Well holy crap. This book was so cute, and so awesome. I was cheering for Cricket the entire time, but I also felt (in the beginning) that Max was a g...moreWell holy crap. This book was so cute, and so awesome. I was cheering for Cricket the entire time, but I also felt (in the beginning) that Max was a good guy too. So I wondered how Lola was going to get herself out of that situation. I don’t even think I can explain how upbeat and how happy this book made me feel. Cricket is not the kind of guy we’ve become use to these days. He’s not sarcastic, rude, tough, and doesn’t hide his feelings. He says what he means, he openly cares for everyone, he’s polite, and he’s funny but talks straightforward. He’s a nerd, he doubts himself, but he knows what he wants. Cricket Bell is finally the good guy who wins in the end. The straight-up good guy whose best friend is his sister and who would do anything for his family. And Lola. Well, Lola is creative and shows her emotions through what she wears. She expresses herself and never worries what other people think. She’s determined to not let her genetics speak for her, and make a path for herself. She is definitely someone you can aspire to be. Although she does make mistakes, she tries to figure things out, and when she makes a mistake she earns people back. This novel takes you into the life or someone who isn’t afraid to express herself. They touch on the lives of unconventional families and how sometimes they may just be better than normal ones because of their ‘unnormal’ status. Perkins brings many different lives all rolled into one story, and makes you love every character. This book is one that is staying on my shelf for a long time. Good: Lola: And individual who has to accept herself, and others and learn that she needs to encouraged others like they have encouraged her. And I love her costumes Cricket: By far the nicest guy all around. Man I would love for this six-foot-four-inch nerd to be my neighbour. Nathan and Andy: Awesome. Just awesome Dads. Lindsay: She takes the dream of wanting to be Nancy Drew to a whole new level. Bad: Nothing really Bad. I thought it was a very well done book. There were some moments that were awkward. When she said “Uncle….Cricket.” He cringes and she says he remembers everything. But I have no clue what any of that means. But oh well. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, like I previously said, there were some awkward moments that I was just not sure about but the story was too good to get tied up on those small things. I loved the story lines, I loved the characters, I loved it all. Stephanie Perkins sure knows how to write a story about young love and still make it realistic. She acknowledges sex, drugs, and alcohol but made her character a positive influence without it seeming like she lives in an unrealistic world. On the contrary there are some very dark histories to some of the characters. Stephanie Perkins brings a little more colour to our world with Lola and the Boy Next Door.
I had to read this novel for my Children’s Lit class. How cool is that? I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to do homework. And I would gladly stu...moreI had to read this novel for my Children’s Lit class. How cool is that? I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to do homework. And I would gladly study it again.
All right first I have to admit that when I picked up a spare copy for class (one that I could write all over) I laughed. Here is why: I will admit I haven’t read this book in a while. Many, many years have passed since I last picked it up; however, I’ve read it many a times. Anyhow, when I read it years ago when I was much younger it was always such a great adventure (still is), but also such a huge book. It’s huge in the sense that so much happens but I laughed because its 223 pages long. I guess I was more use to the 500 pages of the last four novels.
But who knew that behind an adventure there was so much hidden meanings and allusion. I mean I read this before and just dove right into the story of an orphaned boy in a magical world, which of course is perfectly fine to do as that was Rowling’s original intentions. Who knew that there was allusions to genocide, class separation. Who knew that Harry Potter would fit the structure of Romance (Fantasy Romance), Quest, High Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, School Story, Orphan story, Gothic story, and Detective story.
Who knew there was so much wrapped up in one loveable adventure? But too me that’s what it will always be...one hell of an adventure. For 223 pages, a lot sure does happen.
We are thrown into the world of Wizards, where we are actually referred to as Muggles, while a young boy learns who he is, fits the idea of who other people think he is, and accepts himself for who he is. Harry goes from an orphan with no friends whom weird things happen to, to one that was written in Wizarding history books with some rather great friends and adventurous life.
Harry Potter is a book for all ages filled with pages and pages of mischief, adventure, friendship, self discovery, and the teachings of Good vs. Evil, with Evil always losing.
