This is one of those books that remind me why I'm such a hopeful romantic at heart. It literally melted and expands my heart all at the same time and...moreThis is one of those books that remind me why I'm such a hopeful romantic at heart. It literally melted and expands my heart all at the same time and I never thought this one would evoke such emotions from me, I mean; I'm totally in love with it! I really had no expectations here or whatsoever because I even don’t know this book existed until someone recommend it to me. I was gratefully surprised to like it and love it very much.
Amber and her brother Jake suffered from an abusive father for years. They both suffer from physical, emotional and even sexual abuse. Then there's Liam, the boy next door. He saw Amber crying one night, taps on her window, comforts her and doesn’t let go until the morning; and so this becomes a daily routine for both Amber and Liam (but without anyone knowing) and this continues for years. But what would happen if they both suddenly see each other differently?
Though abusing was mentioned at the beginning the story mostly focuses on the aftermath on such how those things that have happened on the past affects all the characters. I know you're thinking this is one of those clichéd types of stories but it’s really different. It has more and the characters proved it very well.
Jake was the best-brother anyone would ever want. Though he acts jerky with Amber at times his protectiveness over her was uhm very brotherly and comes very sweet for me. He's willing to kill anyone and do anything just to protect Amber. (view spoiler)[Being an overly protective big brother, its fun seeing Jake when Amber and Liam confessed to him that they’re now together. That is really one of my most waited moment, though I'm really not surprised that he accepts it easily for I know he already see that certain bond between her sister and Liam (hide spoiler)]
Amber was a cool character but very fragile. She cannot bear to be touched by anyone because of the trauma she suffers from the abuse. I really don’t how to describe her but she's a great character.
Then there's Liam. Oh Liam! I want you. He's the sweetest-ever male character I ever encounter. His sweetness with Amber is just enough to take my breathe away every time he say or do something for her. The way he always calm her down when nothing else works was a great picture on how they’re really both in tuned with each other.
With one kiss and their relationship evolves. The thing that I really liked most on Liam and Amber's relationship is that it happens slowly because I'm really not a fan of instant-love type of thing which I think is really superficial and unbelievable. Liam's love for Amber was very unconditional. He never pushes or pressures her; he simply waited patiently. On Amber's part, she also didn’t pressure to accept Liam’s love and let herself love him back immediately; she takes her time realizing her true and deepest feelings for him.
As I'm half way in reading the book, I started to think of something that would ruin this too-good story. I literally started to constantly think of horrible things that might happen here, but the good thing is that nothing that horrible did happen. The pace of the story was also fast. The writing style was neat, nice and very simple that I constantly have to remind myself that this was a fiction story. I become so engrossed with it that I really did think things like this could happen. (Because I'm a hopeful romantic okay? :))
My only reservation on this one is the presence of Amber and Jakes mother. She's absent most of the time on the story that I began to think if she even existed. Though she's mentioned from time to time, it just nags me that she seems to be nowhere when some emergency things happened; it’s just always Amber, Liam & Jake.
It was a short story of romance that happens slowly. It was full of heart warming moments at the same time it tackles serious subjects. I was completely lost on this world of Amber, Liam and Jake though at times things started to sound so clichéd, I still couldn’t put it down and still read it straight through the night because it literally had me around its little finger from the beginning till the end.
I'll finish this review on a very positive note. I'm really happy putting time on reading this book. It was very much worth it. Definitely recommended for everyone especially those who want to experience a dosage of swoon-worthy and sweet sweet moments. :")
PS. Why does Liam call Amber Angel?
(view spoiler)[“He turned to me, and do you know what he said to me? He said in a deadly serious tone, ‘Momma, am I dead?’ And I said ‘no honey, you’re not dead’, and he shook his head, looking all confused about something. Then he pointed to you dancing and said, ‘if I’m not dead, then why is there an Angel in our house.’”(hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is, above all, a love story, and like so many love stories, it is rooted in tragedy. At the same time, it is also a story of forgiveness. And it...moreThis is, above all, a love story, and like so many love stories, it is rooted in tragedy. At the same time, it is also a story of forgiveness. And it is my story as well. I, too, played a role in all that happened.
