The Book in General It's time I write this review. Well, I really, really liked the book. I didn't expect it to be so funny and endearing. It was tragic...moreThe Book in General It's time I write this review. Well, I really, really liked the book. I didn't expect it to be so funny and endearing. It was tragic and sad as well, but when you read a book about people having cancer, you kinda count on those adjectives.
The Story The life of 16-year-old cancer suviver Hazel sucks. Not being able to go to school, dragging an oxygen tank after her 24/7, being exausted after only a little exertion - that's not the life a teenger wishes for, even though that her being still alive is a miracle. And on top of that Hazel's mom thinks she is depressed and wants her to go a support group for young cancer patients. But there she meets the gorgeous, optimistic, quick-witted Augustus. They like eath other right away. Hazel tells him about her favorite book by Dutch-American author Peter van Houten. Since the book ends in the middle of a sentence, Hazel really needs to get some answers from van Houten, but he never replied to any of her letters. Augustus, however, does get a response...
The Characters I like them all very much. Loved Hazel, loved Gus, loved Hazel's mom, Hazel's dad... Everyone! Awesome characters with a really hard life and not knowing what tomorrow brings for themselves or their loved ones...
Conclusion Everyone should read this book. It's so well written with lovely characters.(less)
The Book in General Sophie & Carter is so much different from anything I've read before. And I mean in a good way. It's a very touching, sensitive,...moreThe Book in General Sophie & Carter is so much different from anything I've read before. And I mean in a good way. It's a very touching, sensitive, short novel (only 117 pages) with great characters.
About the Story and the Characters Sophie and Carter are two teenagers, who are best friends and happen to be neighbors. They both have had a crappy life. Sophie has to take care of her three younger siblings while her drug-addicted prostitute of a mother hasn't shown up for months. And Carter has do deal with his crazy mother, who became mentally ill after years of beatings by his father. His own body shows more than enough signs of that violence as well. Both protagonists are so very strong and independent and mature for their age. It's admirable. But the only reason they don't lose it is because they have each other. They both depend on each other. And over the course of the book, they realize how much they love each other.
What I Didn't Like The book is written in my favorite POV - the first person POV of both Sophie and Carter. But I didn't like that the text of Sophie's chapters is completely in italic letters. It's not very convenient to read a long italic text. Every typographer would tell you that. And since the chapters' titles are either "Sophie" or "Carter" it is clear anyway whose POV you're reading right then. There is no need to make it even clearer. And, of course, the book could have been a little longer.
Conclusion If you're looking for something different once in a while, Sophie & Carter is the right choice. It's not your usual YA Romance. It's more ... fragile. It's something precious.(less)
I'm kind of into football, and I love a strong heroine! Jordan's just a great character! I adored the stor...moreI give 4.5 stars.
I really did enjoy this book.
I'm kind of into football, and I love a strong heroine! Jordan's just a great character! I adored the storyline and the big surprise in the middle of the book (view spoiler)[(aka Henry being the real male protagonist of the book. I loved that! I loved him. There were hints, but I never thought it'd end like this. And it made me so happy. I was Team Henry from the beginning. And now, it doesn't surprise me because obviously, that was the author's intention. (hide spoiler)].
There were a few things I didn't like. (view spoiler)[e.g. that Jordan slept with Ty so early after just a few days, or that Jordan wasn't really mad at Henry for rejecting her before one of the games but is pissed she does the same few days later (in her place, I would have been furious at him!), and I didn't really get why Henry didn't talk to Jordan) (hide spoiler)]
But, yeah, I loved the book and it's characters. The storyline is so creative: the love-triangle, her friendship with those big guys, the relationship with her father, the pursuing of her dream... And I find myself wishing for a sequel. I'd love to see how things work out in college.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Anna and the French Kiss was a really sweet and funny read. I liked it very much.
I have to say that I find the rating a little high...moreThe Book in General
Anna and the French Kiss was a really sweet and funny read. I liked it very much.
I have to say that I find the rating a little high, though. It didn't make my personal "favorites"-shelf. But it's still a very good book and YA Contemporary Romance at it's finest.
