This copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book could have been so freakin' great. They synopsis reeled me in like a m...moreThis copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book could have been so freakin' great. They synopsis reeled me in like a moth to a flame. Books that deal with real life conflicts are my thing.
Family issues. Cheating. Abuse. Alcoholism. Addiction. Bullying. Suicide. Murder. I can't enumerate all of them, but you get what I mean right? And Connecting Strangers was along that category, so I picked it up from netgalley. And come on, doesn't that cover look oh-so-good? Good synopsis + Good cover = drooling-i-want-that-book-Sandee
Connecting Strangers started with Emily running away from her boyfriend, Mark. Emily made the mistake of staying with Mark for so long. She had been patient, because it was easy. Because she was used to it. Them. She was used to having Mark, since she doesn't have anyone else. Her parents died when she was nineteen, so Mark was the only one she had left. But something happened, she just couldn't take it anymore... She ran. Everything happened so fast, that she didn't even bring her purse. Luckily, she ran out of gas in a small town, where she immediately made a friend how convenientand also, caught the eye of the hot local sheriffyou are such a lucky bitch.
Now where do I start?
I've always had a thing for books that stir my emotions. I like my books raw, painful, and unbearable. I like reading about the character's grief, misery, and dispair. I like reading about them getting trampled on by their problems, only so I could read about them rising up from being trampled on. When the characters in the book cry, I want to cry with them. I'm a masochist when it comes to the books i read. I thought this one would fit that description.
Loving someone who hurts you is heartbreaking. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace is one good example of a nicely executed story about an abusive relationship. That book is one of my favorites even up until now, and I read that book a couple of years ago. The story was sad, but how their story was written, and the characters were made, made the book beautiful. I was kind of hoping that Connecting Strangers was going to be like that only in an new adult version, but I was so wrong. This book disappointed me.
The writing was good. I liked how the author wrote. My main problem was everything else, other than her being in an abusive relationship. Seriously. I think the first chapter of the book is the only thing I really liked about it. The plot was just so wrong for me, and extremely unrealistic.
He sounds so genuine, but I can't trust myself let alone someone else. He shifts his stance, brushing his hard thighs against my legs. Raw sexual energy exudes from his skin. It's tangible, and I want to touch it. Get lost in it.
I don't know man. Just a few hours or was it the next day, after you've been marked like a cow by your boyfriend, you meet a panty-dropping guy, and this is how you feel? No. Just NO. If this, was how Emily is when she sees a hot guy, then I think there's a valid reason why her boyfriend's always angry.
I didn't hate Emily's character. There were times I do sympathize with her situation. It's not easy to lose a loved one - with her, she lost two at the same time. I'm sure it must have been dreadful. She didn't have any relative. She didn't have any siblings. There was just Mark. So I get why she held on to him. He was the only thing in her life that was still there. That part of her life I get, but the rest... I don't get at all. Like her so-called relationship with Adam right after running away.
I HATE INSTALOVE It would work on some stories, but not on this one. I would have loved to see how Emily and Adam's relationship develop over the course of Emily bringing herself back together. I would have loved to see him support her in ways that Mark couldn't. But.. No. That didn't happen. They fuck on the what? Second day? No. No. No No.
I really wanted to like this. I'm so sorry, but I don't want to lie about how I feel about this book. It just didn't really work for me. Guess, it started with the insta-love thing. If it wasn't for that in the beginning, I would have really liked this.
WHAT I WOULD CHANGE:
1. STOP INSTA-LOVE. Would have wanted Adam and Emily to have a real developing relationship. The sex was already good. Just wanted to see the relationship grow.
2. Francine. The friend was too... Understanding?
3. Would have wanted more background on what she had experienced with Mark.
“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”
Tris has been one of my favorite heroines of all time. She's strong-willed. She's smart. She's enduring. She's dauntless. She is divergent. These are a few of the many things I loved about Tris... in Divergent. that is. She was such a disappointment in this sequel. Where was the Tris I read about on the first book?
of reading this...
I wish I didn't watch the movie. This is all your fault Theo James for being the perfect Four. For being everything I thought Four would be. Now I've read this stupid sequel. Although, I still am crazy over Four, I am not so with Tris. Tris sucks. Redeemed herself towards the end, but still... She made shit loads of stupid and irrational decisions, that could have cost her her life and Four's. AND I DON"T WANT FOUR TO DIE. He is mine.
This book started right after Divergent ended.
