The second book - Going Long was a continuation to the story of Nolan, Reed and their friends on a m...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
The second book - Going Long was a continuation to the story of Nolan, Reed and their friends on a much bigger setting - College. This part of the series is filled with as much drama as the first book.
With their own life priorities, Nolan and Reed are doing their best in supporting one another. Despite their schedules keeping them apart they still make time for one another but it also opened up to several issues at hand. Nolan was filled with insecurities and it feels like she created problems with her thinking. But I still like her character and whole rawness of it. Reed on the other hand was conflicted with his football career and his deal with his mom. Reed was much more open and understanding here. I get to know more of him because we get to read on his perspective.
The second book was still full of unnecessary dramas here and there but it was a very enjoyable read.
Through the course of the first book and the second book, there was a lot of development not only on our characters but of their relationship with another, their parents and each others parents. Not only Nolan and Reed but their group started out as immature high school students and ended up on their rightful places and having grasped on who they all really are.
Overall, reading this series has been an awesome adventure. It was filled of emotional and drama-filled moments but there was not a moment that I wasn’t hooked. Ginger Scoot did an amazing job in creating a world of these people. It was one wonderful journey and I will definitely look forward to more from her.(less)
Into The Still Blue the final installment to the series. It seems like my journey of this world is c...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Into The Still Blue the final installment to the series. It seems like my journey of this world is coming too fast. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I know that this will have a very fitting ending but what I don’t expect is the journey before all that.
The world building and introduction of the Still Blue amazes me. Also, a lot of the small thoughts and questions lingering on my mind during the first two books were answered here. Aria was he's fiercer, bolder and stronger same as Perry. We lost a lot of character throughout the journey but a lot also show commendable dedication. I'm already feeling nostalgic for all of them.
As a conclusion, I could say that Into The Still Blue marked it. It was solid and satisfying. The Under The Never Sky Series was jam-packed I love Rossi's writing and world building and every installment to the series never disappoints - it was full of adrenaline pumping scenes and bad-assery. It was a series worth reading!!(less)
Through The Ever Nightpicks up right where the first book ends and courses through Aria and Perry's...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Through The Ever Nightpicks up right where the first book ends and courses through Aria and Perry's individual journey. Yes, individual for majority of their time was spent away from one another - having space. Seriously, their time spent apart gave a huge growth for the both of them.
Aria - from a shy and unconfident dweller turned to be one of the most capable and independent Aud on their worlds. Perry's journey to becoming the Blood Lord of his tribe was also shown.
From the first time I saw Roar, I felt instant connection; I like they guy and his cockiness and smart and his dedication to Liv. I'm excited for them to be reunited but when that time came I almost wish that they didn’t see each other once again becasue on the latter part of this second book, something happened concerning these too.
The second book has a darker feel to it because there is loss, betrayal, separation, additional secrets, enmity and conflict throughout the story. (less)
Waiting On The Sidelines | Going Long is one of those New Adult Contemporaries that I devoured readi...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Waiting On The Sidelines | Going Long is one of those New Adult Contemporaries that I devoured reading. The story was conflicting and I don't even know what to think anymore from time to time and I'm going insane thinking if Nolan and Reed will be together but I just can't seem to stop turning the pages.
The first book - Waiting On The Sidelines follows the story of Nolan and Reed throughout their four years of High school with its corresponding ups, downs and miscommunications.
The story's main protagonist Nolan Lennox is your typical high school tomboy who lies low, keeps to herself and never wanted to be the center of attention. Nolan Lennox was such a wonderful character. Yes, she did her fair share of mishaps but for the majority of the books (1 & 2), I liked her. She endured her nemesis in the form of Tatum - the resident high school bully, she easily forgive people and is such a great friend. Her transition from the girl at the beginning of the first book to the end of it was evident.
Throughout the four years of High school, Nolan was able to learn a lot. Despite the cruelness of some people and the temptation of alcohol and other things she was able to maintain her priorities even though she has endured several hurtful moments.
Reed Johnson was the complete opposite of Nolan. He's well known at school and is already popular because of his father and brother who is a football hero and he on his own is making his own mark on football history. Reed was good and is kind-hearted and it was easy to like him especially with his irresistible charm. Yes, he also make his own share of poor decisions, ran hot and cold for the majority of the book and is usually ruled by his hormones and blinded by it but it didn’t shadowed his all too good character.
It literally took awhile for Reed and Nolan to be together. I actually get frustrated already with lots of ups and downs and miscommunications but it was worth it all. It somehow reminds me of Travis and Abby from Beautiful Disaster - just when things start to get good another side will crumble and they can't find the peace that they wanted.
The story also introduced us to awesome set of side characters like Sienna, Sarah and Becky who are awesome friends to Nolan and Sean who is such a cutie and sweet and likeable guy. Tatum also did a good job in being the resident bitch to the story. I like how the story was characterized and how each one of them stands on their own and how it feels so natural.
*The First book was kindly provided by the author thru Netgalley*(less)
I finally get to the Perry and Aria train! I know, I'm pretty much late about this series, but hey a...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
I finally get to the Perry and Aria train! I know, I'm pretty much late about this series, but hey as the saying goes "It's never too late to try" right? Actually, I already have the copy of the first two books for quite some time now but for some uncertain reason, I didn’t get the chance to read them and since the release for the third book is just right around the corner, I decided to just wait for it before reading the whole series, and Oh Boy! It was one adrenaline punching, exciting and heart wrenching journey. From the first book to the last one, I find myself gripping to every page!
Under The Never Sky gave us an introduction to a Dystopian world that is divided into two: The Pod-Dwelling Ones and the Outsiders.
The Pod-Dwelling World is the ones dominated by science; where everything should be done with purpose and perfectly. People see the world thru their 'smart eyes' where they can enter the Realms and experience anything and every thing that they can think of. The Outsiders world is the one of the Native kind - there is no technology for they are ruled by their instincts. They are divided into tribes where a Blood Lord Rules.
Yes, I did struggle with the world building introduction. I get lost with all those unknown words and I can't seem to imagine what was described on the book, fortunately as the story progress, I eventually get used to it and my imagination starts to kick in and with that I can't help but be amazed on how creative it all was. I could say that the world building was perfect.
One Mistake can lead to devastation. When these worlds collide, what would happen?
Aria is one of the dwellers; A daughter of a famous geneticist of their world. With her curiosity to her other whereabouts and with the careless mistake that she and her friends have committed, her world suddenly changed - she was thrown to the world of the Outsiders.
Peregrine aka Perry is what the Dweller call Outsider or a Savage. With his impending fight with his Blood Lord Brother and he losing his nephew Talon. He set his mind into finding him - coincidentally he was taken by Aria's people.
They are thrown together unexpectedly but they need each other. Aria needs answers and needed to find her mother while Perry need to find his nephew Despite their differences, these two find things in common through the hurdles and dangers that they encounter. I just can’t help but love Perry and Aria together. They hated each other from the very beginning but I know that those kinds of couples are the one that stays strong through and through. Aria and Perry are very vulnerable yet strong characters.