About the Story
Anna's life got turned upside down when she learned that her parants were going to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of High School. She doesn't speak French. She doesn't want to leave her best friend Bridgette and her family behind. And on top of all, she doesn't know what would become of her maybe-relationship with her crush, Toph.
Arriving at the School of America in Paris, it doesn't take long for Anna to make new friends. One of them is Étienne St. Clair. Naturally, the gorgeous Brit is the school crush, and not even Anna is immune from his charm and exceptionally good looks. The catch? St. Clair has been dating Ellie, a former student at SOAP who is now attending a college in Paris, for over a year. And although Anna and St. Clair grow closer and closer over the course of time, it doesn't seem that that's about to change...
It's actually a great story, kissing and heartbreak included. So, don't get me wrong, but I always get so frustrated with stories like these. So many misunderstandings that sometimes you just want to bang your head against the wall and scream at the top of your lungs.
I know it would be boring if the protagonists get together right away, but this dragging out the inevitable still sucks.
I know people are going crazy about St. Clair.
But I must say I really didn't like him THAT much. I think his character is a little overrated. Of course, he is a beautiful and charming kind of guy. Swoon-worthy. Husband-material.
Maybe it's because I'm drawn to bad boys, particularly in books, and that's not what he was. But it's not only that. It's the decisions he made that, in my opinion, were wrong and confusing and that I didn't understand [spoilers removed].
Anna, on the other hand, I loved. Perkins did such a great job at creating her character. She is so funny and witty. I want more female protagonists like her.
I could completely relate to her. Apart from a few minor decisions she made, I could completely identify with her and never thought she did anything wrong. Mostly, I would have done the same things [spoilers removed].
I loved the funny writing style of Perkins. Funny books are the best! I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I'd probably enjoy her other books as well.
Everyone who is a sucker for good Chick Lit should definitely read this! You won't be disappointed.(less)
Okay, so I was pretty disappointed when I finished this book. Not creative enough (totally reminded me of Nevermore), too predictable, too stereotypica...moreOkay, so I was pretty disappointed when I finished this book. Not creative enough (totally reminded me of Nevermore), too predictable, too stereotypical, too ... silly sometimes.
I don't liked it that much.
And it started so very promising! Did I ever tell about that feeling I get on the first few pages of an awesome book? No? Well, I do get that feeling sometimes, but not as often as I would like. Well, I had that feeling with Cross My Heart. Unfortunately, it couldn't keep it up. Never happened before. Now, don't get me wrong. It is NOT a bad book. It just isn't a very good one, either. I don't know why it has such a good overall rating.
(view spoiler)[Okay, I admit that fact that Parker was a cop is pretty awesome and kind of sexy. BUT I had already guessed it... And before that I thought he might be sick beyond recovery. (hide spoiler)]
The characters were, uh, I don't know... I didn't exactly like Jaden. She was too perfect, too ... I don't know... unreal maybe. And her being at mad him in the end I didn't quite get, either. And Parker was so not a bad boy. He didn't have the certain vibe. He was too nice her from the beginning. No real bad boy is nice to you from the beginning.
Well, there's not much more that comes to mind right now...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a nice little read I really enjoyed. There should be more books out there with a page number like The Vincent Boys.
Beau is such a hot charact...moreThis was a nice little read I really enjoyed. There should be more books out there with a page number like The Vincent Boys.
Beau is such a hot character. I adored him and wanted to get sucked into the book so that I could be with him instead of Ashton^^.
The story itself was predictable but nice. I was even surprised a few times. (view spoiler)[For example, I would have never expected the huge (adultish) make out scene. I've never read anything like it. Usually, YA authors try to keep the sex at a minimum, which is sensible. But since I've been out of my teens for a few years now, I have to admit that I liked it. (hide spoiler)]
The characters, well, let's say Glines played it safe: the nice girl who is dating the Golden Boy but ultimately falls for the Bad Boy. Like I said: predictable. I guess Ashton's character wasn't that believable with the premarital sex and such, for she's a pastor's daughter. And I don't know what to think about her 180° changing for Sawyer. No one should do that for anybody, no matter how much one loves the other.
