It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books that...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's not new that I love reading books with issues, and honestly that's the only type of contemporary books that I still enjoy. So when I saw Kiss of the Broken Glass for the first time it was hard not to be intrigued by it. I'm happy to inform you that this book was everything I hoped it would be.
Kenna, our main character in this story is a teen girl who when looked from the outside had a really normal teen life. What many parents ignore is that school highly influences kids and their behavior as schoolmates put the worst kind of pressure on you - peer pressure. Which is hard to ignore especially as that critical age is when kids wish to belong most of everything. So when her friends started cutting Kenna didn't feel like having a choice. Only what happens when cutting becomes much more than just some game and it turns into competition and serious issue.
It was while in psychiatric watch that we get to meet Kenna better and when we get to see her story. It was really easy for me to feel for her, even though she is not really an optimistic character. At some moments she reminded me of Hazel from The Fault in Our Starts with her views and feelings. That's why this book felt real to me, as neither the author nor Kenna didn't feel like sugarcoating the situation.
Now we come to the writing. When you read the blurb you can see it's written in verse and that kind of writing usually works for me. I shall say that not only I liked the verses but I also liked how writing changed throughout the story. It stopped when Kenna did and it changed as her thoughts did. Some might not like the chopped verses, but they correspond with Kenna which made me feel really connected with her.
Lastly, kudos to whomever created this title, as it really is poetic and it fits the story.(less)
Omg...the cover!! *.* Did I say that my favourite colour is blue?? No, well it is.
Have you ever felt like you're going to cry and laugh at the same t...moreOmg...the cover!! *.* Did I say that my favourite colour is blue?? No, well it is.
Have you ever felt like you're going to cry and laugh at the same time? I feel that way right now.
I just don't know where to start this review. I want to say so much but I can't find the words. If you think that after Half-Blood this series can't be better, you're wrong. Trust me. Oh god, how much I want to turn back time and to slow down with this book. How am I supposed to survive until November??
This is one of those rare books that I love even though my favourite character is the one that suffers. I do understand people if they like Seth more after this book, but I'm not one of them. Although I must say that Jennifer did great job with this sequel.
One more thing, I read that a lot of you complain about this book being just a copy of Vampire Academy. I admit there are really some similarities but to be honest I didn't mind that at all and I'm huge fan of VA. Maybe you can take some details for some other stories, but to write a book with feeling like this one you need to be an author. Through the whole book I had knots in my stomach and that doesn't occur so often.
I got the feeling that this series is going to be even better. (less)
With this review I've accomplished and therefore completed my 2013-TBR-pile-challenge. I wish it ended the way it...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With this review I've accomplished and therefore completed my 2013-TBR-pile-challenge. I wish it ended the way it started with books that became my favorite, but sadly this book disappointed me on so many levels.
Everything started on a great note though. I've said several times that books that deal with memory loss tend to be pure enjoyment for me. The story usually slowly unwraps in front of your eyes and you get to meet characters slowly. It started that way with Mara, our main character here. After a big accident in which her best friend, so-called friend and boyfriend died and Mara is a sole survivor. Her memories are in blur and slowly she tries to remember. Her family though that it'd be for the best for them to move to Florida.
Then everything started getting bad. First and probably the most annoying thing for me was when we get to meet the love interest here - Noah. You've met this guy before - overprotective, mysterious, of course great-looking, oh and I almost forgot filthy rich. It was so cliche that I couldn't but roll my eyes all the time. Mara of course falls deeply in love and you know how that goes.
There was also a problem of presenting this book as paranormal when it actually can be placed easily on contemporary shelf. There are hints of paranormal here and there but what is going on is a total mystery till the end. I guess it all gets developed in the sequel but there wasn't enough information to get me interested for the whole concept.
If I had read this few years ago I'd have probably loved it. Today a lot of things here fall into "been there, done that" category.(less)
Even though this book sat on my shelf for over a year and even though I felt pinch of guilt for not reading it,...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Even though this book sat on my shelf for over a year and even though I felt pinch of guilt for not reading it, now when I finally read it I regret nothing! The day I picked up this book and started reading it was better than any before it.
Reason for that lay in the fact that after a whole semester of reading and discussing Shakespeare I was ready to understand all the jokes here, together with all the concepts and themes presented in his works that could be found here too. We start from the sole idea of tragedy and how it was presented in his plays. It was something to discuss and think about and when the students of Irving School got their final task. It was so interesting when you get to read both Tim's and Duncan's story, which were intertwined but at the same time different.
I loved the switch in narration and the change of the stories, which made me to read this story even faster as I was never bored with it. It was easy to understand Tim and his voice, his fears and troubles. Just the fact that he was albino made him different and he couldn't run away from it. But also I felt for Duncan. I could see that something really bothered him and that there is more to this story, that mysterious moment that hung in the air. It took some time to understand his uneasiness with Tim's story. But when you discover the connection you see why.
Another great thing about this book was that it was not only a tragic story, it was much more. It was a story about ending one chapter in your life, finishing high school and understanding life. It was also a nice romantic story too. Both romantic stories felt real and what I liked the most slow-building.
