1. It's so beautiful and heartwrenchingly sad. I guess that goes with books about suicide, but it's just that it's so f...more13 Reasons Why I Loved This Book
1. It's so beautiful and heartwrenchingly sad. I guess that goes with books about suicide, but it's just that it's so fragile as well. This book seems like it could break and fall apart and waver in the wind. Of course that isn't the most important thing. It's just that it can make you cry like a maniac and more. In other words, bring some tissues!
2. It's not cheesy. I hate cheesiness. I hate all cliche and annoyingly predictable plots with mushiness. Luckily, Thirteen Reasons Why is not one of those books. Instead, it's realistic and real and actually sad and a portrait of what can happen. I'm still amazed by how much I didn't rant over the cheesiness because there's NOTHING to rant over. This book, people, is something for the people in life who love to find realistic books. (Which means everyone!)
3. It affects people. This book makes people want to change themselves for the better and stop acting petty. It makes them want to pay attention to the world and help make it happier. It makes people want to avoid Hannah's situation and actually do something. It's inspiring; need I say more?
4. It's narrated by two people. At the same time. Side by side. The only way to tell that Hannah is talking is by the italics. That's crazily hard to do, and guess who pulled it off? Jay Asher. Yup, that's right. He pulled it off flawlessly without getting the reader confused or wasting the reader's brain. He actually pulled it off! Congratulations!
5. It's short. I finished it in a day without spending too much time. For readers who don't really like reading, this book is a must! Thirteen Reasons Why is a sucker-punch people! It is a masterpiece because it manages to fit a ton of punch in less than 300 pages! That is called genius!
6. It has a great writing style. I love first-person! It's so easy to understand and all, but that's not the main point. I feel like I can bond more with the main character than in third-person. Furthermore, Jay Asher's writing made you feel sad, happy, worn out, whatever he wanted you to feel! It's kind of beautiful, kind of brief and straight to the point. It's epically amazing.
7. It has an epic title! I don't need to expand on this, do I?
8. The characters really are something rare. Hannah is a gem. She's clever and morbid and depressed and truly messed up. That's why I like her. She is a truly flawed character with issues. That's life, and she wants you to know it. I don't approve of her actions, but I love her character. So many characters are flawed and haved individual personalities. Mr. Porter, Bryce, Clay, Courtney. All these people are truly not just characters, but real, animated spirits.
9. The cover is perfect. Something about a girl on a swing just totally pops. It's not normal. It's not done. It's unique, just like this book.
10. It's unique. No one writes about the reasons why a girl killed herself. Period. Except Jay Asher. That's why I loved it.
11. These names are incredible! I love how the names seem modern and brief and contemporary. They pop with the story and make you remember them. They are totally epic and amazing!
12. It happens so quickly. Thirteen Reasons Why spans over a period of less than 4 days. It's so brief and quick and just what I call an "overnighter." It's focused mainly on one night, yet there's so much to read about! It's totally not normally done, which is another reason why I love it!
13. It's crazily popular! I love how popular this book is. Now I can talk to people who've actually read this book and bond with them! Okay, so maybe that's not a valid reason, but not like I care! Popularity can be a reason, as long as you let it!
At first I thought Cracked Up To Be was just a book about how a girl just wanted to be popular again. I guess I didn't bother reading the reviews. I t...moreAt first I thought Cracked Up To Be was just a book about how a girl just wanted to be popular again. I guess I didn't bother reading the reviews. I thought it would be a shallow book about not getting the guy of your dreams or something else like that. I thought it would be annoying. I was wrong.
Cracked Up To Be was the exact opposite of what I expected. It's about a girl with issues, and the girl is just trying push everyone away. She's trying to remember this huge mistake she made, even when everyone else has forgotten about it or gotten over it. She's sinking into herself, into this huge hole that replays that one night over and over again. This girl, Parker, just wants to be alone, but no one will let her be.
I didn't hate Parker like some people did. In the beginning, I just couldn't understand why she acted the way she did. I was a little confused by why she was so cold, but as the story kept on going, I started to understand. Parker Fadley is not easy to like, but you can't help loving her. I wanted to scream at her at times, but I couldn't. It was like she was this fragile thing underneath her facade. I felt like she was far away and I couldn't reach her, just like everyone else she knew did.
When I finally figured out why Parker is so broken, I started crying. I normally don't cry when I read books, but I couldn't help it. Parker's mermory is so horrible; I can't imagine having to live through it. Parker gives you the memory in bits and pieces, but that doesn't stop the force of it. I couldn't believe how terrible it was. Well, actually, I could, but it was still really shocking. I mean, from the way Parker acted after, it wasn't hard to believe the truth.