Additional characters like Roar (wink), Vale, Cinder, Talon and the whole tribe of Tides gave the story a stronger feel to it.
Just on the first book and I'm already gripping the book and anticipating for what would happen next. Some issues are settled here, there is no cliffhanger but the author still leaves a space of wonder for us readers to what would happen next. It was a very good opening for me which gets me excited into reading the next book...(less)
Yay! My first 5 star rating for 2014! Flipped just totally got me flipped.
I'm still at lost on how cute and adorable this book is. I'm still clutching...moreYay! My first 5 star rating for 2014! Flipped just totally got me flipped.
I'm still at lost on how cute and adorable this book is. I'm still clutching the book right now, squeezing it (gently) because the story inside was just too cute and adorable and amazing and fun to read. Ugh
The story was told in alternating perspective of Bryce and Juli. Most of their thoughts overlap with one another but it doesn't feel repetitive because each of them has their own take on the situation and reading their thoughts are too enjoying. I honestly enjoyed reading on both their point of views.
"She didn't just barged into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life.She's got no concept of personal space. No respect for privacy. The world is her playground."
I couldn't agree more with Bryce's description of Julianna Baker - the kid is really relentless, loud and may come off as annoying especially with Bryce being new in town and he's a boy. But when I have read the story through Julianna's eyes, another world opened up and I came to realize that there is a reason behind her determined personality. I also discovered that she's smart and thoughtful.From right then and there, during the first two chapters of this book, I totally got hooked and flipped.
Juli's family were awesome. Her dad and his paintings, her brothers and their music and her mom. Bryce's dad Chet was also a lovely addition to the story.
The romance or should I say young love part of the story was just adorable. It brought me back to the first time I ever had a crush, when there is this itchy excitement inside you. Honestly, I'm waiting for Bryce and Juliana to just agree to disagree because its too obvious they like each other but they didn't, they kept it and it was just so cute. Despite the simplicity of the romance part, I think this one is more real than most of the romance stories that are released out there. Bryce and Julianna's romance is young and raw and real.
This book also made me attached not only to its characters but to other unusual thing, like eggs, chicken and that damn Sycamore Tree. I don't think I ever shed a tear or two and feel to attached to chickens and a tree. How weird is that?? The way the author told the story is that powerful for me to get too attached to those things.
Speaking of chicken/chicks, the cover doesn't do any justice for the beauty of this book. I just wished they have conceptualized a more appealing cover. Anyway, as for the ending, well I was really craving for more because guess what, Bryce still holds Juli's first kiss. lol. Kidding aside, I'm really left wanting for more with the way it ended but when really thinking about it, there is no better way to end it as that way. It's up to the readers to imagine how these two continued with their life.
The depth within the simplicity and wholesomeness of this book is pretty stellar. For such a short book, I enjoyed and savored every moment of it. From Juli to Bryce to the Sycamore Tree to those cutie chickens, I love everything about Flipped! I love the transition of one moment being all funny then sweet things happen and serious events and back to happiness. I love every transition.
In all, Flipped is really a heartwarming story about growing up and the cuteness and wholesomeness of young love. A highly recommended read.
Where She Went picks up three (long) years after the first book If I Stay. Adam is now a rock superstar while Mia is a musical virtuoso. In three year...moreWhere She Went picks up three (long) years after the first book If I Stay. Adam is now a rock superstar while Mia is a musical virtuoso. In three years, these two have come a long way but what really did transpire between them?
Mia left Adam. It was the hardest thing that she could do and it did nothing but destroy him and made him write songs - songs that hit off his musical career.
"First you inspect me. Then you dissect me. Then you reject me. I wait for the day that you'll resurrect me."
I gush over If I Stay. My looooong review about it can prove you that and while I enjoy reading its companion novel, I think it felt a little off track as to what I'm expecting, but I'm not saying that I didn’t like the book, I guess it just didn’t reach the feels that I got when I read the first book.
Adam was so much different. Mia's description of the boy she loved who is willing to do anything for the girl he loves doesn’t give him justice. There is definitely more to Adam Wilde's life. I don’t know why he's terrified of fame but one thing that can be easily seen was the hurt he feels inside.
Where She Went is not entirely about Adam's struggles in losing Mia but it was more on what really happened to him and Mia to cause them to drift apart from one another? I waited long enough and I had my suspicions here and there but when the answers came when in one random night, these two reunited, reconnected and recollected. It felt like the right piece for the puzzle. It makes sense. It seals the deal. It made me see their both side of the relationship.
Yes, there are a lot of heart-tugging moments here and there especially with Adam and Yes, I do like getting into Adam's thought but I just wish that this book consist more of the present time or the real narrative itself. Flashbacks are okay and yes it build bridges between the thoughts of Anna and Adam but it seems like it dominates the majority of the book that at the end, I find myself not quiet satisfied with how things have gotten. But I do appreciate the little moments they had with each other and reminiscing their early memories.
Where She Went is a good companion novel; it gives us the closure and the happy ever after we're all longing for Adam and Mia.(less)
To say I was scared of reading this book was a complete understatement. This has been recommended to me several times and yet I haven't read it. I hav...moreTo say I was scared of reading this book was a complete understatement. This has been recommended to me several times and yet I haven't read it. I have bought a copy of this book plus its sequel but haven't read it as well.
So what is wrong with me?
Well, I'm scared. With the vague and quite eerie appeal of it's blurb to me, I'm scared that this will be one of those book that will require a box of Kleenex while reading; one of those books that will not only tug but will break my heartstrings. And Oh boy, I was so not mistaken! Everything about this book just made me cry. It was depressing, touching and moving all at the same time.
"I’m not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I’m not sure that I want to wake up."
Mia's life is picture perfect with her parents, little brother, best friend and boyfriend until the accident happened and she find herself looking down at her own struggling body. She finds herself torn between leaving and staying.
If I Stay reminds me of The Lovely Bones in a way that the lead character both tells the story from another unworldly place but the difference is that Susie Salmon doesn’t have a choice because she is dead while Mia was still at the stage between life and death.
It's not really hard to get into Mia's head. She was a great narrator for she well roundedly describes a full picture of her life. She's a completely ordinary girl who loves her family and music and a space was also reserved for a boy. To think of being on her place can cause me to lose my mind but I do like the fact that Mia still had the time to see the two sides of her decision - if she's going to leave or stay.
Every character on this book is full of feelings. I can feel Kim, Mia's bets friend outright love and care for her. I love Teddy so much; he makes my heart melt and every mention of him makes me smile bitterly. Mia's grandpa, despite not saying too much gave too much on this book.
Adam, well what can I say? This guy is just it. He's not perfect, he's a guy. He easily got irritated; it’s hard to spell him out. His words rocked me and my heart. His deep love for Mia and his dedication to music was unquestionable. I know this has been shared countless of times but for the sake of the tears I shed while reading this and how this one touched me, my favorite quotation from Adam:
“If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”
In a short span of time that this story was told it feels like a lot happened. In such a short span, too many feelings have been felt and in a short span of time too many realizations were made. I'm amaze with Gayle Forman's prowess in making such story that is flawlessly touching.
