Ahhhh frick, that ending!! I'm not normally a fan of open ending but that was such a great way to end it. Gahhhhhh. Okay, okay, time for a more cohere...moreAhhhh frick, that ending!! I'm not normally a fan of open ending but that was such a great way to end it. Gahhhhhh. Okay, okay, time for a more coherent review:
This book wasn't an instant match for me, I had heard such rave reviews about it and was feeling kind of underwhelmed in the beginning (mostly due to the writing style- once I got used to that I was fine). But slowly, page after page, I began to fall for these characters and for their stories. I loved the way their relationship grew in the beginning, the mixtapes, the comics, all of that was so very cute.I loved how slow it was, and how just him holding her hand slayed me! I really loved the little intricacies that made up this book, and oh my goodness did it make me feel!! I don't want to give too much away, but I really did enjoy reading this.(less)
This book got better as it went on and the ending made me cry which means the book managed to suck me in. It twisted my heart towards the e...moreRating: 3.5
This book got better as it went on and the ending made me cry which means the book managed to suck me in. It twisted my heart towards the end and I truly did love those moments. However, the first 100 pages or so were a struggle and felt forced to me, which didn't endear the story or the characters to me. Overall though, it was a good, quick read and there are some beautiful moments thrown in this story. If you're a fan of words you might find, as I did, that the poetry mixed in with the story is a good touch. I'd recommend reading it purely for the last few pages to be honest (that's if you can push through the start).(less)
Happily Ever After is a story about a girl with a dysfunctional family who uses reading as her escape. Elle eventually leaves home after her degree in...moreHappily Ever After is a story about a girl with a dysfunctional family who uses reading as her escape. Elle eventually leaves home after her degree in the hopes of going into book editing/publishing in London. The book follows her journey through her twenties. I have to be honest, although I didn't outright dislike this book, I didn't like it either. All of the characters were infuriating, and the only person I truly cared about in this book was Tom. The book follows some dark themes, alcoholism being the main one, so if that's something that's triggering for you I wouldn't recommend reading this book. However saying that it was an okay read, the writing was good and elevated the storyline, so I have nothing bad to say about the author herself. It's just I didn't connect with the story which is a shame really because the blurb had so much promise. The ending was really well done though, I have to give credit for that.(less)
I really didn't think I'd fall for this book, I was so hesitant to start reading it because the whole plot seemed completely unfeasible and overly rom...moreI really didn't think I'd fall for this book, I was so hesitant to start reading it because the whole plot seemed completely unfeasible and overly romantic and cliche. However, I've seen so many fall in love with this story so I deigned to give it a go. I hate to say that I really, really liked it! It wasn't at all what I was expecting, yes it was cheesy but it wasn't easy and I thought it was a beautiful little love story. I loved seeing Anna's confidence and awareness in herself and in the world around her grow, and I found myself completely immersed in the book. I'm sad to have it end to be honest, haha I'm a sucker for romance that's cute and angsty. It did remind me of reading fanfiction though, take that as you will.(less)
I was sent this book by First Reads which was really exciting because, let's be honest, who doesn't love a free book?! Having said that I put off read...moreI was sent this book by First Reads which was really exciting because, let's be honest, who doesn't love a free book?! Having said that I put off reading Blue for about a month because I wasn't sure how I felt about it based on the blurb. I felt like it would be verging on something almost fanfiction like in nature. So when I did get round to reading this book, it wasn't with the greatest mindset and so I was almost fixated on any flaws it had. I initially thought Zeke was too perfect and that how quickly he seemed to become interested in her was unrealistic. I found it hard to get used to the way the character's spoke and the voices they were given because I'm not a surfer and it felt slightly foreign to me. But I've got to be honest, my opinion changed as the story developed.
Halfway through reading this book I suddenly couldn't put it down, it had me pacing up and down, tearing up, and laughing with relief all in one sitting. I started to understand the characters Lisa Glass had created and started to care about their story. I fell in love with Nanna and thought she was a beautiful addition to the story, no matter how small her part was. Wes and Elijah's story was an interesting sub-plot which I completely bought into and I thought was handled very well. I thought Lisa Glass' writing and depiction of women was refreshing. The main character, Iris, was realistically flawed and I grew to love her. Her sympathy towards Daniel having more of an enabling effect is something I could completely relate to, and reading how quickly it all became poisonous because she let him believe he had the right to act the way he did, was fascinating. Zeke's mum was another great female character and hearing about her struggles breaking into the surfing world was a brilliant touch. Saskia and Kelly were great too.
