I fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once, and that’s probably why after reaching the end and having to write ab...moreI fell in love with this book the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once, and that’s probably why after reaching the end and having to write about my feelings for “The Fault in Our Stars”, I feel like “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” Because no matter how much I write about it, I couldn’t possibly describe the infinity of the Universe containing so many rising and falling stars. As Augustus Waters would say “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
And let me just say this, if the Universe wants to be noticed, this book deserves to be noticed.
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16-year-old girl living with Stage IV thyroid cancer since she was diagnosed at the tender age of 12, and ever since her life is tethered to an oxygen tank. She meets the charismatic Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to Osteosarcoma and is currently in remission, in a cancer support group and from that day on their lives are forever intertwined.
The Fault in Our Stars is another beautifully written book by John Green. I can’t never get tired of his characters, I just love all of them, even though they all seem just like one version with different side stories, because his books just keep getting better. Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace and Isaac are an addition to all of his memorable characters, witty, smart and so incredibly funny even in the midst of tragedy. I guess “You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice.” I loved the idea of Augustus being a non smoker, always carrying a pack of cigarettes in his pocket, with no intention of smoking. Yes, he’s very into metaphors, so of course this too is excellent, because, indeed you can put a cigarette between your lips but only you can give it the power to kill you.
Oh, and I can’t stop listening to his low, smoky, and dead sexy voice calling “Hazel Grace” every time they were having some kind of contact.
And who would have thought John Green could write so well from a girl’s point of view? That was a nice surprise, given that all of his previous POV’S are all males. Her voice seemed very real and honest in this achingly beautiful story about death, but more importantly about life. You won’t leave this book without some scars of your own, because not all rollercoaster’s go up.
“That's the thing about pain... it demands to be felt.”
The Fault in Our Stars is one of John Green’s best novels. That being said, I’ll quote Augustus Waters and say that it was a privilege to have my heart broken by this book.
Usually, I’m more than touched by this kind of stories; I am a wreck by the time I’m finished.
This is not that kind of story.
The title “Never Eightee...moreUsually, I’m more than touched by this kind of stories; I am a wreck by the time I’m finished.
This is not that kind of story.
The title “Never Eighteen”, pretty much tells you what to expect from the book. Austin is never going to live to see his eighteenth birthday, so he decides to leave a mark in the world by helping people with a whole lot of different problems: Bullying, divorce, alcohol, drugs, rape, basically a long list of cliché. It’s all written in a vague and distant manner, thus I couldn’t feel much for the characters. It’s really difficult when it’s all laid out to you so matter-of-factly.
I like reading YA, but sometimes the superficiality of it just gets on my nerves. For me, this was just like a first draft of a novel, not the novel itself. (less)
Delaney Maxwell died, for eleven minutes she was under freezing water until her best friend Decker saved her life. Miracle, anomaly, mistake, but some...moreDelaney Maxwell died, for eleven minutes she was under freezing water until her best friend Decker saved her life. Miracle, anomaly, mistake, but somehow she survived to find she possesses the ability to sense when someone is going to die.
The concept of the story is intriguing, and the more I read the more I wanted to know if this crack in the ice that is this whole novel was going to give in to let me be swallowed. I wasn’t completely immersed in the story, but I did find it very entertaining to follow the story as it unfolded and resolved through my eyes, although I don’t think it was completely resolved. There were some parts that needed more clarification, particularly the last part when Delaney meets Troy at the lake. I wasn’t expecting that final twist, because even though Troy had suffered a tremendous lost in his life, he hadn’t shown any signs of being suicidal, and in fact it would have been more fitting if he had raged against Delaney instead of pulling her with him to death. Throughout the book he was almost personified as a Death Angel with the purpose to ease the suffering of people, willing to convince Delaney that was the right thing to do, so the end felt too rushed. It was totally random but the visual imaginary that scene created in my head was at the same time beautiful and horrifying.