At the end it was writing and narration that really grabbed me here and kept me turn the pages. I really hope to experience it again someday. (less)
I was really torn after reading this book and I will never stop blaming myself for reading this book during the t...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I was really torn after reading this book and I will never stop blaming myself for reading this book during the times I was under so much stress. It reflected on my reading and feelings for this book, but giving this book anything less than 3.5 stars would be like putting a dagger through my heart.
The Dream Thieves continues in the fashion of The Raven Boys. It still possesses that amazing world-building and that already well-known writing that I cannot stop loving it seems. It also possesses boys (yes, boys as in plural) which still continue to entertain and it still has Blue, the girl I adore. After their discovery of ley lines they are even more bound. They have plans and things to do and while they still work together on this, it's evident that each one of them has other problems they have to deal with. Ronan, most of all. Gansey's obsession is continuing to grow and Blue still has that puzzle to solve. While Adam is Adam you feel for.
This book is everything I could ask for. Nicely written as in Maggie doesn't disappoint. Still amazing characters and their even better development. More mystery which puts pieces of the puzzle in place. Still only pieces, we have a whole bunch of them we have to put together. Which will have to wait till Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The best of all this book possesses magic, the best kind. One that is like a dream, you know it's fiction but damn, it feels real.
But in all that I was an idiot and I shall never forgive myself this. I picked this book when I was in the mood that you should not be while reading this book. Stress was running through my veins and it reflected on my mood. So I struggled a lot at the start of this book. I couldn't read more than a chapter a day and it took me too long to finally get into the story. I did, eventually, and enjoyed the last part of the book, but still it wasn't what this book deserves. So in October I'll be ready!
I'm seriously going to start to worship every-singe-word this women writes. No kidding! A...moreYou can find this review (and many others) at Ja čitam, a ti?
I'm seriously going to start to worship every-singe-word this women writes. No kidding! After Covenant I though that there is no why that this series will be better. But go figure! I love both series in a different way.
First thing that I've noticed and liked was that the story continues where Obsidian stopped. That means, my friends, you have to read first book, no jumping around. I easily entered in the story and as always let myself go, never regretting it. Katy had to continue dealing with Daemon and their connection. Trying to figure out what he wants and his real intentions. Other people come in their lives and they have to deal with it. They have to figure out who is there to really help them and who is there to make their lives even more complicated. Discovering new things that will change her life and her views she changes and she can feel it.
I won't even start talking about feelings. I couldn't do anything but to enjoy in characters, seeing them in my mind and trying to relate to them. When I say characters I don't mean only Katy and Daemon (but of course you can't help yourself but to cheer for them and also drooling all over Daemon, but that's what he is) but also Dee, Andrew and others. This book is not all about Daemon and that's what makes it even more amazing (but hell you'll drool a lot! *wink* ).
With NA books jumping from every corner I got tired of reading them. They all started to sound alike and with th...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With NA books jumping from every corner I got tired of reading them. They all started to sound alike and with that the whole concept lost its magic. This one sounded different and luckily for me it was different. It wasn't NA just because you had some drinking and sex here and there. It dealt with bigger issues.
It'll be hard to talk about this one and not to compare some things with other typical NA stories. Here, as always, you have a boy and a girl, but the difference is they're far from being angels. Not only that their lives are so screwed up but also there is no easy way out. Love is not enough to change things here, because this people dealt with real problems and they had to keep appearance.
Lily and Loren, the two people how know each other well, where no one else knew the real image just the blurred one they presented, had some serious problems. Lily is a sex-addict while Loren can't go through the day without alcohol. They both knew that they had problems but they had to carry a lot of things on their shoulders. Honestly after starting this book I was afraid of continuing it. I like it when main characters have messed up lives and they need each other as they're a safe harbor for the other person. That can work if the two of them are different. Yes still messed up but in a different way so that one of them has something that other person lacks but at the same time it can support him/her in some other ways and vice versa. They basically complement each other and that makes a book work out and that's when a happy ending is necessary, as they both deserve it. I was scared here, because both of the main characters were messed up on so many levels that I was scared of reading some forced happy and soppy love story as they couldn't work out, because their relationship was destructive. I should know better I guess.
I'd probably enjoy this book fully if I could connect with main characters but I simply couldn't. They both allowed some things that I'd never allow. Another thing is that I'd go even further with the ending and closing it completely, but it was left for me to decide and I did.
I strongly believe that this series is one of those that's been on my to-read list the longest and I really did f...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I strongly believe that this series is one of those that's been on my to-read list the longest and I really did fail when it comes to this. I couldn't imagine how much I was missing until I cracked open the first pages of this book.
Those pages throw you into a world where technology is way ahead of our time. Once again world which is not hard to imagine. Cinder, a cyborg is our main character in this story. She is not a human, but neither is she 100% android, which makes her unaccepted by both worlds. Up until she meets the most important person in her kingdom - Prince Kai who is interested in her. Little did she know that her past will change her forever.
