Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
Eleano...moreEleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.
Eleanor & Park was one of those rare books that truly made you feel. I felt so much, happiness, sadness, sick to my stomachness pretty sure that isn't a word It made me cry, scream, throw my book at the wall and not look at it for a minute. The book is just that raw.
What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away?
It's questions I've wondered forever. And the summary is very true. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Gosh this book, I cannot stress the importance of it enough. Read it for yourself, relive your first love all over again.(less)
What a disappointing way to end a great book series
So after a long time of wondering if I should write a review of this, I decided that I would. It's...moreWhat a disappointing way to end a great book series
So after a long time of wondering if I should write a review of this, I decided that I would. It's always interesting for me to write a review of a book that made me want to gauge my eyes out with a pair of scissors. So lets begin shall we?
Let's start with the characters. If you can even call them that. In books, it's actually rare nowadays to see NO character development. You get a little snippet of Nikki's possible character development in book 2, only for it to be forgotten about in this one.
Nikki is a egocentric brat in this book. The most selfish character I've come across in awhile. Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. and boy, are you reminded. Every other page with her and Jack is being all cheesy and it's gross. Don't get me wrong, I adore love in books. Jack and Nikki? that wasn't love that was borderline obsession. I think the thing I hate the most about Nikki in this book, if that instead of taking the throne and making a change which is what the Everneath really needs, she is selfish and decides to commit mass genocide lovely. Just lovely.
Jack on the other hand, is a character in this book but he lacks so much ACTUAL character that he was annoying. The only traits he portrays are: obsessive, stupidity, and blind ignorance. We are all reminded how large he has became in every other sentence which got old real quick. Instead of telling us in every other sentence how big Jack had become, Ashton should have used all that descriptive ability to actually, I don't know, build a setting?
Cole is the only redeemable part of these books. Book 1 had me entranced with him, and by book 2 I was in love. Yet Ashton decides to do a cop out with the best character in the entire book, by being lazy. Or fan servicing, I couldn't tell. Instead of actually making the ending something Cole might actually do, she literally pulls something out of her ass so OOC I had to shut the book. In the beginning of this book, Cole's goals are very straight forward. He wants Nikki to be his queen and he will stop at nothing to get her to do that, is that selfish? perhaps, but at least he didn't commit genocide to be with his "epic luv" Also, he is barely in this book, figuratively speaking. Unless you count him being a incoherent child half the book with his amnesia Cole.
And finally the writing, which usually in these types of books will save me EVEN if the story is as dumb as this one, but not even her writing could save it. Mainly because it was lacking, her setting building was bad, her character development was bad what character development and her cop out of a ending meant to look "admirable" and trying to make it look like Nikki was "just trying to survive" had me irritated before the book was even over. So all in all, this is a 1 star read for me, and if you actually read any of my reviews, you know that's kinda rare.(less)
Of something meant to be. The feeling brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps we can take a step forward together.
What a fantastic series. A series that un...moreOf something meant to be. The feeling brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps we can take a step forward together.
What a fantastic series. A series that unlike most, gets better with every book until it finally comes to an end. I feel a bit of bittersweet happiness with the ending of this series. This book is such a good action, romance, dystopian, you name it. Marie Lu finds an exciting and beautiful way to incorporate a romance without making it the main idea of the story.
That ending though.
(view spoiler)[ I knew Marie Lu would have to go out with a bang by either killing Day off or by doing SOMETHING, it was quite unfortunate for me that she picked the Hunger Games route which broke my heart. Still, it is better than him dying but he will probably never remember the kindness and anger and love that made him Day. It's NOT EVEN LIKE HE'S DAY ANYMORE I CANT at least at the end he was kinda like: (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, the book was excellent. I was very happy with Tess and her character growth, she went from being slightly whiny to a real woman and that was amazing to watch. It was great to see that everything kinda worked out in the end.
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“I’ve been to an Applebee’s,” he responded drily. “And an Outback, too.” “Well, congrats. You’ve seen everything."
Can we please talk about this cover...more“I’ve been to an Applebee’s,” he responded drily. “And an Outback, too.” “Well, congrats. You’ve seen everything."
Can we please talk about this cover for a second. I really don't know what I was expecting as a cover, but it wasn't this. Come on! Can we get one cover where the guy doesn't look like he just walked off a modeling photoshoot? Maybe I'm just being nitpicky.
Fun drinking game: Take a shot everytime Daemon or Katy admits their undying love for each other and you'll be drunk by page 5
I really wanted to like this book, truly, I really did. The other books held my interest enough to continue to read them, and I loved Daemon and Katy's relationship in them. This book though. This book. Way to gushy in my opinion, I get it, you're in love and you just want the world to know it!
“Don’t even think about saying something dirty or trying to kiss me while you’re still in Nancy’s body.” I put a hand on his chest, holding him back. Daemon chuckled. “You’re no fun.” “You two need to focus on the task at hand—”
I was pretty much Archer in this situation. Literally. There could be no action scene in this book without Daemon "shining his emerald beauties" at Katy. Or Katy, "blushing" I kind of feel like a Scrooge in this book but it just had way, way, too much love for my taste. I like characters to show how they love each other, not to tell eachother every second of the day.
