What a beautiful cover! It's a shame I have the blue one.
“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”
4. What a beautiful cover! It's a shame I have the blue one.
“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”
Oh man, this was good. I never expected it to be so good. I was blown away by the sheer goodness of this book that I stayed up until 4:00 am to finish it, which I never do. The only reason I didn't read Unearthly when it first came out was because of all the hype--that is usually why I read or don't read a book. I didn't particularly like the cover (the blue one), and I was just hesitant over all that it would not live up to my expectations.
Well, let me tell you: It exceeded them and shoved my stupid expectations in my face.
I loved everything about Unearthly: the characters, the plot, the romance, the mythology, and the writing. It was such a breath of fresh air--in every department. It's one of those amazingly fluffy and all-around sigh-inducing books that make you feel like you're actually in the book and part of everything. And who wouldn't want to imagine--if only for a few hours--that they were actually part-angel and had to move to this cozy new town to save their super-cute new classmate? How I wish I could find more books like this!
Clara is maybe the first heroine I've really liked and genuinely cared about in a long, long, long time. Despite her unearthly perfections, she felt so normal, she made mistakes just like every other teenager does; not stupid, irresponsible mistakes, but ones that made her more human, and showed just how young she was and how she was only trying to do the right thing and find the right path in her life. She thought and felt things real people do.
The romance in this book was pretty unique. It's not an insta-love, where the minute they meet the world becomes heaven and everything is all sunshine and butterflies. Neither is it one that begins with hatred (but oh no! They secretly love each other!). It builds slowly, the characters take time to get to know each other. We learn about Christian and Tucker more as the story progress, taking the romance with it. And these guys are not here simply to fawn over the heroine and save her from her sheer idiocy (which Clara is definitely not). They (view spoiler)[Clara and Tucker (hide spoiler)] don't sit around all day cuddling, all their conversation consisting of "I love you!" "no, I love you more!" They do the awesomest things together, and it made me wish I'd spend my summers more doing the things they did!
As for which guy I like more, you should have definitely read this review backwards. I'm all for Christian. Which is not to say that I didn't like Tucker--I adored him. I thought he'd make the perfect real-life boyfriend; he was sweet, funny, and caring. But Christian was the one who did it for me, sorry. I guess most people like Tucker because despite his teasing, he genuinely liked Clara from the beginning, but in my mind's eye I only saw him as Clara's cute best friend who had a secret crush on her. Christian, however, was pretty oblivious to her at first, he wasn't a douchebag, he didn't ignore her, but he didn't stalk her either. That's why I liked him in the first place: he really loved his girlfriend, and it pained him when they separated, and that made him more real. Then slowly, his feelings for Clara come along. And then he was gone for half of the book. LIKE, REALLY CYNTHIA HAND?
Another thing I loved about Unearthly was the writing. It was so simple, easy and uncomplicated. It flowed smoothly, never felt forced or slow; the plot was not so much about the action, but the mystery--and it still managed to keep me interested and on the edge of my seat the whole time. I tried to savor it, read one chapter a day, but I just couldn't! Boy, am I glad Hallowed is already out!
Clara's world of angels and half-bloods unveils gradually, little by little. There's no info-dump--Hand slowly lets the reader into the story and the world. The mythology was not complicated, but you could immediately see that it'd been well researched and there wasn't any plot holes in sight, thank God.
Other things I liked:
1.Clara's best friends, Angela and Wendy. 2.The atmosphere. Especially the winter! I was almost purring! 3.That awesome Harry Potter reference, teehee. XD (You know I had to say it.) 4.This book made me act out the conversations. o.O 5.BABY BROTHER!!! 6.CARROTS. Need I say more? 7.Cynthia didn't do the here are these totally hot guys who are the love interests, and they're perfect, so you should love them too! She divulges small details about these two characters, and their personalities, and to me, that's what made Christian and Tucker perfect. They were so…human. Like real-life boys. 9."As a serf, poor Christian has already been killed several times in our class. Aside from dying of the Black Plague on the first day, he's starved to death, had his hands cut off for stealing a loaf of bread, and been run down by his master's horse just for kicks. He's like Christian the fifth now." Heeheeee. :3 9. This is the only time I could really picture Clara and Tucker together. (view spoiler)[I drop down onto the trail at the same time that he slides off the horse’s back. We run toward each other through the smoke. He stumbles but keeps running. Then we’re in each other’s arms. Tucker crushes me to him, wings and all, his mouth close to my ear. “I love you,” he says breathlessly. “I thought I wasn’t going to get to tell you.” He turns away and coughs hard.(hide spoiler)]
Also, I have the perfect vision of Christian in my mind:
Anyway, as far as my complaints go (hence the 4.5 stars), after the first half of the book, it started to slow down a bit, and focused more on what Tucker and Clara were doing than about the plot and Clara's purpose. And for all the action the ending has, I'm surprised it wasn't fast-paced enough for me.
