i am not sure why i have 3 shelves for cuteness ("awww", "cutest thing ever" and "adorable") but this book is going to be in all of them bc damn if th...morei am not sure why i have 3 shelves for cuteness ("awww", "cutest thing ever" and "adorable") but this book is going to be in all of them bc damn if that wasnt the cutest thing ive ever read(less)
Grayson is a total Jace. No, he is every YA hero- arrogant, sarcastic and rude up until an emotional tipping point. After that point he turns into swe...moreGrayson is a total Jace. No, he is every YA hero- arrogant, sarcastic and rude up until an emotional tipping point. After that point he turns into sweet, passionate, and openly emotional guy. YES I know I've read over 100 different incarnations of this character before, but damned if I didn't fall a little bit in love with Gray anyways. What a typical dark fiction hero name eh?
I had a great time reading this book. It followed teenage pilots which not something I have read about often/know about. I liked that all the characters had a passion for something outside their high school lives. You know what kind of book this is and isn't. Nothing here is going to blow you away or give you perspective. The themes, characters, story, writing isn't going to stay with you. On the flip side, nothing about this book is annoying or frustrating. Occasionally you might even find yourself immersed in Leah's world.
(view spoiler)[I still do not understand all the drama around Leah's mom. The whole blackmail bit was stupid because her mom walks away in the end leaving Leah to fend for herself without a backward glance. Her mom didn't care, like at all. The author should have thought about something less ridiculous to keep Leah working for Gray. (hide spoiler)]
If that's what you're looking for, happy reading and safe flight!
PS. I love the cover! On top of being aesthetically appealing, it fits so well with the story! I can clearly imagine one of those 50s planes blowing her hair over. Doesn't the main character have curly hair though?
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contrary to the title, this book was one of the funniest books i've read in quite some time! jeff, the narrator, was found with his wrists cut on new...morecontrary to the title, this book was one of the funniest books i've read in quite some time! jeff, the narrator, was found with his wrists cut on new years eve by his parents. this book is the memoirs of his 45 day treatment program. you'll see jeff come to terms with what he did and why he did it. all the while you will be entertained by the hilarious interactions he has with the other patients and his family. you see children reason out their suicides/traumas with a child's eyes and a centuries-old voice. the heartbreaking mix of childish innocence and discovery found within the walls of this mental ward will keep your heart and mind engaged throughout this (pretty short) story. (less)
angels have taken control of the world, crushing cities and killing millions within weeks.
This book is soo freaking good!! please just go read it now...moreangels have taken control of the world, crushing cities and killing millions within weeks.
This book is soo freaking good!! please just go read it now!!
this book will be an adventure for you, reader. the plot, characters, concepts, love story, action.. everything was perfect. if you liked Nalini Singh's archangel series, you will definitely love this.
Penryn was a killer heroine- tough as nails, funny, and smart- yet still believable as a 17/18 year old girl. the hero is an angel; the smug, beautiful, condescending, all-powerful, all knowing type. you will notice that this character's voice seemed too young and not jaded for a messenger of god that has been on earth for hundreds of years. but this choice, made the male lead a lot more appealing, and made his attraction to the heroine more believable. go susan!(less)
This book is a fantastic light YA romance. It's well written, funny, honestly SO cute. Let me tell you straight up, there is a fair amount of gushing...moreThis book is a fantastic light YA romance. It's well written, funny, honestly SO cute. Let me tell you straight up, there is a fair amount of gushing below. So for those of you who aren't interested in reading all that, I've included this excerpt which succinctly illustrates the awesomeness (and tone and content and style) of this book.
“If we were in a movie, the music would swell and we’d rush into a perfect kiss while the credits roll and the camera pans away.” His hand fell to his side and his face cemented into the mask of the hardened boy I’d known for four years. “Since it’s us, we’ll circle like boxers in a ring until one of us remembers the distrust. You’ll look at me with eyes full of doubt and wariness, and I’ll say something insulting to you so you feel justified... You have a piece of lettuce in your teeth. See you tomorrow.”- Jimmy Foster
OK you have been warned. My "review", ladies and gentlemen
Lets start with our protagonist (female):
Laney is a breath of fresh air! She is NOT your typical YA romance heroine. She`s cold, standoffish, CYNICAL, friendless, ambitious, confident, believably intelligent, and generally without illusions of her beauty, aptitude.. ect ect. In short, Laney is- at the same time- who you are, and who you wish you were.
Now lets get to the even better stuff, our male protagonist:
Jimmy isn't the jock, or the bad-boy.. No he's the co-editor of the newspaper, and you will learn if you don't already know that, that is SO MUCH HOTTER. Jimmy Foster is a believable combination of wit, arrogance, insecurities, cynicism, strength, and kindness all wrapped up under bowling shirts and argyle sweaters. He is honestly the type of guy I'd still fall for. He is as devoted to Laney as any high school guy can realistically be to his girlfriend. And the best part about him is fact that this kind of guy can really exist, heck if you're lucky you might have even known a couple Jimmy Fosters.
And he's not even the best part. This book contains some of the most entertaining conversations I've ever read.
Layney and Jimmy are both sarcastic, intelligent, and passionate. They both have a take-charge attitude and love to antagonize each other, this leads to some hilarious banter as they fight for dominance in both the newspaper and their relationship.
