Once upon a time, I lost everything and I was so alone. The sadness, the hurt, it all seemed so infinite. When you're wandering alone in a storm, you can't see the end, or if there is one, and how close it might be. I'm still wandering, but maybe I don't feel so lost now. I'll keep trying. I promise.
It's hard being alone. I've been there, I still am actually. This book really hit me square in the chest. There are just so many things on here that I could relate to. I don't have cancer. I am not overly anxious. I haven't been abandoned. I don't have parents that ignores me. But still, I could relate to this book. The feeling of loneliness. The feeling of sadness. The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. They're all very familiar feelings to me, which is why this book really touched me. It was like, I was one of them.
Vincent never knew what it was like to have a family. He felt unloved and unwanted - which is very understandabe because her parents gave him away at a young age. He only knew what it was like to have foster parents, but not real ones. Then Maggie takes him in.
Nobody wanted me. Not until Maggie.
Maggie was the closest to a parent he ever had. He wanted to make her happy. But just when things were going well between her and Maggie - she had to leave him too.
I want to cry. Crying would be the normal reaction to this, to losing someone who was more family to me than anyone else has been. Being a wreck would be better than this: feeling nothing and everything all at once and physically unable to react to any of it.
There was nothing out there for him. No one was going to miss him when he's gone. He then often wonder about whether the girl she saw jump over the bridge made the right decision. Was it right to submit to the feeling of emptiness? Was it right to just let go of everything?
What's it like to die?
He's gone searching on the internet, then stumbled upon a website called Suicide Watch. It was a forum where people go, if they are thinking of giving up on life. He signs up, wanting to get some answers: should he or shouldn't he do it. Instead of answers, he unexpectedly found friends.
Casper, Roxwell and Vincent each have their own demons to face. They may not have the same ones, but they were able to help each other in ways that no body else could have.
Let me talk about the characters
RoxWell has parent's that don't care. Casper has parents that cared too much. NowhereMan has no parents at all.
Vincent's thoughts were very genuine. I wasn't put up for adoption. I wasn't given up to foster care. I don't get anxiety attacks. I do trust people. But I had, at some point in my life, felt alone, unwanted and uncared for. I understood what Vince went through, and all of them were valid responses to these types of scenarios. But of course, there will be some exceptions - those exceptions are mostly the ones that have someone to really guide them with what they're going through, unlike with Vince's case - he had no one. I get why he couldn't let himself trust anyone - he doesn't want to trust and then they'll just leave anyways. He was over with rejection. He was over with people not wanting him and giving him away. It is not a good feeling. As the story progressed, you'll see how he grows, and you'll smile, because you witnessed his journey. It wasn't easy to read, but it was worth it.
Casper would have to be the one that broke my heart the most. I just really love this girl. She reminds me so much of Hazel Grace from the Fault in our Stars only more rebellious and spunky. I actually think I like her more now that Hazel. Okay, so aside from cancer, they were both strong-willed girls. That's one of the things I love about them. They were fighting it. They knew the inevitable will come at some point, but they tried to live the most of what time they had left. I'm not gonna tell, but you probably know based on what I'm saying what will happen to her. It was very tragic for me. That part made me the saddest.
My pain is more of a family thing like Adam's. I get his pain the most. The difference though is that my mom focused too much on me. She focused too much on the stuff she wants me to do, never what I want. And that really fucked me up. I wish I had gone for what my aspirations were, chose the course I wanted to get, then maybe my life wouldn't have turned out the way it did. I love my mom, I really do. But there's still this part of me that thinks, life would have been far better, if I was given the choice. Adam's mom distanced herself from him more the moment his dad died. Like Vince, he felt alone and deserted by the people who should have been there for him.
I still have a lot of feelings right now.
"Look. I know you think life is terrible. And it is. It's... pretty shitty, actually. But you weren't supposed to do this. Not yet. You think it's fine, because no one else will miss you, but you're wrong."
My voice hitches, cracks.
"You're really, really wrong, Adam. I would miss you."
Everyone needs someone. Sometimes, knowing that someone's there, makes things better. Suicide's only an option for some, because they think, no one will care anyways, that no one will be affected if they die. But they're wrong too. There are people who care about them as well, they just couldn't see it, or doesn't want to see it sometimes.
Life is short. Death is inevitable. This book shows just how little time we all have through Casper. Casper's last days had become more than what it should have been because of Adam and Vincent. They made the last days of her life more bearable. She was so grateful to them, her parents, that she decided what needs to be decided - I'm not going to judge her for that. I know I'm already ranting about a bunch of random stuff, but my point is, that we have an effect on other people. What little thing we do for others, maybe a big deal for them. By the way, it wasn't only Adam and Vincent who's done something good here. Casper has done her fair share as well like bringing Vincent and Adam together.
Have a life with me. Fight with me. Fix things with me. Everything will be okay because we'll make it okay.
Another thing that surprised me the most, is how much I was rooting for Vincent and Adam. I would not have ever imagined that. I'll be honest, I have never read a book with a guy and a guy falling in love. I actually had a feeling that there will be something like it as I was reading, but surprisingly, I didn't care at all. In fact, I absolutely wanted them to be together. They were perfect for each other. Who says two broken people couldn't make a whole? LOL. I'm serious though, I think it's one of the things that drawn me to this book, it made you love and understand things you couldn't.
Not everyone could understand why a depressed person would want to kill himself. Not everyone would understand why a girl with cancer would endangers herself by sneaking out of the house just for the sake of fun. Not everyone would understand why someone would wreck his mom's carpet just to get her attention,. Not everyone could understand what they're going through, but this book made us think about the why these people are doing it, not the what. You get to understand why these kids act the way they act.