My 13th Nicholas Sparks Novel!! Yey! For me!
Okay, so its another typical Nicholas Sparks novel filled with love, romance, tragedy and sadness yet it was also full of forgiveness and very much uplifiting. I really loved how the story was told in another persons point of view, a person who is not one of the frontline characters of the story but yet has a great part on it.
The plot of the story was very simple but there's something about it that really mingled my gentle heart. I think its one of Sparks well planned story and I really liked everything about it especially the mystery feel of it. It gives me goosbumps at times and makes me think who could be the person they 're looking for in here.
It was a gripping and a very much powerful tale about True Love. And I'll leave you all with a good note that this one has indeed have a happy and great ending. No reason to be weepy and stuff. :))(less)
"When i was seventeen, my life changed forever..."
Not many of us are lucky enough to find love at a very young age, but this story tells us that desp...more "When i was seventeen, my life changed forever..."
Not many of us are lucky enough to find love at a very young age, but this story tells us that despite different circumstances love will surely find a way if it is really meant for you. This is simply a sweet story of young and everlasting love between Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter. I remember watching the movie adaptation of this when i was younger and yes, i cried and fell in love with it but after reading this it makes me fall in love and cry again. The good thing about this one is that the story and the characters seem to be so real. The story makes us want to believe that love is there, it is pure and the goodness will always win at the end. It is bittersweet, tragic and yet spiritual in some ways for it says that of you believe, miracles can do happen. It is a very moving book, though Landon told the readers that there will be joy and sadness, eventually the tears will still come. And tears do come. For Me.
A typical Nicholas Sparks Novel, which would make you smile and feel in love but yet the tragedy is still there. The movie might end up in a tragic way, but on my own understanding after reading it, it ends on a good note for Landon states that:
"I smile slightly, looking toward the sky, knowing there's one thing I still haven't told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen." (less)
I don't really know why I liked this book. I just do. I just feel overwhelmingly happy with it. The friendship presented on this book seems surreal an...moreI don't really know why I liked this book. I just do. I just feel overwhelmingly happy with it. The friendship presented on this book seems surreal and vey true and I long to have and achieve the kind of friendship these 4 girls have. This second book focuses on the mother-daughter relationship of the girls and for sure each and every one of us can relate to it.
Carmen's story is a basic scenario wherein her mother has fallen in love again and she's definitely not happy about it since she felt left out ever since her mom started going out with the guy.
Tibby. She's struggling with her movie career and she definitely did mess things up with her mom after featuring her on her movie which seems to be funny for her. She's still at the stage of mourning for losing a dear friend of hers. There's Brian that after a very long time of being friends with him, it seems that she doesn’t even know him at all.
Bee. She went to Alabama to reconcile with the grandmother she lost contact with for a long time. Upon arriving, it’s not just her grandmother that is waiting for her, a whole crash of mysteries, secrets and knowledge is in store for her on the attic of her grandma. She may feel different because of her dyed-colored hair and a curvier body. But the Bee within her is still there and surely people would still know who she really is despite the covers she make.
Lena. Aching to know who is Eugene is on her mother’s life and knowing Falling in love is never really that easy, especially the long-distance one, she faced the summer with great depression. I really do feel sad for her. I feel her pain and heartbreak. I almost come to the point where all I could feel is my heart throbbing and feeling I was in Lena's place.