(view spoiler)[I've just noticed that this is a series and that there's gonna be another book soon starring Sawyer and Lana. I don't think I'm gonna read that one, though. I liked Ashton and Beau best and am not interest in reading about those two boring characters. I know I might be wrong about it. But still. (hide spoiler)]
What I noticed about the writung style is that it's the first time that I read a story which keeps switching between different first person POV's. Since I prefer that POV, I've always wanted to read a book like this but never found one. I figured that most authors might thinks it's confusing for the reader. So, thanks, Abbi Glines, for finally making my wish come true!
What really sucked was the punctuation! In case you haven't realized yet, I'd like to mention that I'm not a native speaker of English. But it bothered me so much because it disrupted the flow of reading. I don't know what it sometimes is with these kindle edition. Often, they're edited so badly. Is the hardcopy the same? Because I have never read a paperback or hardcover this badly edited. And it's not the first kindle edition I have that was like this.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The Book In General I am so disappointed! I can't even say how much. I had been waiting for this book to come out for a long time. My expectations were...moreThe Book In General I am so disappointed! I can't even say how much. I had been waiting for this book to come out for a long time. My expectations were very high because Nevermore, the first one in a series of three, was just awesome. But honestly, Creagh could have skipped this one altogether because it seemed to be more of a filler than anything else. She should have gone straight from Book No. 1 to Book No. 3.
The Story It's been about three months after Varen's disappearance. All this time, Isobel has been herself. Meeting Varen changed her. The promise she made to him to come back for him weighs heavy on her shoulders. She tries to play the part of the old, carefree Isobel, who didn't give a shit about that strange, dark, mysterious goth in school. But her family, best friends and one teacher see that she's only pretending to be okay. Since the day her teacher gave her that article about the Poe Toaster she has been planning her trip to Baltimore to find Reynolds and thus, find another way into the dreamworld to rescue Varen.
The Characters I still loved Isobel. Sure, I might not always like her decisions, but I know that everything she does, she does it for Varen. Varen, on the other hand, practically wasn't in the book. He said about 2 words. I missed him so much! The only credit I can give Creagh is that I didn't expect the outcome of book two. Gwen was awesome as always.
Conclusion The whole story was about getting to Baltimore, finding Reynolds, finding a way onto the dreamworld. That was just so boring. So many unnecessary details and events. But then the whole graveyard thing was over so quickly, thanks to Gwen. I didn't even get the ending.
I will definitely read the last book because I want to know how the whole story ends. But this book was shockingly bad. I'm sorry I can't write a better review...(less)
Cliffhanger, huh? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm hurting. Badly. I just found out that the sequel is not going to come out until lat...moreCliffhanger, huh? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I'm hurting. Badly. I just found out that the sequel is not going to come out until late August. I can't believe it. How am I supposed to wait until then? Not. Possible.
I've just finished Nevermore and I'm still taken aback. I don't know what to say. What kind of ending was that? Definitely not a very satisfying one. I still have so many questions. I feel as if I was in surgery and the doctor forgot to close me up... So incomplete.
I so chose the book by its cover this time! It is so lovely. I have no regrets. The story was as awesome as the cover! I lo-lo-loved it! Wasn't able to put it down. It is so well-written and it got me hooked from the very beginning. I had high expectations for the book, though. I suspected that it had to be different from the usual YA-fantasy-novel. And I was right. It was so new and refreshing for a change. Finally, none of the protagonists changed schools; Isobel wasn't the shy, self-conscious, "Uh, I'm not pretty, there's no way the most popular boy in school could like me"-mouse - no, surprisingly, she is a beautiful cheerleader, dating the Golden Boy of the football team, she's part of THE clique in school; and Varen (*sigh* Varen) is no irresistible, mysterious, glittering vampire, but a cool, aloof, introverted and kind of scary goth. They have to team up for an Englisch project. Both of them are less than thrilled about it. But, over time, they get to know each other. They find they like each other. They fall in love. Prejudices be damned. It was amazing.
The element of fantasy becomes ever-present only in the last third or quarter of the book. The other bigger part concentrates on the charcters and their interactions and changing relationship. I liked that very much. Nonetheless, Creagh's idea to "embed" her story into Edgar Allan Poe's is so creative, so new for this genre.
