So my beautiful friend Caren wrote a review about this book on our site and after a little prompting, I had to read. I mean, the high school genre is...moreSo my beautiful friend Caren wrote a review about this book on our site and after a little prompting, I had to read. I mean, the high school genre is my fave. You probably already know that about me. Right from the beginning, The DUFF pulled me in.
I really loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved Bianca. I loved her friends. And omg I loved Wesley Rush.
Suddenly, I felt Wesley’s breath hit the back of my neck. He’d gotten up from the floor and slid up behind me without me realizing it. His arms slid around my waist from behind, his fingers undoing the button of my jeans before I could stop him. “… and Jess had her hopes up that we’d do something fun…” I couldn’t focus on a word Casey was saying as Wesley’s hand slid beneath the waistband of my pants, his fingers moving lower and lower. I couldn’t say a word. I couldn’t tell him to stop or show any reaction at all. If I did, Casey would know I wasn’t alone. But, God, I could feel my whole body turning into a ball of fire. Wesley was laughing against my neck, knowing he was driving me crazy. “… I just don’t understand what’s up with you.” I bit my lip to keep from gasping as Wesley’s fingers slipped to places that made my knees shake. I could feel the smirk on his lips as they moved to my ear. Asshole. He was trying to torture me. I couldn’t handle it much longer. “Bianca, are you there?” Wesley bit my earlobe and pushed my jeans even lower with his free hand as the other continued to make me shiver.
You know how it felt when you were in high school and the guy you'd been crushing on notices you? Keplinger captures that perfectly. The descriptions and fun dialogue brought me right back to high school. Everyone's reactions were authentic and nothing felt contrived. There was enough backstory to everything without overloading with details.
Ngl though, there were a few things that I didn't love. There are a few plot developments that I think could have been explored more, namely with her dad. Although I realize this was a story about Bianca and her growth as a character, I felt like that was a loose end that didn't have to be tied up per se, but certainly addressed with a little more depth. Of course, I wanted more at the end *grin* Also, I don't know much about book covers, but I don't love this one and without Caren's recommendation, I never would have thought to read this.
I really did love it though and will definitely be checking out more of Keplinger's work :)(less)
I do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved e...moreI do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved everything!!
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to read this. The feeling was so authentic--it's as if I was in Paris, trying to make my way, rooting for Anna and her crew. I love the way Perkins describes everything.
"And, suddenly, I want to touch him.
Not a push, or a shove, or even a friendly hug. I want to feel the creases in his skin, connect his freckles with invisible lines, brush my fingers across the inside of his wrist. He shifts. I have the strangest feeling that he’s as aware of me as I am of him. I can’t concentrate.”
I loved all of the characters. I'm grateful that we didn't have to see any more of Ellie than we did, though lol I wish there would be more of this--more of this couple, more of this feeling, more of this bliss. I want to hug the author and thank her for writing such an awesome book. ♥
Seriously. Not that you are going to listen to me, but if you are...read this book. Right now. I'm not even kidding.(less)
I knew a boy just like Cash Sterling when I was in high school. Unfortunately, I also knew one just like Randy, too. That's one of the things that's s...moreI knew a boy just like Cash Sterling when I was in high school. Unfortunately, I also knew one just like Randy, too. That's one of the things that's so great about Shut Out--it's authentic. I felt like I knew these characters, like I could be right there plotting to win the war along with them.
Did I love this book as much as I loved the DUFF? No. There really is no comparison to Wesley Rush for me, but I liked Lissa as a character more than I liked Bianca. I know that the purpose of this isn't really to compare the two, but I had to tell you that, just in case. I also wavered on my rating and really wish I could give half stars, because if I could, I would give it 3-1/2 stars. I didn't want people to flip out and see only 3 stars though, because I slightly more than likeit, but I don't love it.
There is, in my opinion, a huge hole in the plot that I cannot discuss because it would be giving away way too much. But, it definitely left me scratching my head and making me wonder if I had misread something. I didn't, but I suppose it could have been misinterpretation on my part. Whatever, I know that you'll stop reading my reviews after seeing this rambling chickenscratch.
Other than that, though, I thought everything else was right on: growing up and being out of control, where you sit in the cafeteria after a breakup, support and friendship where you least expect it. It was good.
