I am rapidly becoming addicted to Sarra Manning's books. How did this happen to me, I thought I was being so careful...? Anyway, I adore this book. FinI am rapidly becoming addicted to Sarra Manning's books. How did this happen to me, I thought I was being so careful...? Anyway, I adore this book. Finished it yesterday and can't stop thinking about it. Is it too soon for a reread?
This might just be my new favourite book in the ya contemporary genre. It is not so superficially written as the synopsis above would have you believe.This might just be my new favourite book in the ya contemporary genre. It is not so superficially written as the synopsis above would have you believe. It is a sweet, fluffy love story about a girl who falls in love with a modern prince. It has the best from the clean romance section and the best of contemporary fiction.
Bothe Reece and Dante are characters that grow on the reader. They are perfectly likeable, realistic teens to begin with, but they also change a lot during the course of the story. They mature, they become stronger, they grow up. They take control of their lives, each in a different way, and they make their choices, through sometimes painful and dangerous circumstances. I liked them both as characters immensely, they are both strong-willed people, but not in an irritating way. They just know their own mind, but let me tell you, that makes for a very interesting relationship.
Sometimes, these contemporary romance ya books suffer from an almost complete lack of plot (i.e. the ridiculously famous Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door). That is not the case with this book. There is a plot and a mystery, of sorts, and although it is nothing heart-stopping, it does wonders for moving the story along and making this book, on top of everything else, a page-turner also.
I adored this book. It has summer, it has travel, it has adventure. And, of course, growing up. Even if you are done growing up, if you are like me, you will love reading about these two people coming of age in style.
I hope you are one of these persons who judges a book by its cover -only actual books of course and not people- then let me tell you something about VI hope you are one of these persons who judges a book by its cover -only actual books of course and not people- then let me tell you something about Vaclav and Lena. If at first sight you thought this is a light-hearted, one-layered children's book -or book about children-, then you are wrong. If, on the other hand, you thought this looks like a tender, sweet, vintage read with tendencies to suck you in a story so warm and emotional that you won't be satisfied with another book for sometime after finishing, then you are completely right.
That's what this book was for me, anyway.
The characters were very well fleshed-out, even though the writing style is this type of poetic, sparce use of words that so few books manage to get right these days. You know, the kind of book that is written as though every single word has been chosen personally for the task of conveying a particual message in the story. The kind of book that is full of word-painted pictures. Anyway, the characters as I was saying are extremely realistic, from the fragile Lena to sweet, growing-up Vaclav, to the host of surrounding characters.
Their love story begins as a childhood friendship and then it becomes the medium via which we are diven the painful realiry of the cold war. Now, don't mistake me this book deals with some very tough issues, regardless of the historical frame they are placed in, so sometimes, although the writing is elegant, the story becomes sad, even painful. Also, there is a very tactful dealing with a very mature issue.
I loved everything about this book. I loved how it made me almost cry and then surprised me with the warmest feeling. I loved the humanity of the characters and the realistic quality of the situations they found themselves in. I loved the literary and refined writing. ...more
In this new spin on the Robin Hood legend, Scarlet is the protagonist and the one through whom we 'see' everything. She is also a girl, contrary to evIn this new spin on the Robin Hood legend, Scarlet is the protagonist and the one through whom we 'see' everything. She is also a girl, contrary to every other story you have probably read about Robin Hood and his band of marry men. I simply adored this book.
It is packed with action, adventure and success. Justice-serving missiongs, saving people from burning houses and from tightly watched prisons, running through the forest and providing the poor with gold for taxes and meat. Everything one loves about the Robin Hood legend is here. Plus romance. A lot of romance, clean and sweet and sometimes heart-wrenching.
Robin Hood and his small band of other three people are very young in this story, younger than most legends portray them, but for some reason they sound more real and realistic than any other version of them. The historical setting also is detailed and gives a good feel of the time and place. I have no idea if it is completely accurate, but truth be told, I don't much care. It sounds realistic, and that is the hardest part of any story.
There is no drawback for me in this book. It went instatly to my top favourites self. The cover is very precise of Scarlet, and I found myself looking at it while I was reading, trying to picture her and Robin and John and Much hanging from the branches of the Sherwood trees.
It ended in a somewhat cruel cliffhanger and I beyond hope that there is a sequel. It is not often that a book can wow me, especially if that book has to do with my favourite historical and literary hero of all time. I am not easy to please, as you can see from my reviews. And yet, wow.
Finley embarks on a journey to Ireland, armed with bitterness and grief over her brother's death. And questions. A lot of questions. She wants to findFinley embarks on a journey to Ireland, armed with bitterness and grief over her brother's death. And questions. A lot of questions. She wants to find God again, but she feels completely lost. She has the journal her brother wrote during his visit to Ireland as a guide, but nothing seems to go as she hoped it would.
I absolutely loved this book. I saw Debra from Debra's Book Cafe raving about it on YouTube, and was curious to read it. I am so glad I did. Wow.
This book is about anyone who has even questioned the bad things that have happened in their lives. It is about anyone who has ever been angry at God and ready to give up on everything, Him, themselves, life. And it is about finding hope again, and the will to live and answers in the most unexpected places.
The characters are so vivid, it's like they are leaping off the page. If only they would... There is a vampire actor who is a heartthrob, but who also has a tender heart and a mind to find the truth. There is a bitter old lady, who is of more help to Finley than all the pastors combined. There is a whole cast of characters to relish while to read.
The descriptions of Ireland I found just mouth-watering and the romance... It was real and sweet and deep. No instant love at first sight here. Instead there is humour and friendship and sharing. I loved it.
But most of all I loved the messages of this book, about grief and anger and decisions, and even about eating disorders. I cried after I had finished it, not because it was sad -it isn't- but because it spoke to my heart.
I think it will speak even to those who are not Christians. It is not preachy at all. Instead, it is just plain real. And just plain good.
I read it via the NetGalley, but I have already bought it and can't wait to delve into it again.