Cress is definitely my favourite of the series so far. I love Cress, I love Thorne, I love Cinder, Iko, Kai, Wolf and Scarlet (Though I wish the last...moreCress is definitely my favourite of the series so far. I love Cress, I love Thorne, I love Cinder, Iko, Kai, Wolf and Scarlet (Though I wish the last two had had a little more screentime in this one). I love the dialogue (definitely Marissa Meyer's strong point) and it often made me laugh out loud. The plot was fast paced, super fun, and had me completely glued to the pages for hours on end. It wasn't as predictable as Cinder was, and the mythology with the Lunars and whatnot wasn't as convoluted. I still don't care for Levana or Sybil or any of the other villains characters', but that's a minor complaint. I feel like this would be perfect to adapt into a Firefly-esque television show, preferably with Joss Whedon at the helm. *cough* ridiculous wishful thinking *cough*. Either way, this is a fabulous book, and I will counting down the days till Winter comes out.(less)
So Wanderlove is about two things I love – art and traveling. What more could I ask for? But the thing is, Wanderlove is really about so much more than...moreSo Wanderlove is about two things I love – art and traveling. What more could I ask for? But the thing is, Wanderlove is really about so much more than just that. It’s about two amazing, well-developed characters on a journey to leave their old selves behind. It’s about them discovering themselves - and each other. And I loved every minute of it. What really shines about this novel is the characterizations and character growth. Bria and Rowan are flawed, unique, real, beautiful, broken characters. They never come across as perfect. They have real flaws, secrets, doubts, goals, passions. They jump off the page and feel completely and utterly real. I absolutely loved Bria’s voice. It’s refreshing and unique. And I admit, I have fallen completely in love with Rowan. I would sell my little brother to the jungle cult to have the chance to go backpacking with him. The other amazing thing is the character growth. For once, there actually is character growth. For Bria and Rowan both. There is a slow-building relationship with no insta-love or love triangle in sight. To sum it up, the characters are what make this novel stand out. The second thing that makes it worth reading is the setting. Just like the characters, it is flawed and far from perfect and idyllic. But it’s also so excruciatingly beautiful and realistic. I have no doubt in my mind that Kristin Hubbard has really been to those places. The way she describes them is magic. After this book, I desperately need to go to Central America. In fact, I just need to travel right now. I don’t care where. This book is not helping me cure my travel bug. The third thing worth mentioning is the drawings by the author herself. They fit so well into the story that you forget they aren’t Bria’s. They’re beautiful and simple, and they add another layer to this wonderful story. My favourites are the one of Rowan and the one of Bria in her long skirt with the butterflies. Other awesomeness? The ending was perfect. It was satisfying, yet it left me wanting more. The plot was a page-turner and it unfurled at exactly the right speed, letting the reader dive deeper and deeper in Bria and Rowan’s many layers and complexities. Oh, and Bria and Rowan are amazing names. ‘Nuff said. I recommend this book for anyone who: - Longs/loves to travel and explore the world - Loves flawed, complex characters - Hates insta-love - Loves/appreciates art - Is looking for their next great read Honestly, I can’t think about anything wrong with this book except that there could have been a little more character development for the secondary characters and there could have been a few less exclamation marks in the dialogue. Overall: 5 stars: Completely refreshing and unique, with amazing characters and a gorgeous setting. (less)
Ok first things first, i do not like chic lit. I do not like realistic fiction. It's boring, it's lame, and I'd rather read abou...morePrepare to be charmed.
Ok first things first, i do not like chic lit. I do not like realistic fiction. It's boring, it's lame, and I'd rather read about magic, or spaceships, or elves or wizards, or something well written and with depth, not sappy and cheesy romances that make you laugh but are completely forgettable. So...
Why did I even pick this up?
Maybe because it was set in Paris. Paris!!! The city of lights (and love, not to mention shopping and movies and museums and art galleries and food and culture and french!). I am pretty much addicted to travelling despite the fact that I've never left the country (stupid money-saving, 'it's too much stress' parents) and Paris is my number one destination in Europe, even before London which I am equally addicted to thanks to four things, amazing accents, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and the fact that my grandmother moved here from there when she was seventeen and is still extremely british. Anyway, so a book set in Europe always grabs my attention.
Maybe because it was said to be a good read even for people like me who prefer fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian. Maybe because the cover was cute. Maybe because I read the first chapter on Amazon and thought it was funny. All things considered, I didn't think I would actually like it!
Oh boy, was I wrong.
This book blew me away. I read it in one day. One school day. Only the best books get that high honour. Even HP7 took me longer than that the first time (ok, I was eleven and didn't read very fast then and that book is twice as long... but still). I'm not a slow reader, but I read so much and I'm so picky that I'll get bored and start reading something else. This book didn't bore me. It completely charmed me.
Where to start? Probably the very best part of this book was the setting. It was so completely Paris. The city came alive in this book, and I have never more desperately wanted to travel there than I do now. Everything from their snobbiness towards Americans (they're so right, Canadians are so much better) to the weather (as I read, I would glance outside and it would be foggy and wet, just like in the book which was awesome since it should be snowing right now, not raining since its January in Canada out there). I loved watching Anna learn to speak french, since I'm fluent in french myself, and loved how it was integrated into the story. The only iffy point was some of the phrases and words they said I never hear people say, but maybe that's because France's french is so different from where I live. Well, France's is the original, so I can't complain.
Another great plus was Anna's voice, so fresh and fun and funny. Seriously, this girl is hilarious. I found myself giggling in the middle of presentations when I should have been paying attention but was too caught up with this book.