From the friendships to the rivalries to the "uhmahgawd does he like me" feeling, Keplinger definitely gets this genre and this group of people, and I really enjoy her style. Her characters have depth and realistic dialogue. Plus, it's hot and has a little throwback to The DUFF in the form of Harrison Carlyle. Add in a little NSYNC and Cosmo representing their Bible, and it's win in my book. I think you should read it :)(less)
Have you ever been on one? You know that feeling that you get when you are going up ...up ...up and your heart is pounding and you're g...moreRoller coaster.
Have you ever been on one? You know that feeling that you get when you are going up ...up ...up and your heart is pounding and you're gripping the bar in front of you, like it's actually holding you in? Then you reach the pinnacle and there is like this moment where you feel like you are on top of the world --all flailyswoony--and weightless before the car takes a turn and then nose-dives, causing your heart to leap up into your throat and making you feel almost sick?
That's what this story is: a roller coaster.
You all already know that Stephanie Perkins is an amazing author. Amazing is an understatement--she nails the emotions and swoons and heartbreak every single time. So I don't have to tell you that. What I will tell you is that the characters are amazing, from Lola (and of course the boy next door) to the dads to the twin to even little Abigail, the adorable niece. They are rich and multi-faceted and real, and I love that about them. Lola is quirky and fun. Max is swoonworthy in his own right (until he's totally, totally not), and don't even get me started on Cricket. omg--the hair. the socks. the blue sugar on his lips. the bracelets. *flails* the bracelets.
Did I mention Étienne? He's there--happily, blissfully in love with Anna. And I love Stephanie Perkins for that, even more than I did before, which is a lot. For giving me more of him. And them. And their kisses.
I do have to mention here that contrary to so many of my friends, I did not love Lola like I loved Anna and the French Kiss. But come on, I'm totally in love with Étienne. And Stephanie Perkins said she's giving him to me. So do you really expect anything else?
Without giving away anything more than I already have (esp with my status updates), I did feel like Lola took a little too long to get it together, but I have to account for the fact that the girl is only 17 and that there are other circumstances to consider for her lack of decisiveness. But when it's all said and done, Lola and the Boy Next Door has everything--it's funny, it's heartbreaking, it's romantic, it's soooo hot that you'll melt into a pile of smoldering goo, and it's about time you read it! (less)
I've been trying to think of what I want to say about this book for two days, and I still don't know how to phrase the way I feel. I liked it. It was...moreI've been trying to think of what I want to say about this book for two days, and I still don't know how to phrase the way I feel. I liked it. It was okay. I feel underwhelmed.
Gabrielle Zevin has combined two of the best things in the entire world (coffee and chocolate) and made them forbidden. Throw in a sweet boy who's in a non-band and is totally off-limits, and you've got a winning plot, right?
In theory, yes.
This book centers around a young teenage girl thrust in the middle of adolescence and adulthood too soon. She has to deal with more than anyone her age should have to go through, and yet I just don't feel it with her. She's too controlled, except when she should be. Then she makes rash, mostly unexplained decisions, leaving us wondering what she was thinking.
The futuristic society that Zevin paints has such potential but isn't elaborated on enough to reach it. There are mafia ties and mysteries woven throughout, but it's almost like the characters don't want to make the effort to make us believe the strife they are going through. The "star-crossed" romance between Anya and Win seems forced to me, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up with her sister in the future. That's not a spoiler, by the way--it's a sign of how much I didn't feel their chemistry.
NGL, though, I kindof really really liked when he kissed her tattoo. There just wasn't enough of that.
This is the first in a series, and I wonder if that is what has me feeling so...meh about it. I don't know what happened to authors planning to tell a story in one book, but this one felt like it dragged on a bit and reached no real climax. Kind of like this review.
I'll get to my point. This book had potential that in my opinion, it didn't live up to. I'm hoping for more in the sequel, but I wish I didn't have to wait for a sequel to get that. *nods* (less)
I started this book and could not get through the first couple of chapters. Maybe it was me. Maybe it was the colloquialisms and lingo that seemed for...moreI started this book and could not get through the first couple of chapters. Maybe it was me. Maybe it was the colloquialisms and lingo that seemed forced. Maybe I had just read something amazing and couldn't stomach reading something less than mediocre. Whatever.
