REViEW: Like many people, I first heard about this book from all of the buzz surrounding the movie. I was immediately drawn to the romance between Will and Lou in the movie trailer and ended up disappointed when the book showed virtually no romance between the two. I do not want to say too much about the plot of this novel because I don't want to spoil anything. I was happy that the book focused on issues surrounding life and living with a debilitating injury, but I wish that I could have felt and seen more chemistry and romance between the two main characters.
I believe the characters in this book are what made this novel fall flat for me. When I first began reading this book, I loved Lou. She was quirky and cute. I must admit that I laughed out loud during the interview scene. Lou seemed to be full of personality, but then a couple chapters later once she began working for the Traynors, she really fell flat for me. She seemed very two dimensional, leaving me unable to connect with her. On the other hand, Will had a strong personality complete with wit and sarcasm, yet I felt like I didn't see much of him. I really wanted to connect with all of the characters like I felt when I watched the movie trailer but wasn't able to.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. Even though I wasn't that big of a fan of this novel, I did end up crying by the end of it. I absolutely loved the ending. It was very fitting for the book and the characters involved. I am curious what takes place in Moyes following novel After You, but I'm hesitant to read it because of how disconnected I felt towards Lou in Me Before You. Overall, I did enjoy this book, but I wasn't completely in love with it. I have a feeling this will be one of those rare times where I enjoy the movie more than the book.
My Favorite Part: The interview scene towards the beginning of the novel.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, but I think I would recommend the movie more. Will I be reading the next book? I'm not entirely sure....more
REViEW: Happily Ever After contains the novellas The Queen, The Prince, The Guard, The Favorite, and The Maid as well as some scenes about Celeste and other girls from the Selection. Like many super fans of Kiera Cass' work, I had already purchased The Prince and The Guard when they were both released in 2014, so I wasn't too thrilled with them being repackaged into this fancy new hardback. I really had no intention of buying this book until I saw a signed copy, making me need to have it. I'm glad I did buy it because this book had so many really neat exclusives. I loved the illustrations scattered throughout the book as well as the detailed maps that make up the inside cover. They were really beautiful and added a special charm to the stories. The stories did not really add that much to The Selection Series but it was fun to find out some more about secondary characters like Aspen, Maxon, Amberly, Lucy, and Marlee. I felt very indifferent about most of the stories because not much happened in the novellas. I wish Cass would have focused more on the background of these characters instead of re-narrating events that we already know from the main series. All in all, this book wasn't special, but it was a nice way to go back into the palace.
My Favorite Part: Celeste's scenes.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Only if you really want to spend some more time with the characters of The Selection. ...more
I have read this book twice. The re-read was 4 years after my first read, and surprisingly, I loved this book even more the second time. I must admit,I have read this book twice. The re-read was 4 years after my first read, and surprisingly, I loved this book even more the second time. I must admit, I cried the first time I read this book at the ending, but I for some reason that escapes me ended up giving this book 3 stars. During this re-read, I decided to bump up the amount of stars because this is one of the only classics that have stuck with me for so many years. I truly felt for George and Lennie, and I still do even now years later. I will definitely have to look into some more Steinbeck in the near future.
If you have any other recommendations for me, feel free to comment!...more
This review is based on an advance reader copy that I picked up at BookExpo America. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
REViEW: This was a book that I picked up on a whim at BookExpo America. Before picking up this book, I had never heard of Jazz Jennings, but I'm really glad I now know who she is. Before reading this book, I binge watched all of the episodes of I Am Jazz. Then, once I finished watching the show, I decided to pick up this book. Seeing as Jazz is only 15 years old, this book is fairly short and doesn't really cover anything unique from the television show. There were a couple chapters that were about the filming process of I Am Jazz and about the start of her activism that weren't covered on the show, but for the most part, the passages on bullying and her transition were identical to the stories I saw on the show.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. It was a super fast read, which allowed me to read this book in one sitting. I enjoyed being able to see pictures of Jazz as a child, and I really loved hearing her unique voice narrate her experiences. I also really loved the extra interviews with her siblings, parents, and grandparents that were included at the end of the book. I found it interesting to hear how Jazz's being transgender affected the family as a whole.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, but I think it would be more successful if Jazz waited to write about her life so that she would have more unique experiences to speak about. I was very interested to hear about what its like being a transgender teenager, but I felt like I didn't get to hear much about her emotional journey. This book seems to focus more on Jazz's public life rather than her private struggles. Although this book wasn't entirely what I expected, I will definitely pick up any other books that Jazz writes because of her unique, engaging voice.
My Favorite Part: I loved being able to see how Jazz became famous.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you haven't already seen the show I Am Jazz....more
REViEW: WARNING: May contain some vague spoilers about the plot of the novel.
Seeing as I loved The Selection trilogy and enjoyed The Heir, I made sure to pre-order The Crown so I could find out what guy Eadlyn would choose in her own selection the day the book was released. I devoured this book in one day because, like Cass' other novels, this book was quick, adorable, and fun. When you go into this series knowing that it is addictive fluff, it is incredibly enjoyable.
When I was reading this book, I was kind of surprised that there wasn't really any plot other than Eadlyn deciding which of the selected she will marry. This is because the original trilogy seemed to always have a political subplot to aid tension to the selection. However, in The Crown, I feel like Cass focused entirely on the selection while trying to add in little tidbits of political and social drama. This bothered me because it seemed like the drama with Marid and his family as well as the caste uproars were added as an afterthought. Both political events seemed to have no purpose other than eliciting drama and an ending. I wish Cass would have either introduced this political plot earlier and spent more time on it or instead focused on character development to drive this novel. I would have loved to see Eadlyn rush to choose her man because she was maturing and learning to love rather than her rushing to marry in order to avoid another proposal. This book just had too many things going on for a short 279 page book.
Even though I didn't get the exact transformation of Eadlyn that I had wanted to see, I was still happy with her growth. She was still annoying at times, but her voice was realistic and consistent. She really grew on me during the course of this book. I genuinely cared about what guy she wanted to marry and admired her for her ambition. However, I was really upset that Maxon and America relinquished nearly all of their power to their young, immature daughter without a second thought. I'm thoroughly shocked that they wouldn't even really help Eadlyn transition to regent. That seemed really out of character to me and really lessened my opinion of both America and Maxon. I understand that this is Eadlyn's story, but come on, most of us readers are only reading this book because we fell in love with America and Maxon.
Anyway, as for the boys in the selection, oh how I loved them. I wish we could have spent more time in this novel exploring Eadlyn's relationships with each of them. I really could have used some more Kile action, but I was happy to see more of Hale. I was happy with who she picked, but I wish I could have seen more of how she started to fall for that particular guy because it seemed like instalove to me. For over half this novel, she barely seemed to consider this guy and then all of a sudden she was like "I love him." It seemed very abrupt to me. That being said, I wish I could have seen her relationships with all of the boys blossom more throughout this novel, but I was thoroughly happy with how it all ended.
