Shadow and bone has to be one of the most fascinating worlds I have ever read about and also one of the most complicated - I was trying to explain theShadow and bone has to be one of the most fascinating worlds I have ever read about and also one of the most complicated - I was trying to explain the book to a friend and I don’t think I had ever felt more stupid. I mean, go on and try to say Kvas, Grisha, Balakirev, Etherealki, Odinakovost, Etovost, Corporalki, Materialki. . . And then the character names: Baghra, Botkin, Fedyor, Malyen Orestev. I looked like this every time I tried to say any of those words out loud:
Thankfully the names of the main characters were easier to pronounce: Alina, Malyen aka Mal, and The Darkling.
It was one of those books were you start reading and you just think ‘What the hell? What is this?. . . I’m so confused! What’s happening? Wait- who’s telling the story? What the freak is Kuya? Oh, she’s a person. Is Kefta also a person? No? We’re going sailing :D! Oh, it’s not a good thing? Okay… I get it.’ The heavy confusion only happened through the first few chapters, after that you get the hang of it and following the story becomes easier.
I have to say that I really like it when new worlds are introduced this way. The author doesn’t just hand over the information, he/she just gives you a small piece of the puzzle that you have to complete on your own. I couldn’t help but feel a bit accomplished when I pieced everything together, even if my mind was being dense and I was a bit exasperated in the first two chapters, but in no time I was like ‘This, that, okay. Sorted ;) Let’s keep this story going.’
I can tell that this series is going to be one of my favorites, I just recently got the second book and I am so exited to continue. I’m thinking about the story right now, and I wouldn’t say that it was action packed, but there was never ever a dull moment. Ever. The pace was excellent, the main character was really strong, but she still had weaknesses – note: that does not mean she was weak. At all. It means she’s human. She was fierce, and compassionate and not perfect – that’s a good thing. The metaphors and lessons in this book were unforgettable, I feel like I got so much out of it; not only a highly entertaining story, but also a very meaningful one.
Now. . . for this next part, I am going to talk a bit about the romance. I do not think this is a spoiler – at all. The thing is, I walked into this story blindly, completely and utterly clueless, I had no idea of what it was about, what happened and yada yada, so I was very surprised with what went on in the romance part. But now that I am part of this world and have been looking at more stuff about Shadow and Bone, it is clear to me that the romance thingy is not a big deal, practically common knowledge. If you are as unaware of this series as I was, skip this next paragraph, if not, please, read uninterrupted :)
I didn’t really like Mal in the beginning, more like I didn’t feel a connection between him and Alina. Yes, she’s madly in love with him from the beginning, that was perfectly clear, but I still wasn’t feeling it. Then comes The Darkling. Oh My Freaking God. Why, why why why WHY did the author do that??!! WHY!? He’s dark and sexy and I just shipped him and Alina so hard!! Was it really necessary to make him evil? Really? *Sigh* Oh well, that sort of adds to his charm. Like my friend Jennifer said “He is tall, dark, powerful, and psychotic in a sexy way” I agree, I completely agree. I can deal with his dark side, just Give. Him. To. Me. Back to Mal, when he re-appears in the story (he’s gone for a little while) he slowly started to grown on me and by the end of course I was madly in love with him. He was pretty immature in the beginning of the story, it was clear that being apart from Alina for a while really made him grow as a character as well as appreciate what he had, and once he did his ‘comeback’ he was just flawless. I now ship Alina and Mal really hard <3
Highly HIGHLY recommend!!! And also, on scale from 0 to 5 I would give a 4.5 to the design of the book: the book-jacket, the book itself, the chapters and the little map. I just really like it when they put effort into designing a book. Mind-blowingly amazing, I read this in two days, two days and I was in the middle of my finals!!! That has to say a lot!! if you have not read it YOU SHOULD, that simple....more
I felt like a lost Chihuahua when I finished reading this. Yep, that's totally a feeling.
Let me explain. From the summary you gather that "Meg" is inI felt like a lost Chihuahua when I finished reading this. Yep, that's totally a feeling.
Let me explain. From the summary you gather that "Meg" is in witness protection but she doesn't know why, after the sixth move she gets tired of not knowing and she sets out to find the truth. Now, I just want to say that I did read the summary of this book before I read it/requested it, but I kind of forgot the summary or more like didn't really absorb the summary - I'm selecting my words wisely here - the thing is, I understood she had been in witness protection and that she was tired and that she was trying to cope, but I didn't really get the main point: She wanted answers. We were looking for answers.
