Hate List is about Valerie Leftman, a survivor of a school shooting where her boyfriend shot and killed students that had been on the two's "Hate List...moreHate List is about Valerie Leftman, a survivor of a school shooting where her boyfriend shot and killed students that had been on the two's "Hate List," a notebook filled with names of people and things they hated, and her struggle to put the pieces of her life back together five months later.(less)
I truly have no idea where to even start. I'm sure if I just said 'Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow' over and over again that it would get my point across...moreI truly have no idea where to even start. I'm sure if I just said 'Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow' over and over again that it would get my point across just fine, but that might be a little repetitive and inarticulate. I'm going to try to get my very gushing thoughts in order for you guys.
When I opened the pages of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis really doesn't give you much, and I like it that way. The vague synopsis, the eerie cover, and the fantastic title really set the tone for the book. The overall feel of this book is very different than most YA's out right now. It's very dark. You will realize that from the first page. Sometimes it sent shivers up my spine. But it's also a fantastically done love story that had me aswoon on many occasions. So although I didn't quite know what to expect, I fell in love with this unique and extremely captivating story very, very early on.
Who is Mara Dyer you may ask. Well, I'm not telling. You will have to find out for yourself, but I will say that she was damaged and she was unreliable because of that. That was a aspect that I absolutely loved! Mara just really wanted to be a normal girl and that made her relatable and realistic. I loved her sense of humor, it reminded me of mine. Mara Dyer is a mystery you will want to figure out. You will love her!
Now for the romance....sigh. Michelle Hodkin is trying to kill us with this romance. Heart attacks and swooning will ensue. Noah, Noah, Noah. He is everything you love!I guarantee it! He even has an accent! He's also a bit of a bad boy with a reputation. He's just....Whoa. I'm gushing, huh? Let put it into more intelligent sentences. There's no insta-love. There is a believable, intense, sexy attraction that builds slowly and makes you fall in love right along with the characters. I swooned, I giggled and by the end of it I was head over heels. This was the best romance I have read in a long, long time.
I'm not done! No, there is more to this story than great characters and heart stopping sexy romance. Much more. It's scary. It's 'make the hairs on your arm stand up' eerie. It's awesome! There were many times I just had to set the book down for a few moments so I could just take it all in. I died a thousand little deaths from the sheer hotness and awesomeness of this book. It left me speechless and breathless and this review in no way does it justice! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a book I could read over and over, and I probably will.
This is an incredible debut. Michelle Hodkin is an author that everyone will be talking about. This book is the next big thing. I LOVED it! It claimed my favorite book of the year spot before I hit page 50. I will hand sell this if I have to--but I won't have to. Am I getting my point across? READ IT! (less)
I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. When I was finished reading the book I was left feeling empty handed. I felt that there could have been...moreI didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. When I was finished reading the book I was left feeling empty handed. I felt that there could have been more romance or positives in Ever and Damen's relationship in this book since it took so much in the last book (not to mention the past six hundred years) for them to get where they are. But no this just went right back to the same struggles of them being torn apart and so on.... it also had so much going on at the end that it kind of built up to not much at all... I started skimming through the pages at the end just trying to get through it to get to the point, and then when I got there I felt disappointed to find the end result. All and all if you enjoyed Evermore then I do suggest you read Blue Moon, however I do hope that the Author allows Ever and Damen to progress a little more in their current relationship in the next book instead of spending the entire book with them just trying to find a way to be together without actually allowing them be together at all... If that happens again I think I will become bored of the cycle and give up on the series?? But as of now I'm still a fan.
Im not any good at writing reviews so I read them and find a good one that tells how I felt about the book. This review was wrote By A. Jackson. (less)
High School gets crazy for Rachel when she discovers her mother and younger sister are witches. But just because Rachel didn't inherit the magic doesn...moreHigh School gets crazy for Rachel when she discovers her mother and younger sister are witches. But just because Rachel didn't inherit the magic doesn't mean she's not going to take advantage. Goody-to-shoes Miri doesn't want to use her powers but when Rachel talks her into using magic to break up their dad and soon to be step mom all bets are off. Soon Miri is cooking up clear skin concoctions and potions to help Rachel dance so she can be in the schools Fashion Show. But soon the Fashion Show and being part of the A-List take over Rachel's life and she starts to forget what's really important.
This is Sarah Mlynowski first teen novel and she doesn't disappoint. Despite the supernatural aspect, Rachel is your typical freshmen just trying to fit in. The book is filled with humor and laugh out loud moments that keep you entertained. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. (less)
Ever has survived the unthinkable. She is the lone survivor of the automobile accident that took the lives of every member of her family – including t...moreEver has survived the unthinkable. She is the lone survivor of the automobile accident that took the lives of every member of her family – including the family pet. Since her “near death” experience, she hasn’t been the same. Not only is she battling with feelings of guilt for being alive, she now has psychic abilities. She can read minds and nothing is secret anymore. In order to block out the noise that constantly surrounds her, she keeps her iPod cranked to dangerous levels, hoping to distract herself.
