And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you write a Young Adult romance novel.
Anna & the French Kiss is like pie on a warm afternoon--light and swe...moreAnd that, ladies and gentleman, is how you write a Young Adult romance novel.
Anna & the French Kiss is like pie on a warm afternoon--light and sweet in all the right places--and you will eat it up. It's genuinely smart, charming, and romantic. This book just made me smile a lot. It's the kind of book where you feel like you've lost a part of yourself when you finish it. There's nothing particularly original or spectacular about it, but it's fun and full of heart, and that's so refreshing.
I want to be best friends with all of these characters, and I want to go to a boarding school in Paris and fall in love and make wishes and eat crepes. I want to learn French and bleach a streak of my hair even though it would look hideous on me.
Basically, it's the perfect lonely girl in a coffee shop read, but I'd recommend to anyone who wants a little romance. Definitely going on my favorites shelf.(less)
Okay, I get it now--Harry Potter is amazing. It's probably the most likable book I've ever read. You don't read this book and not fall in love with the...moreOkay, I get it now--Harry Potter is amazing. It's probably the most likable book I've ever read. You don't read this book and not fall in love with the world building, characters, and writing style. I am actually jealous of the friendship Harry, Ron, and Hermione have, and I really want to go to Hogwarts and play Quidditch.
I don't even remember the last time a book has made me feel that way, like I want to jump through the pages into that world. I suppose I'll have to settle for reading the sequels and visiting the theme park at Universal instead. (less)
Legend is pretty awesome. It's not quite 5 stars, though I have high expectations for the sequels.
In terms of rating dystopia,...more *Spoiler-free review*
Legend is pretty awesome. It's not quite 5 stars, though I have high expectations for the sequels.
In terms of rating dystopia, I think that as a first book, it's better than Matched, Wither, and Skinned, not as good as Blood Red Road or Uglies (remember, only judging by the first book!!!), doesn't even touch The Hunger Games, and I suppose is on par with Divergent.
I love the characters. The book alternates between June (heroine) and Day's (hero) POV, and though usually annoying, it really works for this book. June is a heroine who is strong physically as well as mentally and emotionally, but she isn't reckless and brash like most other YA heroines like that. June is pretty logical, and I love the conflict she faces throughout the book. We've already gotten some character development for her. I LOVE Day. He just has the right amount of everything--boldness, intelligence, snark, etc. He's hot and he knows it, but it never really reaches cockiness. Just read the book for yourself and love him. He's definitely one of my favorite male fictional characters. Tess is awesome too, and everyone else.
The romance, while not a huge portion of the book, was slightly rushed. Not that the two make a bad pair at all. Though they are pretty similar, I could easily distinguish their differences and how good they would be for each other. The alternating POV works in their favor, because neither really outshines the other. I just wish the romance wasn't as quick-set as it was. There better be no love triangles in the sequels, though. (view spoiler)[Especially if it concerns Tess. Just no. (hide spoiler)]
One problem I had with them is their age. Not that anyone in real life could do the things of the average YA heroine/hero, but June and Day would be freshman in high school. I just don't think this is the right age the author should have started with. They also seemed pretty perfect. I hope to see more flaws in the future.
Also, Marie Lu's unnecessary parentheses really pushes my pet peeve button. She seems pretty cool, though. I like how she started her Acknowledgments (yeah, I read those sometimes), and she is an If I Stay fan, and more importantly a Hunger Games fan! I can't wait to read more from her. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Writing reviews about books I love has always been pretty difficult, so I'm not going to do it this time either.
I just want to say that I really thi...more Writing reviews about books I love has always been pretty difficult, so I'm not going to do it this time either.
I just want to say that I really think this book is not for everyone. That sounds weird, because duh, all books have a particular audience it won't attract, but I don't know, I feel like this book is only so great to those who understand and relate to it.
Well this series is getting progressively better. I'm so glad I didn't give up after the first book.
The Rise of Nine was not perfect. There are plot h...moreWell this series is getting progressively better. I'm so glad I didn't give up after the first book.
