Have you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it justHave you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it just inspired you.
Eliza Caelum was four years old when music started shaping her life. At twenty-six, her life is definitely not headed in the direction that she thought it would take. An encounter with her elusive music idol changes everything for her--and sets the stage for this amazing story.
After receiving a job offer for a prestigious magazine, Eliza moves from Cleveland to Manhattan, where her brother, Michael, already lives with his wife, Vera. Michael arranges for Eliza to move into his recently vacated apartment with Paul Hudson, the enigmatic and manwhorish lead singer and songwriter of his struggling band, Bananafish.
Now stop right there. I know what you are thinking, because I was thinking it, too. You already know what’s going to happen, right? Michael will warn Eliza that Paul’s no good for her; Eliza won’t listen; they’ll hook up and he’ll let his rise to fame interfere with their relationship, leaving her broken-hearted until he swoops back in and saves the day. You’ve read that story a thousand times.
I’m telling you right now--you’ve never read anything like this.
At it’s very basic, the above-referenced scenario is exactly how this story starts out. Eliza meets Paul and she just can’t help herself. She tries to fight it. (view spoiler)[
”Eliza, do I make you nervous?”
He took a step forward. “Then why are you shaking?”
I lowered my chin, swallowed hard, but said nothing.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he said. “I can’t be responsible for what happens in the next thirty seconds if you keep looking at me like that.”
“Get out of the way.”
“First you have to pay the toll.”
Reaching around the back of my head, Paul leaned forward and planted his mouth on mine. He kissed me until he ran out of air, took a quick breath, kissed me again, and was grinning wildly when he finally set me free.
It occurred to me then that he kissed the same way he ran up the stairs--fiercely, passionately, and with complete commitment.
They are soul mates, truly, bonding over music and everything else that matters in life. (view spoiler)[
I am of the theory that all of our transcendental connections, anything we’re drawn to, be it a person, a song, a painting on a wall--they’re magnetic. The art is the alloy, so to speak. And our souls are equipped with whatever properties are required to attract that alloy. I’m no scientist so I don’t really know what the hell these properties are, but my point is we’re drawn to stuff that we’ve already got a connection to. Part of the thing is already inside of us.
That’s what I mean when I say fate. Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.
They fall in love--desperately, madly in love:
...trying to describe how I felt watching her dance around and sing would be like trying to build a skyscraper with my bare hands. It made me want to marry her. Made me want to buy her a magic airplane and fly her away to a place where nothing bad could ever happen. Made me want to pour rubber cement all over my chest and then lay down on top of her so that we’d be stuck together, and so it would hurt like hell if we ever tried to tear ourselves apart.
I really love the way this story is told. It’s mostly from Eliza’s point of view, and the way she words things is just--I don’t have the words. It’s visceral and has a truth that you can feel in your bones. There are a few chapters of Paul’s point of view, as told to his voice recorder. He’s an artist in every sense of the word and made me swoon, even when I didn’t want to--even when I wanted to kick him in the balls, I wanted to hold him and tell him how to fix it. There are also a few chapters that are in third-person, which was helpful.
I’m not gonna lie. Parts of this book had me sobbing into my pillow. BUT I think that’s one of the things that is soooo amazing about this author. She takes us from laugh-out-loud funny to heart-wrenching, punch-you-in-the-gut angst and every emotion in between.
How to Kill a Rockstar is multi-faceted, with characters that are so real. I found myself cursing decisions that each of them made--wanting to shake some sense into them and beg them to reconsider their actions. They were all so much more than words on a page. I felt like I knew them.
I got this story recommendation from Bri, and after trying to come up with the best way to tell you the way I feel about this story, I realize that she already said it for me:
The characters in this had me head over heels from the beginning. Eliza is easy to relate to, Paul is easy to foam at the mouth over, and Loring is...well, I was torn for a lot of this book - let's leave it at that.
What this book boils down to is finding yourself, opening yourself up to new possibilities, and facing your fears. While this one was great on the initial read, I predict it will be even better on the re-read.
