You know when you've blazed through this during the coldest weather of the year and you just can't stop because everything was pretty awesome! Totally You know when you've blazed through this during the coldest weather of the year and you just can't stop because everything was pretty awesome! Totally dig this one. These characters right here is why we have dreams that we work hard for. ...more
It is one way to sweep a woman off her feet with chocolates and flowers, but a hot man at that is another. I want my own Grumpy Bear who growls a sexy It is one way to sweep a woman off her feet with chocolates and flowers, but a hot man at that is another. I want my own Grumpy Bear who growls a sexy growl and loves his flowers and valley as much as he loves his lady. Serious swoon, folks! (Heart eyes) Laura Florand, where have you been hiding this French beauty?...more
This one was a piece of work. It's either you get it or you don't. And surprisingly, for the most part, I was highly invested and found the 3.5 stars.
This one was a piece of work. It's either you get it or you don't. And surprisingly, for the most part, I was highly invested and found the writing rather interesting and engaging. Still, it did not escape me the weirdness of it all. ...more
I wanted to like, even more so love, this but I really wasn't feeling the relationship at all. I had hoped since the beginning but everything just fel I wanted to like, even more so love, this but I really wasn't feeling the relationship at all. I had hoped since the beginning but everything just felt so contrived all of a sudden, and what more with me having a hard time liking Savannah till the end. I liked having strong issues in the book, especially here on the big age difference, but Gregory acted like a freaking 16 year old. I effing loved Charles Sheenan-Miles for co-writing this but man it just wasn't for me.
Better luck next time.
P.S. Thanks, Marta for sharing your copy to me. We squealed yet failed. ...more
I realized how painful it is to have to wait for something you wanted to have so badly, and to be able to read this after two years since book 2 came I realized how painful it is to have to wait for something you wanted to have so badly, and to be able to read this after two years since book 2 came out was unbelievable. That long? Still it feels like some time ago though because I can distinctly remember everything that went on.
Were it not for my special love for this series, I would've rated it much lower. But because Gray and Dylan holds an undeniably good place in my heart and captured me from the very beginning of First Comes Love, I know where these characters stand and knew deep down what they've been through, and more specifically, who they really were. If you only read this book among the series and thought it to be atypical kind that lies between the YA/NA genre and somehow can't quite narrow it to what you really think it is, I totally understand. Because, in my opinion, it's better read when you follow through the first one. Though it's also a stand alone, I wouldn't want you missing the good parts now, are we?
Final Thoughts: I still love this series, but mostly Gray and Dylan, even though that last book was a downfall. ...more
“Hi. My name is Katie. I’m a writer, and um... I’m an alcoholic.” “Hi, Katie!” says the group. “Wrebbit!” says TGND
The gist. Katie has a dream job.
“Hi. My name is Katie. I’m a writer, and um . . . I’m an alcoholic.” “Hi, Katie!” says the group. “Wrebbit!” says TGND
The gist. Katie has a dream job. She wants to be able to write at this magazine she's been dying to be part of. There's an opening (a grace from heaven) and make do to prep and fill up her credentials. She gets too excited and gets way out of hand that ends her in a drunken stupor with the interview on the next day. So she went (15 minutes late) still in buzz and haze. Of course she didn't get the job. But funny how things in life became very considerate despite in a you-gain-I-lose situation. Who else to complain when opportunity knocked on your door twice? She thought to hell with it and drank herself to another oblivion.
"Whoever said there are no second chances in life was a moron.
So Kate got another "job" with her as an undercover where she gets the deets on the It Girl, following her on a 30day treatment in an expensive facility. It's very fitting considering her strong craving to alcohol. She realizes that Amber is more to what was percieved and somehow grew attached to her along the way. Of course, she didn't realize she needed the help that she can get.
Spin was such a wonderful story. With equal parts hilarious and melodramatic, I guess staying sober is the point. The flow of the novel is so fluid you can't see any flaw (should there be any) or even thought it gone to a different direction. The transcending events kept the story afloat together with the right characters, both figuratively and theoretically, and how they bring color, life and voice to the novel. But what I really loved most about it was Kate. God, 1st page in and I was already so into her and her humor.
Oh, Katie. How can you not love her? With her spiraling, laugh-out-loud antics, to her smart mouth and funny internal monologues you can never go wrong with her. I am definitely fangirling on her as Joanne fangirl's on Amber (TGND).