Okay, so I just finished Unearthly, and guess what? I like Christian more than Tucker. WHY? Why do I always go for the guy who ends up either heartbroken, alone, or dead at the end? This is so typical of me.
Besides that one teeny-tiny complaint--AWESOMESAUCE!!
It is now exactly 4:00 AM, my eyes are all squinty and bloodshot and twitching weirdly, but I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. AND SAD. Completely worth my sleepless night! Can't wait to write a review on this one. I mean, this. Was. SO WONDERFUL! Like, SERIOUSLY GUYS. Tomorrow. Review. Why am I talking like this? SEE WHAT YOU DID TO ME, CYNTHIA HAND? ARE YOU HAPPY?! Right now, all I want to do curl up in my bed and think about Unearthly until I fall asleep. Which will be in about ten seconds...nine...eight...three...one...zer--
Oooooh drama, drama, drama! And forbidden romance! What more could I possibly want in a book? This has it all. I loved, loved, loved it. I loved how tOooooh drama, drama, drama! And forbidden romance! What more could I possibly want in a book? This has it all. I loved, loved, loved it. I loved how the author talked about each of them in different, separate chapters. That made it a lot less confusing (especially since I couldn't differentiate between them at first and got their names all wrong in my head). I didn't like Hanna's story, though. well, I did like her and her story was intriguing, but not as much as the others. I though she was a little whiny.
This book is officially my guilty-pleasure. I can't wait to read the rest of the series and find out who 'A' is and what 'The Jenna Thing' is. I already got all the books, yay!
Okay, some of my favorite characters (and relationships) were:
**Spoiler** -Aria and Ezra…I loved it when he turned out to be Aria's English teacher after they hooked up with each other! Especially his reaction when he saw her in class, it was so funny! I really hope they can work it out, I didn't like that he practically kicked her out of his house… -Normally, I don't really like to read about lesbian relationships, but Maya and Emily were so cute together! -And let's not forget Spencer and Wren (AKA Melissa's boyfriend AKA sexy British guy). The whole time I was like "KISS HIM ALREADY!" partly because I wanted to avenge Spencer's sister, Melissa, as much as she did and partly because of…well, all the sexual tension between them. I want them to be together so badly! (Well, without her parents' interference.) **End of spoiler**...more
Of all the books currently being made into movies, this is definitely the one I'm looking forward to the most!
I did NOT expect to like A Great and TerOf all the books currently being made into movies, this is definitely the one I'm looking forward to the most!
I did NOT expect to like A Great and Terrible Beauty as much as I did. Really, the only reason I got it in the first place was because of that gorgeous, mysterious cover and title.
But it was so FUN to read! I shivered at the scary parts, and had a big goofy grin on my face when Gemma and her best friends were sneaking out to do their nightly rule-breaking, or shared a secret, how they totally exploited the magic they had (it wouldn't have been so fun otherwise, nor believable...they are teenage girls after all). And there's just something about boarding schools that excite me (I mostly just picture gloomy, huge, old mansions where you can share rooms with your best friends), and the time being Victorian era was just a bonus. You'd expect it to be loads different, but there's still the cliques and the gossiping--it's magnified, even.
This book also reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter, another bonus point.
