Let me make this clear, in case you didn't already know: I am strange. So, naturally, I should love strange books. So -- even more naturally -- Sorry-...moreLet me make this clear, in case you didn't already know: I am strange. So, naturally, I should love strange books. So -- even more naturally -- Sorry-in-the-Vale and all of its inhabitants should draw my heart like a moth to a flame and make me giggle like the crazy fangirl I am.
And it does, it absolutely does.
It's almost silly how much I missed Sorry-in-the-Vale, the small, mysterious, magical, and strange (there's that word again!) town that The Lynburn Legacy trilogy is set in. But what I missed most were definitely the characters and the way they acted around each other; the way they spoke like it was impossible to NOT be sarcastic; the way they were a team without being a team (if you know what this crazy girl means).
Kami is back in all her curious-journalist tendencies as one of my favourite protagonists of all time! She's no classic martyr heroine who acts stupid all the time and incites smack-your-head reactions from readers; she is intelligent, and hilarious, and fun, and just freaking FANTASTIC. If I could pick any book character as a best friend, she would definitely be near the top of the list!
Her I-hate-everyone BFF Angela is as hatefully charming as ever; Angela's brother, Rusty, hits on Kami like crazy and is just overall book-candy-fun; Ash (one of the Lynburns who I always, for some ridiculous reason, picture as the Pokemon character) is sort of wimpy in my opinion but adorably sweet nonetheless. But Jared -- bad boy, gloomy, ridiculously stubborn Jared -- was definitely my root-all-end-all. He's pinch-your-cheeks-adorable without trying and laugh-out-loud hilarious when he's serious. If Kami doesn't end up with him in the end, I WILL throw a riot.
Do you hear that, Sarah Rees Brennan?????
P.S. I love you. :')
In conclusion? If you love snark, sarcastic comments, and total grin-worthy moments that make you creep out anyone who's around while you read, then this book is absolutely for you! I loved Untold almost as much as I loved the first book, and if you asked me if I already pre-ordered the last part of the trilogy, I will shamelessly say that I did. ;)
BUY or BORROW?: Please, please, please join my Club of Strange and be an owner of this amazing book with me! I seriously grin every time I pass by it while simultaneously crying about the long wait for the next installment. Did I answer the question? I think so.
Oh my fan-FREAKING-tastic!! I didn't think it was possible to love Cole more than I already do, but there's just something about seeing a bad boy so v...moreOh my fan-FREAKING-tastic!! I didn't think it was possible to love Cole more than I already do, but there's just something about seeing a bad boy so vulnerable in love that just grabs my heart and doesn't let go! <33
RATING: cannot be rated (but in case you wondering, it surpasses 5 stars)
I want to cry. I want to punch somebody. I want to kick in a wall, and scream...moreRATING: cannot be rated (but in case you wondering, it surpasses 5 stars)
I want to cry. I want to punch somebody. I want to kick in a wall, and scream, and sob, and push and shove until the words change because this ending was so, so, so suffocating and so, so, so cruel... yet at the same time, it is also -- in it's divergent way -- so, so, so PERFECT.
The first book, Divergent, blew the whole bookish world away. Insurgent admittedly fell into the middle-book trap, but it was still a one-night read. But this breathtaking final installment is one of the few books where, as soon as I finished (like, three minutes ago), I physically NEEDED to rant out my thoughts. Do I know what to say? Hell no. Am I going to say it anyways? Hell yes.
We're back in Tris's dystopian world -- except instead of being limited to just Chicago and its five factions, we get to explore the rest of the world, too. I don't think I ever really grasped before how unaware Tris and all her friends were about life outside their city. Because when they go outside the fence, they are clueless... and yet they are still brave. They face rebel groups, and fights, and circumstances where the only choice is to pull the trigger. They trip, and fall, and are pushed forward from behind.
And yet they still stand. Strong. And it doesn't feel fake, as if Veronica Roth made them that way. It feels like that's the way they are -- to her and to us -- and she's just documenting the facts.