I'm not sure if I reviewed this book right, mostly, I just rambled on and on about stuff that relates to it and not really to review the entire content of it. This book is a poignant coming of age story about three teenagers fighting their urge to end life. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you happy. It will make you sad. It will make you feel all sorts of emotions. I highly recommend this. This book is a message of encouragement to all those out there who are feeling down and alone.
You have the rest of your life to fix what's broken. And the "rest of your life" is only as short as you make it.
The story was about a girl named Rose who seemed like a normal teenager at first only she wasn’t. Rose had an ability she was not allowed to share wit...moreThe story was about a girl named Rose who seemed like a normal teenager at first only she wasn’t. Rose had an ability she was not allowed to share with anybody outside her family. She could heal people. Her gift seemed great at first until she found out that her gift could also harm or even kill.
Moving in with her grandmother Daisy at Warminster had been good at first. After a while she started hearing about people disappearing. One of her friend’s father disappeared as well and that’s when they decided to do an investigation of their own. Aside from helping Jez find his father, she was also trying to research on Halika Dacome.
I liked this book. I found it very refreshing to read something with no angels, demons, vampires, werewolves and fairies. This book somehow reminded me of the Lorien Legacies (I am Number 4 and The Power of Six). The both have involvement of extraterrestrial entities.
Rose was a very strong character. I have always been a fan of girls who could take care of themselves and Rose was exactly that girl. She loves her family even though she knew they lied to her about everything. She felt betrayed yes but still her love for her family prevailed. There was a certain point in the book though that I disliked her. I didn’t like the way she pushed Morgan away. I wasn’t entirely sure why she needed to do that. I thought her excuse was lame. She didn’t act that way at all with Aiden except after she heard what Aiden did to Morgan’s sister.
At first I was so convinced that Aiden was the bad guy so imagine my surprise when he wasn’t (a little spoiler there, sorry!). That was one good thing about this book too. It was not predictable. I thought the author gave too much away during Aiden’s scene with his grandfather but I guess I was wrong again about that one. The author didn’t give anything away; she just wanted us all to think Aiden was bad news.
Morgan on the other hand was exactly how I imagined he would be: handsome, dependable and all. I wanted Rose to pick him. I just got a little turned off during the last part of the book. Turned out he was the one keeping secrets. I felt as betrayed as Rose. Bad Morgan! I still liked his character either way.
Her friends Hanna and Mira were cool but then again like with Morgan I felt betrayed too because after all that time they knew all about Rose.
I am still curious though who the spy is. We all know who ordered to ran over Miranda but who told him that Miranda has maps? That is one question I want to get answered in the next book. I also want to know who Rose if going to end up with of course. :)
Jonathan has just been dumped by Nicole. He was devastated knowing he gave everything he has just to make her happy yet still she left him. The mornin...moreJonathan has just been dumped by Nicole. He was devastated knowing he gave everything he has just to make her happy yet still she left him. The morning after the break up he decided to take a walk. During his walk in the park he met Shafin, the man who changed his life forever. Each and every one of us will reach a point in out lives when we begin to question why certain things happen to us, particularly the bad things. We often blame other people of the situation that we got tangled in just for purpose of convincing ourselves that what happened was not our fault.
I actually think that way. I tend to blame people for my mistakes and misfortune. I won’t be a hypocrite. I blame them because they somehow caused my failures but after reading this book it changed my perception on things.
I learned from this book that there is no success and failure but only success and learning experience. Most of the time we tell ourselves that things happen and there is nothing we could do about it. We just deal with the hurt but we never really move on from it. But there is something we could do. We could change the way we view the challenges that we encounter or the people who have hurt us. Instead of blaming someone who has hurt you thank him/her instead because he/she have taught you something that you won’t learn at school even if attending that school costs a fortune. I think that’s why a lot of people are screwed up including me (sorry for the term). They fail to acknowledge the value of the experiences that life gives us.
This book also dealt with our dreams in life. Sometimes we don’t know what we want to achieve and that’s why we tend to take detours. We get lost but eventually we find our way back once we realized what we really want in life. Some reaches their goal sooner than others which doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you get to where you want to be. As Shafin have said, “Whatever you desire, understand that not only you can achieve, it should be yours.”
This book only has 39 pages but within those 39 pages you learn. It was a very short and inspiring read. A very recommended read.
Once the rain starts falling it’s hard to tell it to stop. I guess it stops in its own time.
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
I could sum it up in one w...moreOnce the rain starts falling it’s hard to tell it to stop. I guess it stops in its own time.
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
I could sum it up in one word.
CONFUSED. F*CKING CONFUSED. I feel like a total nut case as I was reading this. One minute I loved it so bad and then hating it as much as I love it the next and then loving it again. It was a bad vicious cycle.
Jocelyn (aka as Joss) lost her family when she was just 14 and because of that, she had a hard time opening herself to people. After she turned 18, she took everything and left America to live in Scotland.
In Edinburgh, she meets Ellie who she was going to be rooming in with. Coincidentally, Ellie was the half-sister of The Suit, a guy whom she shared a cab with, the guy who she was inexplicably attracted to.
Things get complicated between Jocelyn and Braden when he proposed an arrangement. No commitments, just sex. She had no problems with that at first but as time goes by, she gets attached to Braden and she felt uncomfortable with it. She felt that she was opening up herself just to be torn apart again.
Jocelyn was good at blocking people out. She convinced herself that no one was going to break the barriers she put up around herself. But she was wrong.
