I don't think I'll do a big long review of this because I don't think I can do it justice since I don't read a lot of Fantasy, so here are some of myI don't think I'll do a big long review of this because I don't think I can do it justice since I don't read a lot of Fantasy, so here are some of my thoughts:
Fantasy isn't totally my jam and there were times in which this book lagged a bit, but the characters felt real and I liked learning a bit more about the superstitious stuff.
Trigger warning: This book mentions rape quite often. I'm glad they call it what it is, but it's definitely a bit startling. Marcus threatens Helene and it's a common thing (in the novel) for the male soldiers to hold that kind of power over women. Elias (one of the narrators) is definitely not okay with it even though it's this societal norm. It's definitely to show how much power and how wicked men can be toward women.
I really enjoyed Laia and Elias' friendship. You get a sense that there might be something else there, but they have each other's back.
I kinda loved how evil the Commandant was. I think that she is totally the embodiment of a female evil person. She is totally awful and terrible. Okay, I don't love her, but I love that she doesn't stray away from it and that she has a point to it. (and it kinda goes back to the power thing I mentioned earlier)
Definitely a fun read and I'm glad that Emma is different from Sutton. I was definitely on the edge of my seat a good bit. The Twitter Twins were so wDefinitely a fun read and I'm glad that Emma is different from Sutton. I was definitely on the edge of my seat a good bit. The Twitter Twins were so weird and I still don't feel like ruling them out.
I wish it would stay in 1st person or stay in 3rd person. It's weird when it flips from Sutton observing to just 3rd person.
There are definitely a lot of suspicious characters, but there are also a lot of sweet moments between Emma-as-Sutton and her friends, sister, and dad. I just wish there was a little more depth there? I know it's told that Sutton was the Ice Queen of their community, but the scenes move on so quickly that we don't get too long of a sweet moment or conversation between her and Laurel or her and Mads.
TL;DR - Definitely a fun read, but don't expect much in the way of depth. ;D ...more
Such good! I didn't know if I'd like it, but it was good stuff. The main character, Sam, has Purely-obsessional OCD and has hidden it from her supposeSuch good! I didn't know if I'd like it, but it was good stuff. The main character, Sam, has Purely-obsessional OCD and has hidden it from her supposed best friends for years. It seems a little odd at first, but once you "meet" her friends, it becomes apparent as to why she's done so. That's another thing-- she feels as though they've grown apart since having met so many years ago, but there's this nostalgia factor that keeps her in the circle.
I swear I'm not spoiling anything, but THAT TWIST. I'm sure someone will say, "Oh, well, I saw that coming," but rarely do you see that in a contemporary YA?!?!?! I know, it involves mental illness and another factor, BUT but I thought that it allowed the author to bring up some important stuff such as how important it is to get help and how important it is to listen to your psychiatrist and stuff like that. It was also nice to see Sam's mom being a part of her coping. Even though they don't have any real heart-to-hearts, I felt like we get some good info as far as good support from her family.
Poet's Corner was good stuff. I think something like that is SO important for students who'd rather not be in the zoo known as a high school cafeteria. Also, the poetry was good and fun. I thought the girl who wrote her poems on food wrappers was hilarious! So great. And definitely teared up a bit when Emily talked about her mom.
The relationship b/w Sam and AJ had an interesting start when you consider their past, but I thought it was a good thing for her to realize. And a good relationship for her to have. ...more
Want to feel empowered as a fangirl? READ THIS BOOK. Honestly, fangirls catch a lot of flack, so it's nice to have a physical copy of something sayingWant to feel empowered as a fangirl? READ THIS BOOK. Honestly, fangirls catch a lot of flack, so it's nice to have a physical copy of something saying FANGIRLS ARE AMAZING. There is stuff about fandoms, conventions, fan fiction, feminism and more. Definitely a book that I will be pushing on any fangirl friend....more
Rarely do I sit down to a book and finish it in a day, but HONEY, I'M ON A ROLL. Also, this book was glor***Originally reviewed on Elizziebooks.com***
Rarely do I sit down to a book and finish it in a day, but HONEY, I'M ON A ROLL. Also, this book was gloriously good.
I feel like I need to mention that this book is based off of A Thousand and One Nights AND it tells the story within the story. HELLA META! I just always think it's fun when the original text is talked about in an adaptation. Well, it worked particularly in this one because the main character uses it to convince the king to let her live until she's finished her very verbose stories. Genius!
So, she wants to live to avenge her BFF, who was killed after being the King's wife for a day/night. She ends up falling in love with him and they have a very interesting relationship. She keeps him in check, which is very interesting because as the reader, I just felt like she was an inch away from getting the silk cord. AKA Dead. There are some big game changers for the king, which effects why Shazi stays alive for so long. Well, long compared to getting killed the morning after being wed.
Because the story is in third person, we get to see not only Shazi's perspective, but also the King, Shazi's father, and Shazi's former love interest. It adds more layers of secrecy and anticipation for what's to come in this series. YES, series. Oh man, I couldn't deal if this was just one book.
