I have found that I like Lauren Morrill’s writing style quite a bit, as I read Meant to Be earlier this year, and was granted access to read an ARC ve...moreI have found that I like Lauren Morrill’s writing style quite a bit, as I read Meant to Be earlier this year, and was granted access to read an ARC version of Being Sloane Jacobs from Netgalley. Her story telling is very simple and sweet, creating likable characters and stories that touch your heart without squeezing it to little bits before attempting to put it back together again.
Being Sloane Jacobs was a quick fun read. It is the whole “parent swap” concept meets the ice! The characters, (both Sloane Jacobs), have a lot of depth and they were teachable, which I enjoy. I hate characters are written so stubborn or set in their ways that they are unable, or unwilling to change at all, and then at the end of the book it's like (BLING) a light goes on, and all is well in the world with everything resolved. I loved how Lauren Morrill painted parallels between the characters; each version of Sloane has their own demons and reasons for making the swap, but they each learn life lessons, deal with bullies, make new friends and, in the end, find themselves. Like I said, it was a fun, sweet, simple book.
While the plot line may not be overly original, and the ins and outs of the book were easy to predict, I enjoy quick reads that make you love the characters and makes your heart happy. There are plenty of books out there with all the suspense any one person can handle, now and then we just need to sit back, relax, and make new friends. I would recommend this book to those who love to read books by Sarah Dessen, and completely recommend it for teenagers of all ages.(less)
Easy was easily not what I was expecting, yet satisfying in so many ways. The number one reason I love this book; it addresses rape, and the different...moreEasy was easily not what I was expecting, yet satisfying in so many ways. The number one reason I love this book; it addresses rape, and the different levels of it – and clearly defines what rape is without it being a text book. My hope is that anyone who reads this book and…may have found themselves in this situation, will feel empowered by the book and not discouraged. The consequences of being embarrassed and confused and letting anyone get away with something as ugly as rape is unnecessary, although it might be hard to stand up and fight against. I think Easy addressed it so very well.
Outside of that, I loved this book for Jacquline and Luke’s story. It was a typical love story between good girl and apparently bad boy. A love of wonderful kissing scenes and so much respect and love shared. Their story felt real and wonderful and hard at the same time. There was no really one of those huge dramatic partings in the middle of this book where boy sits in one corner and sulks and pouts, and girl sits in the other corner and sulks and pouts until the two decide that their differences are stupid and they come back together. Thank you for that!
This book is most certainly, without a doubt, a part of the new adult category – despite it’s placement on my libraries website. There is language, sexual content, and of course rape (none of the above is graphic baring the language of course). There are many adult situations. I do not recommend this book for teenagers.(less)
I'm still truly trying to process how I feel about this book overall. It was good enough to keep me reading until the end. The writing was actually pr...moreI'm still truly trying to process how I feel about this book overall. It was good enough to keep me reading until the end. The writing was actually pretty great. It's the story I'm not sure if I like. (less)
I can’t even remember how I came across this book, honestly. It seems like I was poking around on Goodreads, and noticed on something – but then again...moreI can’t even remember how I came across this book, honestly. It seems like I was poking around on Goodreads, and noticed on something – but then again, it seems like it was on Amazon.com first, because I remember their descriptions/synopsis sucked, so I went to Goodreads to see if I could get something better – which of course I did. Goodreads almost always has a good description of the book. Plus, if you read reviews, they are mostly reliable.
So Throne of Glass; first of all, the first thing I think of is “Game of Thrones,” which I think is natural given the popularity of the show and books, so I had to do a double take to realize that this book had nothing to do with the other. Reading the synopsis, I knew immediately this was a book that I would be interested in, and hoped that the reviews were trustworthy. THANK YOU follow bloggers/Goodreads reviewers, you did not steer me wrong in this one. I absolutely loved this book.