Regardless, I read very little and what I did read--DNW. I think a book (especially one that is the beginning of a series should immediately draw me in and make me want to know more. I found myself wondering how many pages I had to endure to be finished, so I did something I usually never do--I flounced. (less)
You don't need me to review this book since I am apparently the last person to read it. But just in case you're like me and are on the fence, I figure...moreYou don't need me to review this book since I am apparently the last person to read it. But just in case you're like me and are on the fence, I figured I better but my two cents in.
This. book. is. brilliant.
I'll take a little step back and say if you are looking for a grand romance to sweep you off your feet, then keep right on looking. BUT if you want a fast-paced, can't-put-it-down dystopian thriller, then this is the book for you.
If you already know what it's about and don't want my spiel on that, skip this part: What was once North America is divided up into twelve districts (there used to be 13), and each district has a male and female, ages 12-and-up, who is drawn to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games take place every year, and it's a fight to the death. To win, you must be the last one standing, not only defeating the other districts' competitors (called Tributes), but the one from yours as well. Katniss and Peeta are from the poorest, least-respected district (District 12). When Katniss' little sister's name is drawn to represent her district, she volunteers to take her place. Although Peeta's financial situation is slightly better than Katniss', they both are in rough shape when they are taken to the Capitol to get ready for the Games. They are prepped and interviewed and trained before being set out in the arena to fight. It's beyond brutal, and it's all televised for the entire country to see.
Throughout the competition, alliances are formed and broken, lots of people die, Katniss grows closer to Peeta, and...I don't even know what else to say. This isn't for the faint of heart. What I do want to mention is how realistic this society seems to me.
One of the problems that I often find myself having with dystopian societies is that I don't find them to be realistic at all. I don't usually think that the citizens would go along with the crazy rules government has made for them. In Panem, it makes sense. This isn't a society that's blindly following their government--they're disillusioned, but thanks to swift action by officials and relentless propaganda, they feel there is no choice but to obey. Though I think the way this government operates is atrocious, I understand how it got to the point that it got to, and that makes a huge difference to me in dystopias.
I didn't find any of the characters without necessity. I liked Katniss, and even though she flip-flopped on her feelings about practically everyone, her thought process was relatable and realistic for someone in her predicament. I would have liked to have gotten more from Peeta, and in spite of the fact that he's no Four, I really did love him and felt that his feelings and motivations were authentic all the way through. There were other characters that I loved, including Cinna and Haymitch and Rue (sigh).
If you were putting this off before the movie, now's the time to grab it. It's a quick read with a lot of power, and I if you like this kind of book, you'll love it.(less)
Again with the half stars lol. I'd give this 4-1/2 :)
So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there's sequel coming, end ab...moreAgain with the half stars lol. I'd give this 4-1/2 :)
So lately I have been complaining a lot about stories that, because there's sequel coming, end abruptly and don't seem to finish the storyline at all. I hate to be left hanging in an evil cliffie.
And that's why I love this book.
It reminded me of why I beg for more when there's something awesome. As far as I know, there is no sequel planned, but I want one. And not because the storyline wasn't wrapped up--it was. But I want MORE of them. More of swoon-worthy Brendan who brushes the bangs out of Emma's eyes. More of Emma, the perfect combination of feisty and fragile. More of her friends and her cousin and even her school. I really want more.
I liked the mystery and the pacing and the plot. The action was, um, action-packed and I cannot say how much I loved all of it. Both Emma and Brendan's personalities were likable. I love that Emma isn't a typical "damsel in distress". I loved that after taking some time to figure out what he wanted, Brendan was all in. Though the circumstances that surrounded them being together were the basis of the plot, their chemistry didn't feel forced or fake to me. (view spoiler)[I thought the whole "I love you" thing happened way too fast, but I let their ages (and the fact that both of them knew what they were dealing with) take the fall on that one. lol (hide spoiler)]
I've seen some of reviews that categorize this book as a lighthearted romance, and while it is definitely romantic, I don't think it was very fluffy. There are certainly dark issues and situations, but the characters respond to them in a realistic way.
I want to kick myself for waiting to read this. After wading through some less-than-stellar books lately, I found Spellbound refreshing and just fantastic. I will be the first in line for this book if Cara Lynn Schultz decides to continue. I highly recommend!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's re...moreThis book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's review, so if you haven't seen that, check it out.
What's my take on it, though? Veronica Roth paints an intense picture of a dystopian society that had me gripping the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I gasped...I literally ached for more. There are amazing twists and things that happen that I absolutely did not see coming.