It's hard to label this book as just one thing because there are elements of magic, but it's mentioned very sparsely. Even though it's not in modern times, I wouldn't call it purely Historical Fiction. It's definitely an adaptation of another story. It's definitely something different and something I very much enjoyed....more
I don't know how I feel about this book! I think it would have been better without stupid Theo. I get that he was needed for some things, but it feltI don't know how I feel about this book! I think it would have been better without stupid Theo. I get that he was needed for some things, but it felt like he was just a tool to get her to a better place. Not really a character that was necessary. I did like that we got to see more of Clyde and the lovely Along for the Ride easter eggs. ...more
Got this for free when I bought Avengers: Age of Ultron tickets from Fandango. I wasn't familiar w/ these two characters before the trailers, so it waGot this for free when I bought Avengers: Age of Ultron tickets from Fandango. I wasn't familiar w/ these two characters before the trailers, so it was nice to see their origin story. Also, X-men AND Avengers? Okay, they don't meet at the same time, BUT it was interesting to see both. Are they super heroes or mutants? DUN DUN DUUUUN.
Art is nice and the story was interesting. ...more
Definitely entertaining, but it takes some trudging through her being cynical about love. I could defI can'd decide if it's a 3 or 3.5 star rating...
Definitely entertaining, but it takes some trudging through her being cynical about love. I could definitely see this one being made into a movie.
The feminism is ever-so-subtle in this one, but becomes a little bit more obvious when she's reading her mom's manuscript. Also, I'm pretty sure I need a Zip Coke now. Also, Jennifer Anne. I wanted more of her! She seemed very HBIC.
Also, I'm glad the girls converse about dating and whatnot. They joke about the main character not staying with one boy for long, but it isn't in a shaming way. They're very much like, "This is how she is. We love her." I can't remember which other character does this as well. Even to the point of reminding Remy that they're supposed to be dating more than one person, not getting attached, before the fall. It's nice to have an alternative to LOVE FOREVER AND EVER. You know? You know. I'm not knocking long-term relationships, but it's just NICE.
Also, glad to be back in the land of the nicer Dessen boys. Rogerson (Dreamland) and Macon (Someone Like You) made me want to take a break, but I'm glad I've kept going on. FOUR MORE BOOKS TO READ 'TIL I'M DONE WITH DESSEN-A-THON! WOO....more
Definitely feel like my heart was ripped out of my chest. Definitely was not prepared?! I knew it was going to be daTW: physical and emotional abuse.
Definitely feel like my heart was ripped out of my chest. Definitely was not prepared?! I knew it was going to be darker, but WOWZA. Very well written and so heartbreaking. I don't know how else to review it or to add on to that. Just... Brace yourself, and don't be afraid to give yourself a break and eat some pizza and watch something funny/uplifting while you're reading this one. It's an important one, though. Definitely. I'm glad that there are authors out there who aren't afraid to touch on the really dark stuff. In away, it's like them saying, "You are not alone. You can get help. It will take time, but you will heal." ...more
I always love the narrations of Dessen books! Especially when she does Jervais' voice. Ahaha!
Main Character: It's always re[Audiobook from OverDrive]
I always love the narrations of Dessen books! Especially when she does Jervais' voice. Ahaha!
Main Character: It's always refreshing to have a main character who isn't a middle class white girl. Yes, her sister and brother-in-law are definitely better off, but it's nice to hear a perspective that comes from being raised in poverty. That whole, "Do I have enough money?" and wanting to save it in case of an emergency. And even though she goes to the rich kids' school, she finds that people have more layers than just that rich kid facade. Good good good.
Ruby isn't a super complex/complicated character. Most of her life has been centered around her mom's wants and needs, so outside of that, she's hung out with potheads and-- surprise!-- pot dealers. So when she returns to those friends one afternoon, it's not a real surprise. Those friends did feel very stereotypically bad, though. It felt like one of those dramatization videos they'd show you in middle school health class about the dangers of drugs. They were all distant and cheating. It definitely made Ruby easier to split from that world, but you'd think someone would complain about her going to a better school and having a better living situation.
World: I always love how Dessen leaves easter eggs from other books. A couple of characters from The Truth About Forever show up at Harriet's kiosk! EEP! I think all of her books are set in North Carolina. They never have a super southern feel to them, but always a nice cast of characters.
Family: Gotta love the family focus of Dessen's novels. Ruby has to re-adjust to being accountable to family (Cora and Jamie... And Roscoe!) as well as welcoming other people into her world (Nate). I like that there's a juxtaposition happening as she sees how her "family" was, how her family is now, and how it compares to Jamie's gigantic family. There's also talk about abuse, siblings protecting one another, manipulation, Cora's infertility (for most of the book, she's struggling to get pregnant), and the feeling of neglect.
The Boy (or, The Romance): Nothing too special there. Poor girl falls for rich (well, supposedly rich) boy. It was sad that the more layers were peeled back, the more sad Nate's story got. I'm glad that it was brought up about being the friend of someone receiving abuse. Ruby struggles with it being that she's lived through similar, but it's still hard for her. That's understandable.
Overall, it's a decent book, good story. The characters were easy to get to know. ...more
[Listened as an audiobook from Overdrive / library]
Solid insight into humans and faith. Some of it seemed more like C.S. Lewis' thoughts about educati[Listened as an audiobook from Overdrive / library]
Solid insight into humans and faith. Some of it seemed more like C.S. Lewis' thoughts about education and moral and intellectual decline, BUT for the most part, it stayed on course with Screwtape telling his nephew how to get the "patient" to live their way. I thought it was also interesting that Screwtape called God "the enemy." Mostly because in church, you hear people call Satan "the enemy". It's also a good study of how we define right/wrong, how we can tend to judge others who are sitting on our church pew, how we think it's easier to conform to this world rather than striving to live a better life, etc.
The "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" was a good conclusion / overview of the book as a whole. It was helpful to me.