"The road called life is long and winding. There are curves. Bumpes along the way. And sometimes...
Sometimes you´re speeding through it, missing the sig...more"The road called life is long and winding. There are curves. Bumpes along the way. And sometimes...
Sometimes you´re speeding through it, missing the signs and by the time you reach the end of it you have thoughts, recollections, and moments where you realize you haven´t really lived.
And that´s the thing about life. It goes way too fast. At least mine did..."
I waited so long to read this book and I have to admit that it was worth every minute of waiting. When I saw the cover first time, I thought it would be just another romantic happy ending. Boy, I was wrong...
Imagine modern Romeo and Juliet. Imagine what would happen if Romeo and Juliet were set in 1950s in America. Than put Juliet in Psych ward and see what will happen...
I can´t summarize the amazing experience I have had while reading this book. This series is one of my all-time favorites!
This time I don´t won´t to write long review with many reasons why you should read this book/series. Please my friends, trust me on this one and just read it.
This book has stolen my attention right from its very first line. It´s stunning, scary, u...moreReview 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.(less)
This book takes mind-fuck to a whole new level! And, you know me, I love mind-fucks, so I absolutely adore this book!!! It reminded me a lot on American...moreThis book takes mind-fuck to a whole new level! And, you know me, I love mind-fucks, so I absolutely adore this book!!! It reminded me a lot on American Horror Story Asylum TV-show so I simply devoured it. I was unable to stop thinking and questioning and wondering about every single thing that was going on in this book.
I'm now kicking myself for forgetting to read it sooner.
Sorry guys, I can´t write this review cause I must read the sequel like right now... (less)
My child, I know you´re not a child But I see you running wild Between those flowering trees. Your sparkling dreams, your silver laugh Your wishes to the...moreMy child, I know you´re not a child But I see you running wild Between those flowering trees. Your sparkling dreams, your silver laugh Your wishes to the stars above Are just my memories.
And in your eyes the ocean And in your eyes the sea The waters frozen over With your longing to be free.
Yesterday you´d awoken To a world incredibly old. This is the age you are broken Or turned into gold...
How can I possible say that I loved this book when it broke my heart into pieces and I am still trying to recover from this emotionally intense and shocking reading.
Storyteller was quite the unforgettable experience: amazing, mind blowing, heartbreaking, bittersweet and emotional roller coaster. I have recommended it to all my friends. You NEED to read this book! You will feel its emotional weight long after you turned the last page.(less)
I'll admit it, I amost gave up on this novel. I put it off for weeks, after reading only 50 pages. After a while, I promised myself I'd just jump in a...moreI'll admit it, I amost gave up on this novel. I put it off for weeks, after reading only 50 pages. After a while, I promised myself I'd just jump in and finish it, before I moved onto another book.
I'm so glad I did continue. I can honestly say, this is one of the best books i've ever read!
The beginning is slow, it does not make much sense, but as the book continues, the magic happens. I learn more about Taylor Markham's life, and the mysteries wrapped around her and the "wars". I don't want to say much, because I'd hate to ruin the magic of the story to those who haven´t read it yet.
I suggest, urge, beg, plead to everyone out there that they read On the Jellicoe Road. You will be transported into a wonderful world with characters that will forever live in your heart. And with this being my first Marchetta book, I am now on a mission to read her other books. (less)
Got a secret Can you keep it? Swear this one you'll save Better lock it, in your pocket Taking this one to the grave If I show you then I know you Won't tel...moreGot a secret Can you keep it? Swear this one you'll save Better lock it, in your pocket Taking this one to the grave If I show you then I know you Won't tell what I said Cause two can keep a secret If one of them is dead...
The Taker is a story of mystery, passion, unreturned tragic love, and the paranormal. It’s sort of adult dark tale with goth elements, paranormal roma...moreThe Taker is a story of mystery, passion, unreturned tragic love, and the paranormal. It’s sort of adult dark tale with goth elements, paranormal romance and historical fiction. This book is cleverly constructed and has a few stories within a story, it's very well written - compelling characters, and intricately detailed. The brilliant Alma Katsu is definitely an author to watch out for in the future!
If you are looking for a fantastic, brutal, heartbreaking and magical story, read THE TAKER. I highly recommend this book to fans of Anne Rice. (less)
Yeah, she did it again! She wrote another masterpiece! Kelley Armstrong you are truly a genius! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, and I cannot wait to read the...moreYeah, she did it again! She wrote another masterpiece! Kelley Armstrong you are truly a genius! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, and I cannot wait to read the next installment of this series.(less)
I wanted to love this one. I really did, and I liked it...but I didn't love it.
I loved the Romantic Poets and this was an interesting way to spin the...moreI wanted to love this one. I really did, and I liked it...but I didn't love it.
I loved the Romantic Poets and this was an interesting way to spin the lives of historical figures (John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley) into modern times. Their transformation into three high school students was just amazing and very well done. So Shelly definitely brings back the spirit of Romanticism. The characters were well describe and the plot... well the plot is not only graphic but destructive (and a bit boring sometimes, sorry Mr Roth). There was drugs, sex, pedophilia, incest, suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion and every kind of hurt you ever felt.
I think that this book would be a great movie. If you like the Romantic Poets, give this one a try.