The Rise of Nine was not perfect. There are plot holes everywhere, and I didn't particularly like the writing style, but it was just so fun. And the characters are a blast. Ha, I think that's probably the reason I enjoyed this book so much. I adore all of these characters with the exception of John and Sarah. No, actually I'm warming up to John, so long as he's not with Sarah. I just can't with Miss Perfect Sarah Hart.
The book is split into 3 POVs: John's, Six's, and Seven/Marina's, each distinguished by their own signature font. I liked it a lot. Six is my favorite character, so of course I loved hers. She kicks some major butt. I love Seven too unlike a lot of people. She's strong in her own way. Surprisingly enough, John's POV didn't bother me at all in this book, well except for when he's with Sarah. I think his buddy Nine made him 100x more interesting. Nine is awesome, basically the reckless, many-sided bad boy of the group. His bromance with Four called for some major aw moments. I think he and Six would be a great couple. I was waiting for that throughout the entire book, but alas, we only got a line at the end of the book that referred to a possible romance between them. Fingers crossed it'll turn into something. That would leave Sam alone, though. Yeah, he's not in this book sadly. We all missed him :( We'll happily trade Sarah for him. Eight is pretty awesome too, loads of fun and hotness. Ella's so awesome. So was Crayton. I just fell in love with the characters.
As for the plot, I thought it was pretty good stuff. Lots of action and suspense. It takes a nice, quick pace. Romance isn't even a big part of the book. There barely was any, except for the occasional attraction between newbies Seven and Eight. I think they'll be really cute, but the way it was executed in this book just did not work. Then there's the stupid main love triangle. Unpopular opinion: I don't want Four to ditch Sarah for Six. Well yeah I want him to ditch Sarah, but not for Six. I think Four and Six work best as friends, perhaps even a brother-sister type of thing. But not lovers.
I thought the ending was good, not as satisfying as I wished but hey, there's still a book left to go. It feels weird that there will only be one more left. The series has just begun for me. It feels like one of those series that could last a while. We haven't even met Five yet! My bet's on him for Pittacus Lore. Or Ella or all of them have a little piece of him in them. I can't wait for the next book, which has yet to have a title -_-(less)
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Blood Red Road is definitely worth the hype it's getting. With powerful writing, a cast of warrior characters,and...more I can't believe I'm saying this, but Blood Red Road is definitely worth the hype it's getting. With powerful writing, a cast of warrior characters, and an exciting plotline, it proves to be a highly engaging story. 18-year-old Saba is our protagonist, and comes off as your typical dystopian princess. Strong. Independent. Spirit driven. But unlike most of those heroines, it's not a facade to entertain us readers. Saba is strong. She is independent. And she's definitely spirit driven. Or red hot driven. *wink, wink* But what makes me like her the most is how beautifully flawed she is. For one, she's pig-headed as heck. And she screwed up plenty. Some of her decisions were not that great and how she sometimes acted made me want to stab her eye with a spork. But the girl's only human. In my opinion, she ranks up there with protagonists like Katniss Everdeen. Her voice is very . . . raw. And powerful. I mean, my first reaction to Young's writing style was: WTF, the library got a weird, unabridged version! Sadly, the uneducated dialect won't attract all readers (my sister went nuts after reading a paragraph), and it didn't appeal to me either at first, but after like, 20 pages you'll completely forget about it. You'll understand why it's written that way. It's also easy to get lost in. Jack is one heckuva love interest. I thought he was gonna be all Mr. Perfect-who-rescues-cats-in-trees at first, and dreaded the sap when Saba saves him from the fire. Luckily, I was wrong! There's a lot more to Jack than what meets the eye (which is hotness). I don't usually root for couples that actually happen, but Saba and Jack are--and I put in convinced fangirl words--totally made for each other. (Don't you dare make a love triangle Ms. Young.) Emmi was awesome. A bright and strong-willed little sister. I hated Saba at times because of how she treated Em. Ike was hilarious. Epona and Ash were strong. Tommo was so cute. Gah, I just loved all the characters. Vicar Pinch was a good antagonist. But Miz Pinch was the real villain to me. One thing kind of bothered me though. As the reader, everything that happened--all that Saba went through--just seemed to big for the main cause. Saving Lugh. We met him for like, 10 pages. That couldn't have been the whole meaning of the book. All in all, Blood Red Road is great, and I'll definitely be looking for the sequels. I'm hearing it compared to Veronica Roth's Divergent a lot, and I can say that Divergent doesn't stand a chance.(less)
The Outsiders is amazing. Really, I absolutely adore this book. Being a younger person myself, this book is targeted to readers about my age, and I co...moreThe Outsiders is amazing. Really, I absolutely adore this book. Being a younger person myself, this book is targeted to readers about my age, and I connect to the moral really well. This novel also takes the cake for being the book to make me cry the most--actually it's the first book that's ever made me cry. And I don't mean the tears-that-play-around-the-eyelids kind of crying, I mean the tears-streaming-down-your-cheek kind. This story will really warm your heart. I'm so glad my English teacher had us read this book. Now only if I could convince her to let me keep it...(less)
After hearing so much about "a second Hunger Games", I finally decided "Ha! Let me take a look at this myself" and picked up Divergent. When I first...more After hearing so much about "a second Hunger Games", I finally decided "Ha! Let me take a look at this myself" and picked up Divergent. When I first started reading, little things bothered me, (I mean, the Hub, really?") but as I continued, I realized it's really not like the Hunger Games at all.
