I think rereading this made me realize how much I missed Adam and Mia's story. It made me fall in love with their story all over again. More than befo...moreI think rereading this made me realize how much I missed Adam and Mia's story. It made me fall in love with their story all over again. More than before I actually. I think mainly it was because I saw the movie now and I could see real faces associated with them.
I didn't realize I didn't put a review up for this...
I'll make sure to catch up on my reviews and rewrite a new one for this. :)(less)
Oh.My.Goodness That was so awesome! I'm so speechless.
This is what a fantasy ya novel should be. Seriously, I get the hype on this book. Shadow and Bon...moreOh.My.Goodness That was so awesome! I'm so speechless.
This is what a fantasy ya novel should be. Seriously, I get the hype on this book. Shadow and Bone not only has a lot of good elements to it, but it was also executed perfectly unlike ahemmm Throne of Glass.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Portia Moore for generously providing me this novella for review, in exchange for an honest review. And boy,...moreFirst and foremost, I would like to thank Portia Moore for generously providing me this novella for review, in exchange for an honest review. And boy, this review would be as honest as it gets.
"Upset, doesn't explain this. My life has been a lie. I don't have a life.
Okay before I start this review, I just want to point out... How much that guy from the cover looks exactly like Cal in my eyes. Nice choice for a cover! :) *drool*
Okay. So back to the review.
I didn't think this novella would bring tears to my eyes. I didn't see it coming. I didn't see my heart breaking, not only for Lauren and Cal, but also for Chris.
What a freakin' mess the whole situation was!
Lauren. Cal. Chris. Jenna.
None of what's happening are their fault, somehow, I felt that it's mostly Chris' parents, but.. anyway... everything's just unfortunate. I'm just happy that book one, didn't end on that note. I am so happy there will be book 2!
If you haven't read If I Break yet, then this review might contain slight spoilers. But I would try to do the best I could, to not spoil you guys.
Like I said on my review of the first book, the revelations on what was happening to Cal was something I wasn't expecting. It was a total shocker! I felt bad, not just for Lauren, but for everyone involved in this whole chaos. Even Chris' fiance Jenna, I've learned to understand where she was coming from. On the first book, I hated her (even when none of this was her fault either), but I understood her side on this book.
Before I Break, is told in the POV of Chris. Chris was... so nice. It was amazing how nice he was. I mean nice as in good, in every fucking way. He doesn't swear. He's down-to-earth, without any hint of arrogance to him. He lived simply and loves deeply. Cal, on the other hand, I think inherited the not so good side. Cal may not be as perfect as Chris, but the good side of him came out when he met Lauren. Cal was arrogant and confident, qualities that Chris lacked. But the thing they have in common, was how much they were willing to sacrifice everything for love.
"I don't know how I'm supposed to deal with this... if I even can but I'm willing to try because of that little girl in that picture. I'd do anything for her, including giving up the only person I've ever been in love with..."
Are you guys curious yet? I'm sure you guys are. To bad I'm not gonna tell. I'm not gonna spoil anything. I promised. But I want to tell... But I couldn't... I want you guys to experience the mindfuck that I had, while guessing what was happening to these couples. It's all very new.
If you guys are pretty curious, please go and grab the first book, and then dive into this tiny novella that you could read in one sitting. But don't be fooled, it may be small, but the emotions that you will get between the pages will seem real and raw.
Oh dear. What else could I say?
GO AND READ THIS!
If you're tired of the typical romance where the good girl falls for the bad boy that most romance novel has nowadays, then I definitely recommend you to read this. (less)
“This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?"
After reading Khan's review about this book, I totally agree with h...more
“This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?"
After reading Khan's review about this book, I totally agree with her when she said that parent would want their kids to be home schooled after reading this... I totally want my kid to be home schooled now! The things that these kids have done in this book were... so evil.. so uncaring... they wanted vengeance... they wanted to make them pay...they would do whatever it cost, to deliver their vengeance.
