So I have heard a lot of talk about this book and how wonderful it was and I decided to buy it after seeing it on sale at my local bookstore. After th...moreSo I have heard a lot of talk about this book and how wonderful it was and I decided to buy it after seeing it on sale at my local bookstore. After the first 20 pages tragedy strikes. On a wet and snowy Oregon road, Mia and her family are in a horrible car accident. As Mia watches from the sidelines, she see the accident scene. She see the mangled bodies of her parents, younger brother and of herself. Mia is stuck in-between life and death. It's up to her to decide it she should stay here on Earth as an orphan or move on to be with her parents in death. It's her decision, should she stay or should she go?
The accident in itself was horrific, however since I wasn't invested in the characters yet and didn't feel much emotion for them this early in the book I wasn't distraught over it. It's only after you get to know Mia and her family later on in the book when you feel so sad that this has happened to this family. I loved Mia's family and how real they were. They were young parents who loved music and having fun and were a little on the wild side though they were still good parents. Mia was close to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. I adored Adam, Mia's boyfriend. Forman showed how true and honest their love and relationship was. It was more than a high school romance. They loved each other for what they had in common, music. Adam and his band who played punk rock and Mia who played Cello and love for classical. They loved each other more for their differences which brought them so much closer.
The emotions that Mia's family and friends go though surrounding this terrible accident are so gut wrenching. It raw and painful honest. There is a scene or two with Mia's grandparents that brought a few tears to my eyes but the ending of the book had me crying like a baby. It was satisfying and you fully understand why she made the choice she did...
I do have to mention that there will be a second book to this story told in Adam's POV which is due out in April 2011 called Where She Went. This book sounds like it's going to be just as fantastic as If I Stay. Also let me point out that after I finished If I Stay, I read the synopsis to Where She Went and proceeded to cry my eyes out even more. This book left me raw with such emotion that I was in tears for about an hour. I would say that if you have not already read If I stay, DO NOT read the synopsis to book #2. It will ruin the ending for you in If I Stay.
I can't recommend this book enough. There are no words to describe how heartbreaking and beautiful this story truly is. This is a story you have to read!(less)
After reading Fallen I knew that I couldn’t wait to read Torment. I was eager to see how this love story was going to play out and what choice Luce wa...moreAfter reading Fallen I knew that I couldn’t wait to read Torment. I was eager to see how this love story was going to play out and what choice Luce was going to make in the end. Sorry to disappoint but we will have to wait till book 3 for these answers.
Daniel takes Luce to a school of nephilim to help hide her while Daniel and Cam attempt to defeat her enemies that either want her dead or want her on their side. Here she meets some new class mates but Luce is troubled, she desperately wants to know about her past and the role Daniel has played in it. She’s trouble because everyone seems to be keeping secrets from her; troubled because she doesn’t know anything about her past; Luce and Daniel keep fighting when they are together and most of all, she’s trouble because one of her new friends likes her and she’s not sure if she wants to like him back. If Daniel had never come into her life, would she be able to have a relationship with someone else? Could all the fighting that Daniel is doing to keep Luce safe be in vain?
At first I thought the start was a little slow but it didn’t take long for the book to pick up and I was sucked in like I always am! Let’s face it, if this whole book was just about Daniel and how awesome he is…I would read every word over and over again. The love he has for Luce is literally to die for. There were some things however that got on my nerves in this book. Daniel treated Luce at times like she was a child, telling her exactly what she could and couldn’t do. In my opinion that is something you just don’t do to someone you love- unless you have a good reason and even a good reason is only justified by letting the other person know exactly why and the reasons behind it. Daniels desire to protect Luce by sheltering her and not believing she is stronger than he gives her credit for may have been his only downfall in this story.
Luce on the other hand had me wanting to reach in a smack her upside the head a couple of times. Of course its normal to miss your boyfriend when he’s not around but my goodness he’s fighting people who what to kill you!! I think that might have a little more priority over your need to have him by your side! OK, 1- He’s fighting for your life! 2- He left Heaven for you! 3- He breaks the truce to sneak back to see you because he can’t bear to be without you! 4- When you were with him, your conversations ended with you picking a fight because he wouldn’t tell you what you wanted to hear. Really??! How much more could you ask of him?
Yes, I know…I’m ranting… but those were just a few things that really annoyed me about Luce. Though she was pig headed sometimes, I could understand some of the decisions she made and why she made them. The love story here is more about what Daniel is going through to be with Luce because they don’t actually spend that much time together in this book. The moments they share are bittersweet and tend to end with a fight (thanks to Luce.) For me, it’s the vision of how strong their love will become and the hope that everything will work out so they can truly be together; they’ve already been through so much in the past, we want a happy ending and a long lasting future.
Truthfully I was a little disappointed in the ending. I wanted more and I didn’t think it should have ended the way it did. It left me with too many unanswered questions. And waiting till the summer of 2011 for Passions, the 3rd installment of the Fallen series is going to be a long wait!
Congratulations Lauren Kate on another successful book!
After reading Katie’s review and her praise for Stefne Miller’s Salvaged, I knew I had to read it. So I went an ordered a copy from Mrs. M...moreMy Thoughts:
After reading Katie’s review and her praise for Stefne Miller’s Salvaged, I knew I had to read it. So I went an ordered a copy from Mrs. Miller’s website and about a week later received it in the mail.