The book was not perfect. I find myself questioning the perfection of Mia's relationship with her parents - being a teenager and all that; Plus her too good to be true relationship with Adam - the school hottie. I find myself dragging thru Mia's recaps of her life because at some point it became flat. I also felt lost with all the music references, but it was all jaded by the depth and the feels that this book gave me. Yes, I'm easy. I'm easily swayed with feelings.
If I Stay is one of the most flourishing, thought provoking and touching story of friendship, romance and family. It's a very simple book with a very strong impact. A definite must read.(less)
I'm actually sitting in front of the computer for around five minutes now and I still don’t know how to start writing a review for this book. Softenin...moreI'm actually sitting in front of the computer for around five minutes now and I still don’t know how to start writing a review for this book. Softening the blow, Jenny Hubbard's writing for this book was pretty good and this book will surely have a great appeal to poetry and prose fans out there but its another case of "its not you, its me" for me. Connecting with the story and the character has been a struggle.
"Emily Beam's boyfriend threatened her with a gun on their school library and then shot himself. It changes everything."
Emily Beam was confused, haunted and empty yet she has this gentle and strength within her. She's a budding poet and after what happened with Paul she was starting over at a boarding school far from home. She's an okay character however connecting with her is really a struggle for me. She's aloof, detached and just bland. It feels like she doesn’t make an effort throughout the story and just kept things on herself.
I have mentioned that our protagonist is a budding poet and it’s a huge surprise that she also ends up at the same hometown of the famous poet Emily Dickinson. The addition of the famous poet to the story was okay however when the magical and mysterious feel to it adds up - uhm - I find myself asking if that really is necessary. I didn’t get that whole addition.
What leads to Paul Wagoner's death? What did Emily Beam do that pushed him to do such thing and end their story that way?
These are the question on the forefront of my mind while reading this story. In a way, these questions are answered but I find myself looking for more justification. Thinking about Paul, I think it would’ve been nice also knowing him. Yes, there is a reason why he killed himself but I don’t know if that thing could bring him to the point of committing suicide. Maybe seeing his life or at least being introduced to his life could give us a hint on what really brought him on that point. Does he carry any other problems? Is it really his intention to kill himself? Or was it just to scare Emily?
The story was written on a Third Person perspective and I know I'm not the only one who is struggling in reading stories on this perspective. I have read several reviews telling that this might be the problem with the story making it feel detached. I'm actually a "clingy" reader so connection with the story and the characters is a huge part for me. Oh and the way the voice keeps calling Emily as “Emily Beam” is just downright disturbing for me.
In all, And We Stay is an okay story. Unfortunately, it didn’t do fireworks and magic for me but I do commend the author for her beautiful words and poems that adds a huge impact to this deep and mysterious story. Every words of each poem, the description of the characters’ pains and conflicts are breathtaking and are straight to the heart. If you're into poetry and prose you will surely like this one and maybe you can connect more with Emily Beam.
*ARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press thru Netgalley*(less)
Some people might find it disturbing but I actually find it funny (okay I’m also disturbed by it) that nothing about the title or the cover of this bo...moreSome people might find it disturbing but I actually find it funny (okay I’m also disturbed by it) that nothing about the title or the cover of this book - as in nothing- about it connects with the story itself. The cover was pretty and it was eye-catching but it doesn’t really match the story. Also, the title and please correct me if I'm wrong there is not a summer part there right? I don't actually know what happened.
A diabetic girl heroine and a crippled army veteran. They are both dealing with things that can affect them forever.
Kate and Aidan used each other to forget their incapability and problems. It was an okay story tackling the story of two people struggling with things that will be forever etched on their lives. It was nice seeing them interacting with one another and getting to know each other. They're both okay but I can't actually think of things to say more about them because the story was okay however I find nothing too significant about it. I'm a firm believer of ’Happily Ever Afters’ and stuffs similar to that but this story gave me an insight that not everything that is "forever" is a good thing.
*ARC kindly provided by Albert Whitman & Company thru Netgalley.*(less)
Cara is human. Aelyx is an alien. And they will be living together. Hah!
If normal students already get excited with the thought of having a foreign exchange student reside on their school wouldn’t it be much too cool to have an Interplanetary Exchange Student ? What do you guys think?
From a simple running Valedictorian student to becoming one of the hosts for the world’s first intergalactic foreign exchange student - that’s how Cara Sweeny's life suddenly turned. Cara is the smart, sassy, smart-mouthed lead to the story and the one of the chosen to host the first Interplanetary Exchange Program. It's really not hard to like her character especially with her doing what she thinks is right and her utmost drive.
Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) was the new resident of the Earth (no pun intended). He's also an enjoying character however I wanted to have more access to his thoughts I have this impression that he has a lot to say especially with his Alien mind unfortunately that wasn’t highlighted much even it was on his point of view.
The relationship between Cara and Aelyx was pretty much rocky at first but as the story goes on it's enjoying to see every interaction they have - seeing Cara develop a crush or fondness over Aelyx and watching Aexlyx come to terms with what he is feeling Cara's parents add up a great humor and excitement to the whole story. Cara’s familial relationship also adds up a huge amount of humor and happy hormones to the story! Her family is very welcoming and simply fun to be with.
From the cover and its description, Alienated gives an aura of fluffiness and cuteness with all the amusing human/alien interactions and other typical Sci-Fi elements but what surprises me into reading this is that it has its dark parts. Parts where you or I was left blinded thinking what would happen because predicting would totally be out of the question. It is something different.
It feels like another Alien-meets-human-they-fall-in-love-conflicts-arise-but-they-make-it-thru-then-tada-happily-ever-after Yes, it falls under that storyline at first but when the hold of the entire human race goes in hand that's when things start to get pretty much interesting.
The dark part that revolves around here is not only on the part of the humans but also the Aliens visiting the planet. Humans resort to rebellion or sorts due to the threat that these aliens gave when they step foot on the planet. While the Aliens also resort on their own plans to immediately get back to their Mother planet.
My only quirk into reading this book was that the phasing was too slow. A lot of unnecessary stuffs were mentioned during the first parts that makes the reading slow down for me. Another thing is I guess the lack of access to the Alien's mind which I'm really intrigued about. Hopefully we get more of that on the next book. I also encounter a lot of 'meh' time while reading it. I don't know it’s just that some parts feels unnecessary and just plain ‘meh’ inducing.
In all, it was cute and another good Alien story for I become fascinated with the whole alien thing. The story was unique and albeit the slowness during the first part. The mix of sci-fi and young adult high school drift was also good. Though it didn’t grab me as much as the other readers are, it was still a good read for me. I will still be looking forward for the sequel – more Aelyx baby! *wink*
*ARC provided by Disney Book Group | Disney-Hyperion thru Net Galley.*(less)
It's been awhile since I've read The Boyfriend Thief so I actually don't remember miniscule details of it like Avery's former friend Hannah Cohen who...moreIt's been awhile since I've read The Boyfriend Thief so I actually don't remember miniscule details of it like Avery's former friend Hannah Cohen who stars this story.