Meaning: I approached this book in a different way. I thought it would be a normal contemporary where we see the girl deal with her emotions; I never once saw it as a mystery or a journey, so to say I was really taken aback for how things turned out, is an understatement.
There were a lot of mysterious people and situations going on in the book, with little unexpected turns here and there, and I never EVER saw any of them coming, there was only one thing that I vaguely thought was suspicious (and I was right) but it was just one thing. Everything I discovered I did it slowly and along with "Meg" I was never one step ahead of her, which actually made me feel really naïve.
I saw a lot of reviews where they mentioned that it was all very predictable and that it was stressing to watch how 'Meg' didn’t realize all the stuff that was happening around her- this being what makes me feel naïve- but I just don't get it. When I started with The Rules For Disappearing, I wasn’t expecting it to be such an addicting and engrossing story. I started to read it and could not get it out of my mind and I just had to keep reading. The story was so incredibly easy to follow, being with 'Meg' was effortless. Her decisions never seemed irrational or stressed me out, because had I been in her situation I would have done the same; it all basically felt so real and I was genuinely worried for her, her little sister and whatever it was that had them running away.
I honestly thought that this would be a nice average read. I don’t know why, I was just expecting a normal maybe-even cute story, not at all what it was. 'Meg' wasn’t a plain average character, had I know her before she started moving, I probably would not have been able to stand her, but when you see all that she’s had to go through and how much she’s changed, you just can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for her. She was strong and determined – well kinda determined, it was really amusing to watch her sketch all of this plans in her mind to keep people away, and see how she always gave in, because honestly, all she wants is to feel normal and fit in.
Another thing that was really surprising and really great was the lovely romantic parts. Yeah well... that happened 'cause I didn’t even know there was any romance. I just went back to read the summary and yes, they mention Ethan, and I swear I had read the summary before, way before when I featured this book in my WOW, but for some odd reason the romance part was also not registered in my brain. So to say I was super super SUPER pleased with how things turned out, and how Ethan turned out to be is putting it lightly. I LOVED Ethan, he was so sweet and so supportive and he never really gave up on her, even when it seemed like he did, he still had faith in her and he still wanted to help her.
Conclusion: I Loved this story. The ending was just so BAM! and just the whole story was really BAM and I still feel like a lost Chihuahua, but a very satisfied very happy lost Chihuahua. Would recommend to anyone that wants something a little bit different, yet entertaining, intense and with just the right amount of romance.
Wow, Wake was... wow. Insanely long, but not long. Sometimes books seem to drag on and on and you're just thinking When will this end? even if they arWow, Wake was... wow. Insanely long, but not long. Sometimes books seem to drag on and on and you're just thinking When will this end? even if they are not long you still fell like they're huge. Wake was actually long, but I just wanted more and more and more. Books are small chapters of the characters lives. Wake was many chapters for Willa and Jem and I loved it and I could easily read another book about them.
I got to know the characters inside and out completely. Their points of view, their pasts, what haunts them and how they evolve. Which was beautiful. It was not a sad story, not at all; it was tough, but not sad. And the whole ending was great.
From the moment I started the book, Jem's voice sucked me into the story and I was addicted. Both Jem and Will had such strong voices and they were so so sofunny! Lots and lots of swearing, but God, I don't think I've ever laughed so much with a book! Especially considering that every single joke here was dark and bittersweet. And no matter how depressing the situation was, there was always some sarcastic bitter joke somewhere. A Fantastic approach to a novel that revolves around a cancer patient.
I highly Highly suggest you read Wake. Won't regret it, and you'll be very satisfied. You should do your best to read it slowly, savor each chapter, word and joke. It's so worth it. I LOVED this book. I bow to author Abria Mattina. She wrote and exceptional book, and I'm still blown away by how good it was.
Strong characters, fierce novel and a new favorite. Wake is simply Amazing....more
I have this serious issue where I can't seem to actually read the summaries of books. I thought Painted Blind was a contemporary romance novel about bI have this serious issue where I can't seem to actually read the summaries of books. I thought Painted Blind was a contemporary romance novel about blind dates, which is the reason why I signed up for the tour (this happened between one and two months ago). And before I started reading the novel I went back to read the summary - to refresh my memory - and encountered a totally different thing: an invisible dude? She falls in love with an invisible guy? What the hell? It sounded dumb. Completely delusional. My first thought when I started the book? Oh God, I'm gonna hate this one. My first thought when I finished the book? Oh God, this is one of my favorites. He. He. And HE.
