I'm on a good book streak!! Review to come soon. July 22, 2012 I just saw that someone had given this book 4 stars and I told my daughter I should read...moreI'm on a good book streak!! Review to come soon. July 22, 2012 I just saw that someone had given this book 4 stars and I told my daughter I should read that book. "MOM, you already did!" I said "no I didn't" She said "yes you did, look on your goodreads." So I did. And damn I did read this book. I read the summary and can't remember this book at ALL! I have zero recognition of ever reading this book. Nothing sounds familiar,nothing!!!! I couldn't have liked it very much if not even a year later I have no memory of it, could I? I'm going to have to go to the library this week and pick this up just to see if reading a few pages sparks my memory. (less)
I Loved You First is a great book with a fast paced storyline, and wonderfully flawed characters. We've all heard about the girl that has the very bes...moreI Loved You First is a great book with a fast paced storyline, and wonderfully flawed characters. We've all heard about the girl that has the very best friend who just so happens to be a guy, who just so happens to be gay. Think Will and Grace. Without a doubt this guy is amazing he's sensitive and wonderful, and the girl always falls in love with him only to be reminded, oh yeah he's gay.
What made this story so great and so different from said story is that these characters weren't perfect. Seth isn't always sensitive, in fact he hardly ever seems to realize that his actions hurt Alex. Speaking of Alex, she isn't any better. She is constantly expecting Seth to look up and confess that he's not really gay, and that he has realized that he is madly, deeply in love with her. Sweetie, what part of he's gay do you not understand?
I Loved You First isn't just about a boy and a girl though. This book is about growing up, finding yourself, and learning to be who you are. About realizing that sometimes you have to do all of that, all on your own. A great new addition to the young adult genre.(less)
I had a little trouble getting into Illicit Magic at first. The first 80 pages or so are a lot of new information that wasn't quickly digestible for m...moreI had a little trouble getting into Illicit Magic at first. The first 80 pages or so are a lot of new information that wasn't quickly digestible for me. However, once Stella gets to America the pace really picked up, and I was glued to the pages.
The characters in Illicit Magic are very well written, and I enjoyed learning about each of them. Stella's life since foster care has been terribly mundane. She didn't have any friends because people noticed that she was different, and they were scared of her. She was horribly alone, and she came across as drab, dejected, and well.. boring. Once she arrives in America and is surrounded by people like her she really becomes a different person. Watching her bloom truly was magical. The rest of the characters are so much fun to get to know. They each have their own mystery and instead of knowing everything there is to know about each of them right off the bat, the author slowly reveals their pasts and secrets in this very slow but satisfying way. I really enjoyed that about Camilla's writing style. I had just settled into this lovely story line and all of the sudden a new and unexpected twist was thrown at me. All kinds of hell broke loose, and it was thrilling to read. I was instantly in love with a few of characters and really hope to see them again in the next book. Yep, Illicit Magic is book 1 in the Stella Mayweather series. I was so glad to find out that the ending of this book wasn't really the ending of the story.
Side note: Just a little pet peeve I had with the book was that the editing wasn't great, and sometimes I got distracted by Camilla's English dialect. This may be why it took me a little while to really fall into the story as well. (less)
Stephanie Perkins has done it again! I don't know how Perkins writes in such a way that I swear I feel whatever her character is feeling (as silly as...moreStephanie Perkins has done it again! I don't know how Perkins writes in such a way that I swear I feel whatever her character is feeling (as silly as it sounds). Lola feels breathless and I can't seem to breathe. Her heart is racing and I feel like mine is too (even though it wasn't really). More than Anna, Lola and the Boy Next Door have captured my heart.
The characters in this book are simply amazing. From Lola with her costumes, wigs, and eyelashes everyday to Max and his bad-boy tattooed self, all the way to her wonderfully amazing dads. To top off a great cast of characters we have Cricket, possibly my favorite book boy ever! Oh wow! He is just want I would want in a boy (if I were 16 again and not married!) Sweet, thoughtful, respectful, and of course super easy on the eyes,.
The pace of this book was perfect. I couldn't put the book down, and I don't think there was one moment that my thoughts strayed from the story. OK, yes, I realize that I am gushing but really.... I LOVED THIS BOOK!
There is one scene where Anna mentions (yes! Anna and St. Claire are in this book) how it is so much easier to write a movie review for a movie that she doesn't like than it is to write one for a movie you love. I find this to be very true. When I love a book I have a hard time articulating what it was that made me love it, I just love it! However, when I don't like a book I have no trouble picking every apart every little thing that I didn't like. All this just to say "I LOVE THIS BOOK!" End gush.