4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whet...more4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whether I'm happy or sad or maybe a bit frustrated by the way it ended but at least it was hopeful. Too bad we're not going to see what will happen next especially to Day and June but then again, as I said, it was HOPEFUL. I just wish there was another pov of Day in the last part. It could've been a better ending for me to read his thoughts. But then again, and again, it was a great journey. I wish it's not the end. I wish I can still read more about the series. I want more June and Day and their possible future. Marie Lu made it to a heartbreaking yet heartwarming and beautiful ending. This series is absolutely beautiful. Love love love it.(less)
I'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be able to give justice to. Insurgent is a story at it's finest, a book at its best, awesom...moreI'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be able to give justice to. Insurgent is a story at it's finest, a book at its best, awesome to the fullest. The extreme plot, complex characters and unexpected twists and turns of events that never fail to surprise and amaze the readers made this book a one huge awesome read. I can't tell you how much I love this series!
"We are all right, you know," he says. "You and me. Okay?" My chest aches, and I nod. "Nothing else is all right." His whisper tickles my cheek. "But we are."
Once again I was thrown into the world of Divergent, beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The story immediately picked up where the first book left off--Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, and Marcus--in the train heading to the Amity compound. I'm glad that this time, Insurgent gave me a glimpse of what it is to live inside Amity, the faction dedicated to pursue peace. In the same way that the readers were given the opportunity to see how to live in Candor.
"I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty... But the Tris who's trying as hard as she can to destroy herself... I can't love her."
There are so many things to love about Insurgent, and I won't be able to finish if I state them all. But what I loved the most is Four (*swoon). I love it because I get to know him more in this book. Though there are lots of readers who seemed to be so irritated by him, I think he remains strong and amazing. And though Tris annoyed me from time to time because of her recklessness, I'd say that she's the most effective heroine I've ever met. She's strong-willed and smart and absolutely kick-ass. She suffered a lot--the death of her parents, the destruction of Abnegation, and the guilt of killing his friend Will--but she remains strong all through out the story. I just hope that Tris learned to trust Four, and not be stupid to think that Four will just let her go and do whatever it is that she wanted even if she risk her life. I want to pin-point one thing that Tris must have been missing the whole time: Four will always come to the rescue no matter what. He ends up saving her all the time. And Four should have trusted Tris more. I see that both main characters have their own issues to deal with like trusting each other and learning how to communicate with each other better. I hope they will learn to work this out in the next book to spare the readers some heartache that may result from stabbing one another out of arguments whether who is most infuriating of the two! Believe me, I felt stabbed a million times now! *winks*lol*
The setting of the story is as great as ever. The pacing is perfect! No dull moment, no boring ones. Most of the times I was expecting something to happen and then my heart throbs, my stomach flutters. But what's great is that they come when I'm least expecting them--always surprising, shocking even. Action-packed, full of suspense and lots of exciting moments. This book will leave you breathless. The characters are amazing. Friends and enemies aren't what they seem. You'll hate some of those you've loved, and love some of those you've hated. The turn of events will question what you believe, who to trust, and where to stand. The twists and the revelations will amaze you once again, something that Veronica Roth didn't fail to give her readers.
We both have war inside of us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.
I don't think my rating can ever give justice to it. I would give it a "10" if I could. I will definitely give this book the highest possible rating I can give. This book is what you call "the total page-turner". It did not disappoint, it will never disappoint. Undeniably and irrevocably, this book will take it's place beside Divergent -- there on top of the list of my most favorite books.
To Miss Veronica Roth, Once again, consider me awed.(less)
Not even once did Sarah Dessen disappoint me with her stories. Her books aren't always the happily-ever-after kind of thing, but there's always hope a...moreNot even once did Sarah Dessen disappoint me with her stories. Her books aren't always the happily-ever-after kind of thing, but there's always hope and they are open to possibilities. I love how she made me feel when I read her books and mostly it's a mixture of emotions. She always made me cry, if not, teary-eyed. She doesn't fail to touch my heart with her beautiful writing. She writes with depth and delicacy, and her characters are very relatable, her stories are very realistic. This may not be my most favorite of all her novels but I still won't hesitate to recommend it. If you love Sarah Dessen, I'm sure this book will somehow make its way into your heart too.
The best gifts come from the heart, not a store.
