What I Thought: OH MY LORDY. THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. THE TEARS. So when I started reading this, it took me awhile to realise what the actual heck was goiWhat I Thought: OH MY LORDY. THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. THE TEARS. So when I started reading this, it took me awhile to realise what the actual heck was going on. This book is set into parts, then smaller chapters, switching between present and past, and can be confusing if you don't follow carefully. It has been said that it's best not to tell you anything about the books ending, and it's absolutely true. This is a book that you just need to dive in without knowing anything about it - that is what I did and the end just blew me away.
Cadence is part of a group called the Liars - three of them cousins and one a long time friend. Together they spend their summers on the family island, living the life of luxury that money provides. One summer, Cadence has an accident and can't remember what happened, and now it is time for her to regain her memories.
We Were Liars had a bit of trouble holding my interest in the start, and for a long while I couldn't figure out why everyone liked it so much. However the need to find out the ending was too strong and I had to finish it - and I'm so glad I did. Lockhart has written a cleverly hidden twist, to which I never saw coming. Not by a long shot, and that alone, makes this book completely worth it. I can't wait to reread it again, knowing the twist and seeing how well it was written into the story without my noticing.
All in all, a fantastic novel that everyone needs to read!
The Good: That twist ending!!
The Bad: It is a slow start, and a lot of it doesn't make sense for awhile.
What I Thought: Razorhurst is fast, thrilling, dark and dangerous, and it will leave you wanting more than just the one book. Razorhurst is about gangsWhat I Thought: Razorhurst is fast, thrilling, dark and dangerous, and it will leave you wanting more than just the one book. Razorhurst is about gangs and life in an Australian town in the 1930's. It follows the POV's of two girls - Kelpie and Dymphna. Kelpie is a a dirty, malnourished girl who lives on the streets, and can see ghosts. Dymphna is a gorgeous girl who lives a lavish life, and who can also see ghosts. They come together by fate, over a dead body, each already knowing who the other is, and starting on a whirlwind journey over a twenty-four hour period.
Yes, this 365-page novel takes course over a twenty-four hour period, and you won't even realise because Larbalestier does such a damn good job of disguising that fact. We get to see behind the curtains of gang life with competing mob bosses, and watch the two girls try and figure out how to stay alive, and out of gaol.
Larbalestier also gives us intermittent chapters that give us flashes into each of the characters lives, how they lead up to this point, and how the town and the mob bosses came to be. At first, it was semi-confusing trying to keep up with it all, but once you get into the rhythm of the story, you'll be flying through it like there's no tomorrow.
The Good: I loved the background stories, and how everything manages to fit together.
The Bad: Both main characters annoyed me at one point, I seriously wanted to strangle them both.
What I Thought: When life hands you any sort of Pride and Prejudice remake, sequel or any of version of the sort, you have to grab on to this opportunWhat I Thought: When life hands you any sort of Pride and Prejudice remake, sequel or any of version of the sort, you have to grab on to this opportunity with both hands. Especially when it is as amazing as the Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series was. And then Bernie Su gave us the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - an even further insiders look into Lizzie Bennets life while she was filming - and it is FRICKING INCREDIBLE.
I kid you not, fellow readers, this book is just what any Austen/Lizzie Bennet fan needs to satisfy their hunger for more. It follows along side the videos, but gives us a different perspective to what is going on - no, it doesn't just repeat everything that happened and was said in the videos - this gives us Lizzie Bennets complete inner-most thoughts. It is a fantastic accompaniment to the web series, and yet it would be great as a stand alone book too! (Although there are plenty of references to the web series so you'd probably end up having to watch them any way!)
If you have watched the series, love Austen and P&P then this is your next favourite read, guaranteed! It's certainly become mine!
The Good: If, like me, you were left wanting more Darcy and Lizzie and have already rewatched the series more times than you can count, then this will be perfect for you - plus it's a modern version of P&P for those who don't want to read that (but why?).
The Bad: Make it longer, and extremely detailed, with pictures and and and and make it never end okay.
