I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was fast-driven and interesting. I absolutely loved the main characters introduced in the book and I founI really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was fast-driven and interesting. I absolutely loved the main characters introduced in the book and I found the character development really very good. I could see why the characters did what did and the love between the hero and the heroine was also very believable and I certainly enjoyed it.
The heroine, I forgot her name again ><, was a very strong character. I loved seeing how she changed, it was truly very sweet. Before the accident, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have liked her much. But the moment she lost her memory, she started to go back to her old self (her nice self), and I really loved her then!
Of course, the main hero, was just so amazingly hot and wonderful and just awesome:) heh, he really loved her, I could see that through all his actions, and that really touched me.
I'm gonna keep this short so I shan't elaborate any further!
So I did still have some complaints about this book. Firstly, I felt that a proper close wasn't given with regard to her friends. I mean, first they were so hesitant about befriending her again, and when they finally did, they could just drop it all because she didn't want to break Jon's heart immediately. I dunno, that made me dislike them, though I knew deep down they were just trying to protect themselves. Oh, and I really wanted to know about how she exactly treated her friends back then. I mean, it has to be something serious for them to treat her the way they did. But what happened? I felt that this part was very quickly brushed across and also very disjointed.
Heh, I would have liked seeing what happened with the hero and Lucinda. I was left a little bit hanging when the book just ended, without really giving a proper close to the book. Sure, the ending was great, but a little too abrupt for my tastes. It didn't fully close the book as there were some things that I felt should have been addressed.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. The character development was very good and it really showed me how all of the characters changed throughout the course of the book. As such, I was able to empathise with the characters. Hmm, I dunno why, but I felt that something in this book was lacking. I dunno, the pace was great, the plot was interesting, character development amazing, but yet, I felt that there was something missing. I could feel their love too, but maybe it wasn't strong enough for me. Maybe it was because the sexual tension between them wasn't really accentuated and I would have liked seeing that? Maybe it was the lack of magic in their love? Maybe the plot was just too normal for me, like what could happen in the real world, though it was still interesting! Or maybe its just me...
But yes, I think one should read this book if they want an easy read and I really did enjoy it! :)
Heh, the review turned out to be rather long in the end! :)...more
The thought that kept running through my head as I read this book was that Nick Destry was freaking hot. Like, jaw-dropping hot, drop-dead gorgeous kiThe thought that kept running through my head as I read this book was that Nick Destry was freaking hot. Like, jaw-dropping hot, drop-dead gorgeous kind of hot! :P He was an amazing hero for the book and I certainly loved reading about him.
Ok so this book was really a very nice book. I enjoyed reading it and I felt that the author carried off the emotions of the 2 characters perfectly. Even though there was none of Nick's POV, I could just see from everything he said and did exactly how much he loved Paige. Though I like to have some of the hero's POV, in this case, it wasn't even necessary. The writing was so good that I could just read and know how he felt without me having to guess.
When I first started reading, it was like a huge puzzle in my mind that just could not be solved. Through the flashbacks, the puzzle started to fill up and let me tell you, that just kept me hooked on the book. And I apologise for my English. My grammar and language and everything is just haywire now. I have no idea why, maybe I'm too tired. But yes, back to the book. The overall storyline was very good. It certainly kept my eyes glued to the book. Add that to the fact that her characters were very well-written and well-developed and you get an amazing plot which just arouses emotions in you.
Let me talk a little about the characters first. Nick is in a word, hot. He's gorgeous, rich, sweet, sensual, just... wow. As the book went on, I fell more and more in love with him. The way he treated Paige was just so sweet and nice! They were in love when they were married, I could just see that. But because of his one wrong move, the whole marriage fell apart. My heart broke for them as I read about Paige recalling their honeymoon. Throughout that, I could really see how Nick loved her. At that time, I truly truly believed that he wanted the marriage to work, but he didn't succeed. My heart really broke for him. I saw that he really did love her, but because of his one mistake, he lost her. Of course, later on in the book, I found out all his motives for the marriage and all. And its just so sweet and cheesy. But still sweet!
As for Paige, I really admired her. I mean, he was so hot and everything. When they were in the room together, she was so attracted to him, yet she didn't show it and made all those cool and witty remarks. And the moment she did that, I loved her character. I don't really like it when the girl falls to the guy's feet cos he says or does something seductive and all. I mean, I prefer my heroines to have some backbone, to be able to resist their attraction, or at least try to. It really makes me admire them and like them. As the book progressed, I saw more of how she had been hurt and I could truly understand why she acted the way she did. She's also a very loyal person. Read the end, you'll know what I mean.
