+ I did not expect the ending. I actually really liked the direction in which Oliver took the story, and found it very fitting and poignant. The me4/5
+ I did not expect the ending. I actually really liked the direction in which Oliver took the story, and found it very fitting and poignant. The meaning behind the narrative has changed, our viewpoint on Nick has changed, etc.
+ This is the first time I'd ever read a book where the protagonist works at an amusement park. I found it very refreshing and interesting. It's only until you step back and look at the big picture do you realise that this time is very important to Nick's character development. Especially the end where Alice talks about the amusement park and why she is so invested in it, it's really quite beautiful.
+ Sisters. They're complicated relationships. Dara and Nick were close, once upon a time. Something changed recently. Dara has been sneaking off, never home, and then the accident happens. Nick comes back and everything is so different yet the same. Their relationship becomes a series of unreplied messages, silence and disappearances. Nick would do anything to get things back the way they were.. and when Dara actually goes missing, maybe it's a cry for help, maybe she's in trouble, and maybe there's a connection to the Madeline Snow case.
+ Broken family. Divorce. Children dealing with their parent finding someone new, conflicting emotions.
This book. Man, this book. Lines run deep. I don't even know... I don't even know.
Just everything, everything, in this book. Powerful. Of course, s5/5
This book. Man, this book. Lines run deep. I don't even know... I don't even know.
Just everything, everything, in this book. Powerful. Of course, spoilers if you haven't read CoM!
+ Celaena. All the feels! 'Skyscraper' by Demi Lovato or something like that. In CoM you see more sides to her but in HoF ALL of her is exposed, all is revealed. Her past, her future... She goes through even more hell, which is not surprising given the trend here, but OMG, she seriously goes through hell and back. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally and spiritually. + Rowan. Rowan! The chemistry and tension between him and Celaena... I LOVE Celaena x Chaol but there's something so beautiful about the relationship between these two. They start out similarly to CxC, but their ending is vastly different and their implications and expectations of one another and futures... Rowan is a dream; this time, I don't mind. + Chaol, Dorian and the others we have met previously. The demons and challenges they were faced with from the ending of CoM continue and escalate in this book. Where they're left at the end of this one makes me impatient for the next book, but we must wait. :S + The arc with Dorian and the healer, Sorscha. + The massive scale, the build-up for the next book. This book was epic and action-packed and well planned and brilliant. + More of Celaena's other self, and the other world and other people, other Fae. The demi-Fae she meets. ~ I feel like the arc with the Ironteeth clan wasn't... complete. Or maybe I just wanted more connection with the "main story" because I felt like it was just taking away from the main story. Like when this part came up all I wanted to do was race through it so I could get back to Celaena, or Rowan or Aedion or Dorian or Chaol, etc. Manon is like a Blackbeak Celaena in a way, and it'll be interesting to see how they finally meet, because they WILL meet... right? I loved the sort of How to Train Your Dragon feel to the story arc though (with Abraxos)....more
1. Saw the gorgeous cover. 2. Read the blurb. 'Korean War', 'Asian heritage' 3. Saw the tag historical-fiction. 4. OMG BARBARA STUBER!!! I remember absol1. Saw the gorgeous cover. 2. Read the blurb. 'Korean War', 'Asian heritage' 3. Saw the tag historical-fiction. 4. OMG BARBARA STUBER!!! I remember absolutely adoring her debut novel 'Crossing the Tracks'. This one is without a doubt on my to-preorder list. :D...more
No words. Actually, yes words. This book is beautiful. Forman has a unique talent of breathing life into the characters she createI ❤ Gayle Forman
No words. Actually, yes words. This book is beautiful. Forman has a unique talent of breathing life into the characters she creates. The main character, Cody is devastated by her best friend's suicide. She had no idea. She stayed where Meg left for college, escaped the small town and its stifling life.
She's only floating through life, a mere shadow in the wake of Meg's death. She should have known. She should have been there for her. Until she begins to think that maybe there was someone involved in her decision to off herself. Maybe it was due to a guy...
