2.5 stars First, yes I am vegan, so I should be inclined to love this book. But, I didn't... I loved the concept and enjoy traveling to find good vegan restaurants and would like to visit every single vegan restaurant in the country. However, this book was not what I was expecting. Like many other reviewers, I was expecting the book to include more on the actual places she ate at and what she ate. That information I can find on er blog, which I will check out later.
Overall, I was not pleased with the book though I wanted so badly to like it. At times, I wanted to stop reading it and just look at the blog, but I couldn't give up on a fellow vegan. Plus, I met the author at Veg Fest Boston this year, and that's why I bought the book. Again, I love the journey Kristin went on, and I think it is a very important one. However, the execution of the book was not that thrilling, and I was bored as well as often times confused about the timing and organization. I see that this book was trying to go for an inspiring self discovery angle, but the prose was flat, and the romance was even dull.
Do I recommend this book? No, but I will try to read the WTF Vegan Food blog. Very clever name:)...more
Ethan- This story is really just Ethan's, and everyone else in the book plays minor roles, though I'm sure some readers would disagree witCharacters:
Ethan- This story is really just Ethan's, and everyone else in the book plays minor roles, though I'm sure some readers would disagree with me. Initially, I thought Ethan was absolutely insane. I suppose that just goes to show what heartbreak can do to you. However, as the story progresses his character develops, and you realize that he has good, honorable qualities, though he makes some mistakes in the process and loses himself which I did not like because I was applying logic when he was using his emotions as the impetus for action. For me, Ethan was not a very likable character because of his way about going the problem which is probably what Fisher Amelie was aiming for, but I didn't change my feelings even at the end.
Finley- I wish that I had seen more of Finley. She is very selfless, brave, and generous despite her past. That's really all I can say about her really. Even when she narrated, I didn't learn anything new about her except that she was pining for Ethan, and I didn't really need her to say it to know it were true.
I had no idea what the plot was. Having read GREED, I thought that FURY was going to be Ethan trying to get Cricket back using any means necessary. The beginning of the book made it seem like this was the case, but then Ethan met Finley again and the whole plot changed to something I never expected. The plot was exciting... for a little while. But then, every scene seemed like a repeat of the last one, and I found it boring. Additionally, I thought the relationship between Ethan and Finley needed more emphasis. I wanted to experience them falling in love, and this part seemed rushed.
Overall, FURY is a good book, but it was my least favorite of the series. VAIN is still one of my favorite books, so I'd recommend reading that.
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ON THE FENCE ABOUT READING THIS ONE!!
If you don't smile while reading this book, you're not human.
Characters: OMG, the characters make this book! First, there's Charlie. Yeah, this girl is awesome!! She can take on those boys and handle herself, wahoo! However, she's only 16 and is pretty immature, doing things like throwing basketballs at people's heads or kicking them. But, as the story progresses, she matures a little bit and becomes more comfortable with who she is and what she wants which made me happy. The thing that I loved most about Charlie is her humor!!
Charlie has 3 biological brothers (whom I adore), but she considers Braden, her brother Gage's best friend and their neighbor, one too. She and her brothers are always bantering playfully, constantly trying to embarrass each other. At the end of the day, they've got each others' backs though and are extremely protective of one another. ON THE FENCE made me want to have more brothers.
But speaking solely about Braden, the love interest, he is sweet, athletic, funny (but not as much as Charlie's brothers), caring, and quite jealous!! I didn't like him as much as the other boys and wasn't swooning over him until the very end because of his jealousy. But how can I blame him? Charlie wasn't making their getting together too easy either.
And last, but not least, Charlie's father is wonderful. He is a single parent trying to raise a daughter, and he's doing the best he can which is sometimes awkwardly funny.
***** Characters from The Distance Between Us have cameos, and they're fantastic :) *****
Plot: What a perfect summer romance. The romance part of the plot is predictable, but so, so sweet! The Fence Chats made me want to have a neighbor as well. The mysterious aspect involving Charlie's mother is interesting, not what I was expecting at all. I do think it was a little hard to believe that Charlie couldn't remember the major secret about her mom's past. She was 6 when it happened, so I would think that she'd be able to remember at that age where you're not really, really little but not older either. I also wish there was more about her mom, but there are a couple of lines between Charlie and Braden that justify why there is not a whole lot of emphasis on the situation.
