Usually I hate reading a book where there is more than one story within its pages, but I actually found the two different stories rather grasping, if...moreUsually I hate reading a book where there is more than one story within its pages, but I actually found the two different stories rather grasping, if not a little simplistic. You could easily tell and define that the book was aimed at a certain age group because of its very simple manner and because there seemed to be nothing overly complicated to it that would mean you would not understand the novel. The stories though similar, were both different as well and I admit that I enjoyed them both. The books makes you consider the possibilites of an afterlife, of karma and reincarnation. It makes you wonder if there is more than meets the eyes to the world that we live in today and that if there is, how much of it are we missing. I like the way the characters were developed within this book as they were much more approachable than say the other novel that I finished today. Megans story was probably my favorite because it seemed to have a hounding of history to it but also because it seemed to remind me of another that I have read but for the life of me can not remember what it was. However, it was Laurens story which seemed to have the most mystery to it because your automatically made to assume that the murderer was this one person but instead it was not. The two stories are therefore contradicting to each other and yet similar at the same time which is probably why they do actually work well together as one novel.
Story one does very much go over the possibilities of reincarnation and needing to reach a level of karma that would put that ease to past. I vlove the way that the story flowed in this book and the very fact that you are left thinking all sorts of things. The characters are well defined especially the grandmother. She comes across as someone very outspoken and brought up to a high standard, someone who does not believe in any of the modern traits that we all seem to speak off. In many respects this did make her come across as someone quite scary but also annoying and iritabely frustrating because your automatically wanting to scream at her to get of her high horse. The story though is very simplistic and it made me wonder what would have become of it were it to be made into its own individual novel, and of course, were it to be expanded on. for me there felt like there was still a lot of moving space there for things to elaborate and that perhaps more of an adventure could have twisted out from it. After all there was the whole past romance meets present romance, but how did this actually come to be. The second story with lauren was just an almost perfect remdition of an adult murder mystery novel. The whole plan of not knowing what was actually occuring was all there but you never actually got to find out who it was that was the main suspect until nearer the end. The author clearly has a lot of talent for writing this sort of mysterious filled novels that really get your mind revolving.
What I like about the two novels though is that they do not go around the basis of the cliche when it comes to the young adult world. I admit I like my vampires and fairies and all my other fantasy creatures, but eventually I do actually like to read something a little more different shall we say and this is exactly what she offers. She has taken something that we perhaps more commonly see in an adults book and twisted it into something a little less complex that a teenager would enjoy. It makes it therefore the sort of book you would be happy to sit and read and not put down. Yes it was simple but I suppose because the two books are placed into one, it needed to be simple otherwise you would become confused with the two stories and which one was about what. The whole story line though is something that you could imagine sitting and watching on the television in that you could see them becoming a drama series. And who knows, its quite very possible that perhaps one day it will, after all look at tracy beaker?
other than the fact that the book was simple with very little sort of maturity to it, I enjoyed the books and was actually struggling to find any flaws to it other than the fact that it was a little too simple for my somewhat maturish mind. the books were good andf I would happily read them again, even if it was just to get a break from the fantasy world of other creatures. a wonderful write and a wonderful author.(less)
It appeared to me, that this was one of these books that was bigged up to be something else, and yet when reading it, it was not as promising as you t...moreIt appeared to me, that this was one of these books that was bigged up to be something else, and yet when reading it, it was not as promising as you thought it would be. It actually reminded me of the wiccan series that I read earlier on in the year as well as many other books about witches who do not know what they are until they perform what they thought was a silly spell with there friends. I am trying to remain positive about the book because it was engaging and it was a good write, but it was not everything that it was made out to be in the respect that it really didn't have the get up and go omph that a lot of books tend to have when wanting to captivate there readers attention. In some senses the book was a little too fast moving, like the fact that she automatically gets the crush, casts a spell to have him love her, she regrets it and tells him the truth and then somehow there actually in love with another? That whole concept just doesn't work within a novel, especially when its the good looking bad boy whose dating the popular girl, it automatically makes you question, has the author ever actually been to high school and seen what its like?
There were very many unrealistic traits to the novel which I think was probably made it a dissappointment to me. I wanted it to be a good book, I wanted it to be a worthy read, as the cover was fantastic. But like they say, never ever judge a book by its cover. If a cover is bland the book could be good, if the cover is amazing the book could be bland. Its a win loose situation here and you just have to read in order to find out. The characters were not really developed in the sense that I hoped them to be in that some characters who appeared important at the beginning, for example the three girls who did the spell with her, seemed to disappear later on and they were no more of importance, it was another girl entirely. Your kind of left wondering why on earth these girls didnt come back to find out why they had been ditched or anything. I was just sort of left raising my eyebrow thinking, hmmm, what happened to them and why have they been fired from the novel all of sudden.
As for the bad boy romance, this is something that I am tired and sick of reading within a novel. Its not something that happens within real life. We dont all fall and end up going out with the good looking bad boy. In fact most of us grow up and realize its crush and we find someone whose more our type. This book in a way merely became a cliche case with this ordinary scene. It seemed to take out the spark of individualty that could have been there within the pages and that really was a huge let down to me. There really isnt therefore much to say on the point of the storyline because it was your basic cliche novel, girl falls in love with bad boy, bad boy dumps hot popular girl for the normal new girl in town. ex hates the new girl and goes all queen of the bitch, somehow new girl causes a mass of havoc that means the whole town is in danger, but more so, her family her friends and her boyfriend. Someone saves the day, a few people die and everything moves on like nothing happened before. The end.