Even though some aspects of this story were a bit predictable it was hard not to like Cinder, a girl who is so easy to connect with and whose dreams about normal life, love and being someone else were so familiar. The the whole world-building which was so fascinating and imaginable. This book had everything I wished for basically, sweet building romance, great world building and enough mystery to keep me on edge. (less)
You all have heard amazing things about this one. I know, me too. I have nothing less amazing to say, I must adm...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
You all have heard amazing things about this one. I know, me too. I have nothing less amazing to say, I must admit. But I also don't see point in telling you that with repeating amazing all the time. So let me tell you a story.*wink*
After hearing all about how amazing this book is, only logical thing to do is to visit the NetGalley and request it! The same day I was approved. You can only imagine my joy! So then I started reading and I was like
every tenth word was a mystery for me. It's funny though how lately I got used to English more than my own language. So it reminded me of the time I started reading books in English and also that no matter how much I got better at that there was still bunch of things I had no clue about. Nah, well. So I put this book aside and read some other books. Until few days ago.
But do you wanna know what really made me pick this book again? Look at this
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So yes that was the reason that (long ago, in this kingdom by the sea...) made me finish this book. Absurd I know, and I have no idea why this. But it was so funny to see this picture and it was time for me to read this book. Besides publication date was close so..*grin* I'll stop blabbing now and do some actual work here. There are books with slow and confusing starts and this is one of them. But as soon as you pass all those complications aka first 50 and something pages you start enjoying this book. Because can feel its magic. You can picture sea-dragons and thunder tigers and much more. But this is not only a story about magic and another culture, it's also a story about higher goals, about opening your eyes and seeing beyond what you've been thought. It's a story about getting over your fears and using your power. Most of all it's a story and world you haven't heard of before and at the end of all that it'll make you cry. I must admit that I don't know much about Asia or any culture similar to this one so I have no idea if any of this is actually mentioned somewhere before. Truth to be told I'm afraid to do the research cause I want to to believe that Jay Kristoff really invented all of this. Because at the end of the day he can say
That's how you write something amazing and more than innovative. Something that deserves 5 stars!
*I know I used too many Sheldon gifs for one review, but I ain't even sorry.
***NOTE: Copy of this book is kindly provided by publisher, St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley. Thank you so much!!! I'm not paid to write this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions in this review are personal.(less)
Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name is Memory, a book I adored so much. Once I realized that it's not the case I still wanted to read this book as Ann Brasheres is an author I admire. Luckily I got a chance.
Everything starts with the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna, who immigrated to New York five years ago. It wouldn't be a big thing if Prenna and all her friends haven't arrived from a different time period. They all have came from future in order to save their lives and hopefully the future, because the huge mosquito-borne illness has killed millions and millions of the people. It wouldn't be nothing unusual, only if she followed the rules. Not just the present ones, but the ones she isn't aware of. Upon coming to New York she was seen by a boy who still remembered her, even though no one is allowed to see them traveling.
Prenna started as a character I liked. She was lost and at the same time trying to follow the rules that are imposed upon her and trying to find who she was. Only sadly, later she became a girl that annoyed me a bit. She made some really stupid decisions and I wanted to yell (I did that actually) at her, at moments. When it comes to Ethan, well I don't how to describe him. He is all and nothing at the same time. At moments so passive and idiotic and at moments brilliant and you can see that he is really smart and good guy, but the problem is that many things that would be illogical for him, as for example time-travel, he just looked over, like it was nothing. Then there is the chemistry between the two. Huh, this is the hardest part to explain. It was sweet, but most of the time it was empty and emotionless and usually awkward.
This book and the story did have potential and the whole concept of the time traveling wasn't new but it worked with this idea, only I wish that certain things were tackled more logically and with more reason than I could find here.
This is one of those books you need to think about after reading it. I guess a lot of people will hate it because main character is messed up, her fam...moreThis is one of those books you need to think about after reading it. I guess a lot of people will hate it because main character is messed up, her family is messed up. But when you think about whole story there is a reason for all that. I could find logic in it and that's why I like this book. It's so realistic that you can't do anything but ask yourself what kind of person you are and what are your priorities in life. If you set them right then something like this won't happen. (less)
Characters are funny, they're great. I really enjoyed reading this book. Only thing is that I have to stop giving 5 stars to eve...moreThis book is so sweet.
Characters are funny, they're great. I really enjoyed reading this book. Only thing is that I have to stop giving 5 stars to every book that make me cry. (like that's gonna happen). Also I wonder will I one day turn back to the time, this time when I read all those YA romance teen books, and will I think how silly girl I used to be.(less)
Just when you think that there is no way that things will get worse, this series finds its way to kick you in th...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Just when you think that there is no way that things will get worse, this series finds its way to kick you in the butt and say "Oh yeah, buddy, there are." I have got a real kick and frankly if there were more than one book left in this series I'd give up.
So if you have read my review for the City of Fallen Angels you know that things there went pretty bad for me. I was annoyed by both Clary and Jace, and Simon and who not. But it wasn't only that but just the fact that this series has lost its point. This one went the same way and there are few things that gave me headaches.