I didn’t have a “favorites” bookshelf before, but I created one, just so I could have a place for this book. If you are looking for a story that has it all--sex, love, and rock ‘n roll, then look no further. Without question, this is must-read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'd give this book 4.5 stars, but you know that's not how goodreads rolls. So I'm rounding up for sheer adorableness.
Even though I have hundreds of boI'd give this book 4.5 stars, but you know that's not how goodreads rolls. So I'm rounding up for sheer adorableness.
Even though I have hundreds of books on my shelves, I go to the library every week. And this book caught my eye when I walked by the "New Reads" shelf in the YA section. You know how your mom told you that can't judge a book by its cover?
She was wrong.
This book is utterly charming from the beginning to the end, and I really loved it. The cover is totally cute, and that's why I picked it up. While there were some serious issues, like dealing with self-esteem and finding yourself, it was utterly fluffy and so much fun!
Didn't you have a friend who just couldn't stay away from some boy who was all wrong for her? Have you ever questioned why some guy told you he would call but never did? Have you ever had a nemesis? Or ever wondered how Linux affected the game Blood Frontier? lol
When high-school junior Natalie's "professional" reputation as the school advice columnist is called into question, she decides to to find out what really makes guys tick. She has a list of questions and asks the boys that she knows. That doesn't go over too well.
"Is it true that guys think about sex every eight seconds?"
He puts a hand on my knee. "Around you, more like every second."
"This isn't working," I say, pushing his hand off my leg.
"Natalie, you're cute. I like you. What more do we need? THis whole interview thing is just getting in the way. Why overthink it?"
She decides to head into the trenches, so to speak, and goes to an all-boys school for a week. Although her two best friends question her motives a little bit, they totally support her and lend their aid.
"Why are you doing it then?"...
"To create a deeper understanding between the sexes," I say. "To answer the questions girls have asked about guys since time began."
She twists around to look at me in the backseat. "Well, I'm a girl, and I have a question: does Josh like me?"
Along the way, you know what happens. She meets a boy at the school and falls madly in love with him. What will happen when he finds out she's a boy too?
You have to make some leaps, including the believability of Natalie even getting into the school in the first place and her ability hoodwink her mom into a plausible excuse for being gone. Other than that, this book was a fun read and felt incredibly authentic to me. I loved Natalie's character and the revelations that she came to about herself and her gender in general. I loved her friends, especially the new ones she made at school, and how real everyone's reactions were. I loved that Emilio had some swoonworthy moments. I even loved Summer. Well, I loved to hate her along with Natalie.
I've never read anything by Jody Gehrman before, but I will definitely be checking her out! If you need a little pick me up, this is the book for you....more
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 reThis 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....more
4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because of Sam. And the dancing.
I've been sitting on this review a long time, in part, because I just didn't know wha4-1/2 stars. But I'm rounding up because of Sam. And the dancing.
I've been sitting on this review a long time, in part, because I just didn't know what to say. I've had a really hard time expressing how much I want you to read this; how swoony Sam is; how I flailed with every word he said to her.
Then I really thought about it and realized that that is why I love this book. The swoon. Sam is so swoony--he gets all the stars. Not Ana, though I liked her, and not the incomplete feeling I got when I finished reading.
So what's this book about? For the past 5,000 years, there have been exactly one million people in Range, and they have been reincarnated over and over again. The cool thing about that is when they are reborn, they remember their pasts (as soon as they are mentally mature enough), including who they are (or were) and any skills they acquired.
Something happens when Ana is born, though. When they touch the newborn baby's palm to the scanner that identifies who she's coming back as, there's nothing in the system to match her to a past soul. She's a newsoul, and most of the people in their community feel an immediate loss for the girl that she should have come back as. Her father takes off, and her mother moves them into the woods, ostracized and mad.
Ana lives cut off from most of society until she's old enough to strike out on her own, bound for the city of Heart to look for information about other people like her. On her way there, she encounters horrors in the woods. She also encounters Sam. And he's nothing short of awesome.