The theme of the story was good. It was about three teenage girls wanting to get revenge on people who have done them wrong. Pretty intriguing right? My only problem with that is, the reason why they wanted to get revenge were pretty shallow and puerile. I wanted it to be more darker. I wanted their reason for retribution was for a deeper reason. But it wasn't. All their reasons were pretty childish and pathetic to me.
Burn for Burn was told in alternating POVs of the girls below. You will get a glimpse of the story through all their eyes (which I really liked) and it will let you know their separate issues and how they reacted to them.
Mary came back to Jar Island. She wanted to confront the reason she left in the first place. Reeve. But she had no idea how she was going to approach him or will he even remember her. She had no clue what to do, other than going back, and facing him.
Lillian has always been protective of her younger sister. She doesn't want anything bad to happen to her. She knows as well as anyone that anything could happen during parties... and she doesn't want the same thing that happened to her, happen to her sister. But when Alex (her sort-of-friend/boyfriend) started hanging out with her sister... or whatever they were doing... She knew she had to put a stop to it. No guy was going to mess around with her sister... Not when she's alive.
Kat and Rennie used to be friends... Her, Lillia and Rennie, used to hang out all the time. But of course things change, and Rennie started to spread nasty rumors about her which got out of hand. But she's had enough. She wasn't going to let Rennie and her friends step all over her any longer. It was time to get even.
REACTION TO THE CHARACTERS: I actually pretty like them because they are very distinct. You'll see the difference in how Kat thinks to how Lillian thinks. They're pretty 3 dimensional. They each have their own characteristics. Like Kat was the rebel, Mary was the shy one, and Lillia was the popular girl (who's not totally an airhead like her best friend, Rennie). The mean kids were pretty good characters too. I find myself really hating them, especially Rennie. Alex, not too much. Reeve... I got really confused feelings with because of the backflashes that Mary keeps on getting.
REACTION ABOUT THE ENTIRE THING:
Okay. So I liked the book, but not really crazy over it. I liked the whole getting even plot, but I felt that the reason why they were doing it was a bit childish for me, especially Lillia's. I felt she was getting even with the wrong person. I don't want to get all preachy, but this book, sort of sends the message that there was nothing wrong with getting even as long as it is excusable. I honestly think this sends the wrong message to teens, seeing that this book is supposed to be for teens. It shows how okay it is for people to mess other people's stuff just to get back at at them. One example was when they messed up Alex's sunscreen and it gave him a bad sunburn. But what if its not just the sunscreen? What if its something else that for other people, it might be a joke, but might cause someone their life or something. I know I'm over thinking this. But I think it's just me being a parent.
Also, what's up with getting back at people with people you barely even know??? If you're going to get back at people, shouldn't you be doing those with someone you know, someone you trust not to spill the beans? I get that Kat and Lillia had been friends, but what about Mary? Just let her join the bandwagon because she wants revenge too, even though you have no idea who the fuck she is? She could be a serial killer. Or a psycho. Or whatever bad person is out there pretending to be someone else. Thumbs down for believability.
Regarding the twist towards the end, I'm having mixed feelings towards that too. I'm not exactly sure if it was a good move or not (hence, the 3 starts). Would it have changed anything for me, if the mystery has been creeping on through the first part of the book, then gradually revealing itself towards the end? Or would it have been fine the way it was revealed. I'm not exactly sure about that part. But it was definitely a suprise for me. Which was an added bonus. I didn't see it coming.
I wasn't happy with the ending at all. I felt it was really cut short. I wasn't satisfied at all with how things unravelled. I understand that there's a book 2, but still, a little more towards the ending shouldn't have been too bad.
There were a lot of things I didn't like, but I loved the way it was told and the characters enough to give it three stars.
This was my first Jenny Han book, but have read Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian which was why I thought this book would be pretty good. This book was executed fine, but the story just wasn't my cup of tea, unfortunately.
PS: After reading this book, I'm kind of thinking I'm getting a bit too old for YA.(less)