I have absolutely no idea where to begin with this book. It started out with a mixture of fantasy and romance, but somehow the story completely transitioned to the point where the first half of the book was one story, and the other half a completely different one. All of this in a good way. It turned adventurous, deeply romantic and I got chills at times. This aspects are not mentioned in the summary, and I don't want to go too far because, it's not really a spoiler, but you'll be more surprised if I don't tell you (I know I was).
This book blew me away. So many elements, so many details, so many characters and changes! Not once did I lost track, and there was no dull moment. Each character was well developed and I fell in love with every one of them as they were introduced into the story. Psyche was never annoying, she was strong and sarcastically funny. Erick was also fantastic. They both made mistakes and learned and payed the price for them - Literally - But I really want to make emphasis on the rest of the characters: Aaeas, Rory, Titus. Tomans, even Savannah and Theron; they were all magnificently done. They were all so rich and so different and I really, really felt connected to all of them.
Painted Blind was simply amazing. I had never read anything like it, or met characters like those. The cover isn't bad, but it does absolutely no justice to the book; even the title seems a bit off. But even this won't stop me from giving this book 5 stars (on Goodreads). ...more
I was browsing books around Goodreads when I came across Slammed, it had such good reviews and so I decided to give it a try: it's one of my favoritesI was browsing books around Goodreads when I came across Slammed, it had such good reviews and so I decided to give it a try: it's one of my favorites now.
It's hard to review a book like Slammed and show just how good it was. Slammed was, looking back on it, an incredibly sad story, one of the factors that brought the main characters together was their grief, but I didn't feel really sad, just a little bit - and it's not because the author didn't manage to pour emotion into the story, it's just that it was so well done that all of the events that happened through the book, no matter how sad they were, seemed right. It's like the author prepared you for every upcoming blow, so when a shocking event happened, you were prepared.
Aside from the sad parts, this book was also really funny, Will was such a cute and lovely character, all I wanted to do through the book was to kiss and hug him - Which brings me to the next part, the romance in this book was great, but I don't think it was the main factor in the story [in a good way], Yes, Will and Layken have their struggles through the book but, Layken's family was the main thing, and it was amazing.I loved being inside Layken's mind, at times a bit of a headstrong, but it was such a good book and story.
Another good point was the Slam Poetry, I had no idea of what this was until I read this book, and I honestly hope it's real, I'd love to go to a performance like this one once in my life. I'm adding a little bit of a Slam poem Will makes in the books right after this review, hope you like it.
Seriously, read this book, I was so surprised that I like it so much, and what's even more surprising? Book Two is better. Highly Highly Recommend! :D!
Sometimes life gets in your way. it gets all up in your damn way. But it doesn't get all up in your damn way because it wants you to just give up and let it take control. Life doesn't get all up in your damn way because it just wants you to hand it all over and be carried along.
Life wants you to fight it Learn how to make it your own. it wants you to grab and axe and hack through the wood. It wants you to get a sledgehammer and break through concrete. It wants you to grab a torch and burn through the metal and steel until you can reach through and grab it.
Life wants you to grab all the organized, the alphabetized, the chronological, the sequenced. It wants you to mix it all together, stir it up, blend it.
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
and it was
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%
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 meWhen 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 :)
*December 25, 2011 review:* 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, since often times they tend to lack lack in depth, 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 cruelly.
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! ...more
You know, it's hard to review a book like this one. I bought this book while I was going through some tough situations and they recommended it to me,You know, it's hard to review a book like this one. I bought this book while I was going through some tough situations and they recommended it to me, saying it would help me with my own cutting issues. And, I'm happy to say, it did.
This book was no Love story, it was no inspirational story, not a memoir, not dramatic. It was just real. I was incredibly surprised when I heard that the author has never self-harmed, I really was, it was like reading my own story. Callie is a cutter and she's interned in a rehabilitation center, and also she refuses to speak or try to get better. Until she realizes that she can't stay silent forever, and that maybe, just maybe she can get better.
