THIS, This my friends... this is the book that started it all. Twilight may have first introduced me to the world of YA Books - Yes, Twilight was the...moreTHIS, This my friends... this is the book that started it all. Twilight may have first introduced me to the world of YA Books - Yes, Twilight was the first book I ever read, and double Yes, I liked it. And no, you are not allowed to judge me - but THIS, this book was the one that sealed the deal. This book got me forever hooked on YA Contemporary books, it set standards and it awoke things in me that I was trying really hard to forget and ignore and others that were waiting to be discovered: like my love for books.
This book is a treasure. It teaches you that you have a choice, that you always have a choice. You can either go with it... Or not. That you shouldn't judge! (too much, at least). That you should learn how to keep quiet some times and actually listen. That, as a matter of fact, you can listen to the quiet, and that you can be amazed of what it has to say. AMAZED I TELL YOU!
This was going to be just a mini review saying that this book started it all but I kinda kept going... if it wasn't already obvious, I am very passionate about this book. And you know what's even more amazing? my stupidity for letting a certain friend borrow it even though I know she isn't the most trustworthy person, and for acting surprised when she returned it stained on lots of pages and with the cover ruined because she spilled a drink over it. asdfghjkl.
Favorite quote from this book and of all times: “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.” (less)
This book really is one of my favorites of Sarah Dessen and I think it is also one of the most beautiful. I really liked the way Macy finds herself through the story and how she grows. How her idea of being “perfect” changes thanks to the people that surround her, like Kristy, whom I loved, her humors, he outfits and the way she see’s life. Also, I LOVED Monica, even though she only says like two words in the whole book – no kidding – but those two words where just about enough.
And of course there’s Wes – because there’s always a boy – the kind of boy that can see the beauty in almost everything and can also find perfection in everything that surrounds him, and determined to make his own definition of things.
In a busy summer of catering, total chaos – while working in the catering *cough* Delia *cough* - Daring friends – Kristy – monotone and silent friends – Monica – funny and sparkly friends – Bert – and someone to fall back on – Wes – Macy goes in search of answers, of her father, to make her mother listen and to get back her life, and even discovered she had wings all along – it’s so she can fly
I really think that the beauty of this novel – aside from the plot of course – is the supporting characters. Of all the Sarah Dessen Novels I’ve read I think this is the one where all of the characters where lovable, jumped right of the page, and were as exquisite as sitting under a tree in a beautiful summer night reading a “perfect” book - *cough* The Truth About Forever *cough*
Funny, how this book is about learning that perfection does not exist, or that it does but that it is in each one of us and I personally think this book achieved total perfection.
Am I allowed to say that I thought this was the most boring Sarah Dessen Book ever? WAIT! Before you jump at my throat and start cursing my way – it has happened O.O – am I also allowed to say that this book is also one of my favorites? Now allow me to explain – just bear with me for a sec.
After reading six of all the Sarah Dessen novels I think I can divide her main characters in two: shy and introvert and others rougher around the edges. Ruby – main character of Lock and Key – is part of the “rougher around the edges” and she’s definitely my favorite character of this category. I think she’s one of the most complex and beautiful characters of all Sarah Dessen Novels.
What I loved most about this book was the theme: Family. The whole book centered more around Ruby’s family, in her other books, SD centers more around the boy or the friends. In Lock and Key it was Family. But of course we have Nate – because there’s always a boy – who was a great support for Ruby and the story in general, but not the most important. Surprisingly my favorite characters in the story where Ruby’s brother in law and her sister Cora, they were just great supporting characters.
I really think that the beauty of this novel is how it touches such delicate subjects, like being abandoned, to know what a family is and to learn how to love it, and to understand that even when it looks like a dead end, there are still doors to unlock.
Why did I thought about Lock and Key as boring? I just think that a few chapters where way to long and that maybe a few paragraphs and chapters could’ve been cut. I just found it a little tedious to read at some times but, other than that, it was pure perfection.
What I got out of Lock and Key was this: Home, is where your story begins. Home, is where your family is. And family, is the one you choose.
