Ugh I'm so frustrated because I could easily have fallen in love with this book but the ending was so messy, it kinda ruined the whole thing. Reasons wUgh I'm so frustrated because I could easily have fallen in love with this book but the ending was so messy, it kinda ruined the whole thing. Reasons why: (hidden because of spoilers)
(view spoiler)[-why did John need to be in the picture? Don't get me wrong, he is a cool guy, but it seems like his whole reason of existence is making Peter look bad in comparison, which is pointless since we know Lara Jean is going to end up with Peter in the end. So why making us doubt Peter's character after two books of rooting for him? All this happened in the last 80-100 pages in the book and it just didn't make any sense to me. I guess it was a way to make Lara Jean's love life a little bit more interesting, but Peter's relationship with Gen and her secret was interesting enough. I didn't really need to know how easy it is for Lara Jean to fall in and out of love, it kinda scared me to be honest. It definitely made me like her less than I already did.
-Speaking of, what happened to Josh? Him and LJ were inseparable almost a year ago and now poof, vanished. The first book was basically based on LJ's unrequited love for him and in the second one he just gets mentioned a couple of times. Boo. (hide spoiler)] ...more
Maybe 2 stars is a little bit harsh since I love Shepard, but it just wasn't good enough to keep my interest. My mind was wondering all the time whileMaybe 2 stars is a little bit harsh since I love Shepard, but it just wasn't good enough to keep my interest. My mind was wondering all the time while reading it. The ending was OK I guess, if not a bit rushed. Will decide whether to read #2 when it comes out, depending on my mood. ...more
An overly whiny, attention seeking, childish and super egotistic protagonist, surrounded by mindless puppets who by obediently doing her bidding and pAn overly whiny, attention seeking, childish and super egotistic protagonist, surrounded by mindless puppets who by obediently doing her bidding and phrasing her for it her entire life, made her the shellfish annoying brat she is in the book. Belly was an outright aggravating character who just ruined the whole series for me....more
I guess this is one of those cases where apparently I've read a completely different book than everybody else :/ Belly oh Belly. She rubbed me the wronI guess this is one of those cases where apparently I've read a completely different book than everybody else :/ Belly oh Belly. She rubbed me the wrong way in the first book but this time it got worse. I don't see any particular chemistry between her and Conrad and quite honestly she came off really needy and childish. At 17 she acted exactly the same as at 13 and 14. She was asking for constant attention and validation even though nothing, and I mean nothing, was about her. It was about the boys and the very hard times they have to overcome but somehow Belly managed to make it all about her. Also the story itself was so monotoned. Straight line of emotions throughout the whole book, which made me wonder "do I really care about any of this?" Meh. ...more
I can't believe how sad the ending was!!! Definitely not the HEA I was expecting!! Still it was beautiful, loved every minute of it. I feel like I coulI can't believe how sad the ending was!!! Definitely not the HEA I was expecting!! Still it was beautiful, loved every minute of it. I feel like I could read about Reeve, Lillia, Kat and Alex forever. This is a must read series for sure and without a doubt one of my favourites ❤️...more
"My father once told me that all you needed to hurt someone is a single word, said just wrong enough. Anybody is capable of enormous harm, anyone with"My father once told me that all you needed to hurt someone is a single word, said just wrong enough. Anybody is capable of enormous harm, anyone with a mouth or a hand to write with."
I will start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Dangerous Lies right from the start. Fitzpatrick's previous books were not among my favoI will start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Dangerous Lies right from the start. Fitzpatrick's previous books were not among my favourites I must admit, but this one I liked straight away. Apart from the unputdowanable element that exist in all of Fitzpatrick's books regardless whether you enjoy them or not, Dangerous Lies does not really depend upon mystery and suspense aspects but more on character development, and that is what I think was missing from Fitzpatrick's previous work. We could see Stella's transition to a mature and grown up individual throughout the whole book. Her relationship with Carmina, who I must say was my favourite character, was very well written without resorting to cliches and the inevitable sappiness. The romance element was still present, this time featuring a male character so different from Fitzpatrick's Patch or Mason. Chet is as casual and chilled as they come and that's what I loved about him. He was not over the top or dominating in any way. He is just a good looking guy who falls in love with a girl he meets over the summer. It may sound plain but if you ask me, normality was a breath of fresh air compared to all the over exaggerated romantic relationships in YA I'm so tired of. Secondary characters were not left in the background either, each one of them different and distinct, playing an important part in the story (see Carmina). What I would have liked however was a better ending. I felt a bit unsatisfied in the end and slightly disappointed at how everything wrapped up so quickly. I would have preferred the bad guys to be as bad as advertised and not just some run of the mill thugs who just popped in to finish the story. Those of you who are sceptical about Fitzpatrick's books, don't be: Dangerous Lies will definitely appeal to you. I really hope Fitzpatrick will write more books like this in the future....more
This was such an easy going, sweet and delightful book to read, albeit completely unrealistic. It read more like a teenage dream, a huge romanticized bThis was such an easy going, sweet and delightful book to read, albeit completely unrealistic. It read more like a teenage dream, a huge romanticized bubble than the actual, real life of a teenager. It had a very anachronistic feel to it, like it was set in the 70s or 80s but it actually wasn't. In fact, every time the characters use their phones either to text, Skype or anything techie, it threw me off completely, it felt completely out of place with the narrative style and setting. Lara Jean, supposedly 16, is extremely juvenile and she sounds like her sister Kitty who is 9 years old. Same goes for most of the characters in this book. Come to think of it, if this book was for middle graders it would be great! But as it is now, and for me to actually enjoy it, I had to see it as more of a teenage fantasy world rather than a depiction of reality, which is hopefully what Jenny Han intended. ...more
What a disappointment! I was so looking forward to reading this because a)Carrie Ryan b)revenge, and I feel so let down and actually kinda sad.
