I have to thank Jillian Dodd for being so generous in giving me a copy of this book when I requested it. Unfortunately, I have to say that this one juI have to thank Jillian Dodd for being so generous in giving me a copy of this book when I requested it. Unfortunately, I have to say that this one just didn't work for me. I thought it was a cute story but as the story went on I can't seem to really understand the main character's thinking-process. And I definitely had some issues with how easy and many times the L word was dropped. So really, it was pretty hard to believe what this girl is really feeling. A lot of things just don't make sense too. ...more
Won't there be any cancer book out there that will not make me cry in the end? Or at least make the main character survive and live? Why do t3.5 stars
Won't there be any cancer book out there that will not make me cry in the end? Or at least make the main character survive and live? Why do they always have to die?!
If it wasn't for the last third of this book, which was really beautiful and heartwarming, I might have really given this a 2 or 2.5 stars. Cam's too cynic attitude really didn't help me to like her and her story right away. Instead of being sympathetic of her I was a bit annoyed and frustrated. I understand her situation and what she'd been enduring for so many years and yes, it was awful and I was sorry and sad with all of that but this girl was just so so negative. Usually, I would have loved a heroine who's sarcastic, smart-mouthed and tough. I would have admired her attitude and how she handles and put up on things but in Cam's case I was like hopeless. She doesn't believed in miracles, well, I'm okay with that but what was really depressing was that she doesn't let any positive thing to come in her short remaining life. I was so tempted a lot of times to drop this book unfinished. I was so hopeless of her, and I was like this girl should have met Augustus Waters! I even told myself that I won't cry if she died in the end. But I ate back all those words. Because I did. A lot.
So I'll be straight here, I didn't like the first and second thirds of the book. I was frustrated, annoyed and hopeless. But the last thirds? I LOVED it. It was beautiful, poignant and very moving. It made me forget all my frustrations on the earlier parts and I finally found myself loving Cam and the wonderful person inside her. It was touching to see her letting things through, even if she doesn't believe in miracles she started believing that great things could still happen without needing an explanation. I love how she finally opened up and find happiness and true love before it's too late. All those things that happened in this part were really moving and I appreciated every second of it. The romance is definitely a thumbs-up, it was sweet, swooning, and definitely heartwarming. And all the characters were really wonderful, they all have been a very good part of the story making it more inspiring and enriching.
The ending was so beautiful it hurts. I was so moved and touched that fat tears started coming out of my eyes. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. And yes, I loved it. Even if it left me like a mess. I was satisfied and I was glad I didn't give up on this book and continued reading it. I just wished that Cam's change of heart started a bit earlier since I really struggled during the first two-thirds of the book. But all in all, this is a very heartwarming and inspiring story and I did enjoy it. I would still love to recommend this.
Those who know me know that faerie-themed books don't usually work for me. I think the only fae series I finished and really liked was the I3.75 stars
Those who know me know that faerie-themed books don't usually work for me. I think the only fae series I finished and really liked was the Iron Fey. Maybe because I started with a very good one that I tend to base my expectation on it. Fortunately, The Treachery of Beautiful Things did work for me. Although not as mind blowing as I would have hoped for but still it was a nice and decent read with an engaging plot and characters. I was actually surprised that I ended up liking and enjoying it.
It didn't start well with me though. I can't seem to get into it during the first parts that I kept on putting it down after a few chapters only to picked it up again because I feel bad about it. The fourth time I picked it up I decided I'll finish it then. And I'm glad I did because as the story progressed it started getting really interesting and I soon find myself pretty invested with the story and its characters.
Jenny was a character I didn't exactly think would be tough and fights her way. She appears to be bit too "damsel in distress" especially during the earlier parts. But I'm glad that over the course of the story her character developed and I saw that she could be a independent and strong character too despite being naive sometimes.
Jack surprises me quite a lot in here too. Clearly, I had the wrong first impressions in most of the things here. I thought Jack would be this too good boring hero who would do anything to save the day. Something that easy and predictable. But I was surprised to find a multi-layered and complex character in him. I love the mysterious side in him and I enjoyed figuring it out.
There were holes in this book that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. Things that I think were left unexplained or should've been discussed more. Thus making some parts of it a bit confusing and disorienting. Nonetheless, the last parts, I think, was actually pretty good and even touching. The ending was cute, sweet and satisfying although I wish it was explored a little more since I felt like it was dropped a bit too convinient.
Overall, the plot line was intriguing and engaging and the characters were likable. Just a little bit more explaining in some parts becuase there were moments that I did feel lost. Despite its flaws I think this is a nice and lovely read. It took me a while to get into it but as soon as it started getting interesting I kept wanting to know what's gonna happen next. I recommend this.
Okay. I'm probably leaning a bit on the minority side. Not that I didn't like the book it was just that, with all those glowing reviews I kin3.5 stars
Okay. I'm probably leaning a bit on the minority side. Not that I didn't like the book it was just that, with all those glowing reviews I kind of expected this book to blow my mind. Which I realized was not a very good move. Because it did not. Although there were parts that I did enjoy and had me quite impressed I was a bit sad that I wasn't completely captivated by the story.
