Ok, so this book was free for me through Amazon and the iBook store so I was able to read it on my iPod - which surprisingly wasn't bad (first book toOk, so this book was free for me through Amazon and the iBook store so I was able to read it on my iPod - which surprisingly wasn't bad (first book to do so with).
I went into reading this with few expectations and was blown away by the story and the characters.
I liked Taylor and enjoyed reading as she went through all these horrible life experiences while discovering who she is and who she can trust. I also liked the look into the "rock scene". Granted, I'm sure that it was vastly exaggerated and not at all what it would really be like, it was nice all the same.
There were a few little twists thrown into this novel (nothing along the mystery scene, but unexpected occurrences) which I didn't exactly see coming and I really liked that. Characters were always surprising me and it made me feel as though I was getting to know them as Taylor was and discovering everything at the same time that she was.
If you're looking for a good read (that should still be free to download) then this might be right up your alley. It was a great contemporary novel and while at times was a little fantastical I thought it was a great novel to escape into on the NYC subway and it kept me company for the first part of my train ride to Washington. ...more
I am so sad that I'm not going to be able to finish this novel! I received an eARC via Raincoast Books and sadly it runs out in a few hours. As much aI am so sad that I'm not going to be able to finish this novel! I received an eARC via Raincoast Books and sadly it runs out in a few hours. As much as I would love to stay up to finish reading it, my eyelids are about to close on me whether I want them to or not.
Maybe I'll get lucky and score a copy while in NYC for BEA....more
A great mystery novel. I found myself going back and forth between who I thought the murderer was and it was only within the last bit that I figured iA great mystery novel. I found myself going back and forth between who I thought the murderer was and it was only within the last bit that I figured it out for sure.
If you're looking for a book with tons of suspense and a murder to solve, this is definitely the book for you. ...more
I am so beyond happy with how this novel ended - to the point where I almost cheered when it did.
Normally I have a love-hate relationship for these tI am so beyond happy with how this novel ended - to the point where I almost cheered when it did.
Normally I have a love-hate relationship for these types of books with characters like Katie and Evan. I love reading the turmoil and the triumph - but I hate the weak (in character, not the way they're written) characters.
Along the same lines as Stay by Deb Caletti, this is a fantastic comtemporary novel that started out as a beautiful romance but quickly turned into something mean and ugly....more
Wow, this was so much more than I thought it would be. I'll admit that the alternating chapter time-lines threw me at first between the past and the fWow, this was so much more than I thought it would be. I'll admit that the alternating chapter time-lines threw me at first between the past and the future, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't so hard to navigate.
A great science fiction stand-alone new adult novel. ...more
2.5 stars. It was ok, and I liked it enough, but... yeah. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles or angels and this novel has both. I will probably read2.5 stars. It was ok, and I liked it enough, but... yeah. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles or angels and this novel has both. I will probably read the next book just to see where things go, but if I don't it won't be a noticeable loss....more
This book made me finally realize why I'm not a huge fan of Cinderella...
Ladies and gentlemen, I have realized now that, after 20+ years, CinderellaThis book made me finally realize why I'm not a huge fan of Cinderella...
Ladies and gentlemen, I have realized now that, after 20+ years, Cinderella pisses me off thanks to this novel. Granted, I haven’t watched the Disney version is quite a long time (do I have it on DVD? Upon quick inspection I don’t, but I do have it on VHS) so maybe I should just to see if these feelings are even valid, but that doesn’t change the fact that I had an epiphany. Cinderella is a twit who never stands up for herself. And so, in order to properly review this novel, I’m going to take a page out of this book (the first in fact) and do a side-by-side comparison between Cinderella and Lucy.
Cinderella has two deceased parents and a stepmother she should have poisoned long ago (back in those days they didn’t have CSI so it’s untraceable) and two stepsisters she should have drowned when they were children. They do, after all, look stupid enough to not know enough to stand up in a fountain full of three feet of water. I’m just saying...
Lucy has a mostly absent, clearly brainwashed father, a gold-digger of a stepmother, and two bratty kid stepsisters. Being that this is the 21st century, all she would need to do is place an anonymous phone call or two from a pay phone and become an emancipated minor.
Cinderella = sleeping in the sooty fireplace/kitchen or in the drafty tower room where the staircase seems to deft physics. One push and goodbye Cinderella.
Lucy = spider-infested (I’m assuming) basement with a blow-up mattress.
Cinderella = rodents who most likely have rabies; especially the fat one.
Lucy = well, she gets some friends and they teach her how to dress like a slut. Maybe she would be better off with the rabies...
Cinderella experiences love at first sight and is whisked off her feet, which is probably a good thing considering I don’t think that glass would make for comfy footwear. It could also be argued that she saw a good opportunity and took it. I know that I would have done the same just to get out of that house. You know, unless I took the first point into action and was thus made independently wealthy.
Lucy gets hit on by the school hunk after wowing him with basketball facts. Basically she becomes a guy friend who said basketball player could publically kiss. But then there’s the dark horse entry complete with red sneakers and a tuxedo. I’d choose door number two. Swoon!
