This book is a roller coaster ride. It is made up of 470 pages of ups, downs and loops. On a roller coaster, once they finish, people often say 'ThatThis book is a roller coaster ride. It is made up of 470 pages of ups, downs and loops. On a roller coaster, once they finish, people often say 'That was fun! Let's do it again!' As for myself, the ending left me wanting more.
The Ups When I read some of these moments, I just want to lie down, hug the book and smile like a weirdo at the ceiling.
The Downs These moments made me want to tear the book into a million pieces and scatter the remains into the wind. Let someone else deal with it...
The Loops The moments that I classify as 'loops' are when I want to scream at Sam - 'WHY DID YOU DO THAT? THERE IS ANOTHER SOLUTION!' (loops: derived from the word loophole, as in, a way of escaping difficulty)
I won't be mentioning any examples of ups, downs or loops in this review. I apologize for any inconvenience. You'll just have to read the book yourself and get your own ups, downs and loops. :)
The Characters (For now, I'll only be mentioning these two characters...)
Samantha Kingston Known to others as Sam, she is the protagonist of the novel. The story revolves around her last days. That's right, DAYS. She lives her last day seven times. (Wow, a week!) The readers will be able to see how she gradually changes from a pretentious popular girl to someone completely opposite and learns what she must do to save those important to her and ultimately, herself.
Kent McFuller I'm a little biased, Kent is my favorite character from Before I Fall. He is that sweet, charming, quirky guy that works for the school newspaper, so he comes across as a little geeky. His cute moments made me smile and go 'naaaww' because... well, they're cute. :3
And behold... the end of the review. If you haven't read this outstanding book, make sure you do! You don't know what you are missing out on. (Or maybe you do, because you have just read this review.)
Okay. I read this book because I wanted to see what the hype was all about. And why all the guys were bashing on this book.
Currently, I am not a hugeOkay. I read this book because I wanted to see what the hype was all about. And why all the guys were bashing on this book.
Currently, I am not a huge fan of paranormal/supernatural/fantasy novels because realistic romance is a better read in my opinion, and I developed that bias due to reading Twilight.
Let's start with...
The positives Stephenie Meyer actually writes pretty well.
Um... I like Alice?
*thinks some more*
Ahh... I also like Jacob?
*thinks too hard*
Ask me later.
The negatives Well here we go, Bella. One word - WEAK. She is too dependent on Edward when he clearly wants her to stay away because he's dangerous. And a vampire. Who has the ability to kill her. Despite all of this, Bella remains in love with a sparkly vampire who can suck her blood and kill her if he wanted to. What the heck.
Next up? Edward. The aforementioned vampire who sparkles in the sunlight. Firstly, I'd like to ask... WHAT'S WITH THE SPARKLES? I understand that Stephenie Meyer wants to keep thinks fresh and put a twist to traditional vampire lore but... seriously.
I guess it didn't keep me interested enough to finish it. So I'm giving it three stars, 'cause I'm a nice person. And no, I am not planning to read the rest of the saga. Sorry about that....more
This is girl power right here, compressed into one paperback novel. (Well, I read the paperback version...)
The break-down Protagonist: Penny Lane BloomThis is girl power right here, compressed into one paperback novel. (Well, I read the paperback version...)
The break-down Protagonist: Penny Lane Bloom What it's about: Penny is sick of boys and dating, so she decides to form The Lonely Hearts Club The WAHHH?: The Lonely Hearts Club. The members basically say no to boys, dating and anything else that is of relevance. But... WHY?: Penny caught her childhood sweetheart with another girl and then they had this big argument. It was formed from the ashes of that betrayal. So what of it?: Other girls are soon inspired to join and all of the guys are annoyed. Why? You'll just have to read it for yourself. :)
The star-awarding ceremony Star one: For the awesome amount of girl power in this novel. Star two: For the strong, brave and independent protagonist. (Thankfully, she's nothing like Bella Swan) Star three: For the solid friendships that were formed. Star four: FOR RYAN! (view spoiler)[Because there's always someone out there who will treat you the way you deserve. I'm so glad that Ryan and Penny found each other. They were meant to be! (hide spoiler)] The tragedy of the missing star: I only rated it four stars because (view spoiler)[there should have been more cute moments between Ryan and Penny. And I didn't want it to end there! MORE PENNY AND RYAN! (hide spoiler)]
I found this on a shelf at a book sale. All items in the building were priced at $5. When I found this, I read the blurb and exitedly bought it, at aI found this on a shelf at a book sale. All items in the building were priced at $5. When I found this, I read the blurb and exitedly bought it, at a cheap price.