But it's not just Anna. Étienne St Clair is a pretty swoon-worthy guy. British and french? Can't beat that. And he's just so funny. And he isn't perfect, despite Anna thinking he is. Because perfect guys might be great in real life, but they're the absolute worst in novels. He's not perfect, he had problems and flaws but he's gorgeous, smart and hilarious. I want a boy like that one day. And did I mention he was a French Brit???
All the supporting characters are great too, very interesting and colourful. I wish I could have learnt a little bit more about them all, especially Ellie. Amanda is a pretty stereotypical bitch, but she's still spot on. There really are girls like that. I know a couple of them, and a couple of Nicoles too who follow them along like lapdogs. It would be nice to pull an Anna and punch one of them in the nose.
The plot is quick and flowing. I guess you can't really expect a climax, I mean there's no big battle that I'm used to in my fave genres, but I like the ending. I knew there would be a happy ending, but I could not wait for it to come just to be sure.
The setting is not just Paris, the setting is their school. I can't not complain about how much I hate my school (which I do, with a fierce loathing) when I read about a school like that. They don't need to take math! I wish I could go there and take as many english and french and geography and art and music and creative writing and even science classes and anything but math (and health, nothing's worse than health).
Anyway, moving on. Anna really is what makes this book shine. Well, Anna and Étienne and Paris put together into an extremely charming and cute package. I loved her obsession with movies, and I can totally relate. I love movies and take them very seriously and value the qualities that make a good movie. I also love writing reviews which I have just started doing (about books but maybe I should do movies too) because people just didn't want to hear me ranting or raving about my latest read or view. Anyway, all of Anna's little quirks were just cute and fun to read about. At first I hated how upset she was over being sent to Europe for a year. If my dad had sent me to Paris for the year, I would be thrilled. But I would totally hate to leave my friends so I can understand what Anna's going through. Plus it's so obvious that Étienne liked her, couldn't she tell? Seriously there was no need for such major freak outs. Of course, if I was in her situation, I don't think I could have not freaked out either.
One question I have is how does the principal hand pick her one hundred students? Kids like Josh really don't seem like super-fancy-private-boarding-school material when he's constantly skipping classes. Also, why would the principal chose Anna (other than loving her dad's books) when she can't even speak french? I guess it's all about whose parents have the most power and money.
Overall: 5 stars for a protagonist who's witty, smart and sassy, a setting that is absolutely breathtaking and a cute yet a little cheesy romance. Words to describe this book: Charming and cute.(less)
Better than the last! So completely unputdownable that once I finished I was so angry I wanted to throw my book across the room since there was no way...moreBetter than the last! So completely unputdownable that once I finished I was so angry I wanted to throw my book across the room since there was no way I could wait for another year for the next book.
Characters: Yes! I still loved Elder and Amy (and even better, Elder&Amy) and could totally relate to what was going on (ok mostly, since they were on a spaceship). I felt their pain along with their happiness and I simply couldn't wait for them to finally get together! The supporting cast were awesome but I didn't care for any of them other than Amy, Elder and Harley (I miss him so much!). You never knew who to trust, and I completely guessed the wrong killer this time even though it should have been obvious.
Plot: So good, just so good. Unbeatable. Unstoppable. Fast-paced and simply so intense you could do nothing but read and read and read.
Action/Adventure: One word, intense.
Romance: Amy+Elder<3 I love them together. They're simply perfect for each other and their relationship came naturally. Amy is smart to question her feelings instead of jumping into the 'oh I love you but don't even know why since we're horrible together' like so many stupid teen novels. She's smart to think, 'well do I love him since we're the only kids on board and we have be together, or would I love him above all the other boys if he was on earth with me?' but after a while I was just like get together already!!! Thankfully they do:)
Writing style: The writing suits the book perfectly, never pausing in intensity, its the kind of writing that makes you desperate for more.
POV: Same as last book, the POVs weren't written differently, but the characters are still different. Elder and Amy think differently, process info differently, and have different opinions on things. This is what makes reading the dual voices so interesting.
Plot twists: The first surprised me sometimes, yet I still managed to predict most of it. This one however, I predicted one major plot development, then feeling proud of myself attempted to figure out the rest before the characters did. I failed miserably. It should have been so obvious as to whodunit but somehow it managed to elude me. My suspect however, was involved just not the mastermind which should have been completely easy to figure out but nope, it wasn't. It didn't come out of no where though, and I along with the characters are far from stupid. Well done, Beth Revis. All the clues Orion gave to Amy were just genius! And I admire her even more for managing to solve them. Man, that girl is smart!
Page-turning ability: This is what all books aspiring to be page-turners should look up to. I couldn't finish fast enough, yet I never wanted it to end. Ugh!
Names: I loved how the names reflected the setting. Names are gonna change throughout the centuries, of course they will. The names of the characters on the ship mix names from present days and give them a believable futuristic spin. Ex: Mary or Mara to Marae. Plus, Elder is such a good name. Not sure why, but it just suits him. Amy suits her too, since it's good to have one normal common name thrown in.
Similarity to other works/uniqueness: This book manages to be very unique in a time of cliches and rip-offs and offers a fresh view of sci-fi. The next book seems like it will be sorta like Avatar and that makes me so excited.
Ending: OMG I nearly died! I equally hated and loved this cliffhanger since I'm so happy that what happened at the end happened but I simply cannot wait for an entire year before learning what happens next!!!
Title: BEST TITLE EVER! Seriously, it's just beautiful and perfectly fits the book.
Cover: Gorgeous, but what else can you expect from an Across the Universe book? I want whoever published it to publish my book (when I finish it) so I can get a gorgeous cover like that.