Oh, Colleen Hoover, why do you play with my emotions so? Talk about a roller-coaster ride!
“Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how muchOh, Colleen Hoover, why do you play with my emotions so? Talk about a roller-coaster ride!
“Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.”
That quote pretty much sums up this book. The next chapter in Will and Lake's story is told from Will's POV. I loved that we got to see Will's thought process and get to see Lake through his eyes. I think it showed a whole other dimension to their relationship. First, we see the day to day routines that Will and Lake have developed. All those little things that make up a true relationship. It's not always about making out and staring into each other's eyes (although there's some of that, too). It's about making a life together.
Things start to fall apart when Will's ex-girlfriend shows up and tries insinuate herself into Will's life again. In spite of his best efforts to keep her away, she ends up causing Lake to question Will's true reason's for being with her.
Colleen Hoover is an absolute master at making you feel exactly what her characters are feeling. All of the doubt and insecurity and anger and frustration and despair. All of these characters could jump right out of the book and continue living their lives in the real world at any moment. There is nothing forced or artificial about their personalities or the dialogue. She also includes so many details that make you really believe that this could be a real story happening somewhere right now. The star jar, the gnome, basagna, and so so many other details make this a truly authentic story. That's really the best thing about these books - they are real and authentic and genuine and they make you feel something when you read them.
It's not all depressing, angsty stuff, though. There are some laugh out loud moments and some really triumphant moments as well. As I said in my review of Slammed, I'm generally not a fan of poetry but these books make me want to go check out a slam somewhere. The poems here are fantastic and emotional and powerful. Some of my very favorite moments involved the poems.
There are a couple of new characters introduced that really round out the cast of the book, Kiersten and her mom, Sherry. Kiersten is the precocious 10 year old who lives next door. She's clever and sarcastic and I loved every scene she was in. There's a small subplot involving Kiersten that really made me feel for her and I loved her poem, Butterfly You. In fact, I loved Kiersten so much that I would be very interested in reading a spin-off book about her and her mom.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. The writing is superb, the characters are genuine and amazing, the scenes and settings are authentic and I think everyone should read it.
I really loved this book. It's a mix of dystopia and philosophy that got my mind working but still entertained. At only 86 pages (on my Nook) it was aI really loved this book. It's a mix of dystopia and philosophy that got my mind working but still entertained. At only 86 pages (on my Nook) it was a very quick but powerful read. The twist was surprising and the ending was abrupt but appropriately so. Highly recommended. ...more
It's very rare for me to like the second book in a series as much as I liked the first. It's rarer still for me to like the sequel even more but I havIt's very rare for me to like the second book in a series as much as I liked the first. It's rarer still for me to like the sequel even more but I have absolutely no reservations about giving this book a solid 5 star rating. The Faerie Prince is filled with exciting action sequences, swoon-worthy romance, more of Vi's wit and sarcasm, and a couple of really interesting twists. I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but I will say that in my previous review I declared myself Team Ryn and I was not disappointed. We get a whole lot more Ryn and I loved every minute of it. The relationship between he and Vi develops to a whole new level in this book but in a very organic way. Nothing feels forced or fake about it. Some of my favorite moments were banter between Ryn and Violet:
"Now you're the one joking." "Of course." I sigh. "I have nothing but the lowest expectations when it comes to you, Ryn." "And I shall continue to live down to them."
While there's absolutely nothing explicit or inappropriate for younger readers, the romance still made my heart race and gave me those butterflies that only great romance can give. There are quite a few swoon-worthy moments. Here are a couple of my faves:
"He pulls me back into position. 'Oh, I forgot to tell you something,' he says. He leans forward and his lips brush my ear as he whispers, 'You are more beautiful than any other girl in this room."
"It just feels right when you're beside me. It feels like I've been lost in the desert for years, and...I've finally come home."
I'll also mention that I'll never view lightning bugs in quite the same way ever again but you must read the book to experience that scene for yourself.