Jocelyn (aka JOSS)
I loved to strangle this girl most part of the book. I mean I knew what she went through was hard but I really wanted to slap her real hard on the face so that she’ll wake up to see what hope she has of being happy is staring at her right in the face. If you as Jocelyn what love is for her, she will probably tell you something like this.
She’s a pessimistic and self-absorbed person. She didn’t want to get close to anybody because she was afraid of what might happen to her afterwards if they left or if something happened to them. Despite the strong face she keeps on showing everyone, she clearly wasn’t that strong. She was a coward. I had a problem with this book mainly because of her. It was really upsetting reading about how she pushes everyone away because she didn’t want to deal with something. That is just wrong. I mean given her situation, I would understand at some point but locking yourself up because you don’t want to be hurt? That is bull! I hated that part.
I honestly wish she was more likeable. I mean even her therapist is having a hard time with her. Her stubbornness was not very endearing to me.
I seriously imagined Matt Bomer when Jocelyn was describing the man on the cab. I know Matt is not exactly really really tall but still, he knows how to make a suit so sexy. And Braden was just oh so sexy with or without the suit.
Going back, I would like to say that I liked his character better than Jocelyn. I mean it’s easy to love this guy because despite him having been hurt before, he was still willing to risk loving again. And he’s very smart. He is not the type of guy you could easily manipulate. He may be around a lot of women but when he falls in love, he loves whole-heartedly. Also, he is a very loving brother. He’s sweet although not too sweet when other people steps into his boundaries. He’s slightly possessive. Okay, scratch that, overly possessive and protective which is fine by me if you would ask.
Ellie would have to be my favourite character on this book. Yeah I know. No matter how hot and sexy Braden is, Ellie would have to be who I connected the most too. She is Braden’s half-sister. She’s Jocelyn’s roommate in Dublin Street. Why do I love her so much? Because she’s strong even though she doesn’t look like it. She makes stupid decisions because she wanted to help other people sort their issues out *I’m sure you all have a clue who I’m talking about here*. But seriously, what she went through is hard too and she gotten past all that with a smile on her pretty face.
JOSS + BRADEN = SEXUAL TENSION TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL
These two definitely have chemistry... IN BED.^^,
I liked Braden really but Joss was making it hard for me to see the connection. The only time I see the connection is when they are on bed because that is the only time that Jocelyn really lets herself loose.
Most of the time, they argue like cats and dogs because both Joss and Braden and super stubborn. Joss likes her space and Braden likes to infiltrate her space so ending they argue a lot.
Honestly, I liked Ellie and Adam’s love story better. I won’t tell you much about it though. Read the book to find out. ^^,
“I know you love me, Jocelyn, because there’s no fucking way I can be this much in love with you, and not have you feel the same way. It’s not possible.”
“I would say it was nice to meet you, but I was naked so… it wasn’t.”
“Braden, I don't want anything to happen between us." He raised his eyebrow, clearly unconvinced. "Tell that to your damp knickers, babe.”
“Sometimes words aren’t needed for you to know a change has come upon you.”
I’m still confused whether rating this book a three was the right choice. I did enjoy it. But also a part of me was mostly pissed off by Joss.
The story was actually pretty good. The writing style of the customer was also good but the voice of the character I was reading was annoying. I would have preferred an alternating POV for this book. Why? Because it would have lessened the headache I got listening to Jocelyn deny herself happiness.
Oh! Did I mention it was lust-at-fist-sight? Yep. I wouldn’t say love because it wasn’t love she felt but lust. Hahaha. It’s weird but yeah. She wet herself just by sitting next to Braden. Hahaha.
I would have been very happy if Ellie was the main character of this book instead of Jocelyn. I would have liked to read Ellie’s POV because she was so sweet and spunky. She always has been willing to help Jocelyn but Jocelyn (the human wall) thinks she doesn’t need it.
One thing I liked about On Dublin Street is that the story didn’t just focus on one. It didn’t just focus on Jocelyn and Braden but also the other minor characters that were so much better to read about than Jocelyn.
Anyhow, I liked Ms. Young’s style in writing so I’m going to check her other books and hopefully there are no more irritating tortured female characters there.
I’ll leave you guys with a line I loved from this book.
“Sometimes the clouds weren't weightless. Sometimes their bellies got dark and full. It was life. It happened. It didn't mean it wasn't scary, or that I wasn't still afraid, but now I knew that as long as I was standing under it with Braden beside me when those clouds broke, I'd be alright. We'd get rained on together. Knowing Braden he'd have a big ass umbrela to shelter us from the worst of it. That there was an uncertain future I could handle.”
I got the preview of this graphic novel from Net Galley which was so cool. I haven't really read Marked yet but I will start to because of the graphic...moreI got the preview of this graphic novel from Net Galley which was so cool. I haven't really read Marked yet but I will start to because of the graphic novel. I loved the drawing and how the encounter with Aphrodite and Zoey has been depicted. I would look forward to this in my graphic novel collection and would be reading Marked soon. :)(less)
Venice would be one of the places I'd visit before I die. The story of The Thief Lord weaved wonderfully with the gorgeous city of Venice. If this story...moreVenice would be one of the places I'd visit before I die. The story of The Thief Lord weaved wonderfully with the gorgeous city of Venice. If this story had been in a different location it might not have been as appealing. I love it when a book takes me to places I have never been before. I rarely travel so that factor is very important to me. This book did just that. It took me straight to Venice. Not only did it take me to Venice, I felt like I was right in the midst of the story. Like I was one of the kids who lived in the old cinema.