This book would have been perfect were it not for just one thing that I felt should have been addressed. Oh, there will be a spoiler!!!!!!!!!!! So look away if you care!! So, Nick accused her of sleeping with him to cover up stuff cos of some stuff he overheard. But I felt that this wasn't resolved properly. I mean, it's quite a serious accusation. But, I felt it was brushed over too easily and it wasn't really resolved. I dunno, maybe its just me...
Another thing is that I didn't really enjoy the way he expressed his love for her. It started off good, but the middle was just meh, but the ending was pretty good! Then again, this is my own preference, so others may find the whole part amazing.
Yes, so all in all, I really did enjoy reading this book. NICK IS FREAKING HOT!!!!! I would read it again, just for him:P heh, but really, I feel this book is worth your while. The characters were really good, the plot was very good. I don't actually have any true complaints, apart from that little things above! So, yes, you should pick up this book! An easy read but their love is still amazingly sweet....more
Gah. I deleted the first part of my review. :( And it was pretty good, IMO:P Alright, let's start again!
So I really enjFirst read: 24-25 October 2012
Gah. I deleted the first part of my review. :( And it was pretty good, IMO:P Alright, let's start again!
So I really enjoyed this book. I didn't really like the intro for various reasons which I will cover later. But towards the end, I loved the book. It was really really good and I simply cannot wait for the next book.
So, first things first. This book is written in Sydney's POV. Now, Syd's an amazing character and I really like her. She's just a little too conservative and afraid of vampires. I mean, she did grow up knowing about them right? So why is she still so afraid of them? BUT she isn't Rose, the narrator for Vampire Academy and I thank God for that. Now, simply put, I have a strong dislike for Rose. I've only once liked her, then slowly that like, faded away into kind of dislike? But this book isn't about Rose, so let's not talk about her.
Ok apart from the first bit of the book, there was no Rose:):):):):):) And the part I saw, I hated. She. Is. So. Freaking. Egotistic. Gosh. What makes her think she's the best freaking guardian and can protect everyone the best??? Doesn't she have some faith in her colleagues, especially Eddie? Ugh. I'm disgusted even talking about her.
And sth VERY weird happened in the book. Somehow, just somehow, in the middle of the book, I missed Rose. Do not ask me how that happen. I have no freaking idea. When I said that to myself, I was just about to slap some sense into myself. I mean, Rose, the person I hate? I miss her? Wth's wrong with me? I guess she was entertaining after all... Or maybe she just wormed her way into my heart without knowing it! Wait. This isn't supposed to be about Rose! Ok, moving on.
At the beginning, I didn't enjoy this book. I found it boring. A few reasons. I hate settings in high school. I dunno, people are soooo immature there. Apart from Sydney and Eddie:) So I didn't really like it as much as Vampire Academy (yes, even with that having the most hated Rose). But I really enjoyed reading from Sydney's POV. She's a great character, no matter what other people say.
At the beginning, I didn't really like Jill. I felt that she was keeping something really big to herself. Of course, when it was revealed, it was something I could never have expected. What, I won't say. But it is awesome indeed. Eddie was a little weird in this. I dunno why. I kinda guessed he liked Jill, but that doesn't really explain his whole change in character? I dunno, he was way too worried for her. Maybe he really really cares for her. Heh, I couldn't really like Jill at first because unlike her character in VA, she was really whiny here and didn't seem to care about anything. Argh, it was kinda annoying to be certain. But towards the end, she was alright:)
Syd is just about really really cool. She is so smart. Gosh, I wish I could do chemistry the way she did it. She's so amazing! She just completely edited a recipe on the spot and it freaking worked! Omg. She's really awesome. And that fire spell at the end? One word. Simply amazing. Or rather two. Heh, I really really like her. She may not have much social skills but I love heroines that are smart. Which is so unlike Rose. Sorry, couldn't resist!
