As much as I like reading about supernatural things, romance and clothing(yes,clothing, I work in fashion magazine for god'a sake) this book felt like...moreAs much as I like reading about supernatural things, romance and clothing(yes,clothing, I work in fashion magazine for god'a sake) this book felt like a prologue to another. Some times fun and others a bit repetitive and annoying. I guess I just don't understand why if you are inmortal vampire would you waste your time in shopping and going to school. I would do much more interesting things with my life.
If you are looking for a quick read, that you'll finish in less than a week and you like paranormal stuff and fashion, this is the book for you.
I can't get over how cute this book is. It's so damn cute, I can't even make a bad simile. Sigh.
Starting with Anna, our protagonist, the daughter of...moreI can't get over how cute this book is. It's so damn cute, I can't even make a bad simile. Sigh.
Starting with Anna, our protagonist, the daughter of a succesfull writer, whom I always thought was a mockery of Nicholas Sparks,genius, i tell you. that sends her to a boarding school in France. At the beginning is reluctant to go, but once she's there she ends up falling in love, with both the city and a boy called Étienne St. Clair.
I usually don't like YA novels because I can never truly see myself in their characters, but I did that with Anna, since the very beginning. I can see myself in there, the insecurities and the love of films. I also feel like I learned things from this book, which is what I basically base my ratings on, whether I felt entertained and if I learned something. I really think I did this time, I learned that communication is so important(although, I'm studying mass communication and I'm always saying this) within friends. Some times friendships fall apart for stupid things and you just wonder why and that's the answer, communication failure.
And the portayal of Paris, was great, I've only been in Paris once but it is as charming and lovely as it is portrayed here. The people have an air, there's just something about it, something artistic and beautiful. It is a lovely book, with a writing that will catch you and hook you from the beginning.
ps. I loved that they mentionded Neruda, I remember reading when I was a kid, because my grandpa loves him, and not understanding a thing hehehe. So, my grandpa told me I needed to read book better suited for my age. That was the beginning of my love affair with books, it hasn't ended since then and I hope it never does.100 Love Sonnets(less)
Sometimes the young adult/paranormal books tent to be repetitive, and my experience with books about angels has not been exactly good(I've only read t...moreSometimes the young adult/paranormal books tent to be repetitive, and my experience with books about angels has not been exactly good(I've only read the first two hush,hush books). But here we have a book that's incredibly original in both writing and settings.
Karou is our heroine, she lives in Prague and goes to an Art school. Althought at the beginning everything seems rather normal, we soon learn that Karou is not human and her family is full of demons and chimeras. Karou main job is to make errands for Brimstone, her protector, it is during this errands that she mets Akiva, an angel. I bet you can guess what happens next...? If you thought: they fall in love, then you are correct. If you thought something else, well, I don't know.
What I liked the most about this book is the way Taylor describes places, feeligns and people. It was refreshing and reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone was indeed, most refreshing. (less)
Wow, this book, just... I'm speechless about this book's ending. It made me feel such deep sorrow, I felt like crying. I had tears in my eyes,actually...moreWow, this book, just... I'm speechless about this book's ending. It made me feel such deep sorrow, I felt like crying. I had tears in my eyes,actually, and I'm not a crier.
The Dead of Night starts up when Tomorrow, When the War Began ended up. The group is coping with the lost of Corrie and Kevin. The survival and coexistance are more difficult, the second more so because the group discovered Ellie's journals and they've all read what she wrote about them. During the course of the book, the relationship between Ellie and Lee becomes a lot more stronger and their friendship bonds between the group grow exponentially.
The group continues in their quest for food and eventually find another bunch of survivors. This one lead by a so-called soldier named Harvey. The group is very sexist, the women can only clean and cook, while the man go hunting and axing. Ellie discovers that Harvey is a humbug and she warns the group before some dreadful things happend.
There, they continue plotting for more of their guerrrilla-like activities, in which they are very succesfull. Ellie keeps proving herself as a very valuable asset for the group, her shrewdness at creating explosives is unique. Every member of the group keeps on developing very individual traits. Lee, for example is very cold-hearted given the situation and Homer keeps on being the comic relief of the group. The one that really did surprised me was Robyn, she got so strong and was the glue that keep the group functioning when...
...On to the very sentimental part of the book,
By the end of the book, it just takes a notch in a very nostalgic way and well, like I wrote in the beginning I just don't know how to put it. It was just beautiful.
I rarely say this but, I liked this book better than the first.(less)
I read this book quite a while ago, when I was still in high school. Back then, one of my classmates was a wrist cutter and for some reason she shared...moreI read this book quite a while ago, when I was still in high school. Back then, one of my classmates was a wrist cutter and for some reason she shared that with me and borrowed me this book. And I got to say, that if perhaps I re-read this again I'll review it with less stars, but as a teenager this book made me see a different reality.
I've never been one to submit to peer presure, I've always had a strong personality in that way, but to read how some people struggle each day to appear normal, to be accepted is very heart wretching. Cutters are very misunderstood people and this book made me understand their behaviorism a bit more.
Red Tears is a very eye-opening reading, it's very short and not so well-written, but the real value in this book is more on the psychological field. (less)
Ellie and her friends manage to make a very good operation in which they destroy a ship at Cobbler's Bay, a very important port for the invaders. The...moreEllie and her friends manage to make a very good operation in which they destroy a ship at Cobbler's Bay, a very important port for the invaders. The result is very large, at first Ellie didn't know the consecuences for their act, but when they are (view spoiler)[ captured, they know how much damage they have done with the Cobbler's Bay attack and the street attack in Wirrawe (hide spoiler)]
In a way, I felt like this book was more human than the others. In Tomorrow, the were so shocked by the invasion that their feelings were more vindictive than anything and in the Dead of the Night, we start seeing the side-effects of their boredom and the isolation of Hell. Now, Ellie feels annoyed by the people around her(which would have happend way sooner if it was my case) and can't stand being in hell anymore. She is more insecure, but she is still one of the strongers characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
To me, Ellie and her bunch of friend are a role model for other teenagers in the world. They fight for what they want and most of all, the group develops real friendship bonds for they protect,love and support each other,that kind of message matters. I'm a fan of characters that fight and stand for what they want. I hate characters that just sit and wait for stuff to happend, in real life that doesn't happend. if you don't get your arse off to get a job, it is not gonna come falling from they sky and this group of brave young people show us that, that their work mattered,even if they thought it was little.
I also learned that the Swedish goverment encouraged the printing and distribution of this book to encourage the love of reading in their country. Bravo to the Swedish goverment, how I wish Panamenian goverment did the same thing. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"That’s what war does to you. Either kills you in one go or destroys you bit by bit. One way or the other, it gets you."
That sentence is what basically summarizes Darkness,Be My Friend. I found this to be more of a filler book, not much happends and in times, it feels too similar to the other books.
We finally get to know what happened to everyone's family, to Corrie and that's the most important part of this book. The friendship lesson in the end is very beautiful too. I hope the next book is more action packed. (less)
The ending saved this book for me and that's something that I've learned after reading five book from John Marsden. That's he's really good at endings...moreThe ending saved this book for me and that's something that I've learned after reading five book from John Marsden. That's he's really good at endings, leaving you wanting for more and pinning to read what happends next. I vowed to start reading another book before The Night is for Hunting , but I guess that won't be happening anymore. Damn you, Marsden! Let me read other stuff without breaking my 3 book policy.
Now, onto the book. I already told you that the ending saves it. Well, I found this book to be ridiculously unrealistic and it was the interpersonal relationships that saved it.(less)