Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of d...moreWhere do I start?
Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D'Arcy Benoît, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.
The book started off real fast. There was so much going on in just the first chapter, especially the history of the world. I liked the whole idea of a group of people living during the day and the other during the night. I really liked the buildup of Sol's and D'Arcy's relationship and the whole desk partner thing had me gripping my book and giggling because it was just so darn cute! I really liked Sol as a main character. Not only was she badass, but she was strong and also vulnerable. She wasn't afraid to cry and I admired that.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars mostly because it dragged on. There were so many things that weren't necessary to the story and it was just...kind of boring, to be honest. It all played out nicely in the end, even though I was not satisfied with knowing Sol got arrested.
My favorite part of the book was when Sol and D'Arcy were in that state park and the birds were flying all over them and they finally kissed!! I had a huge smile on my face. It was such a cute moment.
All in all, good job Elizabeth Fama! It was a wonderful book and I cannot wait to share it with my friends!(less)
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 thi...moreWhere 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. (less)
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 interes...moreWhat 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.(less)
One of my favorite Sarah Dessen books. It was really well-written. If I'm being honest, the begginning was a little boring and slow. I didn't like how...moreOne of my favorite Sarah Dessen books. It was really well-written. If I'm being honest, the begginning was a little boring and slow. I didn't like how it just went describing things that were sort of irrevelant. I loved the plit though! I love how Macey just gets out of her little bubble and goes against her mom's wishes. The Wish Cartering team was flawless. Monica made me laugh with her one word sentences and I simply adored Bert. He was so adorable and sweet. Wes was my favorite character in this book. I loved how he did those sculptures and the story with his tatoo. My favorite part was when Macey realizes why her angel was the only one with wings. It was so cute! I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who loves romance. Like most of Dessen's characters, Macey was really relateable!(less)