I loved both protagonists. That's rare for me. Mostly, I only like one of them. Often, I hate the girl. Not here. I also adored Gwen. She's a great friend.
But, well, the ending still sucks! I have so many questions: (view spoiler)[Does Varen know that Isobel didn't mean to leave him, that she was being deceived? Or did Varen himself play a role in that action? After all, the note Izzy found was in the jacket Reynolds gave her. Those questions bother me most. (hide spoiler)] I can't stop thinking about them, about that we don't really know what Varen feels. Of course, in the end, he still clutches her ribbon - so, I still have hope. I feel so bad for the two, though.
BUT great book! READ IT!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I must say I was a little disappointed. I've listened to Before I Fall and thought it was a great book. And Delirium had been on my reading list for a...moreI must say I was a little disappointed. I've listened to Before I Fall and thought it was a great book. And Delirium had been on my reading list for ages.
But for a dystopian novel, the edge was missing. Most of the plot was predictable, and I think the story wasn't super original either.
Sarah Drew is a great performer, which is why I chose to listen to the audiobook in the first place. But even she couldn't improve the story.
So I probably won't continue with the sequels...(less)
**spoiler alert** Thank you, Julie Kagawa, for being such an amazing author! This is how a series should be - a constant improvement. I already loved...more**spoiler alert** Thank you, Julie Kagawa, for being such an amazing author! This is how a series should be - a constant improvement. I already loved the first novel. The second was awesome. But "The Iron Queen" is pure bliss - in terms of a really good book, that is. I'm not sure I liked the ending, though it surely raised my hopes a bit, and, of course, the title gives it all away in the first place. So, I wasn't surprised by the outcome. Throughout the book I was beyond pleased with the development of Meghan's and Ash's relationship. I could almost feel how it deepend and became the ultimate model of trust and love. I thought I'd seen/read it all, but the knight's vow was the most wonderful act I've ever read when it comes to romance. Maybe because I've never read anything like it. That only shows Julie Kagawa's "freshness" and creativity. Loved it! I'm not sure which character changed most - Ash's or Meghan's. She started out as the weakest one and eventually became the strongest. Ash, on the other hand, was as cold, indifferent, and ruthless as an iceberg. Show or not, Meghan changed that in him, and in "The Iron Queen" he was just perfect, but a bad boy when he had to be. Of course, I'm still a little sad that they didn't have their HAE yet. But I'm sure that the Ice Prince himself will do everything in his power to carry out that last promise he gave Meghan. On the other hand, Meghan disappointed me in not believing in them, in giving up on them. But for now, Ash has Puck at his side to help him with it, to fill the empty spot of loneliness. And I must say that I'm pretty excited to read the next book from Ash's perspective. I've already read the sneak peek on amazon and now, I really can't wait. My only wish is that they can be together in the end.(less)
**spoiler alert** Wow! What a ride! I simply LOVED it from the beginning! It was so exciting; I couldn't put it down. I felt so many emotions througho...more**spoiler alert** Wow! What a ride! I simply LOVED it from the beginning! It was so exciting; I couldn't put it down. I felt so many emotions throughout the read - sadness, betrayal, relief, jealousy, worry... - mostly when Ash was involved. OMG, he is definitely one of my most favorite characters ever - I'm really into bad boys! He is so mysterious. You can never be sure that you really figured him out. He is such a complex character. What I didn't like was the constant reminder of Ariella. Everyone was talking about her: Ash, Rowan, Mab, Puck... I mean, we know Ash loved her a lot. But she is dead. It wasn't fair to Meghan to talk about her so much. And it totally irritated me that it didn't seem to bother Meghan very much and that she even stated that Ariella is his true love. So why would anyone want to be with someone who has actually loved someone else for a long time? I'd never be content to be someone's second choice. Is Ash only drawn to Meghan because she reminds him of Ariella so much? Or does he really love her for herself? I, as the reader, wanna read about Ash loving Meghan and not someone else. I totally didn't expect the end, though. And now I'm very excited to find out how the story line is developing in "The Iron Queen". (less)