
OH THE GODS. HOW I REGRET IT!
I have completely been missing out on this sequel– I can't believe it. I re-read Shiver before reading this one (to refresh my memory), and I loved this one just as much. Maybe even more. It was so intense. I was GLUED. Literally. This book is SO worth the read. Forget about Twilight if you've got some grudge against it. Give the wolves of Mercy Falls a try (Haha. Get it? The Wolves of Mercy Falls is the series' name. AH, I'm hilarious).
The change in perspectives is refreshing. I mean, in Shiver they did have a dual perspective: Sam and Grace's. In Linger there are two more views thrown into the mix. Isabelle's and Cole's. Loved it– amazing. Honestly, I was starting to love their POV's better than the original two! Of courae, I love Sam and Grace. I totally (and I hate using this word, but I have no clue what else to put) SHIP them. If you don't know what that means, which I didn't until it was all over the place at school, it means that I love their couple-ness. I'm head over heels for Sam, and I wish I could be Grace. GAH. Unfortunately, life isn't fair sometimes... *(this isn't too much of a spoiler, since it's mentioned in the blurb)* And I'm totally "shipping" (ick, hate that word) Isabel and Cole as well. When their relationship blossoms, it's much more not-delicate-as-Sam-and-Grace's which is pretty awesome.
One thing that I really hated in this book was Grace's parents. Um, okay. I liked them enough in the first book, but they were really annoying me in this one. The constant yelling, the prohibiting of things (Oh, how we teens love that...not). It was throwing off the story a little bit, but other than this, as you've read above me fangirling, the rest of the book is good. The ending! I should have totally seen it coming. I tried to stay away from reading Forever's blurb, but there's clues in the cover that does give it away. But oh the gods, the ending was phenomenal. A huge twist which will blow you away folks.
I don't know what to say. I think I've run out, but here's the final line: Linger is amazing, breath-taking, and mind-blowing. I'm eagerly waiting to get my hands on the final installment, although I'll be sad to see it end. ANY-HOO, to those of you who haven't read this series: please do. You'll regret not at least giving it a chance.(less)
I've been reading them by the dozen, all of them excellent, and Loving Summer is definitely one NOT to miss! I jumped at the chance to be apart of this blog tour. Why? Well, for starters, Kailin Gow's books have caught my attention for AGES and I've never been able to get my hands on one uptil now. Another reason: the cover. GOR. GE. OUS. Love it! And it totally made me curious as to who she'd end up with. I found a lot of similarities to other "summery" books, one example being the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. There's the whole love triangle thing...although it's a one girl with three guys instead of the two. Totally spices up the story!
I liked Summer. I didn't LOVE her, but she's likeable, and I enjoyed hearing her part of the story. From the slight switch in perspectives, while it was interesting to hear from Drew, the main story definitely did come from Summer (hence the title!). I just wish that Rachel had a bigger role though– she's one character I'd have DEFINITELY liked to know better. And now, the part which will definitely perk up your interest: the love triangle/square... thing. Boy no. 1) Astor. Definitely like him. Charming, sweet and did I mention movie star? *swoon*. Boy no. 2) Drew. "Bad Boy", yet has a softer side. Don't they always? Love him though– he really does change during the book. and Boy no. 3) Nat. The boy Summer has always loved (sounds like Belly and Conrad, huh?), yet it's really complicated. This has to be the most complicated love triangle-square I've ever read about. Because just when you think Summer's going to fall for one or the other, it always changes! I can't wait to find out who the final one is though...I'm on Team Drew so far :D
Loving Summer is the summer full of friendship, love and heartbreak. I loved this story, and can't wait to find out more in the sequel, Perfect Summer, and of course, who Summer ends up with!
**Thank you so much to SupaGirl Books for making me apart of the tour and sending Loving Summer for review**(less)
I wouldn't be lying if I said that this book would have to be one of my favorites from this year. I loved it! I found the premise of this book so unique, and so I knew, being a total Alice in Wonderland fan, I would HAVE to read this book. When this became available on NetGalley way back in 2012, I jumped at the chance to read it. I got approved, read it, and all I can say is that I'm glad I did. As far as Alice retellings go I thought this one was the most original. I mean– Alice's ancestor? That's amazing. I loved the spin on the classic, with the darker atmosphere and the creepier twists. Fantastic characters, fabulous story, and it's definitely one book that I could not stop reading.
Alyssa? Great character. I loved her determination and will to drive through all forces to make things right. I also liked the whole misfit-outcast-not-one-of-the-girls category that she falls into. Usually, when that happen in YA with the main lead girls, it's not very well done, but I felt that this worked exceptionally well in this case. I love her snark, her sarcasm– her character was so well developed, and it was so easy to empathize with her. NOW...the guys! I swear the amount of debate that goes on between both teams is hilariously entertaining. Team Jeb, Team Morpheus, Team Jeb... the table tennis match between the two of them is neverending. Anyway, I'm a Team Jeb girl, holding on strong. Morpheus though... I didn't really see his charm. Both of them are bad-boys, Jeb being the sweeter one and I found myself drawn to him more. I will admit, the ending made me rethink about Morpheus, but nah! I'll keep holding on (unless Unhinged manages to change my iron-set mind).
The twist in this book is HUGE. Totally didn't see that one coming. I also loved the interpretation of the story, like how they find the entrance to Wonderland, and the interesting changes that have been made to the original. It really added a lot more flavour! The tests, the characters– absolutely magical. I'm so glad this one became a series, as when I was reading this book, it was supposed to be a standalone (I believe), but I'm SO glad that Alyssa and Jeb's (and okay Morpheus' too) story continues.
I hope you could tell that I ADORED this book because you need to get your hands on it now if you haven't already. Read this one! It will definitely not disappoint. One of my favorites this year and a fabulous start to a series. I got the chance to meet A.G. Howard at ALA 2013 in Chicago and she is amazing. I think I'm pretty much going to love whatever she writes, so– more please!(less)