I pictured a more dramatic ending when Delaney throws the “If you had one day left to live, what would you do?” question to Decker at the end… how unpredictable would that be? But I’m glad the author chose to end the story the way it did.
Overall, I feel like the story had a lot more of potential, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. A nice start for a debut author. (less)
Is it that bad? Maybe not, but I spent the entire book trying to find some sense in the story, something that would make it live up to the hype, but b...moreIs it that bad? Maybe not, but I spent the entire book trying to find some sense in the story, something that would make it live up to the hype, but by the time I finished it was a little too late. There was nothing there for me. The premise of reincarnated souls is pretty interesting, but it doesn’t go beyond that. What has been sold out as a dystopian novel, felt more like a senseless romance story to me. I did not feel the love between Anna and Sam, and not even the added mystical creatures like dragons and sylphs changed my opinion about the whole book.
I tried, but I didn’t like it. Pretty cover, pretty cover… why must you be the fairest of them all?! (less)
The Goddess Test did not impress me, in fact, I thought it was a distorted take on Greek mythology, and I really didn’t like how the story...more2.5/3 stars
The Goddess Test did not impress me, in fact, I thought it was a distorted take on Greek mythology, and I really didn’t like how the story took certain directions. I still thought it was an okay read, and that twist in the end salvaged the book.
Goddess Interrupted picks up after Kate and James’s summer vacation in Greece. Coming back to the story and characters was interesting, and more entertaining than the first book. We get to see more of James, and to make things more interesting Persephone finally makes an appearance. So this should be a good thing, right? Except, nothing changes the fact that for most part of the book we have to endure Kate’s moping around in self-pity.
Kate: Oh, why Henry, why don’t you love me?! Henry: … Kate: Oh, why Henry, why don’t you talk to me?! Henry: …
Well, Kate, I think the cat ate his tongue, or more likely your little dog Pogo. And he being the ruler of the underworld, death himself, shouldn’t you know better?
Just as she wanted to shake Ava out of her stupor on that last part of the book, so did I want to shake Kate, and maybe slap her a little… wake up, girl! If he doesn’t love you there’s something a lot of people should learn how to do that it’s called MOVING ON!
Now that cliffhanger has got me wondering… we’ll see on the next Goddess Inheritance. (less)
Let’s see if I can unravel a review. This book has a very interesting and cool sci-fi concept, and I think it was this element of mystery com...more2.5 stars
Let’s see if I can unravel a review. This book has a very interesting and cool sci-fi concept, and I think it was this element of mystery combined with science and discovery that convinced me to finish it after several failed attempts. I had to take a few breaks from reading because after that first part, when Janelle is hit by the truck and the mysterious hero comes to save his damsel-in-distress, and many other Twilightish scenes, I couldn’t keep reading more of the same, if you know what I mean. At one point, I just thought I’ve read it so many times that it’s boring. Same old formulas are the worst in books. It ruins any reading; at least that’s what happens to me.
When I returned back to reading, I confess that there were really interesting parts that caught my attention, but it also happened that I ended up reading by obligation. I blame my habit of starting a book, and having to finish it. But that’s just who I am, I can’t leave a book halfway; I’m always willing to give it a chance. As for the plot, it was slow, so slow that it becomes boring, and when it finally begins to pick up pace, it stagnates. I can’t highlight any of the characters, because none of them stood out for me. Some of them, like Janelle’s boyfriend had no purpose, and I don’t see how they fit into the story. There is a lot to say about Ben, only because it seems the author added all the traits of a bad boy as seen in many other YA Novels, and also Janelle’s brain lights like a lamp and she’s instantly in love with him. As for Ben being a stoner… no comment.
I only began liking the book near the end, and well, by then it was a little too late. I think this book had a lot of potential, and it was frustrating letting it all go to waste.
Now let’s play a little game. It’s called “How many times can you repeat yourself?” Just because I was bored while reading and, well, I’ve seen this expression so many times in other YA books I kind of kept track of them throughout the book.