Ruby lives with her mom in a small yellow apartment until her mom abandoned her and left her to fend for herself alone. Her sister who left and whom she hadn't seen for ten years came and took her under her wings. Ruby should have been grateful in the fact that she will now study in an exclusive school, wear branded clothes, has her own beautiful room in a huge, gorgeous house in an expensive neighborhood. But she doesn't feel like she belong, and she kept looking back and coming back to her old apartment, her old friends, her old life.
You get what you give, but also what you're willing to take.
The best thing I liked about this book is the relationship of Ruby to her older sister Cora. It's the closest thing in my heart with regards to the story. It's very emotional to see how she and Cora struggles to catch up with the lost times. It's a good thing but also a sad one. I liked Ruby because she is so easy to relate with. I understand her wants to run away from her sister and from the new life she's offering her. I understand Cora, for all the things she and Ruby had went through all their lives. And I adore her for all the things that she's trying to do for Ruby and to save her relationship with her sister. It's so fun to read about Cora's husband Jamie, too. I think he's perfect as a husband, as a man. He is so kind and forgiving, loving and very supportive. He's the life in the story and so is Nate. I liked Nate for being a really good friend, what can you asked for? He will always be there for you if you need him, though he has his own secrets and problems to deal with.
"'You swim' is a philosophy?" He shrugged. "Better than 'you sink,' right?"
I think that when it comes to Sarah Dessen's book, you don't need a lot of encouragement or endorsement to make. They're just that good. This book is another reminder why I love Sarah Dessen. But if there is one thing that I wish I can get more from this book, it's Nate. I'm not really satisfied with the ending because I don't get my perfect love story or something close to that. And since I don't want to spoil anything, I'd just rather say this: I wish there was more of Nate and Ruby in the end of the story. And I wish I could see a life of Ruby and Cora with their mom. It was an issue that I don't think was addressed perfectly in the book. Other than that, everything is good. From the characters, setting and plot... really good.
I guess there is nothing more for me to say other than this: if you love other Sarah Dessen's books, go get Lock and Key! If you haven't read any of them yet, I hope you'll try to check her books out. Maybe it's about time to read her stories. I'm sure that at least one of them will deeply touch your heart. I read different kinds of book genre depending on my mood, but whenever I finish a dystopian book or a paranormal/fantasy book, I always seek for a contemporary read afterwards. And most of the time I come back to Sarah Dessen's books. It's like coming home and it's nice to feel something like that.(less)
Once again, Sarah Dessen captured my heart. This may not be my most fave among her books--compared to Along for the Ride (which I totally loved!) and...moreOnce again, Sarah Dessen captured my heart. This may not be my most fave among her books--compared to Along for the Ride (which I totally loved!) and The Truth About Forever (which I love also), but this is the first book of hers that actually, made me cry. Big-time. Mclean is so real to me, and her story just hit me hard. I didn't expect to cry over this book. It was really good.
You could just tell when a person belonged somewhere. That is something you can't fake, no matter how hard you try. -Mclean p13
Amazing how you could get do far from where you'd planned, and yet find it was exactly where you needed to be. -Mclean, p279
Of all Sarah Dessen's books that I've read, What Happened to Goodbye is the first one that made me cry. All her books are emotional, sad, thought-provoking, and they all deals with realities in life. But this one has touched me the deepest. Of all her characters that are crafted with delicate care--making them the imperfect, flawed, and most of all real--it was Mclean Sweet who captured my heart the most. This might not be my most favorite of her books, but surely this one will forever be in my heart. I don't know what it is that makes Sarah Dessen's books very touching that it makes me appreciate the people in my life after I read them. It makes me appreciate life itself, or my life to be specific.
I think it's important that it really have meaning to you if it's going to be part of you forever. -Deb, p129
Mclean's life isn't easy. She was once been happy, and that was before his parents got divorced. Before her mom cheated her dad with the university's basketball coach. Before her mom got pregnant with the twins, before her dad sold their restaurant and decided to be a consultant instead--the reason why they are traveling and moving every six months. She's been in four different schools during the last two years, avoiding making friends, making attachments, living a life. Every time they move, she takes it as a new beginning...every time. She starts a new life that isn't hers, not Mclean, but a new girl with a different personality. She feels that she doesn't belong anywhere, and I think that what makes this book achingly sad. To feel that you are alone and that you have no place to really call home... I think that's the saddest part.
What I really appreciate about Sarah Dessen's books, are the stories of life--disappointments, struggles, painful past, but always with a hopeful future. I always love the settings and the characters that she created... it make me feel connected to them in some ways I couldn't explain. Maybe because they all felt real to me--they're ordinary people dealing with normal issues in life. I love every bit of the story, because for me, it's giving me something true and something good to think about and hold onto.
