Vampire Academy is the first book of six from the very popular series of the same name. It follows theOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Vampire Academy is the first book of six from the very popular series of the same name. It follows the adventures of Rosemarie Hathaway and her friends, including Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. Rose and Lissa have been best friends since kindergarten and share a special bond, which you'll learn more about throughout the series! Rose's love interest is Dimitri Belikov, a Russian guardian who is also her mentor.
Vampire Academy is not your typical vampire book. There are different types of vampires, different abilities they can wield and other extra things too. Definitions for Dummies Moroi - Full vampires. They're the "good" ones and all have special abilities (earth, water, fire, air) Royal moroi - Moroi who come from the twelve royal families Strigoi - "Evil vampires" who are made, not born, and aim to kill the royal moroi Dhampir - half vampire/half human - usually grow up to protect moroi from strigoi
I was really skeptical about liking this book for many reasons. 1) It's about vampires... Enough said. 2) The title sounds a little cheesy and the cover isn't that great. 3) My friend did an absolutely terrible job of selling it to me. But hey guess what? I really enjoyed the book! The characters were very interesting and relatable. Sure, they're vampires but they still face the same problems we mere humans do! The relationship between Rose and Dimitri was fantastic. You could really see their warring emotions, especially so in Dimitri's case, and so you just knew that it would be good when everything finally came together.
Rose was a great character. She was strong, confident, badass and sexy without being annoying, She did the whole "everyone wants to be me" thing very well and didn't do it in a snobby way! Dimitri was pretty fantastic too. He was mature, wise, strong, smart, responsible, smoking hot……unattainable. All good qualities. He and Rose will make a great couple. They balance each other out in so many ways!
I think the bond between Lissa and Rose was really interesting too. It made their friendship much more intense and gave us some really good scenes. Christian, Lissa's badboy love interest, is wonderful by the way. I love him as much as I love Dimitri!
Overall, great book. Very nice set up for the rest of the series!
I really enjoyed the second book of the Vampire Academy series. In this novel, the Strigoi are closingOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I really enjoyed the second book of the Vampire Academy series. In this novel, the Strigoi are closing in on the students of St. Vladimir's as they go away for winter break. What better way to eliminate some royal Moroi than to attack while they're all together with their defenses down?
The thing that set Frostbite apart from the previous book is that we got to see another side of Rose. While I do enjoy seeing her reckless and wild, it was a nice change to see her be so grown up and mature! Who would've thought that Rose Hathaway could be a responsible leader?
I really loved the plot in this one. I was on the edge of my seat at many points of the story. In the opening scene, Rose is being tested on her abilities as a guardian, or so she thought. Things don't go quite as planned and it makes for a very creepy start.
You know what else I loved? Meeting Adrian Ivashkov, one of the royal Moroi. He is one sexy and loveable character. Who didn't giggle a little at his flirting attempts? I fell in love with Adrian the moment he stepped onto the page. He was a great distraction, too, from the Rose/Dimitri heartfail that was in this book! Read at your own peril.
Shadow Kiss is by far my favourite (or second…) favourite of the series. In this installment, many thiOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Shadow Kiss is by far my favourite (or second…) favourite of the series. In this installment, many things that we were waiting for to happen, did. I won't spoil, of course, so you'll just have to go and read yourself!
A few things i'll let slip: Rose and Christian make a badass team. More fun is had with clothes off. Dimitri needs himself a guardian angel. Love fire. Cabins are great. I'd like a knife to gut Lissa. Thanks for nothing.
Shadow Kiss is a definite tear jerker, whether of happiness or total devastation. Power on, people. You can do it!
Short review but that's all I can say without spoiling. Guess you'll just have to make do with the teasers!...more
Out of all the books in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise is my least favourite. Not because aOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Out of all the books in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise is my least favourite. Not because a certain character was noticeably absent, but because I felt that we dwelled too much on things that…didn't need to be dwelled on. I think Blood Promise could have been just as good with just as much emotional effect in half the length. In saying that, this book really did tug on the heartstrings. Yank and tear them apart, even. You really did need to make best friends with the tissue box while reading this!
