Woah. This book is just that, "woah." I picked it up this weekend while at Target because I was really desperate"Where there is life, there is hope"
Woah. This book is just that, "woah." I picked it up this weekend while at Target because I was really desperate for something to read and this book was more than perfect.
There's two POVs throughout the story- Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar girl (scholars are people who were overthrown by the Martials and made into slaves or they were so poor that they couldn't afford food at times) who lives with her grandparents until a Mask, the ultimately fierce warriors of the Empire, kill them and take her brother. She is forced to find the Resistance who is the rebel group wanting to take down the Empire. She takes on a role as a spy in Blackcliff, the school for Masks, and becomes the slave of the Commandant.
Elias, ironically enough, is a Mask. Or he's on his way of becoming one. However, Elias HATES the Empire, he hates being a Mask, he hates what they stand for, and he hates the Emperor. All he wants to do is find his freedom.
There are very rares times when you find a book that is so well-written that you become completely absorbed into the story and everything else around you disappears. This is one of those books. I found my heart beating in fear whenever the Commandant was near Laia, I was laughing super hard because of Elias and the boys, and I was heartbroken because the Commandant is such a sick and twisted mother. This book was nasty and evil. There were mentions of child abuse, rape, and lots and lots of murder. If I say that I wasn't heartbroken by it, I'd be lying. The characters were so easy to love and I found myself admiring Laia's determination, Elias' courage, and Helene's bravery. 5/5 for sure. If I could give it more stars, I would....more
Where can should I start? This book was as complicated as I thought it would be. Suzuma took in such a taboo that made me interested about it. The thiWhere can should I start? This book was as complicated as I thought it would be. Suzuma took in such a taboo that made me interested about it. The thing that first got my eye was the title though. It was so...I can't explain. I'm going to start off by saying that this book was beautifully written. I loved the word choice, the details, everything. I do have to admit though, the dialogue was VERY cheesy. For example, Maya calling Locha "my love." I understand that word is used a lot in the UK, but it just seemed weird for a 16 year old to say something like that. I'm going to be very honest, I wasn't that suprised when the incest scenes started as I thought I would be. It was just predictable. They were both disturbed teenagers who didn't know what a "normal" home was. They had no one to turn to, therefor turned to each other. Something else I have to admit is that, even though incest is not something I might agree on, I wanted, no, I wish, they had the chance to make a life together. I just hoped and hoped, but deep down I knew it was impossible. The ending just broke my heart and I seriously did not see it coming. I thought Lochan was going to run off or something, but I never thought he was going to end his life. It left me crying for about 2 hours and it was horrible. One thing that did anger me about the ending was Maya. I hated that she was being selfish, because let's admit it, she was. Lochan took his life for her and the kids, and she couldn't just go on with her life? I do understand that her love just committed suicide, but come on! He died for her!
The characters. Honestly, even thought Lochan was very...disturbed I guess we can say, he was my favorite character. He was so..real. It broke my heart whenever he had one of his panic attacks. Social anxiety is very to get over, if you can, and I hated knowing he couldn't, and didn't want to, get help. We can sort of say he was the girl of the relationship because he was the weak one. On the other hand, I didn't really like Maya. She was just too persistent and annoying. She just wanted sex and sex and sex. Her dialogue was the cheesiest of all. I didn't like how she was just always forcing her thoughts on Lochan. It annoyed me to no end.And let's not forget the ending again. I did feel sorry for her towards the end, because who wouldn't? The kids I loved. They were so sweet and innocent and kept a smile on their besides even through everything they went through. Well except Kit. He was a very rebellious kid and I understood where he was coming from. He lived in a messed up family were his older siblings were his parental figures. What kid likes being bossed around by his older brother and sister? No kid. Towards the ending, it did brake my heart how he screamed for Lochan to come back. It made me like him more when I found out he was helping around the house. He pretty much took over Lochan's job.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was as great as I thought it would be and didn't disappoint me one bit. ...more
What first got me interested in this book was the title. Just Listen. It's something many people tend to avoid, myself included. It sounded so interesWhat first got me interested in this book was the title. Just Listen. It's something many people tend to avoid, myself included. It sounded so interesting to me and I knew, right from the start, that a big emotional story was coming up. Boy, was I right. I completely loved Annabelle's family story. I loved how Dessen described it. It was messy and broke, yes, but they were all trying to keep it together. Whitney's disorder broke the family but helped it befome a whole again. It was touching and I loved how we got to witnessed Whitney's change. Another thing I loved about this book was Owen. He was just amazing. I loved how he didn't care about what people said about him and how honest he was. He didn't lie and would answer if was asked. That's something you don't see very often. His love for music was my favrite thing about him, and not just because I breathe music and understood his love for it. He was just SO passionate about it. He talked about it nonstop and helped Annabelle find some sort of confort in it, even if the music he listened to itself was not something she enjoyed that much. On to Owen and Annebelle's relationship. I thought they were the cutest thing, but I didn't like how their relationshop developed. They were never, officially, a thing. They just kissed out of nowhere. You never saw the little hints, which is either a good or a bad thing. I did love, however, how Owen didn't care much about her modeling and liked her more when she was just herself. My favorite thing about it though was how Dessen put out that just because someone lookes happy and perfect on the outside does not mean they're happy and perfect on the inside....more
I absolutely love anything Sarah Dessen, but I have to say, this book is definitely her best. It was not only different, but just so...touching. RogerI absolutely love anything Sarah Dessen, but I have to say, this book is definitely her best. It was not only different, but just so...touching. Rogerson seemed so perfect from the outside but once you know what he hides, he just takes you into this whole other world. Their relationship was a little rocky since the beggning and I think everyone could tell. Who makes out right from the begigging? I was actually happy about the ending even though Rogerson and Caitlin didn't stay together. Rogerson was like a drug to her. I wasn't completely sure they were in love, to be honest. They just loved knowing they were there for each other. I thought that Caitlin was really iditodic for not standing up for herself while Rogerson abused her. It kind of left a bad message there. I'm kind of glad Caitlin and Rogerson didn't end up together. They just weren't meant to be and soon they would've killed each other....more
I lovelovelovelove this book. Definitely my favorite book of all time! The plot was so original and beautiful. It left me thinking for days. I adoredI lovelovelovelove this book. Definitely my favorite book of all time! The plot was so original and beautiful. It left me thinking for days. I adored the characters. Beth was so relateable and different, just like me. She wasn't perfecr or beautiful like most main characters are. Derek, on the other hand, was simply perfect. Flawless. I loved him so much. He did annoy me at the beggining, especially with his secret, but once I realized what he was hiding, I couldn't love him more. His secret was so heartbreaking and I can safely say that I weeped like crazy. I was a little disappointed by the ending. Beth pissed me off by running off to Scott once Derek..you know. It made me so angry. I know that's what Derek wanted but it was too soon! Derek's part of the end was bittersweet. I was so sad about what happened to him yet he was so happy and I couldn't find the heart to be mad about it. The only thing that bugged me about this book was the makeover. Why couldn't they have done something less drastic? It kind of offended me, to be honest, and I think it also left a bad message to girls suffering with self-esteem issues. Besides that, I'm definitely reading this book again. It's always going to be with me and it has changed my look on life, for sure....more