I'm not really all that familiar with Mori, but I have seen the gifs and memes on Tumblr. I don't even watch the show Sherlock with Benedict CumberbatI'm not really all that familiar with Mori, but I have seen the gifs and memes on Tumblr. I don't even watch the show Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbath! BUT I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes in general so I couldn't really pass up the opportunity to read this.
I really liked it a lot. I liked Mori a lot - girl had some edge to her and I liked that. I thought her with Sherlock was perfect. She called him on his crap and he challenged her. And cared for her.
The story was dark with an abuser father and the actual story of Mori's mother and the people that were dying was interesting and a little odd for me. But it worked, sort of, and I know I'm going to be reading more of this series in the future. ...more
I'm still not sure how I felt about this book. There were aspects of it that I really liked - like Callie being reunited with her father and her familI'm still not sure how I felt about this book. There were aspects of it that I really liked - like Callie being reunited with her father and her family and finally letting go of her mother, but there were aspects that really bugged me too. Like Callie falling into bed with Alex instantaneously. I get WHY - she was used to doing that sort of thing and looking for affection through sex, and thought that was all she had to give, but I just didn't like it. Maybe I am too much of a prude. I didn't really buy that there was really anything else between these two but sex. The Insta-Love thing was something I wasn't buying, but then they never talked about their feelings. They shared some Chinese food and lots of sex and no real conversation until the end. I just wasn't feeling that at all.
Callie fell flat for me as a character. She didn't really seem to do much but have sex with Alex and worry her father by taking off whenever things got overwhelming for her - which was a lot. I guess I just didn't have a whole lot of sympathy for her.
The whole aspect of her not going to school really bothered me. I mean, she had only attended kindergarten and then didn't go to school at all while she was on the run with her mother. So now she is back home and able to go and her father just so easily says "Okay, you don't have to go then." It just didn't work for me. Part of me got it and the other part of me was thinking not making her go was a mistake....more
This book was not at all what I thought it would be. From the jacket, it makes it sound as though it's going to be funny - a kind of dark humor that IThis book was not at all what I thought it would be. From the jacket, it makes it sound as though it's going to be funny - a kind of dark humor that I usually really like. There were moments to be sure, but really, this book was just sad. Not in a bad way though, more in the "I want to lunge in this book and give Leigh a hug" kind of way. Sometimes I wanted to smack her, too. However, I got it - I got why she held herself back from embracing life, and it wasn't as though her parents were any big help. Her parents were kind of really neglectful and terrible. One scene gave me a different side of Wade (Leigh's dad), and it made me see him a bit differently. Not enough to completely think he didn't need to step up and be there for Leigh (a few driving lessons were not going to cut it).
Really, this book is about Leigh grieving for her friend, for the life that she once had but lost, for having to move and adjust to living life in a cemetery. She became the saint, in a manner of speaking, that Dario said she was. She just shouldered so much and eventually she broke and it was beautiful and moving when she did. It brought me to tears. I love that she finally was able to grieve and let it all go and it was nice to see her metamorphosis that was not at all forced or sudden. It was done realistically which I completely appreciate.
This was one of those books where I didn't feel the writing was all that strong, but I couldn't put it down either, and I was intrigued enough to wantThis was one of those books where I didn't feel the writing was all that strong, but I couldn't put it down either, and I was intrigued enough to want to read the next two books. I don't mean to say the writing was bad, but the dialogue threw me at times. The teens didn't really talk like teens, and Belly still acted like a 10 year old at times. She spent all this time wanting to be seen as matured, but then she did and said childish things.
I liked both Conrad and Jeremiah, but I did think Conrad was a bit of a dick and wondered why Belly bothered. I liked Cam, I felt like he was a calming influence on Belly and was sad to see him so abruptly dropped. I did have a hard time seeing Jeremiah as anything but the class clown. That made it difficult for me to see him as a real romantic contender for Belly's heart.
I liked Belly's mother and Susannah, but they didn't feel all that developed to me. Still, I was sad that Susannah was sick again (and rather saw that one coming from the start).
I am intrigued enough to read the rest of the trilogy despite not being sure if I really liked this one all that much.
So, Belly is dating Jeremiah at the start of this and all seems pretty great until Belly finds out that during a Ross and Rachel kind of break, JeremiSo, Belly is dating Jeremiah at the start of this and all seems pretty great until Belly finds out that during a Ross and Rachel kind of break, Jeremiah had sex with some girl during spring break in Cabo. Jeremiah's way of atoning for this fuck up? He proposes.
And Belly accepts!
Not only are they too young for this and ill-prepared but why was this the answer to their problems?! Was it just a way to bring Conrad back into the picture so he could fuck with Belly's heart again? Jeremiah became a bit of a douche. Like a frat boy douche that you knew meant well and was a really good guy, but had to get partying and all that junk out of his system first. Conrad, pre-med, was kind of above all that. So was Belly.
I kind of felt like Jeremiah's character took some unnecessary hits. I wasn't really Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah to begin with. I felt like Belly needed something other than them in her life.
I was pleased with the ending even if I still thought that Conrad was an ass. Even in his confession to her about how he still loved her he was a jackass. And then to attempt to take it all away and say he was drunk just for the sake of pride...? No. It just made him look like an ass to do that. Even in taking blame he still managed to blame Belly for his mistakes.
How did I find myself sucked into this series? I'm such a sucker.
Belly on Conrad:
As for Conrad every time he opens his mouth:
He's such an ass! MoreHow did I find myself sucked into this series? I'm such a sucker.
Belly on Conrad:
As for Conrad every time he opens his mouth:
He's such an ass! More than once I wanted to just smack the shit out of him. We get it, Conrad, your mom died and your Dad is an ass and you're sad, but that doesn't mean you treat the people that are trying to help you and love you like shit.
I thought I wanted Belly to end up with Conrad. Then I thought maybe even Jeremiah. But really, I would prefer she end up with someone who deserves her. I'm not sure these two do.
This book was wonderful. There were times when I felt the urge to cry because of the flashbacks Amy had of her family when it was whole. I felt her paThis book was wonderful. There were times when I felt the urge to cry because of the flashbacks Amy had of her family when it was whole. I felt her pain. It made me want to call my Dad and tell him I love him.
It was perfectly paced and I really liked the injection of pictures and factoids about each state. It made their trip feel very real, like I was a passenger with them. With this "epic detour" Roger and Amy went on, Amy was finally able to put some ghosts to rest so to speak. She was finally able to get to a place where she could heal. And Roger was able to put to rest a few things as well.
A thrilling sequel to The Program! I enjoyed this book, as we got a little bit deeper into Realm's character. He's the one that you like one minute anA thrilling sequel to The Program! I enjoyed this book, as we got a little bit deeper into Realm's character. He's the one that you like one minute and loathe the next. And then kind of feel sorry for. Plus, we get deeper into The Program and just how terrible they really are and all they are willing to do to keep their program going. I'm still not sure how I feel about Dallas...I kind of disliked her for a while and I know that in the e-book novella, she is in it with Realm. I am curious about him, because man he is a fascinating character...if a bit of a jackass.