"The rules you think you should follow in life aren’t always the right rules for you.
Hannah Cohen relies too much on her rules. Rules to be perfect without her knowing that those rules begin to form as a crutch to her holding her back from new experiences and controls everything she do one her life. Until she spends a summer with her estranged aunt and new set of rules are made...
I actually like Hannah. I did a review of her from The Boyfriend Thief and came across the determined, focused and a bit of a prima donna Hannah there. But here, we see a whole new side of her. A side that is focused and determined yet she is strong and wanted to live up her dreams. It was nice seeing her open up and have fun instead of being her usual stuck-up self.
It's nice seeing her make friends on her new environment and I could say that it was also great that there is no bitchy villain on the story. It was all about Hannah herself. Ashton, Kate and Carter accepted Hannah with arms wide open and it’s nice that for once she has settled on having real friends.
Jude Westmore was an enigma. He's brooding and aloof but we get to see him loosen up not only with Hannah but all his former friends. He's suffering his mother's inadequacy in being a mother and he's suffering his brother’s death. The story behind the hanging shirts tugged my heart.
The setting of the story was pretty realistic. It makes me feel that I’m really at Ashville and climbing the Chimney Rock with Jude and Hannah.
It was not an all hearts and rainbows story for there are deep issues like addictions, death and running away which I think was dealt well by the author. In all, The Rules of You and Me is a good book.
Copy kindly provided by Fiction Addiction thru Netgalley.(less)
Time After Time is deeper, more heart-tugging and more romantic in a unique kind of way. Despite the little loop holes I noticed on the first book Tim...moreTime After Time is deeper, more heart-tugging and more romantic in a unique kind of way. Despite the little loop holes I noticed on the first book Time Between Us, my overall fondness for that book outweighs it.
Anna and Bennett has the most screwed up long-distance relationship. Because Bennett lives in the year 2012 while Anna in 1995.
I can’t say that I missed this couple coz I read their book back to back but to have an extended experience of their story got me feeling ecstatic. The thing about this story is that the words and actions are simple. But behind those are repercussions that are hard. Anna and Bennett are defying time itself. It’s so silly that every little thing about those two made me cry - Paris, Beaches and Photos. Every little thing means so much more and each scenario shoots up straight to me.
Reading under Bennett's point of view is more effective for me because I get to understand a side of the story that only him could give us a light into. It's deeper and more insightful. We see what ticks him off and the reasons behind his actions. I honestly loved him more here for he grows more and for his willingness to do lengths to make Anna happy. We also get to see him interact with his present friends, his parents and his sister Brooke which I immediately love because of how supportive she is.
Despite being the main topic of the book, the time travel thing was still kept simple with no further explanation. I liked that it was kept that way because it was complicated as it is and I think a deeper explanation to it could ruin the fluffiness of this book.
I have mentioned that this story is deeper and more heart-tugging than the first because we feel Anna's despair and loneliness and Bennett's frustrations and of course the love the surrounds them. In here, we will also find Anna and Bennett questioning where their future would really be and that's the thing that will hold you to the end of the story.
It was indeed a wonderful journey not only for Anna and Bennett but also for me as a reader. I enjoy watching them grow and learn. One thing I was sure after reading this is that the author Tamara Ireland Stone was a genius for words. She's really a beautiful writer being able to paint a huge picture with simple words. It’s simple yet the impact that it left to its readers was huge.
Time After Time was a great conclusion to Anna and Bennett's story though the ending was a bit hazy and still left me a lot of questions and loose ties at the end, seeing Anna and Bennett happy was enough for me and it suites them. Will there be more Ms. Stone? Because its sure you still left a lot of space here that you could still come up with a third book – hopefully?
*ARC kindly provided by Disney Book Group thru Netgalley.*(less)
“Fireworks went off around them as they both fell headfirst in love for the first time ever.”
I wish I could have listened to the listed warning on th...more
“Fireworks went off around them as they both fell headfirst in love for the first time ever.”
I wish I could have listened to the listed warning on the description of this book because it was fitting before reading this. Storm Warning was complicated at the same time a very engaging five-sided story. It touches the subject of family, first love, new love, drama, troubles and storms.
Kyle, EJ and Coop lives in a small town of Hope Springs while Cami and Hayden came from the wealthy area. This group of teens came from the opposite parts of the city but their story became intertwined for one unforgettable summer.
I like Kyle and Cami and their sweet romance. Ella Jane was still nursing her broken heart from Coop whom I admire and Hayden shows up fixing Ella Jane's heart problems. I don't have any problem with Kyle, Cami and Coop but when it comes to Hayden and Ella Jane, I feel that their relationship was too forced out and I don’t feel any chemistry lingering between the two of them. Also, I see Hayden as a block for Coop and Ella Jane and from the start I'm Team Coop.
I struggle with the number of protagonists and point-of views on the story. A lot of things are happening from one character to another and it was honestly no easy task to keep track on each one of them. It was pretty challenging to follow the drama of each one of them. I'm wishing for more chapters of Kyle and Cami but unfortunately their chapters are limited. As much as I love how this story I think would play it, it was just too much to handle all at once. But maybe, the authors are going for a different approach on how to tell their own story and I cannot argue with that.
It was a pretty unique and lovely story but I just felt that there is still something tha lacks on the story and it was the FEELS. There are chapters where a lot of emotions and stuffs are invested while there are also others that are just too bland. How I wish it was more balanced.
Even though I struggled with the numerous protagonists and the lack of feels, I couldn’t deny how fantastic the plot was. It was no easy task to think of a story like this. The writing flowed so well and the transitions were seamless despite the number of protagonists. The way it was told, although as I have mentioned – too much to handle – it was unique for a young adult. It was attention capturing especially its description and lovely cover.
The ending and the epilogue definitely left me breathing shallowly. It was a definite cliffhanger which left me wanting to read more. Will surely wait for the next installment to be out.
As the famous saying goes: 'The best things in life are free' and Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is freeeeeeeee!!! It was an awesome treat from...moreAs the famous saying goes: 'The best things in life are free' and Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is freeeeeeeee!!! It was an awesome treat from the author herself to us readers. You don’t have to read the previous books from the series - Hopeless and Losing Hope - in order to be able to understand this one. But I guess it’s better if you did so you could already get a bit of a background of the characters.
From the Prologue to the first chapter I was hooked, line and sinker. I like the sense of mystery, forbidden relationship plus the whole hilariousness of both Daniel and Six.
Now that Dean and Sky has found their own happy ever after it wasn’t much to wish for Daniel and Six's happy ending too. Daniel left a huge mark on me with his humorous and charismatic personality in Losing Hope. He's the exact opposite of Dean Holder which makes me wonder why they are even the best of friends but I guess it's one of the world’s greatest wonder. I adored him so I was excited to see and read a novella about him.