Her self-isolation naturally leads to a lack of friends. Only Haven and Miles, outsides in their own rights, keep Ever company at school and on occasional weekends.
One day flows into the next, until a new boy shows up at school. Damen causes quite a stir with his amazing good looks and charming personality, but there is something strange about him too. Damen silences the noise in Ever’s head. Whenever he talks, he is all she hears. Whenever he touches her, everyone around her seems to disappear and a warm, tingly feeling creeps up her body. This would be great if Ever felt she could trust him, but something just doesn’t seem right about him.
Ever must come to terms with her life while dealing with a mysterious woman that seems to have a connection to Damen. Ever refuses to learn more about her psychic abilities and would rather them just disappear, but in trying ignore them, she puts herself in danger.
Can Ever find a way to live with her abilities and is Damen worthy of her trust? Read EVERMORE by Alyson Noel to join Ever on her journey through the Immortals Series.(less)
I am in love with this book and cant wait to get my hand on the 2nd one Rumors!!! It had a slow start tho. Keep reading you will fall in love with the...moreI am in love with this book and cant wait to get my hand on the 2nd one Rumors!!! It had a slow start tho. Keep reading you will fall in love with the story!(less)
Wow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an im...moreWow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It's entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. If this was merely a good read, I would have given it 4 stars, but they say great art leaves you changed after you experience it... and this book definitely did that. Suzanne Collins has, with one amazing work, propelled herself onto my top shelf. (less)
It's a good book (although note the characters seem a lot more like 9th graders to me than 11th in their attitudes). The book is not written as well a...moreIt's a good book (although note the characters seem a lot more like 9th graders to me than 11th in their attitudes). The book is not written as well as some others at this level and by this author -- some plot devices and characters are a little thin -- but it is a great source for discussions of tolerance of differences, the importance of individuality, and the influence of peer pressure, among other topics. Possibly could be paired or compared with Millions (book and film) or possibly Pay it Forward (film), I note, which share some themes.(less)
I liked this book! What an incredible story. With her dad in the army and her grandmother in a nursing home after a stroke, Evie Johnson is sent to li...moreI liked this book! What an incredible story. With her dad in the army and her grandmother in a nursing home after a stroke, Evie Johnson is sent to live at the elite Wyldcliffer Abbey School for Young Ladies. At first it just seems like a big stuffy mansion filled with snobby girls who don't seem to give a hoot about her. Then she meets Sebastian and her life starts unfurling right before her eyes. With the help of a couple of friends Evie uncovers the dark secrets surrounding the abbey and Sebastian, and who she really is, what she is capable of, and what she must do. Especially if she wants to save the one she loves most(less)
"The Things We Do For Love" is the title of the last chapter of this novel. All along from beginning to end, each chapter has the name of an old love...more"The Things We Do For Love" is the title of the last chapter of this novel. All along from beginning to end, each chapter has the name of an old love song. 'Every Time We Say Goodbye" sums up the feelings of love, loss, regret and longing. Anne Enright has written one of the most ironic and real novels of love and adultery.
From the first chapter we learn that Gina, a thirty something Dubliner, has committed adultery with a man who has an odd daughter. The rest of the book fills us in. This is a modern day 'Madame Bovary', that hovers on the wines of the year, the modern home, the best IT job and really is all about money. The affair, the adultery, the divorce all cost money. To get what you want and to keep it costs money. Gina is married to a man she loves, but on one fine day she finds the man she needs. No matter that the man is married, no matter that he has a child, no matter that the two of them are hurting and changing the lives of all that surround them. It is just them, and they need and want each other. Gina narrates the entire story, and we are at first pulling for her. She seems to have left her husband, Conor in a mess, but that is only what we surmise, because anyone else's emotions are too difficult to deal with. The wife of her lover seems to be a strange woman, but how do we really know? It also seems that Sean, her lover, is a serial adulterer. We learn bits and pieces as the novel proceeds. Gina's family, her mother, her sister, Fiona, the beautiful one, her workmates, and the daughter of Sean, Evie. We learn her story, and we try to understand just what it is that has made her so odd.
This is brilliant writing, little snippets of the most marvelous words strung together. This is such a common story, that of adultery, but Anne Enright has given us an up to date and modern twist told from the viewpoint of the adulterous woman. I admired Gina, and at the same time was taken aback at her callousness. The other characters, so well drawn out, but not as meaningful as Gina and the daughter, Evie. Gina calls her Sean's beautiful mistake, and we understand what she means. How, I wonder, will this love affair turn out? Is there happiness at the end of this rainbow?(less)