But now let's talk about Adrian! He is soooooo freaking sweet! He's so nice to Jill and Syd! Sigh, as much as he was hurt by Rose, that stupid girl >:(, he is still able to be so nice to both of them! Sigh, he IS a lot nicer than Dimitri, regarding how they treat others. Adrian is amazing. When I read the synopsis, and saw that Eddie, Jill, Syd and Adrian was gonna appear, I made a prediction. Adrian and Syd will somehow end up together. And Eddie and Jill. Heh, I think I'll be right. Eddie really likes Jill. I think he loves her. He's so sacrificial! All he wants is for her to be happy! Like, he's willing to give up his happiness if it means she'll be happy with someone else. If that isn't love, I don't know what is it. Gosh. I want them to end up together. And Adrian and Syd kinda have a connection alr. He realised that she was beautiful and of course, she was already aware of him a long time back! Sigh, I think they would be so sweet together! She understands him. Definitely. Unlike Rose who had to go break his heart. Gosh, I'm so freaking pissed with her right now? And she has Dimitri. Fine. I'm pretty sure Adrian will realise how amazing Syd is and get together with her. Now, that is one relationship I think is amazing.
So overall I really liked the book. The ending was pretty surprising, but I just had a weird feeling about a certain character. Sure, it started off slow and really rather boring. But around 3/4 of the book, the action really picks up and the book becomes good. Dialogues were awesome and I loved the impassioned rant that Syd gave to Eddie and Jill. It really conveyed her feelings. And as much as I love Adrian, I still felt that he should have been more serious in the job interviews... At least he was serious about college later! He's really funny:) And I loved his sentence about everyone needed many tries to get sth perfect. Except his parents. They got it right on the first try. Hahaha Adrian is so cutely ego! Its kinda adorable, because he actually is amazing, unlike a certain someone whose name starts with R. Gosh, I'm obsessed with her. I. Must. Not. Think. About. Her. She's. Evil. E.V.I.L. Heh, just joking! She's... nice, I guess! I loved the plot and Ms. Mead introduced us to the new characters and narrator very well!
But the last sentence was the best thing I've read in a long time. It said, "Dimitri Belikov had arrived." Now, if you've read my VA reviews, you should know how in love with Dimitri I am. Hence, when I saw that name and the word arrived, I leapt for joy. I danced around my room, I jumped on the bed, I laughed like crazy. I can't wait for the 2nd book. My Dimitri is back. Without Rose. At least it better be without her. So its like the best of both worlds. I have characters I love, Sydney and Adrian (gosh, I almost typed Rose! :O) and the love of my life is back:) Oh yeah baby, the next book, The Golden Lily, is so gonna be perfect. BTW, I absolutely love the cover:)
I can't end without saying this. I love Dimitri. Even though he didn't even have a sentence in this book. And I'm falling in love with Adrian more and more. He is just amazing and awesome and sooooooo cute! Heh, I CAN'T WAIT! Gosh, its only coming out in May next year I believe:(:(:(:(:(:(
Read this book, I'm sure you'll slowly fall in love with it:)
First read on 28 October 2011, second on 24-25 October 2012. Third on 18 Jan 2014, fourth on 14 feb 2015. Review above is for first read!...more
I really enjoyed this book. But yet, I’m very hesitant to give it 5 stars. The beginning was amazinThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
I really enjoyed this book. But yet, I’m very hesitant to give it 5 stars. The beginning was amazing. But the ending? Not so. But for the emotions I experienced throughout the entire book, and for the sheer admiration I had for the heroine, this book definitely deserves 5 stars.
Can I start by raving about how awesome the heroine is? Seriously, you don’t know how long I’ve waited to find this sort of heroine. This is the kind of heroine that I love in books. Sarah is in a word, cool. I love it when she so easily resists Alex and completely doesn’t even find him attractive. Gosh, I absolutely loved it when Alex was stunned that she was the one woman in the world who could resist him. And she didn’t even have to try. It came so naturally to her. Haha I love it when alpha males just get their egos deflated by that one woman who can just so easily resist them! Its really really funny and well, you know, I love it when the guy is shown that he is not the most amazing person in this world and that every single woman ever born will like him.
