**spoiler alert** Edward watches her in her sleep, that is very creepy even if the man that is stalking you is gorgeous...He is STALKING YOU...talk ab...more**spoiler alert** Edward watches her in her sleep, that is very creepy even if the man that is stalking you is gorgeous...He is STALKING YOU...talk about setting young girls up for failure when they read this and see let them see that, oh, of course it's okay that he is obsessed with me and pays attention to everything that I do because he is beautiful. And that ladies and gentleman is what the world truly revolves around.
When shit gets real "intense"... Alice gets a vision, she sees the other vampires coming and they are going to be there in 5 minutes. They decide it would be a bad idea for them to leave?? Why is that exactly? They say that Edward cannot run fast enough with her on his back. Fast forward to later once James has caught her scent, Edward is running with Bella on his back and Alice and Emmett follow behind. Bella notes that Emmett and Alice cannot even keep up with Edward while they are running...hmm...sounds to me this whole crisis could have been avoided. <--- and should have been...because it's lame.
More "intense" shit....
Bella gets away from Alice in airport. Granted the airport is crowded I get that, but she should have been able to see her getting away, at the very least, once she put her plan in action! Aaaaand how is it this "ordinary" human gets away from two smart vamps? How is it she manages to trick them. I understand that it was her own turf but seriously did she work at the airport one summer and she just knows how easy it is to loose people. She has the layout mapped in her brain.
So that is why the book bothers me, there is no plot. Things just happen then just stop happening. The only win for me is that their are good vampires and they are "vegetarians." Because what girl hasn't dreamed up awesome vamps. I was a Buffy fan and loved me some Angel...There is still hope out there, just not in this book. Unless it revolved around Jasper...than, maybe :) (less)
Well, you tried Cassandra, to give everyone what they wanted. Only, for people like me who value the love of one, I find that I am very unsatisfied by...moreWell, you tried Cassandra, to give everyone what they wanted. Only, for people like me who value the love of one, I find that I am very unsatisfied by your solution to your "equilateral True Love Triangle" The second book was way better just because you were headed in the right direction. (view spoiler)[Jem is the greatest. Why would you make him suffer seeing his love, loved by his very own chosen brother. It hurt me to have him go through that. Now, I have to ask is Jem going to live forever with Tessa. Won't he just die in 60 or 70 years. Or did his cure mean his immortality. Now you just left me with more pain to deal with in my imagination of how it will spin for them. (hide spoiler)]
I demand you give me more of the future so I can know the answer to my question. Gahhh! Reading can be so frustrating. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Babe in Boyland...words that come to mind...witty, fun, fluffy. This book is very similar to the movi...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
Babe in Boyland...words that come to mind...witty, fun, fluffy. This book is very similar to the movie She's the Man, but instead of going undercover to play soccer, Natalie (alias Nat) is going for a story, to find out who guys are underneath it all.
It is an intriguing topic, but of course it leads to a predictable outcome. Our leading lady is caring and kind. In the beginning she has an epiphany that she only tells people what they want to hear, even if it is far from the truth.
She goes to an all boys private academy for a week to find her answers, from the source. Her two best friends happen to be doing a play at the school (because of the lack of girls) so she gets to stay in touch. She experiences the outcast vibe of boyhood. Not being strong and muscular aka athletic leaving her on the sidelines of the popular guys in the beginning.
Only after being caught in a prop closet with her best friends after play practice one night, by Mr. Popular, is she finally accepted into the inner sanctum of the cool guys.
Oh, and of course her tasty roommate Emilio (Try saying that without shouting it like Will Ferrell in a Night at the Roxbury) is an oh so intriguing dish. Nat starts having feelings for him, who happens to be the leading man in the play, and co-starring with Natalie's not so bestie Summer. But she can't come clean about her feelings and stop Summer from moving in, because well, she is supposed to be a guy. Not only that, but Emilo (there it is again) has set her up with his sister. Talk about skirting on the edge of disaster. although this experience proves to be helpful for Nat, in discovering that maybe there is no ultimate secret. Maybe, girls are just as much of a mystery, unique to themselves, there is no secret code.