The ending was cute. Although the book did not end the way I had originally had hoped, I am very happy about how everything concluded. By the end, I firmly believed that this was the only way that things could end for Eadlyn. However, I did wish that America and Maxon weren't pushed to the side. I know that this is Eadlyn's story, but I really wished to see the Schreave family interact more. Nevertheless, I closed this book feeling elated because of how cute and fun this series is. I know I stated a lot of things that I wish Cass would have done, but quite honestly, I did love this book. It was a sweet end to The Selection Series.
My Favorite Part: How everything wrapped up. I was pretty comfortable with the ending of this fun series.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, this book made me smile....more
OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-19/20 Creativity-18/20 Writing-19/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-8/10 =90/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: Sarah Dessen is the queen of Young Adult Contemporary novels. She has written 12 books so far and each one is better than those preceding it. Saint Anything is by far my favorite Sarah Dessen book. This book has a depth to it while still maintaining a light mood. Dealing with the repercussions of Sydney's older brother, Peyton, being in prison from alcohol abuse, Sydney has to figure out how to move past the guilt that she feels. To do this, Sydney changes schools and makes new friends. She finally has a new beginning. The plot of Saint Anything is very intriguing. There are many aspects to the plot which ensures that no page is dull. Not only are there issues of substance abuse, but also family drama, illness, guilt, friendships, unhealthy relationships, love, and last but not least: food. Sydney is faced with so many hardships during these 400 pages, but continues to focus on the good things of life. This book is extremely heartfelt and interesting. Although I was not able to relate entirely to Sydney's position, I think we all can relate to Sydney's feeling of being invisible. No matter if you're a super popular person or a nerd sitting at home reviewing books, I'm sure everyone has felt invisible if even for just a moment. This books perfectly captures that feeling and provides hope.
The characters in this book are amazing. Sydney, in all honesty, is a pretty bland character on her own. She doesn't have a dynamic personality and stays hidden in her brother's shadow. However, this was intentional. Once Sydney meets the Chathams, she begins to open up and have some fun. As a reader, I was able to see Sydney grow and become who she was supposed to be: a good daughter as well as an amazing friend. Her new friend, Layla, was another driving character of this book. She is bubbly and is a connoisseur of food and relationships. Her brother, Mac, is always there. He is a loyal companion and also a brainiac. He wasn't as dynamic of a character as Dessen's boys typically are, but I believe his character was perfect for this book and for Sydney. His relationship with Sydney was not at all the focal point of this novel. On the contrary, there is barely any romance in this book. However, the few romantic scenes that were included were so simple and so eloquent that they still made me swoon. It was also very interesting to see the stark differences between Sydney's parents and the Chatham's. Sydney's mom annoyed me to no end because she wanted to control everything both of her children did and did not take time to realize that Sydney is not her brother Peyton. I personally know a mother like this and that was probably why I had such a emotional response to this character. I am glad that Dessen included a character like her though because there are sadly a lot of parents who are very controlling, which is difficult for a teenager to handle. All in all, each and every character blew me away. Even the smallest of the small secondary characters had a distinct personality and an intricate backstory.
The ending was good. I understand why Dessen ended the book there, but personally I wish she would have continued for just one more page. I am curious to find out how the final issue resolved itself, but I guess now that is up to my imagination. Well played, Dessen. Honestly, I just wish this book was longer. It was a long book, but there was so much to it that it could go on for another whole book. I'm still not ready to say goodbye to Sydney, Layla, and Mac. This book is definitely one of the best of 2015.
My Favorite Part: The pillow fight scene. I'm laughing just thinking about it.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes! This is an amazing book, and it is a perfect read for summer! ...more
OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-16/20 Creativity-19/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-7/10 =85/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: Wake's plot was very interesting. I thought the whole idea of someone getting sucked into other people's dreams was very unique. I kind of expected there to be more about Janie's "powers'' but I guess that is why there is a sequel. I do think that more questions should've been answered in this book and that Janie played a bigger role in the ending. I did like the pace, though. This was an extremely fast read.
The characters were kind of bland to me. I really can't say I got to know or relate to Janie. I wish I could've gotten to get to know her better. I did like Cabel, he was interesting and his story made sense to me. I hope I can get to know everyone better in the sequel.
Honestly, I was hoping the ending had more excitement to it. I really wish that Janie played a bigger part, which I think she will in the next books. It was a let down for me. The ending wasn't really a cliffhanger but I think I'll read the sequel because it's an easy read and it is interesting.
My Favorite Part: The fast pace and the entire plot.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's thrilling and an easy book to read. Will I be reading the sequel? Yes because I can't wait to find out what happens next....more
REViEW: This series. No matter how much I prepare myself to be disappointed there is no way these books could ever do anything less than exceed expectation. After the very strong book Divergent, I was afraid that Insurgent might not live up to the perfect nature of Divergent. I was dead wrong. This book was just as good and strong as the first. Kind of the reason why I believe this series is better than the Hunger Games. The plot was super fast and intriguing from the first paragraph. Typically, I'm not a big action person, but this series makes it work in a brutal and honest way that has intrigued me. I really truly admire Ms. Roth's writing style and how creative the world she has set for this series is. Everything in this book is so carefully plotted out and just plain perfect. I can tell a lot of time went into writing this series, and it shows.
The characters were almost as amazingly perfect as in the first book. My only minor issues I had with them were their weaknesses, which probably made them more realistic. They probably would have been more realistic to me if I didn't expect so much strength and courage from them. I'm sorry, they are just perfect to me. Tris was so strong in the first book, I hated to see her falter and live with such regret. I thought some points where she risked her life were a little out of character because she is not one to falter! She can't! She's Tris Prior! But then again she is human. Four was just as lovable, but like Tris, I felt like he changed character suddenly sometimes. I'm a sucker for a good romance and Tris and Four are just so cute together that it disappointed me when they fought and kept lying to each other. Truth is the basis of any good romance. I hope they figure that out by the next book.
The ending was so intense. All the action leading up to the last couple of pages really caused my heart to race. It was a mystery the entire time about what the data was of, so when it was finally revealed it was kind of shocking. It wasn't like a huge cliffhanger or a big shocking revelation, but it still made my head swirl around all of the possibilities for the final book in this amazing trilogy. I really cannot wait until October and for Divergent to be released as a movie! These books read just like a movie, so I am very excited to see how they film the movie.
My Favorite Part: How fast paced this book was for being so long.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Well duh. Will I be reading the next book? Oh my gosh I don't know how I can last till October!...more
OVERALL: Plot-16/20 Characters-16/20 Creativity-17/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-6/10 Ending-6/10 =77/100 C ★★★/5
CONDENSED REViEW: I'm not going to lie, I thought this book was kind of messed up. It was kind of violent and I found myself wondering why Dashner would want to torture his characters so much. This book was good and very well developed but wasn't particularly my taste.
