I'm in love with this book. Everyone should read it, really!
I need to go to France!
This is what I was thinking the whole time wile reading this book.I'm in love with this book. Everyone should read it, really!
I need to go to France!
This is what I was thinking the whole time wile reading this book. I have never cared much for Paris or that song that people often talk about when they think of Paris, La Vie Rose or something, I have never understood the fascination for the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or any other post card places there. I would be happy and fine this way and didn’t think I was missing anything by not visiting Paris. This all changed when I started reading Anna and The French Kiss. I know, I know,,, this is really cliché, but love is cliché and I fell in love with this book. I don’t care if people look ate the cover and think “Oh, is just another chick lit story.” This is not just another chick lit story and if you give it a chance, you will see that there’s much more to it then just a love affair between two teenagers in Paris. I mean, it is but is not just that. It’s about change your whole life and how that is a really hard thing to do. It’s about finding who you really are even though in the end you discover that the person you are is not the person you thought you were in the begin with. I know, I know,, it’s hard to explain but this whole fundamental stuff is in this “chick lit” story and is wonderfully put it in a way that is not that complicated.
The Plot - Is simple and at the same time is complicated. Is simple because is right in your face. You don’t have to think to hard and is not a mystery to be solved, but the questions and ramification of the actions are just as complicated as in real life. The indecision to make the right choice, the fear of loosing the ones you really care about, the pain of betrayal, all the things we have to deal with wile growing up and that can really freak you out.
The Characters - I like the characters and, I know is weird, but I felt that the guys really talk like,, you know,, guys. I could almost hear them speak and the faces that they would make. They really reminded me of my friends and how they would respond. The girls were very well developed too. Anna is strong, vulnerable and just a freak that likes to clean and organize everything around her. LoL So adorable. Bridge is just like that crazy and gorgeous friend you envy and love to the bone. St. Clair, oh, I can’t say his name without smiling. Etienne, see? I’m already smiling like a fool Ok, you’ve got the point, right?
The Writing - Is as lovely as a summer rain. I know what you’ll say. “Rain? How can rain be lovely?” Summer is hot and when it rains it cools you but the sun is still in the sky so you get that wonderful cool feeling, that exquisite rain smell and still can appreciate the light. The way that the sun light reflex on the rain drops is like a million rainbows all around you. See? Rain can be magic and lovely, so stop whining about it. So, the writing, is pretty amazing. And the best part is that it gets you when you least expect. I was like, this book is OK, and then I saw myself sit in the movies, something brush my thigh and when I look up there was St. Clair. That was freaky, really. It was like 1am and my brain just froze. Yep, this book is good enough to make you have visions about it. LoL
Consideration - I just love the way that Paris comes to life in the book. All the wonderful things to see and eat. Wile I was reading I felt like I was there with Anna and experiencing what she was going trough. I really love this book and the way that it has opened my eyes to a new world. I’m sure going to read Lola and The Boy Next Door because of this book. I just have to say on thing, although I love the way that all the relationships were developed in such a natural way, but there were times I felt like banging Anna’s head against the wall. She can really be blindsided by her own insecurity. This bugged me very much. Especially the things that should have being said and she just didn’t have the balls to say so. But I love this book in all of it’s good and bad, because the good parts are really wonderful and make the not so good parts almost non existent.
The ending was so stunning I had to listen to it 3 times to be sure I hadn't missed anything,,,,,,I'll think real hard about it and come back to giveThe ending was so stunning I had to listen to it 3 times to be sure I hadn't missed anything,,,,,,I'll think real hard about it and come back to give U guys a full review of it,,,,
Ok,, after I process all that I learned from this book, I finely wrote the review. I hope you guys like it. It’s from the bottom of my heart S2
The Plot - I’ve read a few books about angels and I even wrote one about the subject so I can say that is not that original. The girl in school looking for the special boy and stuff, a little overdone. However, it has some new stuff and that’s really new to the angel theme. They actually have a purpose for their existence. You will say, duh, we all do. And you are right to say that, but they see what they have to do in visions. Like their future and actions are planned long before they were born. Like little pieces in a puzzle. Sounds just a little creepy, right? I think that too. Nevertheless, I like it, it’s different and original.
The Characters - Ok. The main character is just, how can I say,, well, insipid, for the lack of a better word. I just didn’t feel her, Clara, you know. The main character, the one guy she has to meet to fulfill her purpose in life and is supposed to have that unearthly connection to, also come across flat. Her mother is a mystery, her brother too. Angela, oh,, don’t get me started on her. I know that it can be me picking on a fictional character, but I just don’t like her. However, the one character that, like, saves the whole book is Tucker. Really. I love Tucker. I love him, I love him. I LOVE HIM. Really, I can’t say that enough.
I could put a pic of him here, but I find much more pleasant if you get the pic in your head from what I say about him. Nothing can measure up to my imagination anyway.