There's really an amazing balance here between action and dramatic moments. The action sequences were thrilling and had me on the edge of my seat and then things would slow down and the characters would get a little more vulnerable. The pacing was fantastic. Just the right mix of action and drama.
This is really a fantastic series. Better, in my opinion, than the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa which so many readers praise so highly. Great characters that I would love to meet in real life, detailed world-building that really gives you a complete mental picture of the settings, lots of action, swoon-worthy romance and a plot that satisfies but still leaves plenty of questions to be answered as the series continues. As my readers know, there are very few books that I purchase in paper form nowadays. This series is definitely one of those that deserves a place on the permanent bookshelf of any fan of fantasy, paranormal and/or faeries.
I can not wait until the next book is released sometime later this year....more
This book was a lot more sophisticated than I was expecting it to be. It's dark and gritty and explores some pretty heavy themes: nature vs. nurture,This book was a lot more sophisticated than I was expecting it to be. It's dark and gritty and explores some pretty heavy themes: nature vs. nurture, what defines good and evil, family, among others. The writing is fantastic and there's a general atmosphere that draws you in right from the start. Nathan is a complex character who has to learn who he is and what he wants to become and how to get there while stepping outside of the typical coming-of-age story.
This was really fantastic and would be a great read for adults even though it's being marketed as YA. I can't wait to read what happens next and will eagerly wait for the next book in the trilogy. ...more
I loved everything about this book. It's sweet and heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. The author has a way of writing emotion into a scene that sh I loved everything about this book. It's sweet and heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. The author has a way of writing emotion into a scene that shoots straight to your heart and makes you feel what her characters feel.
It's hard to talk too much about the plot without giving things away, especially since this is a fairly short book - 135 pages on my e-reader. The plot moves along nicely and relationships develop quickly but in a realistic way since we become familiar with the dynamic and history of these characters early on in the book. Then there is one event that changes everything.
This is not an action packed book or one filled with drama in the form of arguments and breakups. Instead, it's a book about giving in to your emotions and then learning to live with the consequences. It's about grief and how learning to live with it means something different for each of us. It's about allowing yourself to acknowledge and feel your emotions and let go of grief and regret and open yourself to happiness and new beginnings.
The book really struck a chord with me. The writing is fantastic. For those of you reading the book description and cringing at the possibility of a love triangle, please give this book a chance. There is a triangle but it is not typical YA romance and I promise you will not regret reading this one....more
Where to start? I loved everything about this book. The plot, the characters, the settings, the pacing, the twist! Oh my gosh, the twistWow, wow, wow!
Where to start? I loved everything about this book. The plot, the characters, the settings, the pacing, the twist! Oh my gosh, the twist! This was my first read from Andrea K. Höst but it will definitely not be my last!
We begin the story with Madeleine waking up stuck in a precarious position after an apocalyptic event:
Madeleine Cost's world was a tight, close space, a triangular tube tilted so her head lay lower than her feet. Light reflected off metal, and there was barely room to squeeze one hand past the slick surface, to explore face and skull and find a powdery dust and a throbbing lump. Dull pain also marked upper shoulder, hip, thigh. She felt dusty all over, grimed with it, except her lower half which was wet. Free-flowing liquid drained past her head.
She could smell blood.
How's that for setting the scene? The descriptions make you really see the details of the scene without being tedious and verbose.
From that scene we follow Madeleine through the aftermath of the event. She meets other teen survivors who form a close-knit group and do their best to cope with their circumstances.
The cast of characters is unique and diverse. It was absolutely refreshing to read about characters who were not all white middle-class. It's a multi-cultural cast and includes glbt characters as well. While these things were not essential to the plot (and in fact not a part of the plot at all), they made the story and characters much more authentic and believable. This book is really mostly about the characters. The relationships between them, the bonds formed - these are the main parts of the book. They experience humor and joy and love and nerves and depression and devastation and the way they play off of each other is really the greatest part of this book. It's a glimpse into the lives of these teens while dealing with horrendous circumstances. The scenes of normal everyday things were some of the best for me. The normalcy and humor of some of the situations and dialogue played against the backdrop of this event is particularly powerful.