REViEW: Ok. This book was not really my style. The plot was something new and really well described, but was gruesome. I'm so used to reading books by a female author where most everything is happy go lucky, so this a change for me. There were a lot of nasty obstacles. The book also seemed a little slow to me at the beginning but sped up towards the end.
The characters were okay. They were detailed enough to make them feel real. I really got attached to many of the characters and because of that I was hurt. I can't say much more because I don't want to give anything away.
The ending was good but disturbing. I really liked the characters and I hated how they were treated. I think that the sequel will explain things more clearly and make the story seem not as messed up.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, I wasn't my style but it might be yours. Is this book violent? Yes, there was violence but it wasn't that detailed. Some obstacles were described very grotesquely. Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I think I might just because I think I might better understand this book....more
OVERALL: Plot-20/20 Characters-19/20 Creativity-20/20 Writing-18/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-9/10 =95/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: The plot was very fresh and unique. I enjoyeOVERALL: Plot-20/20 Characters-19/20 Creativity-20/20 Writing-18/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-9/10 =95/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: The plot was very fresh and unique. I enjoyed how much family played a role in this book. I felt that this book was well written and had a lot of depth to it. I'm not going to lie, this book is very long, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of it. Once you get into the plot and are absorbed by Ruby's world, you cannot stop reading. This is now my favorite book by Sarah Dessen because the entire book was beautifully written.
This book had a lot more of the amazing Dessen characters. Every character had a distinct personality and attitude towards family and life. The main character, Ruby, although faced with many difficult situations, was still very relatable. I love how her experiences are so different from mine yet I still have a connection to her. She had a difficult time adjusting to her new life and had to make some huge decisions. I loved how she started out hating her new environment and that I was able to see Ruby grow up and learn to love it. I also liked Nate. He's the perfect neighbor. I really enjoyed watching him grow through his struggles. Nate reminded me that everyone has struggles, even if they act like they don't. He was very realistic because through everything he went through he still put on a smile and acted as if everything was perfect.
The ending was very simple and beautiful. It really touched my heart. I was really sad when this book ended because I went on this amazing journey with Ruby and Nate and it made me sad to see it end.
My Favorite Part: The theme of this novel, family. It was fresh and very heartwarming. It made me think about my family and what family even means.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's super good. ...more
OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-18/20 Creativity-18/20 Writing-18/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-8/10 =89/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: I read this book in one sitting, something I rarely ever do. I ran to the bookstore the day it was released, came home, crawled into bed, and then read until four in the morning. The sleepiness that resulted the following day was worth it. I really enjoyed this book. I have always been a fan of Jenny Han's books ever since I first read The Summer I Turned Pretty, and I have yet to be disappointed by her. Her books are light and airy, perfect reads for summer. However, this book also had a bit of drama and developed a more complex plot.
This book picks up right where To All the Boys I've loved before ended. Lara Jean is wrestling with having real feelings for Peter Kavinsky and is on her way to give him an apology letter. However, of course drama ensues as soon as she talks to Peter again. Eventually, John Ambrose McClaren enters the picture again, which creates quite the love triangle. Then Genevieve once again enters the picture leading to a love square. Needless to say, Lara Jean is confused. I found the plot of this book very entertaining because first loves are a little messy and confusing. It was interesting to see how Lara Jean wrestled with her feelings for the other three characters. This book also encompasses an Internet scandal, family dynamics, secrets, and the difficulty of friendships. Each of those additional plotlines and aspects of this book made it real and totally relatable. Once again, I loved seeing how Lara Jean interacted at home with her sisters Margot and Kitty. This book is more than just a love story. It's a depiction of one girl's journey through high school.
These characters were very well developed throughout this book. Lara Jean is a typical sixteen year old girl. She didn't think sometimes which could found a little frustrating, but to me that made her voice all the more realistic. I really loved getting inside of her head. She went through a lot of feelings that every teenager does, and I loved being able to see how she handled them. Contrary to many readers though, I'm not a huge fan of Peter K. I believe Lara Jean deserved better. Peter is arrogant and a stereotypical "cool" jock. He was not very good at all at communicating with Lara Jean which led to many problems in their relationship. For being such a manly man, I would've thought he would fight for his love. On the other hand, we finally get to officially meet John Ambrose McClaren. John is a good guy and a good friend. I loved seeing how John's relationship with Lara Jean grew throughout the book. However, Kitty was by far my favorite character. She is fierce. Her relationships with Lara Jean and Peter were really fun to read about. I also loved how she kept trying to set her dad up on dates. All in all, the characters all brought different personalities which made for some interesting scenarios.
The ending did not end exactly how I wished it would, but it was still a satisfying conclusion. Personally I still dislike Peter. I feel like he was rarely heartfelt with Lara Jean. I don't think he's ready for a serious, committed relationship yet. I loved how all of the storylines were tied up, especially John's. I also thought that it was fitting that not everything went Lara Jean's way even at the end. If Han had made everything go instantly perfectly, this book would have lost its realistic feel. All in all, I loved reading this book. This series holds a soft spot in my heart. I cannot wait to see what Jenny Han is working on next!
My Favorite Part: The "do you want to build a snowman" scene!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, most definitely! This duology is such a quick, fun, light read....more
REViEW: Honestly I held off on reading this book due to the violent, insane sounding summary. Once I entered the world of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, I became victim to their world and devoured this book as fast as I could. The premise sounds kind of strange at first, but when you're actually reading the book, it all seems normal. Sure it's different and horrible, but it still made sense in the book. I really wish I would've picked up this series sooner. The writing is just perfect and the plot is intricately carved into the chapters and pages of this book. I could picture every little aspect of the Games through this compelling writing. If you haven't already, pick up this book.
The characters were just perfect. I never thought a book could be perfect until The Hunger Games came around. Katniss was a strong female protagonist that made this book enjoyable. Peeta was the ultimate good guy that I really wish was real. I really loved seeing how Katniss and Peeta's relationship was strictly competitive, yet there was a twinge of wondering if any of the romantic feelings were real between them. Not just the main characters were, but even the minor characters were amazing. All of the Capitol people were quirky and realistic for the future. Katniss' hair stylists were so fun and stylish that I wish I had them in my life. Overall, every singly one of the characters were beautifully portrayed until the very last page.
The ending was the perfect conclusion to such an intense, great book. I don't want to give too much away because I'm sure you have already read this book. Seriously, who hasn't? I really think this is about as perfect as a book can get. I couldn't find a single thing wrong with it and wouldn't have written it any other way!