Describing Throne of Glass to my husband was interesting to say the least. I don’t usually talk about books with him, just because the majority of the books I read he wouldn’t be interested in, but I knew that this one was just interesting enough that he’d probably be okay discussing it with me. However, I used a myriad of similes while describing this book to try to give him an idea of what we were dealing with. The first is an obvious, Celaena is a lot like Katniss of the Hunger Games, however minus any self doubt, in that she is just simply awesome. Celaena was trained from the age of 8 to be an assassin, and she is quite simply the best. She knows it, and anyone who has ever heard her name knows it. The next comparison I made was between Celaena and Sherlock Holmes (hear me out here)! We are not talking about the books – which is what confused my husband – but the most recent movies with Robert Downey Jr. The scenes where he sees what’s coming and he mentally goes through all the moves as to how he’s going to get out of the situations. Celaena does this as well, as an assassin, she is trained to know the easiest and most effective way to get out of situations, so from the beginning she is constantly mentally going through scenarios as to how she can disarm, escape, kill, etc. However, she is smart enough to watch all the cards on the table and see what hand she is being dealt. This constant awareness, though, starts to happen less frequently as Celaena gets more comfortable with her surroundings and the people around her. As she becomes less of a being looking to defend and look out for herself, and more of a girl with emotions and a great personality. And finally, as a description of the kingdom that we are looking at, I briefly used the BC show’s Merlin, a kingdom where magic exists, but it is illegal/banned/will get you killed in a heartbeat.
So here we are, combining many of my favorite book attributes into one beautiful novel. Er, well series actually. Of course. Unfortunately, the storyline of the love triangle is not lost on this book either. I mean, everything else was included too, right? (I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES!) I will say, that within this novel, the romance is a byproduct of the book. It was perfectly played out. Celaena was a little oblivious, or maybe not oblivious, but being obtuse when it came to the men in her life, but still yet, it wasn’t horrible. What IS horrible is the fact that both Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall are equally as appealing. It makes it very difficult to come to grips with the love triangle when there isn’t a clear cut “I like this guy” in the scenario. So outside of that, I loved this story – Celaena is fighting for her freedom, which comes with a cost of it’s own, but at least she has a definite goal and end in sight, and she’s no longer a slave in a salt prison, right? I’m sure that this all plays out interestingly in future books. But then throw in the elements of magic, and it’s not overwhelming within the book – just enough to keep you interested and curious. It makes you want to know who Celaena really is, and how this is going to end. This, in my eyes, makes Sarah J. Mass a great story teller. She’s got foreshadowing down to an art, however did not leave the book in some scream-worthy cliff hanger…just enough to make you want more. NEED more!
Fantasy/romance/strong-female character/evil kingdoms/injustice/rebellion – all the wonderful beautiful elements in creating a story…a fairytale if you will, that you will not want to miss! (less)
I received Crash into You as an ARC from Netgalley.com. I have really enjoyed this series - check out my review on November 25th at my blog: www.ilove...moreI received Crash into You as an ARC from Netgalley.com. I have really enjoyed this series - check out my review on November 25th at my blog: www.iloves2read.blogspot.com(less)
I love a book that will engage you and wrap you in, as oppose to feeling like someone is telling a story. One thing I know for sure, Ava Zavora knows...moreI love a book that will engage you and wrap you in, as oppose to feeling like someone is telling a story. One thing I know for sure, Ava Zavora knows how to write a story that will keep you captive until the very end. She is also a master of writing stories of romance and love without graphic or over the top scenes.
Dear Adam makes you a fly on the (virtual) wall of a budding relationship that starts out on Twitter, and quickly moves through email, messenger, and even Skype. You learn about Adam and Eden and their lives through these communications, both are very well rounded characters that easily become real people. Even with Adam's private nature, you can relate to him and his emotions, as well as Eden's. There are a few short interludes where you might get Eden’s thoughts, or a little on the side dialogue with her friends or family, but I’d say 90% of this book is cut down to the choppiness of an email or messenger conversation. To me this would seem like a very difficult challenge to have taken on, because while interaction between characters is what makes or breaks a book in my opinion, emotions and reactions from the same characters are also quite important - and this could be a difficult undertaking with this scenario. While the emotions are definitely present within Dear Adam, sometimes it’s more than a few words typed out to create a sentence, and sometimes the emotions are written “between the lines” of the messages that Adam and Eden are communicating with one another, so you have to look for it. Establishing this online relationship and making it real was something Ava Zavora accomplished quite well. I was hard pressed to put down the book once I started it, because finding out what witty remark Eden may come up with, or how bold and forward Adam might be in his next email was too intoxicating. I could just imagine both characters sitting around the house just waiting on the “bing” of a new email or messenger, and the smiles on their faces as they read the other’s reaction or react themselves to the latest communication.
There were times when I felt a little left out of the other aspects of Eden’s (since this really is her story) life. I wanted more information about how her son was reacting to her strange fascination to a man she’d never actually met, and I wanted to know more about what was happening at work or with her friends. Things like that. I did kind of miss the filler that is present in normal books at times, however in the end you truly don’t feel like much was missing from the book.(less)