Harry Potter—Humble, good, courageous and curious Hermione—Waking up in the middle of the night to run to your books and get half way through your notes to realize...you’ve already taken that exam. Hilarious Ron—scratch that, The Wesley Brother: (mainly Ron, and Fred and George) the most hilarious characters I think I’ve ever come across. Wish they were real...I’m in love with the whole family Neville--Always awesome. And the idea that he too can fit the role of Hero (especially throughout the rest of the series) makes him even more awesome.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall Rowling manages to put across her meanings and provide a clear picture through few words allowing for an adventure every page that everyone follows and no one questions. She answers every question that needs to be answered in this novel and somehow manages to set up plots for books that will happen far into the future from when this was released, and I can’t help but ask how? Her imagination and planning must have been meticulous, and it paid off
Holy Anna! I have to admit that I was taken with this book from about page one. This book was awesome and deserved my 5. Not only did it scare the crap...moreHoly Anna! I have to admit that I was taken with this book from about page one. This book was awesome and deserved my 5. Not only did it scare the crap out of me and get my heart racing in some places but it made me laugh in so many others. Anna Dress in Blood is a new different tale. Sure there has been the tale of Girls falling for the angels and maybe even a ghost but there hasn’t been anything like Anna that I’ve read…she is one scary ghost (according to Cas the most powerful one in the Northern Hemisphere). It was thrilling and had my heart racing hear the end, and of course it was gruesome, which I didn’t mind because hey the book is all about death. Then there were the parts that made me laugh out loud…and I mean pretty hard to the point that people were looking at me and questioning my sanity. The written was so well done especially from the male perspective that I felt like I could see everything down to her dripping dress, Cas’s head in the fridge talking about Aura’s changing, and Cas looking up in the window reflection and realizing that he won’t be seeing much of anything for a while because he’s about to get cracked in the head with a two-by-four. On top of this all…it took place in Thunder Bay, Ontario….awesome! Now of course I want more. I want the next Anna book. I want answers to what Cas really is, where his powers come from, how come Anna was so cool with him being in her house? I want to know it all.
Good: Cas: Although we don’t get too much description I can only imagine how hot he is…not to mention he is a born and made ghost killing machine who probably has moves like a Ninja. Anna: She would probably scare the crap out of my in her “evil” form if I ever really saw her. Its in Thunder Bay, Ontario! Thomas: Seems like a cool guy Tybalt: Awesome cat. Awesome cat.
Bad: Might be a little too scary/gruesome in some parts? Maybe.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing on this novel was very well done. Then there is the subtle humour that Blake manages to slip in leads me to believe that she knows how to crack up her friends on a daily basis. What shocked me the most was that the novel is written in the male perspective, which is not something you see everyday and not something you see pulled off well. But Blake was so flawless with her writing that I only managed to really think about it once (when he manages to say he doesn’t have to time to think about girls and things like that. Ya right…he’s a guy) and the rest was all just a great adventures.