Plot hoWhat a disappointment! I was so looking forward to reading this because a)Carrie Ryan b)revenge, and I feel so let down and actually kinda sad.
Plot holes in this book were the size of my head (and that says a lot!). Apart from the original back story which is completely non-believable by itself, there were other separate small parts that added even more to its unbelievability. First, why Frances changed her identity and became Libby? To save herself? Um Libby was on the ship as well. So what difference does it make if she is Frances or Libby? If the bad men coming after her was the problem, they would come after either Frances or Libby. Also, when Frances was saved everyone on the rescue team saw Cecil crying over his daughter's dead body. It didn't occur to either of them that so many people have been witnesses to the actual Libby dying? Lawwwww-gic!
As far as the revenge part is concerned, let me clarify: there was none. What Frances wanted was to get back with Grey, a guy she met on the ship. She only knew him for 4 days (maybe less) but Frances felt an all consuming love for him, even though, according to her, he was responsible for the attack on the ship. But really, what do 300+ lives matter in the face of true love eh? We get to read about how Frances wanted him even after all these years and how excited she got when she felt him naked on the other side of a bathroom door (eye roll). Also, for a girl whose family was murdered and who is so hell bent on revenge preparing herself and doing extensive research for 4 years, she full on sucked at it. From the moment she returned from Europe she kept making these stupid mistakes in an effort to hide her true identity that you had to be really stupid not to notice. Important facts would come up and she would sound surprised that none of that came up on her research. Well, did you do any? Like, at all? There was absolutely no character development. Shepard and Cecil's character were like non existent, no point being in the book. We got no background on Senator's or Grey's lives and the "revelation" about some eco group something or other was ridiculous.
I just can't believe that Carrie Ryan of The Forest of Hands and Teeth wrote this. Bummer....more
I was wondering whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars. The story was overall fine, had no problems with it, apart from the fact that I realised very eI was wondering whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars. The story was overall fine, had no problems with it, apart from the fact that I realised very early on who the bad guy was, but that has more to do with me being paranoid than the book being predictable. That being said, characters were horrible to say the least. The lead, Britt-outrageously gullible, naive and borderline moronic at times. She came off as completely immature emotionally, which is understandable considering she herself admitted to living a very comfortable, sheltered life, always relying on her dad and brother for everything. She changed her feelings about the guys in the book more times that I care to remember and in general, she wasn't the type of girl I could look up to or relate or feel for. Her best friend Korbie-was a complete idiot and treated Britt very badly and Britt was fully aware of it and still called her her best friend. Love interest (?)- I didn't mind him, mostly because I expected the worst (hello Patch!) I think considering the story's premise and the role he had to play, he was OK. The ending for me was very weak also, focusing more on the love story and completely brushing off the impact of the events on Britt's life. For example (view spoiler)[ we never found out what happened to Korbie, the alleged best friend, after being knocked unconscious in the cabin, her family's reaction, especially after mentioning Calvin's and Korbie's dad so many times (what a royal douche, btw), and in general Britt's feelings and thoughts after losing her childhood friends in such a horrific way. Maybe I'm asking too much but I don't find it all that believable that after finding out your ex boyfriend is a murderer and losing your best friend, three pages of watching TV and a morning run can cut it. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I was grateful that I didn't have to deal with yet another abusive relationship like in Hush Hush and that the story was OK but Fitzpatrick's characters still need some serious work. ...more
I wanted to love it so badly and I'm really sorry but I guess it wasn't for me. I found it a tad pretentious (have you met a lot of teenage boys recitI wanted to love it so badly and I'm really sorry but I guess it wasn't for me. I found it a tad pretentious (have you met a lot of teenage boys reciting Camus? Let's get real.) which made the characters not relatable and the story not believable. I may try other moskowitz books in the future, but this one just didn't do it for me...more