I let go of a breath I didn’t know I was holding and push open the door.
I’m so relieved, I let go of the breath I hadn’t realized I was holding.
I let out a breath I didn’t realize I was holding. Ben is a totally normal guy—well, except for the whole molecule thing.
“Brandt was beat up enough that he wasn’t about to come after us,” Ben says instead, and I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.(less)
This is not a book I love, Hate, or will Miss, but it’s a book that’s got me thinking about the “what if’s” of life. What if I was Amy and Julia my be...moreThis is not a book I love, Hate, or will Miss, but it’s a book that’s got me thinking about the “what if’s” of life. What if I was Amy and Julia my best friend, and all of a sudden I found her looking up at me, like she has done so many times, laughing, crying or smiling, but only this time there was no expression on her face, just complete stillness?
“She was looking at me… but she didn’t see me.”
What if I had been the last person to hold her hand and tell her everything would be okay, just moments before it would never be?
What if it was my fault?
“Love You Hate You Miss You” is a dark, moving and compelling book, and you can’t help but feel and root for Amy in this enduring struggle to learn how to be happy in the midst of pain, grief, guilt and anger, and ultimately to find the love that was clouded by all those feelings.
This is not my first Elizabeth Scott reading, I also read “Living Dead Girl” and “As I Wake”, both very different and unique from each other, and I noticed how her writing changes from book to book, almost like a chameleon changing colors. If I had to choose, “Love You Hate You Miss You” would be my favorite so far, in terms of writing style. This appealed to me the most, but unfortunately, as all her other works, I felt like there was something missing, or there could’ve been more.
Now the reason this book appealed to me the most were the diary entries addressed to Julia. Alternated with first person narrative chapters, this worked really well, and although it might sound a little claustrophobic at times to be inside Amy’s head all the time, it also brought me closer to the character.
“Get up, eat breakfast with Mom. Read encouraging note left by Dad, who has to leave early every morning because his company is in talks with another company in the UK and he’s having all these teleconferences. Take shower. Get dressed. Look in mirror. Still freakishly tall. Hair still the shade of red that makes people (usually old) say things like “My, it looks like someone lit a match on your head!” I miss you telling those people to watch out or they’d get burned.”
See, you can feel Julia inside this book even though she’s gone. Amy’s letters seem honest, raw at times, beautiful at others, and her voice is pretty authentic throughout the whole book. It’s not forced, she does sound like a 16-year-old teenager. I have mixed feelings about the characters, though. Amy’s’ parents didn’t seem believable, but I guess I might be influenced by Amy’s voice ranting in my head about how they never cared for her, they were only into each other, and she was really just a mistake, blah blah blah. But closer to the end they proved me and her wrong by acting like real parents. I think the problem was that Amy was too scared of being the real daughter. Mel, Beth, and Corn Syrup were just okay; I never really cared much for them, but I liked that Corn Syrup finally stood up for herself. I was hoping to get more insight on Patrick, since he and Amy shared a connection, or should because I honestly didn’t feel it. It just came out as a cheap romance.
The story has a lot of loose ends; the end seemed too rushed, like the author was tired of being inside Amy’s head for this long. Like I said, I don’t love, hate or will miss it, but it definitely made me think about life and death. Mostly life. (less)
From the author of Cracked up to be… really?! I could have sworn this was written by another person, because obviously something went very wrong with...moreFrom the author of Cracked up to be… really?! I could have sworn this was written by another person, because obviously something went very wrong with this story. It really was a fall, well, for anything.
The idea for this story, although not original, because let’s face it, it’s just another one of many stories about death and grief, was really good and interesting. Good, that is, until the point where the interest began to fade. The story revolves around Eddie’s father suicide and the reason why. The whole book is a search for answers that most times are left answered. Basically, this book is a big question.
I’ve read other books on the subject, and one way or another they were able to touch me somehow, but what I felt here was a strong lack of emotion. I couldn’t connect with the characters, all the relationships are blank, and the story falls flat.
