Historical fiction has never really been my thing. However, every once and a while an excellent historical fiction book with come along that I just ca...moreHistorical fiction has never really been my thing. However, every once and a while an excellent historical fiction book with come along that I just can't put down. Between Shades of Gray is one of those books. I have a serious undying love for it. Ruta Sepetys has woven a tale from threads of despair and truth to create the story of a brave girl, her family, and friends who suffer through hardships for many years. This novel is touching and heartbreaking, yet it is also heartwarming how close these people become. I was drawn into a world of misfortune and the love that can blossom inside of it. This book captured me from page 1 until the very end -- I couldn't put it down! The characters gained my affections immediately -- I rooted for Lina, cried over the deaths, and swooned over Andrius. The most complex character, who really caught my eye, was Kretzsky; as much as I wanted to hate him, I just couldn't. You know a book is amazing when the characters are real, deep, and have more than just a one-sided personality. This is one of my FAVORITE books of all time. I would recommend it to everyone, no matter young or old, boy or girl, and what type of books you enjoy. Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that will stay in your heart forever.(less)
I'm not a huge fan of books about "popular girls", so I didn't think I'd enjoy this book. That couldn't be farther from the truth! Jane is much more t...moreI'm not a huge fan of books about "popular girls", so I didn't think I'd enjoy this book. That couldn't be farther from the truth! Jane is much more than a popular girl. The characters are well developed and the story progresses with a good rate. One of my favorite reads this year!(less)
A very underrated book! I picked it up because of the cool looking cover (pink hair ftw!) and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. John Belu...moreA very underrated book! I picked it up because of the cool looking cover (pink hair ftw!) and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. John Belushi is Dead is full of morbid references, so if you don't enjoy that kind of stuff, don't read it. This book is filled with gruesome tales of celebrity deaths, finding out who your true friends are, overcoming your past, and realizing that you can't save everyone. The characters were excellently written and I quickly became attached to Hilda, Hank, and Jake. I never liked Benji much. While Hilda starts to slowly emerge from her death obsessed world, you can see Benji's sanity unraveling as he tries to drag her back under. Hilda learns many important lessons in this book, and whomever is reading it will to. To me, certain parts of the ending were expected, although other parts were a shock, but it still made me cry. A fantastic book I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind a little death.(less)
I was sososo excited to read this when I got it in the mail(: The premise sounded great and the cover is phenomonal... thanks, Goodreads! Anyways -- I...moreI was sososo excited to read this when I got it in the mail(: The premise sounded great and the cover is phenomonal... thanks, Goodreads! Anyways -- I was definetely not let down by Born at Midnight. It may not be the most original plotline but personally I really enjoyed it. The side characters were particularly awesome. Who doesn't love snarky vampires and witches? There was one thing that really annoyed me, though -- how the main character was in denial like, the entire book. I get how it'd be hard to accept that you're a supernatural, but even after seeing so much proof she's still like "I'm not one of you guys, it's a mistake". It REALLY made me angry how she was like "I'm not sure which is worse, having a brain tumor or being a supernatural". Ugh. And even after she made friends and began to enjoy herself she STILL wanted to go home. Aside from that, this book was fantastic. I recommend it to people who love the paranormal, and books such as House of Night.(less)
The beginning for me was very boring. Uneventful, lots of sitting around, his friend Roswell being suspicious, and him getting reactions to iron. The...moreThe beginning for me was very boring. Uneventful, lots of sitting around, his friend Roswell being suspicious, and him getting reactions to iron. The second half was pretty awesome, but nothing that I wouldn't be able to put down. I have to say, I loved the House of Mayhem -- the Morrigan was just awesome! The end scene was pretty amazing, but there is one this about this book that really bugs me -- I HATE the girl Mackie has a crush on, Tate. Tate is always yelling at him, kissing him one day and ignoring him the next. She acts like it's his fault her sister was stolen, and even at the end scene (I'm not going to say because I don't want to say spoilers, but if you read it you know what I'm talking about) where he is in danger she is like "OMG YOU PROMISED ME YOU'D GET MAH SISTER BLAHBLAHBLAH" and I found that realllyyyy irritating.