I wish i could dock every other book I've given 5 stars to down a couple stars, because frankly they aren't even close to being worthy enough to be plI wish i could dock every other book I've given 5 stars to down a couple stars, because frankly they aren't even close to being worthy enough to be placed on the same level as this book. This is one of those books that you hope to find, that makes sifting through hundreds of shitty books so totally worth it. Before I Fall is so incredibly good, i just.... my mind is still reeling. What an a tragic poignant wonderful story.
Sammy dies in the first page of the book. You don't care so much, because right off the bat you can tell she isn't a very good person. She doesn't have much of a relationship with her parents, and largely ignores her little sister. She is one of the four most popular girls in their school. You can't help but hate these girls a little at first, because they do the most obnoxious stereotypical mean-girl things (ex. wearing matching outfits on valentines day). Sammy (in my opinion) starts off as the worst. She's the follower. She is nice enough to not start any of the vicious rumors and confrontations, but not strong enough to fight for what she believes in. She isn't secure in her self, her relationship with her best friends, and her position with her boyfriend (but, then again, who is in highschool?). She dies.
We revisit the day Sammy dies about 7 more times. Sammy confronts a different aspect of her life every time, slowly building up her courage, confidence, and understanding. Each time more is revealed about Sammy, her best friends, her family, and even her dirtbag boyfriend. Each time I saw more of myself in Sammy. Each time I found myself falling more in love with all the characters.
And the worst part? I was rooting for her throughout the book. Hoping that Sammy will get it right- the perfect combination that will save everyone. Until the last few minutes, when I realized that she would be gone the second she gets it right. The second she grows into the incredible person she was meant to be, she would die. All I could think at that point was: I'ts NOT fair!! .
This book was INCREDIBLE. The writing was fabulous. It was REAL. It made me THINK. It made me CRY. Please Please read it....more
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 nowangels 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!...more
note: Reading this trilogy is a comparable experience to reading twilight. i finished both quickly and was left satisfied. however, after going back tnote: 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...more
F-ing amazing romance story with a dash of circus animals just for fun. Such great characters, Daisy was absolutely lovable, she is the alarmingly welF-ing amazing romance story with a dash of circus animals just for fun. Such great characters, Daisy was absolutely lovable, she is the alarmingly well-intentioned ditz who discovers her backbone of steel making her a woman you can also respect. And then there's Alex.. my my my.. firstly this alpha Russian hero thing is RIDICULOUS. Hes your typical romance hero- troubled childhood ergo he doesn't want kids cos he's scared of making his parent's mistakes. Stubborn as hell, not charming at all, enjoys working with his hands, and let's throw in a world-class education which he is reluctant to admit at first. Regardless, Alex really won me over. That hasn't happened to much as of late.
Daisy was one of those heroines who have shit thrown at them constantly and are treated unjustly by everyone despite their unrelenting altruism. By the end everyone realizes how unfairly they treated her, and of course she finds it in her big heart to forgive them. I am so enamored by and protective of Daisy, I'll admit I kinda think she's too good for Alex.. or anyone for that matter.
The secondary characters are lovely- SEP was able to give even the animals distinct voices in the book.
Dialogue was pretty witty, esp as Alex comes out of his shell and starts teasing Daisy. The book was structured well- constantly engaging.
nearing the last few pages i found myself grinning unashamedly. quite embarrassing actually.
adorable book! perfect mix of witty banter, lovable despitnearing the last few pages i found myself grinning unashamedly. quite embarrassing actually.
adorable book! perfect mix of witty banter, lovable despite all their flaws characters, and romance. Generally in romance the characters are unrealistic- too perfect- that isnt the case for this book! the characters are so beautifully flawed, unique, and so real. this made the secondary romance all the more sweet (i usually skip over SEP's secondary romance scenes but this one was terrific). SEP creates a family from the ground up in her novel- a believable dysfunctional unorthodox family. each relationship has an equally touching story behind it.
Definitely one of my favourite Chicago Stars! read read read...more
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 plavery 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
Interesting premise and amiable protagonist-particularly so because most of the other characters in the book lacked charisma (the male protagonist/heaInteresting premise and amiable protagonist-particularly so because most of the other characters in the book lacked charisma (the male protagonist/heartthrob just didn't do it for me!). This book talks about the control our friends have on our lives, gaining the strength to stick up for yourself and your opinions, facing loneliness and being ostracized. The fear of being alone, I believe, lies in most of us and because of it more often than not we are forced to hide our true selves. I know I've stuck with "friends" just for the sake of appearance. Anyways, the point I wanted to make was this book (even though I can see why a lot of people are comparing it to gossip girl) is so very REAL. Yes, its about super rich and fabulous group of too-pretty-to-be-real teens but somehow the author makes it so easy to relate to. It made me reflect, and really hooked me from the start. Its an easy and fun read. 4.5 stars!...more