Though the romance came in a little later in the novel, I almost didn't notice it when I was really into Katie and Amber. Henry's character, playing as Kate's progressing relationship, wasn't done fast. Their happenstance wasn't overdone or rushed to get the feel of them as together. What I loved about Spin, or any Catherine McKenzie books, is that it always remained to what the plot is really about. It doesn't stray from the original point but rather creates a new detail that adds a good spin to it.
With my work being so demanding and taking most of my time by day and drains me by night, it's troublesome for me to have to start a book and decided to drop it after a couple of pages. What I need in this time constraining days is the right book to have my enjoyment. And so far, after 3 books, Catherine McKenzie just delivers these wonderful stories that fits the mood in the right time. Or in the contrary, her books sets the mood justly.
“This is where it really starts, Katie. And you only get out what you put in."
It's really hard to figure out this book. For me it started out very odd (view spoiler)[because who proposes marriage to a person you just met, in a b It's really hard to figure out this book. For me it started out very odd (view spoiler)[because who proposes marriage to a person you just met, in a bar no less (hide spoiler)], yet somehow worked its way around it at some point. And what they did wasn't even a joke (because darn it was he serious), but it was funny.
For some reason I feel a protective nature to both Bobby and Kindle. They started living their lives so young, making decisions for themselves and fending for everyday. What they did, the impulsive act they agreed upon on, was a bold move that neither of them knew what they were actually doing but him keeping in mind that he really loved her and wants to really be with her, while she has a past she can't quit wrap her mind around and searching for who she really was.
Bobby was an idealist. He believes in the power of music and that it moves him. He passion for music was brought him to a new place, and it somehow brought him to Kindle. I don't know how to place Bobby only that he has such a great character, outstanding even. He's so noble, kind, so caring and loving. (view spoiler)[I want my own Bobby, too.(hide spoiler)] While Kindle was a realist. But I also guess she fears commitment - since she lost the only person she so dearly loved and that she managed to be by herself most of her life. I want to say that she's strong, resilient and a fighter because she really was.
I did not cry unlike some readers endured but I was sadden. If I've learned something from this book it's that choices have to be made, one way or another. Those choices may be of an advantage or just the opposite, but it has to be done for a person to really see the life they were after. You may or may not disappoint a person along the way, however it helps you grow, learn, and be the person you've wanted to be.
This book was slow but very thorough. It's realistic. It flows through the play by play on what is happening in with them and what they've been thinking; even an infinitesimal detail was an important part of the whole that is A Happy Accident. If I were to describe this book I'd say it's eclectic. As I'd mentioned above, the book was unpredictable to what will happen next, so some turns in this book doesn't fail to surprise me. I will give credit to Ms. Tyler for always keeping me on edge here. She's a brilliant writer, like you could really see she has something going on with her. That said, I am very much looking forward on how this story continues. I want to discover a more prominent act of love, life, and redemption, because you know, I have a weakness for beauiful but sad things.
A copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I don't claim this to be one-of-the-best-book-evah but GAHH! I can't help it. It really liked it. Maybe I'm biased and all but I think it's one of tho I don't claim this to be one-of-the-best-book-evah but GAHH! I can't help it. It really liked it. Maybe I'm biased and all but I think it's one of those books read at the right time. I realized I needed this right now.
I started this half thinking this will be another typical contemporary romance full of fluffs & clichés expecting nothing more, nothing less. Lately I rate adult contemporary reads not more than 4 stars because even if how long the story drags, I still find it very predictable and characters annoy me on hours on end. So surprise, surprise what guilty pleasure I stumbled upon Fix You.
I was fond of Zoey and Robbie's story. I've never read this kind of prose from an average contemporary story for a time now, where it deals with a serious subject and was handled accordingly. Her matter with cancer were never made easy and it's clear in the story that it's where everything is going. I love the engrossing articulate pace and the consorting sense of consistency.
The important bits were well covered. It's not a tear-jerker but quite emotional all the same. Sex scenes were few but so HOT, so everybody is good to go. I love every character present! Zoey and Robbie are already a given. The wine girls (cool name) are adorable. Each have different takes on life with unique personalities. I sense these ladies have a story to tell all on their own, and am expecting theirs will be equally as good. I'm definitely continuing this series.
It's a shame it was just a short read because I really like the story. The writing really made up for it. It was well-written, great characterization - where they don't irritate you all through out -, a little emotional, and of course, the romance was very good. *wink*
Did I mention the writing was impressive?
'He'd spent a lifetime running the wrong race. He didn't want to be a rock star. He wanted to be hers.'
'There was something in the way he moved that made her feel fine.'
