This is an amazing book. It reminds me a lot on Before I Fall. An emotional rollercoaster is an understatement. Fall into Place definitely deserves aThis is an amazing book. It reminds me a lot on Before I Fall. An emotional rollercoaster is an understatement. Fall into Place definitely deserves a standing ovation because the author, Amy Zhang, is a high-school student! Bravo!!! *.*
This book didn't blow me away. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not overcome with emotion or anything. It's quite long and slowpaced book. Most of the timeThis book didn't blow me away. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not overcome with emotion or anything. It's quite long and slowpaced book. Most of the time I spent waiting for something to happen, but all the action was in the last hundred pages. After Shadow & Bone I was hoping for more, but never the less the conflict in Siege and Storm is extremely engaging. My favorite character of this book, and of the series is Sturmhond a.k.a. privateer or grand duke Nikolai. The golden-eyed twins, Tamar and Tolya are also new favorites of mine. Alina is fantastic heroine, and Mal...hmmm I should probably talk about him too, but I´m so conflicted by him. The Darkling's role isn't nearly as big this time around as it was in the first book, but his presence is always felt. My favorite villain Darkling in this book turned into a seductive kind of Voldemort. I need more of him in the next book....more
Predictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adulPredictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...), if it can be called that, just isn't my thing. ...more
TWO CHAPTERS in and I could not put this book down! I really hate bullies, but I love this story. To say the two main characters, Tate and Jared The BTWO CHAPTERS in and I could not put this book down! I really hate bullies, but I love this story. To say the two main characters, Tate and Jared The Bully, had sparks is putting it mildly. I found myself re-reading the same page over and over- it was THAT good. Ms Douglas surely pens plenty of tasteful, hot scenes that keep the pages turning. If you enjoy new adult books and especially if you love a new adult love story, this is an amazing tale for you. It reminds me a lot on The Secret of Ella and Micha, but it´s way better. This was the first book by Penelope Douglas and I must say I will be looking for more books by her. I highly recommend this book!...more
Reading this book was like listening most hauntingly beautiful and sad song. You know it will make you sad and leave you heartbroken, but you can´t stReading this book was like listening most hauntingly beautiful and sad song. You know it will make you sad and leave you heartbroken, but you can´t stop even if it hurts. We, masochistic readers, we know it, we understand it... and still, we do it. All we can do is suffer the pain, and tell ourselves it was well worth it. Sad things can be beautiful. That´s exactly what Autumn said and noone understood her. Well, Autumn and Ms Nowlin, we understand you and we appreciate the pain. It was well worth it...
Well, there was one weird girl...
...and she fell in love with her best friend but she didn't notice him like that.
...And than there was one big misunderstanding and they grew apart. They grew apart for four long years even though they saw each other on a daily basis.
“I've loved him my whole life, and somewhere along the way, that love didn't change but grew. It grew to fill the parts of me that I did not have when I was a child. It grew with every new longing of my body and desire until there was not a piece of me that did not love him. And when I look at him, there is no other feeling in me.”
...And just when life finally brought them together, this star-crossed lovers were separated by cruel fate.
I can see some of the roses still blooming in my mother´s garden. Brown on the edges and bright in other colors, their petals drooping downward, dying just as their lives have begun. They stayed past their time, and I´ve realized that I have too.
Do you want to know how they were separated? Just read this book! I promise you, you won't regret it! ...more
This book has stolen my attention right from its very first line. It´s stunning, scary, uReview posted on Way Too Hot Books
This book just blew me away!
This book has stolen my attention right from its very first line. It´s stunning, scary, unpredictable and beautiful. This book is a definite MUST HAVE!
An older man and a teenage girl. Bittersweet romance. Your first thought must be Lolita? High school teacher and troubled student. Sounds like a recipe for disaster or at least some jail time. But, although situations like this would ordinarily cause me to cringe because I´m a school teacher, I actually felt... hope for these two tragically broken people... This is a taboo romance story with student-teacher relationship in which there are no stereotypical predators or victims. These people are damaged, but are they monsters in this book? No, they just made some bad decisions and this sure is their complicated love story. Monsters are some other characters who ruined their lives in the start.
The story is told in Jenna's voice as she "confesses" the truth of an incident into a policeman's tape recorder. Her family is dysfunctional (Psycho dad/cheater, alchocolic mother, grandfather- pedophile, a brother away at war...) and she finds escape in delusions and pain (selfharm). She is a cutter and she spend some time in Psycho ward. Then she moves to a new school and meets Mr. Anderson. He becomes the only one who sees her and brings her to the truth, but he is just as broken as she is...
" I´d never heard a man cry before, Bob, but...it´s awful. (...) I think some man aren´t used to it and don´t know what to do with all that feeling. Their emotions are hexane ignited in their chests and rips them apart, and then they feel like they´re going to die-just as something was dying, at that moment in Mitch."
Two of them pull strength from each other's tragedies... but, at the same time, they destroy each other and themselves.
