This book was pretty incredible. I don’t have the right words to describe its amazingness, the beauty and soul that is this book. I had this one on myThis book was pretty incredible. I don’t have the right words to describe its amazingness, the beauty and soul that is this book. I had this one on my pile for over a year and if it wouldn’t have been for Magan from Rather Be Reading it would probably still be sitting there collecting dust, the poor thing. I’m grateful I read her end of the year survey where she gushed about this one constantly because it made me pick it up right away.
I loved how Sara Zarr didn’t take the subject of teen pregnancy lightly, she didn’t make it seem like a fairy tale or something that one can easily overcome but she made it painfully realistic.
How to Save a Life is told from two point of views, Mandy’s and Jill’s. Both very different girls that come from totally different type of homes and family but both equally unforgettable. Mandy, even though she seems a bit clueless at first, she shows throughout the novel that she’s actually pretty smart but she just thinks about things a bit differently than other people do, but not in a bad way, more in an innocent way, which took me a while to understand but I ended up loving that about her towards the end. After everything that Mandy has gone through and how her horrible mom treated her and made her feel, she still wanted a better future and a better life for her baby and I really wanted to see her get that happy ending.
Now Jill was a totally different story, a complete opposite of Mandy, she’s quick to judge and quick to act. She was still a very relatable character but she puts up a front of a tough girl that won’t let anybody in, but underneath it all she’s suffering because of the death of her father and she’s just not able to open up and grieve in any other way. Her sadness and loss is so palpable, I found myself crying for her especially during the times when she remembered those little things about her dad, those things that made him so different that she loved about him, it was heartbreaking.
Every single character in this novel is essential, they make this story what it is and I loved that they are not left untouched. Sara Zarr wrote well rounded characters that made it easy for the reader to develop feelings for them, either love or hate. I loved that we see Jill and Mandy grow throughout this novel, they learn to trust and love and change so much by the end which made it such a perfect ending and I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. I was sobbing by the end. This was a beautifully written story that will touch anyone’s heart. A story about what love, home and family really means and learning not to judge someone so quickly. A story about grief and loss but also about newfound love and hope, one that left me smiling and thinking about it long after it was done. I highly recommend it, please do not overlook it like I did for almost a year, it’s not one to be missed. ...more
I’m seriously in love with this series!!! I can’t believe of how skeptical I was to start reading it because of the whole angel thing and now I’m loviI’m seriously in love with this series!!! I can’t believe of how skeptical I was to start reading it because of the whole angel thing and now I’m loving it. Hallowed was not action packed or fast paced all the way through, but it was NOT at all boring. In this one we get a whole lot of information on the mythology of these angel bloods, about the bad guy, and lots of secrets that were in the first book are finally revealed, so I enjoyed it immensely. It wasn’t just a “middle book” to me, it was actually quite engrossing, I love when I get some answers and get a bit more background about the mythology of the story which to me is very important and can make quite a difference weather I like the book or not.
Not every book needs to be fast paced for me to fall in love with it, I thought this one was just right and was still pretty hard for me to put it down. After Unearthly I wanted to know more about these angels and I was left with tons of questions so I was glad to see that Cynthia Hand reveals quite a lot of it on this one and we get so many answers and some new questions. I loved that we get to see more of the Angel Bloods, we get some new characters that are very interesting, and some unexpected surprises. We still get enough dangerous encounters with the black wing which made me hold my breath several times but for some reason I can’t bring myself to hate this guy, there’s just something in his sorrow in this one that made me feel sorry for him, I sort of want him to have a happy ending of his own even though he’s evil and all. I’m still very curious about him.