I really hated the ending. I hated how unhappy it was. I guess that's the way it was supposed to be. Parker made this huge mistake. She kept on pushing people away. She has to pay the consequences after. I hated how it ended up that way, with all the happiness a little too far away from her grasp. It made me sad how a sad book ended in a sad ending.
But it makes you cry. I haven't written a review in a long time, but Cracked Up to Be made me start writing one. It also made me want to be a little nicer and a little better. It changes you. That's the true beauty of Cracked Up to Be. No matter how much you want to stop thinking about it and just try to stay the same, you can't. You have to change.
I guess that's the way Courtney Summers meant it to be.(less)
I am apalled. How could I not pick up this book earlier? Instead I spent all of last night and today reading it! I honestly should have read this book...moreI am apalled. How could I not pick up this book earlier? Instead I spent all of last night and today reading it! I honestly should have read this book a long time ago! I feel so sad that I waited until now. 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Yelena. I was very impressed with her. I know Maria V. Snyder always creates really strong female protagonists, but she really outdid herself with Yelena. Yelena surpassed my expectations of what I thought characters should be like. She was strong, brave, smart and stubborn. Now, I know that she committed a murder. However, she had her reasons for doing so. While I was a little unsure because she admitted to being a criminal, I couldn't help but really admire Yelena. You see, she's a true heroine!
Valek, our swoon-inducing assassin, our one and only love interest, our cleverly manipulative, good-looking guy. Oh, and did I mention assassin? I have this thing for assassins, especially swoon-inducing ones. Valek was pretty amazing, especially with the descriptions of him. I'm all for blue eyes, especially sharp ones! It was hard to accept his age, but not I'm offically all for Valek!
This book was magical.... literally. There was a bit of magic in this story, but definitely enough to create a base for the sequel. While I loved the magic, I loved the poisons even more. There's something about all of the poisons and the process of finding them... I loved the descriptions of every single one and the meticulous descriptions of the intense action! This plot is hot! Tons of fights and tons of twists! I so did not see the treachery and the secret of the Captain, or the truth of the whole entire story! So many twists, so much suspense, I am officially in love with Maria V. Snyder's books!!!!!!!!!!
Then there was the setting of Poison Study. The world Yelena lives in... is simply uncomparable. Every place, every building, every wall, is immaculate, gleaming with utter perfection. There's something about it all that makes me think it's not possible to have such an awesome world, but I know better. Instead I'm kind of jealous of Yelena and the marvelous setting, courtesy of Maria V. Snyder!
Quite simply, this book is pure magic. Don't make the same mistake I made and not read Poison Study soon! You must read it now! It is a marvelous confection of poison, magic and romance! Total swoon and praise worthy!(less)
I could review this books in four words if I really wanted to: This. Was. Freaking. Amazing. But then you wouldn't understand why... So I guess I'll h...moreI could review this books in four words if I really wanted to: This. Was. Freaking. Amazing. But then you wouldn't understand why... So I guess I'll have to review it as usual (even though I still haven't reviewed the Iron Fey #3 because it was just that good.) So out of its entire amazingness, 5 out of 5 stars.
Forgive if this review is slightly weird or off or crazy or droopy, but the Iron Knight was absolutely amazing. This book has affected, as seen in the review, but I don't really care! I'm too in love with Ash. So yeah. Anyways, here's my review minus all the shrieking and the demented smiling:
The Iron Knight is an amazing story about Ash's journey throught the River of Dreams, the Wylde, the End of the World and the Testing Grounds. It's a story showing his love for Meghan, his struggles, his amazingness, and his amazingness again. It's definitely my favorite out of the whole entire series, and that's saying a lot.
The plot for this book was definitely unbelievable, in a good way. It's Ash's journey... with just a few twists. I can't reveal who, but let's just say Ms. Kagawa ties all the loose ends from novellas, the past and everything else. All the people/creatures you were wondering about before are brought back in for a final book, and I loved it! (That's part of the twists.) There was also the whole journey part that made me love the plot more. **********SPOILER ALERT******** The river? The Guardian? The trials? I loved it!*******END SPOILER*******
This book was basically for Ash fans, so I got a lot of Ash.:) Yay! I loved how Ash narrated almost the entire book. You struggle with him, cry with him, laugh with him, and smile with him. You fall in love with him a little more, and if you're Team Puck, then you end up falling in love with him. So, basically he's definitely my favorite male protagonist ever. I. Love. You. Ash.
And then there was the total Puck-Ash feud that been going on since who-knows-when. Ms. Kagawa clears that up, well kind of. Anyways, I love how they get along. It's so awesomely realistic and epic that I absolutely love it! Besides, Puck is an awesome friend for Ash. May they stop trying to kill each other...
But mostly, I love the epic beauty of this book. Everything about it was beautiful, well almost. I loved how even the river and the fey all seemed beautiful. Even the writing was beautiful! And also sometimes the End Of The World and everything else...