Beautiful cover with a disappointing content. (less)
Ever since I’ve heard of this collaboration between mother and daughter to write a young adult novel that I was very curious about the final result an...moreEver since I’ve heard of this collaboration between mother and daughter to write a young adult novel that I was very curious about the final result and I must say I was not disappointed but I was also not completely swept away. It’s a good story, no doubt, and it managed to captivate me from the beginning, although I found it a bit odd to be reading a book by Jodi Picoult aimed at younger audiences. For someone like me, used to reading adult fiction written by a mature Jodi Picoult, I was hesitant but intrigued by the idyllic idea of a happily ever after. The story of this unhappy prince imprisoned inside a book at the mercy of the Reader is beautiful in its fairy tailish style. It felt good to take a break from my usual readings and enjoy this little delight.
Although the author has already said that they wrote the book together, would have been interesting to know who wrote what. The writing is simple, fluid and beautiful, making this a lighthearted novel. My favorite parts are the illustrations; it made me feel like I was reading one of my childhood books. I couldn’t help but notice some inconsistencies in the story, but all in all it was a very pleasant read that kept me entertained and made me smile.
In one word, well, two words, actually, this was pure cuteness. (less)
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book; it’s another one of those “mixed feelings” kind of books. I understand why it has sold millions of co...moreI’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book; it’s another one of those “mixed feelings” kind of books. I understand why it has sold millions of copies. This author’s first novel is impressive and the writing alone is 5 stars worthy, but for me there were some problems regarding structure, plot and story development.
For starters, some of the characters were very disappointing, especially Phoebe’s, the little girl with Down’s Syndrome given away by her father at birth because he was trying to spare his family the pain he himself had to endure as a child watching his younger sister slowly dying. I think this book is a solar system, and all the characters are planets orbiting around the sun that is Phoebe. She’s the center of this whole story, and yet we know little about her, other than through Caroline Gill’s glimpses of their life together after she decided to raise her as her own daughter. I was actually more invested in Phoebe’s story than all the others, who progressively became tiring, repetitive and sad offside characters. I think the author prolonged the narrative beyond necessary, after a few pages we already know how everyone is devastated by secrets; she doesn’t have to keep reminding us over and over again. Also she indulges into too many descriptions that I felt were unnecessary for the progress of the storyline.
In the end, I felt empty, like there was something, a lot of something left to fill the void of this book. Definitely makes you think about your life altering actions and decisions, but mostly about secrets. We all have them, don’t we? (less)
This was my least favorite; scratch that, definitely not a favorite. I love John Green’s writing, but I have to be honest, this wasn’t the humorous Jo...moreThis was my least favorite; scratch that, definitely not a favorite. I love John Green’s writing, but I have to be honest, this wasn’t the humorous John Green I found with Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars.
There was so much emotion in his previous books, but what I felt with this one was mostly boredom. I feel so bad saying this, but this book really didn’t work for me. I was never into math in school, so maybe that was the problem I couldn’t solve with this book. It’s the story of a boy named Colin who’s been dumped by 19 girls named Katherine, and tries to create a theorem to determine the duration of future relationships. For starters, this premise didn’t appeal to me, the plot wasn’t engaging, the characters weren’t also particularly interesting, and sometimes funny just came out bland.
The irreverent writing style is there, but the rest is just gone. Maybe If I had been a better student at math I would’ve been able to solve this big problem. I’m sure this book will appeal most to math lovers.
"I don’t think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost... I don’t think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing." (less)
By my accounts, this is the fourth book I read by Elizabeth Scott, and it’s hard not to notice the patterns. They all have a good story, interesting c...moreBy my accounts, this is the fourth book I read by Elizabeth Scott, and it’s hard not to notice the patterns. They all have a good story, interesting characters with the ability to grab the reader with their struggles and victories, but that’s as far as it goes. Even though there’s a suggestion that her stories are going to make a reader feel, they don’t captivate me. I always end up finishing one of her novels with the feeling that it’s lacking.