Two a.m. You know. The person you can call at two a.m. and, no matter what, you can count on them. Even if they're asleep or it's cold or you need to be bailed out jail...they'll come for you. It's, like, the highest level of friendship. -Dave, p216
This is a story of girl who is trying to forget her real self but ends up finding herself in the process. With the help of her funny, weird, and amazing friends and a smart guy who live next door, she will realize that a home isn't actually a place...
This book is emotional but blended with just the right amount of humour and wit. I enjoyed it and I am grateful that I've read such a good story. I recommend What Happened to Goodbye. I recommend Sarah Dessen. (less)
I loved Delirium. I loved loved loved Pandemonium. And after that intense cliffhanger ending in Pandemonium, I was so eager to get my hands on Requiem...moreI loved Delirium. I loved loved loved Pandemonium. And after that intense cliffhanger ending in Pandemonium, I was so eager to get my hands on Requiem. It was a long wait until I finally got Requiem. So obviously, my expectation was high. I still enjoyed it but I was a bit disappointed by the ending. It's hard to think that this is the last book while I think there should be another sequel for this series. Still good but not as good as the first two books. (less)
Legend is one of my most favorite series. And I admit that after Allegiant broke the Divergent series for me, Legend became my number one on the list...moreLegend is one of my most favorite series. And I admit that after Allegiant broke the Divergent series for me, Legend became my number one on the list of my dystopian favorites. Prodigy just got better. It made me feel so many emotions more than Legend did. There are love triangles (and yes I'm still a fan of those) that added even more tention to the stories. June and Day were once again unstopable. I said it before in my review of Legend, that I've never met other fictional characters that have exceptional instincts as Day and June. They amazed me over and over again.
Prodigy did not disappoint although there are things that I wished didn't happen. I don't like Tess, though I know she's sweet and a good person. I just don't like her for Day. I like Anden and he made my heart flutter a tiny bit everytime he's being good to June. But Day... He is for June and the next book should give these two to me or else I might throw the book hard against the wall. As much as I love happy endings, I understand and appreciate the way Prodigy ends. It wasn't a happy one (I'm not happy about it) but it certainly was fitting for the story and it made me WANT the next book immediately. The ending was devastating to me. It leaves my heart open, bleeding, and tearing into pieces. Not happy at all. Not the ending I was hoping for but it was good that it became my most favorite part of Prodigy. I am heartbroken and I'm seriously dreading to read the next book, but I'm still hopeful.
YES, I RECOMMEND PRODIGY. Definitely one of the most heart-pounding book and certainly one of the best out there. But make sure you read LEGEND first of course.
I hang on to him like he'll disappear if I let go, like I'll be left alone in this dark room, standing in the empty air. Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light. -June
Now ciao, June and Day are waiting for me in Champion. I'll let you know when I get my HEA. This is better be good or else... I'll borrow my friend's throwing stars and hunt Ms. Lu if she ever break my already broken heart.(less)
You can't run someplace new and not fill up the new space with the old stuff. The things you want to leave behind are the very things you can't. - As...moreYou can't run someplace new and not fill up the new space with the old stuff. The things you want to leave behind are the very things you can't. - Ash
I'm indestructible, Ash. That doesn't mean I'm incapable of feeling. I still experience love, and I can still experience pain. - Colt
When we reached the ending of Wildefire, the first book in the series, we learned that Colt isn't someone we thought he was. He isn't human. He isn't the same Colt. With this horrible realization, Ash ran away from him and decided to find her sisters--Rose, the youngest of the Wilde sisters who is known to be very dangerous and whom she never met, and Eve whom she learned isn't dead but in Nether, held captured by the Cloak. In the process of finding her sisters, she met Wes, the hot and gorgeous Aztec God of Night, and Aurora, the Roman Goddess of Dawn.
Embers & Echoes started exactly where the first book ended, and with that huge cliffhanger ending in Wildefire, expect another thrill ride, lots of suspense, actions, mysteries and of course romance.
This was the second time recently she'd saved a boy from being chained and tortured. "Let's hope I don't regret saving this one," she whispered to no one at all.
