**spoiler alert** I found Sam and Grace's relationship very mature and it was definitely one I found very inspiring and I liked that even though they**spoiler alert** I found Sam and Grace's relationship very mature and it was definitely one I found very inspiring and I liked that even though they were still teenagers, their love wasn't a teenybopper kind. I liked that they were mature in their thoughts and actions, and they were pretty much the "old married couple" everyone would like to be.
What I didn't like were Grace's parents. I found it extremely infuriating that for almost the entirety of Grace's life, her parents have been pretty much absent but now that she has a boyfriend, they think they have the right to give her orders again.
Every argument they had, I truly felt like punching them in the face. Seriously, I hope Grace and Sam elope or something because I really can't stand her parents.
The ending was something I had guessed before finishing the book so it really wasn't a surprise to me. But I'm still excited to read the sequel. Will Grace return to being a human, or will Sam join her and they both become wolves permanently?...more
**spoiler alert** Admittedly, I only heard of this book because of the new Zac Efron movie, and only because I saw the movie trailer and I thought tha**spoiler alert** Admittedly, I only heard of this book because of the new Zac Efron movie, and only because I saw the movie trailer and I thought that it looked quite good and wanted to know more about it. There are differences between the book and movie, and since I've not watched the movie yet, I probably won't be able to comment on the extent of said differences. But at the very least, Zac Efron DOES NOT look anywhere near the age of 28 years old, unlike the protagonist of the book.
The book is enjoyable, and an easy read. I like that Charlie is a relatable character in that the loss he goes through is very real and that his desire to want to be with his brother even in death is very real. The ending is predictable but it has that warm fuzzy feeling attached to it. The only thing I found "strange" was how Charlie and Tess were able to "get it on" in the book. I suppose I belong to the category of people who still believes that ghosts can't touch things, let alone people, so the part about them making love was a little strange. But overall, a good read. :D...more
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. The ending was predictable, of course, where the best friend Frankie finds out about Anna and Matt's secret rel**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. The ending was predictable, of course, where the best friend Frankie finds out about Anna and Matt's secret relationship before Matt died and has a complete and utter breakdown where she threw Anna's journal, which had recordings of their secret relationship, into the ocean.
Just as a side note, if my best friend did that to me, I'd scratch her eyes out. But of course, in the book, Frankie and Anna, get back together after their falling out.
But overall, it was a good book and I really wished that Matt and Anna got together in their lifetime. Still, I liked that there was an inclusion of another love interest for Anna. Sam does seem like a very nice guy and his relationship with Anna was really sweet. It was lovingly cultivated and beautifully written and when they finally do "the deed", I thought it was a beautiful culmination of their relationship. I sure would like a sequel about Sam and Anna, just sayin' :D...more
Meg Cabot is back on top of her game. I was extremely disappointed after reading Abandon and I to admit, Meg and vampires? Not her too! But I'm very pMeg Cabot is back on top of her game. I was extremely disappointed after reading Abandon and I to admit, Meg and vampires? Not her too! But I'm very pleased to say that I enjoyed Insatiable thoroughly. Trust Meg Cabot to put her signature fun and entertaining twist to vampires.
Meena Harper is your typical Meg heroine. She's loveable, mostly innocent, has a somewhat less-than-satisfactory life. She's trying to do better at her work, but they've recently gotten her to write about vampires, a topic she can't stand at all. Oh, and she has the ability to predict people's death. But then, she meets Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for, because well, he's a vampire. What's a girl going to do?
I love Meena because she's so familiar to all the other heroines Meg writes. She has a good heart but life doesn't always go her way. Meena is sort of different because she can really hold her own, especially in battle. She may whine a little but when it comes down to it, she's no damsel-in-distress.
Now, Lucien, swoon! Call me a hypocrite, but Lucien is just the vampire to swoon for, even if the whole book's message is about not falling in love with vampires. Lucien's very much an old soul, he's like one of those conflicted male characters with a tragic past; it just so happens that he's a vampire. He's very protective of Meena as well, but to a certain extent and only when it's appropriatel. He's quite the romantic too. I dare say, he's better than Edward! *gasps* XD
Insatiable is a well-rounded novel with fleshed-out characters and background. There's the Vatican involved, a vampire-hunting organization and vampires all over the place. It's a rich and textured world and I can't wait to come back to it in Overbite. XD Well done, Meg Cabot, well done!...more
This is my second time reading Speak and it still remains as one of my favorite novels of all time, and a personal favorite from Laurie Halse AndersonThis is my second time reading Speak and it still remains as one of my favorite novels of all time, and a personal favorite from Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak is the story of high school freshman Melinda, who has become an elective mute after calling the cops and getting everyone busted at the seniors' end-of-summer party. She is shunned by everyone and her home life is less than satisfactory. What happened to her?
Speak was my very first novel dealing with (view spoiler)[rape (hide spoiler)] and while the basis of the novel is based on that theme, Speak is also very much a novel about depression. Melinda was an excellent student, a carefree girl but after the end-of-summer party, her grades plummets, she doesn't speak, she cuts class, etc. This are all classic signs of depression. Speak deals with the subject delicately because while Melinda may be depressed, she is still thoroughly observant. She pays close attention to the cliques in school, interactions between classmates; the social aspects of life. I think Speak is very much a tribute/homage to the outcast we all know in life. It's entirely possible that they're not an outcast by choice and the things they could tell us, could very well scare us.
Laurie Halse Anderson's writing is truly amazing and beautiful at the same time. One cannot help but feel sympathetic to our protagonist, Melinda. Her observations are witty and sarcastic at times, and I think readers will really be able to relate to observations such as this:
"THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. We are here to help you. 2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings. 3. The dress code will be enforced. 4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. 5. Our football team will win the championship this year. 6. We expect more of you here. 7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen. 8. Your schedule was created with your needs in mind. 9. Your locker combination is private. 10. These will be the years you will look back on fondly."
While Speak can get dark and depressing at times, it is also immensely real, honest and authentic. I highly recommend the movie as well. It doesn't follow every single thing from the book, but the essence of it was retained and the cast put up a stellar performance, especially Kristen Stewart, despite her young age when filming occurred.
Well done!! 10 stars if possible!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more