"Insightful and utterly authentic... this is an important book." -The New York Times
I couldn't have read this It's Kind of a Funny Story at a better p"Insightful and utterly authentic... this is an important book." -The New York Times
I couldn't have read this It's Kind of a Funny Story at a better point in my life than now, and because of that, I hold it dear. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me seriously consider my own life in relation to Craig's. I just really love this book, and the journey it took me on was an incredible way to start the year. It's a funny coincidence that I finished this the exact date Ned Vizzini himself finished writing it ten years ago. May he rest in peace and somehow know that his work is still changing the lives of young people.
I'll have to rewatch the movie, which I saw years ago, in a whole new light. ...more
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 sweAnd 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....more
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 theOkay, 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. ...more
Legend is pretty awesome. It's not quite 5 stars, though I have high expectations for the sequels.
In terms of rating dystopia, *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"]>...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 thi 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.
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 coThe 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......more
I know I took 50+ years to finish this book, but it really is a good one. Anne is a brilliant, brilliant girl that will really make you think, and it'I know I took 50+ years to finish this book, but it really is a good one. Anne is a brilliant, brilliant girl that will really make you think, and it's funny because on the outside she is but light and playful teen you would expect to care nothing of morals and the values of life. Reading her diary was a fantastic experience, though I couldn't help feeling a bit intrusive about it. It is her diary. Though I think she would want it like this. Anyways, The Diary of a Young Girl is great and I recommend to everyone. It truly is inspirational :)...more
First of all, I'd like to thank my Goodreads buddy Maiad for giving me the opportunity to read this book. A million thanks to her! And second of all,First of all, I'd like to thank my Goodreads buddy Maiad for giving me the opportunity to read this book. A million thanks to her! And second of all, if disorganized, unintelligible fangirling annoys you, you might want to read someone else's review, because this contains a fair amount of fangirl-ish prattle. You can hardly call it a review.
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Still going? Can't say I didn't warn ya. *switching to fangirl mode*
Eeeek! This book is so freaking awessoommme! Don't be afraid VA fans! Richelle delivered! I don't think I've anticipated any other book more than I have anticipated this one. Upon finishing The Last Sacrifice, I knew I would have to let go of the addictive VA world Ms. Mead has created--plus what happened with Adrian had me punching holes in the wall for a week. The thought of a spin-off series had me jumping with joy, and when I heard that Sydney was the narrator I got even more excited. I love Sydney, and I can say the same after finishing Bloodlines. She's a pretty complicated character with a lot going on in that big brain of hers, but I can honestly say I don't think she is boring. (Though I have to admit, the first six chapters or so killed me.) She's really quite amusing. Though that doesn't stop her from being scary as hell sometimes ;) She overanalyzes things a lot, which contrasts greatly with Rose, who often acted without thinking. I actually relate to her a lot better than up-in-your-face Rose Hathaway. She's a fantastic character. (view spoiler)[What was up with that magic thing though? She has some special, supernatural gift that allows her to use magic? Oh heck no--please don't make her a witch Richelle Mead! (hide spoiler)] And I didn't find her self-esteem issues irritating after (view spoiler)[the line about her dad practically calling her fat. Ashhat (hide spoiler)]. And upon further thinking, that's not the only reason why. It's clear that this girl hasn't been given enough praise and compliments throughout her life. Her reaction of low self-esteem is only psychologically normal. Good thing Adrian'll be there to take care of that :) Speaking if him, he was so perfect in this book. Everything he said, everything he did, was just so Adrian. You'll definitely love him more after reading this. (I've decided he's my favorite male fictional book character.) Don't worry Team Adrian-ers, there's plenty of him in Bloodlines. And I so love his relationship with Sydney. They're sooo ridiculously cute together! What started out as pretty banter (I saw it more as flirting, but I'm sure banter is what it was supposed to be) is slowly (very, very