I liked this, although, there were parts that I didn't really care about. Like the Fantastic Four ones with Dr. Doom trying to find and use Thor's HamI liked this, although, there were parts that I didn't really care about. Like the Fantastic Four ones with Dr. Doom trying to find and use Thor's Hammer. But I did enjoy the secret meetings Tony Stark and some of the major characters were having to discuss the Superhero Legislation Act and what each of them thought about it. I liked all the parts with Spiderman. I thought his conversations with Tony were very meaningful. I am hoping some of these would translate into the movie....more
We're forbidden from dating - or loving, or marrying, or even kissing - each other.
If you were a sane person, would you have these thoughtRATING:
We're forbidden from dating - or loving, or marrying, or even kissing - each other.
If you were a sane person, would you have these thoughts when YOU know that the entire world you know is falling apart?
I am angry. I am very angry.
Let's just start with that.
I loved this book. Loved. I loved the first half of this book. I would have defend this book for all its misses on the first half. I would tell them all the good things about it. I would tell them that the world-building of this book is just brilliant and unique and absolutely magnificent. I cannot begin to tell you guys, but… but.. THE SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK HAPPENED!!!!
Oh god I want to rip the pages of my book to pieces!
I am very, very upset.
The story stars with Rho. Our special little snowflake. Who I actually thought was deserving to be a special little snowflake. knfksdgnakfgakf!!!
Okay... Going back.
Rho has been reading bad omens from the stars. And when she read for her final exams, what she saw was no different.
Then the vision appears - the same vision I've been seeing for a week now; a smoldering black mass, barely distinguishable from Space, pressing into the atmosphere past the Twelfth House, Pisces. Its influence seems to be warping our Crab constellation out of shape.
But of course, no one listened to her. These adults think because they're older than her, she would not be able to read anything right. They accused her taking nonsense.
"How many times do we have to tell you, Rho? Your clever theories and imaginative stories have no place in astrological science."
I don't blame them for being skeptical because she doesn't even use the material she was supposed to be using to read the stars. It's called an Astralator if I'm not mistaken. Why doesn't she use it? Because she's fucking special. Yeah. And I was okay with it, at the time.
Anyways. Back to the story.
Then she brushed it off. She was like. Okay. No one wants to listen to me. Fine. So she went off with her friends. They were going to perform that night in front of a crowd. She's a drummer of their band. (see. she's special and talented) They were going to start performing on stage when a something hit the moon they were in. It was a disaster. A lot of people died of course. Bodies were floating around.
Bodies are everywhere. Floating past each other peacefully, three or four feet above the ground. None of them have woken up.
Rho and her friends were still disoriented with what happened. But Lodestar Mathias (the guy our main protagonist has her googly eyes on) found them and took them to a ship that would take them back to Cancer.
So each Houses of the Zodiac has their own Guardian. The Guardian of Cancer has just passed away. Guess who they chose take her place?
I hate this girl. I hate her so much. I hate her more than I hate Celaena. I didn't like Celaena, but at least she was using her brain and not her emotions all the time. Rho was a freaking special flower. She knew how to do everything. She could do everything without even struggling. Coincidentally, her mom trained her to be this special girl who could do a lot of stuff no one else can, like read the stars without a Astralator.
"Surprise registers in his indigo blue-eyes. He knows me. Warmth spread through my skin, like I'm being bathed in the light of Helios again."
Can you guess which page this passage is from? Page number 7. Fucking page 7 and I already see an insta-love. I actually disputed this with a friend of mine who read the book with me and I said no, it isn't exactly insta-love. Because she already had a crush on him before or something. But after the story progressed, especially towards the ending, she mentioned something about loving him since she was a kid of something and that just really threw me off. I hated that.
I could take perfection in characters just fine. I wasn't pissed that Rho was a freakin' Mary Sue. That wasn't my issue with her. My issue with her character was how boy crazy she was. I hated that shit. I did not like it in any books. Add love triangle to the mix and it is a recipe for disaster. This book proved it. It also proved that no matter how amazing your story is, or how fantastic the world you created is, if your main character is too weak or is genuinely annoying, a book would end up being terrible.
And don't get me started with the cheating. Oh mfo... I hated that. I hated that she doesn't know how she feels completely for one that she has to try and test who she really wants.
F*ck you Rho really.
What can i say? I didn't like this guy at all. I never liked him on the first part, didn't like him towards the middle, and in the end, I still didn't like him.
His character was so flat and boring. I can't feel any sympathy for him at all. I don't get why he is so cold and uncaring. Probably because like all the other older people in this book, they don't respect the opinions of anyone younger than them. I think Matias suffers from that too.