One of them was the beginning, as that was completely pointless. Nothing on earth happened and I just continued turning pages and trying to find why we have this book at all. It picks up and there gets to be something at the end, but fist half of the book could be completely deleted and I wouldn't argue with that. Another thing is actually was the light at the end of the tunnel in the previous book for me and that was Alec who by that point was my favorite character in this series - well he annoyed me as well. He was the mature one and chosen one! #grrr
At the end I finished this book, put it down and picked Clockwork Princess from the self. I read the epilogue and cried my heart out. The last 10 pages of that book made me feel 100x more than the last two books in this series combined.
I don't have much hope left, but I'm curious to see how things will end with this series. Hopefully I'll find a little spark of light somewhere as that's the only thing I wish for.(less)
I don't think there is any word that can describe this book and i don't know do I have more tears :)! The best book i've ever read. I couldn't believe...moreI don't think there is any word that can describe this book and i don't know do I have more tears :)! The best book i've ever read. I couldn't believe that there is way to finish this book and that everybody will be happy! But there is! There is the best end that i could imagine! :) Jenny thank you for this! <3 (less)
With this book being actually the second retelling of my favorite childhood story about Peter Pan and portraying...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
With this book being actually the second retelling of my favorite childhood story about Peter Pan and portraying him like a bad character I though that this time it won't suit my ideas about Peter. But once again, I found myself believing the story and actually rooting for my last favorite childhood character, Mr. Hook.
"The Neverland must have its wildness, its terrors," she tells me. "Here, children must find not only their happiest fantasies, but their most violent and terrible nightmares. They must face their demons and laugh at them. That is the key to growing up."
The quote from above tells you a lot about this story. This is not a fairy tale we all grew to love, but rather a different take on the story. Different take about Hook and his life. While reading this story you find out why Peter and Hook are really enemies and what actually happened to Hook to be the only adult in the Neverland. Or at least what he though before we meet Stella, a woman who is not Wendy but still is in Neverland. "How is that possible?" he wondered.
Hook cannot answer that question but he knows one thing and one thing only. He must save her from Peter who will do everything to make her life miserable like he made his. But he never dreamed that she will be what he was waiting for. What will keep him sane in the never-ending cycles of his life which is cursed to last forever.
"That is everything," she rebukes me gently, dark eyes glittery in the firelight. "Kindness freely offered that asks for no reward, love that values another above yourself, the wisdom to live without fear. That is the best of life."
This is not only a story about Hook and Stella, even mostly it is just that. But it's also a different take on Peter and the Lost Boys and even Wendy. But this story despite being dark and mysterious is also romantic and vivid. It's about redemption and finding oneself in hopeless situations.
Surprisingly, I did enjoy this story very much. I loved the writing and the whole world-building. Neverland seems closer than ever now. However, it took me some time to get into this story and actually start to like Hook. It was a bit slow at the start.
Needless to say, this book has one of the prettiest endings out there. I loved it how the author left us some space to imagine how everything went on, but at the same time there are no doubts in your mind.
P.S. Hook, you are a great character and all, but sorry, Peter has my heart and some part of it will always be his.
**Quotes have been taken from the uncorrected proof. They might change in the final version of the book.(less)
Don't be surprised if you see plenty of people putting this book as DNF as this books takes time....moreI'm blown away! Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Don't be surprised if you see plenty of people putting this book as DNF as this books takes time. It takes time to feel its magic and get into the story. Luckily for me they are my favorite type. Also luckily for you because I'll try to make you read it and experience the real magic.
Everything starts in Rollrock Island, a very lonely place where most of the people are fisherman and they're pretty much cut out off from the outside world. They visit other islands from time to time but most of their lives they spend in Rollrockll. Beside being lonely this island is also very special and magical, very magical. It's the place where on the beach you can see seals lying in herds and only one person can wake them up. And everything starts with her...
Once upon a time Misskaella was just a simple girl in Rollrock and as many other girls she dreamed of marring and having a normal life, only some other things stopped her in that. Which lead to another thing - her magic and soon enough from the village's outcast she became the most powerful person, which changed lives of all village for many generations to come.
If you have a brilliant mind (as I do) and start reading this book without reading the blurb first you'll be lost. I mean you'll be lost anyway because this book has different narrators but as the plot unfolds you get to understand the connection between them, but I was extra lost. Don't bother if the whole idea seems pretty wicked as it really is, the writing here will keep you going and probably you'll start believing everything the author says. It's like magic where her words bewitched me and I couldn't but love this book.
I'm sure not many people will appreciate the suffering to discover the beauty here, but not me. I'm that kind of person that doesn't like that beauty that everyone can see, I like to search, go deeper to discover that beauty inside, the one that's hard to get but once you have it you feel fulfilled.(less)
It's not a big secret that I'm fan of dystopian stories. Somehow I enjoy them a lot and I always gladly read them...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
It's not a big secret that I'm fan of dystopian stories. Somehow I enjoy them a lot and I always gladly read them, mostly cause they bring something new. This one really was something new. I've read few dystopian books but this one was creepy in a good way.