I was immediately drawn into this story. I started reading on a Friday night and was done Saturday. I was reading every free moment I had available! The characters in this story were wonderful. I loved Attie. She was honest and never held her feeling back. Even though she has been through so much, she never doubts her faith. Riley was amazing! He is patience, loving, and respectable and I can only wish my two daughters have a boy like him in their lives someday. Yes, I know, Riley’s a fictional character but he is a true gentleman who holds true to his values and his faith no matter how much he longs to be with Attie.
The bond of family and friends is amazing. Attie went to stay with the Bennett’s for the summer. She reconnects with her best friend’s family but it ends up being so much more than that. She needed them more than she could have realized and they needed her too. For everything that happens God has a purpose and Stefne Miller’s writing displayed this perfectly in this story.
Salvaged is a story that spoke to my heart, spoke to my soul. It was truly an amazing, heartbreakingly beautiful story. I will forever be grateful the Lord spoke to Stefne and asked her on that journey. This is one inspirational story that I will never forget. I have re-read the last 2 pages 3 times now, it’s a profound story that moved me to tears.
I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s a definite 100% must read!! I look forward to reading the sequel “Rise”, due out spring 2011. I’m going to have to work on getting an advance copy… “Good Greif!” I don’t think I can possibly wait till spring!!
My Thoughts: What a beautiful cover! That is what called to me when I was browsing around the bookstore looking for something to pick up. By looking a...moreMy Thoughts: What a beautiful cover! That is what called to me when I was browsing around the bookstore looking for something to pick up. By looking at the cover, I would have never thought this was a book about vampires. The premise of this book was totally different. It almost seemed to be the total opposite of any of the other vampire books I’ve read in the past. Lenah, the main character was what I called a true vampire. She was vicious and enjoyed to kill. She didn’t have any compassion and took pride in the effortless ease to kill a human. She was very strong and powerful and created her own Coven out of the smarted and most skillful humans she could find. Together the coven would protect her and follower her till the end of time.
The only problem is, Lenah doesn’t want to be a vampire anymore and she’d rather walk into the sun and burn to ash then to live her life full of pain and hate that comes with the price of being a vampire. An ancient ritual is discovered and Lenah no longer has to live as a vampire, she can be a normal 16 year old teenage.
I enjoyed so many of the characters in this book. The relationship between Lenah and Justin I could see coming a mile away however as I got further into the story, Justin’s character involved into much more then being just popular, good looking, and on a sports team.
There were good characters and bad character and I loved all the things that made them that way. The story started slow for me and I started to wonder how this storyline could be stretched long enough for a series of books. It didn’t become the “page-turner” I hoped it would until I was over halfway through. It really picked up after that and after the ending; I know that I definitely have to pick up Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2) when it comes out in 2011. I can’t wait to see what becomes of Lenah and the other characters in the story.
I would recommend picking this story up and giving it a read! The premise is great and the cliffhanger ending will make you crazy more!(less)
Overview: “I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whi...moreOverview: “I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
My Thoughts: When I read the premise of this book, I knew I had to read it. Many of us out there love to mill around book stores looking at books that peak our interest. I can’t help but imagine what it would be like coming across a book that looked out of place. You pick it up only to discover it was purposely placed there with clues for you to follow if you are bold enough to take the challenge. Would you participate? I know I would!
We first meet Dash and Lily. I love how the chapter alternate from each point of view. They both have their own family issues and they both just happen to be staying home for Christmas. Lily decided to leave a red notebook on a shelf in The Strand bookstore in New York. (Which most of us book lovers know as a completely awesome bookstore with 18 miles of books. Look it up if you don’t believe me!) The book contains a dare and Dash comes across it while browsing and he decided to start the cycle of completing the dare and passing the book back to its owner- Lily.
I laughed out loud a bunch at the dares Lily and Dash were faced with. I’m not sure I’d be so brave. My personal favorite had to be waiting in line to see Santa for 45 minutes just to rub his belly for a clue! SO FUNNY!
I love Dash and Lily’s character and enjoyed reading about their family and friends. Sorry I can’t review in too much detail, but doing so would really spoil it. You’ll just have to read it to see for yourself!
I love the book overall. The cover is perfect. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan did a wonderful job at describing the beautiful frenzy of New York at Christmas time; describing the excitement of doing something completely out of character, and taking a chance at love. I would definitely recommend you picking this book up. ******* Here is a passage that I just loved and I wanted to include it.
“I would like to conduct a brief symposium on love.” I took out a red marker-I mean, why not?- and wrote the word love on the board. “Here we have it,” I said. “Love.” For good measure, I drew a heart around it. Not the ventricle kind. The made-up kind. “It exists in this pristine state, upholding its ideals. But then… along come words.” I wrote words over and over again, all around the dry erase board, including over the word love. “And feelings.” I wrote feelings in the same way, crisscrossing it on top of everything I’d already written. “And expectations. And history. And thoughts. Help me out here, Boomer.” We wrote each of these three words at least twenty times each. The result? Pure illegibility. Not only was love gone, but you couldn’t make out anything else, either. “This,” I said, holding up the board, “is what we’re up against.” Page 238-239(less)