The book is very short, it's only 160 pages long and it's pocket size. It isn't even Callie's full story, just the beginning of it. If you have troubles with self harm, it's a must read, it makes you realize you're not alone with your feelings, but most importantly, this book can help you take that first and most difficult step: It can help you understand that you are worth the recovery. And for the rest, this book is an insider, it'll make you understand why would someone go as far as to harm themselves, not to agree, but to understand.
The most amazing thing about the book is, like I mentioned before, that the author has never self harmed, it really is shocking, she captured everything perfectly. Cut is a simple, small book, with a story and emotions that are complicated, messy and painful. For me, this book became personal and like I said, no love story, no huge drama, and yet, it was life changing for me. I've been working hard on my recovery and this book has had a major role in it. I honestly hope that this book will inspire more people like myself.
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 waLife 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.
Shit. This book was... Shit. I’m at a loss of words, so emotionally drained that I am actually cursing. And I never Curse. Per
So Wrong It's Right...
Shit. This book was... Shit. I’m at a loss of words, so emotionally drained that I am actually cursing. And I never Curse. Period. So shit.
This book reminds me of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher; not in the story, they are total and complete opposites, but the same feeling afterwards. A hollow in me, at the pit of my stomach, hands shaking and my heart nowhere in sight. It was an Amazing book. Not the kind of amazing where I’m jumping up and down begging you to read it, but the sort of amazing where you are just staring at an empty wall before you and the only word you can think of is... Shit. And then you exhale.
The relationship between Maya and Lochan is complicated from the beginning. In my words, here’s how I see it: There’s a line between brothers and sisters. You can tell to each other your most intimate secrets, share a room, even sleep in the same bed for fear of nightmares; each other the half of a whole. But you never become more, because of that line. That label that says Brother/Sister. And that’s okay.
But when Lochan and Maya are forced to watch over their siblings, pay the bills and take care of just about everything in the house since a very young age, that line, that label, becomes blurry; and it is not something that happens in a blink of an eye in the book, it’s something that came from long before. So it was only a matter of time that this line dissipated and they fell in love with each other.
This may all sound so disgusting but I never felt repulsed during the book, and I think this is what made it Amazing. Tabitha Suzuma managed to make their love relationship seem so right and not once did I forget they were brother and sister. It wasn’t like “OMG! I had totally forgotten they were siblings!” No, I was conscious always of what they were and it never felt wrong.
By the ending my heart was beating so hard I thought it would just burst out of my chest, and in the last page it just stopped. I can feel that hollow. My shaking hands. And the amazingness of it all.
Ask me if I recommend this book and I’ll say yes. No doubt. No hesitation.
Forget it, this book wasn't amazing. this book was Epic. Life Changing in every sense of the word. No kidding. This book has many lessons, and the one that stood most with me is that I am no one to judge someone, or a situation or just about anything. I don’t think my review does any justice to this book but. . . you should just read it.
After the initial shock review:
I still feel the hollow, and it hurts to think of the book. Even though it hurts I can’t stop thinking about it, I’m still in awe, but I can think more clearly now! And I totally forgot to mention some things: The writing is fantastic! I loved it. It made it so easy to flow through the book, practically poetic. Also, I was a bit thrown of at times when they used words like Bloody Great! Or Hey Mate! And snogging. The Author is from the UK so it's natural, it still got me into giggles when I read them....
And one last thing: I'm Emotional. I cry easily and get deply engaged with books. I saw reviews that described the ending as Amazing and Cool.... I was crying ^^ depends on how you are I guess, but the one thing most bloggers agree with: Read it. :)
My Faery God Mother gave me this book – My Faery God Mother being an amazing girl named Kristina - I had been wanting to read this book for so long and I’m so glad to say that it definitely lived up to expectations. This is my first Deb Caletti book and I’m still slapping myself for not picking up her books sooner. New Deb Caletti Fan Right Here :)
I had it as an e-book and I don’t recall marking so many pages in a book, My brother actually bought me the hardcover book – He’s my Faery God Father now – and based on the e-book I’m marking all my favorite pages in it right now, it’s gonna take a while.
I think that even though the book mainly focuses on Clara’s relationship with Christian, it still touches so many different and important subject, with so many metaphors that you need to read carefully and absorb as much as you can.
A book that has so much to Give. What you need to get all the magic of Stay: an open heart, an open mind, a pen to mark your favorite pages and with that, Stay will make its way to your favorites in no time. Just Buy It.