The Writing - Slow, really slow, but it has a flow that doesn’t bored U to death. The narrative it’s in first person, that is a plus. The place and the view is beautifully detail making you feel like you are there. It could be more fast paced, but for a first book it was ok.
Considerations – Ok, this may contain some spoiler, but very little. So, if you like to read blind to some aspects of this story, a advise you to stop here. I can clearly divide this book in two parts. 1º part BT (before Tucker) and 2º part AT (after Tucker). The 1º part is slow, nothing really happens (besides Clara dying her hair of course, that was a big event LoL) and all you do is follow Clara trough school and her having her visions (that is the most excitement you get from this part). I still found strange the way she move to another city and do all that stuff to find Christian (yeh,, I know right) but then she end up just looking at him from the distance. I mean, come on. Do a little search, at least try to find out more about him besides how good looking he is. Ok, she does eventually get closer, a lot closer, but, come on. Where is the background check?? The secret files, the sneak into secret files and stuff. Where is the danger and secrecy? I need to know more about the guy. The 2º part is like a totally different book. Really. In this part, you go to all of these wonderful places. You jump in to a freezing lake and do all this exciting and crazy things with a real cowboy. A tall, blond, golden skin, yes mam Cowboy This part flew so fast and there was this perfect moment were you look around and can say “Life can’t get any better then this.” And that is the part where you say: “Yeh, right. Like that will last.” And I will say: “Shut up, shut up, shut up. You will ruin everything. I hate you, I hate you, I HATE YOU!” But I would know you are right and my anger is just misplaced here, sorry. Well, that doesn’t mater because lots of things happen and there is this ending you totally don’t expect, really. I sure wasn’t expecting it. But I luv it all the more for it.
The Audio Book Recording - Her voice was like, squeaky in some parts and Angela’s voice was the worse. Really, she was all languid and plain annoying. Like those shallow girls that talk “Yah, tooottaly. Hum, that’s hot.” All the time. Is like hearing fingernails scrapping over a blackboard. So effing annoying. But, overall, the reading was ok. Jeff’s voice was cool, really teen guy talking, and her mother as well. My favorite was Tucker’s, well, not a surprise there. LoL
So, I can honestly say that is a very good story, not the best I've ever read, but really good and worth the time spend. ...more
Wile reading Divergent I discovered the following:
*I'm too selfish to be an Abnegation *I'm too dumb to be an Erudite *I lie to much to be a Candor *I fiWile reading Divergent I discovered the following:
*I'm too selfish to be an Abnegation *I'm too dumb to be an Erudite *I lie to much to be a Candor *I fight to much to be an Amity *I'm too chicken to be a Dauntless....
So far I'm factionless,,,
I just finish reading this, but i'm too numb to make a revoew yet. I need to think of what i've just read and try to put it in words.
Right now my face is like a mixture of this:
Reviewed on 09/09/2011
Ok, after thinking a lot, a looot, I finely wrote my review. I had soooo many things I wanted to say about this book, but 90% were spoilers and I don't like spoilers. The magic of this book is its surprises. If I reveal too much, that would ruin the book for those who hadn't read it yet. So, after a lot of writing and rewriting, I finely came to an almost non spoiler review that I think says the essential of my honest opinion about it. The summary you can read on the book description so I'll go straight to my review :
The Plot - I found it very unique. A world where people were divided in factions based on their believes. That was one of the things that made me consider my values and the way I see life and society and stuff. Really heavy stuff. LoL I loved the twists and how it kept coming back to personal questions that reflected bigger issues. How it shows us that the biggest battles can be with our selves. I think I get a little philosophic when I think about this book, but it really made me think about this stuff. Once you read it, you'll see what I'm talking about. *wink*
The Characters - I love the characters in this story. They are so easy to relate to and they feel so real. Beatrice (Tris) is a strong girl that with one single decision changes her entire world. We see her grow with the situations, discovering her strength and defeating her weakness. Four is this tuff and mysterious guy that we meet once in our lives and it makes us feel afraid and excited at the same time. Peter is the sleazy guy that we want to punch in the face. Al is , well, you guys get the point, right? Each of the characters is unique in their own way and with each of them we can learn something. I sure did LoL.
The Writing - I really like the way that she doesn't over describe the things. The first time I see someone I never go over the details and when I read a book that describe every little thing I tend to get bored. Is like, I don't know this person yet so I don't care much how many freckles it has. This author is just the way I like. First she say the overall (hair, height, things we first notice in one person in real life) and then, as the story goes, she gives the little details that makes them so unique, like when you get to know a person, little by little. This books is 1º person view and I love it because I can see trough that person eyes and feel what she feels. During my reading I often catch my self gasping and my heart sped up all the time. I'm terrified of heights and every time she had to jump (witch happens allot) I felt that hollow sensation in the pit of my stomach. Other things also made my heart jump and got me that chilling sensation in the pit of my stomach, but I'll not going to get into details. I don't like spoilers. *double wink*
Considerations - This is not my usual reading type, but I was so pleasantly surprise that I'm considering this genre in a whole new perspective. In some points it reminded me of the Ugly series, although the story is not the same, but it also had this strong girl facing all this obstacles and stuff. I like a strong main character and I'm sure going to read more of this genre after this one.