My Favorite Part: The entire story was fantastic, I don't know what part I liked more.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, although I'm sure you have already! Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I already have! :) ...more
OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-17/20 Creativity-16/20 Writing-17/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-8/10 =84/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: Once again, let me begin by saying that I love this series so much! I never read a series with such an amazing mystery. The mystery is the entire reason i read this series. I feel like half of the plot in these books doesn't advance the plot in any way. A wasn't pressuring the liars to do things as much as in the tv show, so I wondered what the purpose was of adding all kinds of crazy characters and mini plot lines (Klaudia & Noel's Dad). Other parts such as including the drama surrounding Emily's baby made sense and was intriguing. I wish that there was more focus on the major plot lines, rather then the miniscule ones. The writing was mediocre as usual. The pace didn't really pick up until the confrontation at the end. I think these would be much better books if Ms. Shepard just condensed the A dram into a few books instead of twelve.
The characters were okay. There were less outlandish characters in this one which I am so thankful for. Personally I really hated Noel's dad. I still don't understand the purpose of that. Why couldn't his dad's drama be more practical instead of the insaneness that it was. EMily was my favorite liar in this one. She seems the most real in the later installments and is the only one to not get on my nerves. Hanna's story was kind of normal for Ms. Shepars, yet it still had some elements that just made me wonder why I was wasting my time reading this book. Aria was pretty good. I understood her more in this book, but I just couldn't get past that stupid secret. Spencer... ah how I hated her story. Her part made this book seem so teenage cliche and completely unreal to me.
The ending of these books is always what keeps me reading! Once again, this book ends with a bang. I liked how it ended because it was mysterious and made me wonder who exactly A is. If for nothing else, you should read this book for the ending.
My Favorite Part: Emily's story...
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you are ont this book of the series keep reading, you are so close to finishing this series! Will I be reading the next book? Heck yeah, especially after that ending... ...more
OVERALL: Plot: A Characters: A Creativity: A Writing: A Pace: A+ Ending: A 5/5
REViEW: Let me begin this review by saying I really loved this book. LaCour and Levithan nailed the voices of Mark and Kate and weaved an intriguing and realistic heartfelt story. I haven't come across too many books where every sentence and every word makes my heart glad, but this book made me smile, laugh, commiserate, and give a hug to each and every character. This book is one of the most truthful and realistic books I have ever read. Nearly every young adult book I have read in the past has had a romantic storyline, but this book shows the reality that love can be unrequited. I am so incredibly overjoyed that LaCour and Levithan took risks with this small book and made this book relatable as well as enjoyable.
Although this book takes place over the span of a week and is only 256 pages, I was immersed in Mark and Kate's world. Sure, I wish I could be these amazing characters for a longer span of time, but the length of this book was perfect. There was not a single dull moment, and I found myself never wanting to put the book down because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. Even though this book chronicles fairly ordinary events, it is extremely captivating.
As for the characters, I felt a deep connection to them since page one. Mark begins this book a little shy and hopelessly in love with his best friend, but as he becomes closer to Kate, he learns how to be brave. On the other hand, Kate is first seen panicking over her immense love for a girl she's never met and running away from everything that appears to be terrifying. Even though Mark and Kate are virtually strangers at the start of the novel, they become friends at exactly the right time: when both of them need a friend the most. I have seen a couple reviews where readers have said that their friendship began too rapidly, but to me, it seemed like a realistic portrayal of how incredible friendships are forged. When I think about how I met many of my best friends, all I can remember is being at an event where we instantly clicked. Therefore, I truly thought Mark and Kate's friendship was believable.
Another thing I really loved about this novel is that although it may seem like this book is all about navigating romantic relationships, this book is so much more than just a love story. The main focus of this book is on Mark and Kate's friendship, not the romantic relationships. Moreover, this book also covers many of the challenges that face teens in high school. For example, Kate has to deal with her best friend drifting away from her while also having continual fears about leaving high school and beginning college. I truly admire how the authors packed so many tidbits of life into 256 pages.
The ending was very fitting for this story. The book ends with an image of Mark and Kate's adventures at the pride parade where they come together with their loved ones and meet a couple new friends. I feel like the ending set up a whole new beginning for Mark and Kate, which was really cool to read. I love being satisfied with the ending, knowing vaguely what's to come for Mark and Kate, while also wanting to know more about the two friends. Even though this book is super short, it sure was an unforgettable read with truly amazing lifelike characters.
My Favorite Part: How realistic this book truly was.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! ...more
REViEW: This book has been on my wishlist ever since I first heard of this book. I was immediately intrigued by the plot because although the book is almost entirely realistic fiction, it still has a sci-fi element to it because of the Leteo Institute's memory removing procedures. I loved the fact that that element did not detract from the realism of the novel but rather enhanced its meaning on sexuality. I do not want to explain too much of the plot because I believe this is one of the books that you just have to experience for yourself. I can say, however, that this book's plot shifts throughout the novel as more revelations occur to Aaron. I absolutely loved this because it kept me guessing throughout the novel. Just when I thought I had figured it all out, I turned the page and realized I was wrong on absolutely everything, and I love that! Not only was I shocked at some of the turns this novel took, but I also was completely sucked into the characters, writing, and plot of this book. I couldn't help but stay up all night to finish it because I had to know what was going to happen to Aaron and all of the fleshed out secondary characters.
All of the characters in this book were amazing. I loved how Silvera really developed an entire community of characters within less than 300 pages. The main character and narrator, Aaron, had to be my favorite because his voice was distinct, raw, and honest. Aaron is an interesting character because he doesn't always see things as they really are, which lets the reader have some fun figuring out what's true and what's not. I was also blown away by how much I could identify with and get to know so many of the supporting characters. I loved reading about Tyler, Genevieve, and Aaron's mother. Each of them brought an entirely new perspective to Aaron and his situation, which was nice because it allowed me to sympathize with an array of different characters. These characters challenged me to think like a friend as well as a mother about sexuality and memory. The many perspectives that this book explores really made this novel something unique and truly special
The ending of this book was also terrific. I really don't think that Silvera could have ended this novel any other way because this ending was so fitting for the plot and the characters that were developed throughout the book. I, for one, was very happy with the ending and was left speechless and in awe once I closed the book. I am absolutely blown away by Silvera's debut novel, and I cannot wait to read more of his books in to future.
My Favorite Part: I loved being shocked by the twists and turns and seeing how the sci-fi elements intertwined with the realistic to create deeper meaning. I also really enjoyed how tastefully the issue of sexuality was handled.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, I really truly do! I especially recommend it to people who are searching for a great LGBTQ+ read! This book has become one of my all-time favorites....more
OVERALL: Plot-16/20 Characters-18/20 Creativity-17/20 Writing-17/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-7/10 =83/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: This series... I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I love the mystery and I really can't wait to find out who A is, but the whole time while reading these books, I groan with how stupid they are becoming. It's kind of like Ms. Shepard is running out of ideas and is all like "Here, if we just add another obnoxious, outlandish character and put the girls on a cruise ship, it will change the plot and grab the interest of the readers." Nooooo, it doesn't work like that. If this book zeroed in on the mystery of Tabitha's murder and the identity of A, this book would be amazing. I hate all the distractions and crazy unbelievable characters. Overall though, I did like the cruise ship setting and did enjoy the few messages from A and certain mysterious pieces of jewelry.
