Star Hunter Kennedy made a mistake, a BIG mistake, one that cost him a trip to Colorado to visit his aunt, one that forces him to find a new (dorky) i...moreStar Hunter Kennedy made a mistake, a BIG mistake, one that cost him a trip to Colorado to visit his aunt, one that forces him to find a new (dorky) identity and one that is forcing a permanent shadow over him. Hunter arrives to Colorado as a little ball of depression, but this is where Vere comes in, bringing contrast to his lifestyle, a breath of fresh air and together they will help each other.
Now first things first: The plot. When I first read the summary I was all giddy and couldn't wait to see how the story would turn out, especially because I couldn't get the picture of the movie The Prince and Me out of my mind (No, Hunter is not a prince, he's a singer.). Of course they are both different but just as entertaining. Hunter was a character I really liked from the beginning and it was easy to sympathize with him. Vere was a little bit harder to adjust too, when I first started reading she and I were not clicking. I understood that she was a shy character that blushed easily but at times her conduct felt cheesy and I would roll my eyes at her. 25% into the book my issues with her were pushed aside and I was able to follow Vere and Hunter more easily (It is told in alternative POV) their love story developing, their trust slowly building, and a perfect first kiss.
The story was more than just a fluffy read, Hunter's situation adding depth to it. I thought the pace of the story was perfect, everything developed neatly and even though it was a predictable read it was still very enjoyable to watch how things unravel. The ending was a bit too happy for my taste but, honestly all cute stories deserve good endings, and speaking of happy, I constantly had a smile on my face while reading this book, and considering I've been under quite the stress lately (Barely one week back at school and I'm already stressed) this book was just what I needed :) A great Chick-Lit! (less)
Re-tellings. I don't usually like them. Why? Because as I've experienced with different books (also movies) sometimes authors want to make sure their...moreRe-tellings. I don't usually like them. Why? Because as I've experienced with different books (also movies) sometimes authors want to make sure their story really follows the original, and they end up messing it up; making it feel too forceful, losing that natural flow and sometimes making them plain ridiculous. That is part of the reason why I didn't want to read Cinder. I remember when it just came out and it was on Netgalley, I just thought 'NO, I'm not reading that, I mean, Cyborg Cinderella? What?.... um NO.' Yeah... I would just love to slap old me for thinking that.
The thing that made Cinder so so incredibly good was that Marissa Meyer took the story of Cinderella and really made it her own, avoiding what I just previously mentioned. She took liberties, she wasn't afraid to change things, she basically took the essence of Cinderella's story and applied it to her book, which worked out perfectly.
Cinder was such a fun story to read - Note: Fun, not funny, though of course there were some amusing parts, but it was all just so much fun: thrilling, interesting and also predictable but I really liked watching things unravel. I just really enjoyed Cinder, it had been a while since I liked a book this much - without it being emotionally draining or a simple chick-lit. This book was just the perfect balance of everything and I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone, a must read :D!(less)
Wow, this book was a bit of a surprise, I wasn't really sure were the story would go in the second book, so it was pretty interesting and intense to s...moreWow, this book was a bit of a surprise, I wasn't really sure were the story would go in the second book, so it was pretty interesting and intense to see what Charlie had to go through. But first, I just have to say that I really loved The Pledge, I read the ARC and the ending left me in desperate need for the sequel, so when I started reading The Essence I was so exited, but through the first 80 pages or so I was so incredibly lost and confused. I couldn't remember the characters, if they were related, how they had met, how Charlie had defeated Sabara, Nothing!!!! I was really frustrated because there were not many reminders through the book, which could've really come in handy.
Aside from this issue, after the 80 pages of frustration, the book jumped right into the action and tension scenes, which were great. By this point who was related to whom didn't really matter and I was able to get into the book easily and enjoy it. Watching how Charlie's life had changed and how she was adjusting to everything was amusing and weird, in The Pledge she was more of a rebel and now she was a queen, so the contrast was big, but it was great to see her grow as a character.
I hated that we didn't get to see more of Max, he played such a big role in The Pledge and in The Essence he was barely there, but I enjoyed meeting the new characters in the story, and knowing more about Sabara, whom I actually liked. I'm not sure if that's weird, but I sympathized with her and I am really eager to see how things will turn out for her in the third book.
I knew who the traitor was form the beginning, but overall the ending was surprising - Charlie's reaction, her sister, Brook's situation among other things - It was all very stressful in a good way that left me craving for more and I really really cannot wait for the third book to come out. I want to see what happens with Queen Elena, with Charlie and Sabara and just ahh!!! I feel so giddy thinking of it and I just can't wait. I highly recommend this series to any dystopian fans, I really enjoyed The Pledge and even though The Essence was different, it didn't disappoint me.