Blood Promise centres around Rose, as she tries to find a way to keep the promise between her and Dimitri. It may seem impossible, but she won't stop at anything to fulfil his wish. Along the way, she meets new people, learns things she never knew were possible and has her life changed forever.
Spirit Bound, the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series, begins with a bang. Without beingOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Spirit Bound, the second to last book in the Vampire Academy series, begins with a bang. Without being spoilery, let's just say lots of interesting things happen in the book. Joy, sadness, action, laughs, pain…Richelle delivers it all. We are taken on an emotional and adventurous journey as Rose and her friends deal with the repercussions of their actions. This book fell short of my expectations. Not because it was bad but just because it was nothing at all like I was expecting. Instead of extreme joy, I felt frustration, anger and sadness. Who knew, huh?
Adrian Ivashkov, the royal Moroi who's pining over our dearest Rose, has a large role in this novel. He offers Rose support, affection and for most people, his actions turn their opinions of him around. In a good or bad way, it varies, but there is an impact either way. I've always been an Adrian fan, so I was definitely on board with the events that occurred in Spirit Bound. Adrian brought the lightness that we needed to continue on through the rough times. Without him, this novel would've been horribly difficult to stomach. Fawning over Adrian rather than punching holes in the wall - fair trade, yes?
Spirit Bound ends on a cliffhanger, one that will drive fans mad until they've gotten their hands on the final book, Last Sacrifice.
The final installment of the Vampire Academy series was absolutely amazing. From beginning to end it wOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The final installment of the Vampire Academy series was absolutely amazing. From beginning to end it was funny, suspenseful, action-packed, romance-packed and everything else good that you can think of! For days, my mind couldn't stop reeling long enough for me to say anything really articulate about it. Now that the series has come to a close, I can safely say that this is my favourite book of the six.
Many loose ends were tied in Last Sacrifice. We are kept guessing throughout the book, and Richelle keeps readers on their toes until the very end. Multiple mysteries intertwine, and seeing them unravel and form connections with each other was truly a great experience. Some were correct in their theories of what would happen and who did what but even then, you were surprised at least once by something completely unexpected. Previous problems and situations are resolved, while others are left wide open. This is for the spin-off series which is heading our way some time this year. It is comprised of six books, like this series, and will follow the lives of characters we have already met. The series begins with Bloodlines.
Matched was such a fantastic novel. Upon completion, I was breathless and still in fan-mode. I had heaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Matched was such a fantastic novel. Upon completion, I was breathless and still in fan-mode. I had heard about this book a while ago and when I saw the gorgeous cover, I knew that I had to have it. The whole concept of living in a completely controlled society intrigued me. What better place to have a love story? A love triangle? The book begins well and pulls readers in immediately as we await Cassia's match. I was very excited about this and couldn't wait for the impending "glitch scene". I was very surprised as the glitch didn't occur until after the ceremony. Here I was, bouncing in anticipation, and it didn't even happen! Well played, Condie, well played.
As the story continued, I realised I wasn't getting into it as easily as I should've been. But around the halfway mark…I was there. Matched sucked me and held me in its clutches so that I couldn't stop reading until I finished it in the early morning hours. It's another one of those books that you have to read in one sitting and can't let go of until you've finished. There isn't a low/calm point where you can take a break because every single chapter ends at an interesting point so in the end, you never end up stopping.
I feel as if we didn't get to know Cassia enough. Most of the book was spent with Cassia hanging out with Ky, sneaking around, having internal debates with herself, etc. There wasn't much development with her character, or any of the others for that matter. Well, either that or my memory is really foggy. But with that being said, I really loved Ky… What to say about him? Quiet, strong, smart, romantic? What's not to love? Cassia and Ky's love story absolutely messed with my heart. There were sweet moments, sad moments and moments that just made you want to die. There was a certain thrill and constant tension between them. It's because of them and their secretive, dangerous relationship that makes this book so gripping. You wanted to know what sweet thing Ky was going to do next, whether they would finally get caught, whether they would stay together… Exciting stuff, I tell you.