+ about forgiveness + about death + the slow burning romance.. I'm not sure what to feel about it.. Even after meg she still permeates the book and the lives of those he touched + the idea of "I was here" + the wiring style. Simple. Nothing much than needed. + about suicide.. + family
Probably have mite thoughts but I'm so tired. It's 2:30 after I finished the book.. So I'll sleep on it!...more
I don't even really know what to say about this book. It was so different to what I normally read, but just because it was written by THE A.S. Kin4/5?
I don't even really know what to say about this book. It was so different to what I normally read, but just because it was written by THE A.S. King it was a must read for me.
+ Exploration of reality TV shows. You don't really consider how it affects the people in them AFTER. King makes a loud statement concerning that. + Gerald is a little bit inside of each and every one of us, I feel. Who hasn't ever felt rejection? Who hasn't ever felt not good enough? Who hasn't ever felt out of control or judged for something we have/had no control over? Who has ever wanted a fresh start, or to escape from it all? So he's a pretty sympathetic character. + I liked Register #1 Girl :P Gerald kind of makes her out to be a perfect girl with a perfect life as beautiful as she is, but once you get to know her more and really see the real girl behind the mask she's just as broken and messed up as Gerald is. + Escapism. + Growing up. + I liked the development of Gersday, as in, how the appearance and changes in his Gersday reflected his own development and state of mind. It has that semi-A.S. King vibe to it too, if that makes any sense. (I hope that when I get back to it I'll understand it too.) + The writing is on par with her other books. + I liked the exploration of his family, how learning about them kind of sheds light on how Gerald is who he is now. We're meant to despise Tasha, and I did. I still don't fully understand her, the whys of her character. All I understand is that I would absolutely not want a sister like that, and how it's understandable why their family is so screwed up. + I liked the development of the relationship. It was so very sweet, a little bit like in Silver Linings Playbook, but the characters are teenagers. Their variations in their interactions with one another was so very interesting to follow. I thought they had good chemistry and the unconventional nature of their being together. I like that their faults come between them, and that they try to work through them. There's something kind of poignant about their romance, and I can't really explain it. + The chapters are short. Haha, that actually IS a plus for me because long chapters tire me out. And there were also flashbacks to reality TV time, when the family was being filmed. Important that these were included.
As usual, a more coherent review that flows better to come....more
Roald Dahl will ALWAYS have a place in my heart and mind. He was an intrinsic part of my childhood and far greater than I'd known back then. I'd loveRoald Dahl will ALWAYS have a place in my heart and mind. He was an intrinsic part of my childhood and far greater than I'd known back then. I'd love to read some of his adult works someday......more
The FitzOsbornes in Exile is an inspired follow-up to A Brief History of Montmaray. The FitzOsbornes now have to deal with court life in England--especially the girls, Sophie and Veronica, as they make their debut into Society--all the while planning to take back their home and establish their nation in their royal status. Cooper's characters develop realistically and with great charm, in all their quirks. The plot thickens in all its historically detailed glory, paving the way for an intense and dramatic conclusion to the trilogy.
I just love this book, and I feel sorry for myself because I have left this review sitting for too long and now have to bumble my way through it. So bear with me, guys.
It's a strange comfort, re-visiting characters you'd grown to love, and learning that they've changed--though admittedly, for the better. In this case I'm referring to Sophie. She has matured a great amount since the series of unfortunate events at Montmaray. They are now in England and are to adapt to a new life of luxury and glamour. Sophie, unsurprisingly, does much better at establishing herself in Society than the academic and outspoken Veronica. The gang deal with the frivolity that is court life, when at the back of their minds they are still thinking about the approaching war. They plan to reach out to the International League (?), in hopes that they will assist in driving the Germans out of their land.