They form a relationship, and he helps her get to the city. He helps her search for her past. He stands up to her evil mother for her. There's so much mystery here--and that's where I don't love the book. I love all of the potential--there are just SO many things that can happen. And I realize that this is a trilogy, so the story has to be drawn out some, but I felt like this book was pretty much about Ana coming to terms with who she is and the way that Sam feels about her. We didn't really learn anything that she set out to discover, and actually I felt like I had more questions at the beginning than at the end.
With that being said, the story is wonderful. It's so imaginative. And the words Meadows uses--wow. For me, the swoon makes up for the lack of answers. Sam is enough. I definitely can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the series, and I hope you'll check this one out....more
I have a confession. I've been waiting to read this guystory for a loonnngggg time. I've enjoyed Brighton Walsh's work for years, and let me tell you--the girl can write some super hot smut. She's not about PWP, though, and always has a compelling story to go with her sexy characters. So, I was already excited about this story before I really knew much about it. And ever since Walsh sent me her picspiration on twitter, well, let's just say I was super excited:
I know, I know. You want to stop reading this review and dive right into reading Season of Second Chances rtfn, right? I don't blame you. So go ahead.
Still here? Now I'll tell you why you shouldn't be (and why you should be reading the book instead).
I love reunion stories. I love that we can experience all the feelings that the characters go through without questioning why they're jumping into a relationship (even if it's just a physical one) so quickly. Even if we as readers don't know the characters very well yet, we know that they know each other and lived through whatever their history was, and that familiarity gives them liberties that strangers don't get.
Thirty-year old Claire Hanlin finds herself stranded at an airport in the city that she least wants to be in on Christmas Eve. Her search for an available hotel room is interrupted by her ex-fiancé, Logan Dawes. Claire goes through a myriad of emotions at seeing him and hearing his voice again.
His sea-glass eyes were boring into hers, the same heavy, intense stare she'd noticed when they'd met more than four years ago. And when she looked into them now, it was like no time had passed. Like they hadn't broken an engagement, hadn't been separated for two years, hadn't lived through the heartache of ending the best relationship either of them had ever had.
Logan insists that she come stay with him until the storm passes and she can get another flight. She reluctantly agrees, and you know what happens. Chemistry! Flails! Holy hotness, Batman!
Of course, with every good story, there's a dilemma, and Claire's is that even though it's hard to resist Logan's charms and the way he always made her feel, she can't help but forget how she felt when Logan constantly chose his job over her when they were together. Logan realizes that he made the biggest mistake of his life when he let her go the first time, but can he do what it takes to get a second chance with her?
Read it and find out!
You know I loved pretty much everything about this story. Obviously, my favorite part was Logan. This guy is hotness personified. Dark hair, light green eyes, sexy muscles. And he's a doting dad to a seven-year old girl who has him wrapped around his finger. *swoonysigh* He's sweet and determined, and he's hot as hell.
Her argument died in her throat when his tongue traced her pulse point and then his teeth bit into the juncture of her shoulder and neck and the scruff on his face brushed against her delicate skin, and oh God, he didn't play fair. "Logan."
He groaned, his hands covering the expanse of her lower back, his chest now pressed right up against her so she could feel the vibrations of his voice against her breasts. "Jesus, I've missed you saying my name like that."
I really liked Claire, too, and that sort of surprised me. It's not often that I actually love the heroine, but this time, I did. I was proud of her for standing up for herself and understood her. The perfect combination of kick-ass and vulnerable, she was a great character, and I'm sad that I won't get more of these two.
There were very few things that I didn't love, and I can honestly say both of those were totally because I'm a long-time reader of Walsh's work. I'm weird, I know, but I just didn't like Claire's name. And there are a few words that I was surprised that Walsh used. With that being said, who really cares about her name? Not me, and not you, either, once you start reading this fantastic story.
Want one more thing that I loved? This novella is short (less than 100 pages), and I can't even tell you how many times I have "perfect description" in my notes. Walsh portrays her characters' emotions with such authenticity, I felt like I was right there, feeling all the feelings with them.