I had really high expatiations about this book and I realize that it's not fair. Overrated expectations are fated to crash and burn violently. I need tI had really high expatiations about this book and I realize that it's not fair. Overrated expectations are fated to crash and burn violently. I need to look at this book as one in the start of a brand new series instead of a continuation of a series that I love in order to make a fair and non judgmental review of this story. So, I promise to be as frank as I possibly can without judge to hard on this book. Besides, is really, really, really rare for me to fall in love with the first book of a series. Is like being in the start of a relationship and is kind of strange and unfamiliar. I don't know what to do, how to think and there is so much I still don't know. I often feel lost in the first book of a series. I love the middle books, when you know the characters so well that you can almost guess what they will say and do. They become your friends, your enemies, your lover, they become real in a tridimensional level and this is my favorite part. Ok, now that I've explain myself I'll fill you up on my reading trajectory:
First I was skeptical about Syd (yeah, we became kind of close) narrating,,,
Then I started to discover new and surprising news,,,
School is boring, don't matter if you are vamp, human or damphir,,,,
Then I had some disagreements with some of Syd's decisions
Some things really pissed me off,,,,,
Adrian,, lots of scenes with Adrian,, and action,, lots of action,,,and I'm like YEAHHHH!!!
[image error] I found myself in bliss with the end of this book,,,
And then I remember that I'll have to wait till June 19th 2012 for The Golden Lily,,, oh,, the misery,,,,,
Ok,, Now I'll get to my review,, :)
The Plot - I'm not sure, it felt a little flat, but I think it has a lot of potential and I hope it'll be developed more in the second book.
The Characters -That' what I found more disturbing of all. They were like strangers to me and I often cough myself wondering what the heck was wrong with them. But I have a theory for this. In the VA books I was seeing them trough Rose's eyes and perspectives, so now that is Syd, I'm seeing them the way she see's them and that's why they seam so different. It take some get use to it, but I think that the more Syd get's to know them as I do her view will change.
The Writing - Slow. The first half of the book felt like it was written by some other author. But then, in the second half I started to see the similarities and felt more at home with it. The action, the trill,, they came in the end.,,
Considerations – When I read a story I like to relate to the main character, but only with the fun and bad ass character traits. I love Rose and the way that she makes me feel so daredevil and that I feel that I can take a strigoi and kick the hell out of it, you know? Punch a guy that's twice my size and run and be brave. I love the way that I feel almost invincible when I'm in her head. In this book I related to Syd for being nerd and liking school and being the teacher's pet, witch I unfortunately am in real life. This is really embarrassing and I don't need to be reminded of it. You'll say "This is crazy!" but I say "It's not! Shut up! You don't know anything!!!!" Ok,, I was a little childish over there,, I apologize for that. Now, lets talk about Jill. She gets on my last nerve!!! Really. I mean, what have you done to her Richelle? Besides, when did she get so irresistible? Is like here is this adorable and shy girl and now there is whiny girl that all the guys sees as this Amazon of extreme beauty,, come onnnnn,,,,I sooo don't buy this change.
The Audio Book Recording - Her voice was nerdy and really made my teeth stand on edge. She sounded really Syd. I often imagined Syd like this when I was listening to the book, don't know why. LoL
Jill's voice made me annoyed and Adrian voice was depressing. Really bad. Like an old man, An old drunk man. The teacher's voice was really cool and some others voice's too. Keith was an ass but his voice was perfect.
Ok,, now lets get to the best part of this book and the one that encouraged me to keep strong trough the slow and boring parts of this book =D
Lets imagine this,you are in a hot sunny day. You go out and, as usual, get the bus and then you see this just in front of you.
Yeah, IKR? But a girl can dream LoL
Best quote ever (in homenage of Heidi =D )
“Yeah? Can you draw a skeleton riding a motorcycle with flames coming out of it? And I want a pirate hat on the skeleton. And a parrot on his shoulder. A skeleton parrot. Or maybe a ninja skeleton parrot? No, that would be overkill. But it'd be cool if the biker skeleton could be shooting some ninja throwing stars. That are on fire.” Adrian
I can say that for this part alone the whole book is worth it. I recomend it even for those who haven't read the VA series, I think that this book can stand alone as a series. Maybe is even better if you haven't read the VA series because you still get the the background throughout the book and discover the stories along with Sydney. ...more