The characters were decent. I mean I liked the liars, but I didn't feel an attachment to any of them in this book. Aria was just ridiculous with her "friendship" with Graham. Emily was okay, but her little "friend" was so crazy and unbelievable I can't stand it. I love EM to pieces, but if she gets back together with Jordan I will smash my head against a brick wall. There was nothing really special with Spencer's relationship with Reefer either. It was the same thing, a liar falls in love only to have to break up with him to protect him from A. We have all seen it a billion times. Hanna was just Hanna. Her "friendship" with Naomi was interesting and I did think it was practical to believe Naomi to be A. Notice all the frienships in quotations, well I hope Shepard includes some true, believable, through life and death friendships in the next book.
I can't tell if I want to smash my head against a brick wall or what... I think I liked the ending, but I feel like I have read it before. It was no big surprise. I did like the suspense at the end and I think I have a pretty good idea of how this series is going to end. It was exciting at some points, but ultimately I just want Shepard to hurry up and make her point. My Favorite Part: The setting, a cruise ship.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yep. There were some suspenseful parts. Will I be reading the next book? I'm so close to finishing this series...I need to. ...more
OVERALL: Plot-19/20 Characters-20/20 Creativity-20/20 Writing-18/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-9/10 =95/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: Well, this is the last Divergent book, and because of it, I will never be the same. I had mixed feelings about reading this book because I didn't want this series to end, but this book is the most amazing conclusion ever. One thing I have always enjoyed about Roth's writing style is how thought out it is. Everything came together in this book. My only complaint about the writing is that Tris and Tobias' point of views were written the exact same way, making it difficult to tell the two voices apart. I know they are a lot alike, but it was confusing at times. Other then that, I thought that the plot was very well executed. I loved the incorporation of science and genetics. The dispute over "pure genes" and "damaged genes" was quite fascinating and I could sadly see that happening in the future. This book, as like all of the Divergent books, is really long, but the story moves so fast that half of my friends have been able to read it in one day. This intense story is definitely worth the time.
Oh man. I feel like crying just thinking about the characters. I miss them so much. Tris was just as likable as in the first two installments. She is one of the strongest, likable, and most realistic girl protagonist that I have ever encountered. Her voice is enjoyable and the feelings she displays allows the reader to connect with her on a personal level. Let's not forget how witty and smart she is. Her relationship with Tobias is beautiful. I loved those two together. Unfortunately, they think that a simple kiss will solve all of their issues. Yes, there was kissing and a lot of it. Not so much to detract from the story, but enough at the worst times to make you want to smack Tris to not get distracted by Tobias' smexiness. That being said, Tobias is like the man of all men. He's realistic in that he does not believe he is good enough, yet he still is strong and determined. His relationship with his family really hit at my heartstrings too. All of the other minor characters were back too along with some new ones. I loved how even the tiniest of characters could have such vivid backstories. Amar, Christina, Uriah, Zeke, Cara, Caleb, they all made this book come together and blossom into my heart.
No matter how sad the ending was, Roth had it planned from the very first book. That took thought and guts. I applaud her for making such a decision that would crush many reader's hearts. Veronica Roth's saying is "be brave." I think that she truly demonstrated what that means by writing the ending that this story called for. Please, if you read this book, do not ruin the ending for anyone else. I know how tempting it is to tell someone so you can cry your eyes out together, but please refrain because it will spoil the surprise for them. Anyway, this book and series is amazing. There is something in it for everyone.
My Favorite Part: Every little thing about this book is amazing.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? YES, YES, YES! Go read it fast before you get spoiled!...more
OVERALL: Plot-18/20 Characters-18/20 Creativity-18/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-8/10 =87/100 B ★★★★/5
This is the second book in the Dream Catcher series, I will not post any intentional spoilers but please do not keep reading if you have not read Wake.
REViEW: The plot of Fade was very easy to get into. Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down. McMann's writing is unique and fast-paced, which was just what this book needed. I enjoyed this book much more than the preceding one. This one had a lot more depth to it and was very enjoyable. I really felt as if I was a part of Janie's world.
The characters were a major improvement from the last book. The last book did not develop the characters. In this installment, I really was able to get to know Janie and Cabel and loved it! They are really great characters. I'm looking forward to even better understanding them in the next book.
The ending was very thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for janie and hoping the bad guy would be punished. It was great. It was kind of like watching an action movie. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. The whole part about Dream Catchers was shocking and surprised me. It made me ready to buy the next book.
My Favorite Part: The plot was so intriguing!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a really quick and entertaining read. Will I be reading the sequel? Yes, I'm really eager to dive right into it....more
OVERALL: Plot-14/20 Characters-13/20 Creativity-15/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-5/10 Ending-4/10 =67/100 D ★★/5
REViEW: I'm not going to lie, I was really excited to pick up this book. Why? Well, I thought it would be a fun, romantic, care-free read. After trudging through this book, I think it is safe to say that someone, or rather many someones, acted care-free with this book. First off, the writing was not the best. The way the book skipped back into random flashbacks bored and confused me the majority of the time. Even worse than that is the fact that this book has zero plot whatsoever. This could have been so easily avoided if Mlynowski just moved up the "big realization" to the middle of the book, ya know, where the climax should actually be. This book had a lot more potential than it showed. I read a short story by Mlynowski that demonstrated a zillion times more talent than this book.
From the summary, I thought this was going to be a fan story about friendship and love. Just look at the cover! There was no romance in this book until the last page, which by that point I was already so ticked off at April and Noah that I didn't even think she deserved romance.
The characters were the worst part about this book. I did not relate to April at all. I felt no connection with her. I thought that her friendships seemed strained and that Vi seemed two-dimensional. Even the Hudson brothers seemed out of place. But still, the worst character was by far Noah. I hate him. Like I want to track him down and punch him. I know guys like Noah, so I was very emotionally charged when he was revealed to be an unattached jerk. There must be something with guys with names that start with N... Anyway, I do believe that Mlynowski did a good job at making her message clear and by showing how jerky guys can be. Girls should hear that message and take it to heart, I just with she, or her publisher, didn't give this book its false romantic appearance.
The ending was certainly crazy. Whether it was crazy in a good or a bad way, I still don't know. The ending, like the rest of the book, made me shake my head in dismay. I just feel as though April made her own decisions and knew of all of the possible repercussions. I do, however, understand how she was unaware of what scum Noah is. He ticked me off so much throughout the entire book. All in all, jerks like Noah make me hate humanity. Basically, if you want a fun book to read for like an hour, then this is the book for you. If you prefer deep, character and plot driven book, I'd steer clear of this title.
