Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *tea...moreAaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *tear* It will leave you heart-broken.(less)
Splintered captured my heart from the very first page. I have always been a huge fan of story...moreBook review originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Splintered captured my heart from the very first page. I have always been a huge fan of story book retellings ever since I read Cinder last year. The classic story of Alice in Wonderful by Lewis Carroll has always been a childhood favorite of mine. I remember reading the book over and over again. There is just something so magical about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a strange new world fulled with talking plants, mad tea parties, and a queen who has a obsession with chopping off heads.
Splintered is possibly the best fairy tale book retelling I have ever read. At first I was a little hesitant to read the book because I did not want to be disappointed that author may not be true to the original story-line of Alice in Wonderland but she was....OMG she was! I was totally floored *mouth hung open* by how beautifully dark, and modern Splintered turned out to be. Each and every aspect of this book was true to the original story with A.G. Howard own spin on things.
Have you ever wondered what happen after Alice returned home from Wonderland? Did she grow up and start of family? Did she return to wonderland just to attend a mad tea party?
Alyssa Gardner has always been able to hear and talk to plants and bugs, as does her Mother. She hides her secret well.....unfortunately her Mother was not so lucky. Allison, Alyssa mother lives in a insane asylum and talks of a world that do not exist. Alyssa knows she and her mother both are descended of real Alice who once went to wonderland. She refuses to believe the story of her great, great, great Grandmother is true and hides the fact that she hears the voices of the plants and bugs. While visiting with her Mom, Alyssa comes to find out more secrets that Allison has been hiding. Secrets that will change her life forever. Wonderland is REAL and Alyssa hold the key through the looking glass.... into a lost world of magic and a curse which begs to be broken.
If talking to a huge moth, secretly loving a boy who is just a friend, and having Alice as a distance relative wasn't enough.... Alyssa now has to dive head first down the rabbit whole to save her Mom by breaking an ancient curse from the one curious girl who started it all.
Splintered in my opinion is one of the best books I have read. I had so many emotions all throughout this book, from excitement, to sadness and everything in between. I literally squealed with joy when she fell through the rabbit whole and arrived in Wonderland. I keep thinking "WOW, this is SOOO amazingly true to Lewis Carroll tale". Everything was perfect. A.G. Howard writing style throughout the book was breathtaking and enchanting. It made me feel like I was right there with Alyssa in Wonderland. The romance was spot on. I could not have asked for a better love story between the boy she loves and the boy she dreamed about. In this case the love-triangle was great, not in the least bit cliché. Once I was finished reading I feel a strong urge to re-read the book again....and I would have to if I did not have to return it to my library. HAHA!
If you have not read Splintered or have doubts about the book that are holding you back from reading it. Let me put your mind at ease because I say without a shadow of a doubt YOU will NOT be disappointed. From page one until the very end I was totally in love with this book!
This dark and gritty retelling of Alice in Wonderland is a MUST READ! A totally magnificent read for all ages. (less)
First Impressions: I was super excited when I first saw that Cat Patrick had put out another novel. I just adored Forgotten when I read it last year and feel in love with the authors writing style and how the stories she creates just suck you in and wont let you stop reading until the very end. So once I found out that Cat had come out with a new book I was very happy. I could not wait to drive in and read Revive. I was going into reading the book with very high expectations since I loved her first novel and WOW, this one just blew me away right from the first page! Oh, and look at the cover! I mean isn't it just so awesome and just the way she peaks through what looks like a thin blue membrane wondering what's on the other side.
My Review: Revived was a super fast read for me and not because it was short or the pace was fast but simply because the story itself TOTALLY ROCKED! I love to read, plain and simple but a book like this makes me see all over again why I love to read so much. Revived is one of those books where once you get done with it you feel the urge to read it again, yes it is that good! Everything about it was so sublime. The unique story-line, the evolved character's, the mystery and the thrill of what will happen next all wrapped up into a sweeeet package!