The story began with the Hartliebs seeking Victor Getz's services in locating Prosper and Bo, the sons of Mrs. Harlieb's deceased sister. Prosper and Bo ran away because their aunt wanted to adopt Bo but not Prosper. Prosper not wanting to leave his brother with their aunt decided to run away with Bo to Venice which was a city their mother loved dearly. While in Venice, the brothers met Hornet who took sanctuary in an abandoned movie theater along with other children who were either orphans or abandoned. The kids from the theater were cared for and helped by the Thief Lord. He steals from the rich people of Venice and gives it to them so they would have food to eat. The plot thickens when the Thief Lord was asked to find a missing piece from an antique collection.
It was a very interesting read for me. I got my copy as a gift for Christmas. (Thanks jzhunagev! :D) I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book. I thought it was something like Harry Potter but it wasn’t. I have read another book of Cornelia Funke which was Inkheart. I liked Inkheart so I was expecting to like The Thief Lord too. So I was not at all that surprised when I found myself liking this book. It was not really that original for me because I watched Neverland (a TV movie) which was somehow similar to this. Neverland was like a different version of Peter Pan. Peter there was an orphan who grew up with a bunch other kids who were care for by a thief. Things got messed up when they got a hold of a magic ball which turned out to be a portal to Neverland. And in this case they were looking for a broken wooden wing for the merry-go-around. They were different but the same at the same time.
The characters for me were very distinct from each other. Each of them had their own distinguishing characteristic. Prosper would have to be my favorite character. I could relate to his character because I have younger siblings too that I need to protect. I also liked the detective Victor. At first I thought he was an evil man but turns out he was the opposite of that. I liked his two pet tortoises. It was a really cute touch.
I liked the setting, the characters but I had a bit of a problem with the magical stuff that happens near the end of the book. Why did she have to put it near the end of the book? Why now? Why not earlier? It was a good twist but then again, it doesn’t jive with the rest of the book. It was like a different puzzle piece that was forced to fit the puzzle that was missing a piece.
Anyways, I thought this book was still good. The setting and the characters made this book a success. This book was not bad but then again its not one of my favorites. I still prefer Inkheart over this one. I did enjoy it. This is the first book I’ve read about Venice and it didn’t disappoint me. I look forward to reading more of Cornelia Funke's work in the future.
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. And the truth is that I goddamned loved you so much.
I was so excited for this one! And like Eleanor and Park, I was also extremely disappointed. But unlike Eleanor and Park, it wasn't the plot I had issues with, it was the writing itself.
I like reading about sad, breakup books. It's not because I feel happy that other people could be having the same problems, but mostly because I could relate to them better. When I've heard from June Henderson that this was a pretty good one, I immediately had the instinct to go and grab it. I'm glad she liked it, I however, didn't enjoy it too much.
The story starts with Min (short for Minerva) returning a bunch of Ed's stuff in a box with a letter on it, explaining why they broken up. We follow Min's letter as she tells the significance of the items inside the box is for her, and why she was returning them to Ed. We get a glimpse of how Ed and Min got together, and what happened that ended their relationship.
MEET THE CHARACTERS
I could see myself in Min's character. When I experienced my first heartbreak, it was terrible. The pain was inexplicable. I just took everything in. I didn't talk to anyone about it, I gave everyone the impression that I was okay, even though I wasn't. Inside, I was screaming out loud how much it hurts. I'm not kidding you. I went crazy.
In schools, especially in highschool, there are status quos: popular hang out with popular people, the science people hang out with the science people, the musicians hang out together, You get what I mean right? When Ed, a part of the popular crowd, started to show interest in her, she caved. That was pretty realistic. I mean come on, I couldn't blame her for that, any teenage girl would. Not in the same way she did, but they will get excited, for sure.
Min never really thought she was different up until Ed said she was. He kept on mentioning how different she was from the other girls, which I believe him, because he tends to hang out with the popular crowd. The stereotype of the popular girls are usually that they are pretty and shallow, and Ed was right when he said that Min wasn't like them. But the thing is, Min took that too seriously. She hung on to his word. She believed Ed. She trusted him, and he in turn, broke her heart. I hate Ed. He is the type of guy, I'd like to feed to the wolves, and I will be smiling as he is being eaten. That's how much I hate Ed. But wait.. I'll get to him later.
Every girl will get their heartbroken at some point. And this story, was Min's first heartbreak, becase Ed was her first love. The first time is always the hardest they say, and Min definitely got it hard alright. I mean you wouldn't write a letter with 300+ pages if you aren't so hurt right? And I think it's a good thing, because she was able to release all of her pent up hurt on that letter. With that letter, she was able to let go of Ed... I think. I don't think that's a spoiler, it's on the title. So yeah. I admire Min actually, she was able to break up with the douchebag, I wasn't.
I'm talking about Ed here okay? Because I think that's what he is. His name shouldn't be Ed, it should be Asshat Dickhead. That would be perfect for a guy like him. I have so much passionate hatred for Ed. He is not the most evil type of guy out there, I know that. The reason why I hate him so much, is because he reminded me of someone. He was exactly like the guy who broke my heart.
Ed was a generic character, just like Min (I think he made the characters this way so people could relate to them better.. I think). He was your typical popular jock, who knows that he can get what he wants. When he met Min, he knew he wanted her, he said because she was "different". FUCK YOU! That is the most lamest thing anybody has ever said in the entire fucking galaxy, universe, or whatever is bigger!
