Out of all the general/contemporary Young Adult fiction I read this year, “Hello, Honeybee” was one of my favorites. For self publishing it this past...moreOut of all the general/contemporary Young Adult fiction I read this year, “Hello, Honeybee” was one of my favorites. For self publishing it this past year, Caity H did a wonderful and impressive job, with the book having a wonderful quality to it that most self published books seem to lack. For anyone who enjoys a love story or something to twist your heart and steal it away, “Hello, Honeybee” is a must read. From the writing style to the fresh and original plot and characters, I couldn’t have been more pleased and found few faults. The story is about Olivia (whom Lex calls Honeybee throughout the story) and Lex Diamond, who as children were best friends until in 8th grade when Lex kissed her, walked away from their friendship, and made Olivia’s high school years regrettable. That is until their senior year and a few weeks away from graduation when all of the sudden, Lex begins to flirt and even try to make up for his behavior! But Olivia is done with his charade and meets a new guy, Ryan. Ryan is swoon worthy and adorable in every sense of the world. The way they met is almost every girl’s desire or one of the ways they wish a girl could meet a guy. But for both Olivia and Lex, the next couple of weeks turn out to be something less than expected. Their relationship and how they treat each other is adorable, even when they fight, but leaves Olivia confused. At times you want them to be together and other times the story leaves you shaking your head. And let’s not forget Olivia’s best friend who happens to be funny, slightly annoying, but the overall great best friend that we all know and love. The story is filled with hilarious moments, cute and romantic scenes, and although there are some parts that are cheesy, the story is filled with realistic characters. At times Olivia does seem to act childish and goes a little overboard, but overall she a good main lead who struggled with things that most girls have faced some point or another. Although Ryan is swoon worthy and Lex can at times be annoying, both male characters exhibit real emotions and reactions to things that go on. Overall, a few cheesy moments and heart wrenching points beside, the story is worth reading. Especially if you like stories that make your inner romantic side swoon. You can find “Hello, Honeybee” on Amazon in paperback or kindle and you can also follow Caity H on her facebook. (less)
That's probably the one word I can use to describe this book and series. As you'll probably notice, I've been reviewing a lot of end of the series...moreWow.
That's probably the one word I can use to describe this book and series. As you'll probably notice, I've been reviewing a lot of end of the series, third books. Well that's cause a lot of series I've been reading as been coming to a close. Which, I'm sad to see, especially with this series.
First off, I'm just going to say I really have nothing but praise for this book and the series overall. And if there's anything I want to pound on more, its that Laini Taylor's writing style is beautiful. I've read a lot of interesting writing styles (Like in "Girl in the Arena" and "Blood Red Road") and I know I've said before I like Ally Condie's writing, but Laini Taylor's style in this book blows everything else away. Its so poetic and funny and real and...wow.
Of course, there's going to be flaws in this book and the series, but overall, there's not much I can say. The descriptions were beautiful, the emotions of the characters were real, and overall throughout this story this was a TON of character growth. If you just start with book one and read this one, there's a constant movement of character growth throughout most of the characters.
I say most because I didn't really see Zuzana or Mik grow all that much, but I kinda think they were already developed enough. It was nice to see different perspectives in this book, including theirs, and while they did annoy me a little at times, these two were also if anything, the comic relief. They were also Kouru's loyal "sidekicks" and they were felt like real people almost. Sometimes they were a little overdone, but I'm letting that slide.
Throughout this book I was kinda confused a lot because Taylor added in a complete new character and I was always terribly unsure about why she was in there at all until the very ending. Her perspective was a little confusing here and there, and I was never sure what to think about her.
Another thing that's always impressed me about this story was besides the complexity of its characters and the level of depth I felt Taylor achieved, was the unique story. Its certainly original if I'd call it anything. I haven't seen a story done like this. And some of the concept were certainly original and interesting. Some of the ideas behind them, when you strip them down to the barebones, not so much, but overall, yes. I really like the new worlds created for this story and the new take on angels and the chimera. I'm normally not really into "angels and devils" stories because I see most of them are kinda overdone, but this was far different. This didn't really have anything to do with our concepts of angels and devils (well it plays into the story but besides that), so I was pleased to find it was different.
I also thought that Karou's magic was really unique. I can't exactly recall if I've seen resurrection magic with teeth before. That's a cool idea. It reminds me of something else I know I've read, something a tad bit similar, but I've never been able to place my finger on it.
I know a lot of people have trouble getting into the first book because its a little slow before all the action starts, I really liked the beginning of the first book. It was really dreamy and kinda had a "romantic" feel to it (not really romance, but the way I read it felt like that). And I loved how it was set in Prague. I don't really see a lot of books here in America that are set in different countries, and I really enjoyed that it was.
The second book was exciting and interesting, and I thought that the different ways both Karou and Akiva approached the problems of their worlds was interesting and believable. I loved Akiva's sense honor and love, and how he was able to see through the pain he and Karou and their people caused and still believed that something better could come from it.
And I'm one for sappy endings, but I also really loved throughout the whole series the constant thread of hope and love. Because I think that despite the odds, despite their loss and their doubts, I loved that in the end, they still hoped for something better. And in our world that often can see bleak and depressing, I think that its a good message for people to take away. That there's always room for hope and that even when we can't see it, we have to dream sometimes the impossible in order for it to become possible.
But anyways, I just really loved this series and this book. And I could go on, but I won't. But overall I give the series and this book an outstanding five+ stars.