Overall feelings: Super funny and cute! Definitely a nice romance for summer time and a contemporary about growing up and discovering yourself. I love you, Kasie West and I will be reading Pivot Point soon....more
Characters: Alright, I know that Cassidy is really kind but how drop dead gorgeous is she??? A character's physical appearance is not important to the reading experience for me, but every single (no, I'm not exaggerating) male in this novel wanted her. It just got annoying.
Aside from that, as I said, she is a super sweet girl who had a rough life.
Tyler is Cassidy's best friend. He grew up next to her and helped her out. He's always been there for her, and she doesn't trust anyone else. Frankly, I thought that Tyler is the most interesting character because he is dynamic. His character has a huge arc from beginning to end. Though he is a huge jerk in the middle, I like how he ends up.
Gage is the smoking hot, ranch-working cousin of Tyler. He is slightly older, but as soon as he sees Cassidy, it's game over. Gage is a sweetheart, but I hated his temper. I despise when guys get into fist fights over girls. It's not manly.
Plot: From Ashes is told in alternating POV, and I wish it weren't because there was so much whining from both Cassidy and Carson!!! They spend the whole book thinking that the other isn't interested, and it got boring. I know that the ladies who read this book either love or hate it, and most love it. But, this wasn't amazing sexual tension. No, it was complaining and pining.
Overall thoughts: No, I didn't love this one. It entertained me, but it's not good enough to recommend. The whining reminded me too much of Twilight, and the book is considered NA, so I assumed that the characters would be more mature. You know what happens when you assume...
Is it just me, or is anyone else tired of plots centered around an abused girl being saved by a boy? I don't want to be insensitive when I say this because abuse is a serious and real matter, but there are so many books, especially NA, that center around domestic violence or rape. ...more
I thought that the Just One Day series was going to be a trilogy. But, it wasn't. Nope, Just One Year ended at the same point as Just One Day. I was angry!! I think all of the readers were angry, because Gayle came out with this novella and gave us a real ending. Ahh, sweet closure!!!!!
I was pretty bored for most of the story. It had been awhile since I last read Just One Year, and I forgot about all of the supporting characters and how Allyson found Willem.
Initially, I gave this 3 stars because Allyson and Willem were barely together. The ending was super sweet, buit the beginning and middle were a snooze fest. Then, I realized that Gayle had made it realistic. Life didn't stop after that one day. It wouldn't have been as authentic if Allyson showed up and Willem dropped one of his shows to be with her.
If you've read the rest of the series, I don't know why you wouldn't want to finish it off with Just One Night. This is the ending we demanded....more
It's really weird reading Hannah's story because I had always read about her as a kid. Anyway, she's very book smart and is a dedicated English teacher. And of course, she's gorgeous. She has only ever been with one guy, Mr. Marco D' Alessandro, but she doesn't welcome him back immediately once they meet again. And she has a totally good reason, you know besides that he left with no explanation.
Marco, Marco, Marco. Half African American, half Italian!!!! Before he met Hannah, Marco lived in the US but got into trouble and was sent to live in the UK. He's considered the older "bad boy" who has a soft spot for Hannah. He used to walk her home all the time and listened to her talk. He was very quiet.
For that reason, I felt like I knew nothing about him and didn't really trust him when he was trying to get Hannah back. Spoiler: He turns out to be a sweetie with a messed up past.
What I missed most from Samantha Young, however, was the witty banter. Hannah wasn't that funny, and Marco was too serious.
But i must say, I think Cole was my favorite character from this book. Cole and Hannah are best friends. He was there for her after that traumatic event and continues to be there. All of his girlfriends are jealous of the way he treats Hannah, but it looks like he is going to find the one. The next book in the series is his story!!!!
Plot: The thing that I liked about this plot was that the characters had a past. Ellie and Adam knew each other for awhile too, but they never had as serious of history as Hannah and Marco.
Above all, I liked the message of the book a lot. Something tragic has to happen before Hannah realized it, but it's applicable to everyone: nobody is guaranteed anything, so tell your loved ones you care.
I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE SAMANTHA YOUNG, but this is not the best in the series. No way. Before Jamaica Lane is probably my favorite. ...more