He cheated on her. Okay there. That's the reason why they broke up. She couldn't take that bullshit, and I don't blame her. But this son-of-a-figlyf's excuse was that they weren't exclusive!! YOU FUCKING DICKHEAD I REALLY WANNA MURDER YOUR SORRY ASS! He made a mistake, but he wasn't even sorry about it. He said, he loves her, but then this other girl, what's-her-name, makes him feel different too. He said it was like he was two people!! Holy crap, Ed is also suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. No. I won't take that stupid excuse you lying-cheating-moron!!
At their age, I guess Ed was just like every boy his age, full of hormones, and just want to bang every woman that has a pussy. Okay, that was a very mean thing to say. I apologize. I take that back, not every boy his age, because some boys are responsible and sensitive to other people's feelings, plus they are not moronic like Ed. They think of the consequences of their actions.
I FUCKING HATE YOU.
Love lots, Sandee
It's stupid insta-love, on Min's part mainly. She fell in love the moment Ed spoke to her, which is stupid, but come on, we all been through that. I am not gonna judge Min for that. I was at some point, stupid and impulsive myself, when it came to love. But for me, I fell in love because I saw something with the person that made me want to be with him, but on Min's case, there was nothing to love about Ed. NOTHING. Unless, you love the concept of loving a jock, then that make sense.
Teenage love is weird come to think of it. Some first love, become the love that they stay with forever, but for most, it just ends up as a bitter memory, and with Min's case, it's the later.
WRITING: It was horrible. I didn't like how this book was written at all. Reading one sentence made me feel I was reading an entire paragraph. I'm not sure if it was intended to be that way, but it didn't work. Sorry Lemony Snicket, this didn't work for me. This book would have been better done if it's not just on Min's POV, just saying. It gets tiring hearing Min whine and whine about how hurt she was and all that, I get it, really, but who would write a 300 something pages long letter to someone? Who does that? When there were no internet, no cellpones, I doubt anybody wrote anybody a letter that long. Totally unrealistic.
PLOT: I loved the premise and the story, writing style fucked it up. I am not a writer, not am I a good critique, this is just on my opinion and personal preference. I think the theme, the plot and story was a genius idea though. A girl and a boy breaks up, then we find out what caused the break up. Doing this in a letter format was suicide. And it would have been nice to hear Ed's POV on this story. We only get to see Min's side of the story, so what happens is, you'll only sympathize for one person. Who knows? Min might be a crazy psychopath that just wrote stuff to Ed that didn't really happen right?
CHARACTERS: I liked them. I liked that I could relate to Min and that I detested Ed. I love that feeling. LOL. The supporting characters were okay too. I like Al in particular, because he didn't trust Ed. LOL.
UNPREDICTABILITY: It was a bit predictable towards the end. I knew he was going to cheat. The story behind the pictures were a mystery to me althroughout the book.
PACING: I was in the middle of hating the pace, and liking it. Just somewhere in between.
ENJOYABILITY: I didn't enjoy it too much until towards the end.
I just don't get what the hype is with this book. I've read this and Eleanor and Park the same time, and both books really disappointed me. Everybody loves both of these books, I was actually looking for negative reviews, just to see how much other people could relate to my dilemma with this book. There were only quite a few.
This was not a bad book. Just as I've mentioned on my review of Eleanor and Park, I guess the reason why I didn't like this too was just because of preference. Some people are okay with that weird writing style, I just wasn't into it. I feel that it could have been better. It could have been more poignant than it already is. The story was good, but the writing part failed me.
There were illustrations on this book which I found really refreshing. I loved the drawings, but it wasn't enough for me to really liked this.
After reading this book, I still thought about it. It made me realize how much I've grown from that time I had my first heartbreak, just like Min. I don't see anything wrong with Min's character at all, it was portrayed as it should be. I'm not saying every girl was like her, but there are some like her. I am a very good example of that.
I loved the message this book send to its readers. It teaches us a lesson, without the book sounding like the bible. It teaches the readers to think twice before you give everything up. It teaches us to be mindful of other people's feelings. It teaches us to be sensitive enough not to hurt people. It teaches us to be responsible for our actions. It teaches us to let go when it's time to let go.
I wasn't particularly a fan of this book, but it did make some good points. This type of book doesn't need gimmicks for people to read it. It didn't need all extra long sentences, or those weird references to movies. Sometimes, simplicity is the key. And with a premise like this, people will read it anyways. I'm 100% sure.
Have any of you read this book, and if you did, did you like it? If you can, can you recommend me some books that sounds like this one. :) (less)
Meghan was able to successfully return her brother home. Prince Ash kept his side of the bargain and now it was her turn to return the f...moreBRIEF SUMMARY:
Meghan was able to successfully return her brother home. Prince Ash kept his side of the bargain and now it was her turn to return the favor.
The book started with Meghan dreaming about Machina and then waking up in one of the rooms in the Winter Court. She knew she had to go with Ash to the Unseelie Court because of their bargain but her other reason for coming was because of Ash himself. She was expecting at least a bit of support from him but instead she was getting the coldest treatment ever from him. She thought that she meant more to Ash but she was wrong. He abandoned her.
Meghan’s stay at the Winter Court was not pleasant but not unpleasant either. Everything changed when one of the Queen’s sons got murdered by one of the Iron fey who stole the Scepter.
Meghan now on the run with the help of Ash journey to seek for the stolen scepter to restore peace between the Summer and the Winter Court. There were trouble along the way but that didn’t stop them from their goal because something bigger was happening and they were right in the middle of it.
I liked the Iron King but the Iron daughter was even better! Everything about this series drew me in. There was truly magic within the pages of the book.