Happily Ever After
Cinderella has an unknown future but I would imagine that it involves a lot of alcohol and dealing with scullery maids who aren’t in the scullery... if you get my meaning. I think that the Prince might develop a bit of a “hero complex” and take to helping the staff.
Lucy makes her own happy ending but only after getting to the ball. I find no complaints there.
In my opinion, Cinderella takes all this abuse at home, right? She’s obviously not paid for what she does, so she stays and plays the servant bit (minus a monthly salary) for what, exactly? To be belittled and treated like dirt? The girl needs to grow a backbone. I would imagine that there is no way in hell that everything was left to the money-hungry old crone. But I digress, this is exactly what I hated about Lucy in the beginning of this novel. She took all this abuse – the girl sleeps on an AIR MATTRESS for eight months in the flipping BASEMENT – and doesn’t try to rectify the situation. I waited chapter after chapter for her to flip a shit on everyone and demand a proper bed. And a dresser. Maybe a closet. Then, when she finally does, she backs down and becomes all docile again. Then, shit really hits the fan and I couldn’t help but cheer; she was way overdue for a teenage rebellion and the parental units should have just been happy she didn’t end up going overboard and being the next Sixteen and Pregnant contestant.
Now, Cinderella aside, I really enjoyed this novel. I read it in one sitting because it was just so fun and consuming. I did not want to stop – I just needed to see what would happen next and I waited for Lucy’s rebellion to kick in.
I loved how art acted in this novel. Hell, I just love how it was incorporated. It allowed the reader to see this entirely different side of Lucy; this confident side where she can be snarky and speak her mind. Where knowing basketball made Lucy popular, knowing art made her come into her own person.
I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading other novels by Kantor – especially if they’re based on fairy tales. I’m giving this novel a 7.5/10.
I received this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. ...more
Ok, wait. THAT'S how it ends?!?! Please tell me that Tear You Apart is a companion and I can find out more because I have questions. Like, what happenOk, wait. THAT'S how it ends?!?! Please tell me that Tear You Apart is a companion and I can find out more because I have questions. Like, what happens to Felix? To Freddie? To the parents?
And, can we just take a moment to EW over the statutory rape that basically happens here? Sure, there wasn't any penetration, but there were THINGS and they happen between a 15 year old girl and a 21 year old guy.
On a side note, I totally had Blue's fairy tale pegged down pretty quickly, and it was cinched when Felix gave Mira the key card.
I definitely need to buy me a copy of this. Unless I already have one. It might be in storage......more
I tried, but it really just wasn't for me. I didn't like the main love interest, and even when I flipped ahead and read a few pages he seemed super weI tried, but it really just wasn't for me. I didn't like the main love interest, and even when I flipped ahead and read a few pages he seemed super weird to me.
Nothing seemed to capture my interest with this novel - it just wasn't my cup of tea. ...more
I was a little sceptical that I would like this novel. I know nothing about football (hell,First, Sam Henry is my new literary crush.
Now, the review.
I was a little sceptical that I would like this novel. I know nothing about football (hell, nothing about sports) and I’ll admit that I was a little worried that I would be left wondering what the hell the characters were talking about.
Well, I had nothing to fear.
Sure, there were sports analogies and sport talk but it was done in a way that I wasn’t left scratching my head. No, this is an amazingly well written contemporary novel that has roots in love, family, and friendship (as well as football).
Jordan is the type of girl who I think I would have been incredibly intimidated of in high school. The girl is written as being pretty (though I think that it’s in that modest way which means she’s gorgeous) and an all-state footballer who has no sense of guys other than being one of them. Plus she’s a regular Amazon woman. I would have cowered in fear that she would body check me into a locker and then laugh at my hair. But, that’s simply not the case. Jordan is as clueless as anyone when it comes to the fine art of boys (as in dating them) and it was sweet reading about her trip into the deep end. Plus, the girl knows no bounds when it comes to the art of conversation. I loved how blunt she was and how no topic seemed to be taboo. Hell, the girl comes right out and talks about her sex life to a fellow female classmate – not someone who’s a close friend either – as if it’s no big deal. I chuckled at that scene and shook my head.
This novel isn’t just about first love or football, it’s about going after what you really want. Jordan wants nothing more than to play college-level football for Alabama and she’s bound and determined to make it happen. But this novel is also about realizing when you need to bend and maybe try something new and strange in order to get what you really want.
Whether you’re a sports fan or not this is an amazing novel. In this novel I have found a new literary crush in Sam Henry and I’m just about to pre-order my very own copy of this book from The Book Depository. I’m giving it a 9/10 and a high recommendation for you to read it if you want a good contemporary novel.
I received my copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. ...more
Very interesting. Not exactly what I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it once I really got into the flow of the story - which didn't take lonVery interesting. Not exactly what I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it once I really got into the flow of the story - which didn't take long at all!...more