When I first saw the trailer for Along for The Ride I was SOOO disappointed. I thought the story line sounded shallow and just so not Sarah Dessen…. I bought it, but it took me 8 months to actually pick it up and read it. I think I hate the trailer. It is one of my favorite books of all time and I’ve re-read it like twelve times already. Yup, I hate the trailer :)
Ok, so, for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer it is here, though I’ll still say the short version. Auden – main character of Along For The Ride – makes out with a guy on the beach and he has a girlfriend and she meets the girlfriend and oh boy she is in trouble. Shallow. Though this DOES happen but it happens in 2 chapters! At the beginning! And once you’ve finished it you can’t even remember that scene!
Here’s how things go: Auden goes to spend her summer with her dad and her new wife and baby, Auden does not feel thrilled about this but, she’ll be going off to college soon and so she goes visit her dad. Auden has been having trouble sleeping since the problems with her parents started and she finds that hard habits are hard to break, so she just lives thanks to coffee and keeps not sleeping. Soon she find herself working at a boutique with a bunch of girls that act like, well, teens and Auden has spent most of her teenage years trying to be perfect for her demanding mother instead of actually living a life and being, well, a teen.
In the middle of her non-sleeping episodes, she meets Eli – because there’s always a boy. A guy who seems haunted and that hides a secret from his past, but he is also in a mission to give Auden back her life and show her what she’s missed out on and what she can still have. Soon they are spending every night together, setting out on different tasks, and also, learning how to ride a bike – at least Auden.
Along for the ride is a lesson to let go, to always get back on that bike no matter how many times you fall, to go on a quest, and to enjoy the ride.
This is my favorite Sarah Dessen Novel so far. Can’t wait to get What Happened With Goodbye in my hands :)
Last but not Least: Only Sarah Dessen could’ve done it :P
This words and more are in the back of the book The Sky Is Everywhere By Jandy Nelson. After reading Thirteen Reasons why, it left such and impression in me, that I swore I would never read a book where a character died. I kept that promise for a good amount of time. Then The Sky Is Everywhere came up, and I saw all of this words, coming from all of my favorite authors. I had no choice, I had to buy it. I braced myself for the worst, knowing what I was getting into and… OH MY GOD!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE (I’ll stop now) it. It actually became my favorite book. Now I’ll stop gushing and start the review, *clearing my throat*.
Like it says in the summary, Lennie Walker lived in the shadow of her older sister, Bailey, who dies abruptly, leaving Lennie with a role she just doesn’t know when to play. Soon, Lennie finds herself juggling two guys. Tobey, the Moon, and Baileys boyfriend (more like was) fragile, and a light in the dark when everything seems so dark, Lennie realizes that, he’s the only one who understands, and things start to get hot and heavy. And then there’s Joe, the sun, he slips the clouds away from her live, gives her strength to find her place and home, and lets her know she still has so much, that not everything’s lost. She just needed someone to show her who she could be.
For a moment It drove me mad that she was dating Toby, but the deeper you get into the story, and Lennie, you understand why, how is it that they share so much, but, you also understand that what they had, wasn’t love, it was lust.
And Joe, Joe is just…*sigh* yeah, that’s Joe. He and Lenny definitely have Love, I enjoyed every single moment they spend time together, the whole book actually! How Lenny is struggling to find her own melody in between the noise, getting out of her shell, going headfirst, and turning Fearless. Its also easy to understand the importance of losing Bailey. Because, like I always say: sometimes you need to lose it all, to see you have everything. And I think deeply, that this applies to Lenny.
Each chapter has small notes with Lennie’s poems written on them, giving us bitts and pieces of the world around her, her sister, her story, and Love.
A deep forest, a soft breeze, a river nearby, the soft hum of a clarinet and a guitar, both playing a soft and perfect melody… this is what it felt like to read this book. Exquisite. Every single page. I really think everyone should step on board of Lennie’s story, and discovered what happens, when two different world collide. Jandy Nelson. Remember that name, she’s one to watch, and this, is her masterpiece. 5 stars!
The cover of this book caught my attention, it's a really good cover, and next, the title. I though: Susan’s Colasanti Take Me There? I picked up the...moreThe cover of this book caught my attention, it's a really good cover, and next, the title. I though: Susan’s Colasanti Take Me There? I picked up the book and read the summary. Long Summary Short: Bad 'gang boy' fall for pretty 'it' girl. And then I though: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles! So I immediately bought the book, considering I’m a big fan of Colasanti’s and Elkele’s work, I assumed it would be a story like Perfect Chemistry, with the light bubbly factor of Take Me There.