What I Thought: Every Word is the sequel to Every Breath, and picks up 8 weeks later. Mycroft has been following a case of the theft of Shakespeare'sWhat I Thought: Every Word is the sequel to Every Breath, and picks up 8 weeks later. Mycroft has been following a case of the theft of Shakespeare's Folio - a book worth six million pounds. This leads to the discovery of a dead librarian in a carjacking similar to that of his parents, causing him to travel to London alongside Professor Walsh to investigate. Rachel, being worried about her new boyfriend's past, decides to jump on a plane and follow him. This, of course, leads to plenty of drama and action and a rather terrifying situation, again.
I don't even understand how Mycroft and Watts end up in these situations, and even though I find it quite realistic, I enjoyed almost every second reading these stories. Ellie Marney has given us a fantastic YA version of Shelock Holmes and somehow, with her tremendous writing, she manages to pull it off astoundingly well. Mycroft opens up to Watts about his past, his parents and his problems and Rachel has to figure out how exactly to tread these newfound waters. Plus, they are a couple now, and are thinking sexy couple things which certainly brings new heat to the story.
Every Word was an amazing sequel, with a killer ending that left me desperate for the final book, Every Move. BRING ON MARCH 2015!! So if you haven't read Every Word yet, make sure you do, because this one may (definitely) leave you a bit breathless.
The Good: Things heat up to whole new levels between Mycroft and Watts, and it's freaking awesome.
The Bad: While I love the way these stories go, I can't help but read them with with this constant niggling feeling that likes to remind me how unrealistic some of the situations actually are. Like, shut up brain, who cares right.
What I Thought: The Break-Up Artist is a story about love and heartbreak and how we can navigate these treacherous waters. Becca's sister Diane was heWhat I Thought: The Break-Up Artist is a story about love and heartbreak and how we can navigate these treacherous waters. Becca's sister Diane was heartbroken, left 6 hours before her wedding, and her best friend left her behind for her boyfriend and popularity - so Becca knows love is a terrible dangerous thing, and she wants nothing to do with it. So much so, that she starts her own little nifty business as The Break-Up artists, being paid to break up couples at school. Becca is good at what she does, and even gets asked to break up her schools hot couple. But of course not everything is as it seems and Becca has a lot to learn on a subject she clearly doesn't fully comprehend.
The Break-Up Artist has a good strong start and I desperately rushed through the story, wanting to know what would happen. And yet. About two-thirds of the way through, I hit a wall. I could see the characters were on the edge of being emotional, mental changes but I was at the point where I didn't even care any more. The story became a bit too predictable for my liking and I seriously struggled to even finish it.
This is a fun light read, sure to give you some laughs - and a different view to love and relationships.
The Good: Becca was so sneaky, and quite clever as the Break-Up Artist, and I couldn't help laugh at some of her ideas, they were so clever!
What I Thought: THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK AND IT'S FEELS. I read this book in two sittings, in less than twenty-four hours. I couldn't put it down for anytWhat I Thought: THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK AND IT'S FEELS. I read this book in two sittings, in less than twenty-four hours. I couldn't put it down for anything except sleep - and I wouldn't have even done that if I could have stayed up longer. The Winner's Curse, a book set in a fantasy world, about a girl who buys a slave and gets more than she bargained for. A lot more. Arin and Kestrel aren't a typical love story, so if you think it's going to be all romance and longing then you are so wrong.
Kestrel is the daughter of the General of the Valorian army, one of the most fierce and powerful nations. By chance she stumbles upon a slave auction, and is intrigued by a young defiant looking man, and decides to buy him. In turn, the begin to learn about each other, taking some drastic measures for the other and in the end, having to deal with betrayal and love.
This book grabbed me from the start and I just enjoyed the beautiful word-building so much that I couldn't put it down. Yes, there are some parts that seem unnecessary, but as the novel progresses, you realise they are actually quite important to the plotline. Of course, this novel does too have a cliffhanger ending and the thought of waiting until March for the next one makes me want to cry. So if that isn't an indication of how good this book is, then there isn't really much more I can say to convince you. You'll just have to trust my word for it, so go out and grab this book now.
The Good: This book kept me on the edge of my seat, I literally only put it down to sleep (because it was already so late!) so I definitely count that as a big win!
The Bad: The wait for the next novel! Give it to me NOW!!