The low, smooth rumble of his voice still managed to send chills down her spine, firing all the synapses in her body at once. She remembered that voice. How it washed over her like the rain when he was breathless and happy. How it crashed into her like a tidal wave when he was angry and frustrated. How it settled right into her bones when he whispered into her ear while aroused and overcome with need.
::flails:: There are several other instances, and the whole story is pretty damn close to perfect. Readers will share Claire's utter heartbreak as she contemplates the demise of her relationship with Logan, will experience the longing that Logan still feels for what might have been, and will feel their passion as they appreciate this second chance that fate has handed them.
It's the best holiday-pick-me-up if you need one, but whether you're looking for something to read to keep you warm in the winter, or if it's in the middle of the sweltering dog-days of summer, Season of Second Chances is the story for you. I can't express how much I enjoyed it--it's a must read!...more
Reading Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook gave me the feeling of sitting down with Bobby Flay himself and going over his favorite things to cook. ItReading Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook gave me the feeling of sitting down with Bobby Flay himself and going over his favorite things to cook. It's personable and fun, with recipes that range from simple to sophisticated.
First of all, regardless of whether it's a shot of a cocktail or Bourbon Praline Profiteroles with Toffee Sauce, the pictures are stunning. The recipes are amazing and cover a wide variety of tastes and interests. Simple recipes and tips, like how to make a Simple Syrup and the kitchen essentials every American pantry should have, were included, and I appreciated that.
I especially enjoyed the appetizer section, which offered great recipes of some of my favorites, with neat twists on serving ideas and variations on them. The Chicken Cutlet recipe was amazing, and even my kids enjoyed the Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
I loved the pictures of Bobby throughout as well as the commentary and bits of information that he gives with most of the recipes. Many cookbooks boast great pictures and commentary, but lack in recipes that the average person would enjoy making. Some cookbooks have great recipes, but too few visual representations to be appealing. The Bar Americain Cookbook is the perfect balance of beautiful photography, great personality, and good food. A must have for any cook. ...more
If someone had asked me to rate this book twenty-four hours ago, I am positive that I would not be so favorable.
Then I got to the end.
And I finally goIf someone had asked me to rate this book twenty-four hours ago, I am positive that I would not be so favorable.
Then I got to the end.
And I finally got it.
You know all about this book already, don't you?
"The Circus arrives without warning."
Indeed. This book takes place in a Circus, for the most part. Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) is a magnificent circus, open only at night, and made up of tents full of wonders and amazingness that I can't even begin to describe to you. And I won't try--Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic artist who writes the way dreams are made.
The prose is beautiful. The descriptions are vibrant and made me feel as if I were there--and that's kind of the point.
I should stop for just a second and tell you how much I wanted this book. I practically stalked the Random House booth at ALA and was almost in tears when I missed the ARCs that were given out (I was in line for a giveaway for the Fictionators). Then I found it on netgalley and was devastated when I was turned down ::sad face:: Then the best thing ever happened: my beautiful friend Christine waited in line and got me a signed copy at ComicCon. ::jumpyclaps:: I'm forever in her debt.
Back to the story:
From the outset, you realize that there are basically three storylines going on within the book: the Circus itself, which includes Celia and Marco and the competition that they are involved in, a boy named Bailey, who seems as though he doesn't really fit into the story, and you--as a patron, experiencing some of the wondrous sights and sounds and tastes of the Circus.
Of course, I'm oversimplifying it, because each one of these storylines is very detailed and intricate, and it is downright confusing.
Until it isn't.
There are so many things that I want to tell you about this book, but the number one thing I want to say is keep reading. This isn't a fast read by any means. It's all so real, so much. And every single inconsequential thing comes into play. Erin Morgenstern is a master storyteller--she's simply brilliant. And I cannot begin to understand the way even the most trivial statement made in passing proved to be absolutely monumental. I'm utterly blown away.
I don't usually like the film adaptation of books, but in this case, I am crazy excited. Summit has lots of brilliant material to work with, and I hope they do a good job. It has the potential to be amazing.
You follow me--you know I have to tell you about the romance. I'm hesitant to say anything about it but feel that I have to. This book is built up to be an epic, all-consuming romance, and that's true. You just don't know it until the last third of the book.