While I like the main characters (a lot) the secondary characters need some work- (view spoiler)[Like the best friend. Where did he come from? I thought it was pretty strange that she announced that he was her BFF and proceeded to jump on him. Her family also could have made more of an appearance (hide spoiler)]. The plot is "unrealistic" but come on man, this is YA fiction! If you let those things go, this is a superb book. If you are looking for a light fluffy YA read set in a high school, this book is better than most. ["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"]>(less)
note: Reading this trilogy is a comparable experience to reading twilight. i finished both quickly and was left satisfied. however, after going back t...morenote: Reading this trilogy is a comparable experience to reading twilight. i finished both quickly and was left satisfied. however, after going back to the books a couple months later i realize that maybe watching someone sleep/wanting to beat someone with a cane isn't that cute after all...
if you are very critical of the material you read, this book will frustrate and bore you. if you want to shut off your brain for a bit and just go for a ride- you might enjoy this book.
ive seen the term "mommy porn" being tossed around. i agree and disagree with it. i think "mommy" is an inaccurate generalization for people who havent been exposed to any kind of BDSM style sex. to those people, anna and christian's romps can definitely be seen as exciting, novel, and entertaining. the sex overpowers the storyline, but if reading about that kind of sex is your cup of tea then this book might be for you.
so while i no longer agree with my original review, some people might relate to it
my original review:
I think age/maturity is the main factor deciding whether you will enjoy the book or not, because other than the mature content the characters, relationships, conversations and every other aspect of this book was spot-on and incredible.
Now lets talk about the good stuff- Christian Grey. in a lot of romances you find heroes have a "tortured past", just to give them a momentary hard edge which they instantly shed after meeting the heroine. Or you find heroines "suffering" from uncharacteristically asymptomatic trauma from rape or neglect or whatever. EL James stays true to Christians terrible childhood past: it takes him a very, very long time to understand his feelings (the whole first book, if i remember correctly) and his personality changes are gradual and realistic. It takes Ana ages to finally get to touch his scars. His slow healing process makes his transformation all the more beautiful to read. Christian grey is probably one of the most 3 dimensional characters i've ever read. He isn't the easiest character to fall in love with, and stands apart from the normal romance hero. He has terrible self image, is scarily controlling, and is scarred way past the kinda-sexy-hardened-hero and into the i-have-a-shrink-and-more-issues-that-i-can-solve-in-3-lifetimes-hero... yet i LOVED HIM.
and good god, certain scenes had me blushing to my roots.. damn(less)
very similar to Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred.. shockingly so. the emphasis on the irish culture was probably the only novel thing. both took pla...morevery similar to Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred.. shockingly so. the emphasis on the irish culture was probably the only novel thing. both took place in southern towns, and embraced the signatures of southern culture- large tight-knit families, pride, protectiveness of your family members and honor. both had heroines who were part of a influential, large, and accepted family, who saw accepted the son of the town drunk regardless of all the rumors and taboos that surrounded him. this son is eventually adopted by the family of the heroine, under the pretense that they do not get involved sexually. the parents of the heroine are the most liberal and central in their conservative family. the hero is very protective of the heroine, and fights and saves her countless times. there is a misunderstanding that leads to separation for many many years. this is slowly remedied by the heroes return AFTER reaching success financially to the small village that once shunned him. they both return with "son" figures. in both stories, the heroes are obsessive about their money and material posessions which i understand, as it is a marker of social status and they didnt grow up with any ect ect.. but it got to a point where they were wiling to sacrifice DECADES with the girl of their dreams, because of their insecurities. it doubly irrated me because in both cases both the girls suffered alone after their abrupt departure. they didnt bother contacting their "loves" while away. i liked katherines version a lot better, however. a couple things seemed really unrealistic about smith's book- them rekindling a suuuuper strong bond that was forged when they were like 7-10 years old. the characters seemed flat, and one dimentional. check out in the link below
the heroine and hero were KICK ASS, my god! i REALLY liked the heroine- she was a real bad ass, not afraid to maim or injure for the greater good. she...morethe heroine and hero were KICK ASS, my god! i REALLY liked the heroine- she was a real bad ass, not afraid to maim or injure for the greater good. she stood up for what she believed in INTELLIGENTLY. the writing was not flowery, which allowed the reader to really consider the excellent concepts put forth in this novel. the ages (15 for both of them) seemed a little to young, considering their mature thought processes, abilities, decisions, and relations with the secondary characters. that aside, there's good action, excellent world-building, and interesting concepts. i'd recommend it(less)
books that a) make me exclaim something out loud (during or after reading) ex. "YOU GO GIRL" or "the plot thickens" (...more4.5-
"that was really, really cute"
books that a) make me exclaim something out loud (during or after reading) ex. "YOU GO GIRL" or "the plot thickens" (im not kidding)
b) make me feel something more than the usual post book-completion high
automatically 4+ stars for me. saving june satisfies A and B. this book gets an extra star because it ended a particularly painful stretch of shitty YA books for me
this book was interesting because it took me places ive never been and introduced me to types of people ive never met. the characters go into a mosh pit and take road trip across a country. they talked to intense political activists and cute grunge band drummers. this book was realistic fiction, but in the book the characters are trapezing through a reality so different from mines. this made reading saving june as much of an adventure as reading any fantasy book.
ps. HOTTIE alert. this boy is crush worthy, good lord!