About the story, it was well thought out, and that’s what initially led me to pick up the book. The premise of a girl who is the lone survivor of a plane crash is pretty interesting, and leads to the question at hand: After surviving the impossible, how do you survive the possible? Megan is an incomprehensible character. I myself couldn’t understand her at times. But what’s shocking is that it’s clear Megan’s suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all the people around her, parents, doctors, teachers, friends, are clueless! I mean, a girl survives a plane crash and she’s supposed to move on like nothing happened? Do people really think that you can come out of something like this completely unscathed? And don’t even get me started on the parents… how can they go on like everything’s fine when Megan’s leaving all these signs that she’s anything like a miracle?
And then there’s Joe, an enigmatic boy dealing with his own ghosts of the past and present. I liked Joe and Megan’s first contact, but to be honest he became somewhat uninteresting. It’s not that I don’t feel sympathetic for what they have been through. I think it had more to do with how the story is written. It didn’t make me feel anything for either of them.
Good idea for a story, I just wished the idea had turned into the actual story. (less)
I noticed that this book has received praised reviews and high ratings, so maybe I’ll be the minority. I really liked the story, but I had trouble con...moreI noticed that this book has received praised reviews and high ratings, so maybe I’ll be the minority. I really liked the story, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. Travis is a very genuine character, and his voice feels authentic and realistic. The thing that stood out the most for me was the excellent portrayal of this young man. I had a hard time connecting with him, though, because he embodies the kind of man I despise, you know, the one that likes to pull the though act guy, sleeps with every girl, doesn’t even know the meaning of betrayal… Is that a drink? I’m kind of thirsty… something like that. That’s why if I were Harper I would probably tell him to go take a walk and leave me alone, and I would probably keep true to my word.
But I get it, Travis is a bad boy, and who doesn’t like a bad boy? I guess Harper just couldn’t ignore a lost and wounded bad boy, despite what he did to her in the past, which was a very bad thing, Travis. There were times when I myself just wanted to give him a hug and tell him that everything would be all right. Travis does have some redeeming qualities but they only start to show up towards the end when he finally lets his guard down. His torment feels real and it’s very descriptive, which only proves the author did her research to write this book. I liked the camaraderie among friends, and they even made me laugh a few times. I didn’t like the romance. There were times when it was sweet, and others when I just couldn’t take it seriously. Their love didn’t seem to be strong enough that would lead me to believe that they would still be together in a few years when he came back from the war. My low rating is mostly due to the fact that for a story with such strong emotions, this is a pretty small book. I think this could’ve been a far better book if the author had prolonged the story.
I read it practically in one sitting, and enjoyed the book, but it didn’t strike a chord within me. It’s not one of those books that stay with me long after I’ve finished reading, but I still think it’s a very realistic and emotional contemporary YA novel. (less)
My review will be brief, because in fact there is not much I have to say about this book. From my rating, I think you can tell I didn’t like it. The w...moreMy review will be brief, because in fact there is not much I have to say about this book. From my rating, I think you can tell I didn’t like it. The writing is very fragmented in the style of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder who, until now, was the only author who managed to captivate me with her books written in verse. So, for someone who is considering reading this book, I suggest you pick up any of her novels instead.
This is the story of a teenage girl named London who lost her brother, and her parents, since they are at that stage of grief when they’re too selfish to notice that they still have a daughter. From a certain point, London’s nobody understands me constant behavior becomes boring and even irritating. It seems the only thing she can focus is her suffering, and how nobody understands her, and the ridicule of kissing two guys at the same time, and friendships that don’t seem true friendships. I got tired of these constant complaints, and I wasn’t in the middle of the book yet. I didn’t like the way it was written, there isn’t much development, the characters have no substance, and as I am not religious I couldn’t relate to all the Christian references throughout the book.
I can’t find a single thing that has held me to this book, and it’s really a shame when that happens. (less)