He is the only character in this entire book that I was able to really like. He was this smart, funny, and a very supportive type of character. He was almost too perfect. And I wasn't complaining. If it wasn't for Hysan, I would have really really really hated this book. He reminds me of Nikolai from the Grisha Trilogy. If you have read that book, you'll understand why I like Hysan.
If you hate love triangles and insta-love, you might want to pass this book up. The romance in this book was so terrible. I wish this part of the story just got cut off because, i think it wasn't necessary. This book was already good without the complication of a love triangle.
Oh and there would be cheating too. I hated that so much! I can take love triangles. I can take insta-love. But I would never ever think it's okay to sleep with someone and realises you want the other guy, then kisses him all in one day.
No. Just no.
The world that the author made for this book was phenomenal! I can't even begin to say how fantastic and expansive it was. It was so unique. I don't think I have ever read anything like it. I was enchanted by this whole world in the galaxy where people were sort of segregated by the Houses of the Zodias. Our main character is from Cancer, then you mean other people from Gemini, Virgo and all the other houses.
Also the mythology of each Houses about the bad guy was just so... great! I loved really how each and every Houses has their own character, based on the Zodiac signs. It was so good. I loved it.
Zodiac was set in outer space. Humans no longer live on earth. They are now living in another part of the galaxy where instead of living in different countries, they belong to different Houses of the Zodiac. And each houses, had their own unique thing.
I loved everything about this the setting, just like with the world building. This was also well thought out and executed very well. I liked how detailed everything was in regards to the place and also the type of people who are living on that specific place.
* The world building was where this book was the strongest. I would rate this book an A+ without a doubt, if I solely rate it on that aspect.
* The settings were beautifully done. The author made me feel like I was really actually there with the characters.
* The pace was fast. There was never a dull moment (even when the main character was being ridiculously stupid)
* The author's writing style was something I was able to easily get into.
* The villain was pretty good too. He was a presence that wasn't there all the time, but you know he's there. He was menacing that way.
* A too-stupid-to-live main character. She was really the main reason I rated this book lower than it deserved because her character wrecked everything this book was trying to accomplish. She did not deserve anything at all.
* The romance. I love my romance in books, but when it's written so badly, it would really throw me off the entire story. And this one did just that. I hated how the main character focused more on her love life than anything else. That was just fucked up. I hated that.
* The adults here were all stubborn morons. I hated how they all stick to what they know because they're older. That is such a bad trope to use in a book like this. I felt that these older people were more of the villain in the story rather than the main villain who was actually causing the chaos from the background. These people who thinks they know better because they're older are what was causing their world to crumble. I guess that was the point of the story, but still, I didn't like it.
* This book suffered from the missing parent syndrome. Both her parents were absent, except from the prologue.
* There wasn't really any explanation why Rho's mother taught her the things she knew. It was all very convenient that she her mum taught her all of these things. But there was never really any explanation on why her mum taught her stuff. At least as far as I remember
This book broke my heart.
I really loved this so much and I think that is why it bothers me and upset me so much! I actually thought this was going to be a great book. I still thought of that even at around 45% in. There were issues with the main character which were tolerable on the first half, but the next half was so godawful.
Would I recommend this book, not really. Because despite my addiction to the entire world the author made, I just could not recommend reading about a character like Rho. I just could not. I just really wished this was better. I really did want to love this book. The author was pretty nice in commenting on my post about it on Instagram so it's a shame I had to rate her book lower than 3 stars....more
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"Best friends, even former ones, were supposed to understand
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"Best friends, even former ones, were supposed to understand crap like social anxiety and scar exposure."
First off let me just say that I liked this book. I liked the flow of the story and the characters. There were things here and there that made me wonder why anyone would ever do something like that. But overall, I really liked this book.
The Lies About The Truth dealt with pain. All types of pain. The pain of not being able to tell everyone how you feel. The pain of going through something you think no one could understand. The pain of having to let go of the past. And lastly, the pain of not being able to do the things you have been able to do.
Wear a tank top in public. Walk the line at graduation Forgive Gina and Gray Stop following. Start leading. Drive a car again. Kiss someone without flinching Visit the Fountain of Youth
These are things Sadie Kingston would like to do. But she puts them off everytime. Trying to make excuse on why she couldn't do it just yet.
Almost a year ago, an accident happened that completely changed Sadie's life. It was an accident that killed her best friend Trent, damaged Max's voice, and left Sadie with physical scars she doesn't want anyone to see.
The physical scars not the only scars she got that day. Emotional scars because of the death of Trent and a lot of guilt for surviving the crash while Trent hasn't.
Sadie feels Max is the only one who could really understand how she feels. Max didn't shy away from looking at her even with the scars on her face. But is she healed enough to start a real relationship with Max? Or does she have to face the past first before she could finally move forward.