Tris was struggling. After boarding that train to going to Amity with Four and the others, she knew she couldn't just forget what happened back in the city. The guilt was killing her. And she couldn't tell anyone WHY NOT??! don't you trust Four?
She shot Will. She was trying to save her life. She knew she had to do it. But he died. She's replaying the scene in her head over and over. SHE WAS GOING INSANE. SHE WAS MAKING RIDICULOUS DECISIONS WITHOUT THINKING
They didn't stay long in Amity - the Erudites knew they were hiding somewhere. They went looking for them in the Amity headquarters. So they fled for their lives. Tris, Four, Caleb, and Susan ended up on a random train. On that train, Edward was there - a previous Dauntless initiate but now one of the factionless. He brought them to a factionless safehouse which they didn't knew existed up until now. There they meet Four's mother, Evelyn.
A string of events happened that will force the Dauntless to select new leaders for their factions. Tori, Four, and Harrisonwhoever the fuck that is. They made plans on how to take over the Erudite and gain control of the simulation that triggers the Dauntless to do random acts of crazy. They partnered up with the factionless, headed by Evelyn. Tris, however, had other plans.
Seriously Tris? What happened to you? Where was the female lead I adored on book one? I was planning to get the same stupid tattoo you have. That's how much I idolize you. You are one of the strongest female lead I've read about... and what you did on here... was pathetic. I get that you're mourning for the loss of your parents - I get that. I'm not that mean and inconsiderate, but that doesn't excuse you for lying and hiding stuff from people who you SAID you trust. You were so selfish. You were only thinking about yourself and your stupid, twisted version of bravery. Trying to get yourself killed ON PURPOSE isn't brave, it's moronic. So forgive me for not rooting for you to get yourself killed.
What are you trying to prove Tris? You are divergent. Not just Dauntless, you idiot. Four was right about that. We share the same thoughts. This is not because I am in love with Four okay? He has his faults too, but they were more forgiveable.
"You are more than Dauntless," he says in a low voice. "BUt if you want to be just like them, hurling yourself into ridiculous situations for no reason and retaliating against your enemies without any regard for what's ethical, go right ahead. I thought you were better than that, but maybe I was wrong."
There is nothing to prove Tris. You are you're own person. You don't have to show them you're brave because they already know you are. You saved Four. You save those people you could. But you can't do that for everybody... You maybe Divergent, but you're not God. Your WTF moments were extremely annoying because they could be avoided. Also, you can't do everything alone, you need people. You need to trust people. You said you trust Four... You said you love him.. Doesn't show too much on this book girl! You wrecked him most of the time. He already has so much on his plate, but you keep on putting more. You never thought about his feelings. You maybe right the end, but it was dick move still.
I think you soften up with the name change, so I prefer calling you Four. Although, you, like Tris, made some seriously stupid decisions - I still love you. girlish giggle. I'm sorry guys. I'll be biased on this one. I had Theo James on my head the entire time. Stupid movie. LOL. I loved it, don't get me wrong.
Anyways, back to criticizing Four. Okay. In this book, he was more of like, Tris' mom than her boyfriend, or whatever kind of relationship they have. I'm not kidding. He was constantly yelling Tris' WHICH SHE FUCKING DESERVES BY THE WAY for her recklessness. I totally agree with him with that. He should shout. He should be angry. He loves her - he doesn't want to lose her when it could be avoided. That, apparently, is not too clear for Tris. She still goes on her merry journey of becoming the most selfless and brave divergent there ever lived.
I'll be extremely honest here okay? Four. You suck in this book as well. I'm so sorry baby, but you hid stuff from Tris, which made her not trust you as well. And why the hell will you do that to your father? You did not need to prove yourself as well. You are you. You are not a coward. Dude. You were young when it happened. You were scared of course. You were just a bunch of asshat with nothing better to do than taunt people about their weakness. You didn't have to do what you did. *disappointed head shake*
Sorry Theo Four. McGonagall also does not approve.
TRIS + FOUR = NO ROMANCE. JUST DISASTER
No romance here. Not even one bit. Making out does not count as romance if you ask me. There was NO spark. The spark from Divergent, was missing. It was taken away for some reason. This book would have been more bearable, if they were working together as a team, as they should be. But no, evil Ms. Roth decided it was better to make her readers frustrated by seeing two of their favorite characters falling apart. EVIL
And Tris. You don't care about Four. Your actions on this book proved that.