I guess now I know why it was included in the sale. I saw other books that looked like they were a better piece of literature than this. My edition had pretty butterflies on the front cover but it's not listed here so I'm posting my review on the most common edition.
I loved choose-your-own-adventure books as a kid and I expected great things from this one. I regret to inform you that it didn't live up to my expectations.
I tried it a few times and I always ended up dying in unusual ways. I tried to make good choices but it always led to an untimely death. I got sick of dying so I put it down to read another day.
I give it a very generous two stars because at least it was interesting enough to read a couple of times before I put it down.
I recommend it to readers who don't mind dying multiple times due to the choices they make in the book. And also, to any patient readers. :)...more
I was really looking forward to reading this when I first stumbled upon it on Goodreads. I love summer romances, particularly because you canOh... WOW
I was really looking forward to reading this when I first stumbled upon it on Goodreads. I love summer romances, particularly because you can already guess that they usually end happily. And I love happy endings.
So I read this after finishing Susane Colasanti's When It Happens. I was hoping that the writing style would be a little better with this one. And to be perfectly honest... it was definitely better. (Did you expect a no?)
I loved the scrapbook pages, with all the road trip snaps, receipts and notes about the places that Amy and Roger have been. I loved wacky-titled playlists that were included. The titles just made me laugh. I loved the random sketches. But they were not necessarily 'random' as in 'where the heck did that come from?' but 'random' as in... oh never mind. I don't want to explain the randomness of it. In fact, they weren't random, they always had something to do with what was happening. Okay? You happy?
The story doesn't only revolve around Amy and Roger's road trip. There are occasional flashbacks to family moments or... ahem... the accident. They were a good touch. :)
I'd like to give a shout-out to a character in the book named LUCIEN! I had a soft spot for him. When he had his moments, I was torn between him and Roger. I mean, what a perfect southern gentleman! On the other hand, Amy and Roger had such chemistry. Hmm... chemistry vs 'OMG, do guys these days have such perfect' manners.
The break-down - Flawless writing style - Creative incorporation of scrapbook pages and playlists - Likeable and realistic characters - Even comes complete with flashbacks - The best road-trip I have ever been on. :)
As I said at the beginning, Oh... WOW. Morgan Matson, you have amazed me. ...more
Those were the first few words that grabbed me by the throat and pulled me into the book. Only five words it may seemI DIDN’T GO TO ALICE’S FUNERAL...
Those were the first few words that grabbed me by the throat and pulled me into the book. Only five words it may seem at first, but look deeper and they represent a million things that cannot be said.
‘A SEARING STORY OF FRIENDSHIP AND BETRAYAL’, Beautiful Malice is the story of a girl named Katherine with a past that is yet to be discovered by her newly-found, party-loving, sun-kissed skinned, blue-eyed friend named Alice and a handsome young man whom she met through Alice named Robbie. Katherine, being particularly discreet, is brought out of her tight shell by the alluring Alice and grasps the ability to enjoy life once again after the unforgettable, horrible tragedy that has occurred years ago that has left her permanently scarred.
Pretty soon, cracks start to show and you soon find that Alice has a problem. One minute, she’s amusing and lenient, the next minute, she’s a manipulative and conceited hazard who is imperative to avoid. Her unexplained ruthlessness and rapid changes of behaviour made her an intriguing character. A few more chapters and you’ll clearly see that Alice’s fissure is deeper than you thought.
As the story progresses, Katherine slowly learns about Alice’s dark and twisted side. A truth that is seductive yet ominous. From the beginning to the end, Beautiful Malice unfolds a haunting story in which everything is not what it seems...