Zombies aren't something I often read about and even when I do that's nothing special. Somehow I always end up with description of zombies and reading only about them. Here the story is really different cause zombies aren't in the focus. Our focus is the girl, Sloane, who with other five students is trying to survive in Cortege High but that's not so easy when you have dead who are always around. It follows their story and their attempts to escape and find the refuge cause world collapsed. The things are even harder for Sloane cause she lost only person she ever needed, her sister. She left her and that broke her. But she hasn't lost her hope that one day her sister would come back to her. That's why she has to make a really hard decision when she suddenly discovers something. How will others react? They all did things they're not proud off and guilt follows their every step. Some decisions they have to make even though they're too young for that. I won't even start talking about the end of the book.
I loved this book, mostly cause it focused on psychological aspect of those who survived. Seeing them growing up too early and facing the end of world without someone to guide them was touching. I couldn't help but wonder what would I do, how would I act. Would I let the guilt to eat me alive or would I stand and fight. I really don't know but I'd try to do the best, same as Sloane.
Let me tell you something. When my friend Zemira here, tells you that you must read some book you are most likely to do it for two reasons. First is t...moreLet me tell you something. When my friend Zemira here, tells you that you must read some book you are most likely to do it for two reasons. First is that the book really is awesome and second is that she will be talking about that book all the time in order to tell you how awesome it is just because she doesn't want you to miss such a great book. But whatever reason it is for those books I'll always be grateful to her.
Now about the book. Where to start? Probably from the beginning. First thing I've noticed about this book is that is really readable. Chapters are interesting, while you're reading about present always some story bumps out and it's explained mostly in that past chapter. Second thing are events. Basically you can't wait to see what's going to happen next. You want to skip some parts just to find out, but again you can't skip anything cause everything is interesting. You just want to see the whole story. Then there is the end, just perfect. I couldn't imagine anything else. Two things I like the most are those two dialogues near the end of the book. Just at the right place and just wow!
Now I'm talking too much. This book is mind blowing and also emotional wreck (you'll become one after this as well). This is also one of those books that I'll keep wondering "what would I do if I were her". Just sit down and you'll read it in one sitting.
No more talking, turn this off and go to read the book! (less)
Tanja: You know that moment when you are reading the last installment in series and you have like 100 pages or so...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
Tanja: You know that moment when you are reading the last installment in series and you have like 100 pages or so left and then you start to remember how your journey with the book started. I remembered everything - fractions and their ideas, the choosing ceremony, The Ferris Wheel, etc. Gosh, so many memories. Glass: And you do not want to read that last 100 pages because it will mean it is finally the end and it is bittersweet feeling - you love everything, but still try to make it last just a little bit longer. Especially when it comes to epic stories like this. Do you know what I remember? How I refused to read it because I thought it would be nothing special. How foolish of me! Allegiant was perfect, the best book in the series for me, but I do understand now why so many readers were disappointed. Tanja: Exactly. You want to keep it just for a bit longer, because you know that no matter how many times you re-read it the magic of reading these words for the first time end when you read the rest of it. Yes! Me too. I though that I'd end up disappointed as many have, but I made the mistake with Mockingjay and it though me a great lesson when it comes to my feelings. But gladly we were both blown away by this one. Glass: What I liked the most is how serious this book turned out to be - it is about politic, moral, science, education. I even quoted Slavoj Žižek in one of my status updates: "The function of ideology is not to offer us a point of escape from our reality but to offer us the social reality itself as an escape." Allegiant is a book about ideology and fantasies of control. How far humans are willing to go and what to do in the name of something that is bigger than us. It is not just a story about group of kids fighting for their place in futuristic version of high school drama. Tanja: Right and what society is willing to sacrifice - it's own people as rat mice in order to create idea about their perfect care for its people, which is contradictory when you look at it, but at the same time in some lesser or greater degree we all are living in such societies. That's why I love this idea and the whole story so much. On the surface it tells you about teenagers and their coming of age but when you scratch under that surface you see that it's actually a book about society and mainly about human nature. It remains me of all great classics I've been discussing about at my classes. Glass: But lets talk about that ending. I know you want to. I still can't believe that Veronica Roth decided to finish trilogy with that "bang". It was a risky move, as you can see by all the reactions, but I think it was perfect. Especially because of the way Trish was portrait from the very beginning. Tanja: Honestly I didn't expect it at all. Not in my wildest dreams. Of course I had some ideas about how it all could end, but that was one I wasn't even aware of it, until it happened. It was a really brave move on her side, but after you go back and remember certain things it makes perfect sense. What do you say about Four and his portrayal at the end? Glass: I loved it - she didn't try to romanticize him or give us two years later epilogue were everything is rainbows, butterflies and unicorns. World is not perfect, so their lives aren't perfect too. He is different person than the one you placed in your fictional harem, isn't he? But we love him even more. I just have to say that I can't wait to see what will Veronica Roth write next. Tanja: He is, both Trish and Four were different people in this book, or after they discovered the background of the fractions. I cannot wait to see what she plans next and wherever she does I hope she will tackle something related to human psychology as she does it perfectly. I guess we should wait and see. At the end what are your thoughts about upcoming movie? I truly believe it would be as good as books at least. Glass: I really hope it will be good - I am so sick of movies that make my favorite book look bad. We are so going to watch it together. Plan your holidays around that date, you are coming to visit me. Tanja: I guess you prepared your whip so I don't have much choice, do I? Kidding girl, we'll make it happen.