Nat's disguise is unraveled and lessons are learned. This is your typical girl pretends to be guy, girl likes guy, guy sets girl up with sister, maybe guy likes girl story. Great light read for those days that you are just looking for some simple easy entertainment.
Hereafter gets no love from me. Big old goose egg. I'm disappointed, to say the least. In the very beginning we get full swing into t...moreI'm disappointed.
Hereafter gets no love from me. Big old goose egg. I'm disappointed, to say the least. In the very beginning we get full swing into the action, but I was still skeptical and I could not put my finger on what exactly was bothering me.
After continuing I found out quickly what it was...romance. I mean Great Scott, is that all books are good for now? No, the answer is NO. Romance is great, it should be something that we get in addition to the excellent story and well thought out plot. It should not be the driving force. Seriously romance, get out of the front seat and let something with more substance take the wheel.
Everything is set up in the biggest, most cheesiest manner possible. This book was pure sap. Joshua is the perfect dream boy, that can do absolutely no wrong. Amelia is the love struck teenager that truly believes her life/afterlife should really revolve around a living boy. Also, I have to say I think Amelia is a coward. I know that may be harsh but seriously why are you so afraid to know who you were. She disgusts me and so does Joshua's perfect star shinning life.
Of course this book is set up so there is going to be a sequel or a series, who knows, but I do know that it should be a pure waste of time. There should be a warning label on books like this, saying "If you have an allergic reaction to bull fairy-tale romance, RUN NOW!" I would have respected that, but I am so done reading books where everything is thrown away for a significant other, whose emotions for one another can only be described as puppy-love, and even that may be to deep for this "romance."
The romance starts out as such... At that moment his eyes opened.
He looked to the left and the right, taking in his surroundings. Then he looked at me. He looked right into my eyes.
I froze. Could he...see me?
He smiled, and then suddenly reached out his hand to place it upon my cheek. I felt his skin, warm on mine. Without thinking, I put my hand over his. His smile widened when I touched him.
He did see me.
He saw me, he saw me, he saw me.
My still, unbeating heart soared. And then so did his.
That is the very first time they meet, underwater I might add, because he is drowning, although, for some reason the boy has a momentarily unlimited air supply.
I guess the very beginning should have been my tip-off, but I bought the book, and had heard such positive things that I pushed through, and so did the sappy love story.
I would really recommend adding flaws to these characters and add more interesting factors like a real villain instead of a boring bad guy that can only be described as an annoying flea. I mean, I would agree he had a sadistic mind set, but what did he really do in the present? NOTHING. All the bad stuff the guy did was in the past, and he tried to recreate the past (lack of imagination) and that didn't even work out for him. He was a front, a fake, a fraud, he wasn't scary. And don't even get me started on the bible wielding Ruth. OH WELL. The story didn't grasp me, it didn't have enough quality in the characters, and the story in general. I read the entire book and nothing was there that could qualify as a legit reason this book was phenomenal. I would give it zero stars if GR would let me.
I wish luck to everyone that wants to read this. Maybe it wasn't for me because others have given this book such a high rating and that may have made me expecting too much from it. But no matter what this book was too cheesy for me, I came out of this book feeling lactose intolerant.
Sorry if you enjoyed the book. Just had nothing for me. (less)
I am so satisfied with the ending that I have to give this book a better rating. I was going to give it three stars the whole way through, but Oliver...moreI am so satisfied with the ending that I have to give this book a better rating. I was going to give it three stars the whole way through, but Oliver did a great job of bringing Delirium to a close. I look forward to reading the next one.
Well, this review is long overdue. I read this book so long ago it seems, but I suppose in reality it was less than a month ago. Delirium was a book without love, or maybe just overflowed with it. The government has found that love is the cause of all the worlds problem. It made people crazy, now they have a cure. A surgical procedure that can eliminate the deliria forever.
Lena can't wait for the procedure, her mother and her family had a poor reputation when it comes to the deliria, and she doesn't want to be in the spotlight any longer. After she gets the procedure everything will be fine, everything will be safe. Then, she falls in love and now she has to fight with everything she has so she can keep from getting the procedure.