With all the FBI investigations, bio-terrorism and pseudoscience talks, dead bodies from radiation and (view spoiler)[parallel universe (hide spoiler)] this book had so much remind me of the TV series, Fringe. This made me more excited because I love that series yet it also lessen my surprise when twists and revelations came. (view spoiler)[The moment it was mentioned that the truck that hit Janelle was like "just came out of thin air" it reminded me so much of this one particular scene in Fringe where Olivia's car just came out of nowhere too but actually it came from the parallel universe thus making me entertain the idea of parallel universe in this book too. Janelle and Ben's situation and part in the story too was almost alike with Olivia and Peter's in Fringe. (hide spoiler)] There were revelations that still managed to surprise me a little and had me curious but the overall feel was actually just fine and still kept me pretty entertained.
Janelle was an impressive and remarkable character. She was smart, tough, brave and independent. Even though I can say that I was impressed by her curiosity and braveness to conduct her own investigation sometimes I feel like it was getting borderline nosy. Or maybe it's just me because without her being too curious I guess the story wouldn't be really interesting and engaging.
There were still things that I really like about her like the way she took responsibility in their family and her relationship with his brother, father and Alex. There were a lot of things thrown to her but she took and faced it bravely and for that I respect her character.
I like Ben and I find him really intriguing although sometimes I find him a bit awkward too. His character was the kind that was so easy to like because he was good, caring and all and I do really like him but for some reason it was not in a swooning and gushing way. I could still say though that his chemistry with Janelle was really good and well, they could actually make some pretty hot scenes too.
I had some conflicting emotions with the romance. Not that I hate it but for the most part I was a just a bit unconcerned about it then suddenly I would grew a little fond of it. I struggled a bit to keep my connection from it. And sometimes I don't know what I should really feel for them if I should be happy or sad or whatever.
The ending was the one I really loved and it was really beautiful. It was sad and sweet at the same time. If I were Janelle at that time I might have drowned myself into depression but I was impressed that despite all those things that happened Janelle tried to see the good things and took that chance she was given to live again.
"But I'm alive. I'm alive. More alive than I was before any of this happened. Life is a fragile thing. Apparanly the whole world is fragile too. But it'll beat on. Because it has to."
Although the story wasn't really utterly original I still find some of the ideas and concepts really cool and very entertaining. And to tell you the truth I actually loved it too, if it hadn't just came a bit predictable for me and a little exhausting I would have really loved the story more. This book definitely has a lot of potential and even though it didn't blow my mind it was still a really good and entertaining read. I would still love to recommend this to you.
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“Stay with me, Becks. Dream of me. I am ever yours.”
It's very rare of me to cry over a paranormal book, it's not that they don't reach m3.75-4 stars
“Stay with me, Becks. Dream of me. I am ever yours.”
It's very rare of me to cry over a paranormal book, it's not that they don't reach me deep down, it's just that I'm always busy figuring out twists and puzzles and how they would survive over those paranormal obstacles. And yes, of course, I do swoon over the romantic and sweet moments. I go gaga over those heroes' heroic deeds and sacrifices just to save their significant someone and prove how much they mean to them and love them and whenever they say the sweetest things, I just melt. But no one has ever struck me as much as Jack's love for Nikki! It was hauntingly beautiful, heart warming and real. It din't just had me swooning but it also reached me and tugged my heart in the most amazing and heartrending way.
This was a mixture of the story of Persephone and Hades, Orpheus and Euridyce and a twist of some Egyptian mythology. And sure enough that made this book really unique and interesting. When I started this I was instantly swallowed by Nikki's voice and emotion. It was heavy and intense, I felt her grieves, and regrets and it just made my heart ache for her. Still there were times that I love her and times that I hate her. But as she started taking actions and as she developed throughout the story she became a very admirable and amazing character.
Even though I was extremely touched by this book and although I really did enjoy it I still had some frustrations over it. I could understand Nikki's flaws and misguided choices but it doesn't mean I have to like it. There was this point that I wanted to tell she's so stupid! And although she did admit that it was her own doing that ruined her life and that she regretted it I was still a bit annoyed with her since she didn't exactly do anything right away when she came back. It was frustrating especially there with Cole, I wanted to shake her so bad and beg her to please get really angry at Cole! Around the middle part of the book I was really hopeless about her and Jack. So I was really glad when things finally started picking up around the later parts. That was the most exciting and interesting parts. Where twist and secrets were revealed and when Nikki finally started standing up and fighting for herself and Jack.
Jack. He's the most sweetest and most committed guy I'd ever met! I don't know if I there's anything negative I can say about him. He's a very patient, faithful and loving character. It literally broke my heart when I learned all the hardships he'd been through. There's no word for me to describe how strong his feelings for Nikki. All those things he's done to save Nikki is just downright amazing and heart warming. And whenever Jack is present you could clearly see the love in him. (view spoiler)[That's why the ending nearly destroyed me! I seriously cried a lot. When I finished this I didn't know there was a sequel, I thought it was a one-shot novel and that's already the ending. I was so happy when I learned there'd be a next book!I almost did a happy dance in front of my mom! lol! (hide spoiler)]
As for Cole, he's annoying and I just wanted him to go far far away but in all honesty I could say he's pretty endearing and intriguing. There were some parts that showed that he could be really kind and good but with all those things he did to Nikki, how he manipulated her I just can't seem really like him.