You guessed. I was wrong. Take Me There does follow the Perfect Chemistry theme: a bad boy falling for the good girl, thinking he doesn’t deserve her and he’s in a gang- Or was. The Difference is that this story has so much more depth, in Elkele’s work, it wasn’t so much depth, but more like drama and action. Do not get me wrong, I LOVED the Perfect Chemistry series; but Take Me There was just. . . I have never loved a character as much as Dylan ever in my life.
I know the idea of a guy being in a gang and having trouble with it sounds supper exiting, but I don’t think it applies to Take Me There. It does have some gruesome shocking parts but, it's more of the self-discovery of Dylan, his internal fights, deciding to do the easy thing, or the right thing. Fighting for Jess’s love, trying to hide a past that seems to haunt him, and trying to be someone else, to change, when it seems like it's in his veins to be a criminal.
I really liked this book, or maybe I even loved it, I’m not quite sure yet (02/21/13 Update: Yep, I loved it.). It made me feel sad, happy, angry, frustrated and so many more things. After I finished it, it was as if I had a hole in my chest, it was a. . . I don’t know how to describe it, it wasn’t a happy ending, it wasn’t a sad ending, it wasn’t angry. . . but I was full of hope, love , uncertainty and freedom in many ways; like life itself, but specially hope. I can relate so much to Dylan in the way he needs to write down what’s in his mind, but there doesn’t seem to be enough ink or paper or words to put them down. It's the book that has moved more emotions inside of me, the one that I have marked more pages in because I love them, and so far the one who has leaved more marks in my mind and in my heart.
I think Take Me There is a road we should all cross, Dylan is a great character, the story is thrilling in many ways, Jess’s character is simply beautiful, and Dylan’s life. . . it’s a tangled up, and bumpy road.(less)
First I discovered the need… and boy I did. The first thing that captivates me about Need – another lame joke placed here, get it, need and captivated. Ha! - *Clears throat and regain composure* Like I was saying, the first thing that captivates me about Need, is its main character – Zara. A strong and original female character, with a save-the-world kind of mentality and a peculiar thing of her, is that she “collects” phobias. Likes them a lot and can basically mention you every phobia there is. I personally think that characters that have little details like this one simply help make them more unique, complex, and that it gives them a good amount of reality. So just by Zara, Need got various points from me.
And then there’s a man – one that stalks her and one that… it’s not really a man. Just a boy, a Cute boy. More than cute really. Hot. Steaming Hot – Nick. Nick who has a Hero complex and a Macho personality – his words, not mine – at times totally cute and adorable and at others a total jerk – I’ll explain later on.
As for creepy stalking man, well, he’s really: Creepy Pixie Stalking Man!! ZOMG! Obviously there’s more to it but I can’t explain without telling spoilers. I will NOT spoil.
As a general view, I really liked the book, it wasn’t super epic or anything. But a nice, light paranormal fantasy novel. I saw in a few reviews that they though that the book was very lacking of descriptions, but personally that’s one of the things I liked about it. I really hate it when they take 3 or 4 pages to describe things like fountains and stuff, the fact that this book wasn’t that way made Need a simple read, describing just about enough, and leaving everything else to your broad imagination, and in my head, Need left a good impression and a clear picture.
Funny, dark, thrilling, exciting and filled with evil creatures, this book becomes a Need you can’t deny.
Only thing that could have gone better was Zara’s boyfriend Nick, whom needs to learn to be more considerate and less of a jerk, but this is where Astley comes in…. buy that’s a whole other story.
I can Honestly say that I enjoyed this book more that Need. Why? Carrie Jones – Author of the Need Series – was fearless with this book. I mean, she took things to a whole new level, doing things that – like I said in a past review – leave me like this: She’s never gonna do it. Nope. No way. Never. Wait…. Oh My God she wouldn’t. She Can’t. OH MY GOD SHE’S DOING IT!. OMG!!. OH MY G-…. She did it.