This novel was a straight three star rating until the very end. The ending alone deserves five stars, but to balance it out I am giving this book an overall four star rating. The novel was decent enough throughout the meat of the story, it just lacked that certain oomph to turn it into that amazing story. The character and plot developments were efficient and not lacking. I loved the secret teen society rebelling against the government, and the descriptions of the wild, and how it was well known that there had to still be people out there.
Again, I would just like to mention how absolutely fantastic the ending was. I feel Oliver really stepped out of the normal paradigm author comfort zone and threw us into the middle of a war. It was beautifully told, and had me gripped waiting and hoping for the best. Grace was one of my absolute favorite sideline characters, such big presence for such a little quiet girl.
Oliver certainly has a talent for the endings. I look forward to Pandemonium so I can read more of what happens next for Lena.(less)
I love this novel. It takes you through so many twists and turns, one minute you are feeling pain, and misery and do not know how it could get any wor...moreI love this novel. It takes you through so many twists and turns, one minute you are feeling pain, and misery and do not know how it could get any worse, and the next you are elated and shouting for joy. This collection of 3 novels was written in 1995. The author Elizabeth Chandler wrote a 4th book in the series in 2010. I found this out recently and knew it would be great and worth a 15 year wait. I just re-read this book and am just as in Love with Tristan and Will as I ever have been.
Our main character, Ivy, starts out at a new school in the middle of her junior year of high school. Her mother is about to marry the wealthy president from a local college. This has brought her to this new school and also even getting her a new stepbrother. Ivy is the kind of character you refuse to hate. She is loyal to her friends and family, willing to protect them at all costs. She is stubborn, brave and strong and tries with all her strength even when she is terrified out of her mind. Throughout the novel some really sketchy things start to happen; her stepbrother's mom commits suicide, Ivy is in a car accident with Tristan, there is another suicide attempt, someone dies from a "drug overdose", and Ivy's poor kitten is showing up with mysterious cut marks on her paws and many more.
Other than Ivy this novel includes some great characters. Tristan: He is the strong and loving male lead that falls deep for Ivy, and refuses to stop loving her even after death. Gregory: Ivy's popular stepbrother. He is a hard one to figure out, is he on Ivy's side or does he have darker ideas brewing behind the scenes. Will: One of Gregory's friends that has also fallen for Ivy, but he is the "cool" guy so he takes a step back and admirers her from afar. Beth: One of Ivy's good friends that has a special talent hidden up her sleeve. Suzanne: One of Ivy's closest friends since they were 5 years old. However there is only one thing on her mind and that’s Gregory and not even Ivy can stop her from getting what she wants. Lacy: A comedic relief to the story, she is also an Angel who likes to cause a little more mess than happiness. She helps Tristan adjust to his new found way of life or death. Philip: Ivy's younger brother who is just as stubborn as she is, and won’t give up on the idea of Angels even after Ivy has.
Kissed by an Angel does not involve your average Love-triangle. Tristan is in love with Ivy and has even forgotten his player card just trying to get Ivy's attention. At first Ivy doesn't respond to him, even tries to avoid him because she thinks he is all brawn and no brain. Finally they connect, Ivy realizes how great of a guy Tristan really is and they begin dating. Their relationship takes off and is going great until, there is an accident...or was it an accident...that takes Tristan away from us, only to have him return as an Angel. We spend a good majority of the novel waiting for Tristan to finally break through to Ivy all over again. Tristan tries this in many ways by trying to talk through her best friend Beth and a secret admirer Will. Only Ivy gets mad every time they bring him up, like they are ripping open the wound that she is trying desperately to hold together. Tristan also spends a lot of his time trying to ignore how much he and Will have in common and jealous of how Will can be there for her in more ways than he can himself. Although Tristan has nothing to worry about because Ivy has closed herself off to love and she tries to keep her distance from Will for fear of what could happen between them.