Thank you so much to Simon&Schuster for sending the book and to Itching for Books for hosting this tour!(less)
Skinny was a hard book to read. It touched the delicate subject of eating disorders. Ever wasn't anorexic or bulimic, but she had a voice in her head...moreSkinny was a hard book to read. It touched the delicate subject of eating disorders. Ever wasn't anorexic or bulimic, but she had a voice in her head telling her how she wasn't worthy of anything is she wasn't skinny, making Ever obsessed with loosing weight - the voice's name is Skinny. That alone can be considered an eating disorder, because you are hurting yourself - mentally. I really loved that this book showed that part; I've read a few books were they deal with eating disorders and they never really show that side, that little voice inside your head that brings you down.
We all have a Skinny inside our heads. Maybe not telling us we need to loose weight, but just a negative voice inside. Ever's voice grew way too loud, to the point where it controls her and rules her live. After the surgery, Ever starts loosing weight, but along with the weight, Ever begins to realize all of the other things she's lost because of Skinny's voice. How she pushed people away, how she became a social outcast, and how she lost many opportunities - all by herself.
Even though it was difficult watching Ever struggling and realizing all of this, it was also a really beautiful book, because Ever does confront Skinny - Eventually. She fixes her broken relationships, finds her courage again and stops listening to Skinny - because she is still there, but Ever refuses to acknowledge her again.
Apart from the emotional stuff, the physical things she had to go through because of the surgery are awful. I had heard of that surgery but never really thought recovery was so hard and that your lifestyle changed so much. Lucky for Ever, Rat is there for her the whole time as a great support. Even if they do go through some conflicts, they get over them.
I'd recommend Skinny to anyone, it was a really great book. A fantastic debut.(less)
You only have one and it's the only one you get. This Is Not A Test is, by far, the best Courtney Summers book I have read, it was...moreLife is not a test.
You only have one and it's the only one you get. This Is Not A Test is, by far, the best Courtney Summers book I have read, it was amazing in a way I cannot even describe. It had the signature Courtney Summers writing, with troubled characters that go far beyond your average in YA books, and she always goes beyond the surface.
This Is Not A Test is the story of six students that are trapped inside their school while the zombie apocalypse happens outside - Wow, what a way to destroy a story, I just made it sound like some cheap friday night movie. I swear to you the story is way better that I just made it sound.
It's funny though, because these characters are finding it hard to hold on to something when they are just stuck inside their school. they are never going anywhere, not really. They're just waiting for their death. But when you really think about it, you're stuck in this planet, with really nowhere to go, except around the sun, over and over, waiting to die. Funny, huh?
Maybe they are not exactly living, they are waiting, surviving. They say you can be alive but not living, and I fully understand what that means; but, again, if you give a lot of thought to it, we're always waiting, waiting to finish college and start our lives, waiting for Christmas, waiting in line in McDonald's so they can take our order. We're constantly waiting, and, in fact, we are surviving. In a different way, but we are.
And once we start getting all philosophical you realize that pretty much nothing has a point. Why do my homework if I'm gonna die one day? Why follow the rules of society to end 6 feet under ground? In fact, why do anything? Everything looses it's value when you start with this train of though, and really, if you dwell too much on it, it'll simply drive you insane.
But Why? why do we go to school? Why do we fight for good jobs and to get a new car, to get the TV, the ipad, why do we bother to try and fit in? Why? And that, ladies and gentleman, is what This Is Not A Test is about, Courtney Summers portrays a character that is done with Why's, that cannot find the answers she is looking for and it's completely hopeless, until she's surrounded by people that have nothing else to cling to expect that - hope.
And just how far would you go for your own survival? Would you sacrifice yourself for someone? Or would you sacrifice someone else in order to save yourself? And who decides?
All of this is not answered until the very last page of this book, and, like all Courtney Summer's books, it left me breathless. Her stories all come in a nice white box, that once opened, whatever they bring inside, hits you with an incredible force that it simply rocks your world, then, like a friend of mine said, they are closed and neatly tied with a pink ribbon.
One word to describe this book: Flawless.
A satisfying ending. The story was everything I hoped for and more. Hard-Core Courtney Summers fan right here. If I could go around the streets shoving this book down people's throats, I would. A Must Read.