Without a doubt, Tris is one of the most beautiful, brave, and worship-worthy heroines I know. She is up there with Katniss Everdeen, Rose Hathaway, and Sky Davis for me. Not because she is only an unconventional girl with a pretty face who somehow manages to have everything work out perfectly for her (because holy crap does Tris DEFINITELY not have that luck), but because she defines the faction she chose even though she's no longer part of it anymore. Bravery should be her middle name, as cheesy as that sounds!
And her and Tobias/Four? I DIED. I mean, half of this book is TOLD FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE. I actually had no clue about that when I started, so just imagine how much squealing the poor bystanders were assaulted with when I started reading! And trust me, for all of his faults and his fan-freaking-tastic interactions with our favourite heroine, Tobias is not as perfect as we thought he was. He's damaged goods. He's broken. He's troubled in a place that seems impossible to fix. And somehow those imperfections make him MORE perfect.
(For those of you romantics out there? YES, there are scenes. Scenes where you swoon. But I promise they will be much cuter if you READ THE DAMN BOOK.)
AND HEAR THIS OUT: Before, when I thought of Divergent and Insurgent, I remember thinking that the writing was mediocre. First person present tense may be my flavor at the moment, but the simplicity of Roth's style never truly stood out for me, except for the fact that it was so easy to get lost in. Now, I'm literally eating my words and saving all of those GAZILLION quotables that I found while reading. Tris's dystopian world is so different from ours, and yet Veronica Roth wrote this book in terms of love and life and pain and forgiveness and strength and selfishness that we can easily relate to.
Veronica? You proved me wrong, and you proved yourself. A million times over.
Maybe I'm still in that after-book rush where all I can do was think about how much I loved it and how many hours I wasted on it but wouldn't spend any other way. Maybe this is simply the truth. (As you can probably tell, I haven't been very coherent LOL.) I'm still practically bawling my eyes out (because OH MY GOSH I CAN'T EVEN SAY HOW MUCH THE REALISM KILLED ME AND STILL KILLS ME WHEN I THINK OF IT), but I just wanted to say that this book is a MUST. This series is a MUST. And quite frankly, VERONICA ROTH is a must.
That is all. For now. ♥
(P.S. Prepare for random edits & updates as I absorb and remember all the specifics and annoy all my Goodreads friend with my comments LOL!)
For those of you who have already finished the book...
***SERIOUSLY. Don't read ahead if you haven't finished already or I... will tell Tobias on you!!!***
OH MY SWEET MERCIFUL GOODNESS, DID THAT ENDING NOT JUST KILL YOU????? I cried like a freaking baby when Tris sacrificed herself for Caleb -- the whole concept of her forgiveness made my heart ache -- and I couldn't push away my tears fast enough to read straight through Tobias's reaction. When he found out, my heart broke for him. When he saw her body, I collapsed with him. And when he almost did that thing, with that serum... I cried even more. Because for this to break his strength so much that he was in that much pain...
GOD. Veronica is evil, and yet she is perfection. To be honest, I don't think I can think of a better, more effective ending than Tris dying because it proved that she was exactly the person everyone believed she was, even though she didn't truly believe it herself. Selfless. Brave. Smart.
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My fantastic librarian lent this to me (since she just purchased a copy for our school library and wanted to give me a chance to read it before everyo...moreMy fantastic librarian lent this to me (since she just purchased a copy for our school library and wanted to give me a chance to read it before everyone else), and OH MY GOODNESS. If you have ever loved a book series before, you NEED to read this.
**Mini interview and international giveaway (for 2 SIGNED copies!) on my blog! You can check it out HERE! ♥**
Rating: 4.5 hilarious stars out of 5!
Oh w...more**Mini interview and international giveaway (for 2 SIGNED copies!) on my blog! You can check it out HERE! ♥**
Rating: 4.5 hilarious stars out of 5!
Oh wow, I have a HUGE and absolute crush on this book! It had me smiling and aching and wishing it could be turned into a movie. I just couldn't get enough!