But maybe I’m going way ahead. So, things seem to be finally normal and Zara and Nick have and awesome relationship and stuff, Zara’s friends – Is, Devin, Betty, etc. – just seem very sparkly to me, cute characters and everything nice and shiny. And then there’s Astley. Recently introduced to the story… things start to shaken up a bit, and the first OMG comes… and BOY, it’s a serous OH MY GOD!!!... really, ZOmygod… I’ve you’ve read the book you’ll know what I mean, if not… I’ll give you a clue. It has something to do with a character whose name starts with an N… and ends with ick… It was SUPPER shocking… but not as shocking as what came next…
A few stuff happens, including an obsessed Zara, serious decision, and Astley creeping into Zara’s life. There’s a HUGE problem in Zara’s life – obviously – and things with the Pixies are starting to get complicated, with the other King locked up, others are interest in ruling his territory, and they are not all good kings… So Astley offers a solution, to make Zara his queen and fight together… and I mean together together…
And shocking decision number two happens. And OH. MY. FREXING. GOD. I LOVE Zara… and Carrie Jones…
By the end of the book I had completely forgotten ‘bout Nick – almost didn’t care ‘bout him really - and had fallen in love with Astley. Long story short: I’ve been completely captivated by this book.
Seriously, one of those rare cases where the sequel is actually better than the first one.
Like they say… First I discovered the Need… then I was Captivated… now I’m ready to be Enticed… -To be continue xD!.
Nora's ordinary life takes a big twist the moment she's paired up with a new guy in her biology class. Patch, the guy we just Love to hate, cocky, arrogant, mysterious, and sexy. Patch seems to know a lot of things about Nora, and I mean important and personal things, which totally freaks her out, and on top of that, he is everywhere, wherever she looks, wherever she goes, he's there, so naturally, her guard goes up, but there's just something about him, that makes her what him close... very close.
Hush Hush is by far one of the best Debut Novels I've ever read. I often found myself smiling at Patch's smart-A. comments raising my hands to stop Nora from going to a few places... always with him of course, and wide eyed by a thrilling ending that hurt, was a wild ride, and a decision that took a Lot of courage.
The story is amazing, Nora was a great and believable character, it had some hot scenes, and Patch's uniqueness and my constant struggle to decide whether he was on the bad side or the good side - a decision he actually faces. It was as enjoyable, delicious, and the same amount of pleasure a good box of chocolates can bring when eating slow, on a nice evening, and a sweet breeze.
Calla Tor has always known her destiny…and yes she has; so when Calla violates her pack’s law to save our dear Romeo- Shay Doran- there are some hard consequences to face. Shay becomes the new boy in the school Calla attends, and soon they both find themselves falling for each other. But things are never quite that simple… ‘cause our dear Calla has a future mate, one of her kind. Ren Laroche. Sexy, daredevil and cocky Ren, the alpha wolf of another pack, so by their union, its really important to unify both packs. So what does Shay mean? trouble, trouble, trouble….
The novel follows the story between Calla’s and Shay forbidden romance, and the secrets that surround the whole pack. When I first started reading the series, I was expecting a story similar to the book Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. But no, they are quite different. Shiver is more based on the relationship between the two main character, on the opposite, Nightshade does focus on their relationship, but also on the pack and how Calla fights for her freedom and her constant seeking of the truth.
The story was good. I especially liked Calla, she’s one of those badaas characters, strong, determined, and honest. In the story I struggled a LOT deciding if Calla should stay with Ren or Shay, which made it difficult to throw into the whole ‘romantic story’, but still it kept its balance. Another think I really liked about Nightshade, it’s the originality of the chapter, they start with a new moon, and continued to change to a full moon, and so on. Another pro is that Andrea Cremer didn’t made the story to predicable, there was this one time when I was like “Oh, of course she won’t do it! She simply won’t, wait, I don’t think so, she can’t….OMG! She did!!!”… yeah, something like that ^^
Conclusion: Sexy, thrilling, filled with lust, love, mystery, and seductive. Nightshade is a must read-werewolf story. Fabulous cover, great characters, and brings the werewolf world to a new level. Definitely a keeper.
How many lives do you need to live Before you find someone Worth dying for?
Well, one thing is for sure, this book, isnot worth dying for. I know this s...moreHow many lives do you need to live Before you find someone Worth dying for?