"Life moves so fast, things change. Sometimes I think our job in this planet is to hold on so we don't get thrown off the ride." "Hold on? What happens when you're too tired to do that?" "You let someone else help. And you take off from work until you find your strength again."
"You really don't mind?" "A couple of scars? No, Zoey. There are million things I love about you and none of them disappear because of those marks. Christ, call me a kinky bastard, but they actually turn me on a little bit."
"That's a suspicious smile." His grin grew, "I just thought of a new song I want to write". Zoey rolled her eyes, "Awesome. I'm lying here so fucking blown away I'm struggling to remember my own name and you're composing music in your head. I clearly suck at sex."
If somebody tells this is going to win me back to the NA genre, I would have said 'Unlikey'. Guess I spoke too soon.
This was a complete surprise beca If somebody tells this is going to win me back to the NA genre, I would have said 'Unlikey'. Guess I spoke too soon.
This was a complete surprise because the first book, Just Remember to Breathe, wasn't pleasing me much for my comfort. As much as I like romantic reads I really don't want that to be the only thing there is. I wanted something with a story to tell and emotions to evoke and characters to empathize with. Something that you could actually think through after you were finished. And thank goodness that's what I got from A Song for Julia.
Lately, I have been hugely disappointed with the New Adult genre because it tends to focus in only one thing -- sexual attractions. And honestly it gets old and personally it just makes me want to gag everytime. We're lucky enough if they'd go somewhere that's worth looking forward to, but if not, it'll be a shame in skimming parts because those parts were intended to be written and to be read. I though New Adult would be more engaging and more provocative than YA but then I think YA is still top notch when it comes to the category. And seeing my first impression with this author, I almost want to skip this book since nothing will be new. Only almost.
“Sometimes things aren't what they appear. We all have hurts that we don't show."
The story was quite powerful when you really look at it. It's not just about Julia and Crank volleying each others thoughts about wanting/not wanting to be with each other. It goes so much deeper than that, deeper where the girl has major issues she wants to be free from and an incident she's surreptitious with while the guy wants something big for his life and at the same time attending to someone very precious to him. Clearly with these two, they're a juxtaposition of seeing life in a different angle.
A Song for Julia wasn't really incredibly different that it's nearly life-changing. Only I find the story heavy. There are a lot of issues/problems involving the characters that are not to be joked about. Like how Julia has major trust issues and why she's indifferent to those familial with her. What she's been through was very appealing to me especially when it involves abuse whether physically or emotionally. Her story makes me so glad I am simply living under my parents constant care and protection. Stories like this doesn't get written everyday and most diffidently wouldn't be played right.
I also appreciate Crack's character. He's not just some angry, bashing front man player in the group. What he does after every show, going home to take care of his brother who has Asperger, was substantial. The way how much Sean blames himself for his disorder is very heartbreaking. It kills me(metaphorically) everytime he acts with his tantrums because no kid should be put in that so much pressure. I didn't know what Asperger syndrome is until this but on the upside people has this are bright and kinda entertaining. Ohh I want to give him a hug for being so special.
I find myself teary a couple more times because some most scenes are just that good. Whoa! I clearly judged this author when he made something out of the box for a change. He's really done this wonderfully with informations he surely knew what.
I don't usually say this often but what Julia and Crank had been through and what they were about to conquer was sorta an inspiration, or something. What they deal with was tough. If you just look beyond the surface than the underlying context with these people, you would really see a beautiful story. One that's intense and moving and strong and everything synonymous with poignant then that's your gist.
This conversation between R and M makes me reflect on what do I live for?
"How can you change? If we all start from the same blank slate, what makes yo This conversation between R and M makes me reflect on what do I live for?
"How can you change? If we all start from the same blank slate, what makes you diverge?" "Maybe we're not blank. Maybe the debris of our old lives still shape us." "But we don't remember those lives. We can't read our diaries." "It doesn't matter. We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next." "But can't we choose that?" "I don't know." "We're Dead. Can we really choose anything.?" "Maybe. If we want to bad enough."
Warm Bodies didn't drift from the conventional zombie novel that is. There's the impassive flesh-eating zombies and humans dispatching them for survival. But what might make this above other out there is that it's told from a zombie's point of view. From that on, I was practically sold. But a zombie being the narrator is new to me as well as how events turned out in the end. I could say I was astound to the whole thing that it's hard to think through after I was finished. It took me time trying to warm up with the story because it's not the customary zombie chase, with a little moan here and some grunts there. And even if R is lifeless, he feels so alive to me.
