I really liked The Last Best Kiss, but this I loved. Ellie is my kind of MC. She's selfish and spoiled and overbearing and a bit of a dictator, but shI really liked The Last Best Kiss, but this I loved. Ellie is my kind of MC. She's selfish and spoiled and overbearing and a bit of a dictator, but she does it right. She's charming and, more, she undoubtedly has a good heart. She's open to change and willing to admit when she makes a mistake and goes about fixing it. She handles constructive criticism like a boss.
Also, other pros: -George is very Josh a la Clueless, but somehow so much better -this book reminded me a bit of Clueless, the 90s film if you don't know (a/k/a the 90s version of Mean Girls and literally one of the best movies ever) -one of my favorite family dynamics ever: cooky, upfront grandma (she gives the sex talks around here), best stepdad ever, loving mom, and adorable half brother - this family TALKS, communicates, goes through hurdles together, has a PRESENCE, but one that fits incredibly well in a YA story all about Ellie trying to get into college, make decisions about boys, struggle with friends -deals with autism wonderfully -has a guy-girl best friendship with no REAL threat of romantic entanglement without either one of them being gay (come on, that is a trope we all know) -boyfriend who's uncomfortable but willing to deal with said guy-girl best friendship -sex is openly discussed -teenage feminism is done believably and well from what i know of feminism (Ellie gets the principle and applies it in how people see her/treat her, i.e. her approach when faced with topics of slut shaming and women being "domestic")
Cons: -heather and Ellie's friendship at times put me off, I thought that avenue could've been handled a little better, with a little more love, but not totally off putting
Overall, I loved Ellie. She reminds me a little of Celaena Sardothien in a modern-day, our-world setting. A girl who's both good and flawed and eccentric and selfish and charming and i downright adore.
Basically, LaZebnik is now an auto-buy author. I've since purchased Epic Fail during an ebook sale and can't wait to try it out while I'm abroad! ^^...more
This book is exactly what I wanted All The Rage by Courtney Summers to be. I love Summers' prose,3.75 stars
"Home is where you can live with yourself."
This book is exactly what I wanted All The Rage by Courtney Summers to be. I love Summers' prose, but the story didn't reach me in the same way that Every Last Promise has.
[SPOILERY] I love that this book follows a character who is a witness to sexual assault in the form of rape. Kristin explores the perspectives of people who want to keep the crime quiet or who suspected but never came forward. I understood Kayla's struggle unbelievably well. Her value in home, in everything that meant, came with the fear of losing it all. And she lost quite a bit before the events of this book were all said and done. And that was OKAY. Because so much good came it from it. This was both penance and reward for her actions, for her silence, her mistakes, and eventual bravery - I understand the dear price she paid, and was afraid to pay before the book's ending. [END SPOILER]
Kristin's writing helped me SEE it all so clearly. Gave me an expansive view of home and everything that entails, in family and friendship and love. This is my first Kristin Halbrook book and I am definitely a fan now....more
But to be more specific, reading this series has been one of my great joys these past few years. This series has developed so much,Because, obviously.
But to be more specific, reading this series has been one of my great joys these past few years. This series has developed so much, this author has grown so much, that it's such a pleasure to read such an impeccable FOURTH installment and still be able to say things like: Holy shit! She wrote that! I just read that! (And a smug: I knew it! From the first, naysayers be damned to Hellas's fiery pit! (Ok, not really, but I was on the soapbox.)) These characters are everything, people. They are real and powerful and scarred and plagued and burdened and beautiful and hopeful. I love them to bits.
Queen of Shadows also proved that no matter what name my girl calls herself, Aelin or Celaena, she is everything I could ever want in a heroine. She fully embodies everything a powerful, wonderful female protagonist of an epic fantasy should.
And then some.
I dream now of a world in which she rules. No holds barred.
And all the shirtless men at her feet.
But, no jokes, even though her court is not yet full and complete - I'm still hoping for a few more I already have in my thoughts - I think I can still say the new kingdom of Terrasen will be one hell of a rebirth. And I can't wait to be part of every glorious minute of its rising.
Team Aelin for days. Team Maas for life. Maybe even beyond....more
I really, REALLY liked this book. Rachel Hawthorne has still got it. I had ALL DA FEELS reading Avery and Fletcher's story and I got a satisf3.5 stars
I really, REALLY liked this book. Rachel Hawthorne has still got it. I had ALL DA FEELS reading Avery and Fletcher's story and I got a satisfying high when it came to the ending. Or, as cheesy as it sounds, a new, bright, hopefully beginning. ...more
Sadly, I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be. I enjoyed Lee & Jefferson, the writing, and especially the ending. There were just point3.25 stars
Sadly, I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be. I enjoyed Lee & Jefferson, the writing, and especially the ending. There were just points in this story where I was completely uninterested... Yet there were others when I wanted badly to continue. There were characters I enjoyed and others that didn't register--currently I'm not too attached.
I guess that's the point, I'm not THAT attached. BUT I'm intrigued enough to want to go on and I'm caught up in Lee & Jefferson's web. I'm going to hold out higher hopes for book two....more
This is a rape book. And All the Rage by Courtney Summers says a lot.
But, did you hear me? This is a book about rVideo review to come for blog tour...
This is a rape book. And All the Rage by Courtney Summers says a lot.
But, did you hear me? This is a book about rape. A rape book.
The word 'rape' often rolls around uncomfortably in my mouth before coming out, and I get the feeling that's true for a lot of people. So, they use words like 'forced' and 'overpowered' to hide behind other words, safer words, than to let a word like 'rape' rise out of the dark, where everybody will see. Not everybody can bear it, to see. I'm not going to spare myself the discomfort.
This is an important book. Yes, the subject matter pertains to rape. But, it speaks to the before and after of rape, speaks to what so many of us are still afraid to acknowledge, let alone voice.
A sweet little read. I got a little teary eyed at points and admired the writing quite a bit. Talk about it more when I'm back from vacation.
UPDATE:A sweet little read. I got a little teary eyed at points and admired the writing quite a bit. Talk about it more when I'm back from vacation.
UPDATE: So upon further introspection, my rating and reaction still stand. I wasn't ridiculously impressed by this story, mostly because of how unbelievably tidy everything turned out by the end. However, I am a bit conflicted in saying that, because I almost believe that was the point. Believing in a good ending for all in involved and then having it come true. I just can't subscribe to a serious lack of consequences for the big reveal made by one of the characters.
However, I enjoyed the rest of the story quite a bit. It has small-town-fable written all over it, and the writing is bittersweet and full of melancholy, and I caught myself growing teary eyed due to the depth of the main character's loneliness, and the sadness that has fractured her family.
I suppose that's why the young female friendship that forms in this book was so endearing and heartwarming. And a definite highlight for this story. Nightbird also had the added benefit of being read at exactly the right time, as I was getting off of small, Southern towns and closeknit communities, so this appealed pretty much instantly.
As I mentioned before, a sweet little read. Perfect for the younger crowd, and heartwarming, though not penetratingly and lastingly so, for ones who are not so young.