Mostly taking place over the span of three days, From What I Remember is told through 5 different POVs — which normally wouldn't be my cup of tea, but totally works here! Each of the characters are distinctive and fun and have their own personalities that make it so easy to tell them apart and even easier to connect with them.
The romance between Kylie and Max starts out rocky but progresses beautifully through whacky events like being kidnapped and taken to Mexico. It's more than your average serious-smart girl and heartthrob jock love story. They compliment and bring out the best in each other, and everything was realistic and sweet and SO genuine! ♥ The pacing — both with their relationship and the storyline — was perfect, and I was never, ever bored!
But the rest of the characters also stand out and make From What I Remember even stronger than it already is! There's Will, the gay best friend who is literally the funniest guy ever. His love for Kylie and their habit of quoting movie lines to each other made me smile. Somehow I even found myself empathizing with Lily, the resident mean girl.
Another thing I loved was the amount of self-discovery and growing up in this book. So close to graduation, each of them go through their own epiphanies and growth. I think that this would be the perfect book to read especially if you're a teen who doesn't know where you're going. I was inspired by these characters and I feel everyone will be too! :)
With an amazing cast, a perfect pace, and an absolutely sweet romance, From What I Remember was an entertaining story about self-discovery and unexpected romance. I was captivated for all near-500 pages and I almost wished I could've had more!
BUY or BORROW?: I love owning this book not just for the big amazing things, but the little amazing things too — like the fact that each chapter starts with a quote from a well-known movie. Buy buy BUY! :)
A pretty sweet sequel, but more adorable than anything else! Not enough depth behind emotions and they kissed a lot with little passion. However, I re...moreA pretty sweet sequel, but more adorable than anything else! Not enough depth behind emotions and they kissed a lot with little passion. However, I read this book in under two hours and was very happy while reading it -- it's a nice, sweet, and light summer read :) (less)
In my thesaurus for this book, The Sweetest Dark is synonymous to beautiful. Ordinary is not-a-fat-chance. And Shana Abe is something of a genius for...moreIn my thesaurus for this book, The Sweetest Dark is synonymous to beautiful. Ordinary is not-a-fat-chance. And Shana Abe is something of a genius for creating a story so lush, so beautiful, and so different from your classic paranormal book! I just HAVE to break it down! :')
The world: Taking place in England during World War I, The Sweetest Dark is also set in the world of Shana Abe's adult Drakon series. Even though it may not be a big secret, I don't want to give away the type of creature that lurks around in this enchantingly bleak world (like Lora). But I can tell you that this isn't a vamp/were/witch/fey story like usual!
The heroine: At first, Lora comes off distant. She's hardened by her awful past, slow to trust and quick to reply with snark. But beneath her hard shell is a fragile girl made of so many layers, and I loved that part of her. I ended up loving ALL of her. She has a silent strength that's unmistakable, and my heart clicked with hers like that.
The boys: Don't worry; you'll find that this isn't really your traditional love triangle! Jesse a musical genius who doesn't care what other people think of him. Many think he's mute because he refuses to speak — except to Lora, and it's SO sweet when he does. ♥ Then there's Armand, the arrogant aristocrat who Lora distrusts immediately. Both boys play a huge part in Lora discovering her heritage, and both unravel in different ways.
The awesome: I spent much of this book in a daze, confused almost, but the last fraction completely blew me away! I cried like a baby. To be honest, even though there are still so many things I don't understand (so many things I hope will be explored in a sequel *hint hint*), this is simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and it gets my heart for that!
The epic conclusion: Written with some of the most gorgeous prose I've ever read and told with the essence of a heartbreaking Grimm fairytale, The Sweetest Dark is a captivatingly original story that takes the phrase "hauntingly beautiful" to extremes. My chest is still aching!
BUY or BORROW?: I'm borrowing this ARC from Candace [insert showering of hearts!!], so of course I need to get a gorgeous finished copy for my shelf! :')