Ok, now, back to the plot! Basically what happened was that Sarah’s sister, I forgot her name, died in childbirth cos of a weak heart. The father was Alex’s brother, Damien? And he’s a coward. Seriously. I have no idea what her sister saw in him. Sarah blamed Alex and his whole family because she felt that Damien should have done what was right and married her. However, Sarah never knew that Damien was already married. Her sister knew, yet still had an affair. But before she found out, she completely hated that family. Sarah fought tooth and nail for her nephew, Nikos, or rather Nicky. Alex wanted to take that child cos he felt that Nikos should grow up in luxury. Of course, Sarah didn’t want it and came up with what she thought was the perfect plan to get Alex to back off. She told him that if he wanted Nikos, he had to marry her. Unfortunately, as you can guess, her plan backfired. Alex agreed. Albeit extremely reluctant. Gosh, that guy is mean, I’ll say more later! So basically they got married. They realised they were super attracted to each other, or rather Alex helped Sarah realise their attraction. I think you know what comes next. Yes, they fall in love and have a HEA. Like all romances. But the emotions this book brought out in me was really something. I found myself rooting for them and I really could not wait till he admitted he loved her.
Alex is a jerk sometimes. A jerk who has an overly inflated view of himself. Of course, Sarah helps to burst that bubble. I mean, sure Alex is hot and all, make that really really hot! :D But what he said to Sarah on several occasions, just made me want to hit him. Seriously, it was just so mean to her. He just accused her of a lot of stuff, right after they made love for the first time. I mean, gosh, you really want to say all those things, you can wait till the next day right? But no, just because he was afraid of the emotions and thoughts she brought to him, he had to insult her and scold her. Gah. I felt like hitting him sometimes. Seriously. Oh oh oh! She hit him! Once! And caused a bruise:D Oh well, he deserved that one. Later on, he was so freaking cute! It was so obvious he was trying to win her affection and get her to like him. But honestly, he did try too hard. Heh, it was really cute though! I could see that he did like her. As for love, I’m not too sure about that.
I didn’t like a few things about the book. Firstly, I couldn’t really believe their love. As in, I was really rooting for them to fall in love right from the start. But… when they finally confessed and all, I couldn’t feel the sincerity. I mean, I figured that he did love her, but the words he said didn’t really convey that message. As for Sarah, I really could not tell she truly loved him. At least, not the last forever kind of love. How would I say it? I really don’t know how she came to the conclusion that she loved him. Sure, she missed him. But if she was just infatuated with him, wouldn’t she miss him too? Possessiveness, a bit of jealousy, crazy sexual attraction. All these doesn’t scream true love, instead it shouts infatuation. For me, I take true love as a person being really unhappy without the other. Where both parties just need each other. To me, that’s true love. And no, I didn’t see it in her behaviour. A little bit in his, but not enough.
Nevertheless, the emotions I experienced throughout the book was one of the most intense I’ve felt in a while. And just for that, I’ll give this five stars. As much as I feel that the confession of love and the love between the characters could have been better, the rest of the parts covers it!
All in all, I do think that this is a good book to read, and I really did enjoy myself while I was reading the book. I was literally addicted to it, I simply could not take my eyes of the book, even for a second. So yes, I do recommend it to others. And I really don’t think the confession of love and the love between the characters was as bad as I made it sound. Maybe it was just me being overly sensitive! ...more
This was a very good read. I loved the characters in the book, and their love truly touched me. I dThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
This was a very good read. I loved the characters in the book, and their love truly touched me. I devoured the book, and finished it within a few hours. I simply could not stop reading. The action that was unfolding on the pages of the book was really captivating and everything just fell so nicely in place. I’m trying to say, there wasn’t too much of anything or too little. At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, everything was just right. I especially loved the romance, and honestly, the first love scene that Phoebe and Dan had was so so sweet, at least on Phoebe’s side.
So, I thought I start by talking a bit about the characters. Phoebe is at first glance, a bimbo. Because of the clothes she wears, the way she carries herself, people think she doesn’t have a brain. But let me tell you, there’s a very very devious brain lurking behind those clothes. She dresses that way as a form of self-protection. Protecting herself from what, I leave that to you to find out. She’s very headstrong and she wants her own way. And she’ll do a lot to achieve it.
As for Dan, I really don’t know how to describe him. Shall I say he’s someone who’s never really talking? My impression of him is that he’s always speaking with a loud voice, aka shouting. Or maybe that’s only towards Phoebe, because he simply has no idea how to handle her.
Ok, I’ve realised my reviews are so so so long, it gets boring. Then again, I was never really much of an interesting person. So I’m gonna attempt to write a short review. Next few reviews, I am going to keep it within 500 words. Excluding the summary. I’ll try!
The love they shared was so touching and even in later books, when they are mentioned, every time they look at each other, their looks are so filled with tenderness, its really humbling. That is true love. I believe it with all my heart. They went through so many ups and downs, so many pushing each other away, trying to hide their feelings. But at last, they could deny it no longer and gave in to it.
