A must read! Howl's Moving Castle is one of my all time favorite anime movies so I was very surprised to learn that it was actually based off of a booA must read! Howl's Moving Castle is one of my all time favorite anime movies so I was very surprised to learn that it was actually based off of a book. The book and the movie couldn't be anymore different from each other but I loved each one for what it was. I still prefer the movie over the book ( I KNOW! SHOCKER RIGHT!) But I do. ...more
First off let's take a moment to admire that beautiful cover....Now let's do the happy dance because everything inside that beautiful cover was pheno First off let's take a moment to admire that beautiful cover....Now let's do the happy dance because everything inside that beautiful cover was phenomenal and the cover did not betray us! Starflight was everything I look for in a great read. It was funny, great chemistry between the main characters, well developed secondary characters, great world building, beautifully flawed characters, PIRATES! Space Pirates at that, I mean this book was perfection and a total page turner.
I love it when there are two points of views especially when the two main characters, in this case, being Doran and Solara hate each other in the beginning, you get to see them both slowly turn that hate to like to love and those are the best kinds to read about.
I am not going to lie to you, I hated Doran when I first met him. He was the epitome of an asshole. When we first meet him he is a rich snob with a bitch for a girlfriend and he treats Solara like she is the dirt on the bottom of his shoes. So you are wondering how in the world can I fall for someone who I just described in a manner that you would want to stay as far away as possible from? Well, the guy had some major character development and was put in situations that definitely humbled him and thank goodness for his point of view we got to learn about the person behind all that assholery. After he ate that humble pie you can't help but love him, he cared deeply for Solara and did everything in his power to win her trust and the crews. He fought for her and showed us why he deserved her.
I loved Solara she was strong and being an orphan with felony tattoos didn't make for an easy life for her. The romance was nothing but feels between her and Doran...so much feels! There is never and I repeat never a dull moment between the two of them and their witty banter. Another aspect I wanted to touch on was the crew of the Banshee which included the Captain, Renny, Kane and Cassia they were all just as relevant to the entire story and all of them were interesting in their own way. I loved to see the friendship and loyalty amongst all of them including how they took in Solara and Doran which resulted in a ship full of fugitives and criminals of the best kind!
Overall Starflight was all romance and action and I highly recommend it....more
I never even heard of this book until I received it in the mail through one of my book subscription boxes so I didn't really have any expectations forI never even heard of this book until I received it in the mail through one of my book subscription boxes so I didn't really have any expectations for it. Plain and simple Not If I See You First was a page turner. It is realistic fiction at it's best and I don't come across a lot of realistic fiction that I thoroughly enjoy that often.
Before I dive into the main character I need to talk about the friendship, it was beautiful. Parker had an amazing support system. I loved each one of her friends for different reasons, and no they weren't perfect but they were real, at times flawed but one thing they all had in common was they cared for Parker.
Now on to Parker, if you love snarky, sarcastic and brutally honest characters you will adore Parker. She has her flaws and at times she isn't that nice thanks to that "brutally honest" part but you do see her grow and you can't help but root for her. She comes across as this "I may be blind but don't mess with me because I'll kick your ass" type of girl but being inside her head you see how that is all just a front and she has fears and issues that she is trying deal with along with coping with her father's death.
So the romance in this book is as real as it can get. Don't expect a perfect HEA wrapped up in a perfect neat bow. BUT I did love it and I did love the way things left off and I was satisfied with it. That's all I'm saying.
Overall Not If I See You First was a breath of fresh air in the YA Contemporary genre and I highly recommend it.
~"He still looks at you like he used to, even before you got together, like you're the most important thing in the world. Like if you were trapped on railroad tracks he'd break every finger to get you free without even noticing...and if he couldn't, he'd sit on the tracks and hold your hand and watch you instead of the train....more