Well, one thing is for sure, this book, isnot worth dying for. I know this sounds bad and like its going to be a hater review but, I actually find my situation amusing. Just stick around.
For starters, the story sounds great: A school of Nephilim! Cool! It's gonna be like Howards, but instead of fighting Voldemort, you fight Outcast. Well, No. it's exactly the same as Sword & Cross, only with brighter colors and sexier students. Seriously, that's it.
Another thing is, for as much as I rummage through my mind, I can’t seem to remember why I even liked Daniel in the first place. I swear every single time he and Luce meet, they fight, end up pissed off at each other, and go their separate ways. Every. Single. Freaking. TIME!!! And it's not just, two or three times, nooooo, it's six or seven!! And in the summary is says: What if Luce is meant to be with someone else? I assume that guy is Mike [or whatever his name is, I know for a fact it starts with Mi.], though I am not so sure, because the phrase makes it sound like a total soul mate that shares a super deep connection with Luce- but of course it's not Daniel. So, Pl-ease, cut the drama. Yeah, he is cute and I like him way better than I like Daniel. But the Luce-Mike crush and the Daniel-Luce-I-hate-you episodes. . . complete turn off.
I still can’t believe I managed to get to the ending of this book – well, I actually can, I just designed a mantra system: 'it cost you 17.99 dollars plus tax, the least you can do is finish the freaking thing' – and when I was like, 3 chapters before the end, I was hooked, and couldn’t put the goddamn thing down.
Strike Three! And Your Ou- Wait, What?
Yup. The Ending. Was. Great. (or maybe just good I’m still not sure). Total Cliffhanger. And a final shocking decision. I think I now hate the book more. I had long decided when I started the story, that I wouldn’t continue reading this series, and then this! or more like that! What kind of ending was that!? That was just cruel Miss Lauren Kate!
So, Will I be reading the Third Book? Yes. And since I am so predictable, here’s what’s going to happen: No matter how much I hate Passion – Passion being the third Book in the Fallen Series – I’m gonna buy the fourth one, why? Because I’ll tell myself, you already have the first three! Might as well have the whole collection and finish the story. . . and the covers are pretty.
*update from me of the future:(view spoiler)[Guess What? I won the third book and I didn't read it. BAM! Didn't see that one coming did you?? I am an unpredictable and wild creature. BAM. (hide spoiler)]
Yup. That would be my somehow conclusion. The book didn’t suck so much, it had some good points too, like the new characters; I just thought they were all more fun than the ones at Sword & Cross, more sparkly or. . . I don’t know. It's the Nephilim-Angel thing I’m sure. Luce was a little bit more useful, and disobeyed Daniel *Gasp*, and I really liked the theme of good and evil and how the one that wins, chooses how history is written. . . I’m not sure that was the right way to say it, but... It’s a conversation they have in a Dinner, you’ll see - if you read the book.
If you read Fallen, you should continue, If you haven’t . . . think about it reaaallyyyy well, you’ll be getting on board a lame and addicting ship...
This, is one of my favorite paranormal books, ever. The story line sounds a bit confusing, you know, four souls living inside a guy, I was seriously doubtful about starting this series. But thank God I did!
Aden lives in this place for troubled teens since, nobody thinks he’s normal. Though having four souls inside your head – is not normal. Anyways, One day, he’s walking there slaying zombies – Yup. Zombies – And he finds this girl. A girl that can silence all the voices inside of him – OMG! He’s gonna fall in love with her!!!- No. that’s not gonna happened, and right now you’re probably all: Why did you tell us Jude!!? You just ruined it, you Ugly spoiler!!., Relax, you’ll find out anyways, and I think its important you know, ‘cause when I was reading and knew that they weren’t gonna stay together, I didn’t want to continue, though I forced myself to do and Oh Boy, it just gets so much better, You won’t even want Mary Ann to stay with Aden, you’ll want her to be with Riley – Steaming Hot!! – I’ll get to him later.
