"She looks at me, square in the eye. Taking aim. And then she pulls the trigger. 'Because I hated you.' The wind, the noise, it all just...moreOne word: Wow!
"She looks at me, square in the eye. Taking aim. And then she pulls the trigger. 'Because I hated you.' The wind, the noise, it all just goes quiet for a second, and I'm left with a dull ringing in my ear, like after a show, like after a heart monitor goes to flatline. 'Hated me? Why?' 'You made me stay.' She says it quietly, and it almost gets lost in the wind and the traffic and I'm not sure I heard her. But then she repeats it louder this time. 'You made me stay!'"
When I read If I Stay last year, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the novel. It was very moving and emotional, and I was basically reduced to tears by the end of the book. Where She Went, the sequel to If I Stay, was even better. I was worried that I was going to be less than pleased with it. I mean there are only so many things you could do with a sequel to a story like that but Gayle Forman really delivered another true gem to the masses.
The story being told from Adam's point of view, Mia's boyfriend in If I Stay, only contributed to the amazing way this book was put together. This book was rich with powerful and lyrical prose and skillfully organized into before and after sections by Forman. It keeps going from the present day time when Adam is in New York before leaving for a music tour to back to different points in the past from before, during, and after the accident that Mia and her family were involved in. Adam is at the breaking point from all that pressure that being a "rock star" comes with currently and when he winds up running into Mia after one of her concerts, the two are in for a night they'll never be able to forget. While discovering each other all over again and uncovering a lot of truths left unspoken previously, they will have to decide how far they're willing to go in order to attain their heart's desire and the true meaning of forgiveness. This is definitely a book about coming to terms with the cards life deals you.
I can honestly say that there were several points in the book where I broke down and started to cry. This was a very beautifully written story continuing throughout both books. I loved how Forman wrote one book in one character's perspective and the sequel in the other's point of view. It made for a much bigger impact and the ideas and life lessons behind the story were fully able to hit home. I can't wait to see what Forman brings to the table in the literary world next, but I know it will be phenomenal.
"I've come to realize there's a world of difference between knowing something happened, even knowing why it happened, and believing it. Because when she cut off contact, yeah, I knew what had happened. But it took me a long, long time to believe it."(less)
Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this series just keeps getting worse and worse?! I remember when I first started reading Vampire Kisses, I...moreIs it just me or does anyone else feel like this series just keeps getting worse and worse?! I remember when I first started reading Vampire Kisses, I was just starting high school and heard about it from a friend and decided to try it figuring it would be a light fluffy read, especially with the name Vampire Kisses. It didn't even sound very original so I wasn't expecting much. I wasn't blown away at all by the first book but it was entertaining and somewhat comical and so I've continued to read the series throughout the years. Maybe it's because I'm older now than I was when I started the series or maybe it's true that the books have in fact gotten worse over time....I'm not sure.
Anyway, I picked up this book because it was the next in the series. To be honest, I'm glad there's only one more book coming out after this one. This series needs to be wrapped up. There's only so much Ellen Schreiber can keep doing with these characters and it just seems like the story's not going anywhere anymore. For a while in the series, the reader gets so caught up in the fact of whether Alexander is going to change Raven into a vampire or not that by this point he's still avoiding the subject and she's still annoyingly brazen about the fact that she wants him to change her almost to a nagging mother level that I was just like I don't care anymore. Raven is the annoying caricature of what a goth girl is supposed to be I suppose. She's obsessed with bats, the color black, cemetaries, and oh yeah vampires. How cliche is that for a character? And she just happens to find the "love of her life" (gag me with a spoon) and he amazingly is a vampire. This story just screams unrealistic to me. Yes, I know it's unrealistic in that vampires aren't real duh, but I'm also talking about the personalities of the characters and how the characters act in their settings. The characters in these books have become so two-dimensional in the books lately. Alexander is the perfect guy, Jagger is always up to something, Luna's the crazy ex, Trevor is the bad boy school jock, Becky is the overbearing and wimpy best friend, and Raven is the resident goth girl. These characters could be amazing if we got some backstory or their roles were developed more! And not only that but I honestly don't think that their high school and the real high school that I went to are remotely the same. When are these kids ever in classes??? I always hear about them walking around the halls at school but never actually going to class. How does that work out?
Anyway, as for the plot, well let's be honest...did this even have a real plot? Nothing was ever really resolved honestly. The only thing that happened was Luna had a plan...it failed because here comes Raven to the rescue to foil her plans at the last moment. Again cliche! Jagger seems upset at that time but about what? Nothing regarding Jagger is ever actually explained at the end of the book. He just walks away and disappears and Luna runs off to pout.
The only redeeming quality this book had was the difference in the relationship between Raven and Trevor which I thought was interesting and would certainly throw something different into this now bland and overdone tale. I like how they both start to learn how they truly feel towards each other and start exploring a kind of weird friendship. In all honesty, I probably like Trevor or Jagger better for Raven than Alexander. Alexander just seems like a wimp of a vampire. The only time I like him is when he becomes Phoenix which there's not even a point in that random costume transformation thing.
All in all, I've grown pretty disappointed with this series. I will read the last book just to round it up as a whole but I wish Schreiber had gone in a different direction with this.(less)
This was a really good read. I like how it's different from most other young adult books. It's not just girl meets boy paranormal romance story. It ac...moreThis was a really good read. I like how it's different from most other young adult books. It's not just girl meets boy paranormal romance story. It actually has substance and it's not really predictable so overall a very decent book! :)(less)
I felt like this book was the worst one of the series. I was extremely disappointed because I did really enjoy both Need and Captivate but this book f...moreI felt like this book was the worst one of the series. I was extremely disappointed because I did really enjoy both Need and Captivate but this book fell completely short. The story moved really slow and it took forever to build up in the first place. I could barely force myself to finish and when I did I was disappointed that I had even wasted my time. I should have just stopped.
The character development was poor...that's to say there was barely any at all in this book. And Zara throughout the whole book just annoyed the crap out of me. In the first two books, she stands up for herself and what she believes in but in this book she's a whiny heartsick girl, not solid in what she believes in. It was frustrating to see her so well developed in the first two and then resort back to a stereotypical annoying wimp of a girl. As for Astley, his development was somewhat better with learning about his mother and his previous queen but I still felt like I didn't even know who he was. He was just there. I would have liked more of a development in the "relationship" between the two of them but something doesn't even occur until the end of the book and Zara is confused about if she likes him for a second and then she's right back to "oh, I'm in love with Nick." Honestly, I like Astley more than Nick but that's just me.
I doubt I'll read the next book. This is probably another series I'm going to drop. Maybe if I hear good things about it, I'll try it but as of right now, with the result of this book, it doesn't look like it.(less)