I thought the novel ended on a perfect cliffhanger. Absolutely cannot wait for the next in the trilogy to see how Cassia overcomes the complication (which I must say made me cry) that has been thrown her way. The fact that Xander, the other boy, was willing to help her was heartbreaking too. Poor boy. He and Cassia seemed to be the perfect match for each other but then Ky came along and muddled everything up. The worst love triangles? When both guys are great people and you know that one will end up hurt, even if they absolutely don't deserve it and deserve the girl as much as the other guy.
Matched will stay with you, long after you've finished. The sequel, Crossed, hits the shelves in November and I bet you won't be able to wait until then!...more
Beautiful Creatures is an authentic southern tale, complete with old curses, strong family values, warOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Beautiful Creatures is an authentic southern tale, complete with old curses, strong family values, warm home cooking and scary town committees made up of narrow-minded housewives. Gaitlin is a small town where everyone knows everything and there is nowhere to hide. When Lena Duchannes moves into the Ravenwood Manor with the town hermit, Macon Ravenwood, people talk. She goes against everything the town says is normal and is immediately outcast, but when popular basketball player, Ethan, recognises her as the girl in his dreams, he steps out of his safety net within society to be with her.
Lena is counting down the days until her 16th birthday, the day she must decide to go Light or Dark. The ideas behind this novel are fantastic and different, though not what I expected. There is a lot of mythology to understand, which is equally interesting and confusing. As the novel progresses, pieces of information are revealed and slowly fit together to form a complex story line. You'll never be sure of anything so prepare for your world to be turned upside down!
Beautiful Creatures is insanely long, much longer than it really needs to be, in my opinion. With a shorter length, this novel could have easily had the same amount of plot and character development. Things sometimes dragged on unnecessarily and became confusing as a consequence. Lena has the ability to read Ethan's mind and at times, things were a little too convenient, regarding when she could hear him and when she couldn't.
The romance, I must say, is very enjoyable. I'm a sucker for star-crossed lovers! The relationship has a nice build up and their affection is adorable. Overcoming their differences, they support each other and a magical connection forms, predestined centuries ago by their ancestors when everything first began. Lena's a powerful being with the ability to affect the lives of many. Ethan's a mere mortal, utterly powerless to stop himself from falling in love. Somehow, they found each other.
The second half of Beautiful Creatures is considerably better than the first. While the ending is slightly confusing, things are cleared up at the beginning of the sequel, Beautiful Darkness. Push on, soldiers! It gets much better. I recommend you to give this novel a try because the series has the potential to be a real winner. ...more
Where do I start? When I fell in love with Matched last year, my expectations for Crossed were extremeOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Where do I start? When I fell in love with Matched last year, my expectations for Crossed were extremely high. After being tortured with that emotional cliffhanger, I expected to be pulled out of my misery but was sorely mistaken. Crossed isn't a fast-paced and exciting adventure but a slow-burning learning journey. In this sequel, we learn more about Ky and Cassia's personal stories and the Uprising, which is surrounded by many clues, secrets and conflicts. While these pieces of information did interest me, I was desperate to see the action and passionate romance from the first book.
When Ky is sent to the Outer Provinces to "work" with other anomalies and aberrations, bombs are dropped on his camp almost every night. The Society uses them as decoy villagers and moves them around constantly for the Enemy to kill. At the same time Ky plans his escape, Cassia makes it her mission to find the boy she loves, even if it means venturing out into the dangerous unknown herself. The beginning section of the novel is probably the most suspenseful and heart-wrenching. You can only hope that the two will reunite and not be hurt by sheer bad luck. It was also at this time that my heart felt as if it would explode out of my chest and you could probably hear my shouts of "no way!" from Antarctica! As Ky and Cassia are separated for a good amount of the novel (no who/what/when spoilers here!), we learn about their upbringing through memories and things we questioned in Matched are somewhat explained.
Venturing deep into the canyons, we're able see the abandoned villages, filled with books and information - a total contrast to the high-tech Society. I enjoyed learning about the "other" lifestyle, but found it very hard to engage with the story, as there wasn't much dialogue but internal thoughts. The lonely setting of the novel didn't help and I really felt that the book could've been shorter, as we strayed from the point of the story from time to time. Discoveries about the Society's dark secrets and the Uprising are made though, setting up a lot of background for the next book. When Cassia decides she wants to join the movement, Ky is adamantly against it. What does he know that we don't? Here's where the secrets start unravelling!