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-- You can stop there. There are only five traits to cover the personalities of all dystopian Chicago. They're good ones if you continue to read--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent)--but either they were going through some pretty hardcore crap or something was sprinkled in their leader's pancakes that morning because that system is just such a dumb idea. You can't just limit people like that, and it must've taken a while for them to adjust to it, because children don't just pop out naturally solely honest, or naturally solely brave. There would have been a buttload of Divergents at the beginning. It's just not realistic. But once you get past that and all your little unanswered questions (how did the Amity cut themselves if they're practically allergic to knives) this book is really good. Eighty-five percent of it is actually just this super long initiation trial for our protagonist, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, to become what she signed up for, but so much fun and entertainment is weaved into that initaion that it made me love every page. Whether it be a kiss from your instructor or a knife in the eye, something interesting is always happening! Usually life-threatening things! And the characters are a blast.
Beatrice, who becomes 'Tris' later on, starts off as a robot and progresses into a cold bloodlust. Her transformation was like watching a marshmallow burn and harden into an ugly black rock. Er... that wasn't the best simile to describe it but you get the point. It's interesting, but you're like 'what have you become?' She's not annoying, and she's not stupid, she just became insanely judgmental once she figured out she's so "bad*ss". Four... yeah, he's hot. Big lips, a natural frown, and bags under your eyes so deep they take up half your face? Sexy. But I managed to make up a guy in my mind so I wouldn't imagine ET. He looks kinda like this:
He is hot though. He reminds me of Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy, but I like Four way more. He obviously cares about Tris, but he'll push her so that she can become even stronger. When that knife hit her ear I was like 'oh my gosh I can't believe he did that!' Though I really want him to act his age sometimes; he's 18! But apparently 18 is the new 80 in dystopian Chicago. And Four fits him a lot better than 'Tobias'. He should stick to that. Oh, and remember that part when they're all "We can be Four and Six"? Why does that ring a bell? That movie... I am Number Four. Alex Pettyfer was Number Four and Teresa Palmer was Number Six. You hear that, John Smith? It's a sign! Just dump the blonde girl for Number Six already! Christina was a really interesting character. She's like the Candor-est of the Candor. No matter what, she'll tell you the hard truth. She could be a bit unfair at times, but so humanly unfair that you could hardly blame her. Will is the great friend who keeps everything at peace. Him and Christina are really cute together. Al was definitely the weakest out of the bunch, but I saw his suicide coming from the moment Tris said she wouldn't forgive him and I felt terrible. Peter brang buckets and by buckets of fun to this book. He's like Cato! I hope he becomes good, but then betrays them for power. His friend Molly annoyed the crap out of me though. She reminds me of a rat. Uriah is hotter than Four! He's your typical flirty friend who will cheer you up when you're down and--no matter how hard you try to deny it--is hecka good-looking. I'm sensing a love triangle in next book.
So basically, I recommend this book for someone who just wants a fun read. It not the Hunger Games by long shot, but it's super enjoyable (unless you tend to analyze everything, then you'll be annoyed at all the things that don't make sense).(less)