Sophie is just the best scribe/narrator/spectator. She has matured greatly since she and her family lived in Montmaray, which is evident in her behaviour near the end of this book. She obviously loves her food. Seriously, reading this (and A Brief History of Montmaray) had me salivating. Some of the food just sounds so delectable. I don't mind at all, reading about delicious food. But anyway, she retells everything that happens in her life through the eyes of a young lady on the cusp of womanhood. The writing is accessible and has a lot of heart. Or maybe I just love epistolary novels, especially one with such an established voice.
The romance aspects in their lives is very subtle. Toby and Simon deal with their futures. Cooper explores the difficult situation they are in; despite their feelings for one another, they are each expected by society to court a young woman of acceptable social standing. Sophie is still sifting through her feelings for Simon, and there may be someone to help her with that. Veronica's intellectual pen-pal may be interested in more than just discussion of political affairs . . . I enjoyed every arc concerning these characters. I especially enjoyed the development of Veronica's "relationship".
I will always love these characters. I haven't mentioned Henry yet, so here we go. I remember in particular one scene where she makes a really brash comment (added in the quotes section). She's gone through multiple governesses. She hates riding side-saddle. She loves playing with the dog. All of which are "unbecoming". But why should she care? I think she's great. All of these characters defy against the norm of society in their own ways; Henry is definitely the most outward.
Among the seriousness of their situation, there is a lot of fun and hilarity that takes place. Henry! Veronica and Simon's bickering. Simon and Sophie against the train wall. When Sophie is teased about her supposed love call with Rupert. When they mess with Aunt Charlotte, which they did more than a few times. I caught myself giggling many times throughout!
I don't think Cooper's series is for everyone. Many people are put off by historical fiction (though I would love it if more people gave the genre a try!), and as far as YA historical fiction goes, this one is challenging at times. Michelle Cooper is really into her research, and it shows. Every minute detail has obviously been considered thoughtfully before it made it to print. Especially in regards to the political side of things, I can't say I understood every little thing that was discussed. But I just love that there are YA historical authors who take the time and really care about historical accuracy in their fictional works.
By the end of The Fitzosbornes in Exile, things are uneasy. We know that big things are coming. I cannot wait to get around to reading the last book, The FitzsOsbornes at War. I hope my expectations are met and there isn't more tragedy that my little heart can handle....more
I can easily see why this book is a classic. I wouldn't even know how to phrase everything I have to say about this book, but I will say5/5 (Classics)
I can easily see why this book is a classic. I wouldn't even know how to phrase everything I have to say about this book, but I will say that I can see myself re-reading this one every year. It's a coming-of-age story, but (much like To Kill A Mockingbird for example) there is not just a focus on the children. We gain insight into the lives of their parents and their teachers and the other kids and neighbours of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. So much so that while the main focus may be on Francie Nolan, our attention never wavers on that symbolism of the tree and of the struggle of this poor district.
I knew nothing about this book going in, and so I won't really say what happens in the book. The most enjoyable aspects, I thought, was getting to know all of the characters and trying to understand them more. Along with that, there were some really exciting things that happened, like when Francie first falls in love, or when a creeper finds his way into their tenement building.
While I was never completely bored at any one moment of this book, there was a lot of description of which I was grateful. At first I didn't understand the point of telling us every little detail of their apartments and their lives, but I felt like by the end of it I was able to understand a little bit. Smith portrays every aspect of their lives, including their homes, which did have a slight impact on their upbringing (one example I can think of is the piano that the last tenant left because it was too expensive to have hauled off).
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was just such a delight to read. It would be impossible for me to say all my thoughts here, but that doesn't matter. It made me feel warm. This book is like a hug, I guess, in the same way that Francie felt like her books became her friends. Now that I've closed the book I feel like I've left something big behind, but at least there's comfort in knowing that all I have to do is pick it up and read again. From the beginning, from, "Serene..."
- Gilmore Girls - To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - A Brief History of Montmaray (Michelle Cooper) - The Diary of Anne Frank - I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)*
* Haven't read yet, but it definitely has a similar vibe to it.
"Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry . . . have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere- be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honourable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream so that not one little peace of living is ever lost." (413)...more