My Favorite Part: The great debate about redheads either being evil or hot. My vote is that they are hot, but I am a teeny tiny bit biased.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Umm......more
OVERALL: Plot-16/20 Characters-12/20 Creativity-15/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-7/10 =74/100 C ★★★/5
REViEW: First of all, I loved The Selection series. I fell in love with Maxon and the palace that Cass created. I even liked America and her evolving characterization. The Heir is more of a companion novel to The Selection than a sequel. You really do not have to read The Selection series prior to reading this book. However, it makes The Heir more entertaining once you know America and Maxon's backstories. The Heir focuses on Eadlyn, Queen America's daughter, as she goes through her own selection to appease her parents and to settle unrest among the country.
Contrary to a lot of reviewers, I enjoyed America's character. Sure, she was whiny and annoying at times mainly in The Elite, but all in all, I was able to witness her grow as a person and as a leader. Eadlyn is kind of the same in that way but not quite. To be honest, I hate Eadlyn's character. She is a whiny, spoiled, rude brat. She annoyed me to no end with her cruel swipes at the selected boys. She believes she has it so hard even though one of the only things she worries about throughout the book is which tiara to wear. Anyway, just because I didn't like Eadlyn does not mean that her voice wasn't consistent. Cass did do an amazing job at capturing Eadlyn's voice. Her point of view was consistent throughout every page, which is a difficult task to complete with such eloquence as Cass does. I believe that Cass did an excellent job at maintaining Eadlyn's voice and creating a memorable, district point of view. Although I personally didn't like Eadlyn as a character, I still appreciate the risk that Cass took in creating a character drastically different from America.
As for the other characters, they made this book for me. I am absolutely in love with Kile. The scenes between him and Eadlyn were so beautifully captured. I was swooning anytime he came into the scene. I can tell he has a lot of depth to his character that I hope will be explored in the next novel. Not only Kile, but all of the selection boys were developed. I loved getting to read about so many of the boys' pasts and interests. Each of them were very thoughtfully created. Henri was another favorite of mine. His overwhelming joy was adorable. I also loved Henri's translator, Erik. How I wish he was one of the selected. I have a feeling Cass has a great plan for him though in the next book, which I am extremely excited about. It was also nice to see America, Maxon, Aspen, Lucy, and Marlee incorporated into the book. However, I miss heartthrob Maxon. I don't like fatherly Maxon as much; he's a lot less fun.
The plot of this book was interesting, but not really unique. It's basically the same story as The Selection with a more annoying narrator. I would have rather had a book detailing The Selection from Maxon's point of view. However, I still very much enjoyed this book. I stayed up until 3AM reading it last night, only stopping once I realized I had to get up early this morning. Once dates started happening in this book, I couldn't put it down. The boys in this book are reason enough to read it. Even though I didn't rate this book very highly, I still loved it and think that it is worth the read.
The ending was a tad disappointing. It was very abrupt and felt rushed. Part of it was very shocking, but it felt out of place. I wish Cass would've spent more time building up to this point instead of cramming it all in on the last two pages. If it was elaborated more, I would've had more of a emotional response. I also was kind of bummed Cass didn't even really hint to which boy Eadlyn would choose or even narrow it down. The ending was just a little too open for my liking. I need the promise of more Kile to convince me to read the last book. All in all, I did very much enjoying reading this book, and I hope that you give it a try! Do it for the boys. Do it for Kile.
My Favorite Part: Kile. Kile. Kile.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, Kile made this book amazing. Actually, all of the swoon-worthy interesting boys made this book riveting. Will I be reading the next book? I have to. I need more Kile in my life. ...more
OVERALL: Plot-16/20 Characters-15/20 Creativity-14/20 Writing-15/20 Pace-7/10 Ending-7/10 =74/100 C ★★★/5
REViEW: Okay so I absolutely love the show Switched at Birth. I watch it everytime its on and own all the DVD's. So of course I had to by the book that the mom has been been writing on the show. I was expected some extra scenes us tv watchers have never seen, but no, it was literally just a summary of the first season. This bored me and made me feel like this book had no purpose. I didn't get anything from it except one or two extra little scenes that didn't change much. Honestly, so much more could have been done with this book, but unfortunately it let me down.
The characters were okay. They were just like in the show but even more two-dimensional. I wish they had some depth, some emotion to them. Especially Kathryn, the narrator and mother. Sure she had some little bits of emotion, but there could have been a ton more. I liked her commentary, I just wish there was more of it. Bay and Daphne weren't even that memorable or vivid in this book. I wish there was more about them.
This ending was nothing special. I mean this entire book was a mediocre attempt to create buzz for the show. I don't think it lived up to its potential. I really would have loved to hear more things that I haven't already seen on the show. That would have made a much better book then completely retelling the first season.
My Favorite Part: The few little scenes where you get to see Bay not so tough...
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Not really unless you absolutely love the show and want to relive it....more
REViEW: This is far from the first book I read by the genius Ellen Hopkins. Impulse was the first book of hers that I read and I was absolutely crazy about that book and its ending. It reigned as my favorite book of all time...until now. Hopkins really outdid herself with this book. The plot was so unique and encompassed every aspect of Mormon religion and culture. I really enjoyed seeing how main character Pattyn's religion effected her life. Honestly, I was proud for her when she started to find herself and in the process a cute guy. Did Pattyn become reckless too fast in this book? Well, maybe, but as a teenager myself surrounded by other teens, I though that that made this book realistic and raw, which is the kind of literature the YA genre needs more of. Personally, I thought that the plot was flawless. I couldn't stop reading. Let me warn you though, if you have work that needs to be done, postpone this books because I can guarantee you will want to finish it in one sitting like I did. Hopkins is the queen of plot twists so be prepared for a wild, but heartfelt ride.
Oh man, the characters ripped me apart inside, in a good way! Pattyn was relatable even with her super strict religious background. Pattyn had questions about morals, God, family, relationships, and about her own family, and she searched and lived to find the answers. Personally, I think that Pattyn was right in rebelling. It was necessary for her to find herself and what she truly believes in. When she meets Ethan after being sent away to her aunt's farm, sparks flew. It might have been a little bit insta-love, but for this verse style of book, I think it flowed very well. Ethan was a perfect gentleman and a truly great boyfriend to Pattyn. I loved seeing how they interacted with one another. However it wasn't just the two main characters who got all of the spotlight. Secondary characters such as Aunt J really tugged on my heartstrings too. She had a truly heartbreaking backstory that really touched me. It made me feel like I was getting to know her as Pattyn did. Pattyn's family on the other hand ticked me off. Pattyn's dad is a drunk and an abuser, two things I absolutely despise. His violent nature added to the raw truth that rang throughout this story. Pattyn is a strong, beautiful, and smart girl. She didn't deserve anything she had to go through, but it was an entertaining journey to see her mature and become even stronger because of the pain she underwent.
