**spoiler alert** Reread on 8/23/2014 - just as beautiful as the first time I read it...
Original review 4/20/2011
I spent most of this book being so a**spoiler alert** Reread on 8/23/2014 - just as beautiful as the first time I read it...
Original review 4/20/2011
I spent most of this book being so angry at Mia.
Seeing how the way she left Oregon hurt him and having no explanation killed me for him!
I kept waiting and waiting for them to stop pussy footing around the big issue and lay all the cards on the table and when it finally happened I wasn't disappointed. When she walked away after the ferry ride my heart was breaking. When he watched her on the couch, coming to the realization that he had to let her go that his future didn't lay with her or Bryn my heart split in two. I couldn't imagine Mia and Adam NOT together.
Then she shows him her secret and I might have actually fistpumped LOL - I completely understand the anger she had towards him for asking her to stay and while I could never understand survivors guilt, I can only imagine how it affected her and seeing how the accident changed every single relationship around her, especially this most important one.
This story ended perfectly. I bought If I Stay on a Whim when it first came out and am incredibly happy to have found it. This was a lovely story from beginning to end. (I even own two copies of it now LOL)...more
I liked this... I found myself laughing throughout the first half of this book .
Think mean girls but for witches, warlocks, faeries, and shapeshiftersI liked this... I found myself laughing throughout the first half of this book .
Think mean girls but for witches, warlocks, faeries, and shapeshifters... Add one vamp and some daemons and you have Hecate Hall or Hex Hall as the students call it.
Sophie is sent to hex hall after attempting a spell for a fellow high school student ... It didn't go quite right. Hex hall is where prodigium are sent to stay until they turn 18. But after she arrives, she finds the girl who she took the place of was attacked and then more attacks continue to happen.
Sophie was snarky and funny and a typical teenage girl... With witchy powers. She was raised in the human world so when she gets to hex hall she can't even perform a simple blocking spell and she has no,clue who her father is... But everyone else seems to know.
Without giving anything away, this was a fast and entertaining read. I liked Archer... Until I became confused because I shouldn't still like him right? Lol
I'm looking forward to getting to,the next in the series.
So this falls somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars... Mostly because of that ending ... I was standing on a giant cliff and if I hadn't had the next bookSo this falls somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars... Mostly because of that ending ... I was standing on a giant cliff and if I hadn't had the next book queued up already and had to wait until book 3 was published I'd have been pissed!
I still really loved the characters here ... I'm especially fond of Archer even though he's in very little of this book, but I also have a giant crush on Cal. I knew we were going to see a love triangle ...I just had this feeling lol.
In the second book of the series we rejoin Sophie at Hex Hall, only her father arrives shortly before the end of the school year and asks Sophie to come to England with him to learn about herself before she makes a final decision about the removal process. Cal and Jenna come along on the trip and all kinds of stuff goes down over the course of the book... I'm not telling what cuz you should read it lol.
I really enjoyed learning more about Sophie and demons and her family a lot is revealed in this book, but there are also a lot of questions heading into the third. Lucky for everyone who starts this series now, all three books are out so you can read straight through.
I loved this book... Gah - everything I want to say will take the surprises and twists and turns away so I'm going to be vague-ish
It's like a mini grI loved this book... Gah - everything I want to say will take the surprises and twists and turns away so I'm going to be vague-ish
It's like a mini greek history lesson with references to greek gods, the Illiad and demigods all wrapped around the lives of these seemingly 'regular' people.
Helen felt different and as a reader you get that immediately, but the reasons aren't fully explained until you're well into the book and the suspense kept me glued to the pages.
Her relationship with Lucas isn't traditional in any sense and certainly starts off on the wrong foot - something I wasn't completely expecting in the least.
I loved the bond portrayed between Jerry (Helen's father) and her as well as those of her friends Claire and Mike.
For me, the sign of a good story is getting the clenchy feeling in the pit of my stomach and feeling the things that the characters are feeling.. the nervousness, the happiness, the heartbreak, the anger and the sorrow... it's all here and the author makes you feel every single word.
I truly couldn't put this book down and finished it less than a day and I just know anyone who reads this is going to love it. ...more
**spoiler alert** I love Maggie Stiefvater I was so incredibly excited and sad when I finally got Forever...I love the story and didn't want it to end**spoiler alert** I love Maggie Stiefvater I was so incredibly excited and sad when I finally got Forever...I love the story and didn't want it to end, yet I needed to know where Grace and Sam and Cole and Isabel all ended up.