I loved Meghan even better in this book. I got a little irritated with her because of her little escapade with Puck. I love Puck and I don’t like it when he gets hurt. She felt a little Bella-like to me which I didn’t like at ALL! But even if I didn’t like that part it still won’t stop me from giving this book a perfect 5!
Ash. *Sigh* What could I say? I am madly in love with him. Shucks. In the Iron King I was so sure that I liked Puck but everything changed in an instant when Ash started to shed off the ice that was engulfing his heart. I understood him better. I loved his sincerity and bravery. What more could you ask for?
Puck. I love you and all but please don’t hurt yourself. You are a great guy and you deserve to be more than just the other guy.
This series was like a drug to me. It made me want for more. I have read one book after the other. I am halfway through The Iron Queen and after I would read Summer’s crossing and lastly my copy of the Iron Knight. Save the best for last as they say.
I really couldn’t find anything big to complain about. If there were some misses I obviously was not able to detect them since I was so engrossed with reading and knowing what would happen next.
I’ve always wondered what Paris would be like. City of Love. It’s the perfect place to fall in love and Anna was definitely not expecting to.
Anna was...moreI’ve always wondered what Paris would be like. City of Love. It’s the perfect place to fall in love and Anna was definitely not expecting to.
Anna was sent to a boarding school in Paris catering to Americans students. At first she didn’t know how she would fit in but because of Meredith everything seemed to go well until she met Etienne St. Clair.
When she was in Paris her relationship with her best friend got messed up because of a certain somebody but what frustrated her more is her relationship with St. Clair. She knew he has a girlfriend but she couldn’t help falling for him either way. I am a sucker for happy endings so I am HAPPY to tell you guys that this book has a happy ending! YEY!
St. Clair was the gorgeous popular guy that everyone likes. You might say its kind of a cliché but its not. St. Clair unlike other guys in YA romance stories wasn’t perfect which was cute. He was afraid of heights, he was scared of change and he was not TALL! Most guys in books were tall and handsome and fearless but he wasn’t which I really liked plus he has that beautiful English accent. I mean who the hell says “ass” in such a beautiful way? Ahahaha. “You are an arse!” :)
Now there’s Anna. I don’t actually know how it feels like to be away from your family because I never experienced it so I sympathized with her situation. I just didn’t like her blowing up on her best friend like that. People make mistakes and she shouldn’t have reacted that way towards Bridget. I didn’t blame her for falling in love with St. Clair but I just don’t think it was fair that she blamed Bridget for everything. It wasn’t Bridge’s fault just like it wasn’t her fault falling for St. Clair. It just happened. But all in all I like Anna and her addiction to old movies, her outgoingness, her love for her family (even though she doesn’t really like her father).
The most prominent cliché that I noticed in this book was Amanda. There was always going to be a stupid stuck-up b*tch somewhere in a book. Hahaha. She was like one of those mean girls whose face you want to shove down the toilet. I know it was mean but bear with me. Also there was that Dave person who I thought was good news but turned out to be BAD! I wanted to kick his “arse!”.
The friends were great. I loved the way things turned out with Rashimi and Josh at least they still remained friends. I liked Meredith too because she didn’t hold any grudges towards Anna. At first yes but then again she gotten over it and I really liked her for that. She has been a good friend from start to finish.
The story was great and so was the setting. I love PARIS! It is definitely one of the places I would visit once in my lifetime.
I would give this book an perfect 5 for the great characters, great setting and great story.
Favorite Quote: But the most notable aspect of my new education is the one that takes place outside of class. The one never mentioned in the glossy brochures. And that is this: attending boarding school is like living inside a high school. I can’t get away.
This is what I was talking about! Ms. Armentrout! You really know how to make your fans scream out more!!!
MY REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK: Yes! I am extremely happy! This book exceeded my expectations!
Here are some of the things you need to know about first before I get to the real gist of this book. We all know that the Greek gods were very fond of mingling with humans. And when they mingle with humans in a not so innocent way, the by-products would be the Half-bloods. But of course there was another type of Hematoi (children of the gods) and they were the Pures who were the offsprings of two Pures which basically means both of them are descendants of gods. The Pures were considered as the upper class citizens while the Half-bloods were the second to lower class citizens. There was no equality between the two. The pure-bloods were given all the privileges while the half-bloods either become Sentinels or become slaves of the Pures (talk about discrimination huh?). Union between the Half-bloods and the Pures were also forbidden.
So here is the real gist!
Alexandria Andros was a half-blood. She was the daughter of a pure and a human. When she was thirteen her mother ran away from the Covenant (Hematoi school) for a reason her mother never explained to her. Three years have passed their worst fear came, the Daimons found them. Alex was able to escape but horror filled her because she saw her mother killed before her very eyes by the Daimons. Fortunately, people from the Covenant a Pure named Aiden St. Delphi (the guy she’s been secretly fantasizing over for three years) found Alex and took her back to where she belongs. But does she really belong there? Why did her mother discreetly took her away from that place? What was the secret? Will she ever find out? Will her attraction to Aiden cause her troubles? How will she deal with her mother’s death?
The answers to those would shock the hell out of you!!
This book actually proved to me that first impressions are not always right. This book sucker punched me with its awesomeness!
But okay to be honest my first impression on this book was not good. I read Daimon first because I was told by my friend who recommended this series to read it first and I did. Problem was at that time I wasn’t sure why but the book didn’t give me anything. It didn’t give me the same fired up feeling that I got when I read it the second time. After Daimon, I immediately went and read Half-Blood which gave me ecstatic feeling although out reading this book!