I really enjoyed the book. Though I read it for a challenge at first, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters inside the book. I love the witty dialogues between Dan and Phoebe. It makes me laugh every time. The supporting characters were really funny and the plot was really coherent and well planned out. The football games were nail-biting and the climax at the end? One word. Amazing. Even though I knew everything would turn out right in the end, I was still so nervous about how everything was going to turn out. And right at the end, there was still a little surprise that I didn’t see coming.
I loved the epilogue. It just tells me how sweet their life was. And through it all, true love really lasts a lifetime. Sure, the epilogue’s only 3 years later. But still, it’s so nice to see that they already have a whole family. And one thing I love is how the Stars don’t win every single game. They fought hard and eventually succeeded. And the way Phoebe tries to get them all settled and relaxed? Super funny. I burst out in laughter time after time at her behaviour. One of my favorite moments in the book is when she negotiated the deal with some annoying guy. Single-handedly, she did what no one else before her could achieve. With a lot of wit, courage and yes, flirtation, she actually succeeded. I really wanted to cheer for her just imagining the flabbergasted look on that guy’s face. And Dan, he must have been so proud of her.
Basically what I’m trying to say here is that Phoebe isn’t meant to be underestimated. Sure, she may not look like much, but she has one of the sharpest brains ever. And she totally knows how to use a situation to her benefit.
Yes, I should continue talking a little more about the romance right? Now let’s see, at first it was just lust. But behind that, they always cared each other. No matter how many times Dan screamed at her and got so frustrated with her because he thought she was irresponsible, I just know he loved her deep down. Omg, I just remembered. I totally love the jealousy in the book. It’s the most obvious sign a man is falling hard for a girl. And his jealousy wasn’t something small. I absolutely loved it every time he got jealous she was with another man.
That being said, I realised that the characters just suddenly realise they’re in love with the other character. Never being in love myself before, I have no idea how it happens. However, I do feel it’s a little abrupt. It’s like suddenly, Oh my gosh, I love him! In the middle of nothing at all, that thought can just suddenly come. I don’t doubt their love, but they way they realise it makes me kind of skeptical.
It Had To Be You was an excellent read, I loved every moment of it. I simply could not put the book down. The plot was amazing, the characters even more so. The pace was great, not too fast and not too slow. I can’t really describe why I love the book. It just speaks to me and touches my heart! I never once found the book boring or slow. I loved every moment of it. It was a great read to be sure, and one I’ll definitely recommend. Susan Elizabeth Philips is one awesome writer. I’ve read 7 of her books, and I love them all. They all suck me in and make it impossible for me to ever put the book down.
And on a side note, I finally understand the meaning behind the cover. I believe its because Phoebe wears really skimpy clothes and really revealing ones. Yeah, I think that’s it! :P ...more
Minx was a book that I really enjoyed. Dunford was a character that was shown since Splendid, the first book in the series. Hence, it was really a pleasure to read about him. Henrietta, or rather, Henry, is his perfect match in so many ways. Both of them together is just so sweet.
The beginning part was really funny. I really loved seeing how Dunford tried to resist his attraction to Henry out of some misguided sense of duty. And right at the beginning, when Henry tried to chase Dunford away, I was bursting out in laughter every few pages or so.
For me, this book was very real. The characters were very realistic and you could really feel their pain, their hurt, but also their love and joy. It was a book that made me feel a lot. It brought me through a whole maelstrom of emotions and even now, just flipping through the ending, I find myself tearing up at the sweet words they spoke to each other. Yes, it may be mushy and cheesy but it just is so sweet, is it not?
Alright, let me just start with a short summary.
So Dunford inherits the estate Henry is living on. She tries to chase him away at first. Afterwards, they strike a truce and become friends. However, they are both attracted to each other. Later, when Dunford finds out that he’s her guardian, he insists on bringing her to London so as to give her a season and find her a husband. And he tries to fight the attraction, thinking its very wrong to be attracted to her as he’s her guardian. But finally, in London, they both give in to their mutual desires and fall in love. They get engaged, but because of a major disagreement, which I won’t say what, they were estranged for quite a while. Of course, it all got resolved in the end and they had their HEA.