Re-read: HOLLY SHIT I LOVED IT JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE AS THE FIRST TIME I READ THIS BACK IN 2011 HBJFGKDAFLKSGHJBFLAN
First time reading it: April 29Re-read: HOLLY SHIT I LOVED IT JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE AS THE FIRST TIME I READ THIS BACK IN 2011 HBJFGKDAFLKSGHJBFLAN
First time reading it: April 29, 2011
I’m going to say a few things before I start my review:
A long while a go I stopped reading. Not completely but, I was reading a book a week instead of a book a day, there were also books that were taking me three weeks to read!. I was blaming it all on school and thought that my blog and club where the ones consuming my time. I just realized that I was just missing the right book. I started the firsts chapters of this book and then I went to do other stuff and I simply couldn’t keep my mind off from the story, it was all I could think of; but I really was busy that day so I had to leave it at that. Yesterday I went back to the book and yesterday I finished it. It had been so long since I felt that hunger for a book. So long since I had connected so deeply with a character even though we shared nothing in common ^^. So a Big Thank to everyone who insisted that I needed to read Going Too Far and for marking it as their favorites, If it weren’t for all those high ratings and reviews I would have never discovered Going Too Far, and would have never re-discovered my huge Love for Reading. Thank You :)
Now I’ll start my review:
Going Too Far is a story that circles around the relationship between Meg and John. John is a cop that follows the law strictly and never goes out of line, he takes care of everything and watched closely a haunted bridge, a bridge that holds all of his inner demons, to a point where he becomes one himself. And Meg, whom is determined to cross all the lines and break every boundary, if only to prove that she’s living and that she has lived; and also someone who runs and runs. She just wants to get away from everything.
At the beginning of the book Meg breaks some big rules and so Officer John takes control of the situation, punishing Meg by taking away her spring break and forcing her to spend it with him while he’s on duty. Naturally, she hates him. But through the course of her punishment Meg and John start to develop something. Something maybe close to Friendship? Or is it something more…?
And so with this thing going on, they start to push each other, further, further. John wanting Meg inside the lines and Meg wanting to push John outside them. Who wins…?
Going Too Far is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. What I most Love about it is that it’s not just the girl that has issues. That the guys isn’t 100% fine and it’s going to help her with everything. No, they both help each other out and I just think this is a wonderful book and a must read.
DON’T borrow it! BUY IT! Just BUY IT! I’m already re-reading it :)
I had been waiting to read this book for almost a year! Waiting for the release day, so when I got the ARC I was screaming with happiness!! (Thanks Heather!)
It did not disappoint. I LOVED it. The theme is girl falls in love with best friend’s boyfriend. I’ve read books with this topic before but I had not enjoyed none as much as this one. I love the relationship, how they manage the drama, that it’s fast-paced and the fact that not just the girl is responsible, it’s a 50-50 thing.
So when Noah and Hannah start falling for each other, even though Noah is the boyfriend of Ava – Hanna’s best friend – things just happen. First Ava and Noah’s relationship is heading for downfall and when Hanna is in most need of a friend Ava is not there for her, but only Noah; one thing leads to the other and you just can’t blame them, because, well, sometimes it happens.
Fun, beautiful, with great characters – I loved being inside Hannah’s head – and a keeper. Sometimes it Happens is the perfect summer read. No wonder I love Lauren Barnholdt.
if you don't know about the Will situations you just need to read it and be prepared to die of shock.
and Jem is so Hot! and he and Tessa are so Cute! and I hate Jessamine! and I love Sophie! and then the Jem and Tessa situation! Soooo Cute! "Squeeeeal!" and then she says no to Will. O_O and then I also hate Tessa too. But I also understand her, and, and, and..... *sigh*
This review is rubbish. But on a more serious note, Clockwork Prince is by far the best Cassandra Clare book I've read, and I've read them all. I think the thing that makes Clockwork Prince ten times more great than the rest of her books, was the supportive characters, which I think a lot of us don't give much importance too, but what we don't realize is that these characters are the ones that make the main characters shine! and that details matter, and they are the details of books! and Cassandra Clare did and excellent job in taking all these characters from Clockwork Angel and giving them their own spotlight in Clockwork Prince.
I feel so connected to this novel in many ways right now that it's insane. It's one of those rare things where the sequel is only better. More Action, More Romance -much MUCH More Romance - More Mysteries and a desperate need for the next book are all part of Clockwork Prince. if you have not read this series you are seriously missing out.