Why did I reread it? Well basically because Daemon from Obsidian made me do it! :p You guys get what I mean!
Yep! First impressions does not last for long especially if there is an Aiden St. Delphi to make you change your mind!
There are a lot of seriously amazing characters here. Of course there’s Aiden Alex.
Alex was definitely my type of girl. She may not be a Pure but she is one hell of a fighter. She was kickass! She was also annoying at times because she has no regard for the rules but even though it’s annoying I still like her. Why? Because she wasn’t the typical goody goody female lead. I hate weak female lead. She does get her ass kicked a lot but still she was definitely a character you’ll love! She was strong. She was outspoken up to the point that sometimes for me it was totally disrespectful already (one thing I didn’t like about her).
I didn’t know what to expect with the male lead character Aiden. I mean yeah Daemon from Obsidian was hot as hell but I didn’t know that Jennifer could create someone as hot as Daemon but in a different way! Ohhh Jennifer! I’d like to know if you have Daemons and Aiden’s hanging out with you there because I want to have one!! Aheeemm. Back to talking about Aiden! Let me just make it short. There is nothing you wouldn’t like about Aiden. He was the perfect gentleman. He was nice even though he was a Pure. He was gorgeous. He was body was chiselled in all the right places. He was totally delicious a total hottie.
Seth was someone I didn’t see coming. Yeah he was the type of guy who you’d like to kick in the groin for being so arrogant! But yeah he has this soft spot too that I didn’t expect to be there. Hope to get more out of him on the next books! And I hope he doesn’t turn out bad because I’d be heartbroken. Oh yeah! Seth is delicious a hottie too just so you guys know!
The supporting characters were there to love and hate too. I love Alex’s friend Caleb. He was a total sweetheart. Leah was a totally Btch! hateful. Marcus (Alex’s uncle) and Lucien (Alex’s stepdad) all played their roles well.
ALEX + AIDEN = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
ALEX and AIDEN was a match made in heaven! If I was to rate this book just based on their chemistry, I would have given this book an immediate 5! The thing between them was undeniable even without them saying anything about it. All that pent up tension!!! Waaaaahhhh! I couldn’t take it! I want more ALEX and AIDEN!
“Two people see each across a room or their skin brushes. Their souls recognize the person as their own. It doesn’t need time to figure it. The soul always knows… whether it’s right or wrong.”
“People do the damndest things when they’re in love.”
“I was gonna be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.”
If you are looking for highlights there are a lot but let me just list my faves:
* I am a fan of Greek Myth so it’s pretty important to me that it is used in a way that it won’t be disrespectful to how the Greeks made their gods to be. I am proud to say that this book did not mess it up. Ms. Armentrout just used it and made it relatable to the current times.
* The characters were well developed for me. Kickass female lead and a swoon worthy male lead! What more could you ask for?
* Oh my gods! I love the pace and how the story developed. Usually fast paced books have fewer details on the lives of the characters but this one just had the right amount of information and action.
* The chemistry was out of this world! Alex and Aiden are two characters definitely to watch out for.
Okay so I have read loads of reviews comparing this book to Vampire Academy. Honestly, I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read that yet. But one this for sure, I still would love the Covenant series. Whether I read VA or not, whether or not it’s the same or not, I don’t freakin’ care.
All readers are different. Some interpret things the way they want it to become. Readers have to keep an open mind though that sometimes it may really be just coincidental but really it’s wrong to judge that they plagiarized someone’s work. That is just so wrong. Respect people!
Anyhow, I would definitely be recommending this book especially for those who love mythology like me and for those who want a good paranormal romance novel! It totally exceeded my expectation. It has everything that I could ever ask for in a book plus a lot of add-ons on the side.
Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, you did it again! You made me squeal in anticipation for your next books!
Screw what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
Totally happy and...moreScrew what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.
REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK
Totally happy and a little bit teary-eyed.
*clap. clap. clap*
Oh and I have a playlist for this book:
Ryan to Beth: Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute Isaiah to Beth: What I know by Parachute For Beth: Broken Angel by Boyce Avenue Beth to Ryan: Who Knew by Pink or Terrified by Katharine McPhee
This book wasn't perfect. There were stuff here and there that made me want to throw the book out the window but I stuck with it and is totally happy that I did.
Beth Risk lives a life not everyone would be able to handle.
At 17, she's been through a lot and those things made her tough. It made her strong. She knew she had to be strong to protect her mother. But something happened and she got sent off to live with her uncle who used to be her favorite person in the world that is until he left her when he promised not to.
Everyone thinks Ryan Stone was perfect. He was good-looking and hot. He was a great pitcher. He had the perfect family. He was popular. He wasn't on the top of the class but he was smart.
But if you ask him.. He'll say...
Everyone thinks his life was perfect but what they didn't know was what was happening behind closed doors. Ryan was tired of pretending.
Because of a dare, Beth and Ryan's paths crossed. Because of a dare, their lives took a 360 degree turn. But was it for the good or the bad?
This would have to be my first book by Katie McGarry and I am totally hooked. Honestly, I had no intention of reading this series at all even though I've read a lot of good reviews about it. I wasn't really sure why but Allen Grace's(thanks girl!! *high five*) review made me change my mind. I was so intrigued by the guy she called Taco Bell boy.
I think the characters are all awesome. I liked the main ones and the secondary ones. Let me start with.
Beth was one of those characters you'll hate but love at the same time. She was b*tchy most of the time. She had a dirty mouth. She drinks. She parties too much. She smokes weed. Eventhough she was pretty, she wasn't the type of girl you'd want to take home to meet your parents.