The main character, Daisy is killed in a bus crash on a icy road when she was young and died. She was brought back to life by an experimental drug called Revive and since then has died four more times since she first was brought back. A "hush hush" government agency makes and supplies the drug to the kids who died in the crash, thus for experimenting with the drug so to one day release it to the public for sale. After dying again, Daisy is being made to move to another state with yet another name change. Daisy hopes to stay here and make friends this time.
On the first day of school she meets Audrey who quickly becomes friends with her. Audrey has a brother Matt who Daisy meets the on same day. Audrey and Daisy begin to hang out with each other after school and grows into being best friends. Daisy feels a certain connection with Audrey and for her brother Matt. As Audrey and Daisy become closer friends and Matt and Daisy begin to develop strong feelings for each other, Daisy finds out a heartbreaking secret about Audrey. Audrey is very sick and is not expected to live much longer. Daisy is crushed by this news and hopes that maybe the drug Revive would somehow work on her friend so she would not have to die but not all things about Revive are good. Daisy will soon find out that the man behind "Revive" is playing God and has other plans for the drug.
As I feel I have given to much away as it is I will stop but let me tell you this book was simply amazing! The story keep is entertaining and had me immersed throughout the whole book. There was never a dull moment. I absolutely loved Daisy, Matt and Audrey which is rare because I seems I always tend to find one character who I loave. The book moved along in a fast pace and author Cat Patrick always seems to find away to connect to her readers throughout the book. Revive had me crying, laughing and just wanting to read faster and faster to know what would happen next. Everyone should no... NEEDS to run out and get this book! If your like me and loved Forgotten or just loves to read a book that will blow your mind then definitely read Revive!
Final Thoughts: None needed because you can plainly see how much I loved the book. =D (less)
Lola and the Boy Next Door was the second book I have read by Stephanie Perkins. My expectations for this book where pretty high since I so feel in lo...moreLola and the Boy Next Door was the second book I have read by Stephanie Perkins. My expectations for this book where pretty high since I so feel in love with Anna and The French Kiss and I must say I was not disappointed in the least. Now I will tell you that I do still love Anna better than Lola's story. Both books where so much fun to read and the author always finds a way to someone touch the readers hearts with such a beautiful and riveting love story. But this book is Lola's story, so here is where it begins...
Lola is a free spirit, a very not normal girl, but in a good way. She never wears the same outfit twice. Lola always needs to wear something to make her stand out. She has a dream to be a clothing/costumes designer. Lola lives with her two Dads, has a wonderful BFF, Lindsey and a hot older boyfriend. Life is good! Until someone or should I say someone's from Lola's past come back to live in her neighborhood again. The Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket are back! While Lola is no longer friends with Calliope. Cricket is a whole another story. He is sweet, and caring, and the last time she saw her he broke her heart. Lola will now come face to face with the boy next door, and come to find that the feeling she once had for him are not buried away but coming back to the surface. A Romantic love story with hardships along the way, and choices will be made - Lola will need to follow her heart... but will it lead her to The Boy Next Door?
I absolutely adore this book. The story was light, fun and had such a sweet and tender romance between Lola and Cricket. At times I did find the pace of the book was a little slow, but other than that I so enjoyed reading about Lola's story. I was also very happy to find out that Anna and St.Claire where in the book a little. This is what authors call a companion novel which I found to really enjoy. It was fun being able to read what happen after Anna and St.Claire left Paris. The way Stephanie adds them into Lola's story was flawless. Both books for me have begun a blooming love for Chick-Lit novels. I have never really read many but after taking a chance on Anna and Lola I am HOOKED! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Anna and the French Kiss as well as just a highly entertaining read. I can so say that Stephanie Perkins has now found a new fan of her books, (me) and I hope she will continue to write. (less)
I loved this novel. I have been waiting to long to read the book since my library did not own it but I finally got to read it and wow this book rocked...moreI loved this novel. I have been waiting to long to read the book since my library did not own it but I finally got to read it and wow this book rocked. I will do a full review later.(less)