So, basically I fell in love with this book, and you should too.(less)
There's always a book that you manage to never forget. There's always a book that stays in your soul forever. There's always a book that you remember...moreThere's always a book that you manage to never forget. There's always a book that stays in your soul forever. There's always a book that you remember and the oddest times. There's always a book that you just think about and love. There You'll Find Me is one of those books. Which means... 5 out of 5 Irish stars!
What they didn't mention in this summary is how awesome Finley is. She's used to fame. She's not fazed by sitting next to a really good-looking celebrity, aka Beckett Rush. I love her snarkiness, her attitude, her Finleyness. I like how she tries to take control of her life and keep it constant. It might not always be the best trait, but I like it anyways. I like how hardworking she was and her aim to be perfect. I loved her. Sidenote: Maybe I liked Finley because she's kind of like me, but still, Finley is an awesome character that you have to bottle up and keep- forever!
And then there was Beckett. Oh, wow, I absolutely love Beckett! Swoon, swoon, swoon. He's good-looking, hot, and did I mention good-looking? Even so, I liked how he wasn't what people thought he was. He was actually a very nice, VERY CHARMING, very cool guy. He really liked Finley and definitely treated her well. He had some problems, but in the end he fixed them. I liked how he and Finley fixed them... together. Back to Beckett. I. Absolutely. Loved. Him. Need I say more?
I liked how the plot was centered around healing and finding Him. It was a pretty believable plot with a lot of Beckett. Which I ate up. Anyways, it was normal. There weren't too many surprises, but just the right amount. It was really about a girl's journey to find God, along with romance (squeal!), music, and a grouchy mean old lady who you learn to like. I really liked this plot. It was an accurate description about finding God and just, well, being Finley. But of course I wouldn't know... would I? You'll never know...
Oh, and did I mention the writing style? I absolutely loved it. It was so good! This style has you flipping through the pages from the beginning, staying up light for just another page and another, and squealing like a pig about just how awesome the book was. Yup, I doing it now. It just has you reading and reading and reading. I loved this awesome first-person style! Absolutely amazing. Just that much. Loved. It.
There's nothing else to say. I could rant about it, but you can already tell how much I love this book. I love it to pieces. Well anyways, just read this book, fall in love, and lust for Beckett. Well, you don't have to lust for him, but you know, it would be better if you did. He's just that awesome!
Okay. First, look at this author's name very, very closely. If you can recall, she's the author of Shiver, Linger and Forever, aka the Wolves of Mercy...moreOkay. First, look at this author's name very, very closely. If you can recall, she's the author of Shiver, Linger and Forever, aka the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I'm. Not. Lying. She seriously is. Which means of course this is a totally awesome book! Oh, and if you couldn't tell, 5 out of 5 stars! Just cause it's that amazing.
I absolutely, absolutely love this book to death. But mainly because of Puck. Ah, Puck. She is one strong person. She's quick-tempered, bold, stubborn and everything in a person that you can't help but love. I absolutely love this combination of characteristics that shape Puck. You can't help it. You just get amazed by how steady and strong she stays throughout the book and its chaos. That's exactly what happened to me.
Sean was not expected. I didn't expect this horse-loving man of few words who can just take all the fun out of the room. I expected someone else, but I guess I didn't mind Sean. Okay, actually, I didn't mind him at all. He was definitely a change from the bad boys and all, but he's also more serious, more Dimitri like, and I LOVE YOU SEAN! (Sorry, just had to express myself in caps. It's addicting.)
Not to mention the water horses that are almost kinda faeryish. They're pretty awesome. So what if they kill people and bite them in half? I still like them... even though they're ferocious, moody, impossible and kinda death-like. They're just so unique, different, and purty! (Yes I said purty! And I mean it too!)
Then you have Maggie's trademark beautiful writing. Oh wow. I loved her writing. It's just so heartfelt, amazing, beautiful... and purty!! Major love in the air! I can't express how much I loved her writing. It. Is. So. Awesome. Just give me another book of hers and I guarantee I'll start squealing just so I can read another beautiful word of her writing. It seriously is that amazing.
So the question isn't how much I like it, but rather why aren't you reading this book right now? Just a thought...(less)
Did I mention that I love creepy, crazy, cool books? That give you nightmares when you're awake? Well, I do. I like books that are slightly insane and...moreDid I mention that I love creepy, crazy, cool books? That give you nightmares when you're awake? Well, I do. I like books that are slightly insane and different and totally awesome. This was no exception. So, without further ado, 5 out of 5 stars!
To start, I absolutely devoured this cover! It's so pretty, creepy, dark and absolutely influential. Yes, influential. I started drawing Anna on the backs of papers, complete with blood and all. Not to mention I used like 5 pieces of paper... Yeah, I love this cover.
