What I Thought: OH MY LORDY. Every time. EVERY SINGLE TIME. You think you know which is your favourite Onslow boy, BUT YOU DON'T. Sure, you have seenWhat I Thought: OH MY LORDY. Every time. EVERY SINGLE TIME. You think you know which is your favourite Onslow boy, BUT YOU DON'T. Sure, you have seen enough of each and you love them all and you might even think you love one more than the other, but really you are just kidding yourself. Duggan keeps bringing us closer, deeper to these swoon-worthy boys she has created, and each time I fall for them a little bit more.
This time was no different. Ringer is sick of the love-fest in Onslow, and he takes the first opportunity to get away for awhile. But of course, things are never quite that simple for the Onslow boys and for Ringer it is no different. Once he meets Miranda Henry, the games begins. She may look like an angel but it's the devil she has in her eyes as she and Ringer go down a path that there is no coming back from. There was a lot of fun, jokes and craziness but in the end, there is the love that we want to see and we sure do get it.
Ringer is similar to the other books in the summer series - as in there is hot man-candy, crazy women and sexy moments that make me blush like a little girl. But Ringer is a different Onslow boy and that makes his story different to the others. If you love the Summer series, then this one will be no different. If you haven't read the summer series, then unfortunately we can't be friends.
The Good: Ringer the sexy bad boy, who does naughty things, who learns to love - it's absolutely gorgeous to read.
The Bad: I STILL CAN'T DECIDE WHO MY FAVOURITE ONSLOW BOY IS! Maybe after the series is completely finished I will be able to decide... But the thought of that day coming upsets me greatly - I won't ever be ready to leave these boys (and girls) behind.
What I Thought: Side Effects May Vary, for how you feel after reading this book. You may laugh. You may cry. You may scream and shout and pull out youWhat I Thought: Side Effects May Vary, for how you feel after reading this book. You may laugh. You may cry. You may scream and shout and pull out your hair. You may be satisfied, or you may not. Side Effects May Vary, in my opinion, is not a book about a girl with cancer. It is not a story about the things she does to get revenge on the enemies in her life. It's not even really about her dealing with the consequences once she finds out she's gone into remission. This is a love story, pure and simple. Yes, it has all of the above stated things, but they are minor parts of a major love story. Had I known that when I started, I may have loved it a lot more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it was a fantastic story, but when I picked it up, expecting a cancer story or a revenge story and got a love story instead, I was kind of disappointed.
Alice is a normal teenage girl, with very normal dramatic teenage problems. Except one day she finds out she has leukaemia, and her life changes. She decides to write a list, a bucket list of sorts, and revenge is at the top of her list. However, she eventually finds out she is in remission, and life starts to go back to normal again - where she has to deal with the consequences of her actions.
Side Effects May Vary is a raw and powerful book, that shows us that every action has a consequence, and that love can be an extremely powerful and haunting force in life. This novel was definitely not what I expected, and not what I hoped for either, but I definitely still think it is one of those YA novels that needs to be read by everyone.
The Good: It has some hilarious moments.
The Bad: As explained in the first paragraph above, it was not what I expected.
What I Thought: While We Run was a a great sequel and an equally as great end to the series. This time, the story is told from Abdi's point of view -What I Thought: While We Run was a a great sequel and an equally as great end to the series. This time, the story is told from Abdi's point of view - and we pick up after Tegan and Abdi have been with SADU for a while, pawns in their little game. After being tortured and spouting lies to rich people, both Abdi and Tegan are close to giving up, when they get rescued by a band of people called "Save Tegan".
While We Run was very different to the first book, and I found it a lot darker, which was difficult to handle. Our duo got themselves into tight spots in the first book, but this was different. Their entire being was changed, and it put a huge impact on the story.
Despite this, I did like how the story went. There were several twists and turns, none of which I really saw coming. This added to the intensity of the book and I couldn't really put it down! So if you have read the first book, you definitely need to get to this one!
**Sorry for the short review - I wasn't sure how to write my feelings without giving too much away.
The Good: Healey managed to end the book in a way I certainly didn't expect. It wasn't "perfect" but it fit the setting perfectly.
The Bad: Abdi and Tegan went through a lot, but Tegan seemed to deal with everything a lot better. A lot of it depressed me, especially when it was brought up over and over throughout the story.
What I Thought: This book made me crazy. I did not figure out the twist until it was literally pointed out at the end of the novel, and I just could nWhat I Thought: This book made me crazy. I did not figure out the twist until it was literally pointed out at the end of the novel, and I just could not believe it. LIKE ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? I seriously just sat in bed, unsure what to do next. Like a lost little puppy.
Beautiful Oblivion is Cami and Trent's story, so of course you are going to fall in love with Trent, same as you did Travis. It runs (pretty much) parallel in time with Beautiful Disaster, and you will definitely have some overlaps in time. Cami is a very different kind of girl from Abby, and Trent is very different to his brother too - so don't expect to be reading the same sort of story.
Trent is in love with Cami, and has been for awhile. Cami has a boyfriend and knows well how the Maddox brothers work. So of course, they try to be friends. And of course, that never really quite works out how they expect. Cami's boyfriend (and for me, the mysterious job he works) is the secret that shakes up the story the entire way through, and if like me, you don't figure it out then, like me, you will be shocked.