But ohmigod when you feel it--it's just...yeah. Epic. Sweeping. Swoon.
The things Marco says. The fact that he associates her with love poems and Shakespearian Sonnets. His ability to be himself with her. Gosh. I don't even know what else to say.
All of the characters, though shrouded in mystery, are distinct and multi-dimensional. The parts of them that are exposed to us are real and leave you begging for another glimpse. Though I wanted to get to know them more, I didn't ever feel that they were lacking in character or authenticity. While I had many *gasp! I can't believe that just happened* moments, I never felt like they were acting OOC. I love that about this book.
I also love Widget.
There are a few things that I didn't love. Being confused most of the book is definitely one of them. (view spoiler)[I hated Hector and didn't feel that justice was served where he was concerned. I feel almost as strongly about Alexander, but I'm not sure. I also would like to have understood slightly more about the aging of the characters, especially the original attendees of the Midnight Dinners, and what will happen to everyone who is still involved with the Circus, though the details about Chandresh might have been an indication. (hide spoiler)] Though everything came together at the end (and splendidly so), I just don't know that the amount of confusion and wth?!? was necessary.
I don't want to spoil any more of the plot for you than I already have, and telling you anything else really would do that. There are a few things that I wish that I had known before I started reading, so I want to share. I wish that I knew something about Tarot Cards. I know absolutely nothing, and even looking them up didn't offer me very much insight to a part of the book that I felt to be significant. I wish I hadn't been totally in the dark about that. Also, I wish I had written down the timeline, or paid more attention to it. There were several instances that I found myself flipping back and forth, trying to remember where they were and when it was. I very much would like to read this book again, and when I do, I will be taking notes lol Also, I want to tell you what is probably the most important thing:
If you don't know what the hell is going on throughout most of the book, that's okay. It'll make sense eventually. Just enjoy the ride. And trust--you will.
You know me and stars. If I could give half-stars, I'd give it 4-1/2. But I'm rounding up for the sheer brilliance of the story, for the awesome imagery and detail, and for Widget ::swoonysigh::.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If you saw my flaily updates on twitter and goodreads, you already know that I loved this book with the fire of a thousand suns. There are so many things that I love about it, and even though it's relatively short and a pretty quick read at just over 200 pages, I have a hard time pinpointing everything I love about it. So I made a list, in no particular order:
Travis. Okay I lied. This is in some kind of order because you guise. This boy is so swoony. Except, he's not a boy--he's a man. Travis is home on a thirty-day leave after being in Afghanistan for several months. His best friend was killed, and though he's putting up a good front, he isn't dealing with it very well. One of the things that I love the most about him is even when he's strong and confident, he has this vulnerability about him. Plus, he's insanely hot.
"If my dreams were about you, Harper, it would make sleeping a whole lot more appealing."
Harper. Travis and Harper knew each other all throughout school, and they have a history. Something happened with them back in middle school that Harper never got over, and he's surprised that she lets him in when they see each other in the present time. For me, I feel like she's kind of the opposite of him. Sometimes she seems so vulnerable, but really she has this quiet confidence. I love that about her. I love that she doesn't just let him walk all over her. Plus, she's insanely hot.
She glances down at the floor, then up at me. That shy thing gets me every single time, even when Paige did it and I knew it wasn't real. But Harper...it's not a calculated maneuver to get me hot. It's authentic. And still incredibly effective.
His friends. I love the relationship he has with his friends--the ones he serves with and the ones back home. I can really see how much he's grown as a person since he left. Plus, they're insanely hot. jk jk They are pretty awesome though.
"If I wanted a cougar, I'd do your mom."
"Why? Getting tired of your own?"
His family. There's a lot going on with his parents (and his brother). I love how authentic they are. Just so you know, they aren't hot.
It's real. Travis doesn't come home on vacay and just breeze through girls and live it up. He has real issues to deal with. So does Harper. So does his ex. So do his parents, and his friends, and his brother, and just everyone. For such a short book, we get a clear picture of life--and Doller does an amazing job focusing us in and out to show how everything weaves together. I don't have enough words to articulate what I want to say about how awesome this story is and how much I love these characters.