Near the end of the book the twists started to come in spades and gave the story a new lease of life which I appreciated. I won't go on about those because I don't want to spoil it for you. Perhaps it's downfall is some of the plot lines seemed unrealistic and sometimes even unnecessary, and I've got to be honest, Daniel did my head in. But overall, I enjoyed reading Blue and I'm looking forward to reading any sequels to come. The characters were fleshed out and reachable and the author's obvious love for the ocean was really lovely to read. Give it a read if you think it might be something you'd be interested. If, like me, you've got your doubts in the beginning, keep reading and who knows, you might change your mind.(less)
I really liked it but oh my goodness is it frustrating! I honestly was starting to feel like I'd never wanted two people to be together more in my lif...moreI really liked it but oh my goodness is it frustrating! I honestly was starting to feel like I'd never wanted two people to be together more in my life. I was just hanging on for that moment. Felt kind of underwhelmed with the ending after all that build up, but it was beautiful in its own right. The characters were great and the fact that their chemistry was portrayed to us readers through emails/IMs/letters and was still so believable is a pretty great feat. I wanted to scream several times during this because they were so stupid, honestly don't get me started. But I suppose that shows that the books gripped me. Katie was a lovely character, and Ruby provided some well needed comic relief (and often said what I was thinking). I'm intrigued to see how the film will match up.(less)
I'm glad I picked this book up, I'm a law student so the last part of the book fascinated me to no end. The Collini Case has a lot of interesting, tho...moreI'm glad I picked this book up, I'm a law student so the last part of the book fascinated me to no end. The Collini Case has a lot of interesting, thought-provoking issues in it, however I felt that some of the writing lacked depth. That could very well be due to words lost in translation, however.(less)
I feel like my perception of life has changed through reading this book. It's such a beautiful, beautiful idea and concept but I feel like there's som...moreI feel like my perception of life has changed through reading this book. It's such a beautiful, beautiful idea and concept but I feel like there's something missing hence the 3 stars. That being said, there are quotes and lessons engraved in this book that I will carry with me for a very long time and for that I can only be thankful.(less)
I loved this book, I loved that Cath was so much like me. I laughed out loud when she said the word 'fandom' out loud and immediately started berating...moreI loved this book, I loved that Cath was so much like me. I laughed out loud when she said the word 'fandom' out loud and immediately started berating herself, haha the amount of times I've slipped out fandom vocab during a normal conversation and thought 'noooooo'. I also really appreciated how Levi was patient with her, because a lot of her fears and her anxiety about letting someone in, and trusting someone, struck a chord with me. I loved seeing her grow, and their relationship grow. I just really really enjoyed reading this book. It felt like a gift to be honest, a gift to the people who read books and fall in love with them and keep falling in love with them by joining fandoms, meeting other fans online, reading fanfiction, and the whole fangirl phenomenon. I think that the people in this world who are self confessed fangirls (and fanboys) deserve this little shout out in the fiction world. I loved Reagan, like seriously loved her. Her sense of humour and the way she teases Cath but obviously cares about her in her own way, reminds me so much of my best friend so seeing her and Cath's friendship develop was great. I could honestly make this review a lot longer and give my opinions on every character because each character was fleshed out in a way that made me feel like I knew them. And I think some of us might, they were very real characters, they were very human, very flawed but also refreshingly brilliant in their authenticity. It took me a while to get into this book (it was only at the 160 page mark that I got hooked, but I think that might have been because I was still very much in the 'Ignite Me' world having finished that not long before) so I won't put that into consideration with my rating of 'Fangirl'. So all in all, I would recommend this book, it's not without its flaws because as I mentioned before, the characters are very human, but it's definitely worth the read.(less)
I've been dithering all day over whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I finally settled on 3 simply because I'm not sure whether I enjoyed it enoug...moreI've been dithering all day over whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I finally settled on 3 simply because I'm not sure whether I enjoyed it enough to go out and buy the other books in the series. However, I did really enjoy reading this story and I genuinely wanted to turn the pages and find out what was going to happen. Angelina as a character fascinated me, as did Xander and Max (actually let's just take a moment to appreciate Max...). I think that the development of the whole dystopia world in this book needed a little more work and the character's in general seemed to need developing further than they were. On the romance side, I really enjoyed the way that part of the story was developed and I enjoyed the fact that it was a believable side plot in the story. If the synopsis of The Pledge catches your interest, I recommend giving it a read.(less)