So the thing I really loved about this book was that it was really well written. I could feel the characters, as if I was living their lives. The part that I especially loved was when they had their major conflict. I really could feel their pain, and believe me, it was very painful. But when they finally made up, their love was so so sweet. Of course, before that, one could also feel their love. But I find that it is after major conflicts that you can truly see a couple’s love for each other.
As with the previous 2 novels in the Splendid Trilogy, the dialogue was very witty and I really enjoyed the times they spent together. Without doubt, I would be able to find something that I could laugh about, or sigh about within most of their dialogues.
There’s only one thing I didn’t really like, and what stopped this from being a 5 star read. I didn’t like the making up scene. It didn’t have that emotional impact on me that I thought it should have. The part after that was so sweet though, and of course, the epilogue where the baby is born just brings a smile to my face.
I think something I really liked in this book was how Dunford was humbled by love. He was a different man when he was in love. Still the same old adorable Dunford, but there was something so different about him when you saw him with Henry. Maybe its because we’ve seen him over 2 other books and thus can really see the change in him when he falls in love.
As for Henry, I really liked her a lot. She was someone that I could really relate to. The things she did were things I would have thought of doing were I in the same situation. And I like that she can swallow her pride and apologize when she’s in the wrong. I especially loved her tricks right at the beginning. She really fooled Dunford! Throughout the whole book, you could see Henry mature into a fine young lady. Before, she was really nice and really sweet, but still very innocent. At the end, she was truly a lady. I would call it, transformed by love. And not in a bad way. As in she didn’t change for him. It was a natural process that occurred because of love.
All in all, Minx was a great read and I really loved it. Certainly a book I would recommend to someone else. In fact, I would definitely recommend the whole series to another person. The final book, a novella in Where’s My Hero, was also very well-written. I won’t be doing a review for that so suffice to say that I really loved it and it did sum up all the characters that were introduced to us. And I loved the ending for that book. Funny and fantastic. But back to topic. Minx just shows me how love really changes people into becoming better persons. It was a completely enjoyable read. 4.5 stars....more
A World Apart was something so unexpected; I can’t help but say I love it. When I first began the booThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
A World Apart was something so unexpected; I can’t help but say I love it. When I first began the book, I found it rather slow and a little dry. But as the book carried on, I found how amazing it was. It may not always have been very interesting, but it was certainly very touching. When I first picked up the book, I wasn’t expecting what I read at all. The level of emotions depicted in the book is just so amazing and so so real.
The thing I really liked about this book was that it truly showed the real horrors of wars and the sufferings that is faced by family and friends. It didn’t brush across all these emotions lightly, and that is something I really liked about it. I especially liked seeing how just one small baby could bring so much joy to them, could represent so much hope for them. The people in the book were really noble. Without regard for themselves, they would work hard to save others.
The main characters of this book is David and Cassandra. Both of them are doctors and super good ones at that. Right from the start, they have conflicts with each other and David makes a super wrong assumption about Cassandra that almost ruined their entire relationship. He thought she was married. It caused a lot of problems later on, trust me.
David is a very kind man. I like him a lot. It’s very obvious how much he loves her, I can see it in his every action. But as for Cass, I didn’t really feel it. She had an epiphany towards the end then I felt was a little weak, given that she just kept running away then blaming him for pushing her away. However, I really felt that David was a very realistic character. His actions were rather justified most of the time and I could empathize with him. I also liked his attitude towards treating others. And what he did for the woman he thought was wounded was truly noble. Perhaps not the best thing to do, but it was really really noble. Want to know what I’m talking about? Go read the book! It’s great, and I really recommend it!
Somehow though, as the story went on, I found myself not liking Cassandra. I think it’s because she only thinks for herself when it comes to feelings. Sure, I get that she’s protecting herself but a lot of the problems between them came about because she was hurt and refused to give him a chance. Then she blamed him when he left. Seriously? You didn’t want to talk to him, he thought he was in the wrong and thus decided to leave so that he wouldn’t cause any more harm and you blame him? But then again, she never actually put herself in other people’s shoes. Maybe its just me, but I found her to be quite self-centred and thus, I couldn’t like her. But I have to say though, the way she acted was very real, it wasn’t like some fairytale character who does everything right. I guess I just couldn’t connect with her. She’s nice to her patients and all, but when it comes to feelings, and grudges, I cannot stand her. But I really admired the love between her and her brother, Robert.
The plot was good. Though the characters didn’t really spend a lot of time together, when they were together, you could just sense that mutual attraction and David’s love for her. I liked the character development for David, not so much for Cass. I liked Cass in the beginning, I kinda hated her towards the end. Total opposite for David.