The cover. Come on. It's insanely hot.
There is one thing that happens here that I don't want to spoil but I don't like it. If you know me, you're going to be pretty surprised when you read this that I was okay with it, but for this character, in these circumstances, it made sense. The first time. And that's all I have to say about that.
Something Like Normal is the story of a soldier who is trying to deal with losing his best friend, and it's a story of a young man figuring out where he fits in the world and who he wants to be now that he's "grown up". It's well written and very real and yes, insanely hot (keep in mind, this is YA-NAish), and I think you should read it. ♥...more
“I’m looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”
Isn't that quote right there enough to make you stop what you're doing and“I’m looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”
Isn't that quote right there enough to make you stop what you're doing and read this book?
I love it. I loved so many things about this awesome book, but I think that I loved how real Clara was. She's a teenage girl dealing with all kinds of changes. She's strong. She's impulsive. She's in love:
So I’m in love. That crazy, forget to eat, float around in a daze, talk on the phone all night and bounce out of bed every morning hoping to see him kind of love. The days of summer fly past, and every day I find something else I love about him.
The progression of Clara's relationship with Tucker is the perfect mix of sweet and swoon, and the way that everything else unfolds is just awesome. I can't say enough good stuff about it.
I wish I had the next book rtfn. I can't wait to find out what happens next....more
Brilliant. But not the kind of book I'd typically give 5 stars.
You can read a bigger, better review (complete with quotes, author interview and CarenBrilliant. But not the kind of book I'd typically give 5 stars.
You can read a bigger, better review (complete with quotes, author interview and Caren's thoughts, too) here on Fictionators.
I've had a really hard time deciding what to say about this book.
That's really all I can say. Because nothing else will give this story justice. This book is about how a family deals with the grief of losing someone. I'm going to tell you right now that they don't take it well. His family basically falls apart, and through it all, we get ten-year-old Jamie's take on things.
It's utterly brilliant. There were several times that I reread passages, marveling at Pitcher's ability to represent Jamie's mindset so accurately. I wouldn't be surprised at all if I found out she were actually a ten-year-old boy. It's so real.
We find out that Rose was playing in a park with her family when she was killed by a terrorist bomb. As a result, their dad hates all Muslims (the bombers were Muslim), their mom has run off with a man from her support group, and their family is basically adrift. Jamie moves with his dad and sister to the country and starts at a new school. There, he meets Sunya, and begins an unlikely friendship with her, all while navigating through a school of people who don't like him, watching his father waste away even more, dealing with his conflicting feelings about everything, and probably the most important thing to him: waiting for his mother to come and visit.
There are moments of triumph and moments of defeat. There is so much growth. There are funny moments, but even those are tinged with overwhelming sadness. I fluctuated between one star and five stars so many times. I didn't like the angst. I wanted this boy to be happy. I wanted his mom to love him. It was freaking AMAZING.
This book is set in London, and Jamie's British, so there are a lot of Britishisms throughout the book, which I really loved. My chief complaint is that he referred to soccer as soccer and not football. That kind of drove me nuts. We got an Advanced Review Copy, so I'm not sure if that's in the final copy or if it's just in the version that was released in the US.
This book isn't like anything I've ever read. I know I say that a lot, so I guess I'm branching out. I can't say that this book is for everyone, because some of you are like me--you want fluff and swoon and happy. This doesn't have that. Well, maybe it has a little teensy bit of that. But for those of you who want to read something that will make you think about things in a different light or will make you possibly take a moment to appreciate what you've got or will make you cry ugly-you-hope-no-one-ever-sees tears, then this is definitely a book you should read. It's quick, but it will change you....more
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 kI 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. ♥...more
What can I say about this fabulous book? I’m not gonna lie. I wanted to read this book because of the cover. Did you see it? He’s kissing her while thWhat can I say about this fabulous book? I’m not gonna lie. I wanted to read this book because of the cover. Did you see it? He’s kissing her while they are leaning against lockers!!! It’s like Katie McGarry wrote a book, just for me.