First I want to thank Deb Hanrahan for sending me the whole book. Without you, I wouldn't be able to read it. So thank you again.
Now, about book. Hon...moreFirst I want to thank Deb Hanrahan for sending me the whole book. Without you, I wouldn't be able to read it. So thank you again.
Now, about book. Honestly at first I thought I'm gonna be so disappointed in this book. People don't get me wrong, but I'm sick and tired of people full of prejudices in every book. You know, things like if I'm beautiful I can only be friend with beautiful people. Every time I read book when you have those people I want to yell "GET OVER YOURSELF". But then I do understand that, because I guess that's how teens works, honestly I was never "regular teen", and I live on the other side of the planet, and thanks to my parents who raised me. But when Avery and Cal started doing serious things, I was worried. That was really serious, and I started to understand characters better, especially Marco and Lindsey. I was thinking to give this book 4 or 5 stars, and it deserve 5 stars. It's realistic and after the ending and all those tears I had no doubts.
Few days ago I put the quotes from this book as my Quote of the Week and a lot of my friends here told me how they wanted to read the book. I was like...wait a minute I haven't even told you how lovely and heart-breaking this book is. So be ready to hear all about the greatness called - Wonder!
From the blurb you can see the story. We here have a story about August who well has a facial deformity and for that he has been noticed and looked at wherever he goes. Of course he knows that people are scared of him so he tries to spend a lot of time alone with his family. The things change when he starts going to the school. You can imagine how it is for a kid like him to enter the class full of "normal" kids for the first time in his life. Of course he is noticed not just by the kids but also by the teachers. He tries to cope with all that but at the end of the day he is just little scared kid who is too young to goes through all this.
I should point out few things about this book. Firstly there are multiple POVs in this book. But don't give up on this book in case you don't like them, cause here it's done perfectly. You see the world through August's eyes and also you see how the world sees him through other characters. Another thing is prepare your heart cause some of the thing here will break it. Even thinking about this book makes me wanna cry. Don't run away if you don't want to experience that, cause everyone should read this book. A lot of people tend to judge others by their look, appearance or what not. But have you ever though how much that hurts. Cause you can't be strong enough to survive that without a scratch especially if you're just a kid.
But you wanna know what's the most interesting thing about this book - while reading it and after that I still imagine August as a little lovely kid. With beautiful eyes and adorable smile. Even though the books starts with I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. I have met the August's personality and what a brave, shiny and beautiful character is he. You have no idea.
Of course there is the five stars for this book but quite honestly my views of the world and my thoughts have changed and there is not enough stars to give for that. So thank you (Wendy especially to you and your review)! (less)
There are some things that I'm really afraid of while reading books. One of my fears is that I'll get a book with great idea and then the whole story will start to remind me of some mainstream stories - like Harry Potter or lately Twilight. I had the same fears when I started this one, but luckily they disappeared soon.
Here is why. We start with high school here and of course there is a girl Lillie who is just average teen girl, she is not popular or anything so when she gets into staring contest with the hottest new guy in high school it turned some alarms in my head, but only for short as later it turned out to be something I'd never dream of. Soon enough it turned out that Tom even though was mysterious he acted like that for a reason. When you go through everything he went through to find the way to be happy and tries to get what his hearts wants the most it's really easy to love him. Especially when the romance develops slowly and you get to know both characters better. So soon after I started reading this book I was so interested in it that I read it nearly in one sitting.
All in all this was the very unique idea, at least for me, and it worked out properly, or better said the author made it work. I liked the combination of a well know theory with sci-fi elements and of course going through love and world-bending wonder. I could see characters grow and with them their love which made it even sweeter.
What makes me really happy is that Ingrid told me in the interview that she thinks about writing a new book that will be only loosely connected with this story as for me Lillie and Tom's story has got it's perfect ending, but at the same time I'd love to see more of this idea.(less)
After Throne of Glass I expected a lot of Crown of Midnight. Without doubt Throne of Glass was one of my favorit...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
After Throne of Glass I expected a lot of Crown of Midnight. Without doubt Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads last year so at times I feared that I set my expectations too high. Good thing though is that no matter how high they were this book managed to bring that and more.
Celaena is who I wanted to be. She was so kick-ass that you simply couldn't but imagine being in her skin. With that she also managed to be a really smart, witty and when necessary emotional. I know I sound like I have a huge crush on her but that was the world I wanted to be in and the person I wanted to be. In Crown of Midnight she developed in a right way and became even better than she was. With her progression the story progressed as well. It was so well paced and every thing happened when it was time for that.
