I personally like magic mixed with real world things, so this was right up my alley. It's a fictional setting, but the reader gets the sense that it's...moreI personally like magic mixed with real world things, so this was right up my alley. It's a fictional setting, but the reader gets the sense that it's during Colonial times. Jessamin is from an island that has been sought after and studied by a more privileged society. She moves onto the mainland when she finds out and basically bribes her father to let her go to the school he teaches at. Privilege as far as race and money are huuuuge since the people who are of royal blood have magic and those who aren't, don't.
Another aspect Jessamin focused on was her own paths. She could have stayed on the island. She could have hidden in Finn's summer home. She knows that the choice is ultimately hers, especially when she reminds herself that she is from Melei and doesn't have to play by Albion's society's rules and norms.
One of my favorite characters is Eleanor. She is written off as like a squib from Harry Potter, but she has a little bit of magic. She uses it to learn gossip mostly, but it becomes very useful! She's the friend you really want in a bind. She's been under minded her whole life until Jessamin steps in to tell her that she is enough and she does have useful powers. :)
The twist near the end was a total surprise to me that I was so close to being so mad about it! But when I thought about it, it was all of the pieces of the puzzle coming together. Okay, I'm still a little mad about it. Haha!
The romance between Jessamin and Finn was adorable! I liked that she called him out on his stuff and that she wasn't about to do it his way before she thought of a better alternative. (less)
This is one of those books that I have no idea how I feel about it because there were a lot of feels, flashbacks, and things. I liked the moments with...moreThis is one of those books that I have no idea how I feel about it because there were a lot of feels, flashbacks, and things. I liked the moments with her grandparents and her flashing back to her childhood (pre-boyfriend). Boyfriend was cute, don't get me wrong. They're just very, very different, and her uncomfortableness in his "punk-rocker" world just... idk. It doesn't scream "Let's stay together 5ever!" Y'know?
The family feels, though. Those were the best.(less)
A bit cliche, but overall a fun book. I was a bit picky because of the YouTube aspects, but I appreciated her talking about how popularity is a double...moreA bit cliche, but overall a fun book. I was a bit picky because of the YouTube aspects, but I appreciated her talking about how popularity is a double-edged sword. It can hurt to get some mean comments. It's awesome to hear the good stuff. And although they fought in the flashbacks, I loved the sister relationship and showing that although it wasn't perfect, they were good.(less)
Every lover of YA, publishing nerd, and... okay, EVERYONE needs to read this book. It's fantastic and cute and smart and wonderful and thought-provoki...moreEvery lover of YA, publishing nerd, and... okay, EVERYONE needs to read this book. It's fantastic and cute and smart and wonderful and thought-provoking. I've only read one other Scott Westerfield book (one in the Midnighters series), but I've heard great things about his writing. I went into this book with that level of expectations and it was met with two wonderful stories.
Also, I'm pretty sure Guinness beer represents wanting to look like you know your beer when you have no idea. At least in this book. HA! Also, I loved Darcy and I'm pretty sure if she were real, we'd be friends. Heck, I'd be friends with all of these characters. (less)
LOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a fun...moreLOVED IT. This novel is adapted from her comic strips, so each page is a new thing, but most of them continue from the previous page. It's such a fun read. Definitely recommended for anyone who loved Scott Pilgrim. (less)
I bought Divergent by Veronica Roth when it was on sale in the Nook store for $2.99 thinking, “Oh, I’ll read this soon!” Which turned into “I’ll read it before the movie.” Which turned into, “I’ll read it when the hype dies down… NEVER.” And before you dangle me over the pit, let me tell you something. I’m really sad that I waited so long to read this book. I’m sad that I judged a book by its hype.