While Crossed isn't a riveting read that'll glue your eyes to the pages, you'll feel the intense emotions of desperation, pity and frustration that resonate through all of the characters. I can only hope that Condie finds a good balance between the action and internalised emotions in the third book! With many still unanswered questions, there's a lot of fixing that needs to be done because things aren't exactly bright and sunny by the end of Crossed......more
It's been a long time since I've cried so much whilst reading a book. Stephanie Perkins writes in a waOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
It's been a long time since I've cried so much whilst reading a book. Stephanie Perkins writes in a way so realistic that you can't do anything but experience the whole journey right along with Anna and reminisce about your own memories of friendship and love. This novel has the perfect blend of humour, heartbreak, love and normal teenage school conflict. Anna and the French Kiss made me giggle a terribly huge amount. I read it on my flight to Italy, so it was either very funny or I was very delirious from the lack of sleep - I'm thinking both? Anna's thoughts are spot on and perfectly represent what most girls are thinking when they're around really sweet and really cute guys. *wink*
Etienne St. Clair is possibly the coolest fictional character ever. Born in San Francisco, raised in London, currently going to school in France…hell yes. British accents and the ability to speak French = serious hotness. He and Anna become best of friends and the developments in their relationship are fascinating to read about. It seems that they take one step forward, three steps back, and it's an exciting game of 'When Will They Get Together?'.
So back to the crying (very embarrassing since I was on a full bus for four hours but it was unavoidable). There are a few heartbreaking/warming moments in this novel that hit the nail on the head and really touch your heart. While I was reading this, I couldn't believe how it so perfectly echoed my past and current thoughts. Anna's character was so relatable and adorable so you're easily invested in her life. You never know how the characters will behave next - prepare for a quick read as you'll be rushing to get to the end!
This is a magnificent novel that you need to read right this moment. Anna and the French Kiss is a beautiful story about love, heartbreak, friendship, enemies, making mistakes and fixing things again. Fall in love with Etienne or else I'll lock him away and keep him to myself!
Falling Under opens with a scene of mystery as a burning man falls through the sky and down onto TheiaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Falling Under opens with a scene of mystery as a burning man falls through the sky and down onto Theia's front lawn. She is helpless as the nameless man dies, his parting words cryptic as he tells her that it was "worth the fall". Immediately afterwards we are thrust into Theia's everyday life where we see that she is controlled by her strict father who seems unloving and cold. We are then introduced to her friends, Amelia and Donny, who I absolutely adore. Amelia is a shy girl who enjoys delving into the world of magic while Donny is sarcastic, confident and downright hilarious. Their characters are very well developed and I wouldn't mind reading an entire book just about them, to be honest! Every night that Theia goes to sleep, she is mentally transported to another world where a handsome man wearing suits with coattails awaits her, along with his group of featureless skeletons. He seduces and pushes her away at the same time and she is shocked when he appears at her school, staring right at her. From the beginning, Theia is intrigued by him, not at all scared at what he could possibly be. It is a slow process but she eventually realises that the man haunting her dreams and real life thoughts are one and the same.
We easily fall victim to Haden's sly seduction, even though we can see that he is manipulative and toys with people around him. He uses girls as puppets in order to seduce Theia or make her jealous, and he is possessive when he misinterprets her interactions with other men. Theia falls quickly and the two play the game of one step forward, two steps back. Just when you think Haden will give into his feelings for Theia, he becomes frustratingly rational and we are forced to continue waiting. This eventually builds up a mountain of tension and their first kiss - or all of them really - is magnificent and explosive. Hayes has the ability to write wonderfully steamy scenes as well as those very romantic ones. So don't think that Haden's always a jerk! He's actually very sweet at times and we see his innocent boyishness - his human side - make an appearance. A few times in the novel there are moments of "Stay away from me. I'm too dangerous" and "No, I really love you!" but the positives by far outweigh the minor negatives. Towards the end of the novel, Haden becomes the narrator and everything is quite literally the other way around. Because of this experience, they grow as characters and have very different identities to those they had at the beginning.