Anyway, the book was really touching. I vividly recall a certain scene where I was in tears. The pain felt by the characters were so real, I grieved alongside them. But at the same time, when the characters were feeling joy, I felt that urge to jump up and scream because everything was great! I was rather emotionally involved in the book. Most of the time, I did feel how the characters were feeling and I loved that about the book.
But I do have to say one thing though. The book was rather dry. Overall, the plot is good, but I found the dialogues and conversations to be rather flat. It wasn’t really witty or particularly memorable. The pace wasn’t to my liking too. Some parts were too dragged out and then all of a sudden a few weeks or months pass and I’m thrown for a loop. Descriptions were fine as a whole, I could kinda see it in my head.
All in all, I really feel that this book is something different. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, it certainly isn’t a light read. But it is a good book to be sure, one that can leave you almost crying in sadness and suddenly crying out in disbelief. Because that’s what I did. A good book through and through. The emotions it brought me through was really something different and of course, as I’ve mentioned earlier, the best part is that the author didn’t try to cover up the pain, sadness, atrocities and ugliness of war. It was just laid out bare for us to see. It showed me how pointless war is, if I didn’t already know that. And yes, I can empathize more with the soldiers now and how every life saved means so much. 4.5 stars to be sure. ...more
Sweetest Taboo. A name that intrigued me from the start, coupled with a story that was beautiful anThis review is also published on Always a Booklover
Sweetest Taboo. A name that intrigued me from the start, coupled with a story that was beautiful and amazing. While reading this book, I was completely hooked. Initially, I thought that this book would merely consist of how she fell for him and vice versa with a lot of flirting and tension along the way. But from the moment I read the prologue, I knew it was going to be something different, and I truly enjoyed it.
I find that I am able to identify with Isabel in many ways. Maybe its because like her, I’ve always preferred older guys. Or maybe I just like the way she approaches the relationship between her and Tom. It was truly something very down-to-earth and very realistic. I found myself believing most of what had gone on in the book, which did add to my enjoyment of it. As for Tom, I do think that he is incredibly sweet. Through it all, he always stuck by Isabel, and while I do admit that even I doubted him for a while at the end, I’m glad to say I was proven wrong.
The love between Isabel and Tom, while not commonly witnessed, is something very believable. The taboo nature of the relationship made the book even more interesting to read about, simply because not many books talk about so taboo a relationship. And perhaps its just me, but I’ve never seen anything wrong with an adult having a relationship with a minor. As long as the minor made her own decision and what they have is real, I think its beautiful either way. After all, love knows no age, so why should we use something so minor to stop two people meant for each other from being together?
I really liked Isabel while reading the book. I felt that even at a tender age of 15, she did know her own mind. She wasn’t a normal immature teenager. Yes, there were times when I couldn’t stand her behavior, her thinking. But other than that, I found her extremely mature. Especially how she handled her relationship with Tom. As difficult as it was, I thought she dealt with it amazingly well, given that she was at that age.
I did especially love what Isabel did towards the end of the book when she finally took a stand. No matter how difficult it was, she decided to say, enough was enough and made that stand. I also love how we saw she matured throughout the entire book, going from a somewhat self-centered teenager (but still rather mature), to someone who truly cared about others and finally took a stand for herself.
There’s nothing much I can really talk about the plot. Essentially, it explores the relationship between Tom and Isabel, and at the same time, giving us more detailed views into their characters as the book progressed. I found it to be simple, yet good. It effectively conveyed the story without using excessive descriptions or other ‘good’ words. Simply put, the story was told to us, honest yet beautifully.
There was something I didn’t really get though. I felt that there should have been a little more about how Tom fell for her. I mean, it did seem a little weird that all of a sudden, a teacher could fall for his student. Personally, I felt that maybe more emphasis was needed on that part, because I think this is one instance where ‘we are meant for each other’ or ‘we’re soul mates’ just doesn’t cut it. Yes, none of these phrases were actually used, but the meaning was implied.
Overall, I really did like this book. I did wish it was longer though, so more aspects of their love could be explored. This is certainly a book that shows that love defies all boundaries, even age. Sometimes, love just happens, and it can happen at any age, at any time. Truly, this was an excellent romance, one that I think should be read! Am definitely looking forward to the sequel next year! At least, that’s what Ms. Marquez’s website stated!