I loved Sadie's character. I found her reaction to everything she went through was realistic. How she felt insecure. How she felt scrutinized every time she goes out. How her scars remind her every day that she lost not only her best friend, but also her confidence. It hadn't been easy for her to go out with big scars all over her body. She's been through a lot of surgeries to fix them, but the surgery could only do so much. And with all that, she wasn't some bitter, full of angst teen who always rant about how unlucky she was that this happened to her. She even named her scars. She named one Mississipi and I forgot the other ones. But she also have one named Pink Floyd. So cute.
Going back, I felt Sadie's struggle. I understood her fear of going out. Being seen by people and when they see her ask themselves , "what the fuck happened to that girl's face?". She didn't like to be pitied. That's why she tried to avoid everyone as much as she can. But she tries. She tries to make herself better. She doesn't roll her eyes and scream at her parents for wanting her to feel better about herself. She accepts the suggestions and try to do it. She tries to do them in baby steps. And I like that. Sometimes, moving on and letting go of stuff from the past is hard. But she's so lucky she has a good family, good friends, and a good head on her shoulders.
Max was so cute. I liked him the first time he was introduced to the story. He was reliable and thoughtful and sweet. And everything I wanted him to be. Max is Trent's brother who was also close with her and their other friends. At first, I was worried about him, but as the story progressed I really liked how supportive he was of everything Sadie does. There was also a sense of possessiveness at times which was okay. It was cute.
He was Sadie's best friend. He wasn't present in the story physically, but you get to know a lot about this guy. You see how his relationship is with his family, with Sadie, and with his self. Trent has secrets that I would not spoil because I did not expect it at all. His actions through Sadie's flashbacks were pointing me to a different scenario. I'm not going to spoil you but I love Trent just as much as Sadie.
I'd like to say that I love each and every character on this book. Especially the parents of both Max and Sadie. They were so supportive and fun. They weren't disregarded in the story. They played an important role in the life of their kids and five thumbs up for that. I liked Gray and Gina too who were the other . All five of them has this sort of friendship that I really envy. I loved the dynamic that all of them had. You could feel the deep connection between these characters and I loved it.
I was scared. There was a point in this book that I was worried that the story might be an entanglement of relationships. I'm so fucking glad that it wasn't. There was romance, but it isn't the main story. It was there, but when you read about it, you'll see that it isn't the main focus.
I loved Max and Sadie. I knew they were meant to be together. I was worried for a bit that I would have liked someone else for Sadie, but no, Max is the man for me.
Max and Sadie's relationship wasn't forced. It was built on friendship, trust, and love. I always love romances like that. There was no insta-love. Thank goodness! And it was realistic. The relationship that bossomed between these two was as realistic as they can get.
It was very easy to get to. This is my first Courtney C. Stevens and I really enjoyed her writing and the way she characterizes her characters. She really does well showing us how she builds the relationship with the characters. There were times that were a bit too slow for me, but I felt it was necessary for Sadie to realize the things that she needed to do. To realize that she needed to settle a few things before she could really move forward with her life.
- I loved the theme of this book. It dealt with friendship, love, forgiveness, and letting go.
- I loved Sadie's relationship with her parents. You'll constantly sense their presence in her life, even if it's just o the sideline. You'll feel how much they care about her and her well-being. There's not much of those type of parents in YA literature. Mostly, you will see a negligent parent or a parent who says love their kid but isn;t ever present.
- The friendship. I love the friendship that these five had. Through ups and downs they were together. They did encounter hiccups along the way, but their friendship endured.
- The characters were all well-rounded. No stock characters here.
- The romance was a plus for me.
- The writing was very good.
- I liked the e-mail exchange between Max and Sadie. I thought it was a nice way of showing us what Max and Sadie's relationship was like when they weren't together.
- I loved Trent. Seriously. He's dead (not a spoiler), but the way you got to know who he is and what he was like and the secrets he kept, made me love him. I just love him.
- The pace was a bit off for me at times. I didn't like how sometimes, it seems to drag on some places. But this is just me.
- These kids were all keeping something. The only valid one in my opinion was Sadie's and Trent's. I get the reason why Sadie couldn't tell Trent's secret because it wasn't her secret to tell, but the others were a bit weak. I didn't get why Gina and Gray would do the things they did. I don't buy their reason for not telling Sadie the truth. It was really stupid. They waited a year to tell her. Tsk tsk.
All in all, I really loved this book. I haven't touched a good contemporary book in a while so I was lucky I picked this one.
The Lies About Truth is a very well written book with a heartwarming story about a Girl who wants to let go of her past but is having a hard time to. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a contemporary book about moving on and forgiveness that isn't too dramatic....more