The environment and physical struggles that main character Beatrice (Tris) goes through are secondhand to the emotional transformation that she makes. I totally fell in love with her and was rooting for her the whole way through. Like most everyone else, I loved Four, too. Dude--he's swoonworthy. In a hot, tatted-up, pierced, steal-my-heart sort of way. All of the quotes I want to give are too spoilery, and that's killing me. But everytime he put his hands on her, I died. and Flailed.
One of the things that I love the most about this book is that I'm so invested in the other characters of the story. From Beatrice's parents to the new "friends" she makes, I felt like I knew them. Peter can DIAF. And that's all I can say without giving away too much lol.
I'm almost mad with myself that I read this now, because I want more. A lot more. Right now. I can't wait for the next book, but in the meantime, I'm sure that I'll be rereading this one. If you don't read this one, you're seriously missing out.(less)
I've been struggling with exactly what I want to say about this book. I don't want to be spoilery, and I'll try really hard not to, but you know...it...moreI've been struggling with exactly what I want to say about this book. I don't want to be spoilery, and I'll try really hard not to, but you know...it will probably be slightly spoilerish...
Lauren Oliver's beautiful words are almost poetic as she constructs this intensely rich dystopian world for us. This is my first time reading anything by Oliver, and I think she's utterly amazing. The rules of the society and histories of the characters are well thought out and the general concept for this story are simply brilliant. The idea of love being forbidden holds so many possibilities, and I think that it's great.
Some of the characters fell short for me, though, and it seemed like the author got caught up in making her words pretty more than she wanted us to be swept up the true love part of the story. I felt like Lena, though likable enough, wasn't someone that I identified with. Constantly flip-flopping between allegiance to the "cure" and the quest for the truth, she didn't want it enough for me. I loved Alex--he's totally hot and I get their relationship from his perspective. I didn't feel that they were overwhelmingly in love though, and kinda thought that was essential to this story's plot. I needed to feel more passion between them. I wanted Lena to be consumed. *shrugs* Maybe I just don't get it.
By now, you've read other people's reviews and know that this book ends with an evil cliffie. I wasn't incredibly shocked by the cliffie, tbh. It made me sad, for sure, but I wouldn't say it was unexpected. I felt like there was all of this heart-racing clutching-your-chest action, action, action then...stop.
Don't get me wrong. I thought it was good. It just didn't own me. The idea is amazing, and I really want to know what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book!(less)
So. I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the idea of this book soooo bad. But, I didn't. I found that I had to for...moreThis is spoilerish...
So. I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the idea of this book soooo bad. But, I didn't. I found that I had to force myself to keep reading during some parts.
I have to admit I thought the premise for this was a good one. I think the world that Ally Condie created has potential to be amazing. I can see where there could be lots of little intricate plot twists and turns. Sadly, it all turns up short for me.
I think if you are faced with losing your family, your community, your home, and potentially your life because you choose not to follow the rules society is placing on you, you better have a damned good reason. You should be so totally and completely in love, you can't breathe without that person. You'd rather be dead without them. That is NOT what I got from any of the characters in Matched. I didn't feel any passion with Ky and Cassia at all.
And seriously, I thought I would gouge my eyes out if I had to keep reading about the stupid cursive handwriting. OMG it's not like she had never seen it before. It's not like she was freaking illiterate.
I liked some of the other characters. I kind of loved her "Official" and her little brother, Bram. The little we saw of Ky's parents was pretty okay, and I kind of liked Xander, as long as I was overlooking that whole wimpy lay-down-and-take-it personality he had going on.
Will I read the next book? Yes. I want to know if Xander grows a pair. I want to know what happens in general, but will I be expecting some big love affair between Cassia and Ky to sweep me off my feet and make me swoon? Uh, no. Maybe that's not what this book was supposed to be about, though. *shrugs*
I think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will m...moreI think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will make some of you *cough*Meg*cough* hate me a little, but I can't help it. He's so hot. And he's swoony.
"I'll be so good to you," he whispers. "I'll be so good to you, Juliette. I promise."
Don't get me wrong, Adam Kent is totally swoonworthy too. And the things that boy says could make even my mother melt into a pile of goo. But there's just something about Warner...