When I saw the cover of First Comes Love I said Yes. When I read the summary, I said Hell Yes. When I read the book I was like Huh? Now do not get me...moreWhen I saw the cover of First Comes Love I said Yes. When I read the summary, I said Hell Yes. When I read the book I was like Huh? Now do not get me wrong, it was a great story, but different from what I pictured. In my opinion, the cover has this sort of epic-passionate-romance feeling, and the summary makes Grey seem like such a dark and mysterious person and that Dylan is so full of life - which is true but, they don't seem like the extraordinary-human-being sort of characters. He isn't this super handsome guy that's Oh-so-tortured and she's here to save him. No, they are, in fact, like normal people, simple mortals - and it was fantastic.
I hadn't noticed this, but usually in books, the main characters seem to be in this pedestal; they stand there and you know they won't be coming down. I mean, let's face it, Harry Potter and Edward Cullen are not gonna be walking through Walmart anytime soon. The characters in First Comes Love were actually believable, I can easily imagine Grey, and he was also creepily similar to me (in how we think). The love story was beautiful and normal and simple - or as simple as relationships get, it was bumpy, fun, charming and exasperating. Everything a good love story should be, everything normal relationships are.
The only, let's say 'flaw' I could find in the book was that Dylan didn't seem really believable at times. It's as if Katie Kacvinsky - author - made her far too positive and full of light, that she seemed unrealistic. She was a nice character, but Grey really was the one that shined through the novel. Even if he was usually really down and a pessimist, I think he was the best. One of my favorite characters of all time, he knew who he was and Katie Kacvinsky did an excellent job at portraying him.
I got so many things out of this novel and it is most definitely a keeper. One of my favorite stories, I will definitely hold this one close to me and my little heart :)
Tooooo much stress!!! I was on the edge the whole time! I can feel the tension in my shoulders. I'm off to read something about ponies, I'm in despera...moreTooooo much stress!!! I was on the edge the whole time! I can feel the tension in my shoulders. I'm off to read something about ponies, I'm in desperate need of a light read x)(less)
lol, I have no idea how to explain yet. It was a simple story really, sweet, the beginning of a bigger one for Hadley and Oliver; but ther...more
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lol, I have no idea how to explain yet. It was a simple story really, sweet, the beginning of a bigger one for Hadley and Oliver; but there were so many little details and things that just made the story so great and complete. I'm smiling like a fool right now, I seriously can't wait to re-read it. It's such a beautiful book that every time I glance at it I just get a bigger smile, and I'm sure it's going to be that way for a long time.
Oliver and Hadley were perfect. Not in a no flaws kind of way, but in a perfectly well done human characters with flaws and all. They both had different perspectives on many things but they also completed each other. I know that this sounds cheesy, especially if you consider that the story takes place over a 24 hour period, but everything was just so well done. I seriously applause Jennifer E. Smith, she did a wonderful job with this book, and like I said earlier, you can tell this is just the beginning for Oliver and Hadley.
This is a must-be-in-your-shelf book, no doubt. The Statistical Probability that you will love it is: 100%
Incarnate blew me away. Seriously my favorite book in its genre so far. It was that good. And the cover is amazing! Now onto to the review:
I’m usually not a big fan of fantasy, they tend to lack some deep and such, so the fact that Incarnate has the best female character I have read ever is astonishing. From the summary you know that Anna is different. She’s a Nosoul, and as such she was raised to believe she was not worthy of loving things or being loved and that she should be punished, constantly and cruelty.
As soon as she’s free of her guardian, some really really bad stuff happens and she nearly dies. But do not fear, Sam is here! Oh Sam! I want him under the Christmas tree! Bringing me cake on my Birthday! He’s just…. *swoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon* I mean, WOW, I don’t remember falling so hard for a character before x). ahem, back to the point. Sam takes care of her and he doesn’t mind that she’s a Nosoul, strange…
Sadly, not everyone agrees with Sam, and Ana is thrown into a world where people hate her and judge her for something she had no control over: her birth. I was so frustrated along with Ana, sad and angry. I understood everything, her bitterness and hurt, her want for love.
There’s also the lovely romance between Ana and Sam. Flawlessly Beautiful. As much as I would love to give some spoilers I’ll restrain myself. BUT I will give you this: I have read Chapter 21 and 22 at least 6 times today, and I just finished the book earlier.
Incarnate had the power to change my emotions in one line, incredible romance one minute and thrilling action the next.
Dragons, Burns, Dance, Music, Romance, Secrets and the constant uncertainty of whom to trust, along with the knowledge that the only way to survive is to believe in one’s self. Incarnate is a Book You Can’t Forget. Period.
I can’t wait to get my finished copy! Amazing with Major Capital A :D a HUGE Thanks to Netgally for the opportunity to read this!