I admit that it's goes a little bit slowly in the beginning, but it'll get good. I see no flaws in it: great writing; great, strong female characters; great plot; great setting; great everything. I loved it and I definitely recommend it. <3...more
So I recently saw the Blood and Chocolate movie, and I absolutely, positively LOVED it. It was just something about it being so dark and sexy (totallySo I recently saw the Blood and Chocolate movie, and I absolutely, positively LOVED it. It was just something about it being so dark and sexy (totally my thing, y'know?) that I just had to read the book. And I'm so glad I did. I can honestly say that this was one of THE BEST books I've ever read. Annette Curtis Klaus is a genius. It was just one of those rare books-made-into-movies that the movie isn't a total screw-up and the book a million times better. I loved them both equally (not to mention the werewolves in Blood and Chocolate were actually dangerous, instead of soft, cuddly creatures *cough*Jacob*cough* and the movies used actual wolves so they get points for that). But there were also some slight differences I didn't like about the movie; like turning Gabriel into the bad guy/villain. *Gasp* and Vivian and Aiden ended up together! And they killed Gabriel! Actually, now, the more I think of the movie/book differences, the more pissed off I get. I guess they're both great in their own different ways. And oh. My. Gosh. Gabriel is one of the most swoon-worthy characters I've ever read about. He sort of reminded me of Dimitri Belikov in the Vampire Academy series.
I found this online...NOW WHY COULDN'T THIS BE THE ACTUAL COVER?
St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. ClairI found this online...NOW WHY COULDN'T THIS BE THE ACTUAL COVER?
St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. St. Clair. ST. CLAIR!!!!
Can’t I just fill this review with his name instead of explaining how much I effing LOVED this book and trying to describe in vivid detail how beautiful and amazing and gorgeous and sexy and adorable and cute and sweet and perfect and totally smoking HAWT St. Clair is?
Asdfghjkl <--- this is me being speechless. I just…I loved, loved, LOVED this book. I’m positively utterly, totally, absolutely completely, undeniably IN LOVE with this book. Just thinking about it makes me giddy. Seriously. It makes me wonder “why don’t my parents send me to France?! I want to find my own Etienne, dammit!” Sigh. Just thinking his name makes me swoon.
Okay, I’m probably acting like an annoying fangirl right now, but can you blame me?! I’ll try to keep this review short, before I go into complete fangirl mode (which scares even me).
I loved the characters. Every single one of them. They weren’t there just to paint the background, they all had depth and each a different personality.
Anna was an awesome MC. She was so amusing and comical, even when she was angry; you kind of want to annoy her just to see her reaction. She has a wonderful dad (who cares if he’d a dick? He sent her to freaking PARIS. And he meant WELL) who sends her to School of America in Paris (SOAP), which is a boarding school. There, she meets a couple of students—Meredith, Josh, Rashmi, aaaaaand St. Clair *swoon*—who immediately befriend her. Unfortunately—or fortunately—she starts having feelings toward the totally gorgeous, off-limits Etienne St. Clair (okay, I’ve learned to say his name without completely hyperventilating, that’s progress). Not only does he have a serious girlfriend, but Meredith—the one who immediately befriended Anna and was kind and helpful to her from the beginning is also crushing on St. Clair. I totally get Anna. I mean, DUDE, HE HAS A BRTISH ACCENT. And he speaks French! That alone should make you fall in love with him within the first five minutes of meeting him. If only he were real. *le sigh* I would positively run to Paris, find him, snatch him away from Anna, grab his hand and run like hell. Which is sort of kidnapping and illegal, but WHO CARES? I mean, he’s St. Clair. Totally understandable. *pout* BUT HE’S NOT REAL. *BAWLS*
Gah, he’s just so perfect in this totally realistic way. And so sweet (did I already say that?). His love for his mother and friends makes me love him more.
I need to stop. I’m already feeling light-headed and woozy from thinking about it. Don’t worry, normal symptom after reading this book. So, yeah. Read it, if you haven’t already. Don’t let the blurb fool you, it might sound cliché, but there is NOTHING cliché about this book. It unique and one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Sigh. Gosh. I better stop or I’ll start blabbering “Anna! France! French kissssssss! Paris! St. Clair! St. Clair! St. Clair! St. Clair! I LOVE YOUUUUU!”
*patting myself on the back for having so much self-control*
I hope the companion novel is just as good as this. Please make it good, Mrs. Stephanie Perkins. I will forever be your slave.
Oh, and I have a sneaking suspicious that the third book will be about Isla Martin and Josh.
BTW, this is my version of St. Clair:
ISN'T HE YUMMY???