Everything about this book was good. Even down to the feel of the pages. Crazy right? But, even the paper on this book felt nice so lets just say I wa...moreEverything about this book was good. Even down to the feel of the pages. Crazy right? But, even the paper on this book felt nice so lets just say I was happy to turn the pages and run my hand over the fresh new one on the other side. Rachel Hawkins takes you into a beautiful world full of the mystical where even the things we see as monsters are hunted. In a world hungry for power and different races/species at each other throats and everyone believing their race is better than the others we meet Sophie whom, being raised by humans, doesn’t see their species or race but who they actually are and judges them from there like everyone really should. So Sophie befriend the hated Vampire, get detention, and do the typical thing of falling for the hot boy on campus who happens to have a girlfriend all on her first day. And of course she is the worst witch having never been taught anything other than what she found in books her mother read to prepare them for what was coming on her 12th birthday. Lets add in a little pinch of an absent father and you have someone trying to go well but making a lot of mistakes, and someone who has no clue about herself. I loved it. I loved all the teen angst and emotions, and the princesses that Sophie manages to put in their places with a few well placed words. Then there is Archer the guy that Sophie falls in love with. And I don’t blame her. He’s the kind of guy you love to fight with and someone who has a sense of humour, which doesn’t seem to come along a lot in Hecate Hall. Hawkins knows how to create a world that makes you smile, makes you wonder, surprises you and in general makes you wish you were a part of it. Bad decorations and all. Good: Sophie: Although a little slow on picking some stuff up at times she’s still pretty awesome Archer: Hot. Funny. And very very sexy. Also a bad boy. Love the combination Cal: I know Cal plays a bigger part in the series. Many I just fell it, but its probably because I’ve also seen some team Archer and Team Cal buttons out there. Not to mention he’s completely hot, handy, and an all around good guy. Sophie’s Dad: I can’t wait to meet him. He is going to be an awesome character and probably throw in some good twists. Bad: Not really much to say here other than I wanted more to happen! Not that I was ever left bored. Oh no. I loved it all I just want more Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I had no issues with Rachel Hawkins’ writing skills. I never got confused, jumbled or had to look back a couple of pages to refresh my mind. On the contrary I went ahead at blazing speeds and loved it all. I could picture Sophie and Archer in the cellar a smile on their faces as he catches the pen she threw at him in mock dislike. I could feel the sexy tension. I could feel the way she described power rushing up from her feet like water. I think best of all is that I loved the twist that Hawkins put on the tale of fallen angels. I loved the idea of the three angels turned away from Heaven each fled to different parts of the world and helped create Vampires, Fairies, and Witches. Very very cool.
This book is awesome, and I cannot wait to start reading the other books in the series. Faythe is the kind of girl that all girls should look up to. S...moreThis book is awesome, and I cannot wait to start reading the other books in the series. Faythe is the kind of girl that all girls should look up to. She denies being held back by men and for a man and instead walks her own path to discover the life that she truly wants not being under the thumb of anyone else’s rule. Add in the fact that she is a supernatural create, and a rare female one at that and you have a very awesome book. Now lets put a cherry on top by adding that back home she has a guy that was ready to marry her and still loves her and she manages to give her those sexy little smirk, oh and another guy who sure knows how to smooth talk and girl and flirt who is also vying for her attention. Lets add in some over protective brothers that she is not afraid to get into a physical fight with, and then an all-powerful father and your have a recipe for greatness. The novel encompasses the supernatural with a young woman who can defend herself and is searching for her self while attempting to be independent, and creates a world that all readers want to be invited to. It has messed up families, close families, ex-boyfriends, old friends that want to be friendly and a girl who feels like she has the future of an entire pack sitting on her shoulders. And the dry sarcastic humour that the author brings out of the pages, mixed with some seriously dark events makes this book one that will be sitting on my top shelf and makes me eager to jump to the rest. Thank God I picked now to start reading the series, all books are out and accounted for ready for me to read them. Good: Faythe: Any girl who says hello to her ex by kicking him square in the stomach and knocking him to the ground is ok in my book. Marc: He’s jealous. He loves her. He is willing to throw a table through a wall for her. He’s got a devilish smirk, and a wink that makes this chick swoon (and I’ve only every read about it). Man I love this guy. Jace: You smooth talking flirt you. You can pick me up in a bar with your cheesy opening line anytime. You sexy boy. And you’re pretty determined. I like it. Bad: Faythe: She does some seriously stuff ass-hat stuff. You don’t really recognize it, but she does make some morally wrong things. However, that can’t necessarily go against the book because it makes her character and is apart of the story lines. It’s bring something to the table that makes this book quite good. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I loved it. I could picture Faythe doing her victory dance (finger point and all) in the middle of a serious situation, I could see Marc running down the hallways asking where the hell is everybody because he wants a witness to something Faythe said. I can see the smirks, the stern faces, and I could understand the feelings. I have some mad love for the characters that were created in this story. I love the independent and determined Faythe who is willing to sacrifice her well being for others. I love the world that Rachel Vincent created and the story line was one that did make me sit back and cry out in shock. There were twists, there were moments that were predictable, there were moments that made you wish you could shake the fictional characters hands, and moments that you wish you could slap them yelling “Check yourself before you wreck yourself”. Overall the book was so enjoyable I managed to somehow read 618 pages in under 48 hours while going to work. Awesome. Just awesome.