This story is great! Better now than the last time I read it. I am very excited that there is even more to the story to read now. (less)
In my head all I can really think is Oh Mother Trucker! I honestly enjoyed the book but it leaves you on the mother of all cliff hangers. Of course we...moreIn my head all I can really think is Oh Mother Trucker! I honestly enjoyed the book but it leaves you on the mother of all cliff hangers. Of course we are introduced to the characters we have known before, Ivy, Will, and Beth. They are on a summer vacation in Cape Cod working for Beth's Aunt. There is a brief glimpse of Tristan as a super angel, and of course our Lovely Lacey makes a few appearances. With all that said there are some new characters also. Like Kelsey, Beth's party hardy cousin, who has a personality similar to Suzanne (who is vacationing in Europe) which they point out in the book. Kelsey is very blunt and her character is very modern. She is supposedly a super athlete with a body like Serena Williams. Her best friend Dayhna is a good girl pushed to do bad things with Kelsey, I thought her character was going to be more important because she was discussed a lot in the first half of the book however her character slowly deteriorated. There is also a new man figure an amnesiac that washed up on shore mysteriously the same night that Ivy and Beth get into a fatal car accident where Ivy actually dies. Guy (the temporary name for the amnesiac because he cannot remember who he is) has very similar characteristics to Tristan which is what pulls Ivy to him and also pulls her away from Will. Oh sweet Will, how I wanted you to be the one. It became clear a short way into the book that they were a couple that just ran the bases, without any real sincerity behind it. Will of course was sincere with his feelings but Ivy just could not open her heart enough, which then caused Will to become kind of a dink and really made me shake my head in disappointment.
This book is filled with many ups and downs, taking you on a spin that if your weak hearted you might not be able to handle (*consult your physician if necessary). I have to tell you right now I feel broken hearted. There is a common theme to this book that Gregory has somehow made his way back to get revenge, so I am slowly waiting for this to happen, while Beth and Will are being overprotective parents to Ivy. I do not know what it is, maybe it's Chandlers writing, but I always feel like Will is about to go off an start dating someone else. Everytime Ivy sees Will he is going off or coming back from hanging out with mainly Beth and Dayhna. I do not know why but I just feel like he is, maybe it is Ivy and I am just shadowing her but man she handles things way better than I would have been able to.
So in summary I Loved the book, Chandler impresses me with her writing yet again and has me flipping the pages and before you know it the short 288 page book is over with. I am however so disappointed that I have to wait till March 2012 to read the next one. (Side thought, if you leave a cliff hanger that big, the release date between the books should be closer). I am hanging from a noose until Everlasting comes out!(less)
Sara Dessen has a way of touching home with her writing. She can type her fingers away on her keyboard and it reminds me o...moreREVIEW TO COME-----
Sara Dessen has a way of touching home with her writing. She can type her fingers away on her keyboard and it reminds me of the Fugees Killing Me Softly. She writes my pain as if she is copying it from my own life.
Perfect grades, and no social life equal Auden. Both her parents are English professors and authors. Both so egotistical and self-absorbed that Auden has pretty much raised herself. Emotionally that is. Deciding to take a break from her mother's house, and her infamous cocktail parties with her grad students, Auden goes to stay with her dad, his newlywed and their baby, who suffers from colic. In the same location that Keeping the Moon took place in Colby, North Carolina. We are brought back to Last Chance Cafe and the fun, free life Colby has to offer.
Only...Auden's a loner and always has been. She struggles with sleep, since her parents started fighting about their divorce. So the nightlife is where it is at for her. As the story progresses she begins to come closer to a few girls, and also a boy, Eli. He has a tragic story of his own, one where he was driving the car during a car crash that killed his best friend. Ever since he has never been the same.
Auden and Eli explore the night together and even start checking off stuff for Auden list of things she never experienced because she was too busy studying.
Everything gets to real for Auden, especially when she feels herself, the loner, not so alone anymore. She pulls back, away from the world and her new friends, afraid that she is going to get hurt. Only to realize, maybe all things don't have to come to an end. And maybe if you're not afraid to say what you want, and fight for it, things just might turn out to how they were meant to be.