"I love you as certain dark things are loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."...more
"I made it," you said, gruffly, "for you." You shoved it onto my finger. It was roughly carved, shaped from a lump of something colourful and cold...a"I made it," you said, gruffly, "for you." You shoved it onto my finger. It was roughly carved, shaped from a lump of something colourful and cold...a ring made entirely from a gemstone. It was beautiful. It glinted emerald greens and blood reds over my skin, and had tiny flecks of gold catching the light. I couldn't stop staring at it. "Why?" I asked. You didn't answer that. Instead you touched the ring gently and looked piercingly at me, unsaid questions in your eyes.
HOLY SHIT! I should not have read this book! (Even though it's definitely going to be on top of my 'favorites' list.) I don't think I've ever cried so much while reading a book! But I loved it! It was perfect.
I wanted to read this book for so long, but couldn't get my hands on it. I was just very fascinated by the summary of the book, and who am I to deny that beautiful cover? Well, the story begins with "You saw me before I saw you." Sounds intriguing, right? Well, it's like that from start to end of the book. So, Ty, kidnaps Gemma from an airport--putting drugs in her coffee so she wouldn't struggle--and takes her to a desert in Australia, where no one could find them. He has a whole life planned out for them both, thinking that Gemma would fall in love with him eventually. Throughout the book, Gemma tries (in vain) to escape, and the unusual thing is that Ty lets her. But soon, Gemma finds out she can't get out of there unless Ty will come with her, since he knows the desert better. As the story progresses, Gemma struggles with her feelings for Ty, especially when she found out that he was as desperate as she was, when she learns of his background.
Ty was a very complex character. I never imagined to sympathize with a villain--if he could even be called a villain--much less one who kidnaps people, but Ty was such a sad, tragic character. There were times when I hated him for taking Gemma against her will, but when Gemma found out that she loved him, it was like I was falling for him right along with her. Seriously, it was like I was getting Stockholm Syndrome too! Lucy Christopher knows just how to mess with your mind.
It was all like this to me: ...I love Ty, he's amazing...wait, no he's not, he's a stalker and a kidnapper...but he's so sweet!...let go of Gemma you controlling creep...Oh my gawd he's so effin' hot!...
It's like having the devil and angel on your shoulder! So, yes, he kidnapped her. But he also loved her passionately. He knew he was going to go to prison, but he chose to stay by her side and save her. That's what I loved about him the most. The fact that he ran miles to save her life.
Ugh, I'm getting conflicted again.
Again, I can't really express my feelings about this book, but it was definitely the most intense book I've ever read. I couldn't put it down.
I want Lucy Christopher to write a sequel. She can't leave it like this! But, at the same time I don't really want her to. It's actually the ending--that tear-jerking, heart-wrenching ending--that made the book so unique and unforgettable. I don't want that to be ruined.
...I'm doing it again, aren't I? Dammit, I have to stop contracting myself. Makes me sound like a weirdo who has no idea what she's talking about....more
Just reread this! Well, more like skimmed through, as I often do with books I've already read. It's still a great read (I tend to change my mind aboutJust reread this! Well, more like skimmed through, as I often do with books I've already read. It's still a great read (I tend to change my mind about novels I liked/didn't like as I grow older, but this one stays the same). Wilma is a very lovable character. I recommend The Wish to children (mostly girls) of age +11.
...and I still haven't gotten around to reading more of Gail Carson Levine's works. Ah, so many books, so little time! If I could, I think I'd read every single book currently existing on the planet. Except Chemistry books, of course (the horror!).
I think this was actually the first YA book I've ever read. For fun, I mean. Not for school. Like The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Not that I didn't enjoy those too but...you know what I mean. :D
Anyway, I really, really liked this book. I'm definitely going to read more of Gail Carson Levine's books. :)...more
My favorite book when I was in First Grade. xD I adored Frog and Toad and their friendship <33 I kept asking the teacher to re-read it everyday, anMy favorite book when I was in First Grade. xD I adored Frog and Toad and their friendship <33 I kept asking the teacher to re-read it everyday, and borrowed all the books every week from the school library!...more
My favorite book out of the whole series. I loved how Dimitri & Rose's relationship got more complicated and intense and close (that is, before heMy favorite book out of the whole series. I loved how Dimitri & Rose's relationship got more complicated and intense and close (that is, before he turned into a complete a**hole after book 4). I also loved it because I cried my eyes out when (view spoiler)[Mason (hide spoiler)] died. I loved it because we got introduced to the amazing Adrian. And finally, I loved it because of the setting--winter, my favorite season (call me crazy)....more