After winning a competition Calaena is back in business. Now she has to kill all the people she is ordered to and when she sees that something big is preparing she can help but do a little research which will discover some serious things but still she has a business to and and freedom to pay. With that her relationship with someone (I won't spoil things, no worries) is something she cannot avoid anymore and the secret she keeps inside of her keeps her busy. Add a bit of magic here and there and you get perfect story that Crown of Midnight is.
But, we also get to see the other side of Calaena, the only that takes over when everything crashes. The one that's deadly and trained to kill and the one that does not forgive nor forget. And the one to who revenge is serious business.
With the ending that leaves you at the edge but at the same time finishes one chapter in her life we see that Sarah J. Maas is really a master in writing that kind of endings that will make you remember the story and at the same time put you in agony because you need and want more. We need that time machine people!(less)
The first thing I learned about this book was it had some parts of it written in verse and as soon as I heard it...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
The first thing I learned about this book was it had some parts of it written in verse and as soon as I heard it also has some connections to Emily Dickinson and that it deals with emotional issues - basically it sounds like a perfect read for me. So I grabbed a chance to read it. Luckily I got approved for it, but sadly I expected too much.
Firstly, I must say that I really enjoy books written in verse so I hoped I'd enjoy this one for that but things weren't that great. Our main character here Emily (Beam, not Dickinson) is a girl that's been though huge trauma. Her boyfriend killed himself in front of her. Emily is angry at him and also feels guilty for that so her parents decide it's best for her to change the school. They send her to Amherst, a place where Emily Dickinson is from. Soon enough our Emily finds inspiration and tries to deal with guilt and her songs and writings help her deal with everything in her life.
The biggest problem for me in this book was point of view. I don't mind third person narrative in general but when a book is dealing with tough and emotional issues I don't think it's a right fit. For that reason it was hard for me to connect with Emily. I did understand her suffering and pain but sometimes it was hard to understand her actions and behavior.
Don't get me wrong the writing was beautiful and the words are crafted nicely and each was on the right place but it wasn't meant for this type of story. Sadly, it was the reason that kept me away from this book and that made me struggle with it.
***NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Random House Children's, via NetGalley. Thank you! I'm not paid for writing this review - I do it as a lover of written word. All opinions are personal.(less)
What will I do with you little book. ATTENTION: If you haven't read the book don't read spoilers, really I said to much and you'll regret it. I couldn...moreWhat will I do with you little book. ATTENTION: If you haven't read the book don't read spoilers, really I said to much and you'll regret it. I couldn't do it on any other way, so don't blame me if you read something that you didn't want to know.
Let's start form the beginning. At first this book was...well annoying. Only thing I appreciated was the situation and place where this book is set. I never read synopsis so I had no clue what is this about. Everything else was predictable. (view spoiler)[ As soon as I started reading I knew that she will fall in love and that she will want to escape. Of course I knew it was Alex. (hide spoiler)] At that time I thought about giving up, but somehow I knew (I saw ratings here) that it will be good at the end and so I continued. Second part was sweet. Still predictable but sweet. I don't say it's the best (view spoiler)[love (hide spoiler)] story description but it was really readable so I let myself go and I enjoyed. Here we are at the point that changed everything. Last part of the book (or last 2-3 pages). (view spoiler)[ I expected they'll try to run away, but I though they'll make it. Alex can't be dead I refuse to believe in that. (hide spoiler)] I finished this book few minutes ago and now I'm a wreck.
Luckily I don't have to wait long for Pandemonium. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book literally took my breath away! I mean LITERALLY!
Ever since The Hunger Games I've became huge fan of dystopian novels and ever since then th...moreThis book literally took my breath away! I mean LITERALLY!
Ever since The Hunger Games I've became huge fan of dystopian novels and ever since then that was my favourite dystopian book. Until now. Now it shares that place with this book and hopefully with other books from this series.
Here is what I like: - Characters. Tris is definitively one strong and amazing character. She seems so mature and so everything. Even though she is great my favorite character here is Four. But not just two of them make this book with awesome characters. All the others: Christina, Al, Peter and so on. They all seem to show all the good and bad things in all factions. - Second thing is story about five factions. If somebody asked me before this book to name five virtues which you can find in all of as and that they can determinate how people would act if one of them was dominant, I wouldn't know the answer. It looks like Veronica knew the right answers. It's hard for me to put myself in one faction, although I can tell were I would end up. Maybe I'll be able to tell more after I meet that faction better in Insurgent. - Next thing is the story. Although you have no idea at first what's going on this book is so appealing. From the descriptions of society to the Tris choosing her faction and all about Four and his life. All those simulations help us to meet all characters better. Humor. I'd never think that I'd be laughing so hard within reading this book, because the whole idea is really serious but I did. I really laughed so much. - Love. The love is not the primary thing in this story that's why I like it so much. Because it fits there just right. They are not just running for each other, they're trying to find the way to help people. In the meantime if in the story you come across those pages filled with love you'll relax. Those parts are put in the right places because this book is so intense. - Cover. I didn't understand it at first, but after reading it I do. It was a bit odd to see this cover as I didn't know what this symbol means. Now I know! It's beautiful and shiny also.
