First of all...I had so many amazing quotes or little excerpts or just scenes in the book...and narrowing down to 1? simply put is:IMPOSIBLE! So I'll...moreFirst of all...I had so many amazing quotes or little excerpts or just scenes in the book...and narrowing down to 1? simply put is:IMPOSIBLE! So I'll have to squeeze 2 or 3 through the review ;)
--He noticed her giving him the once-over and smiled in a way no gay boy in history had ever smiled at a girl.--
About the book: How to start? Begging for the second one? Thanking for this one? Crying that it's over? Laughing that it really isn't over? Recoil from the pain it caused? Embrace the reality that shows? So many starts and not one of them is good enough!
I cannot believe it. It took me almost an entire week to finish this book(even though Leah and Rachel say is because I had to read it in my computer.) Anyways, I can't wait to start it all over again, soon.
Leah, ladies and gentleman, Leah Clifford is a master of TORTURE and a force to be reckoned with. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Filled with amazing moments that came out of nowhere and at the same time from a place that, deep inside, you knew they will come from. Beware of: cursing(more than I care to count), sarcasms(tons), snarky remarks, angels, fallen angels, not so fallen angels, awesome hair dye colors, rocking outfits(specially if you love drop-dead literaly-speaking outfits), love(aww), kisses, coffee, death, and much more.
My really jumbled thoughts: If the very COVER of the book wasn't any sign as to how awesome the book was going to be, then do yourself a favor and read the first page of it, and if even THEN you don't feel hooked I really don't know what will do... It's a book that's completely beautiful and scary and real all on it's own. Captivating, thrilling, scary, bloody, thirsty, pink, musical, angelic, demonic, fallen, torturer...and just a really awesome piece of art. NEVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE HAD I EVER READ SOMETHING SO AWESOME AND UNIQUE BEFORE.
--If there was one thing to be counted on, it was how eagerly the mortals ignored what they didn't want to see. The truth passed right by, and never once did they open their eyes.--
What I got? ~insert deep breath~ Suicide is real! is out there, you can't hide from it just by not talking about it, it's part of our reality...But it can be prevented if people weren't so afraid of the sole mention of it and I praise and applaud Leah for breaching it the best way she could have; using, what she has proved, is her forte and gift, WRITING!
My completely shattered/all-over-the-place feelings: This book will take you to places so dark in your mind you didn't even know existed. All the characters, from Eden to Az, from Gabe to Luke, from Libby to Jarrod, from James to Adam..and from Madeline to Kristen(let's not forget Sebastian please)all of them were awesome and made for a wonderful ride of a book. Oh, Adam, who has a charm I could never have found in the dead before. Luke who I'm so intrigued with, I don't think is healthy. I even saw that Eden found true friendship in the mist of all her love life becomes through out the book. She carries death, so many emotions can be felt at the same time, Eden proved me that! Feeling love, loss, pain, incredulity, loneliness, disdain, surprise, guilt, shock, happiness, complete, lost, but finally alone...she is a force of feelings all on her own. And to know that all these she felt just at the beginning while with Az. I couldn't even begin to guess what she'd be feeling through the whole rest of the book. Leah gives "a kiss of death" a whole other meaning. Eden's breath, touch, her very being is that...TOUCH-DEATH-DARKNESS...and when she wants to get rid of it, she can't control it, all that weight off her shoulders with just a single motion of her fingers.
--"You're dead." A smile twitched her lips. "Live with it."--
-What would it take for us to fall and give in to our deepest and darkest selves? -What'd happen if Eden were to touch us? -How much Touch do you have in you? Because Touch you have people, you just aren't a Sider to acknowledge It in you.
Oh, that ending people, that ending...cliffhanger? Nope, can't find a word in my english to describe the ending, but kill you, it will.
Finally, I have to thank first Leah Clifford for bearing with me whenever I found her over twitter or facebook, I often asked for forgiveness because of me not having or reading her book. I had tauntrums, whiny comments, and more...thank you Leah for not ignoring me :) I loved and liked you even before reading your book, and for that I'll be forever greatfull and count on me on always supporting your work, this book is proof of just how tallented you are. And Fiktshun once again, you play the part of my guardian angel in the booksphere, if it weren't for you I wouldn't even be here writing, what has to be, one of my longest reviews this year! Hope some people make it this far in my rambling! I am forever in debt and believe when I say you have no idea what an amazing person and blogger you are I know I'll never be able to repay you, from my heart I tell you, Gracias!
--"Death looks good on you."--
GUYS! even the freaking acknowledgements are AWESOME, how's THAT for a book, uh?
I give it BookPics special rating 10special-fotitos(special rating for over-the-top-I'll-never-get-over-this book) = I cried for things I didn't know possible I was capable of. (less)
OMG!! what a beautiful sexy and hot short story!! many authors take 200 pages to get the effect that Sloan Parker got in just less than 30 pages!! I lov...moreOMG!! what a beautiful sexy and hot short story!! many authors take 200 pages to get the effect that Sloan Parker got in just less than 30 pages!! I loved this mini book!!!or whatever you want to call it!! I'm definitely checking out more from this author!!!!
-The apartment was silent. Not the sort of silence when one was home alone, but the smothering silence that followed death. An all-encompassing, heavy...more-The apartment was silent. Not the sort of silence when one was home alone, but the smothering silence that followed death. An all-encompassing, heavy feeling.-
This is what happens when someone somewhere writes a book. Make that an amazing breathtakingly painful/amazing book. And then...I read it. I am left utterly and completely shocked out of my shoes. I am left begging for more story. I am left begging for more pages to appear out of thin air just to know what happens next and next and next. Kelley, with this book-Hushed-I can tell you I love you till the ends of ends. My heart constricted more times that I cared to count. I fell in love with not one but two guys. I want to keep them so bad it hurts. You made me remember some really painful memories of my life with the only difference that now I don't feel how I used to. Empty-alone-guilty-lonely-not good enough.