“They call it the drowning instinct. It´s when drowning doesn´t look like drowning. In real life, if the water´s very cold, a person can´t help but gasp. It´s reflex. The thing is as soon as water hits your lungs, your throat closes off, even it the water´s warm. Your body´s trying to protect itself, and the reality is that a lot more people suffocate than truly drown. Regardless, to people on land, especially when you´re really close to the end, you don´t look like you´re in trouble. You don´t scream, but that´s because you can ´t, and you don´t wave your arms either or expend a lot of energy flailing. You´re just there. So people don´t notice that you´re drowning. That´s me. I think I´ve been drowning all this time and doing it so quietly, even I didn´t know it.”
My favorite part is the ending:
"You probably want me to regret Mitch. You want me to see that he lied, was some kind of predator; that I´m the victim, like you said. But Mitch was broken, too, in his way and just as much a hostage to his past and his mistakes. Maybe by trying to fix me, he was also healing himself in the only way he knew how. Oh, I can just hear you now. You and every therapist who ever lived will say that I´m rationalizing, that I´ve identified with a monster, just like those kids do who are kidnapped and live in a cage for twenty years. You´ll want to see me as damaged somehow, and then you´ll try to cure me. Well, I got news for you, Bobby-o. Cured is just synonym for coming around to your way of thinking. Cured is the word you use when I finally agree. But here´s the problem with that, Bobby-o. You and the therapists can yammer until you´re blue in the face, but I just can´t agree with you and probably never will. Because Mitch gave me love. He handed me back my life and that doesn´t make me a victim."
Ilsa J. Bick has a way with words. This is possibly one of the most emotionally intense books I have ever read. This story has a bittersweet romance and a plot that leads you on an emotional roller coaster.
I recommend it to anyone who wants to read something that is neither black nor white, but just like the real life, very very grey....more
So often books are predictable and repetitive or are same ole same ole. This book was nothing like that. It´s unusual, interesting and something differSo often books are predictable and repetitive or are same ole same ole. This book was nothing like that. It´s unusual, interesting and something different. I really enjoy reading things that make me think, that entertain me because they're actually interesting, or that have a story line that is a page-turner. This book was simply beautiful: dangerous, mystical and poetic. Maybe there's something here that would interest you, too....more
When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be just another sappy love story. I was wrong! I usually don´t read romance novels, but I gWhen I started reading this book I thought it was going to be just another sappy love story. I was wrong! I usually don´t read romance novels, but I got so tangled up in the story that I couldn´t put this book down. Well done Miss Fisher! I cannot wait for your next book! ...more
How to Kill a Rock Star was suggested to me by a friend.I knew the book would be good but I didn't realize it would be MINDBLOWING.
The main charactersHow to Kill a Rock Star was suggested to me by a friend.I knew the book would be good but I didn't realize it would be MINDBLOWING.
The main characters, Eliza and Paul, have struggled with hard times in their pasts. They are both trying to get by, Paul as a respected musician and Eliza as a music journalist. Eliza is a smart, but damaged girl. Paul Hudson is your typical rock-star. Cute, eccentric and crazy. But in a good way. A true artist. I wanted to kick Eliza a bunch of times throughout the book. She was making stupid and confusing decisions constantly.
Loring Blackman was my favorite guy here. He was my type of musician. He was kind, family man, patient, good looking, not eccentric like Paul. He kept his mouth shut on his feelings for Eliza, he understands she was engaged to Paul. I was so mad at Eliza because she used him to feel the void left after Paul. Yes, I understand what she did and why but she is hurt them both, Loring and Paul. I wanted to smack her for that!
This book is amazing, absolutely stunning, witty and funny. It´s filled with a lot of heartbreak, tears, laughter, and amazing quotes. The writing was one of the best I have ever read. I found a new fictional boyfriend, Loring... and the story was brilliant. I cried my eyes out not just once but a three times! I cannot wait to read this book again.
I don't want to write too much and give anything away. JUST READ IT!
Ms DeBartolo, thank you for a great read...
FAVORITE QUOTES: "Do not get on that train."
"Eliza has the sky in her eyes and I've always wanted to touch the goddamn sky."
"Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward people, places, and things we belong with."
“Break my heart? Is that what you just said? I have news for you; you didn't break my heart. My heart's fine. My heart's in the best shape of its life. You know what you did to me? You took an AK-47 and blew my soul open.”
“You can’t judge a man solely on his actions. Sometimes actions are nothing more than re actions.”
Let´s talk about power. By the domestic polity, myth dictates that parents are endowed with disproportionate amount of it. I´m not so sure. Children?Let´s talk about power. By the domestic polity, myth dictates that parents are endowed with disproportionate amount of it. I´m not so sure. Children? They can break our hearts, for a start. They can shame us, they can bankrupt us and I can personally attest that they can make us wish we were never born.
This book was painful, disturbing and complelling. Writing is fantastic. I´m a mother of hyperactive toddler, and this book will haunt me for quite a while.
Lionel Shriver is now one of my favorite writers! ...more