Daniel mentioned his little encounter with "Cinderella" during one of his nap time at the maintenance room and that story is the base for this whole novella. Their pretend love-making is a huge memory for Daniel that he cant just forget never knowing that Cinderella is just on the other side of his neighborhood feeling the same way as him.
My love for Six skyrocketed here. I simply love the girl from the start. It was shocking to know some of her revelations but it was fitting or her and my likeness for her didn’t falter a bit.
The relationship between Daniel and Six evolved fast but there is this certain magic between them that makes all the other rules seem to disappear. Daniel and Six were plainly adorable. There is definitely something wrong with you if you don’t find them as enjoyable and as adorable as I do.
Daniel's family is so hilarious! Could they still spare a space for me? I also wanted to be a part of their crazy family! The whole reverse Psychology was just crazy hilarious and its no wonder where Daniel got his antics.
It was another fantastic story from Colleen Hoover. Thank you for your kindness in giving this free treat. It was a good, sweet and happy ending.(less)
The thing about "Not Pretty Enough" is that it reminds us of those awkward, early stage of our teenage years; That certain stage where we are crushing...moreThe thing about "Not Pretty Enough" is that it reminds us of those awkward, early stage of our teenage years; That certain stage where we are crushing on the cutest guy and will do everything and anything just to get him to notice you.
He's taller than every one. She have bigger boobs that every one. Are they really match made in heaven?
Chessie is okay. I liked her. She's good to her friends and her mom and I admire her guts to do those different harebrained schemes but at another side I just don’t get her. Yes, I get gaga over my crushes but not to the point of chasing after them and going to the lengths that this girl does. She let her heart ruined her reasoning. But even though there are a lot of annoying parts about her and her endless stream of schemes and most of her actions makes me raise my eyebrows I still find myself cheering her up into getting Lloyd.
Will Chessie do something that is not humiliating in front of Lloyd? Will they end up together?
I was shocked and not shocked as to how Lloyd's character came out. Yes, I know something might be terribly wrong with him but throughout the story there wasn’t any reason given to me as a reader to think just that. It was pure gut instinct but I did get it right – he’s not so perfect after all.
The real bit down side for me here is that it seems that our main character, Chessie suffered a great amount of humiliation throughout the book. Yes, she did learn her lesson at the end but she didn’t redeem herself after all those humiliating experiences and things she has done. Too much humiliation is too much I guess.
Not Pretty Enough is unique and good. It’s a story for all young girls out there teaching them that they really don’t have to change for a boy. You’re perfect for just who you are. If you're into romantic-comedy teenage stuff, pick this one up.
FANGIRL:A rabid breed of human female who is obesessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy. Fangirls congregate at anime conventions and livejournal. Have been known to glomp, grope, and tackle when encountering said obesessions. *Credits to Urban Dictionary*
This book is the bible for all the fan-girls out there. Honestly, I feel like reading my own life story as I'm reading this. I find myself relating on the events on the story a lot of times. I'm gushing over the characters and I'm gushing over the whole story!
This is the first novel by Rainbow Rowell that I have read. Honestly, I'm not into contemporary reads but I pick up a book on that genre from time to time. I can't help but be amazed on how the author keeps its readers engrossed with the story. The character, wit, and the plot was unputdownable.
Cather and Wren are twin sisters. And they're both entering the University, navigating to the world of adulthood with each other...until Wren decided to do things on her own.
Cather, the main character is so adorable. She's strange, shy, likes to keep things to her, socially awkward but she's totally awesome! She's so flawed making her more realistic and admirable. Her obsession with Simon Snow was too adorable to handle. I just love her character. She reminds me of myself - except for the too much obsession with Simon Snow. I'm not a fan of fan-fiction but I'm a definite fan-girl in plenty of other ways. Hihi.
Cath's twin sister Wren, decided that its time for her to do things without her twin sister. She tries to rebel and try new things. I actually don't like her for most part of the story. I don’t understand how she can easily leave Cath to fend of herself during their first year. Yes, I know she wanted to be independent and stuff, but they’re twin sisters. She sucked for the most part of the story but fortunately, she redeemed herself at the very end.
Reagan was another bright side to the story. She's Cath's roommate and despite her dark physical personality, I also like her. Her relationship with Cath was not of your typical friendly type but it works for the both of them. I begin to think that if it wasn’t for her, Cath would lone have quitted college.
Then there is Levi. Wow, I can't honestly think of a phrase t describe this guy. He's just so loving and sweet and gentle and patient and understanding and he's perfect in my own world.
Can I talk about the lovey-dovey romance part of this story? Yay! I know it wasn’t what the whole story was about the romance and love story was just too sweet and fantastic. I totally loved it. The sub-lot with Cath and Wren's parents add up another twist to the story. I like how the family was also input here.
I'm totally gushing over this read right? So what happened to the other falling star that I didn’t put on my rating? Well, I have several hitches into reading this. One is the whole fan-fiction thing. I'm sorry but I'm really not a fan of it and want into it. I understand Cath's obsession with it but I just wasn’t very much interested on that part of the story. Second, is that as much as I love driving thru Cath's adventure, at some pint during my reading time things gets a bit repetitive that I find myself wanted to hurry things up. Lastly, the ending left me uhm somewhat underwhelmed I guess? It was okay, but I'm expecting an ending with a bang; with more impact instead of just like it sort of happened.
Those things aside, Fan Girl was still a very awesome read! It isn’t just a pretty cover and about being fan girl. It's a story that deals with matured things, growing up and romance and family values. I really enjoyed reading this and for sure will not be the last from Rainbow Rowell.(less)
"I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first"
What an opening line I should say. Nothing’s more enticing than opening a book with...more"I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first"
What an opening line I should say. Nothing’s more enticing than opening a book with that phrase. Switched is a whirlwind of story about four people -
Talon likes Reagan. Reagan like Talon. Kayla likes Talon. Wesley likes Reagan. Talon & Wesley are best friends and Reagan and Kayla are the same.
Despite Kayla's plan to break up her best friend and her boyfriend’s relationship, I liked her. Her self conversations were so hilarious especially those progress reports that make me think that this girl is too delusional or crazy for the guy. Kayla was shy and smart. Her likeness for Talon was so apparent, I mean who would’ve made an effort to do a plan and progress report and such if she didn’t like the guy right?
Wesley on the other hand was Talon's best friend and is an okay guy. He's weird but funny and has a good sense of humor plus he's very much supportive. He's a plain guy that is funny and sarcastic and cute especially when he blushes. He is the one that is supposedly hung-up on Reagan but honestly he didn’t give that much on an impression that he really is into Regan maybe he was just overshadowed by Kayla's EXTREME likeness for Talon but I just didn’t get the whole vibe that he's really into Reagan. It feels like he just goes with what Kayla planned.
Reagan and Talon were actually both surprising. I liked both of them and even though we didn’t get to see more of what's on their mind, the good thing is that through the course of the story, they did quite pretty well. They are both good supporting characters and I'm actually hoping to get to see their story first hand or more of them.