P.S. Do forgive me for this review. I’m not feeling entirely well, and hence, am unable to really think properly! I did want to complete a review before I slept though! I do realize there’s quite a lot of repetition here so I do apologise! ...more
Delirium was fantastic. I loved it. The story was really good and I felt that this book was a great pThis review is also posted on Always a Booklover.
Delirium was fantastic. I loved it. The story was really good and I felt that this book was a great premise to the beginning of the entire series. In this book, love, something that seems rather amazing to all of us, is seen as a disease. Its seen as something that one can have a cure for because it’s the root of all problems and without it, things will be better. Maybe in some ways, things were better. People didn’t fight over love, over emotion essentially. But their lives were devoid of that spark that love could bring you. The thing is, they all actually wanted it.
Lena and Alex are our two main characters. I have to say, I didn’t really like Lena in the beginning. I felt that she was too afraid to live, and that just rubs me the wrong way. Still, I like how the author is able to convey her fear and all the reasons for her being afraid. It was a little bit repetitive though, I must have read Lena’s reasons for being afraid many many times. I loved her character development. She transformed from a girl who was so afraid to love, to a girl who couldn’t live without love. Who did everything for love. And that touched me. It was the depth of love and the power of love that was the message conveyed through everything Lena did. It was beautiful.
Alex on the other hand, was someone we didn’t know much about. I would have liked to understand Alex a little better. It’s nice that he’s an enigma, which makes him just a bit more attractive. Still, I would love to know why he feels the way he does, what made him that way. I do think there are side stories of him, so I’m definitely going to check those out. His character development here wasn’t fantastic, he doesn’t develop per se. Because he started out believing in love, and I think there wasn’t much space for him to develop.
Yes, I have to admit, there were many parts of the book that was draggy. But Lauren Oliver made up for it with the love story she wrote. I think the most beautiful part of this book was how she captured love in it's simplest form. Everything she said, it just rings a bell of when you first find someone, when you first fall in love with that person and it reminds you of how beautiful love can be. Maybe it's also because of my own experiences and also because Lena's the same age as me and hence I can identify rather well.
And oh gosh, at the end, what he did for her, that told me he loved her in ways that nothing else could. And while the action only came towards the end, I loved the build up to it. I loved how they fell in love. The ways she described how being in love felt was just so real. I love the way she captures teenage angst. When I was reading about how Lena felt love was like, and all the things that love made her feel, I was just yes yes yes, that's exactly what I felt!
It's not the best romance in the world, but there's something so endearing about it. It was so sweet and I just found myself rooting for them. They weren't my favorite characters, but I adored them together.
I know there's a lot of people that say it's unrealistic that she would kiss him in public if there were so huge consequences. Ok to be honest, I didn't even realize that. But on further thought, I just feel that sometimes when you're so young and you have so strong feelings, it just spills out. You heck the consequences because you just can't imagine not kissing him right there and then.
And one of the parts I loved most? It was when she said, "It [love] will kill me. And I don't care." I just felt that little bit summed up love so simply yet it captured the essence. When you're in love, sometimes you just don't care about anything. You don't care about the consequences, all the things that could go wrong, all you can think about is how right it feels. And there was another part where she said how happy she was. How love brought her happiness. And that was beautiful too. You see, all of Lena's life, she was brought up thinking love was a disease, that it had to be cured. Yet, when it happened to her, when she fell in love, everything went away. And only love mattered. I know she’s young, I know she fell in love really easily and really quickly. But still, love comes at unexpected times, and maybe that’s the beauty of it.
The ending broke my heart. Still, it was for the best. I think when the book ended, I put it down and I started to cry. By how much they loved each other, how much he was willing to sacrifice for her. That touched me to the core.
There was one part I had a little bit of an issue with. It was the pacing. I honestly got a bit confused here and there because I didn’t know what was the timeframe like. Everything seemed to happen together that it got a little confusing. Its like one moment she’s preparing for something, the next we skip forward a few days because she has gotten an epiphany about the situation or something. Still, it was just a small annoyance and it didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of the book.
Delirium was fantastic. I loved it. The plot, the characters, and especially, the love. I would read it again in a heartbeat, just to cry over the sweet scenes.
Edit: After reading the rest of the series, I must say they were a bit of a letdown compared to this book. This wasn’t the most interesting or the most action packed, but it showed what love could be like, and that made it so beautiful. ...more