Falling Under is utterly captivating as we are never sure what to expect next. The pace is good, the twists are exciting, the climax nerve-wracking and the conclusion jaw-dropping. Can we have the sequel now? ...more
I Am Number Four is set in a world where there are nine aliens, all who come from the planet Lorien whOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I Am Number Four is set in a world where there are nine aliens, all who come from the planet Lorien which is now destroyed. These nine aliens are being hunted by the evil Mogadorian, but they have to be killed in order, thanks to a special charm. They look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but have extraordinary skills. The plot of this novel captivated my attention immediately. "Three are dead. I am number four. I am next." It sounded smart, exciting and full of adventure. I actually really enjoyed this book. I didn't think I would because of the so-so ratings but it was turned out to be as interesting as I'd hoped!.
John is the main protagonist of the novel. He is fifteen years old and has Legacies (paranormal abilities) including creation/control over light/fire and telekinesis. Legacies develop over time and are triggered by emotion, so John's powers are most likely still evolving which should be great to read about in the future. I thought his character was very sweet. He was always so sympathetic, kind and level-headed - surprising for a fifteen year old, no? John was very sweet to Sarah, the girl he meets at school, also. Over the course of the book, the two become closer and eventually declare their love. Their relationship is visited quite frequently in the novel but I feel as if it still wasn't enough. I would have preferred some longer scenes, even if it meant less of them. Nonetheless, John and Sarah are adorable together and it's very pleasant to read about.
The book, I felt, started off somewhat poorly though. The short sentences and lack of flow really bugged me, as they all felt disconnected, and I was worried that it would continue this way for the rest of the book. Luckily after the first chapter, I was sucked into the storyline and wasn't bothered by them, even though they were still noticeable at times.
I started reading I Am Number Four the day after watching the movie (which wasn't as good as it could've been). Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the movie is almost nothing like the books. Unlike the movie, all of the characters in the novel were very likeable, the relationship between John and Sarah was better developed and more realistic, storylines made more sense and there was overall just a better flow. The fact that I already knew what the characters looked like and what they were like may have aided me in having such an enjoyable reading experience as well.
The ending was action-packed and lasted for quite some time - about one fifth if you want to be specific. Though it is very lengthy, most of it is exciting and suspenseful. It's only towards the very end of the climax that it becomes a little tedious - though that may have just been because I was reading very late at night whilst exhausted - but that is soon rectified as we come to the conclusion. Some characters are left behind, some embark on a new journey and some don't really do anything. I guess you could say it is left quite open-ended, leaving a nice opening for the next book. I Am Number Four wasn't the best written book but it was unique and gripping, so I will definitely be reading the sequel, The Power of Six....more
Power of Six left me absolutely speechless. There were truly no dull moments and all 350 pages were aOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Power of Six left me absolutely speechless. There were truly no dull moments and all 350 pages were a delight to read. The novel has two narrators, both of which are graced with exciting story lines and magnificent character development. After running from Paradise, John Smith races around America with Six and Sam in an attempt to learn about his past and his Legacies, to save the people on Earth and to prevent the total destruction of his home planet, Lorien. Meanwhile, Marina (Seven) lives in a Spanish orphanage with her Cepan, Adelina, trying desperately to escape from her prison and find the others like her.
So the powers of invisibility, telekinesis, pyrokenesis weren't cool enough for you? We're now discovering that some have the ability to see in the dark, breathe underwater, resist gravity and shapeshift! Every single word of this novel is to be devoured. Whether you're reading about the Lorien history, John's flashbacks and visions, action sequences, romantic moments, hilarious bantering or scary chases, Power of Six will enrapture you and demand to be read in one sitting. With the point of view changes, anticipation and mystery is built on a whole other level. Leaving one character's story on a cliffhanger, the chapter changes location and immerses us into the story of another. Cue cliffhanger. Rinse and repeat.
The relationships in this novel are very strong and, in my opinion, really carry the novel to its "brilliant" status. John continues to maintain his friendship with best friend, Sam, a human who's determined to aid the aliens in their war against the Mogadorians. While away from his girlfriend, Sarah, John has a wandering eye, becoming guiltily attracted to Sam's crush, Six. But there are no messy love triangles or jealous third wheels here, so fret no more. The dynamic personalities within this trio will surely entertain and evoke a fair share of laughs from you! In contrast, Marina has only one alliance in her orphanage - Ella, a seven year old who has just been brought in. Their friendship is sweet and heartwarming, a spark of happiness amidst the sadness of Adelina's betrayal and alliance with the Church.