I loved how these characters reacted to these events. What would you do during an apocalypse? Would you hide in your house? Would you try to help others? Would you be able to do what needed to be done in the afermath? How would you eat? Where would you go? What would you do with those who did not survive? All of those questions are ones these characters deal with and they all react in a realistic way.
This was a very quick read for me. From that first paragraph, I was hooked. This book grabbed me and did not let go until the last page. The pacing was perfect. Moments of fear and uncertainty are intertwined perfectly with moments of and excitement and joy. There are scenes of action and movement intertwined perfectly with moments of peace. The action draws you in and makes you want to know more while the peace allows time for the reader to connect with the characters. Very well done.
There is a major plot twist about three-quarters of the way through. I was completely blown away. I did not see it coming at all! It twisted my guts and had me reeling! It's also a major turning point in the plot of the book and the rest of the events are shaped by it.
As for the idea behind this book, all I can say is that Andrea Höst has one hell of an imagination. I don't want to give anything away and so won't say too much but this was an original and imaginative idea. I've recently read a few books with have an original spin on an old idea (fairies, etc.) but this is the first time in a long time that I've read an absolutely original idea, period.
This is a standalone novel and I think readers will be happy with the ending. We're not left wondering what happened to the characters. Everything is resolved in a way that is satisfying and gratifying to the reader.
I highly recommend this to all fans of light sci-fi, post-apocolyptic fiction and, although this is not a dystopian novel, I think fans of that genre will love this one as well. ...more
Oh, how to review this book! It was unexpected and poetic and heartbreaking and emotional and piercing and exquisite.
This is the story of Tiger LilyOh, how to review this book! It was unexpected and poetic and heartbreaking and emotional and piercing and exquisite.
This is the story of Tiger Lily as seen through Tinker Bell's eyes. Set before the events of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, it is a story of first love, of being true to yourself, of the reality of the world - good and bad. Those looking for the typical teen romance with lots of quivering and flip-flopping stomachs and make out scenes should look elsewhere. There is an innocence to the love story here that is sweet and sad.
Ms. Anderson has a way with words. They are lyrical and poetic. They are descriptive in the most beautiful way. For example,
How can I describe Peter's face, the pieces of him that stick to my heart? Peter sometimes looked aloof and distant; sometimes his face was open and soft as a bruise. Sometimes he looked completely at Tiger Lily, as if she were the point on which all the universe revolved, as if she were the biggest mystery of life, or as if she were a flame and he couldn't not look even though he was scared. And sometimes it would all disappear into carelessness, confidence, amusement, as if he didn't need anyone or anything on this earth to feel happy and alive.
I recognized Tiger Lily instantly; I had seen her before. She stood out like a combination of a roving panther and a girl. She stalked instead of walked. Her body still held the invincibility of a child, when at her age it should have been giving way to fragile, flexible curves.
To love someone was not what she had expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret to the puzzle of putting her back together.
In my opinion, this is the mark of a truly great writer. Not only is the story compelling, but the words she chooses and they way she puts them together make you feel what the characters are feeling. You don't just sympathize with them, you empathize. The words are not chosen only to literally tell the story, or to make the author sound smart, they are chosen with care to captivate the reader and completely immerse them in the scene and characters.
Peter and Tiger Lily have to be two of the loneliest characters. Their love for each other is so sweet but at the same time their doubt and inexperience is excruciating to read. I loved them both. The true star of this book, though, is Tinker Bell. As the narrator here we really see the truth of the story. We see loneliness and heartache and budding romance and injustice. She tells us at the beginning that good doesn't always win and that becomes evident as the story progresses. Not all endings are happy ones.
I don't know what else to say except that I loved this book. I recommend it to everyone. I will be adding a hardcover copy of this one to my permanent favorites shelf in my home. ...more