Every couple of months, I go through a lighthearted YA Romance phase. This is the beginning of that phase. I've got a stack of about six books from thEvery couple of months, I go through a lighthearted YA Romance phase. This is the beginning of that phase. I've got a stack of about six books from the library to be knocked off my TBR list, and this was a good one to start with. Romance books are harder for me to review. Really, the only things I have to say about this are:
1. I really liked Josh, and his relationship with all the sisters. 2. I liked Josh better than Peter, but Peter was a decent guy. 3. Who bought the gold necklace from that shop? Because I hope it was one of the guys, and I hope that they give it to Lara Jean in the next book. 4. Kitty is adorable.
I was a huge fan of this. If I had the time, I would have sat down and finished the whole thing in one sitting, but I had to get my wisdom teeth takenI was a huge fan of this. If I had the time, I would have sat down and finished the whole thing in one sitting, but I had to get my wisdom teeth taken out, so I was out of it yesterday. The plot of this novel is super original, I've never really read another book quite like it. Bits and pieces of ideas relate to other stories, like the reality TV aspect, which reminds me a bit of the Hunger Games, but it is used in a unique way. I didn't want to put it down, so there wasn't a dull moment in the story.
4/5 stars because I wish some of the characters were a bit more developed, like Burnham and Janice. I got to see a lot of Rosie, as the narrator, and Linus, since she spent so much time with him, but I really wanted to know more about Burnham in particular and his character development was definitely lacking. Rosie could also get a bit annoying sometimes, but it wasn't to a massive degree that made me want to stop reading....more
I'm really enjoying this series. I devoured this book in under 24 hours. There's not a dull moment in the story, and all of the characters are super lI'm really enjoying this series. I devoured this book in under 24 hours. There's not a dull moment in the story, and all of the characters are super like able. There is no lack of character development or motivation in this series so far. I noted in the last book that the writing in the action sequences wasn't very good, but it definitely improved with this one. I still absolutely love Rowan.
Really, I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because sometimes the writing style seems sort of childlike or immature, which is not an overpowering problem. Occasionally I would cringe when I read a sentence or two, but I could easily look past it as the rest of the story was great....more
The beginning sucks. It's totally cliche, the characters seem entirely one dimensional. Tristan is a total ass and Lily seems annoying and irresponsibThe beginning sucks. It's totally cliche, the characters seem entirely one dimensional. Tristan is a total ass and Lily seems annoying and irresponsible. The beginning was rushed - I feel like the author wanted to just get it out of the way to get to the good stuff. But KEEP READING. Because the good stuff is really good. The end of this was tugging on my heart strings like nobody's business. I'm so glad I grabbed this off of the library shelf.
The entire concept of this book is fascinating. There are many different aspects of fantasy and science fiction being explored, and they're all thoroughly explained and understandable. The science vs. magic conflict, the parallel universes, the willstone magic, the genetic mutations - all of it made sense, somehow.
I'm in love with Rowan. What a great character. He was the only one that never annoyed me. All of the characters had real motivations and desires but his felt the most real, and I just really enjoyed him. He was awesome. Tristan was as well. Rowan and Tristan were developed really well, but I wish we got to learn more about Caleb other than the fact that he was gay. And it ticked me off that his boyfriend was killed off only a few pages after he was introduced.
The only part of this book that I wish were different is the character names. I wish the author hadn't used the same name for the Lillians and the Tristans and the Juliets because it could get confusing at times and I think the idea still would've gotten across even if the names were different.
I am really loving this trilogy. All of the characters are beautifully crafted, my favorites being Cassie and Ringer. I am HERE for the strong femaleI am really loving this trilogy. All of the characters are beautifully crafted, my favorites being Cassie and Ringer. I am HERE for the strong female characters!!! Rick Yancey does a nice job of incorporating romance into the story without making it the main conflict or focus (just how I like it!). There is still a complex, larger conflict, but not one that is overly confusing. I especially love the writing style.
By far, the best part of this book in particular was the final half, written from Ringer's point of view. I loved the story and I loved Razor, the new character that was introduced. I want to see a whole lot more of him in the final book.
My only complaint about this series is the excessive point of view changing. The only problem with the fact that half the book was in Ringer's point of view is that I still wondered and wanted to know what was going on with the other characters, especially Cassie, Ethan, and Ben. ...more
Oh, wow. I started and finished this within four hours. If that's not a testament to how much I loved this, I don't know what is. I cried for a solid fOh, wow. I started and finished this within four hours. If that's not a testament to how much I loved this, I don't know what is. I cried for a solid fifteen minutes, and sometimes, had to close the book and take a breather before I continued because the pages literally looked blurry through my watery eyes.
