This is one of my favorite books ever. I loved both Brittany and Alex... The name of the book does it justice to their relationship. I'm not sure I have...moreThis is one of my favorite books ever. I loved both Brittany and Alex... The name of the book does it justice to their relationship. I'm not sure I have words to express how engaged I was in this story. Love, love, love it! (less)
I'm giving this book a 4 stars review purely because of personal reasons. I enjoyed this book a lot, because I already loved this characters. A lot of c...moreI'm giving this book a 4 stars review purely because of personal reasons. I enjoyed this book a lot, because I already loved this characters. A lot of cute moments happened and some cool information was revealed to me about the character's pasts. Having said that... I feel like this book was unnecessary in a way. And some of the things that happened (the journey the characters took, mainly) is not the way I hoped it would've happened. (Besides some issues with the plot that go beyond my personal preferences) Under any other circumstances I would give this book 3 stars, tops. But... like I said, I already liked these characters, so I enjoyed reading about them, and I liked a lot of the moments they had. So four stars it is. (less)
I'm not the kind of girl that writes ranting reviews about how much I hated a book. As a person who loves to write and knows how hard it is to show pe...moreI'm not the kind of girl that writes ranting reviews about how much I hated a book. As a person who loves to write and knows how hard it is to show people your work, I try to be very respectful with other people's writing. I don't feel comfortable telling people their work sucked or how it could've been better or anything like that. If I don't like a book, I usually don't say anything about it and just give it a two stars rating. I respect people's hard work, and the time they dedicate towards their book so much that even if I end up hating it, I try to be a good sport. Which is why I hate this situation.
I had the pleasure of reading Dusty by YellowBella (Sarah and Mary) when it was a work in progress. I talked about it, I tweeted about it, I cried about it, I hurt because of it. Dusty became such an important story in my life that even my real life friends know about it and know how much it affected me. I fell in love with the story, with the characters, and most of it all, I got to enjoy it as a whole, with a big group of people that shared the same intense love I had for this story.
I'm also lucky enough to have shared wonderful moments with the authors. I lived first hand (even if it was through a computer) how much time, how much love, how much dedication these two girls (and even Karin, their beta) put into this story.
Dusty, one way or another, shook our fandom.
Every Thursday, people would be waiting for the update, then talking about it. People loved it, people hated it, but either way, you knew Dusty.
The fact that there's a published work out there, taking something from Dusty makes me sad and angry. I can't believe this happened to a story I love so much. It sickens me.
I'm glad it has been outed, and if anything, I'm happy to know that even if Twilight is the most dysfunctional fandom there is, even if all the others fandoms hate us, even if people are still making fun of Twilighters... we're sticking together to defend our own.
No need to hide my love for J.M Darhower as a writer and as a person. The premise of this book had me excited from the very start. I loved the character...moreNo need to hide my love for J.M Darhower as a writer and as a person. The premise of this book had me excited from the very start. I loved the characters and I rooted for them. Don't even get me started on Luce; that sexy motherfucker. I love books that deal with the not black and whiteness of the world. A great read. :) (less)
This is more like a 3.5 rating. The blurb for this book is misleading. The main character of this story...moreGoodreads needs to add half stars. -.-
This is more like a 3.5 rating. The blurb for this book is misleading. The main character of this story is not Celia or Marco or any of the other people we get here, but the circus itself. That's why the author described everything in it at length and didn't give us much information about the characters. It was all mirrors and smoke... like magic tricks. I like to think all of this was on purpose. The writing is so beautiful. I highlighted a lot of sentences. That was my favorite thing of the book. How poetic it was. I'm a fan of pretty things (I'm shallow, what can I say?) and The Night Circus has many sentences that took my breath away.
Despite the fact that Celia and Marco's romance or competition wasn't the main focus of the book (it doesn't matter what the blurb say, to me they aren't) I found myself enjoying their romance. I liked the way their magic played into it and the way it was described. It was a bit told instead of shown, so that hurt the story.
This is not a 5 star book for me because I got a bit bored a few times. While I don't mind slow books, I need to be kept interested in everything regardless of how slow things are happening and I lost that feeling with this a few times. I actually wanted to skip some pages.
I'm not a fan of circuses. I read this book thinking of the romance and the challenge that it would be for these two people to be together... I was a bit disappointed when I realized that Celia and Marco were really just a means to and end. They were thrown into a competition by two men who didn't care about their well being, they just wanted to prove the other wrong. They were used by Prospero and Alexander. But they also were what kept the circus going our true main character. In the end, Marco and Celia were responsible for all the joy that the circus brought to the people that visited it, for the movement of the dreamers who created friendships and adventures because of it, even Bailey's life was changed drastically because of the existence of the circus.
At some points, by the end, when thing started to change, I found myself sad and concerned for what would happen to the circus, which is what I think was the whole point of this book. That was surprising to me and I enjoyed that little moment of clarity when I realized the author had pulled that emotion out of me.
This book can get confusing, but if you like beautiful sentences, magic, and circuses, you should probably give it a try, keeping in mind that the blurb is kind of lying. (less)
This past December 31st, just shy of the new year, someone wished me: "Read a book that changes your life." And I have. Sempre is a life-changing book...moreThis past December 31st, just shy of the new year, someone wished me: "Read a book that changes your life." And I have. Sempre is a life-changing book. I will forever continue to say this, because it is how I see it.
There's no way that someone could read this book without feeling this way. It's a love story that goes much more deeper than that. It's not set in the mafia world to cause people to be interested or to be a "twist" in the typical love story. It's set in the mafia world because the author had relevant things to say about it.
While reading it, I can only picture the amount of research and time, and thought that went into this book. They're not just words that sound pretty. They're real and they're communicating something important and relevant.
The characters are flawed people that are involved in something much bigger than them. They have all the reasons in the world to want to kill themselves (a bit drastic on my part) and yet, they live, they survive, they learn, they grow, and against all odds, they hope for the best.
Sempre is an amazing book, written by someone that's so passionate you can feel through its pages. It will leave you amazed, shocked, excited, and it will change the way you look at life. It will stay on your mind and heart.
If you're not reading this, If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?