When I first read Beautiful Malice, I was instantly hooked. I honestly couldn’t stop reading so I spent hours savouring each word. You can really notice that every word, no matter how little, was important. Rebecca James’ style of writing is enough to mesmerise you and the plot was irresistible.
The transitions from past to present to future was a good touch because it further explained what was happening and why.
I recommend this novel to anyone who's looking for a good thriller.
‘AN INTENSE AND ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER’, Beautiful Malice is a book for young adults that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read the traumatising denouement. ...more
This is the first novel I have read that is written in verse. What can I say about it? Amazing.
Like most people who have read this, I finished it in onThis is the first novel I have read that is written in verse. What can I say about it? Amazing.
Like most people who have read this, I finished it in one sitting. The plot kept me turning the pages up to the point where there were no pages left to turn because I finished it.
Lisa Schroeder writes about a ghost in a way that doesn't give you goosebumps or scare you to death. You just think that he's a normal person, despite the fact that he only talks through people's minds and of course, he's invisible and only shows himself for a split second. In this story, that ghost is Jackson.
Ava is a very realistic character. She grieves about her her boyfriend, Jackson's death. She doesn't open up to her parents because she doesn't want them to worry about her. She has a good set of best friends. And she remained strong.
I admit, I did let a few tears slip.
So overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to read Schroeder's other novels written in verse. I recommend this for fans of (not-so-creepy) ghost stories and those who want to have a little cry. Four and a half stars for this book and for the author! :) (If only it was a little, teensy bit longer...) ...more
*SPOILER ALERT* Stop right there and don't read this review if you haven't read the book.
Note: Actual rating is 4.5 stars.
LIFE, HE REALIZED WAS MUCH L*SPOILER ALERT* Stop right there and don't read this review if you haven't read the book.
Note: Actual rating is 4.5 stars.
LIFE, HE REALIZED WAS MUCH LIKE A SONG...
The Last Song tells the tale of a 17 year old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller, a rebellious teenager who has remained alienated from her father, that is, until her mother decides that she should spend the entire length of summer with him.
Before the divorce, Ronnie has always been heading in the right direction; in fact, she had an astonishing talent for the piano. But when her father abandons their family, Ronnie took a wrong turn and headed straight for trouble and therefore gives him a hard time when she arrives. But as she progressively opens up to him, their connection is rekindled and Ronnie begins to change her attitude.
Like all stereotypical summers, Ronnie falls in love with a boy she unceremoniously meets at a beach volleyball game named Will Blakelee. Throughout the season, their relationship intensifies quite quickly despite a misunderstanding in the beginning. They face many problems such as disapproval and the occasional argument but Ronnie and Will always get through it in the end.
After dealing with her father and Will on a daily basis, Ronnie’s life is always interfered by a girl she stumbled upon at the beach named Blaze and her reckless ‘boyfriend’ named Marcus. Marcus’ interest in Ronnie proved to be a concern as Blaze’s jealousy gets the better of her when she attempts to frame Ronnie for shoplifting.
Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher at Juilliard, is immersed in creating a stained-glass window that will become a centrepiece for the local church that was burned down in the past. Assisting him is Ronnie’s little brother Jonah who evidently enjoys the serene landscape of North Carolina.
As the summer comes to an end, more than one tragedy strikes and Ronnie must learn to face the difficult truths. What unfolds is a heart-warming and unforgettable story about family, first loves, second chances and those little moments in life that lead you back home.
What I loved about The Last Song was the reader’s ability to journey with Ronnie as she grows and matures into a young woman. From Ronnie’s defiant beginning to a more compassionate approach to life, Nicholas Sparks was able to demonstrate how people who have lost their way will eventually find a way to get their life back on track. I recommend this book for young adults or mature teenagers that can handle a story with tear-jerking and poignant father-daughter moments.
Unfortunately, the book had a slow start but the ending, even though it was predictable, still shattered my heart. The epilogue was a thing that you probably could do without, but it is better that Sparks has included it since it ended the book with a ‘happily ever after’.
As with all Nicholas Sparks’ novels, expect tears, joy, romance but also forgiveness and redemption because The Last Song is a book that will remain with you long after the final page is turned. ...more