Somehow I felt betrayed because I was really hoping to find a light, fun read out of this but I get a very deep, thought-provoking, poignant, and engaging one instead. I'm not sure I was ready but when I took off, it helped me afloat. Sometimes, things really took you by surprise when you least expect it. And in the end I was happy. Though I have to admit I was a bit sensitive at the ending I may have a tear or two. Don't even get me started at the writing. Well, it was clever and gratifying.
R might be an average zombie. He hunts for food and feed from living human's viscera, and he seems dull that lacks vigor and excitement just like any other Dead with him. But he claims even in his monosyllabic state, he is very contemplative. And that's what got me to him. After the event in which appears to change his life, he starts to feel things he hadn't felt in a long time; and thought of memories he didn't know but from the life he took. Until then, he contemplates that whatever is happening to him might be a good thing and it could actually save them - both human and zombies - to go on living.
Many say R and Julies' relationship is creepy, disturbing, sad, and at the same time, sweet. I agree. It's also incredible to the human mind if it were actually to happen in real life (here's hoping there will never be the case). If one delves much further in their connection, not just looking on the outside but also within, it will be fascinating to imagine what a human and a zombie could do and how their deep understanding bring forth confidence to both. This novel, I then discovered, does not solely focuses on survival rather for the breakthrough of the memories and emotions of the individuals and in discovering that there may be life left to be saved in either side.
It may started out slow and confusing for me, what with this multiple identity stuffs, I was greatly on a roll as I got past it. Now I am ready for the movie! Bring on the reel, baby.
I may or may not have a fault for letting my younger sister read this since it kinda has some mature probing yet since she didn't mention it, I'm a little relived.
Seriously Melina Marchetta, can't you write so beautifully enough? This one got to my CORE. And it expresses a THIS BOOK DESERVES MORE THAN FIVE STARS!
Seriously Melina Marchetta, can't you write so beautifully enough? This one got to my CORE. And it expresses a lot of emotions from me which I didn't thought I had. This doesn't just made me think and feel but it also made me realize in so many aspects in myself - that just like Tom, I was amiss with my life. I can't boast enough how amazing this author can be: may it be her fascinating skills on writing or how she captures realism perfectly. Or both. Everything she writes is magic, and it's not even elemental yet. Her books are just awesome that I'm having a hard time getting with it first because she's not just a typical YA author who're vague and cliché. Her works are seriously thought-provoking and has a class on their own.
THE PIPER'S SON is one of the books I've been anticipating on reading all my life. But once I finally got a copy, I didn't devour it like my life's depending on it. No. It has to sit on my shelf for five months, then I got the guts to finally pick it out. And I thought this was the right time. It sure was. There are different type of books - depending on how you put it. For me, there are books like Fifty Shades of Grey that's got all the hype but doesn't spark that much interest in me. And there are books life Perfect Chemistry that in all honesty was a very favorite of mine, that I know the story by heart and you'd love to tell people how great it was that they should read it and that you'd want to book chat with them all day regarding how hot Alex was and the story is just so romantic. Then there are books like The Piper Son that is beyond wonderful you kind of can't comprehend what you feel. That you're afraid of what comes out in your mind doesn't justify enough, whether you say it's amazing over and over again. It's the kind of book that doesn't need to get all the hype in the world albeit others thought it to be crappy or dreadful because you want it to be judged otherwise. Sometimes, you just need the right people for the right kind of things.
The story was very great and the complexity was amazing. It happened years after Saving Francesca. I'm not much of a flashback fan myself but this broke a barrier in me. The characters, each and every one of them, you'll love for your life. It makes me feel nostalgic after reading them again. The protagonists here are Thomas Finch Mackee, he is kind of hard to miss from the previous book. He reminds me how funny and smart he was back then. But his life took a wrong turn and he's trying to rebuild it right. And there was his Aunt Georgie, whom we get to know closely in this book. She is a sweetheart. And I always find myself looking forward to Georgie and Sam together because I know that inside her hard shell lies a very soft spot and beyond his all-business manner is actually a very loving partner and father. My heart rips for the all of them. They struggled a lot after the loss they shared a love with. They both, faced a hard reality, Tom and Georgie, on grief and acceptance that everything they get to build for there lives came crashing the next moment. I'm never really good at being to emotional. I suggest you read the book and break down along with me. The amount of sadness and contemplation you get levels to tons of humor it has. Believe me, this was so funny, I was belly laughing the whole time. Tom is a remarkable character. I love him and it saddens me that his life ended in words but he's still living in my heart and mind.
THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ SO FAR!