The looks that you and Wes have been exchanging the last forty-eight hours are so hot that I'm surprised you don't need sunglasses to keep from getting pregnant. - Aurora
What I loved about Karsten Knight's books is the humor and wit. This book doesn't lack of those. It balances the story especially when the book is full of suspense and heart-throbbing actions. There are old enemies, old foes, new friends--all these characters are amazing and very well-developed. You just can't help but love and care for them. So when a character died, well… of course it wasn't pretty, and it was absolutely not fun at all. I have to say that this book is even more heartbreaking for me than Wildefire 'cos once again I lost my favorite characters. The author isn't afraid to kill his characters--characters that I loved ever since Wildefire and I think it was a brave move. I just hope Karsten will continue to create beautiful Gods and Goddesses in the next books--characters that I will love as much as I love the others (may they rest in peace *wink). And please… oh dear Author, please, can you at least spare me some pain and heartache by not killing any more of my favorite characters?
Not as much as I loved Wildefire, but this one is really good. More suspenseful than the first. The mysteries and twists are even more intriguing. I am not fully satisfied with the ending because for me it's tragic. But overall, this book is amazing. The secrets and the revelations aren't what I expected either. There are more secrets from the past that are yet to unfold and I'm excited to see them revealed on the next book. Yes, sometimes I got frustrated because I didn't know who to trust anymore--the characters are unpredictable! So expect betrayal, revenge, and murders. I enjoyed it and I am eagerly anticipating the third. Full of actions, mysteries, suspense, wit and even drama, this book will put you at the edge of your seat.
You make a decision whether you want to spend your life staring at the dark horizons…Or whether you want to spend it catching every sunrise that you can. - Wes(less)
The story started at Eden's concert, where Kaylee, Nash and Tod saw Eden fell and die. They learned that Addis...moreGood but not as good as the first book.
The story started at Eden's concert, where Kaylee, Nash and Tod saw Eden fell and die. They learned that Addison Paige--Tod's ex-girlfriend also sold her soul to a hellion and is now next on the list. Tod will do everything to save Addison's soul and once again, Kaylee became so concerned of helping Addison and Tod. Nash couldn't let Kaylee go to the Netherworld without him so he agreed to help his brother and Kaylee save Addison's soul from the hellion.
In book two, readers will finally see what the Netherworld really look like. The setting and the world building is really good and Rachel Vincent nailed it. I liked the idea of the Netherworld, because it was different from what I'd expected. Not just a barren land but an actual place or city just like ours but it was the horrible and dangerous side of it. It was interesting and scary to read about. The writing is still good, the concept is ok. And it was nice to see how Nash and Kaylee's relationship develops though I wish there was more to see about Nash. Tod was always present but I liked him more in My Soul To Save. I was a bit irritated with him for putting Kaylee at risk just to save Addison. It wasn't also Kaylee's strongest point in the series because there were times when I want to hit her in the head. I don't like her messing with things she's not actually involved with, and I hate it when she's being so stubborn especially with her dad.
I wish this book has something more than saving Addison's and Regan's souls from the hellion. There's just something missing or lacking in the story that made it less entertaining for me. I admit, there are times that I almost give up and thought of picking up another book to read, but then I really wanted to see how the story will shape the characters and prepare them for the next books in the series. Many times I struggled to finish the book but I'm glad that I did.
Don't hesitate to pick up My Soul to Save if you enjoyed and loved My Soul To Take. It's still good, just not the best in the series, I think.
Finally! Now I know what the loud buzz was all about. It was a meaningful read and this book was amazing. I may be...moreRead my full review at Books4Juliet
Finally! Now I know what the loud buzz was all about. It was a meaningful read and this book was amazing. I may be one of the few who wouldn't give a perfect 5 star rating, but it doesn't mean I loved this book any less. So for the mean time, let me tell you what I loved about this book.
Okay. I'll skip the summary.
When I started reading the first few pages, I found myself REALLY laughing out loud. And people around me looked at me and asked "what happened? what's that all about?" I'll tell you.
This book is hilarious. Amazingly funny and crazy and quirky. I loved how the author wrote it. And yeah, I was laughing all the time because of the choice of words which the author used in narrating the story. It was a very good laugh, and I loved it. And that's what makes this book great and unique--the way it can make you feel that way, and still it makes you feel aware that something is wrong and something scary might happen. And I was right. I was laughing in many parts of the story, and by the end of the book, I felt like my heart was broken into pieces.