But towards the end, all of them manage to make things right and admit to themselves that yes, they might definitely did something wrong and suck up at things. They might have these dilemmas and problems and they might not be altogether this summer, with their tight friendship and the traveling pants. For sure they will conquer all the problems that would soon still arrive. (less)
I never really get a chance to watch the movie version of this book so i was definitely blind about the story of it. As i was reading it was faced wit...moreI never really get a chance to watch the movie version of this book so i was definitely blind about the story of it. As i was reading it was faced with a lot of questions like "What's wrong with Anna?" "What is this all about?" "Why does her mom treats her like that?" and so on. The opening remark Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. definitely captures my interest. It was a heartbreaking story which opens us to the different struggles a family with a little girl who has leukemia was facing and mainly a 13 year old child who served as a donor every time her sister needs any essential elements of her body. The lawyer Campbell is one of my favorite character in this story, his love story just interests me and how he still gives a certain effect to the girl (who was his first love and now Anna's litigator) in the name of Julia. Its fun following their love story as the story progress. I was just a little disappointed in the ending though, i want it to end in a different way not in just a sudden accident. I know as i start reading this books that someone would definitely die but i just don't want it to end like how it ended (i don't want to elaborate on how it ended) But i just wish it ended differently. (WOW! IT'S FULL OF THE WORD END! HAHA! )
In all, It gives us an idea what it means to be a good sister, daughter, parent or a person. As the author says, it gives us the dilemma if it is morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? (less)
I've read and seen this book at GR a lot of times since I joined in but it never did became a part of my to-read shelf, I don't really know why so ple...moreI've read and seen this book at GR a lot of times since I joined in but it never did became a part of my to-read shelf, I don't really know why so please don’t ask me that. But this certain time came when I saw this book on a retail book store for a super lesser price so I immediately grab it thinking that 'I just want a book to read and I've seen this on GR and it seems to be good' and then Surprise Surprise! I loved it!!
D.J and her family don't talk. Not literally, but they just don’t say things and they mostly want to spend their time working. Now that she finally found her own voice, it comes out that D.J has a lot to say.
D.J is a very genuine character. I simply love and adore her. I wanted to cheer her on every page of the book. Her commitment to her family and work and even the sports she plays are exceptional. It’s really nice seeing her voice out the things that she long wanted to say. I feel the sudden freedom she felt whenever she tries to say things. Oh and reading with her voice was so nice! Never did the boredom parts came. She’s hilarious and cute and funny and cute.
Dairy Queen makes me laugh and understand things. It gives us an idea to what real communication and how important it is and as to what happens when things are left unsaid; because sometimes we really do regret things that we didn’t say.
It was such a pleasant and heartwarming read. I’m pretty much looking forward on reading its sequel. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the second book would be much more fun. Yay!! (less)
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES What a very interesting title! And that's what makes me want to read it. This just really seems to be so interesting. I so lo...more13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES What a very interesting title! And that's what makes me want to read it. This just really seems to be so interesting. I so love love his book! GAAAAAAA! What i wouldn't give for a summer visiting London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinurgh, Copenhagen, Germany and Greece ? Take me there. Now.
Virginia "Ginny" Blackstone was a typical High-school student from New Jersey who seems to be very content with her daily life. The only person or thing that makes her life happy and colorful is the presence of her loving Aunt Peg. Aunt Peg has been Ginny's favorite for all time, she's a very spontaneous and artful lady and seems to very much enjoy life. She runaway from home and explores the cities she wanted to see. But after those conquests, a very hard time arrived to Aunt Peg, she was diagnosed with cancer and soon died because of it.
After her aunt's death, Ginny received a mail containing 13 Little Blue envelopes and Ginny finds herself - her very own self that has never been anywhere - flying miles from home going to the city of London and meeting a man only her aunt known. Inscribed on those letters are instructions which Aunt Peg has written for Ginny to be followed to let her experience, see, and learn the things Aunt Peg has learned herself throughout her own conquest.
Ginny finds herself travelling through Paris, Rome to Amsterdam & Edinburgh & Copenhagen. Went across Germany in a train and all the way through Greece through a very slow ferry. Along the way she had seen collection of stone virgins, broken into a graveyard, been temporarily adopted by a strange family, been fully adopted by a group of Australians, and met an English actor guy whom she has swooned over and Ginny kinda has something bout him.
The story also features the importance of Arts on the places visited. Though I'm not really a fan of arts per se. I learned here the importance of arts to certain people like Aunt Peg. It seems to be that arts has been their way of communicating their feelings and emotions. Arts has been their friend in their times of loneliness and sorrow.
I like this book for it really gives us an inept description of the places Ginny has been visiting. It lets us see things the way she sees it. Learn and Analyze things the way she does it. The characters are also great. They all have their own stories though some of them would really surprise you!.