Then there was this plot. What can I say? I loved it! Part love story, part horror, my favorite type! I loved how it starts with Anna, well kind of, and how she spares him. I love their romance, if you can call it that. It was so cute!!!!! I love how it's kind of a hate-love relationship (aka slow) so it seems realistic. I loved it and devoured it to read it to pieces!! The horror. The horror part of this plot had me shocked and mumbling unintelligible words under my breath. Literally. The truth of his (insert spoiler but I'm not saying what it is) _________ had me floored! Kendare Blake is really good with twists and turns and curves... just saying. Basically, imagine people with their jaws dropping. Yup, that's this plot for you.
I love Cas Lowood! I love his attitude, his name, his awesomeness, everything. I love how he's actually not dumb, pretty observant, smart, clever and just Cas! He's definitely going on my crush list! I absolutely love him! (and his amazing knife skills...) Then there's this whole I'm-going-to-avenge-my-dad's-death thing that makes him even more irresistable! I. Love. Cas. Get the picture? Swoon, swoon, swoon, I LOVE YOU CAS!
And then there was Anna. Whoa... I was not expecting her. She's stunning, stunning and stunning. Or a goddess, as Cas says. I really loved her character. She was so amazing! Or as I should say, stunning! Be ready to be shocked by her awesomeness! She's creepy, scary, bloody, and just plain Anna Dressed in Blood! Not to mention that she is probably the best ghost in the history of the world... history of the universe, I mean.
I loved the uniqueness of this book. You usually don't get ghost-killer at all in a story. Or kitchen-witch. I liked how Kendare didn't shy away from a totally different mind-blowing story. I loved how Cas killed ghosts and all! And how he has this freaky athame to do it... I wish I wrote this book instead! That's how much I love the uniqueness.
Also, this ending was the ultimate ending. It was perfect. It wasn't satisfying, but no amount of Cas and Anna will satisfy me. I need more! I couldn't believe this ending. It's jaw-dropping, mind-boggling, and out of this world! Literally... (I think Anna goes somewhere else and it's not Heaven...)
CAS CAN'T I BE YOUR GODDESS OF DEATH? Haha...(less)
Where do I begin? Well since I like him, let's say Vincent!!! I love him soooooo much!!! Swoon, swoon, swoon!!! He is so charming, good-looking, and a...moreWhere do I begin? Well since I like him, let's say Vincent!!! I love him soooooo much!!! Swoon, swoon, swoon!!! He is so charming, good-looking, and all together the perfect crush! Love you, Vincent! Anyways, he has black hair, blue eyes, and darkish tannish skin. Doesn't he seem so awesome? Anyways, he really is very good to Kate. Total crush-worthy, which is why I added him to my list. Really, I don't to say any more... Any crush I have is rare, so the guys are always pretty awesome...
Okay, I love this plot!!!!!!! I love how Amy Plum took something like zombies and made them so much more elegant. I mean revenants, doesn't that sound so nice? It seems so French, and who doesn't like anything French-sounding? It screams, "we are so sophisticated!" Not to mention it's totally unique... the revenants, not the French... Anyways, lets just say there were a ton of twists. And turns. And spiraling loops. But even that's not enough to tell you. I was so surprised and so flabbergasted that I literally had to put the book down in order to start gasping and totally let it sink in. That is a sign of a great book!
The setting. Well, who doesn't love Paris? There's good food, good scenery... and good romance? Well at least in Kate's story. Anyways, now I want to visit Paris!!! The setting is amazing. You have water, the Eiffel Tower, and huge houses. There's so much detail and everything, with just makes me want to go to Paris even more! The Louvre, here I come!
And then there's this whole thing with Kate. She is an awesome heroine!!! She smart, and she actually thinks before she acts! That's the first time I've seen that in a protagonist! Not only that, but she's clever and totally awesome! Totally unique girl, in a good way!!!! Kate, can I be your friend? :)
I love Amy Plum's writing style!!! It had me flipping through the pages during the night, day and during school. Usually I don't read like crazy at school, but I had to with this book! It's written so well!!! I absolutely loved it! She has this fantastic style that had me begging for more!!!!!!!!! I hope she writes more books! I need to read more of her work! Now!
Then there's the ending. Wow... I love this ending! It seems like there are more books in this series, but this ending was so perfect! It literally had me sitting there with a silly smile on my face, but I didn't care! I am a sucker for nice endings! Absolutely best. Ending. Ever!!!! Love, love love!!!!!!
Oh, and the cover! It screams, "Buy me!" So that's what you have to do! Such a beautiful awesome cover! Such a dress! Look at the design. You absolutely MUST read this book. That is all I can say... or write. The rest is up to you.(less)