Oh! and as for if I am Team Jem or Team Will... well, I'm still loyal to Will, and will wait for him with arms wide open, just in case he decides to visit reality ♥
“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa. Will blinked at her. “What?” “Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.” “I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.” Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?” “Mauve,” said Will.”
Wow, how do I begin? Maybe saying this is my new favorite and that I’m already re-reading it?
Entwined is a re-telling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, a popular story which I have vague memories about, does the Barbie version count? Anyways, I heard a lot of bad critics for this book, saying it was a long and boring story and lacking of romance. Let me start my review, I shall offer a new perspective:
The first half of the book focuses in introducing the princesses, the castle, the situations and all the conflicts that are going around the family. When I heard this from the book I thought it was going to be horrifically boring, but I think the writing was flawless and beautiful and I was delighted to take part in each of the character’s lives. Right in the middle of the book, and I do mean right in the middle is when the romance starts to lift of, also when things get complicated and Wow, what and ending! And, well, this is more of a rambling. This is the review:
Tragedy strikes the beautiful castle of the twelve princesses, taking away everything. No more sunlight inside the palace, no more colors, no more balls, even time is taken away, but worse of all, Dancing.
Princess Azalea – eldest of them all – finds this nearly impossible and starts dancing in secret, along with the other princesses they go in search for the perfect place to do so, and they come across a magic place, a silver forest and allows them in to dance every night, The Keeper of this place being their host. But some things are never meant to come out. . .
Entwined shows the meaning of family and the beauty of keeping it close to one and it shows the fragility of it, how important it is to keep it close. Filled with heart pounding romance and thrilling situations.
Between crinolines, dance slippers, stolen glances and dancing princesses, there’s no other option than to become Entwined with this book. Entwined, is the new, must read fairytale.
I've had many favorite books through time, and after a while, I pick them up again and they are no longer my favorites. The View From The Top has been on my Favorite Book List for a while and for some reason I felt like picking it up again in this past Read-a-Thon and I discovered that I loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it <3
The View From The Top is told by 6 different points of view, all teenagers with different perspectives on an equal summer. What surprises me more about The View From The Top is how easy it is to read - and also to relate - but the first time I read it I was done later in the same day, I just picked it up and sat on my bed, next thing I know I'm finished and in Love. I was done in 4 hours in the Read-a-Thon.
Many will be able to relate with each one of the characters, like when you promise yourself that you will change your whole life this summer and then fail miserably, or looking ahead and hoping for that moment so that it will take you through the present, and how we can all agree that things are always different once we see them from above.
A gorgeous novel, just sit back, and enjoy the View ;)
Cassandra Clare delivers a new story, with new character (or at least some of them), and thrilling action, though her novel still walks hand in hand with the Shadowhunter world, badass characters, and a touch of sarcasm.
The story follows young Tessa Gray through her adventures in London and a little love triangle between Will - sexy, sarcastic, fearless and at times a total jerk - and Jem - sweet, polite, handsome and mysterious. Sounds Familiar? No worries, our little Tessa has her mind made up already. Characters that push the limits and dare to go far more than whats proper (wearing trousers for example). This story takes us to a whole other era, with troubles far beyond imaginable.
I think Clockwork Angel was perfect. A story set in gorgeous Victorian London, white gloved hands, delicate manners, secret glances and stolen moments. With proper mannered and charming characters; but still with the strong fierceness, blades and magic Shadowhunters have.
Cassandra Clare's piece is flawless, cliffhanger end, filled with desire, romance, heartbreaking action, and a desperate longing for more
The Cure For Everything Is Salt Water – Sweat, Tears, Or The Sea -Isak Dinesen
Or this books I should add… this is one of the quotes that opens this book and boy, how true it is.
Sea Change was just a beautiful summer read, I seriously thinks it’s the perfect summer read, why? Here’s why:
The book was written in a very simple way, that worked perfectly well, and felt effortless, and the story is not that complicated. Honestly, most of the books I’ve read all have this tangled up mess and they have so much stuff in them. Like this one book I wanted to tell my brother about and I was like: yea, and he’s a vampire but not really, ‘cause he ain’t blowing up with sun, and every moon he changes and then he’s a wizard and then like, Pinky asks The Brain *Squeaky tone of voice* “What are we gonna do today Brain?” and then Brain says: “Same thing we do every night Pinky, try to understand this God Dang book“… Wait, What? Yup… I’m surprised I understood that one…
Even though this story is very predictable, it's quite enjoyable. To the point, little drama and to tangled up messes here and there. Miranda – the main character – was really enjoyable, at the beginning she reminded me of those CSI laboratory geeks, but Leo – hot fishy guy – (fishy in the good sense of the word) gets her out of her shell – get it, sea and shell! Ha! – it's official, I’m losing it.