Trent and Cami are completely adorable and lovable, and the few new characters we meet, you will love just as much. McGuire really has a unique way of telling stories, so if you loved Beautiful Disaster then you are certainly going to love this one too -and if you haven't read BD, then I suggest you give this one a crack anyway!
What I Thought: Panic is an exciting thrill adventure that kept me wanting to know what challenges the contestants of Panic were going to go through nWhat I Thought: Panic is an exciting thrill adventure that kept me wanting to know what challenges the contestants of Panic were going to go through next!
Carp is a small town with nothing to do, and the game of Panic was created. Each year, a bunch of seniors decide to participate for a whole lotta prize money, usually which can get the winner onto greener pastures than what they leave behind. For Heather, it's a chance to get herself and her sister away from her druggie mother and have a chance at a real life. For Dodge, it's a chance for revenge for his sister. For Nat, it's a ride to LA and the acting career she so desperately wants - but in the end, there is only one winner.
My problems with this beautiful story was the absolute fake characters - best friends lied to each other, deceived each other, stabbed each other in the back and then pretended like nothing ever happened. Between Heather, Nat, Bishop and Dodge, it happened countless times, and began to grate on my nerves a bit.
But what really did it for me, was the challenges of Panic. I didn't particularly care about the background, I wanted the action. What were they going to do next? Would they die? Most importantly, who would win? Of course all the answers came and they were extremely satisfying.
Panic is quite different to Oliver's Delirium series, which she is most famous for, but I would definitely say that Panic will give it a run for it's money!
The Good: Different concept that left me wanting to read without stopping - didn't want to put it down!
The Bad: The characters who I loved to hate most times, and some of the twists I figured out pretty early on.
What I Thought: OH MY LORDY. WHAT DID I JUST READ? Death. Zombies. Death. Betrayal. Death. Romance. Death. How could you do this to my feels ShowalterWhat I Thought: OH MY LORDY. WHAT DID I JUST READ? Death. Zombies. Death. Betrayal. Death. Romance. Death. How could you do this to my feels Showalter? Right now, I'm in a puddle of tears. This is the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles trilogy. This is where it ends. It's either going to be Anima or Ali and her friends - and she is not going to let that happen. This is the fight to end all fights.
There is a new surprise in store - a woman that only Ali can see. Is she really trying to help or is she evil in disguise? You'll have to stay on your toes to figure it out. While you do that, you'll have to prepare yourself for some explosive secrets.
Now, I'm going to be honest - it's not going to be pretty. You are going to lose characters you love. So be prepared. But they aren't going to go down without a fight. There is a lot of action. There is typical Cole-Ali arguing/cold shouldering. There is hot and heavy Cole-Ali romance. This book seriously has it all. I absolutely loved it. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more.
Showalter delivers a epic conclusion to an amazing series, and it will stay with you. If you loved the first two books, you are going to love this one too. If you haven't read the others, then DO IT. You won't regret it, I promise!
The Good: Nothing was what I expected!
The Bad: That's it guys! No more Cole or Ali or any of the other crew :(
What I Thought: Oh boy. I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVED Stung. I was blown away by how much I actually loved it and it was one of my 5-stWhat I Thought: Oh boy. I have to start by saying I absolutely LOVED Stung. I was blown away by how much I actually loved it and it was one of my 5-star reads for 2013. Cured, however, was a much different story. I mean sure, it had a lot going on. It was exciting. Fiona, Jonah and Bowen are back. We meet some new characters. Yet it just didn't have the same magic as Stung did. Most likely, for me, because Jacqui annoyed the freaking crap out of me, the entire time.
Jacqui has been living as a boy since she was thirteen years old - fair enough, it must be pretty damn horrible what she went through, and I'd be pretty upset too if I had to look like a boy while Fiona waltzes around accidentally flaunting all her womanly features. Yet Jacqui knows it is for her safety, and somehow still she is like a rollercoaster, up and down and who can't figure out whether she wants to be Arthur or Martha (quite almost literally though!).
Jacqui is in search of her brother which leads her to Fiona, Bowden and Jonah. They end up running from the raiders, hiding with a random named Kevin, and all the while hiding the cure. A lot certainly goes on, and while I can see why this one needed to be from Jacqui's point of view, it didn't make it any easier to get through.
If you've read Stung, I still suggest reading Cured because it was a good conclusion to the story, and I know I certainly needed the closure!
The Good: Very interesting ending to the duology!
The Bad: JACQUI STOP YOUR JEALOUS WHINGING, please.
So of course, being a John Green novel I had extremely high expectations. Looking for Alaska is a strong debut novel, and I can see the instant appealSo of course, being a John Green novel I had extremely high expectations. Looking for Alaska is a strong debut novel, and I can see the instant appeal for John Green and his poetic words. To be perfectly honest, my first JG book was The Fault in Our Stars, which I think, by far, trumps all his other novels, so I think I definitely may have enjoyed this one more if I hadn't read TFiOS.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading from the point of view of Pudge, and learning about Alaska, and watching all the characters grow and change. I definitely didn't expect, well, the major thing that happens in the novel - apart from that twist however, the novel was fairly predictable, while still being quite likable....more