I don't think I'll ever be the same after reading this ending. I have to admit, it is most definitely the best ending I have ever read. I'm not a heartless person, I just really admire when authors are able to shock readers like me. I've read a couple hundred books in the past few years, and I find it worth it when I read gems with unexpected plot twists like this book. So many books have the same cliche "and then they rode into the sunset" ending. Though I do wish this book had this, I loved it a million times more because it didn't end as sweetly as I expected. I can't even think of a word to adequately convey how amazing this book's ending was. Hopkins is a genius. Although, I will be emotionally scarred from reading this book for a couple weeks, it has opened my eyes to love.
My Favorite Part: The ending, of course!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? YES! Read it NOW! Will I be reading the next book? Pshhhh, what kind of question is that??? I don't know what the sequel will be about because, well, the book kind of ended with a bang, but I still NEED to read it super soon....more
REViEW: I am a huge Twilight fan, which you probably already know if you have been following me for awhile. The Twilight Saga is the series which originally got me into reading, so it will always hold a special spot in my heart. Therefore, I was super excited once I heard that Stephenie Meyer stated that she was releasing a gender swapped version of Twilight. Of course, I had my reservations about this strange, albeit interesting, concept. Nevertheless, I gave this book a shot. I'm truly glad I did. This book has almost an identical plot to Twilight, seeing as though just the genders are swapped around. However, I did not feel like I was reading the same story, which was both good and bad.
The characters were the driving force of this novel. The gender swap affected all of the characters of Twilight except Charlie and Renee. The swaps for Bella, Edward, and Bella's friends did not bother me. They were really fun. However, I did not really like the Cullens all being gender swapped. I found those swaps very confusing and really ridiculous, because unlike the other swaps, the Cullens kept their original personalities despite having a different gender. I believe that Meyer's main problem with this novel is inconsistencies with gender. For example, Beau, who is the narrator, seemed like a guy for the first hundred or so pages of this novel, which was good because, ya know, Beau is a guy. But for the following 300 pages, he became more feminine and weak, which was disappointing. At points, Meyer just kept the identical narrations of Bella, which did not fit with Beau being male. I just don't understand why she didn't just change all of narrations because she was so good at it at the start of the novel. It had far more potential than this end result.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the characters of Beau and Edythe. They were different from Bella and Edward yet were still lovable. To be honest, I loved Beau from the beginning of this novel. He seemed like a nerdy, likable guy, and if you know me at all, you know I like me some nerdy boys. On the other hand, Edythe was a kick butt, strong, independent, sassy female. I loved Edythe. She snide remarks were hilarious and perfect. However, I was sad that Meyer did not carry through with her tough attitude. As soon as Edythe starts falling for Beau, she becomes soft and not in a good way. A 150 pages in, Edythe began to be indecisive, which was really annoying. For example, as soon as Beau and Edythe start getting closer, Edythe keeps changing her mind concerning whether he is worth it or not. If this only happened once, it would have been fine, but this happened at least six times. By the end of this novel, I just wanted to scream "Make up your mind already!!!" But they didn't. Even in one of the last scenes of this novel, Beau was still in disbelief that Edythe would love him. I cannot say much about that scene because I do not want to spoil it, but if you are curious, I'll be posting a spoiler review on YouTube on Wednesday!
That being said, the ending was different from Twilight. I really enjoyed this change, and it gave me greater insight into a certain component of vampirism. I'm really glad that Meyer changed the ending because Beau and Edythe's story was different from Bella and Edward's. Although I did not enjoy this books as much as Twilight, I believe it was a fun book for dedicated Twilight fans. If you are still leery to read this book, then just read the beginning and the ending because, let's be real, those were the only good parts of this book. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book. I did not love it, but it still was an amazing story to include as bonus content to the 10th Anniversary edition of Twilight. Readers should be thankful that instead of getting a short interview, random short story, or some other bland bonus content, Meyer included a nearly 400 page novel for her readers. That shows that she really cares about her readers, which is awesome.
My Favorite Part: Being able to go on another journey in Forks!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? If you love Twilight as much as I do, then yes....more
REViEW: This was a powerful, poignant novel. This was the first book by John Green that I have read, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I usually have difficulty reading books by a male author, but this book went beyond my expectations. Green nailed the female perspective and added some wit and humor. This book is definitely not your typical "cancer book". Instead of being completely sad and hopeless, the characters in this book brought life to this book and made light of a serious situation. The writing was an honest, realistic view of teens living with cancer.
The Fault in Our Star's characters were perfect. I know some people who have been living with cancer for their entire life and John Green nailed every little bit of these characters' attitudes. Hazel was such an inspiration. She was tough and strong and I really admired that. It's sometimes hard to find such a strong female protagonist in YA these days. I really loved how she didn't want to hurt anyone around her, it showed her soft side. Augustus was also so great. He was so compassionate and tough. I really loved seeing where their relationship would go. I really became close to all of the characters throughout the book. It killed me when one of them was hurt. They were more than just descriptions on a page.
The ending... ah it made me cry. I really didn't want this book to end. It was a beautiful novel from the first sentence to the last word. Honestly, I think that everyone should read this book just because it gave me a new meaning of life. The characters with cancer in this book were happy and normal, but they were thankful to be alive. I know that I appreciate life much more after reading this book, and I hope that it's the same way for you.
My Favorite Part: The powerful emotion. I laughed, I cried, I fell deeply in love with this book.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's super amazing!
Thank you all for reading! I really hope this book touched your heart as much as it did mine....more
I'm not going to lie, I am a book snob, which causes me to rarely give self-published books a chance. However, as soon as I heard the synopsis of Illusion, I knew I had to read it, and I am so glad that I did. I am excited to say that after reading hundreds of young adult books, Rodgers managed to create a fresh and unique story. Throughout the book, the main character, Addison, experiences terrifying dreams that definitely got my adrenaline pumping. I loved having to discern whether these experiences were a dream or a reality alongside Addison, even though Rodgers masterfully provides the reader with clues in the sentence structure. That being said, the writing of this book is incredible, especially for such a young author. I can honestly say that there wasn't a dull chapter because of the continual heightened sense of intrigue and vivid, lifelike characters.
The characters portrayed in this novel are incredible. Addison is a relatable and enjoyable main character while Zach is mysterious and brooding. Additionally, I love how well the side characters were developed. Instead of just dropping her best friends like most young adult protagonists do the instant they are paired with a boyfriend, Addison continues spending time with her circle of friends. More specifically, I absolutely adore Addison's relationship with her best friend Cammie and how realistically the friendship is portrayed. Additionally, this book also emphasizes familial relationships in a positive light, which is also unique for young adult novels. Addison's parents are active throughout the novel and even play a significant role in the plot. It was truly special being able to see the mother-daughter bond illuminated in this book.
Ultimately, this book is a wild ride and transcends genres because of its continual shift from a fairly typical high school experience to a life threatening chase in a dream. As a result, this book is unputdownable because of the well-crafted, imaginative tale that Rodgers has created. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to see how Addison's story continues in the next book!