The fight to stay alive and to kill the Mogadorians is the main plot of the novel. Pittacus Lore cleverly weaves it in between other elements so that we're given a rich, complete and exciting experience. I cannot stress it enough - go out and buy this book now! You will not regret it. I am bouncing in anticipation for the third book. If it's even half as good as this book, we're in for a real treat....more
With an air of sophistication and grandeur, a mysterious narrator firstly prepares readers for a taleOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
With an air of sophistication and grandeur, a mysterious narrator firstly prepares readers for a tale about three young girls. Each have a different dream: one wishes to become famous, one wishes to be married and one wishes to find her family. In the lush 1920's, the roles of women were changing and Bright Young Things is a magnificent telling of the difficult journey three friends take to make something of themselves in the real world.
On the night after her unwanted wedding, Cordelia Grey and her friend, Letty Larkspur, take a one-way train to the glamorous New York to live the lives they've always dreamed of. In their hometown, the narrow-minded townsfolk don't appreciate Letty's femininity or Cordelia's boldness, expecting women to be practical and behaving. Already in New York is Astrid Donal, the socialite girlfriend of Charlie Grey. While Cordelia and Letty begin their stay in New York together, some misunderstandings lead to their separation before fate steps in and intertwines all of their worlds. I absolutely loved that they were all connected in some way! The trio hit their absolute highs together, and their lows, and together climb back onto their feet to triumph once again. This is truly a rollercoaster ride!
The best thing about Bright Young Things is the relationships between the girls, their families, friends and beaus. There is no question in my mind that they carry the story and keep readers invested from beginning to end. Some relationships will have you giggling like a lovesick schoolgirl, some will have you weeping and some will have you fuming while others are simply comforting with their warmth. Mysteries and adventures are littered throughout this novel and you'll really enjoy exploring the scandals, highlights and lowlights of their lives.
If you wish to enjoy an authentic frolic in the fascinating Jazz Era, Godbersen's classy novel will have you roaring with joy. These ambitious girls will worm their ways into your heart and have you invested in the stories they tell. Overall, these well thought out plots and characters will make for an enjoyable read. Be prepared for a wowing sequel! ...more
Stephanie Perkins has blown me away yet again. She has an obvious talent for writing exhilarating romaOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Stephanie Perkins has blown me away yet again. She has an obvious talent for writing exhilarating romances with brilliant characters - I can't wait for more! Dolores Nolan aka Lola is a lover of fashion, letting her uniqueness shine through with her fun and quirky looks which change every day of the week. As a seventeen year old, she has a rocker boyfriend named Max. Thing is…he's twenty two and her gay dads aren't very pleased about it. They'd much rather she fall in love with Cricket Bell, her old best friend who broke her heart a few years ago when he used to live next door. Now that he and his famous twin sister have moved back…will the two rekindle their love for one another or will things prove to be just too difficult?
Like in Anna and the French Kiss, the main character of Lola and the Boy Next Door is trapped in a love triangle, however, the "other guy" isn't in another continent this time. Throughout the novel, Lola suffers from the guilt of having feelings for two boys. Deep down in her heart she knows that Cricket is special but how can she give up the boyfriend she already has and loves? Cricket Bell is awkward, intelligent and super cute. I love that he and Lola were best friends when they were kids! They were each other's first kisses (even though Lola mightn't have had his permission…), made adorable presents for each other and even annoyed his twin, Calliope, with their closeness. It's the kind of innocent and honest relationship we all love to read about. It was frustrating and even a little devastating to see almost everyone and everything getting in the way of their relationship. Boyfriends, friends, meddling sisters, parents…the evil forces of nature….will they ever be left alone? Every day and night they have an unspoken rule to see each other from their opposite facing windows. I lived for these sweet moments as we were able to see them naturally and without their real-life problems! The flashbacks are also to die for. They take us back to a time of happiness, although the anticipation of "the day that changed it all", otherwise known as "the day that Cricket Bell stuffed everything up", makes that sweetness very short-lived and valuable.