I loved the changes we see in Clara throughout this book, we see her grow quite a bit, get a new perspective and change her priorities. I ended up liking her a whole lot more in Hallowed. Even though I didn’t agree with some of the decisions she ended up making, I loved that she becomes a lot stronger and courageous. Also I wasn’t thrilled about Christian in Unearthly because I didn’t feel like we really got to know him well, but in Hallowed he definitely won me over, we really get into his head in this one and he definitely grew on me which made me feel torn between him and Tucker. This book broke my heart, had me in tears and made me all undecided for the first time in a while about which hot guy from the love triangle I want the main character to end up with. I loved that every prediction I had from the beginning of the book was proven wrong. This has become a favorite series, the plot is engrossing, the angel mythology creative and detailed; it definitely leaves you wanting more from Cynthia Hand....more
This book was quite interesting, I really liked the way it was written and how we see the story unravel until the infuriating ending. It was like gettThis book was quite interesting, I really liked the way it was written and how we see the story unravel until the infuriating ending. It was like getting into a relationship. It starts off with Min on her way to dumping a box of stuff at her exboyfriend’s house, while she’s doing this she’s telling the story of their relationship. Writing it all down for him, the little signs she missed, the things she loved about him, her feelings at the times she spent with him during the fast moving romance that ended tragically.
I really enjoyed the moments of suspense, the little snippets of things that she kept hinting at while writing the letter to Ed, how she keeps you suspicious the whole time about what he did that was so horrible that broke up their relationship. It was really frustrating because I was desperate to find out. We get to know Min deeply, her passions and how her and Ed are so different but something about her caught his attention and seemed like it was changing him, how he tried to please her and do the many things that she loved just to make her happy. I started liking his character at times, seeing the changes in him from a popular self absorbed jerk to someone that didn’t care what other people said about them. It was sweet, and I just couldn’t help but hope that he wouldn’t do something stupid to break Min’s heart.
Like I said this one just pulled me into this couple’s relationship, I felt like I was living it with Min. I was pissed at the times when he was an idiot, sad and suspicious at others but also smiling at the good moments. And I loved that in every chapter (which by the way begins with an illustration of an item that Min is giving back to Ed) she’s constantly comparing something about them to an old movie because she’s obsessed with films, I thought that was fun and it actually made me quite curious about all these classic films she kept describing. You eventually start to figure out, closer to the ending, the BIG reason why they broke up and it was infuriating. I was in tears and so disappointed. I wanted to hit someone with this book which weights about fifteen pounds (seriously, it’s really heavy!) I wanted more at the end, maybe to see something from Ed’s pov, I’m not sure, I felt hopeful for Min but I was still left sad and heartbroken, maybe I just wanted to slap someone. This to me was unexpectedly great, I was very into it even though I knew the big heartbreak was coming, I didn’t want to accept how it would end even when I had my suspicions. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did because I wasn’t’ sure how the pictures would work with the story but it was really well done. I really recommend it if you don’t mind the F word thrown in a lot throughout the novel. It was a fast read, fun, infuriating and heartbreaking but it had me glued to the pages until the end....more
I had a “love” and “really liked” relationship with this book, if that makes any sense. I was at times thrilled and engrossed by it and then at timesI had a “love” and “really liked” relationship with this book, if that makes any sense. I was at times thrilled and engrossed by it and then at times it was like “eh.. I could do without that part” or “could we speed it up please?” I do have to say that it was definitely interesting from the very beginning, it’s starts at a pretty fast pace and just really grabs you with its mystery about the weird things going on around Janelle.
The plot was what I loved the most, it wasn’t just a thrilling mystery but it was something much more than I expected to get when I started reading Unraveling. It was like a mixture of Fringe and The X Files, you never know what the heck is going on until you get closer to the end. Loved it! I kept trying to figure it out and had my guesses but I wasn’t quite on target like I thought, and that wasn’t a bad thing at all because I wasn’t disappointed by it, it was freaking awesome! I really loved the action, the fact that there was always something crazy going on, the unexpected shocks that I got throughout the whole book that just kept surprising me and at one point almost brought me to tears. It’s one of those surprise books that you don’t really have any expectations for, and you’re very surprised by how much you end up liking it.