Emotionally, this is a roller coaster. I fell in love with Louisa, and Will immediately. They're likable characters with complex relationships and I didn't want to stop reading for a moment because I always wanted to see what they would do next. Their decisions, motivations, and banter all felt natural and real and I loved every moment of it. Other standout characters that I enjoyed were Nathan and Camilla.
I knew how this was going to end, not because of spoilers, but just because of a feeling. I wouldn't call the book predictable, it was more a true understanding of the characters and sensing what they were feeling/what they would do. And I think the ending was perfectly suited to the story, as a work of fiction.
I'll praise this novel until the end. Really, it's something special....more
I really wish I could have read this right after finishing Young Elites, because I literally could not remember what happened in the first book. I defI really wish I could have read this right after finishing Young Elites, because I literally could not remember what happened in the first book. I definitely waited too long. I read a summary or two to get the gist, and I remembered after that, but I barely remembered characters like Lucent and Gemma. I think that this is why the first part of the book was difficult for me to get through, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars and not 5.
Anyways, I did actually really enjoy this. This entire story is incredibly dark. Adelina is a protagonist that I love to hate. She makes awful choices and does awful things, and I'm at least half-rooting for her even when I don't want to.
Violetta is a lot more present in this book than the first, and I've decided she's my least favorite. She's incredibly annoying, and I simply don't like her at all. Not in a way like "I hate the antagonist!" But like, "This character always says irrelevant things and I wish they would go away!"
I do love Magiano though. I remember loving Enzo in the last book, but after reading this one, Magiano is a thousand times more my favorite.
Hopefully I don't wait too long to read the last book....more
**spoiler alert** I almost gave this 2 stars, but I didn't. I picked this up from a used book store on vacation last year, and it'd been sitting on my**spoiler alert** I almost gave this 2 stars, but I didn't. I picked this up from a used book store on vacation last year, and it'd been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read until I finally picked it up yesterday. The only way I can describe it is reasonably enjoyable. I got some Maximum Ride-type vibes from this book.
I love the concept of the plot. The blurb on the book jacket and the pretty cover is the whole reason I bought it in the first place. I would have to say, however, that it was poorly executed. I was not a fan of the author's writing style - Mila's voice felt forced, as well as some of the conflicts and relationships.
In the beginning, the writing made me cringe so much I nearly gave up on it. Kaylee and her friends were ridiculously surface-level characters that were obviously only there to advance the plot. I was supposed to root for Hunter, but his relationship with Mila didn't feel real.
As the main conflict came to light, though, the story definitely became more engaging and realistic (for a sci-fi novel), so I'm glad I didn't give up on it. Basically, my main complaint is the complete lack of characterization. Toward the end of the book, character deaths/injuries that were meant to be heart breaking just didn't make me feel anything, especially Nicole and Lucas. The characters didn't seem like real people - they were just characters, and that's it.
The only reason I gave this book 3 stars and not 2 is because, for some unknown reason to me, I actually found myself enjoying it sometimes. Not the best thing I've ever read, but it was entertaining. ...more
When I first started this book, I did not thing I was going to like it. I never would have finished it if I started it a few years ago. That being saiWhen I first started this book, I did not thing I was going to like it. I never would have finished it if I started it a few years ago. That being said, I significantly enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird.
The vocabulary is definitely pedantic. The difference between Scout's adult, internal monologue is very different from her dialogue and vernacular, but the transition between the two is barely noticable. The book was much easier to get through once the plot picked up and there was more dialogue than monologue.
I loved the squad of main characters - Scout, Jem, Atticus, Dil, Calpurnia - all of them were sweet and lovable, and the characterization was done well.
The book deals with some really serious themes, particularly racism and sexism, in a sensitive and clever way through the eyes of a child. I was surprised to find myself relating to Scout as much as I did.
The ending is what makes the story, I think. A lot is crammed in the last few chapters and I'd like to just discuss a theory of mine really quickly, which contains spoilers, so f you haven't read the book, stop reading now.
Is Boo Radley Scout and Jem's father?
1) Atticus says, and I quote, "Thank you for my children, Arthur" to Boo Radley. Could be an implication of something?
2) the entirety of page 279, when scout is imagining from Boo Radley's POV, it's like "a man stood watching HIS children"
3) they don't even call Atticus dad?? And maybe it's for a reason?? And that reason is he's not actually their dad?
This is all just speculation, of course, and I'm probably reading into things too much. I just thought it was interesting and the thought crossed my mind immediately when I was reading. ...more
There are only so many things I can say about YA romance novels like this. I liked it, a lot, but there was nothing super special about it. I probablyThere are only so many things I can say about YA romance novels like this. I liked it, a lot, but there was nothing super special about it. I probably won't read the next one. Also, the last scene confused me, but whatever. It is what it is....more