-Maybe she could learn what it was like to always be left behind.-
How can I even begin to describe what a complex of a person and character Archer is. He's so broken I wanted to patch him back up and run. He was so sick I wanted to run away from him. He was so faithful I envied him. He was so shy I related. He was dark and vengeful and alone I wanted him to be happy forever.
-Do monsters get second chances?-
Vivian. ~Sighs~ Vivian was/is a character I know in person, that's why I could start to hate her so early in the book. I don't even know how you made it Kelley, let me tell you. But you really really dug out that memory and put it up front for the days it took me to read this book. I had my Vivian in real life years ago. Of course by that time I was some kind of Archer. And now while reading this book I could only think of how pathetic I was and how good it felt to finally let go. Kelley made Vivian's character so completely real, believe me...you'd feel exactly what I felt like and you will want to do to her exactly what I wanted hehehe. Marissa's character (Vivian's mom) is the grandmother I wish I had and never will. PERFECT. Evan, he's mine and mine only. How can someone love so completely and be so selfless while also drawing a line and put limits. He loves himself and that's what I loved and love the most about him. He loves others adoringly and cares for them and is there whenever someone needs him. But he also makes time for do his things and values himself. He's the very best friend. Of course he makes mistakes of course! He can make millions of mistakes but with whatever one good thing that he does, it outshines that million.
-"You should go back to sleep." ... What better way to wake him up completely.-
All the secondary characters where incredibly main characters for me. The story wouldn't be the same without each and every single one of them. I cried. I laughed. I smiled. I melted. I melted some more. I gasped. I wanted to smash something a lot of times in a row. I wanted to kiss Archer. I wanted to hug Vivian. I wanted to kiss Evan after Archer. As always you know I'm a stinker for books that have the tittle inside the book at some point. I'm the happiest reader alive right now. Most of all I wanted the book to never end. I don't know how to make this book justice. I don't know how to make you guys understand how amazing it is and how completely sad and happy I am that I read it. Sad because I'm left begging for more and happy because it just was so...devastatingly beautiful I don't think I'll be able to stop rereading it for a long time. Kelley York where have you been all my reading-life? I am forever your reader/fan and cannot wait to read whatever you plan on writing next.
-"Hush, it'll be all right..."-
When playing by your rules means killing for love... What happens next? When you don't feel good enough... And, everyone lets you down... What next? There is someone who believes in you. There is hope. There is love. There are happy tears. There are cozzy hugs. There are a million kisses waiting for you. If...you..just...stop...think...forget...let go...and...Love. Forgiving yourself is the first part...let time and your heart lead the way after that.
I know this post isn't making any sense-I wrote it exactly right after finishing the book.- I'm really sorry for that. But I think you can all get that I LOVED this book and that you should really really read it. After all this is more of thoughts than review hehehe.
I give this book; 10special-fotitos(special rating for over-the-top-I'll-never-get-over-this book) = I cried for things I didn't know possible I was capable of.
-As she stopped before him, he tilted his head back and the corner of his mouth quirked up. A flash of emotion sparked in his eyes transforming him fr...more -As she stopped before him, he tilted his head back and the corner of his mouth quirked up. A flash of emotion sparked in his eyes transforming him from cute guy next door to sexy and dangerous 'anything is possible with me' guy.-
Why In the heavens did I EVER put this book on hold?!
I'm in love, I'm terrified and I'm completely enthralled with this story! This is the first Jinn(Genie) book I have ever read in my entire life.
I'm so happy to have finally finished it! Ari is so completely broken in the beginning I found myself completely in love with her character. We watch her develop and transform in this strong yet vulnerable girl, who after learning who she really is, is faced with decisions she would have never even considered before! Jai is one sexy hecks of a Jinn...completely mysterious and dark and just HOT...quite literally.
"Uh...why is there a half-naked hot guy in my living room?"
The story takes you to a world both cold and hot, strange yet familiar(to Jinn), awesome but terrifying. With turns and twists that I had never seen coming. Fast-paced and funny. I couldn't help but quirk a smile every time Jai did, shiver when The Red King appeared, numb out when The White King was in a scene and be angry when Charlie was being, well, Charlie.
When Ari has to decide between life as she knows it or saving the life of the one and only person that seems to be her constant and whom she loves more than her own life in the world... When choosing is losing... When losing is hurting... When hurting is leaving... When leaving is accepting... And, When accepting doesn't seem real... Ari is strong, unsure and with baby steps at the beginning but feeling surer and more capable with each passing day. Jinn are wicked, cold and, awesome all at the same time! Samantha's writing still has me guessing...Who is REALLY the bad guy? Who can Ari and I trust? Is Jai lying? Is Charlie true? Is Ari simply...just...a tool? Samantha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is AMAZING!! I cannot wait to read what happens next!
"Good or evil?" If it was possible his dark eyes seemed to grow even blacker. "Why are humans so obsessed with that distinction?"
-Again, my weakness was reached by Samantha when the tittle of the book appeared in the story itself...that makes it all the better and AMAZING!-
Read this book if you haven't! And if you have...WHY haven't you gushed to me about the awesomeness of it?
~Started this book last year but had to put it down~ December 30 2011 put down on January. Picked it up again Sunday March 25 2012(less)