As you read through the book though, you'll understand why she has to be that way. You'll eventually see what her struggles are and why she has trust issues. She was the type of girl who looks tough on the outside but a real softie in the inside. What she went through in life is definitely not easy. She had to experience the harsh reality of life at a young age. She felt being unwanted by the people who should be taking care of her and not the other way around.
I kind of didn't like her at first but then who could blame her for all her insecurities and uncertainty with herself. No one was there to tell her that she was beautiful and buy her pretty dresses and give her ribbons (that she loves so much) when she was younger. Her good for nothing mother was useless. Her father was a good for nothing sperm donor who doesn't give a f*ck which was why he ran away. She has good friends though and I think they are the ones that kept her sane. That kept her moving forward. And then.. Ryan came. ^__^
Ryan aka Taco Bell boy
*note: i didn't intentionally picked this guy because he was shirtless. LOL*
Taco Bell boy was the reason I read this book and I was so not disappointed. I absolutely love him. He was far from the cliche-ish bad-boy-turned-good-boy male lead in most YA books. Actually, he was the good boy and he really owned up to it.
At first, I really thought he was perfect but he wasn't. He was far from perfect. He was dependent with his brother but he went away and left him which actually broke him. He felt alone with his parents who were too busy pretending that everything was perfect when it was not. He felt dependent on them too as to what he thinks he wants to do with his life. His father controlled him and he didn't even notice it.
What I loved most about Ryan was how serious he was when it comes to relationship. He was a real sweetheart.
(view spoiler)["Because I love you. Beth - you're everything I want to be. You're alive and live without apology. I never would have made love to you if I thought you didn't trust me... or love me. And I never would have done it if I didn't trust and love you.(hide spoiler)]
Everything with Beth started as a dare but he then called it off when he started falling for her and he wasn't scared to admit that to his friends, his schoolmates and his family *at least towards the end*.
Oh did I forget to mention that Ryan is one hell of a writer?! That even makes him more sexier. A writer with a sexy six pack abs. *I absolutely love it!*
*note: sorry about that. another shirtless guy here. LOL*
Isaiah. Well, I liked him really. He did nothing but do what is best for Beth but... I really think there was not enough chemistry with them as it is with Beth and Ryan. I haven't read the first book so I had no idea if they looked sweeter there or if Beth was different with Isaiah there but I really just thought of him as Beth's friend.. nothing more.
Sorry guys. I know a lot of you would have and have loved Isaiah but I don't like him for Beth. He doesn't bring out the best in her like Ryan can. But I do agree that he is a good friend. What I wouldn't give to have a friend like him. Sexy. Dependent. HOT. Cool. And a lot more. :)
I'm just so happy to hear that the next book will be about him. He does deserve a happy ending too!
I liked Noah and Echo. Although I haven't really read their story, I kind of like how supportive they are of Beth. Especially Noah.
Gwen. I hated her. She thinks she could make everything go how she wants to because she's pretty and popular. Unfortunately, that is so not true.
Uncle Scott. I liked him. He admitted he was wrong when he left and wanted to make it up to Beth. He was very admirable.
Ryan's parents. Meeh. They are crazy perfectionist it's absolutely insane.
Mark. I liked him. He wasn't afraid to go after who he really is. He didn't let his parents tell him what he is
RYAN + BETH = SWEET AND SEXY
This was the type of book that doesn't need to be smutty to be sexy.
Ryan and Beth's relationship was not insta-love. Thank goodness. They were attracted to each other physically yes but that doesn't mean they liked each other. In fact, they hated each other's guts and that is what makes their relationship work for me I guess. They got to know each other more before they fell for each other.
Makes me all dreamy about it really. LOL
I wish I had my own Ryan that would sweep me off my feet and write me poems or stories or whatever. :D
Anyways, there were scenes where they showed how much they liked and wanted to be close to each other but nothing more than that and that's kind of refreshing. I liked that.
I liked this one and will remember Ryan and Beth for a long time. It's one of those stories that will stick to your brain and will remember and smile because it was good.
I liked Beth and Ryan's love story but what I really liked the most was the way it shows how life is never as it seems. Some things you can just see above the surface. Not everything is what it seems. Like with the case of Ryan's family. You think they have everything but they don't. Inside their house, someone was gay, someone was angry, someone was disappointed and someone felt completely alone. But if you look at their perfect family facade, you never would know, unless of course, they tell you or you are a nosy next door neighbor who likes to snoop on other people's lives. Haha.
Beth's case was different. Everyone knows what she is going through but not a lot of people were willing to help. The person she was trying to save doesn't really want to be saved and that is sh*tty. She was endangering her life for someone who doesn't give a f*ck.
Books are really a good thing. It takes you to the mind of another person and see things the way they see. It's an eye opener. And Dare You To is not just a typical YA contemporary romance with a feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy hero but it was also about life and its troubles and how they overcame it.
I got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved aroun...moreI got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved around the Vatican, the Popes but this time it also involved a secret.
The Third Secret was about three secrets that the Virgin Mary entrusted to three peasant children. This secret had been kept hidden by the Vatican. It was released in 2000, but was it really? Did they really release the third secret that the Virgin Mary imparted to the three children? No they didn’t. What was so important about that secret? Why was Pope Clement XV so worried? Because this secret, if revealed to the public could change the Catholic world.
I highly recommend this book. But if you are sensitive to the topic of religion in books then I don’t recommend it. It was full of suspense. The book was well researched. Most of the facts here are very accurate. Full of details. If I’d not known this was fiction I would have believed what I read. (less)