Hazel Grace and Augustus were no perfect couple but they're perfect for each other. Their disabilities made them. What they're lacking made them whole. I think that's the best thing I got from this book. To live a grand life even though it seems that there were no reasons to do so. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters might be physically weak but they are two strong characters all through out the story. They are crazy and fun to read about. You'll love them both, plus you'll love Isaac, too. He's the amazingly funny friend of Gus and Hazel, who is blind and dumped by her ex-girlfriend. It was enjoyable to see their journey as they experience how to love, be loved, to live and die. It was amazing how the author crafted great characters that made this book very entertaining.
What I loved most about the story is how it made me happy and sad at the same time. It felt good to laugh over a book and then cried over it afterwards. I guess there will never be enough explanation on how this book made me feel. It was hilarious and yet heart breaking. Tragic but beautiful.
Don't be afraid to read The Fault In Our Stars. Yes, it is an emotional read and you might cry over it (make sure to ready some tissue), but it was a fun, crazy journey of two characters who have meaningful fight with cancer, who are trying to enjoy every cancer perks they were given, who wishes on Genies yet aware that the world is not a wish-granting factory. It's a story about a boy who lived grand and who rides a roller coaster that only goes up and a girl who is willing to ride the roller coaster with him. Read this book, meet these amazing characters, know what An Imperial Affliction is all about, and experience Amsterdam.
I have my reason why I gave it a 4 coffee cups rating and I will tell you why. I was impressed by how the two characters talked about life and cancer and everything, but sometimes it was too much for me to easily get it. Some dialogue were a bit hard to understand (or maybe I'm the one with the problem *wink) but other than that, this book is great in every way.
It was sad and heart breaking but over all it was beautiful. You should read it. I'm glad that I DID. This is the first book by John Green that I've ever read, and surely it won't be the last.
"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers." - Augustus Waters about Hazel Grace.
P.S. I've never really liked the word "Okay" until now :)(less)
I have mixed emotions about this sequel. I loved Blood Red Road and it's one of my most fave books. Rebel Heart is good but I don't think it's as good as Blood Red Road. BRR is more thrilling, more action-packed, more exciting and romantic. In RH, I only had Jack in the beginning and at the end of the book. I wanted more of him and Saba together. So much happened in this sequel and once again I was heartbroken and torn apart because one of my favorite character just died. I got annoyedwith Lugh more than anybody else in this book but I'm glad that Saba isn't as irritating as she was in BRR. Many characters died, but there are new ones that will touch your heart. I still loved this book even though i didn't get what I really hoped and wanted. It's worth reading and I will certainly read the next book or books to come no matter what. (less)
...time itself was like a river, moving steadily forward, and you got to be in a new river every day, every hour. All my life I'd felt like--a lake. A...more...time itself was like a river, moving steadily forward, and you got to be in a new river every day, every hour. All my life I'd felt like--a lake. A lake where everything was contained, forever.
This book surprised me in many ways. I didn't know exactly what the story is about until past half-way through the book. It was nothing I've expected before I started this book but I'm glad that after what seems to be months or so, I finally abled to read it. The first half of the book was a bit slow for me and I've been waiting for something exciting to happen. I didn't get that until I reached the second half where it became hard for me to put down the book. Honestly, I don't like Nastasya at all, since she's so immature and selfish and spoiled-brat. She always rants about things around her and she seemed to see all the bad things and not the good things. It was irritating to hear her thoughts especially during the early part of the story. Thank goodness, her character developed (a little and slowly) as the story continue to unfold. There's also too little romance in this book, but I can see that there will be more in the next installments. I didn't get to see more of Reyn as much as I wanted but somehow their love-hate relationship is something that kept me rooted. I was so anxious to see the two let their emotions out and it was driving me crazy in a good, exciting way. I want to see them together but I think I still need to read the rest of the series to find out.
The very memories and experiences I'd tried to block out of my mind for the last four hundred years were sixteen feet away from me, in living color. It was like confronting the monster under my bed, only amped up a thousand times. There he was: the monster. My worst nightmare was wearing a dark green plaid flannel shirt and jeans and smelled like laundry detergent and fresh autumn air.
The characters are good, though not all of them are very likable. Each of these characters has their own secrets and stories that are interesting enough. I love the teachers and the other wayward immortals that adds flavor to the story, except Nell who irritated me the whole time and who I want to send flying off across the Atlantic Ocean!
Even though the plot was a little slow for me in the beginning, I appreciate how the second half was done. I liked how the story was written, including the flashbacks which made me shuddered most of the times. The story is really good and there is no doubt that it was written with depth. I enjoyed it and I recommend it to readers who love paranormal/fantasy stories.(less)