I totally like the whole characterization of the story, they all carried the whole story up on their shoulders and they did it all so well. Their friendship and interactions are so realistic. The romance between the pairs was slow building and exciting.
It's not unusual for stories to go along the 'best friend liking the other friend's boy’ but what makes Switched more interesting is that it’s far too complicated making it more exciting. Even though I already have a hunch on how it will unfold it still made me smile and squealed with delight and excitement.
I do commend the author Cassie Mae for writing such a fab book with very likeable characters, a good story plot with a lot of thought provoking and awkward and mishap situations; A well rounded story indeed. This is my first novel by the author and hopefully not the last since I'll be keeping my radar on for more of her stories.
*Copy provided by Random House thru Netgalley*(less)
A pretty interesting triangle: A girl, a boy and the violin.
I really don't have any connection with instruments of any kind. I love listening to music...moreA pretty interesting triangle: A girl, a boy and the violin.
I really don't have any connection with instruments of any kind. I love listening to music but that's it - I don’t know how to make and read it. I don’t know why I never learned. Sigh. Virtuosity is a simple story that is very inspiring and affecting. It has romance, struggles and determination. Yes, it has the makings of a very predictable story but it was overall interesting.
Our protagonist - Carmen is unique, different and very much easy to understand. She is far from normal because of her day to day norms and her extreme talent in playing the violin. Her shyness and struggle with stage frights was both enjoyable and empathic to see. Her development thru the story was well described and handles greatly by the author.
Carmen has a pretty interesting relationship with her mom a relationship that left me baffled. At first, I have a gut feel that Diana might not be treating her good but after a couple of chapters, I find myself understanding Diana but after another chapters or so I finally see the darkest side of her - a side that holds the leash to her daughter making me realize another awesome thing the author did on the story which is making the step-parent the loving and understanding one. It was really endearing to see Carmen's step-father be the loving and caring one because mostly step-parents come as evil as they can get on some stories right.
Jeremy was charmingly awkward. He enters the story as very reserved and confident but as we go one his vulnerable side starts to come out. He's not only a great competition for Carmen but also a great love interest.
Virtuosity's plot is as simple as we can get but the author has this certain way that gives the readers and adrenaline rush, throwing plenty of surprises and twists and tunes. The path on the way to the completion is where all the fuss happened and I really mean a lot and every single one of it leaves me at the edge of my seat. I love the unpredictability of it.
The ending was a bit open but its good to see that the author leaves both the characters in a good place leaving us readers to think how these two would’ve ended.
Virtuosity is not simply about music or achieving success thru it. It’s about a strong-willed girl shaking off her naiveté giving in to confidence and growing up. It was a simple tugging story!(less)
This is the first book of yours that I have read and even though I was majorly lost with all the Gymnastics language used on this...moreDear Ms. Julie Cross,
This is the first book of yours that I have read and even though I was majorly lost with all the Gymnastics language used on this book, I like to give you a round of applause and a big hug and a huge thanks for giving me-us this awesome story. Now, I’m much more interested in Gymnastics – all those flips and turns and I’m Team Jaren all the way. Please give us more of them.
Your new stalker-er- fan - Karla
I don't speak the Gymnast language. Honestly, I feel so lost every time a word or a description about gymnastics is being narrated here, I mean how does a person do an "Arabian Somersault"?
The majority of Letters To Nowhere revolved around the world of elite gymnastics and all those unimaginable flips and turns those gymnast does but it also has a little bit of everything. There is grief, loss and heartbreak with Karen dealing with losing her parents and being an orphan. There is hope, when we get to see Karen strive to be better at her routines and school and just growing to be her own self and of course there is the romance part that very much suites my interest.
Karen has been training to be an Elite Gymnast for years but she's never been quite good enough for it. She is a very likeable character and she never did anything that is annoying! Yipee! I don’t get a brooding, rebellious orphan; instead I get an understanding, grieving and not at all exaggerated protagonist. She shows great maturity and growth throughout the story - she is not perfect and she embraces her imperfections well. The letters she makes not specifically for someone gripped my heart. It was all straight-up to the point and straight to my heart. Karen indeed made a great protagonist for this story.
The camaraderie between Coach Bentley’s gymnastics team with Karen, Blair, Stevie and Ellen was greatly shown on the book. Gymnastics is not easy as it looks and each one of them is going through a lot just to be good enough for what they’re aiming. They don’t have the squeaky clean history of friendship but I know their friendship was real.
The love story really suited my interest! It was not insta-love for god’s sake! I love the progression and those little encounters between Jordan and Karen. Their love was young, sweet, and innocent and there is this natural chemistry that flows between these two.
The story doesn’t entirely revolved around Karen, we also get to see the life of her co-gymnasts and her coach and his son's not the hugging kind of father/son relationship.
Letters To Nowhere is really a great story! I love everything about it (well except for the gymnastic languages). I cried, cheered, sweat, anticipate and join their failures and triumphs. The book feels so realistic and not a thing was overly done, even the phasing was great! All the elements are well mixed, the characters were all well-rounded and the story and world building was fully developed. The character’s voice was so strong and each dialogue feels like they’re all just there in front of me.
I know this one belonged in a series and I don’t know if the next book will still be about Jordan and Karen, but I really like the closure and the life direction that this book brought to our characters. Will definitely put the next book on the look-out.(less)
Never Too Late is one of those stories that tackle about falling in love for the first time. Together with this is all the sparks, jitters, excitement...moreNever Too Late is one of those stories that tackle about falling in love for the first time. Together with this is all the sparks, jitters, excitement and of course the uncertainty of it all. It was your typical high school story with all the best friends, jealousy and immaturity but nonetheless fun and sweet love.
Abbey our heroine is excited to end her sophomore year with a bang. No other way to go through this than to earn the lead role for the play they’re going to do for the Renaissance faire however her co-star wasn’t the one she wanted to spend a lot of time with ending her sophie year. Abbey was an okay character as your typical heroine is. She’s stubborn and I like how she values her friendship with Olivia.
Jason was a jerk, arrogant and full of himself - that is what Abbey thought about him. But all of that was washed away with how he interacted with our girl through the course of the story. I ended up liking this guy more. He's sweet, yes he did say harsh things in the past but he surely did make up for it.
While fighting away her feelings for her lead star, Abbey was faced with another mantra for her best friend Olivia was also crushing on Jason. The thing that happened between Abbey and Jason was so typical of any young adult story but I don’t know why but I still enjoy these types of read from time to time.
The concept of the whole story was not the most original and exceptional; it doesn’t have the depth and much drama but given the age gap of the characters, you really don’t need to expect more from it for it was a simple story. The writing was catchy and the characters are okay. In all, it was cute and enjoyable.
*ARC Kindly provided by Simon Pulse thru Edelweiss*(less)
Em find herself confined in a tiny space. On the other space is her friend Finn. Who is keeping them hostage? What did they do to get their selves the...moreEm find herself confined in a tiny space. On the other space is her friend Finn. Who is keeping them hostage? What did they do to get their selves there? How or would they ever escape?