So, what changed my mind? I decided I wanted to read Young Adult fiction with a more critical eye. Read between the lines. Use my film studies and bring it over to the book side of things. I took a class called Women in Film not too long ago. If you ever get a chance to take a film studies course, DO IT. It just really opens your brain. ANYWAY, Divergent was on the tippy top of my list. It was partly sparked by Veronica Roth’s keynote at YallFest last year in which the topic was the “strong female main character.” I saw her again just the other day at Agnes Scott College, and she harped on some of the same things. I think it really boils down to the fact that these fictional heroines being called “strong” is a misnomer. Yes, they do have points of strength. Of course. But while reading Divergent, we’re constantly reminded by Tris of how weak she is, how weak she thinks she is. She does show her strengths in her Capture the Flag tactics. I don’t think Four even points out her other strengths until that point, I think? He might have given her a tiny pointer on fighting before that, but I think it’s important to point that out. She’s not looking to him for validation at all. He’s just really damn good at knowing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, which makes him an exceptional instructor. Basically, he views her as his equal.(less)
Earthquake gets really science-y with Tavia helping find the vaccine for the virus that has been spreading throug...moreOriginally posted on elizziebooks.com
Earthquake gets really science-y with Tavia helping find the vaccine for the virus that has been spreading throughout the Earthbounds.
Characters I felt like we were never really given any reason to like Logan. There’s this undying admiration for Tavia, but other than that, he’s just a loyal lap dog. I felt like in Earthbound we really got to know Benson. I did LOVE Thomas and Alanna. Give ‘em a minute. I mean, really. GIVE THEM A FREAKING MINUTE. *closes the door*
Daniel was a mix of President Snow and Caesar Flickerman. I really don’t know how else to explain him other than… You know that uncle you have that can be kind of mean but sometimes he says nice things? That’s Daniel. But you always feel like he’s gonna kill you. Hopefully your uncle doesn’t think that about you. Also, his plans with the virus don’t really make sense until near the end of the book. So, there’s that.
Story Just as good as the first book. It’s edge-of-your-seat but in a slightly different way than the first because instead of running away from the scary people, Tavia and her friends have to work with people who are slightly scary. (less)
3.5/5 Stars - Originally reviewed at elizziebooks.com
Along with receiving Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins for review, I also help...more3.5/5 Stars - Originally reviewed at elizziebooks.com
Along with receiving Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins for review, I also helped promote the book on various social medias.
Isla is the third book in the Anna companion series, following Isla Martin, now a senior at SOAP - a school for privileged kids in Paris, France.
Isla has had an undying crush for Josh since freshman year, and one fateful night at a cafe called Kismet, she sees Josh while she's doped up on pain meds after getting her wisdom teeth removed. Their relationship ever-so-magically unfolds from there.
I thought Josh was going to be this rebel, but he's much more of a dreamer. Because he is writing a graphic novel, I hope we get to see an actual graphic novel! *crosses fingers* I also wish we could have gotten more of his perspective, although he is rather blunt.
Isla is one of those characters that's really easy to slip into her very ridiculous shoes. She has one friend, she has a few interests, and no idea about what she wants to do with her life. And she likes adventure books. I totally related. She had little confidence, but had some intelligent realizations about her relationships and her life with other people.
Kurt is Isla's best friend (almost brother). He is diagnosed with high-functioning Autism -- like my brother -- which was totally refreshing. He had this philosophy about finding the Right Way to places and a love for maps.
While reading, it just seemed like a super cute story and then BAM everything explodes. It takes half of the book to get there, but it's worth it. And everything that happens when she goes back to school after Agnostic Christmas was so... YES. There is pay off for the WHOLE SERIES. I don't want to ruin that experience for you.
I'm glad Josh and Isla have a month of bliss before everything explodes. It just felt real. At least in my experience. It's definitely a crescendo, a build up. I don't know how real the ending of the whole book was, but it was still SUPER cute and swoony. It did it's job.
Although the main relationship is Isla and Josh, her relationships with Kurt and her sisters are wonderful. Not perfect since sisters fight and all that. I loved Hattie and Isla's moment with her in the tree house. goodgoodgood. Good sister-ing.(less)
It was okay and there were some great lines at the end, but some of it was cliche and some of it was just... IDK. I felt like I'd read this story a mi...moreIt was okay and there were some great lines at the end, but some of it was cliche and some of it was just... IDK. I felt like I'd read this story a million times before. The RomCom aspect was cute.(less)