I don't know how many people will agree with me but I loved the end of this story. Did I want more? Hell yes... but I also love that it's up to us to imagine where these characters went in their futures.
I read this book on my flight home from SDCC today and I wish I could have posted some of my fave quotes, most of them coming from Sam's POV. The way Maggie writes him just ugh... Throughout the series you see him mature and grow from this boy to a man (yes even at 19 he's a man) and I loved it. The frickin dress *swoon* but you can tell how much he adores Grace and I can't imagine the not knowing that he goes through when she changes. The just missing throughout the beginning and additionally anytime she changed was sad because he truly doesn't have anyone else save Cole. There is a scene Stiefvater wrote towards the end that just was incredible.. I won't say what happens, but I know when you read it you'll be as crushed as I was simply because of the effect and reaction that was so well written by Stiefvater.
Cole... I did a total 180 regarding him - honestly I didn't care for him in the second book, but I truly grew to love him in this one. His love/hate with Isabel was written perfectly and I thought he was the perfect addition to this series.
I have a feeling I might be in the minority. I have seen some reviews criticizing the ending, but truly... I think that the reason I truly did love it is because she left it up to me to figure out what happened with these characters. I love it when an author doesn't spell every little thing out for me and the end wasn't a disappointment.
Maggie Stiefvater is one of the authors I attribute to bringing me back to reading again when I picked up Shiver, I still remember devouring it and the rest in this series was no different. In fact, I read Linger when I was at SDCC last year (she never did take me up on the prereading job!) I am looking forward to all her stuff in the future and I will be going back and reading this series again.
In my head this is a 4.5 star review ... if only I could give it a .5 (lol) ...more
**spoiler alert** I'll be honest I got conflicting reviews on this book so I was hesitant to start it. I was intrigued by the plot of it though for su**spoiler alert** I'll be honest I got conflicting reviews on this book so I was hesitant to start it. I was intrigued by the plot of it though for sure!
The idea of the world that DeStefano has created intrigued me. The idea that at the age of 20/25 you are going to die kind of changes the outlook that you might have. Where as we, as people who average 80-85 years cringe at the idea that a 13/14 yr old is being married off and having babies, in this world it's not unusual simply because the life expectancy is different. It's no different than our history if we really think about it. BUT - I did balk a bit at that situation.
Linden... I am torn about this character. He's so naive and just can't see what's going on around him that I kind of felt bad for him. There were times I wanted Rhine to give in to him because of it, but I'm glad she didn't.
Gabriel... I loved this character. I hoped early on that he and Rhine would form a bond and was glad they did.
Overall I liked the story - I'm really looking forward to the coming books. Like I said the plot is intriguing and even though there are some taboo things, I thought it was well written and an excellent read. ...more
**spoiler alert** Stephanie Perkins owns me... no lie.
From the very first chapter I was sucked in and could barely put this book down. The second boo**spoiler alert** Stephanie Perkins owns me... no lie.
From the very first chapter I was sucked in and could barely put this book down. The second book in the series of three was everything I had hoped it would be and honestly, I might like it even more than Anna. I know... impossible thought right?
I think what I love most about her books are the characters and how real they appear. I mean, I want to be friends with them and hang out with them and give them advice. (lol even if they are only 17)
The relationships that Stephanie creates between the characters is amazing and when Lola hurts, I hurt. When Max is a douchebag I want to punch him and anytime Cricket shows up I want to hug him tight. (that might just be me though)
Anna and Etienne make appearances in this book, tying it to Anna in a small way, but it's not necessary to read one book without the other, which in this day of series books is wonderful. Not that you shouldn't read Anna because if you haven't - RUN NOW - but it's not necessary.
When we meet Lola she's dating Max... an older guy her 'the one' or so she thinks. When we get older we sometimes realize those first big loves aren't always just what we thought they were and definitely not as epic as we imagined! But Lola said it best in this book... "There are some people in life that you can't get over."
Sometimes throughout the story I had to remind myself that Lola is in fact only 17. She seems to me to come across as older than that in some situations, more mature sometimes and in some other ways... not at all.
I don't want to give too much away I mean I seriously want to tell you every fantastic part of this book, but I won't. What I will say is this. This is an absolute must read and Stephanie Perkins will forever be on my favorite authors of all time list. Now if I could only get her to divulge who she pictures as her Etienne everything would be perfect. ...more