Those unanswerable questions linger on my mind as I started reading All Our Yesterdays. I haven’t read a bunch of Time Travel/Sci-Fi stories, but one thing I know is that it is complicated and confusing therefore it should be accompanied with a rational and believable explanation to be able the readers understand it fully. The author didn’t lack in terms of explaining things here but it still confused the crapola out of me! Time Travel is just plain confusing. The writing of this book is somewhat poetic and artistic. I can't describe it much but it was a good mixture of those two. It was a really complex story so it was no wonder it was also confusing.
I'm caught in between on how I do feel about this book. It feels so right yet there is something that feels off. I guess I'll just tick of the things I liked and not so liked about it:
The characters are all strong and well-defined. Marina/ Em, James, and Finn have their own hold to its readers. They honestly have this magical power to capture your interest. The story was told from two different periods of time. I find myself having a hard time distinguishing the present from the past of the story but one thing I'm certain about is how the characters are different. The way they were developed and adapted to their current time line was made up impressively.
I love reading when Finn and Em have their moments. Their love interest is the light side of the whole story even though it was insta-love. With the looming threats to the both of them, I find myself savoring each and every moment this two have. They are just good together but a little more development could do great lengths for this two.
So, the not so good parts uhm well, I like the characters but I honestly didn’t connect with them. I didn’t abhor enough feelings for them. It feels like I'm reading them and not tying any knots with them. (Did I mention that I’m really caught in between on how I feel about this book?)
The beginning of All Our Yesterday was pretty interesting even though I feel lost through it. It was interesting but about halfway through it I just lost that enthusiasm and interest and everything seems to go downhill. I didn’t connect much with the whole plot of the story. Well, it kept me interested but the deep connection isn’t just there. I wanted to feel the same enthusiasm just like other readers who loved this book but sadly it didn’t work that way for me.
And the ending, I have a huge issue with it. Up until now, days after reading it, I still don’t get it. I think things ended abruptly and the science fiction part of the story wasn’t totally bought by me. It feels like the whole story was a paradox itself and the time travel things just don’t make sense to me.
I really do want to love it all out but it was just okay for me. I guess, there are just books that are technically good but it lacks on certain aspects. It was thrilling and will surely capture you interests. The writing was good and the world built was also good but it just confused me for most of the time. I haven’t predicted on how the way it ended but I was not surprised about it either. Well, I heard a sequel will come out next year, we should better wait for it and see if things will get settled then.
ARC kindly provided by Disney Book Group thru Netgalley.(less)
Jennifer Armentrout puts another twist to the world of demons, Wardens, and other dark elements that looms the world. White Hot Kiss is the first inst...moreJennifer Armentrout puts another twist to the world of demons, Wardens, and other dark elements that looms the world. White Hot Kiss is the first installment to her Dark Elements series and I could totally scream at the top of my lungs that it was a stunning series debut that will definitely hook you up from the very first page.
As usual, I was amaze with Armentrout’s world building. I so totally love the eerie world of demons and wardens on the present time where humans are pretty aware of the Wardens. The pacing was pretty perfect, the twists are unpredictable, and the characters are all likeable.
Being a Half Warden-Half Demon hasn’t been very easy for Layla. She's living in a houseful of Wardens but all of them feared her and wanted her dead coz with just one kiss she can take away their souls. She only wants to live a normal teenage life. Layla was a character that stands on her own; I like her for standing up to her decisions despite the place that she's into. I like her slaying demons and protecting humans despite her being a half demon. She has a surmountable amount of bad-assery throughout the story. ;)
From the beginning, you could totally see how much she's in love with Zayne, a very powerful Warden. I like Zane. The thought of him and her having a relationship - relationship somehow excites me but I can’t also seem to rub off the feel that it’s more brotherly-sisterly between them and I don’t know but I have this feel with Danika - Zayne's mate to be - is an okay character.
I'm not even sorry that I loved a demon / the crowned prince of hell named Roth. With his removable tattoos and endearing pets – bambi, thor and nitro, I can’t help but swoon over him. Roth was an upper level demon and that is the only thing that makes me a bit hesitant on him. I find myself questioning his true intentions with Layla. Well, he's a demon and even though Layla's part demon we can never know what his intentions are - if he's really helping her or just using her for his own selfish reasons. Despite him showing his demons side, I can’t also help but see a good side to him, plus he’s very witty and smart-mouthed!
I totally dig how this story kept me guessing from the beginning to end. It started with how Layla is going to push down her demons side, with Zayne's feelings with her and Roth’s motive with Layla. Every chapter was unpredictable and the events are unexpected especially the ending!! I thought that after all the cliffies Jennifer Armentrout gave us on her Lux series, I would already get used to those cliffies, I’m definitely wrong because Whit Hot Kiss' ending still shocked me.
In all, White Hot Kiss was an awesome opening to a new series! I can’t wait for the next installments and I’m excited for more of Roth! *wink*
The cover screams humongous amount of cuteness and adorableness, anybody disagree with me there? I guess no one. It's too adorable for you not to stop...moreThe cover screams humongous amount of cuteness and adorableness, anybody disagree with me there? I guess no one. It's too adorable for you not to stop and stare and add it up to your 'to-read' shelf right? But I guess, my expectations were raised too high and the whole story unfortunately didn't suffice that expectation.
The freshness of young love never fails to make my heart flutter even just a little bit. The Promise of Amazing gives us a an eye view on how a simple infatuation turned into the wonderland of young love. But that is not only what this book is about for there are a lot more maze inside it - some I praised for its originality but the others I think are unnecessary.
The protagonists are likable though a bit frustrating at times. Wren is okay and she's a very genuine character, but It's too tiring hearing her complaining about people seeing her as the "quiet" one. Instead of doing something to remedy her reputation to what people think about her she just complained and complained and complaining doesn't accomplish anything. Same thing with Grayson, I like his hilariousness and smart-mouthed-ness. I love his carefree attitude at the same time he frustrates me with his inability to make his own decision especially when Luke is on his back.
It's really not a bad book, its a cute one but needed more sharpening around its edges. The whole story was good but it feels like it lacks something more on the 'heart-fluttering' department, but in all it was an okay YA read.
*ARC kindly provided by Balzer + Bray thru Edelweiss.*(less)
SLAMMED. Sealed. Delivered. I'm yours Will Cooper!!
I'm going to make this review as short as possible coz I know a lot of you have already been throug...moreSLAMMED. Sealed. Delivered. I'm yours Will Cooper!!
I'm going to make this review as short as possible coz I know a lot of you have already been through this 'slammed-phase' and I'm pretty much late about all of this but I still wanted to share my thoughts though.
Slammed is definitely not your normal story. Frankly, it doesn’t have the most complicated plot - it may even come as cliché and extensively used to others but Hoover did a great job in mixing its elements making the mainstream used type of story into so much more. With its simplicity, Slammed would easily capture your heart.