One of my favourite things about this novel was the presence of Anna and Etienne from the first. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the companion novel and to see our old favourites so often? Bliss! Their relationship is portrayed as being perfect and effortless, and upon seeing their absolute ease with each other, Lola is determined to find "The One". Despite how much I loved Cricket, Etienne St. Clair will always be my number one. He is my type of guy and the only thing stopping me from stealing him away is his height - did I mention that he's short…shorter than his girlfriend? *gasp* Cricket and Lola compliment each other perfectly though. Lola's the cool to Cricket's geek, the confident to his awkward, the crazy to his normal… The list goes on! At some point, Lola has a bit of an identity crisis. Max sees Lola (her normal self) and Lolita (her dressed-up self) as two different people, so which one is he in love with? Is Lola simply expressing herself or hiding who she really is? Luckily, Cricket steps in to reassure and aid our little princess, and I think you'll like the results. Lola and the Boy Next Door is essentially about change - in yourself and in the relationships which surround you.
If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, this companion novel is sure to please. We were previously granted the story of finding true love for the first time, and now we get to see two people finding each other again after many years of separation! With this comes an intimacy that Perkins ALWAYS gifts us with and she is without a doubt one of the best YA romance writers out there. Impossible to be otherwise, the romance is heartwarming and will have you begging for Isla and the Happily Ever After. Will our two favourite couples appear in it also? We'll have to wait and see! ;)...more
Legend grabbed and dangled me over the edge of a twenty-storey building me by my feet. With a fast-pacOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Legend grabbed and dangled me over the edge of a twenty-storey building me by my feet. With a fast-paced plot filled with intoxicating drama, shocking mystery and deceit, you'll fall in love with everything that is Legend and will surely be placing yet another book on your favourites shelf. While Day was brought up in a "slum" district and has been labelled a criminal by the government, June Iparis attends the best university in the country at only fifteen and has successfully guaranteed herself assignment into the military thanks to her perfect Trial score, something only she has ever managed to accomplish. When Day breaks into a guarded facility for plague medicine to cure his brother, he is accused of murdering a soldier named Metias, someone he swore he only wounded in the shoulder in self-defense. On a mission to avenge her brother's death and prove herself by finding the notoriously unidentified Day, June vows to track him down and undo the boy no matter what it takes. Whether by means of deception or seduction, she'll make him pay. Little did she think that love would ever factor into the equation…nor that the Republic would be keeping such dark secrets…
Day and June are characters that will astound you with their depth and thorough characterisation. Before their inevitable union as a couple, we get to know them as opposing individuals via the dual narration. We get insightful looks into their backgrounds and personalities, readying ourselves for the explosive first meeting that'll set off an unbelievable chain of events. Even though June is one of the brightest people in the country, she has a naughty streak. She's funny at the most inappropriate times and isn't afraid to put herself at risk, whether the situation calls for it or not. You'll fall in love with her, as well as the kind-hearted and intelligent Day, and will be absolutely delighted as you watch them fall in love against their will. As we get to know both more and more, we realise that maybe they aren't so different after all and that lies have kept them apart all this time.
Composed of a physical test, written test and interview, the Trial determines your future. Unlike June, Day failed his Trial and was sentenced to work in the outer districts. As the book progresses, we discover what really happened and continuously gape in disbelief as shocking secret after shocking secret is revealed. The world of the Republic is carefully detailed and is suffocating in comparison to the Colonies. The neighbouring nations are at war with each other and their differences reach a deadly crescendo by the end of the book. As much as this is a personal journey for Day and June, it is as much a powerful dystopian that'll knock you off your feet. Things take many turns for the worse throughout Legend and you'll be gripping onto the edge of your seats as the unthinkable keeps occuring.
Join the rest of Legend's adoring fans as they roar in happiness and outrage. With two equally strong, skilled and intelligent protagonists, you'll be in power-couple overload and overwhelmed by the intense connection you have with them. Addicting and smartly crafted, Lu's brilliantly written futuristic thriller will tangle you in its intricate threads of mystery, leaving your mind exercised and begging for more. Just like me, you won't be able to wait patiently for the sequel with so many newly revealed secrets to explore!...more