This was a very unique and wonderful paranormal book with a very heartwarming and moving love story. The characters were great and endearing and I was deeply touched by them and their story. I would definitely love to recommend this to everyone.
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I hate and love this book. There were parts that totally got me swooning and there were those that made me wanna thro**spoiler alert** 3.75 of 5 stars
I hate and love this book. There were parts that totally got me swooning and there were those that made me wanna throw up the book and curse. So here, I'll just enumerate the things I love and hate about this book.
Love: 1. The plot. It was interesting. With all the struggles, abuse and loss I was curious on how Emma would survive everything. 2. Sara. Emma's best friend. I so love her! Even though she's the most popular girl in school I saw how much she cares and loves Emma. They were the opposites but she's been really kind to her and it was genuine. I love that she cried when she saw Emma's bruises, I love her when she dresses Emma and run a make-over, I love her that she's gave Emma a phone just so she could check her out if she's okay. She's a lovely character. 3. Evan. Totally. LOL. Of course I love him! Who would not? He's the kind of guy you would really want to date. The perfect one. Really. Haha. Everything he did was so real and genuine. Absolutely swooning. And definitely...fictional. :/ But still, he's a really wonderful character. 4. Vivien. Evan's mom. I love her because she loves and cares for Emma. LOL. :DD 5. The last part before the ending. It was one of the happiest parts. And Evan's birthdaaayyy~! >:DD
Hate: 1. The story is effin' long. And I think some parts were a little irrelevant. 2. I just don't get why Emma doesn't want to report her aunt and that she needs to protect her cousins and that it would be worse if she did that. Well, at first I understand her. She knows what it feels to not to have a parent and she really love her cousins. But as the abuse grew I totally hate that she keeps on thinking like that. I know she's scared but...ughhh. That was way too much. It was really frustrating. 3. The Drew phase. I was so annoyed at this part, when Emma dated Drew. She dated Drew but before that she cannot date Evan? This phase was a bit long that I start to consider dropping the book. I sort of don't understand the essence.
Hate and Love: 1. Emma. I adore her but sometimes she's just seriously frustrating and annoying. I love her for she cares so much for her love ones. But I hate her for being so selfless. She was a wonderful character but sometimes I don't get her decisions. 2. The ending. It was heartwarming and heart breaking at the same time. I don't know really if I liked how it ended. What I love about the ending was that those few paragraphs of the epilogue was able to contain a great amount of emotion, and well, it was like a sucker punch. I get a bit teary at that part. Those paragraphs was able to cover up what Emma had been feeling throughout the story. However it was still heart breaking and disappointing. If I haven't checked if there's a sequel I would really think Emma died in the ending. I figured out the author wanted the story to be open-ended, to make the reader make their own conclusion. But I think that kind of ending does not fit for a realistic kind of novel. I've read books and watched movies which endings are open-ended, without definite conclusion, but most of it are mystery, paranormal or super naturals. Well, that's what I think. But its a relief to know that there would be a sequel. :))
So all in all, 3.75 of 5 stars for this book. Looking forward for the next book. :))
Oh god. I think I've completely lost my interest in this book. I dunno if I'll continue reading this as I have been getting really bored with everythiOh god. I think I've completely lost my interest in this book. I dunno if I'll continue reading this as I have been getting really bored with everything that was happening (because, seriously, I don't really care about Edward Willing). I really don't want to stop reading books half-way through but I was really struggling with this one. But maybe, one day, I'll pick this up again and finish it and could make a really proper review. :))...more
This one is a fine story. However I really did struggle reading this. It was a bit slow and left me dying and a little impatient to know what is reallThis one is a fine story. However I really did struggle reading this. It was a bit slow and left me dying and a little impatient to know what is really happening. That caused me to read it really fast not bothering if I understand some of the minor parts. ...more
A dystopian one, a world where people see Love as a disease and everybody has to have the cure from it. Seriously bizarre but interestin3.5 of 5 stars
A dystopian one, a world where people see Love as a disease and everybody has to have the cure from it. Seriously bizarre but interesting. Until the first half of the novel, I felt a bit frustrated and disturbed on how people in that world view love and life (seriously, I get so affected, its like I imagine myself there and explaining them what really love is. OTL) and how long before Lena woke up and realize what’s really wrong in her world. The last part was like OHMYGOD! That’s the part where I feel really nervous and excited, wondering if Lena and Alex will make it to the fence, but I think I almost cried in that part. I can so much imagine the scene where Lena was able to make it on the other side of the fence but not Alex. And she saw Alex on the other side looking at her, just looking straight at her and she realize that there are blood all over Alex’s shirt, and police officers are coming but he didn’t run and only mouthed Lena to run. And that’s it, I just love how she describe what sacrifice is in that scene. It’s open-ended so obviously there will be a second book. And I’m very much curious on what’s gonna happen next. I recommend this one guys, you should read this! A good one!...more