The only few things I wasn’t a fan of were certain characters at the beginning of the book that just didn’t make any sense to me to include in it, they felt unnecessary and forgettable especially when Janelle gets involved with Ben. A few of these characters didn’t really grow on me, like Janelle’s closest friends and also the F bombs throughout the novel, there’s lots and at random times too, and I’m not a prude but I just found it too distracting. Now I did love Janelle though, she was a great character; I loved her strength, courage and maturity, that she was so level headed and not at all selfish. Even though a few minor things stay unresolved at the end of the novel it does leave you with a good ending, no cliffhanger here. I don’t know if this will be a series but the book is solid enough to stand on its own and just let the reader make up their own future for these characters, actually I’m really hoping it will be a stand alone. With many unexpected twists, this book will keep you at the edge or your seat until the end....more
This was my first Siobhan Vivian book and it has made me a fan already. I cannot wait to read her other novels. I can’t believe I haven’t read any befThis was my first Siobhan Vivian book and it has made me a fan already. I cannot wait to read her other novels. I can’t believe I haven’t read any before. I have to say that I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book because we have the list and then we get a full chapter for each one of the girls which to me was hard to get used to and a little irritating so I kept forgetting who was who and were they the ugly ones or the pretty ones so I was flipping back and forth between the chapters and the list the first few pages but once I got the hang of it I started enjoying it a lot more. I can see though that this might be a problem for other people I’m sure it won’t be just me, but once you get past it and figure out who’s who you’ll be able to enjoy the concept of the story which to me was great and engrossing.
I loved that these girls had so many differences but also some similarities, they were all going through some inner struggles of their own. The List either made them feel better or made them notice flaws that they didn’t really have, all for this horrible tradition of The List. I wanted to rip apart the person that created this so called “tradition”.... I was pissed at how many changes we see in these girls in just within a week all because someone thought they had the right to declare them either pretty or ugly. Not all of them went through something awful of course but they did change their personalities quite a bit and also changed the way people around them treated them. It was hard to see some of the good ones change because of the popularity the list gave them. One in particular that was on the “ugly” part of the list was really hard to read about, Siobhan was very detailed in some of her descriptions, and how this girl decides to make a stand was just crazy!! I kept wanting to skip her chapters but then at the same time I wanted to know if she would go through with it. This is one of those books that are very quick reads, it goes really fast, especially when you have eight people to focus on but you want to pace yourself while reading and maybe take a little break to think about it.
I loved that there are definitely lots of lessons to be learned in this novel, there’s a message with each situation but it’s written so well that you don’t really notice it until you finish the whole book and it just leaves you thinking about it for many days. Right after finishing it I wanted to go back and read the book from the beginning all over again, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. The ending left me wondering about some situations that weren’t resolve and I’m sure that was Siobhan’s purpose, not everyone has a happy ending but it’s realistic and that’s what great contemporary it’s all about....more
I was excited to read a book with a main character from India, I’ve always been curious about its fascinating culture, we don’t have many out there anI was excited to read a book with a main character from India, I’ve always been curious about its fascinating culture, we don’t have many out there and this one seemed like it would be a great contemporary. I think the Sarah Dessen comparison gave me high expectations which was probably the first mistake I made because unfortunately this one didn’t live up to them. At the beginning I thought I would be able to form a connection with Shalini, I felt awful for what she was going through, being new at school and getting made fun and not being able to help with her mother’s depression. As the story progresses I didn’t really feel like it was going anywhere for me and I knew then that I was not going to love it.
The writing was very plain to me, it was very simple, choppy and not descriptive at all, I couldn’t really picture anything, not even the many characters who never really had a chance to develop. There was a lot of repetitiveness, like to describe Shalini’s feelings and the two guys she was in love with. I think the story could’ve been a great one but the whole time I was reading it felt more like I was reading a summary of a story instead of a novel and not a very detailed one. Now for the two love interests in this one, I did not see the appeal at all. We barely get a glimpse of them and they weren’t that memorable, all we get to know about them is from Shalini constantly reminding us how cute and sweet they were over and over. It bothered me how easily she fell in and out of love with these two guys.