Even the writing faltered in this book, many instances I would read a sentence and wonder how in the world that was even supposed to make sense.
The only reason this book got two stars is because the plot of it is undying amazing. I love what the author was trying to do in this book, it had a good idea, and the sarcasm always made me laugh. But between Daemon and Katy sucking face all the time, admitting their undying love in absolutely preposterous situations and the writing, I couldn't love this book as much as I wanted too.
But if you're a huge Katy and Daemon fan and you like to read about them sucking face a lot, and having SOME cute moments, this book is for you. I still haven't given up with these books yet, I just hope in the next one the author gives me more action. and hopefully more Luc and Archer(less)
Wonderful doesn't even begin to describe this book. If you're looking for a kick ass lead charater with a hot potential love interest engulfed in a m...more
Wonderful doesn't even begin to describe this book. If you're looking for a kick ass lead charater with a hot potential love interest engulfed in a murder mystery with a twist. This is your kind of book. I see a lot of other reviews complaining it wasn't paranormal like they had been apparently promised. This is definitely more of a murder mystery than a paranormal story, and I like that. I feel as though, their is a slight promise of more paranormal being added to the story as we progress through the series.
The thing I liked possibly the most in this story was that it kept you guessing, which is to be expected in a murder mystery, perhaps maybe I'm just uneducated in the works of a mystery story since I've been chained to my usual readings of paranormal books and fantasy. Yet to me, it seemed to keep me interested. I've seen reviews that also say this book is boring, and by no means was this book boring to me. Of course, opinions are supplementary. If I had to pick a problem with this book? I honestly couldn't really pick one, it was pure perfection in my eyes. Great writing, great plot, great characters.
“Really.” He presses a sweet kiss to my lips. “There’s always hope for us.”
I think this gif pretty accurately sums up my opinion on this entire book,...more“Really.” He presses a sweet kiss to my lips. “There’s always hope for us.”
I think this gif pretty accurately sums up my opinion on this entire book, and what a book it was. I've always had a soft spot for the whole time travel theory, so when I figured out this book was about that, I was pretty pleased. Going into this book, I had no idea what it was even going to be about, I read no excerpt, summary, comments, or reviews. Which I think made this book slightly more enjoyable and shocking
What I loved the most about this book was the pure shock factor it has. Nothing is more boring than a book where you know exactly what is going to happen, and thankfully, with this book you don't get that at all. I opened this book not knowing what was going to happen, and I finished this book with the same shock factor. This book is wonderful, the writing, the characters, the vivid scenes, the "omg-did-that-really-just-happen" moments.
If I had to think of a problem with this book, it would probably be that it doesn't offer enough in the general theory that the world is so horrible. I wanted more examples than the little I was offered, I was also confused on what turns Good Innocent James into Doctor Asshole at the end. Its a good read though, definitely worth while.
WAIT THEIR IS GONNA BE A SECOND ONE?
How they're going to continue the plot after this, I have no idea, the end seemed pretty... tight knit.
I went into this book expecting so much more than I got, and perhaps maybe that is the problem. Nothing in this book really stuck out to me or made me...moreI went into this book expecting so much more than I got, and perhaps maybe that is the problem. Nothing in this book really stuck out to me or made me want to keep reading. Plus nothing was really SETTLED at the end, you're flipping through the pages like "am I missing pages or?" and then you finish the book with a mix of timid disappointment.
It had a lot of loose ends that needed tied up and I felt like the entire romance? with Theo was unnecessary. It didn't even seem like she had feelings for him, and the entire romance was being told to you and it was just all around awkward to read.
Oh well, I expected more because I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah Dessen, but it's a OK read if you're bored.(less)
My brother's dead and I'm alive. This is the truth and I'm the only one who can tell it
I'm so happy I got an ARC of this book, because it's definitel...moreMy brother's dead and I'm alive. This is the truth and I'm the only one who can tell it
I'm so happy I got an ARC of this book, because it's definitely an amazing read.
Before you read this book there's a lot of this :
And this :
I guess I didn't really come into this book with high expectations, but even If I had it would have lived up to it. This book is very unpredictable, right when you think one thing is going to happen, the author surprises you by taking the story in a completely different direction. What I loved the most about this book, besides for the complete unpredictable nature about it, was how raw it was for me. The book held so much emotion, and I felt for Marsh the entire way. So maybe I stepped into this book without high hopes, but I finished it with a smirk.
As far as characters go, I love the messy ones. The ones with too much anger, emotions, "broken" types. So of course I immediately loved Marsh whose the epitome of a broken character. Maddie, well I feel as though she didn't have much character development, and I liked her, but she won't probably be a character I'll remember if you're getting where I'm going with this.
Anyway, a highly recommendable read. Definitely worth the time, it's a quick read. (less)
So I received a copy of this from the publisher, my first one ever and I really really wanted to like it.
But It didn't really impress me.
Thankfully th...moreSo I received a copy of this from the publisher, my first one ever and I really really wanted to like it.
But It didn't really impress me.
Thankfully this is the author's first book, and she has a lot of potential. The plot for this book definitely interested me, but the writing was more of TELLING. It lacked the typical character growth I need in a story, Bailey and Max's relationship was like watching paint dry.
I think the author will be writing some great stuff in the future, but as for this I just I couldn't get into it. (less)