Let me tell you–as much as I love the cover, the book was even better. I can’t believe the emotional roller-coaster that we go through with these characters. I loved pretty much every second of it.
Echo Emerson used to be part of the it couple and one of the most popular girls in school, until a traumatic event happened, leaving her arms covered in hideous scars. She can’t remember what it was because it was so horrible, her mind repressed the memories. All she knows is that her mother was involved and her father and stepmother know all about it.
Noah Hutchins has had his own tragedy to deal with. His once-idyllic childhood was shattered when his parents were killed and he and his siblings were put in foster care. Noah’s had a less-than-positive experience in foster care, and he’s determined to get custody of his little brothers as soon as he’s legally able.
Both characters are broken and emotionally closed off from most people, but despite their best efforts, they can’t deny their intense connection when the school counselor pairs them up for tutoring.
This story is told in first person in both Noah and Echo’s points of view. I really liked that and definitely felt that each character had their own distinguished voice.
What else do I love about this book? The characters. Both of these characters have had tough issues that adults would find difficult to deal with, yet one of the things that I love the most about this book is that they’re still teenagers. They react and crush and have feelings that are ruled by teenage hormones. They have expectations and get caught up and just feel. all. the. things.
I love pretty much everyone in this book, but you know how I am–I love Noah. I love Echo. And I love their chemistry and their relationship. Pushing the Limits is steamy. It’s also angsty, but authentic. The heartbreak they go through will make you feel so emotional. But through it all, the characters remain true. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for them, or for anyone really, but the way they deal with everything makes this a great read.
I can’t say enough about it. I really loved this book and think you will, too....more
If you're into yarn, this book is like a dream. Funny and super-informative. The pictures are beautiful and the index makes everything easy to find. IIf you're into yarn, this book is like a dream. Funny and super-informative. The pictures are beautiful and the index makes everything easy to find. I didn't know there are feral sheep. An excellent resource!...more
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of thiCheck out my full review on the Fictionators!
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of this adorable book, I knew that I would love it, too.
The very first thing that I noticed about this book is the cover. Which, come on–some covers are absolutely horrible and/or don’t have anything to do with the book. But not this one–this one is sweet and fun and perfect for this book (except Hadley is a blonde). I was so excited when I got this in the mail, and I want to tell you everything that happens in this story and quote the whole thing to you, but I don’t want you to waste your time with that. I just want you to read it.
This book takes place over a 24-hour period of time, but there are a lot of flashbacks and memories of what brought Hadley to where she is. I love, love, love the way that Smith wove her history into the story. She’s a teenager, and has the appropriate emotions, but she isn’t bratty at all. I love the way she reacts to everything, and how the memories she has seem to weave perfectly into the story.
I love the relationship that she has with both of her parents, and the authentic reaction she has to her father, who broke up their family and is marrying another woman. I just love her personality. Hadley Sullivan is definitely one of my favorite characters, ever.
Now onto Oliver. If I could sum him up in one word, it would be swooncity. I love him. I love that he calls Hadley out and makes her think before she reacts. I love that he’s quirky, and funny, and did I mention he’s British? You know how I feel about British boys. And when Oliver said “North Dakota,” I clapped. Trust me, you will, too, when you get there.
I wish there was more of them, but the parts that were there were sweet and I can totally picture them in fifty-two years. I was surprised with a couple of things, too, and am so impressed with how much “meat” is in this story. This is definitely a book that you want to pick up if you want to read something that is romantic and sweet, along with having angst and real issues.
Swooncity. That's how I sum this up. I love the cover, I love the characters, and I love the story. I think you will, too!
This book is utterly adorable, from its bright, vivid colors to the super cute font used throughout. I love that Cutie Pies includes sweet and savoryThis book is utterly adorable, from its bright, vivid colors to the super cute font used throughout. I love that Cutie Pies includes sweet and savory recipes--all in perfect single-serving sizes. The pictures are brilliant, and there are even recipes for Vegans and those following a gluten-free diet. This book would make a perfect gift, and I can't wait to try out some of the pies in a jar!...more