I remember reading this back when i was in 3rd Year High school, but i surely forget it by now, so i decided to get a copy of it and read it once more...moreI remember reading this back when i was in 3rd Year High school, but i surely forget it by now, so i decided to get a copy of it and read it once more. Since i already watched the movie version of this one last two years ago i guess i already have an idea on the plot of this story. This book literally gives me the goosebumps i feel whenever i feel something is creeping in me. The mood of the story is very dark and senile, it makes me imagine a place where no one else lives except the family of Coraline Jones and their creepy house mates. It just scares the shit out of me, addition to the scary story is the dark book cover and the images inside the book, FOR GOD'S SAKE! the images haunts me while reading!
On the other hand, The plot is very powerful and it makes you think that the evil-ish other mother is for real. The ending satisfies me (since it was very predictable that Coraline would overcome the other mother's obstacles and locate her parents). After reading it i simply close it not wanting to read it again (NOT THAT IT'S NOT WORTH READING AGAIN!) but as I've said this book just scares the shit out of me so i'm not reading it again (until i had the guts to read it again.ugh! HAHA) :) (less)
I don't really know what to say about this book. I really find it hard to read. It takes me a week ti finish it! Ugh! I really don't hate it but i d...moreI don't really know what to say about this book. I really find it hard to read. It takes me a week ti finish it! Ugh! I really don't hate it but i don't love it too. I find it interesting though because of the places she's been through. Each of these places are well described and the things she learned there can really be done by each one of us. The methods she learned on how to meditate and stuffs could also be a little interesting. The story is also inspiring in a way for it teach us to never give up on life for obstacles are there just to strengthen us and God would never bring us down.
But in all, it really left me unsatisfied. I don't really know why but in the end i just get tired of reading it. Maybe its just not my book forte I've got nothing more to say. :P(less)
“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”
Since this year started...more“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”
Since this year started I've already read tons of books with different stories, genres and from different authors. I've been seeing Sarah Dessen books always lurking and making an appearance in every bookstore I've been too and I don’t really know what's with me not picking up any of them until last 2 weeks ago. I know, people might think I'm kinda late for entering this Sarah Dessen Land just now, but hey, it’s never too late for that. This Lullaby is the first one I tried and I’m really glad to say that this will be not the last book of hers that I would read.
Remy doesn’t mess around with relationships. After watching her mother jump from Husband one-two-three-four and the start of the fifth one, it’s no wonder she has an issue with relationships. This summer, she and her friends planned that there is going to be nothing but fun and her mother's fifth wedding, (of course), until Dexter arrived and nothing prepared Remy for him. He would do anything to win her attention and adoration and Remy herself can’t believe that she's coping up with him - the exact opposite of what she tries to avoid and what she really doesn’t want. But sometimes in love, no matter how many rules you impose and how many things you planned, they don’t just always go as it is...
Remy is the kind of character who has a lot of issues within her. She may get on my nerves from time to time but I still like her. She pushes everyone away and with her relationships she has this deadline. She was always on the run and the idea of something permanent scared her thinking that they might still leave. But the good thing with Remy’s character is the way she redeems herself by the end of it. She may come aloof and selfish and hateful, but when things call for it, she can also be sweet, caring and even funny.
Dexter on the other hand is the quirky, messy, gangly and the too persistent but still endearing boy. His persistence with Remy is so nice and how he collided on her life just blew my mind off and I just can't help but smile whenever he says something. He's very sweet and funny. I really loved how he slowly broke down Remy's walls without her noticing it. I loved how he makes her crazy. He may not be the perfectly handsome-pressed clothing-type of guy, but for me, his rugged and a little messy look complete his whole profile.
You might find the beginning of this book a bit dragging but as I go on with reading it and the characters and the story begins to set in to me, I just can't help but read it all throughout. The twists and turns and the unpredictability of its characters really caught me off-guard.
Very much endearing and Lovable. Everything just kept my attention and the swoony but a little cliff-hanger parts are great. Everything is at its right place and now I know why a lot of people loved Sarah Dessen and her novels and for me, this is just the start of my journey to the Sarah Dessen Land. :) (less)