No, but, seriously, other than my craziness, this story is the perfect fit. With a little bit of mystery, funny characters at times, a gorgeous and loving male character and a lovely marine breeze. Besides, who doesn’t like a summer with mermaids? Or should I say merman…
All in all it is a good book, though I thinks it’s a present with an untied bow at the end. I’m really hoping that it will become a series, though I’m not sure. A must-read summer book.
My goodness, I don’t even know where to begin with this novel, it's just… wow, I seriously don’t know how to, I’ll just start throwing things and seeMy goodness, I don’t even know where to begin with this novel, it's just… wow, I seriously don’t know how to, I’ll just start throwing things and see how it goes:
The story follows Clay Jensen, one day, he receives a pack of mysterious tapes, old-school stuff, and he's anxious to listen to them, and the he discovers that they are Hanna Baker’s detailed journey, and somehow diary, to death. Her last words. But, wait, Hanna Baker killed herself. How is it that he received tapes from her? Well, she made a whole plan, where she would record in seven tapes (thirteen stories total), the thirteen reasons why, she would kill herself, in the end, a why she killed herself.
Each side of the tapes, or each story, explains one reason, and she mentions a person in each one, naming them as contributors to her decision. So Clay – naturally – is completely freaked out, What did he do to her? He had always had a thing for her, but other than that, nothing.
And the story begins. He listens carefully to each one of them, a few of her stories are quite horrible and hard to believe, until the moment she finally finishes, and kills herself. At some parts of the story, I was so desperate, just like Clay, wanting to yell at Hanna to fight! To keep living! To stop! And then you realize… she’s already dead. The idea that a person can take the time, days, weeks, or months, to make tapes detailing their way to suicide, is just twisted. Why would someone do that? And why did Hanna killed herself? The answer: she wasn’t strong enough, she was never able to see beyond her current situation and realize that, she wasn’t always going to live in high school. By the end you can see how she practically wants reasons to kill herself, looking for reason to give up. And it's easy to see, that there was nothing to do for her, her mind was made up already, she was already dead.
Jay Asher’s writing style is straight-forward, it's hard to tell if it's his writing style or if it is because it's his debut novel. But it worked perfectly. Jay Asher’s novel will open your eyes. It lets us know that this matters are to be taken seriously. I think It's brilliant, and a must read. You won’t be able to see death and suicide the same way. Ever. A valuable lesson, a strong novel, and a heartbreaking choice.
It shattered my heart to pieces, It gave me the deepest wounds, It made me stronger than ever, And it put me back together. Those are the words I have to say about this book.
At first, when I bought the book, I really didn’t know what I was getting into, I mean, 20 boys? One each day? I thought it would be a simple comedy and a fun read for the summer. How wrong I was.
Twenty Boy Summer follows Anna through her summer, where she grieves the dead of the brother of her best friend and boyfriend Matt, the only problem, no one knew they were together. So Frankie’s family – and Matts- decide to take a trip to California, where they used to go every summer when Matt was alive, and Anna goes with them, carrying her grieve around, for no one but herself to share; She also carries around her journal, where she talks to Matt and pours everything of her. And then there’s Sam, one of the guys they meet during their 20-boy-summer lookout, Handsome, Intelligent, Understanding, and he grows to love Anna, But Anna is so scared to love him back, for the fear of forgetting Matt. I just found it Heartbreaking, and reminded me a lot of Jandy Nelson’s “The Sky Is Everywhere” in many ways.
The only thing I didn’t liked much about the novel was Frankie, her best friend, who acted nothing like. Though its easy to understand, but she still seems to selfish, shallow and ignorant to me. But you do get why she is necessary in the story, aside from the fact that she adds a little spark and humor to it.
Anna was simply a character that leaved a mark on me, and a total opposite to Frankie.
This is Sarah Ockler’s first novel, and reminded me of Sarah Dessen’s novels, which is a great compliment. Twenty Boy Summer is a story in which I loved to live, and leaved a mark in my heart. Gorgeous, beautifully written, and full of Love. I highly recommend it.
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.