This book has more than 400 pages but you won't be aware of that, trust me. It only took me few hours to read it. Of course now I want to turn back time as I have to wait until the Insurgent is out. But not for long, luckily!
Without further add I welcome myself into the Divergent Nation and I also give this book 5 stars.
My relationship with JLA's books is quite complicated one. With Covenant being one of my favorite series ever and...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
My relationship with JLA's books is quite complicated one. With Covenant being one of my favorite series ever and Lux which I enjoyed in the past, all later series and books were quite a miss for me. So I was really afraid to pick this one, but as Opposition came out recently I knew that I had to do this and sooner rather than later.
I picked Origin with not much expectations and at the end it payed off. It's been a while since I have read Opal and I have forgotten some things about this series, but good thing is that as soon as I started to read this one memories started to come back. I remembered what happened and in what troubles Katy and Daemon were in. I really admired Jennifer for putting a totally new aspect of the story in this one as there was only one book left and including some new things meant more complications that needed to be taken care of later. We'll see how that went but in the meantime this new moment really brought refreshment to this series and it was really intriguing.
Now only trouble I had with this book was actually Daemon. But main reason for that is me, as I really liked him in the previous books but in the meantime cocky boys started to get on my nerves and let's face it Daemon is definition of cockiness.
But all in all, JLA has got a lot of things to take care of in the last book and I cannot wait to see how that went.(less)
I'm weak! But before I tell you why I should start from beginning. Ha! Nope I'm not teasing. Beginning meaning th...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
I'm weak! But before I tell you why I should start from beginning. Ha! Nope I'm not teasing. Beginning meaning the blurb cause I simply love it. I'm that one person who always complains how blurbs reveal to much but this one is perfect it has enough info to get you interested in the book but still doesn't tell you anything at the same time.
Now I'm coming to that me-weak part. Yeah I really am, cause it doesn't take much (for a book at least) to go under my skin. This is one of the examples how that works. This book is so sweet that I can't even explain it. It's so innocent but yet so mature and full of feelings. Maybe you'd say that the story is typical but you have no idea how wrong that is. I believe a lot of kids or teens can relate to this book, if you can the give this book to your parents. If you're still waiting for me to tell you more about the story, you're at the wrong place my friend cause this is something you have to live through yourself. Oh and I won't even get started about how much I cried.
One more thing is when you read this (or those who have) head over to Thrum Society and you know why. At the end it doesn't matter that I'm becoming too old for this type of the story, I still have to feed this kiddo/teen that'll always be part of me.
There is something in dystopian settings which seem so real and possible that lure me in. This is one of them. Wi...moreReview also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?
There is something in dystopian settings which seem so real and possible that lure me in. This is one of them. With huge climate-changes happening all over the planet it's really not hard to imagine that the weather will change drastically and that humans won't be able to live in the surface any longer. Well, this book offers you a solution - underground cities. I really hope you're not claustrophobic.
Jansin Nordqvist is a sixteen-year-old cadet living in one of the underground cities within the society highly controlled and divided. As in Utopia everyone knows its place and what one should or should not do. This order is what was a result of people's moving from underground after the hypercanes destroyed any possibility of living on the surface. So now, the government has organized the society and Jansin knows her place. Traveling to surface is something rich members of society get a chance to so the scientist can observe things on the land. Once Jansin gets a chance to travel up she is happily obliges. Only what she's about to learn there is not what the government hoped.
Now we're moving onto a tricky territory as I really don't want to spoil things. You can assume that the government kept many secrets and that Jansin has got to reveal some of them. She discovers life among the rage of hypercanes and her life changes.
Like I said I hope you're not claustrophobic as I really don't know how would I survive under the ground without seeing stars and sky everyday. It's something that people there are used to and how the cities are created under there really blow me away. It's maybe hard to imagine but if you think of it the world builds in your imagination. When it comes to Jansin, she was a great character most of the time, strong, capable and most of all human. But at moments she was too perfect and way too lucky near the end of the story.
What fascinated me here the most was the writing style. Kat Ross really did a great research and all characters possessed the right and suitable voice. And there is also romance which was so sweet and loving to me. It's also action packed and it kept me turning the pages like a madman.(less)
*wiping the tears* It looks like I've developed some new sense for books that will make me cry. I can feel it on the page one I think. So this sweet l...more*wiping the tears* It looks like I've developed some new sense for books that will make me cry. I can feel it on the page one I think. So this sweet little book really made me cry. I loved description of connection between Sophie & Carter. They're so sweet. Yes it will have 5 stars from me, although it could have been a bit longer. So much about (now I'm quoting myself) "I won't give 5 stars to every book that make me cry", pff I'm not the woman of my word when it comes to that. To be honest I don't care, I enjoyed in this book and that's the only thing that matters. (less)