The story alternates around Mary Ann and Aden. Mary Ann having a little bit of trouble with a wolf, who’s too smart to be a wolf, taking care of her all the time, is he something else? –Yup. Werewolf- And Aden has troubles of his own, with a girl who seems to have a taste for. . . blood –Yup, Vampire – the four of this guys – Yeah, the werewolf being a guy. Duh – entangle in a complicated mission, trying to free the souls inside of Aden, and escaping a faith, that seems he cannot outrun. Cursed by magical Woman’s – Yup, Witches – hiding from beautiful creatures, with deadly secrets –Yup, Pixies – and others not so pretty –Yup. Elf’s – or something like that, I lost track of the monsters somewhere between four souls and a male werewolf – Duh. xD.
I’ve hear a lot of bad critics for this book, but well, not everyone can have a cup of tea – Wait, that’s not how that goes right? ^^ - yeah, you got what I meant.
I got wrapped up inside an amazing story, fascinating adventures, great characters, and an Amazing and Shocking ending –Yup, Cliffhanger – Intertwined is one of the most original, complex, cool – most definitely my cup of tea – stories I’ve ever read. 5 out of 5!
Just realized I never got to Riley! xD yeah, um. . . *scratching my head for something* He’s steaming Hot!! xD, That’s all you need to know :D
The story centers around Chloe Saunders, a normal teenager – well, as normal as being a teenager gets – until the day she starts seeing ghost – yeah, that ain’t normal – so a few stuff happens and she ends up in Lyle House, Lyle House being a place for not so normal people. A loony. Yup, people think she’s crazy, but I mean, if you’re seeing people that don’t exist, maybe you are crazy, aren’t you?
As Chloe questions her own sanity, she begins to discover that not everything is nice and sunny at Lyle’s House. Things start to get really off and a new question comes to her, is she really crazy, or do They make her want to believe she is? And who are They? Well, you’ll never guess, once you hop on board this train, you’re up for a juicy ride.
The whole story is very unpredictable and addicting. The things that happen are incredible and chilling and there’s a cliff-hanger ending.
The Summoning is one of my favorite books and series, completely enjoyable and addicting, a must read.
When Luce enters Sword & Cross, a school for troubled teens, that looks and feels like a prison - in other words, a madhouse - she doesn't expect anything, much less an inexplicably hot guy, to whom she feels completely drawn to, so much that she practically stalks him. Meet Daniel. Daniel who want nothing - and has made it very clear - with Luce.
A good part of the story goes around the relationship between this two, which, honestly, was more that a little annoying, Daniel was just a horrible person with Luce, just plain rude, pretty much of a jerk, he basically changed his name to a**H. And what's worse, is that Luce keeps comming back for more Though if I was Daniel, I'd probably be rude too, I mean, the girl's practically stalking him! This made a big part of the book tedious. But, we always have a good guy right?
Meet Cam. Charming, Sexy, Cocky an best of all, he wants Luce. And Luce him, but she just doesn't feel a connection to him, something's missing, something she doesn't share with cam, but only with Daniel, maybe a secret? Why do we always want the bad guy?... or is he, really the bad guy?
It takes a while to get fully into the story, but, there's romance, there's mystery and there's action, though right at the end so, you'll have to stick around. Its the kind off story where everything happens and not much happens, If you know what I mean.
My Conclusion: Fallen is a great book, effortless, engrossing and haunting, I think its a book worth reading and keeping. A well done novel.
This book was just the right amount of EVERYTHING. As a matter of fact: It. Was. Perfect.
Action. Mystery. Fear. Romance. Passion. Truths. Not-wanted truths. And Trouble. Lots of trouble.
All of this and more is poured into the pages of The Reckoning, soaking every page of it. This book was a little bit more focused to the relationship between Chloe and Derek, but still keeping up with all the action. It was really fun and trilling to see Chloe struggle with her powers, watching every mistake the made and all the shocking things she used her powers too. From raising dead animals, to raising dead people… only to make them kill someone…
By far I think this is the best book in all three. Definitely the cherry on top. And we have a milkshake xD!! But really, I though the ending was just awesome. Derek’s wolfines got me cracking up and what made it even more sweet, was the constant imagine of Taylor Lautner in my mind... Come on ladies, do not pretend you didn’t imagine Taylor as Derek for one second, ‘cause I did. A Lot. *drooling*
*clears throat and regains composure* Basically, this was the book. Only thing I’m sad about is that it’s the END. Bua!!!!
The best of the best. A must read. No. Matter. What.