Eerie. Beautiful. So, so creepy in a wondrous, Poe-worthy way. 3.5 out of 5 stars for now, but that may change with some thought. (Can't trust a reade...moreEerie. Beautiful. So, so creepy in a wondrous, Poe-worthy way. 3.5 out of 5 stars for now, but that may change with some thought. (Can't trust a reader's mind just after reading LOL!)
HOLY CRAP. I found Poison Princess at a used book store and bought it on a whim -- and somehow I got so addicted that I immediately bought this sequel...moreHOLY CRAP. I found Poison Princess at a used book store and bought it on a whim -- and somehow I got so addicted that I immediately bought this sequel and read then both before I could even tell Goodreads I was reading them!!!!
This series is so absolutely AMAZING! I can't believe it took me so long to get on the bandwagon.... But now I'm dying to read the next one!!
This is -- by far -- one of the most amazing, touching, realistic, and beautifully written debuts I've ever read. I loved Reena, and her daughter Hann...moreThis is -- by far -- one of the most amazing, touching, realistic, and beautifully written debuts I've ever read. I loved Reena, and her daughter Hannah, and even her runaway-sort-of-boyfriend-who-was-a-jerk-a-lot-of-the-time-but-was-still-super-sexy Sawyer.
Plus, the fact that I found this on Katie Cotugno's profile bio added to my adoration:
"Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers."
My lack of access to the real world has been replaced completely by books, and it can’t be healthy to li
...more***FIVE MILLION BAJILLION KAJILLION STARS***
My lack of access to the real world has been replaced completely by books, and it can’t be healthy to live in a land of happily ever afters.
This has probably been the most difficult year of my life. So much has been going on, and there are times when it's so damn hard to see the other side -- a side where things get better and the worst thing I have to worry about is which university I'm going to, how I'll connect with my friends, and how to keep that crush I'm crushing on. I needed something but couldn't find it.
With Hopeless, Colleen Hoover has -- in a way -- saved me.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I anchored my life on this book and its equally amazing companion (Losing Hope) during the past year of my life. It has been my saving grace, my heart, and my favourite book of all time. I can't even begin to tell you... but I'm going to damn try. ♥
Hopeless kicks off when our heroine, Sky Davis -- a snarky homeschooled girl who loves to run and loves to read -- goes to public school for the first time. Needless to say, it doesn't go well since her best and only friend, Six (also her neighbor whose window is directly opposite hers), is known as the school slut... and Sky's reputation has not remained clean either, despite her refusal to participate. Sky has more of a reason to hate public school than the majority of us...
Then she meets Dean Holder.
If you think that this is going to be your classic new adult book where a good girl meets a bad boy and fixes him -- or whatever -- then you couldn't be more wrong. Because Sky is far from a perfect girl, and Holder is about as far from a bad boy as I can express. He may be badass and moody and rumoured to have been to juvie, but his heart is the purest form of gold there is. And his affection for Sky? His support? His sly-sly teasing and heart-damn-melting and sweet-hot words?
I laugh and rush to him, throwing my arms around his neck. "You’re the best, most understanding boyfriend in the whole wide world."
He sighs and returns my hug. "No, I’m not," he says, pressing his lips to the side of my head. "I’m the most whipped boyfriend in the whole wide world."
God. They meet by chance and connect by coincidences and have a connection that surpasses anything I've ever read in ANY book in my entire life. The HUGE-ass plot twist thrown in made my heart nearly explode in my chest because it was so sudden, so fierce, and connects everything (both in the book and with me) in a way that totally blew me away. Sky and Holder are so imperfect yet so perfect at the same time, and they are my new forever-favourites as both individuals and a couple.
Not only that, but Colleen's writing? Holy hazystacks, she's a miracle worker with a language I thought I loved before but never knew could be so perfect! Her sentences flow and her emotions are palpable and her descriptions are never, ever boring but they also never, ever feel too undescriptive like I find a lot of books being now. I guess some authors are trying to appeal to more to new/fast readers who don't want too difficult language, but I REALLY hope they take a page book and follow this piece of advice:
Readers are smarter than people give them credit for.
Long, boring descriptions may be a bore to read -- but really, it doesn't matter how long a paragraph is as long as its written right. The words need each need to carry a factor that connects with the reader in some way. It's so hard to describe, but it's like how the kind of paint can severely affect how much people pay attention to a work of art. Because that's what Hopeless is: a work of art. (With a really, really hot guy in it.)
To sum up my ramblings: When I was reading Hopeless, I was Sky and I was Holder and I was there and I felt everything they were feeling and I broke when they did and I never wanted imperfect more than I ever have before this. This and the sequel (OH GOOD LORD, it was told from Holder's POV) made me realize things; feel things; understand things. Please, please, please oh please give this a chance! I promise you won't regret it... or if you by some mysterious fluke do, then I give you permission to come attack me. Because it won't happen. ;) ♥
"The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you've never felt anything when someone's kissed you, then no one's ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you."
BUY or BORROW?: Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Please see above. Like, anywhere above. I actually have two copies of this book: One to look perfect and beautiful on my shelf, and another to carry everywhere with me when I'm looking for inspiration. :)
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! :)
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! :')
When you look at this book, you think of a dark, dreary, and dangerous dystopian set in a ruined London. And while it is a d...moreRating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When you look at this book, you think of a dark, dreary, and dangerous dystopian set in a ruined London. And while it is a dystopian set in England and can be very dark at times, it's also so much more enjoyable and lighter than I expected!
You don't have to worry about being bored with this book — The Last Princess is fast-paced and engaging from beginning to end! But sometimes it's a little too fast that it skims over details and shies away from world-building, leaving so much room for plot holes and questions. (I mean, there are cannibals! Creepy-cool idea, right? But we never flesh out why there are cannibals or how London became as ruined as it was.)
On the other hand, the speed helps avoid the slow beginning that many dystopians tend to have! The story focuses more on the current monarchy and a dictator's revolution to take over it. It's surprisingly political, but in an interesting, cool, and not-boring way.
Eliza isn't your average princess — she's more like a princess-turned-soldier, forced to flee and join the revolutionist army as a spy to save her siblings. She may start out as your typical kindhearted and naive girl, but she matures and proves her bravery by the end. It's hard not to adore, admire, and ache for her with what Galaxy Craze puts her through!
I just wish that, like with world-building, we had more investment in the other characters. Cornelius had so much potential to be more than the one-dimensional villain he was (although he was still easy to hate, that's for sure!). And Wesley was a sweet, secretive, and intriguing love interest, but we never got to learn his secrets or motivations.
With a fascinating premise and a plot that races like your heart, The Last Princess is a unique and adventurous story that you'll probably finish in one sitting. It may not be a flawless book, but it sure is enjoyable to read! :)
BUY or BORROW?: If you're looking for a fast and absorbing novel, then this book is definitely worth picking up!