Anyway, about the story. You already know all about that, but in case you want my take on it: Juliette is a 17 girl with a power an ability to kill people with her touch. She's basically been imprisoned for almost the last year, and for a few years before that, she had been tested and observed to find out what's wrong with her. I'm not going to tell you how Adam (or Warner) fit into her life because that would be too spoilery, but they do, and over the course of the story, Juliette learns more about her powers and more about what the world wants from her.
The prose that Mafi writes is amazing. No one would ever say that the girl can't turn a phrase. The main problem that I had with this book was that it was too much. Like this:
Heat rushes up my neck and I fall off a ladder holding a paintbrush dipped in red.
There were too many strike-throughs, too much repetition, too much extra stuff. I felt like it went on a little too much.
Also, I felt like the end was a little too wrapped up in a neat little bow. Like other reviewers have said, a little X-men-esque for me. Oh and the cover: she's not in a pageant. I much prefer the plainness of the arc that I have. *shrugs*
The story is compelling and I definitely want to read the next one, but I didn't love it, and I borderline don't like Juliette.
Fortunately for me, Adam and Warner make up for all of that.
I didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't k...moreI didn't realize that I've been sitting on writing this review since November, and part of the reason is that I just don't know what to say. I don't know how to describe how awesome I thought this book was and how much I loved it. Tonya said everything way better than I can articulate, so I hope you'll check out her review. I'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven't read Delirium yet, definitely don't read this.
I loved the idea of Delirium, but I wasn't convinced by the romance--I didn't feel the all-consuming love that should have swept them away. I felt like there should have been more--more devotion to Alex, more determination to be with him no matter what the cost, more devastation at the prospect of not being with him forever. I didn't feel that in Delirium.
I sure as hell got it in Pandemonium. We flip back and forth between the struggles Lena has to endure as she acclimates to being in the Wilds--without Alex--and a few months later, where she's on the forefront of the revolution. I don't want to give away anything else, but I will say that she finds herself in an unexpected situation, with someone she'd never expect to cross paths with, much less consider an ally.
The depth of emotion that I felt from Lena as a character is so much more than we got in Delirium. I understood her motivations throughout most of the book, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved lots of the other characters, though I won't ever waver on who I love the most lol
I can't even tell you how much my friends and I have talked about this book. I honestly have no idea what's going to happen, or how Oliver is going to wrap up this series in just one more. I will tell you this: If you thought Delirium had an evil cliffie, you ain't seen nothin' yet. I will advise you NOT to look at the end before you get there, though. It will ruin everything, and trust me--you want to enjoy this journey. ♥(less)
If I was going to sum this book up in one word, it would be adorable.
I don't even know what to say about it, except it's just brilliant. And fun. An...moreIf I was going to sum this book up in one word, it would be adorable.
I don't even know what to say about it, except it's just brilliant. And fun. And real.
Sixteen year old Francesca Spinelli attends predominantly male St. Sebastian's School. She deals with issues that most every teenager deals has to deal with--friendships and love and boys with girlfriends and finding out who you are as a person. She also has a lot of other things on her plate: her mother's mysterious illness and her family potentially falling apart.
I love love LOVE Francesca's character. The girl is funny. I love her friends and the easy relationship that they have, even when it's complicated. I just love this story.
It's a quick read and I definitely think you should check it out!(less)
Apparently spoilerishness is the only way I know how to roll...so proceed with caution.
Hourglass is a book that has a great idea behind it, but in my...moreApparently spoilerishness is the only way I know how to roll...so proceed with caution.
Hourglass is a book that has a great idea behind it, but in my opinion falls short on the delivery.
For the most part, I liked Emerson as a character. I thought that most of the time, though, she acted like a petulant child. That would be fine in most cases--she is a teenager who has been through a lot! But she's dealing with a very grown-up situation and if we are expected to believe that she can handle it, I would expect a little more maturity on her part. The love triangle (or square?) aspect that McEntire seemed to be trying to build hardly made sense to me. If Emerson and Michael were two halves of a whole- how could there be anyone else? I don't get it. I felt like the "chemistry" with them was forced, or not explored enough. Maybe I wanted more making out lol. I also definitely think that Emerson's best friend, Lily, could have been a great character but wasn't utilized to her amazing potential. All in all, McEntire gave us glimpses into her characters' personalities, but she could have given us a lot more.
The setting was believable and I enjoyed the attention to detail. The actual story is a great idea, and I look forward to seeing what comes next with these characters, especially Kaleb. Overall I liked it, but I didn't love it.(less)