I really did want to make the book something different. I kind of wanted to rewrite it myself and make it different, more exciting with a huge sense of spark, but it just wasnt happening which really was a shame. Im hoping that perhaps the next book will be better, but I wont be holding my breath. Therefore I will be giving the book a two star rating because it really wasn't all that and its not the sort of book that I would want to pick up and read again because its the same as most other teenage fantasy novels. (less)
Wow, I haven't read a book this good for a long time. just the whole concept of the novel was as believable as real life itself. It was almost as the...moreWow, I haven't read a book this good for a long time. just the whole concept of the novel was as believable as real life itself. It was almost as the author really was writing a real experience here, but instead of writing a biography, they were writing in a fictional way that allowed the reader to feel like they could get more involved with it. The story was basically about two characters that didn't really fit together, and didn't seem like the ideal couple. One was tough, the hard nut, the bad boy that everyone wanted to be friends with, wanted to date and wanted to know, and yet the same guy that everyone knew not to mess with and not to do anything to displease. then you have the nerdy chick. the one that tries her best at everything who wants to do as well as she can and who has a plan, a structure to life. Two people that shouldn't fit together and yet we know they do because opposites attract. From the very beginning you know that the two are going to end up as a couple, but that didn't ruin the story for so many different reasons. The whole aspect and concept of the book was not predictable and left you with enough surprise and depth to keep you hanging on to a book. This was literally a book that could NOT be put down. you just had to read it, finish it and think about it and thats a book!
I think the best thing about this book is the very fact that its not the good girl falling in love, head over heels, no one else will do, right at the beginning of the novel. in fact its quite the opposite because she is dead certain that she wants nothing more than a friendship. She doesn't want to be one of his one night stands that he leaves heart broken at the end of the night, she doesnt want to be someone who can call on for a quickie. she just wants to be friends. He of course wants to try for more but in time we see him respecting her wants and desires and he learns to be friends with her. But even though you start to see a much softer side to him, he never loses the characteristics and personality that the author has given him at the beginning of the book. we still see him for what he is, which is a tough nut who has to have things the way he wants and who gets angry and jealous at the sillest of things without even meaning to.
Still though, you can see that they are starting to fall for each other and instead of the instant relationship that a lot of books seem to have a habit of doing, we something much more natural. the relationship that started as a friendship blooming into something a little bit more. the realistic feeling of the novel really does work well for it because it encourages the reader to really identify with everything that is happening within its pages. there isn't this whole every good guy in the book has to fall in love with you on page one feeling and there isnt the whole unnatural romance that no one will ever get but can only read about. you really feel that you can actually relate to this novel rather than just read it and that automatically makes it a number one book. I can't actually remember reading a book that had me this hooked for a long time. Like seriously, I just could not put it down. it was that good.
The author clearly does have a lot of talent and power and way with words, and its something that is savoured and enjoyed. I think I could probably pick up the book now and read it again and I still would not be bored, I would probably read it from a whole new level and angle and that would perhaps change the story for me. But I dont think that would be in a bad way. It certainly is a novel that is worthy of more than just five stars, Im just not sure where I would stop on the star giving. if you have not read it yet, then why not? go find a copy now. its a must read in my opinion. (less)
Right from the first word I found myself falling in love with this book, finding myself unable to put it down, to stop reading. I just wanted to carry...moreRight from the first word I found myself falling in love with this book, finding myself unable to put it down, to stop reading. I just wanted to carry on till I had finished it and actually found myself getting annoyed when people messaged me and disturbed me. The concept of this novel was very well done in a very imaginative scene that captures the readers minds, hearts and imaginations. The book is sort of a worse case of an arrange marriage, where instead of just your partner being chosen for you, your whole life is planned out for you, how many children you will have, where you will work and what job you will have. The book takes you into a whole new world where you are made to think about how much freedom you have in your life, how we have the right to choose what we do or do not do with it. The book just makes you appreciate your life that little bit more.
What I liked most about this book though was the fact that the characters were extremely relatable to. In my mind I could clearly vision them and in many ways I actually felt like I was a part of their friendship group, going out to play games or go see a show or something or another. This for me was a good factor because it meant that the novel had the ability to pull me into a whole new world so that I could really grasp the book adn have my interest abducted by its words. Cassia is an amazing character who just seems so real. She is cliche with her reactions because it is the way that she is brought up to act and believe, but the way she rebels and learns what she wants in life reminds me of the teenager that I use to be, where I just did not care what happened or how or when.
I did find myself falling in love with Ky, but it was the shock of the fact that words and poetry and such were just not allowed in this world. If that were to ever come true I think I would break apart. But the book is very good at making you see that not every culture is the same and I do feel that the author has put a lot of morals and meanings into her book to make her readers reflect on their own lives, to what they do wrong, what they could change etc. It was a powerfully effective and captivating book and I want the next one right this minute, but unfortunately I have to wait for it.... patience is a virtue though. LOVED IT!!!(less)