"...Learn to deal with the truth of dying, and you´ll experience the awesomeness of living. Death and love are real. That´s all I know on earth, and all I need to know.(less)
Sad. Confusing. Heartbreaking. Shocking. Emotional. Perfect.
It has lot of swearing, drinking, self-harming and sex (including teen pregnancy and abor...moreSad. Confusing. Heartbreaking. Shocking. Emotional. Perfect.
It has lot of swearing, drinking, self-harming and sex (including teen pregnancy and abortion).
The story is told from a first person point of view from Grace. She is in self destruct mode. She has so many emotions that she just doesn't know how to deal with and this shows in the way she acts. In many ways she comes across as a normal teen - she seems friendly and outgoing and is doing well at school, but this is just a front that she puts on. Underneath it all she is messed up - she uses alcohol to escape from reality, sleeps with boys she has just met and resorts to cutting as a way to feel in control of her life. I could hear Grace's voice so clearly. There was humour, happiness and love, fear, confusion and sadness - such bone crushing sadness that it made my eyes fill with tears.
It was frank, open, brutally honest and tender. Cat Clarke is an author to look out for! I know I'll be on the lookout for all of her future books.
Overall, one of the most amazing, unpredictable, incredible, beautiful books.(less)
There are books that I read, books I enjoy, and then there are books in which I can lose myself. SILENCE sucked me in and carried me away.
This book w...moreThere are books that I read, books I enjoy, and then there are books in which I can lose myself. SILENCE sucked me in and carried me away.
This book was simply fantastic. Beyond fantastic really, it was utterly amazing. And Patch is officialy my favourite angel. He is my angelic Adrian Ivashkov. I wouldn´t mind if he visits me in my dream...
There´s only one thing I know for certain anymore. That I would do anything for you, even if it means going against my instincts or my very nature. I would lay down everything I possess, even my soul, for you. If that isn´t love, it´s the best I have.(less)
The Dark Divine was a great book, but The Lost Saint was simply amazing!!! Bree really got better as a second book author and it was much more enjoyab...moreThe Dark Divine was a great book, but The Lost Saint was simply amazing!!! Bree really got better as a second book author and it was much more enjoyable ride! I love Grace´s transformation from a dansel in distress to a Super Women, and I was so mad at Daniel (go go Talbot!!!) until I really realized what was going on. The ending was oh so unexpected! So cruel, but so brilliant! It left me speachless! Now I'm craving for more...
WILL & TESSA "I assumed you were a prostitute due to your presence in what can only be termed a brothel."
Tessa stared at him.
"You can't expect me...more WILL & TESSA "I assumed you were a prostitute due to your presence in what can only be termed a brothel."
Tessa stared at him.
"You can't expect me to believe you were entirely ignorant of the Darke House's function?" Will inquired. "You must have seen what was going on."
"I told you, I was never allowed out of that room."
"I didn't realize that meant no one else was ever allowed in," Will said.
"What—oh, ugh. Ugh. There's something horribly wrong with you, isn't there? It's like you can't stop saying awful things."
JEM & TESSA "I am more than anything else a Shadowhunter. I am a brother to the Nephilim of England more than I am a brother to any mundane of the land where I was born. And when Nephilim look at me, they see only a Shadowhunter. It is the mundanes who look at me and see something they do not understand—a boy who is not quite white and not quite foreign either."
"Just as I am not human, and not demon either," Tessa said softly.
His eyes softened. "You are human," he said. "Never think you are not. I have seen you with your brother; I know how you care for him. If you can feel hope, guilt, sorrow, love—then you are human."
Oh Jem...I adore him. He is so kind and sweet and brave and surprisingly sexy as heck. It is impossible not to love him.
Will & Jem = ♥
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Victorian steampunk with magical literary nerds... it's like the author was in my head.
I fell in love with Shadowhunters Jem and Will immediately. Two polar opposites. " Then came Jem, and then Will, looking like two chess pieces from some odd game, both Jem´s silver hair and Will´s tangled black locks set off by the pallor of their clothes. White Knight and black Knight..."
At first we see the JEM is kind, cautious, sweet, smart and caring: "...Whatever you are physically, male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy-all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame. You just cannot help but adore and quite possibly love him.
WILL is dark, witty, moody, careless, arrogant hot bad boy. He is neglectful to everyone but Jem. Can I just say that Will is entirely swoon-worthy. "He had the most beautiful face she had ever seen. Tangled black hair and eyes like blue glass. Elegant cheekbones, a full mouth, a long, thick lashes. Even the curve of his throat was perfect. He looked like every fictional hero she´d ever conjured up in her head. Although she´d never imagined one of them cursing at her while shaking his bleeding hand in an accusing fashion." "(...)The face of bad angel and eyes like the night sky in hell."
TESSA, a shape-shifter, is a feisty, proud, intelligent young woman who immediately is taken by the beauty of both Jem and Will. Together all three of them must fight against The Magister, a man who has built a clockwork army against the Shadowhunters.
Clockwork Angel was a complete surprise. It´s so much better than The Mortal Instruments. (Thanks @Zemira again!) Can't wait for the next book!
"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."
"Well, she's not responding to my advances," he observed more brightly than he felt, "so she must be dead." "Or she's a woman of good taste and sense."
"There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it."
"If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?"
"It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it."
"Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs."(less)