I was surprised how much the story of Will and Layken captured me and gripped my heart to the fullest, I was expecting just another story that would hold me for the mean time or another story with a dramatic plot with all the complications and uncertainties in the middle - it all has those but it was the way it was told that makes my overall reading experience good and much better. The story behind this book was told in a snapshot kind of way. It didn’t direct its readers directly into the story instead it gives us different shots, angles and scenarios that when we readers add up makes up the whole story. Honestly, it was a clever way and a unique one for me. Slammed makes me laugh, feel in love and even cry a few times.
This story also introduced me to something called Slam Poetry. I'm not really a poetry buff though I tend to 'carve pumpkins' at times, but I'm really not that deep type of person but give me a case of poetry like this book has well, I might get addicted. From the Mean to the Pre-proposal to the Pink Balloons - I feel in love with each poetry. Sigh.
The first meeting, the first handshake, the first date: I was a goner.
A well rounded group of characters is another thing this book gave us.
Lake and Will is such an amazing protagonist to the story. Lake has her immature moments in dealing with stuffs especially about Will but in a lot of ways, I feel like I truly understand her. The most amazing thing about her is her ability to think rationally despite those things that are happening she has her priorities in line and choices that always lead her to the right place. Will, on the other hand is the supportive and handsome neighbor who has a lot on his own plate. He has the deep and mysterious effect to him that is too much to handle for I love mysterious people. ;)
Kel and Caulder are two amazing little characters that add up a great sweetness to the story. Layken's Mom Julia and her best friend Eddie (which is a girl) and Gavin are all great additions too; These characters all together really makes up what I was looking for on this.
Of course, its not always rainbows and butterflies for Slammed, I still have my little issues with it. Take note of the little you guys,
Firstly, I'm kind of hesitant with the "Insta-Love" that Will and Layken experienced. The attraction and the sparks are there but you see my hesitation is that, I'm mostly annoyed with those types of relationship; I can't just actually picture falling in love in such a short time. Heh. But as the story goes and as the story unravels, I see where it all seems to come from.
Another thing is that it ended abruptly. If I didn’t know there would be a next book to this, I would be ragingly mad. Though things get settled I can’t help but utter the words "That's it?" by the time I reached the last page. But since I know there would still be a next book, I didn’t really go on that drama.
As I've said, little issues right? But the very very good thing about it is that these issues are overshadowed by the overall beautiful-ness of this book. It was not really a perfect book, but it was imperfectly perfect for me. It was a simple romantic story that has a power to grip its reader’s heart. Oh Colleen Hoover, how could you magically grip us with your stories?
In all, I really really enjoyed reading this book, and as the saying goes 'It's better late than never' right? It was a heartbreaking yet heartwarming and heart wrenching story about discovery, acceptance, pain, laughter, growth, heartache, poetry and love. A fast pace romance is what you want? Definitely check this one out.(less)
Ten days, four hours, twenty-one minutes. Until the end of the world - as the vision says. She has never known any talent and was so confused as to why...moreTen days, four hours, twenty-one minutes. Until the end of the world - as the vision says. She has never known any talent and was so confused as to why the council was summoning her. They wanted another chance at taking good care of their planet and their people. Maybe - just maybe Ashara is the hope for it all.
Interested would describe how I felt upon reading the blurb of this book but as I go along with it and finished the first 10 pages - that's where the feeling of lost and confusion starts to pave its way into me. BUT I'll get to my woes later and I'll kick this review off with the things that makes Echo make its mark on me.
First, I'm really fascinated with the way people with abilities are grouped here (they’re called practitioners)! The people are grouped are as follows: Breather (air manipulator), Ethereal (ether manipulator), Mover (earth manipulator), Bender (metal Manipulator), Burner (fire manipulator) and Flooder (water manipulator) - the idea was so creative for me at the same time interesting it makes the reading more Dystopian-ish.
The characters are so real. From Ashara to Loken to lovable Rey even the other goody-shoe practitioners who are with them - they’re all easy to go along with. Strong-willed would best describe this group of people; they’re all focused individual focused on doing their jobs; saving the world and people they love.
There are no dramas! (Thank Goodness for that!) It's full of action and bang after bang. Just when I think the end would pave its way into the story - no it would turn into another corner and the story would go on. I like the creative idea of having a rewind like button which the elders on the story do to solve the end of the world problems they encounter. Have any of you guys seen the movie In Time? Well, for certain reasons that movie reminds me of the world here in Echo.
I appreciate that the story development left of the typical way most story come off where we get to know first the world and everything about it and the people living in it, but here in Echo the author immediately jumped into it from the get go. Yes, the world would end in 10 days so no point in dilly-dallying around right? BUT the con to this side is that it tends to confuse me as I go along into my reading. Facts and stuffs are mentioned since the story kicked off but I totally can't understand any of it - they just didn’t make sense at all so I spend the whole way through it wondering what those are all about.
Confusion became the main problem for me here; Confusion over the vision, rewind stuff, the elders and Ashara’s father's involvement and her potent power and mage-magnet body. I’m so confused over a lot of things that the only thing I'm certain about is that Ashara is different and more powerful than any of them and that the timeline things makes it different for her.
Anyhow, it is a journey to a new world of powers, revenge, hope, redemption and second chance. Echo is another creative story that would surely hook your Dystopian hearts. ;)
I'm really a fan of stories told in guy's POV. It's just nice seeing a certain twist to the story that we don’t see when it's the girls telling it. So...moreI'm really a fan of stories told in guy's POV. It's just nice seeing a certain twist to the story that we don’t see when it's the girls telling it. So, once the news that Play With Me would be also be told in Ryan Hunter's POV, I’m definitely one of those excited ones.
This short novel gives us the different sides of Ryan Hunter that wasn’t really told on the original book. In here, we definitely see the sweet, romantic, charming, friendly, possessive, angry, pervy and the majority good side of Ryan. I like seeing his interaction with his family - how well he bonded with his mom, dad and sister.
She didn’t know it yet, but she wouldn’t stand a chance. In the end, she'd be mine.
Seeing how he's really into Liza throughout the book makes me smile - I mean a guy like him with girls flaunting on his ways yet he's pinning for that one girl who doesn’t even see him. Sigh. It made us all see how vulnerably in love he is with Liza and see the extent of what he could do for her.
With Ryan thoughts, it made me think how Liza could be so oblivious with all of this. Well, maybe it was overshadowed by her extreme fondness with Tony but didn’t she even feel a thang? Hmm.
I honestly enjoyed reading this but it feels like there is something lacking while I'm reading this. Maybe those tiny butterflies that hoarded my tummy while reading Play With Me isn’t much there maybe brought by reading it in girls POV but nevertheless reading this in Ryan's POV was still a delight.
With all the drama and angst that made up books this day Ryan Hunter – This Girl is Mine and even Play With Me are all refreshing things to read. I'll never get tired of stories like this - no dramas, not too much conflict, plain sweetness and happiness. I'm looking forward in reading more from this author and I heard Tony's story is on its way and I'll definitely look forward to his own happy ever after. :)(less)