slowly) blossoming into more, and it has me hungry for The Golden Lily. The pace they're going at, under the circumstances, is good though. Sydney shouldn't even be friends with vampires, and Adrian is still hung up on Rose. All will be well in time I suppose... Eddie was awesome too! I really like him. But Jill... I did love her in VA, but only in VA. I get how she's supposed to forever be the little sis of the group, but she's such a baby. The little things she says and does are just so... ugh. If she grows up maybe she'll annoy me less. That modeling thing was weird too. Not only was it kinda tacky, but it was the dumbest thing they could do. The girl is supposed to be in freaking hiding, and they're letting her strut down catwalks in blingy designer clothes, watched by blingy designer people that like to make their clothes more known? *Facepalm* I thought Sydney was smart. (view spoiler)[And what's up with her little love rhombus? Micah, and even Lee I guess I can understand, but Eddie? I don't really like the EddiexJill idea, but as it is I hope he ends up with her. Eddie is the most deserving character in the whole VA series. He hasn't done a thing to anyone. He deserves to be happy; he does not deserve to be an armrest (what I call the guy who doesn't get the girl). Maybe if he fell for Angeline... I also think we should've gotten to see more of how Jill got over Adrian. It was almost like 'I like him. I like him. I like him. Ew, he's like my brother!' WTeff? (hide spoiler)] The other characters are... meh (with a few exceptions). It's just... in comparison to dark and sarcastic Christian and smart and charismatic Lissa, they were pretty boring. No, even without that comparison they're pretty boring. Especially Sydney's little sorority girl friends. Such a disappointment, because Richelle's characters were always so interesting. The new villains aren't very interesting either :(
The plot was great. It was well paced, and was sprinkled with enough fun. The big stuff was pretty predictable though. Every time something would start, I would figure it out from Sydney's overanalyzed observations. (It's a wonder how she didn't come to the same conclusions.) But that didn't make reading it much less enjoyable, and there's little bumps in the road that could maybe catch you by surprise. (view spoiler)[I figured out the Micah/Mason thing as soon as Eddie was described as looking haunted, and I really appreciate the resemblance. IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE MENTIONS MASON! After Shadow Kiss, Rose kind of forgot about him. He died for her. Narcissistic biatch. I bet I miss him more than she does, and he was never my closest guy friend (hide spoiler)] There's this person at the end of the book that everyone's talking about. I guess I didn't really want that person there, but they're sure to bring buckets of fun to The Golden Lily so bring it on.
Predictions for next book~ (view spoiler)[•Probably a love square between Adrian and Angeline and Sydney and Trey (or possibly Ian, which I think would be more interesting). Gah, that makes me hate Angeline already. Isn't she Jill's age anyways? Ew. •Jill chooses Micah over Eddie or realizes she has feelings for Eddie after seeing him with Angeline (whoot! EddiexAngeline? Me like.) Ugh, too many romantic issues. Why can't they just find their significant others like Christian and Lissa to clean it up so we can ponder on the protagonist's romantic problems? It's messy and very unnecessary. •This is not the last of Keith •Dimitri will mess all this stuff up, but in the end bring Adrian and Sydney closer than ever before •Something happens with Clarence •Something happens with Laurel •One of Sydney's sorority girl friends (who, if you haven't figured out yet, are Julia and Kristen) gets killed •Tasha kidnaps Jill
Things I think would be cool if they happened~ •Tasha coming back at all. Miss that evil lady. •EddiexAngeline. Yeah... •Jill has mixed feelings for Micah and Eddie and unintentionally hurts both of them and ends up with neither of them. Call me a sadist, but it would be boring if everyone got together with everyone, and they all carried each other off into the sunset. •Ian instead of Trey :) •Avery Lazar breaks out of that mental institution place and does all this crazy stuff! (hide spoiler)]
On the cover, it's alright. I liked the mysterious gloomy colors the old VA covers had, but red's good too. This is more how I pictured Sydney though:
^Claire Holt :) Also, just because Sydney has never staked a Strigoi before, does not mean she can't take care of herself. And not backsassing anyone who disagrees with her doesn't make her spineless either. It's called being in control and holding your tongue, a very responsible effort that can save everyone from a buttload of trouble and can actually be harder than letting your mouth spew all it's crap everywhere. Try doing that girls, saying whatever comes to mind, and see how that works out for you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more