My Favorite Part: The suspense!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Definitely! Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I want it now!...more
REViEW: Wow... This book was intense. I truly am in love with the book, specifically Patch. Ms. Fitzpatrick does a wonderful job at writing a angel based YA novel with a unique twist in this book. After reading an angel book that left me feeling disappointed, I was leery to start reading this book. I am definitely glad I decided to read it though! The suspence and the constant wonder of who's the bad guy was really exciting. The writing made this book flow and did not seem cliche at all. The plot was so thrilling and easily intriguing that I did not want to stop reading! I cannot wait to start the next book!
The characters were AH-MAZING! Nora was a great main character and made the story very enjoyable to read. The only criticism I have about her is that she had rapid mood changes when it came to love. One minute she was in love with Patch, then she's get freaked out about him. After a while I wanted to scream at her to just stay away from him. But that would mean less Patch... Patch, oh how I loved him. I do see where Nora was coming from with the fear and all, but he is such a funny, amazing character that I would absolutely forgive him. His dialogue made this book for me. His witty comebacks and humor made me laugh out loud. Patch kept the tone light when scary things were on the way.
The ending of Hush, Hush was pretty great too! It was a nice conclusion to this novel, yet still left some questions for the next book. I really want to read more of Nora and Patch, so I plan to read the sequel very soon. I cannot wait to find out all the secrets behind Patch and all the details of who Nora and Patch really are.
My Favorite Part: No doubt Patch's humor! Oh my, he made my heart skip a beat and made me laugh at the same time!
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, I loved it and think it's super amazing so you should go buy it RIGHT NOW!!
Will I be reading the sequel? Of course! What kind of question is that! Did you read my review? ...more
CONDENSED REViEW: Wow this book is amazing. I read the first book of the VA series and I really didn't like it. I almost gave up on the series but I'm super glad I didn't! So far this is my favorite book of this series, and definitely one of my favorite books in general! Go buy this book now! You won't regret it.
REViEW: Wow. Read this book NOW! Like go out and buy it, it's amazing! Even if you read the first book and didn't care for it KEEP READING, it really, REALLY gets better! The plot was just amazing! It was straight forward and intriguing. I was interested the entire time and never got bored, even though it was a little slow at first. There were a ton of twists and action that made me want to keep reading.
The characters were so much more developed in this book. I really liked them a lot more and was able to relate with them. I think that the characters really made this book memorable. I started to respect Rose a lot more in this book. She's really tough and I really enjoyed that. Dimitri was amazing, as always, I really wish he existed... Lissa is still as sweet as ever. I really started to love Christian in this book, he wasn't as arrogant as usual. Same with Adrian, he gained some respect.
The ending proudly did this book justice. It was amazing just like the beginning and the middle. I really liked the ending but it did leave me a little sad. It really made me want to read the next book, which I have already started.
My Favorite Part: This was a hard one... I think it would have to be Dimitri and Rose's relationship. I just really enjoyed it.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? YES BUY IT RIGHT NOW Does this series get better from Vampire Academy? YES just please BUY IT NOW you will not regret it Will I be reading the next book? Yes, I already started it :)
OVERALL: Plot-19/20 Characters-19/20 Creativity-19/20 Writing-17/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-10/10 =93/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: This was orignially supposed to be the last book in The Lying Game Series. I know I beat up Ms. Shepard a lot by complaining about how long her Pretty Little Liars series has gotten (but I mean 14 books? I think that's a little excessive), but with the Lying Game series, I am thrilled there are going to be more books! This book was probably one of the best books in this series. Sure, it had its "are you serious?" moments, but overall I enjoyed this installment. The plot was very to the point, which I liked. It was a fast read, but had a lot of context. I enjoyed Sutton's flashbacks more in this book too. They seemed to be more relevant. I also loved the twist about Sutton's real mom. It was pretty random and strange, but I liked it. It seemed to work well with the crazy storyline. I just really hope Shepard doesn't take it too far in the next book.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Sutton had a lot of insightful commentary and I liked her view on certain situations, it made it easier to distiguish her between Emma. Emma was enjoyable, but I felt like she was acting a little more Suttonish in this book. I really hope she stays her nice, sweet Emma self. I really loved the supporting characters this time. Sutton's dad was very intriguing. Ethan was just amazing, as always. Thayer was mysterious, but I feel like his true character is being revealed. I'm really excited to see what's going to happen next for these characters.
My reaction to the ending was just like "Say what? What kind of twisted person comes up with these crazy plots?" Sure the ending was completely screwed up, but all in all it was so crazy it was intriguing! I can't wait to read the next book now! The ending was intense and completely random, yet somehow it worked perfectly. Just like all of Shepard's other books.
My Favorite Part: The twisted part. If you read the book, you know the part.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's really twisted and epic haha :) Will I be reading the next book? Of course! Like I HAVE to! ...more
OVERALL: Plot-20/20 Characters-20/20 Creativity-19/20 Writing-17/20 Pace-9/10 Ending-9/10 =94/100 A ★★★★★/5
REViEW: Sarah Dessen has done it once again. She has wowed me with her beautiful tales of summer. I absolutely loved Keeping the Moon and That Summer was okay, but Along for the Ride is probably my favorite one of her summer books. This book perfectly captured the carefree nature of summer along with how much a few months can change a person. Change mixed with summer always makes for an interesting read. The plot did seem a little loose to me, but I did enjoy this book to be just a character, emotion heavy book rather than a detailed, fixated plot. My only complaint about this book is something that I noticed about the dialogue. Almost every single character in every single conversation says "Really." Not even a "Really?" but a "Really." Every single conversation, I'm not even kidding. I didn't even know that people said really as a statement. If only one person said it I'd have no issue, but everyone said it. Now I realize how much one of my friends says "Really" and everytime I hear it I have a sudden urge to punch a wall. Really.
The characters did not make me grind my teeth together as much as their words did. Auden is an amazing narrator. Sure, most kids aren't as sheltered as her, but it was believable to me. Auden has spent her life trying to get her mother's attention by getting stellar grades. She gave up her childhood and never even had the rite of passage of a child to learn how to ride a bike. It may seem a little far-fetched, but I just found out that one of my friends missed out on riding a bike too. I really enjoyed reading from Auden's perspective and loved seeing her grow up and learn how to live. She is a really fun girl and I'm glad she finally found out who she really, truly is. Eli is a pretty sweet boyfriend. I like me a fellow insomniac. He had a lot of depth to his character and I liked learning about his past. All the other characters, including baby Thisbe, were amazing. Each of them brought something to the plot and really made this book come alive.
The ending the book was very simple, but I loved it. It was predictable, but I thought that it was the beginning of a changed, and improved, Auden. That alone made this ending beautiful and I really think all of the characters in this book grew up and changed by the ending. All in all, this is a character heavy book that will capture your heart and make you reflect on your summers.
My Favorite Part: Auden learning how to ride a book.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a great romance with amazing characters. ...more