I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a complete fluff book. Man, was I ever wrong. From the first pages you get thrown into the whirlwind...moreI picked up this book thinking it was going to be a complete fluff book. Man, was I ever wrong. From the first pages you get thrown into the whirlwind that is Alona Dare screaming into her phone. And then everything else from there is priceless. The two main characters Alona and Will are both emotional, defensive, bitchy (Will sometimes), and completely the same! Well except Alona does care what she looks like. And somehow when she argues about the fact that she likes to look good it just all seems to make sense and you can’t argue against her. One thing Alona isn’t is stupid. She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. From her dying, to Will taking stabs at the Principal, to Alona throwing books at Will, to him making a ‘phone call’ in the middle of Caf i could help but laugh and smile. Then of course there are the emotional moments when I cried, thought I was going to cry, or got seriously creeped out. This book manages to have a whole bunch of emotions in only 281 pages, and I love it. Good: Alona—she is one strong woman. Knows what she wants and is willing to fight someone to get it. Will—Being able to see and hear Ghost means one good thing—You have the best one liners and really know how to hit a person below the belt which a small little secret. Bad: Not much here. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I loved it. The book went at a continuously decent pace, was well written to the point that I did not have to re-read anything and conveyed the emotion, meaning, and most importantly, humour perfectly with as few amount of words as needed. Stacey Kade sure knows how to write a novel that makes you want to read it all in one sitting, and she definitely knows how to convey teenage humour and hormones. I will definitely continue to read this series
I was a little sceptical when I first picked up this book and read the back. But, then I thought this is the same author who brought me The Hunger Gam...moreI was a little sceptical when I first picked up this book and read the back. But, then I thought this is the same author who brought me The Hunger Games so how disappointing can it really be? I will tell you I was not disappointed...not one bit. Not only can Suzanne Collins write novels that rival Twilight but she can also write the kind of novel that rivals both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I thought I would be brought into a world where there was a little immature 11 year-old, but instead, like Harry and Percy, Gregor was forced to grow up due to events that life dealt them. Even though there are crawler (Cockroaches), gnawers (rats), spinners (spiders), and many other things I found myself captivated by the quest, the adventures and the characters. Good: Gregor—seems like a really descent guy Boots—she seems like an awesome 2 year-old, even when she is having a melt-down Bad: I couldn’t think of anything to put here. Perhaps I could say that for 311 pages I felt like the quest was very quick...although I was never bored or thought there was too much description, I just thought there would be more, but I guess that’s why it’s the first in a series. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, much like The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins writes a clear picture of the surroundings, the story, and the character. There was never a moment when I had to back track to read something over thinking I must have read it wrong. Everything with Collins is very clear and she doesn’t waste her time on needless detail and also doesn’t lack where detail is required
I was hooked on the serious from the very beginning and what I loved about this series is that we know exactly who Patch was as a person from the get...moreI was hooked on the serious from the very beginning and what I loved about this series is that we know exactly who Patch was as a person from the get go but as for Nora we never really did get to know her. The only this we did know was that she was in love with Patch and captivated by him from the beginning just like we were.
But in this book we get to know the real Nora....and its about time.
We definitely see a stronger, more bold and determined Nora than we did in the first two. And Patch of course is just as steemy as ever
Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to provide a story to readers that captivates them right from the beginning. I mean come on! Nora wakes up in a cemetery.....ya I thought that was messed up and awesome all at the same time and it had me up reading until well past midnight trying to get to a chapter where I felt it was ok to put the book down. Eventually the book just fell out of my hand when I passed out from staying up too late.
Fitzpatrick has really put some depth into these two characters and we come across new sides of both Patch (which we already knew where there but now get an actual introduction to) and Nora.
This was a book that was hard to put down and now I can't wait to read the whole new ride and adventure that has been laid forth for the next book....it takes a whole step in another direction.