I'll gladly take him from you if you don't want him.
I couldn't give this book a 1 because it was still good. There were a lot of good things in this book, just exclude the characters and the cruel plot development. I remember feeling the same way about City of Fallen Angels This was a long book, and I think there were some parts that could have been opted out or just changed. I think the story just really picked up when Tris started to stop being a bitch. I think that's the part where I enjoyed this book the most.
The writing was still as good as the first two. Very descriptive. The pace was something I liked as well. I think this was not as fast as the first one, but it worked. This book was fast paced, but Tris, like 85% of the book was all mopey, depressed, and was having that self-sacrificing-bullshit going on, so imagine how long she was being annoying?
I'd have to give extra points to upredictability on this one. There was a part, that I absolutely didn't see coming. I was blindsided! It was the ulimate what-the-fuck moment for me in this book. The traitor was the one you would least expect. Tsk tsk. It was Four. Nah Just kidding. Nah it wasn't him.
The ending just confused the shit out of me. I was like, "that's it? that's the holy grail that everyone's been trying to get?" Sigh. I guess we'll have to read Allegiant the title just sounds meeeehh. to know what's all that about.
I'm very bad with series. I suck at reading them. Most of the time, I stop at book one, because I feel that if I read book two, I'll hate it. And this was a good example. I didn't hate it okay? It just wasn't as good as I thought it would be. All the awesomeness of Divergent, was adruptly toned down in Insurgent. WHY VERONICA? WHY?
I forgot to make stupid notes again. I really have to be more organized. I have a lot more to say, but I'm kind lost now on what they were. So I'll probably end this review here.
I'm sure a lot of you will disagree with me and my review. If you agree or disagree, feel free to leave comments below. I'm interested in hearing your thought about this.
REVIEW COPY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR AS PART OF BLOG TOUR
"Sorry, it's just, I've had my heart broken by adults so many times already. I don't know if I cou
...moreREVIEW COPY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR AS PART OF BLOG TOUR
"Sorry, it's just, I've had my heart broken by adults so many times already. I don't know if I could survive having it broken by someone my age."
I wasn't expecting to like Finding Keepers. I got this book for a blog tour, and wasn't expecting too much. The blurb from Goodreads made me feel that this book would be something I would like. And I did, this book was amazing.
Alyssa was abandoned. When she was ten, her mother, just left her in front of her school and never came back. For six years, she's been movin from one foster house to another. She wanted to be something. She wanted to have something stable. To have a family. But that was hard to do, especially if you don't know if you're going to stay in one place for a long time.
Her newest keeper was young. Only twenty-five. So she knew... She would have to move again soon.
Only, Jessica seems to care more than the others. She seems to be eager to help her. Only problem was Jessica's boyfriend, who doesn't seem to want her around.
Will Jessica be her keeper for good? Or like the others, will she give her up too?
My heart broke for Alyssa. Six years of not having a permanent home must have been terrible for her. I couldn't even imagine how she felt, being moved from one family to another, and not staying long enough on any of them.
"Now you know why I'm so screwed up. Why I can't risk being seen with the wrong person or doing badly at school or be anything less than perfect. I'm already a person no one wants, so I make sure they don't have any more reason to get rid of me."
It does something to you, make you feel unwanted and uncared for. Her own mom, left her. Her dad, left her. She didn't have anyone else. She was broken and alone. She didn't trust any of her foster family anymore, because she knew that at some point, they'll grow tired of her and have her picked up again.
When she met Jessica, she felt good about her. But she already convinced herself that, nothing was going to happen, it will still be the same. There was a point where, Alyssa, became really whiny. There was a point where she pushes everyone away, even when they want to make her stay.
She developed good friends in Brianna and Caleb. They have always been there for her, even when they also have their own problems to face. They stuck with each other, through thick or thin.
One good thing about this book, is how it dealt with multiple issues, but still managed it to be light. There were no heavy drama involved. They resolved themselves, in a way that no one gets killed. Because sometimes, authors tend to put crazy drama just to make a point. Like, if someone gets abused by their parents, they make sure someone dies, before the abuser gets jailed - that wasn't the case here fortunately.
The pacing was good too. I didn't notice time, when I was reading it. I liked how things unfolded, and solved itself. They weren't hurried, especially the resolution.
I didn't put any spoiler on this review, just because, I want you guys to read it. It was heartwarming.
This is the story how Alyssa lost a family, but found her way to a better one.