The book is a very quick read which is probably the only reason why I finished reading it, even though I didn’t feel anything for the characters I still wanted to see how it would end, hoping that it would be a good enough ending to make up for the rest of it. Unfortunately even at the end I didn’t feel anything, there was just no room for a connection with the characters who felt very flat to me and never really developed. Maybe the book needed to be a bit longer to give time to the many things in Shalini’s life that needed to resolve or maybe it was just the writing, but this one just wasn’t for me....more
I just love it when a book can get under my skin that even after a few days and starting two other books I still can’t get it out of my mind. That’s wI just love it when a book can get under my skin that even after a few days and starting two other books I still can’t get it out of my mind. That’s what Under the Never Sky did to me, not only from its crazy ending but with its characters that captivated me and its world full of originality. The beginning starts off with a bang, we get some pretty fast paced craziness right from the start that just gives you a taste what this book book will be like… a wild unpredictable ride. After a few chapters when Aria gets exiled from the only place she ever knew, things begin to slow down a bit but it does not become boring at all, not in the least. We actually get a good amount of fascinating world building and lots of character development which I loved, we get to know Aria and Perry deeply which helps to easily connect with them and grow to love them.
I was a bit hesitant about reading another dystopian, we had quite a lot last year and there were hits and misses for me, several. I’m glad Under the Never Sky was not like that, it actually had a lot of uniqueness to it. There were two different types of societies, one highly advanced and futuristic and another one that seemed at times like the prehistoric times, and at others a bit medieval. It wasn’t confusing though, there was plenty of greatly detailed world building that it felt like this futuristic world Aria was living in was a character itself, with a personality of its own. I am glad for the time the author took to describe it, It was plenty scary and creepy, but also beautiful at times. Another thing I loved was that there was no insta-love but more of a hate on first sight kind of relationship that took some time to develop into something else. The ending was killer, ackkk!! Not quite an infuriating cliffhanger but one of those that had me flipping back and forth between the last few pages to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It definitely leaves a lot of unanswered questions about some shocking things that you’ll discover towards the end of the novel. The wait for the sequel will be torturous but if it’s like this one it’ll be well worth it. If you love exhilarating dystopian reads with originality and a bit of supernatural aspects to it, then I highly recommend Under the Never Sky. Fantastic debut!...more
This book was just something… Seriously!!! I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it but I was very excited about it. Like with all booksThis book was just something… Seriously!!! I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it but I was very excited about it. Like with all books, I like to determine the type of world I’m getting myself immerse into while reading, but this one was hard to figure out. Was it a fantasy? a Dystopian? or a crazy parallel universe? I couldn’t quite figure it out but I was fascinated by it.
The humans in this story believe in a sort of God, they had traditions and used human things that we use everyday but it had a futuristic feel to it. There’s also dragons, elemental beings called Sylph and even Centaurs are mentioned in the story. It was definitely different, a mixed of everything, and I was constantly wanting to learn more and more about it.
I was intrigued by the whole reincarnation thing, how it had been going on for thousands of years and everyone knew each other when they were reborn. I just couldn't find flaws with the concept and execution of the story, I loved it and became addicted to it. I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to be reborn so many lifetimes either as a man or woman and keep experiencing the pain of a horrible death. As you can see I was quite obsessed with the whole reincarnation part of the story.
Of course this book wouldn’t have been as awesome without great characters and we get those too. I loved that Ana was so curious and wanted so many answers. I felt like her while reading this novel, wanting to know all the why’s and how’s and why she was so different from everyone else. And Sam, he had so many great qualities and such a great heart, I love how he was so protective of Ana and thought she was special when everyone else saw her as something bad. I loved to see blooming romance and this one definitely had it. Jodi Meadows has created an addicting world, a mix of dystopian and fantasy that becomes addictive that won’t let you put it down until the shocking revelations towards the end. Even then, you’ll be left wanting more of this world. Amazing debut and highly recommend it! ...more
If you read my blog before then you know how much I love Greek Mythology and any books that have anything to do with it. I always find it thrilling toIf you read my blog before then you know how much I love Greek Mythology and any books that have anything to do with it. I always find it thrilling to see what new spin the author will add to these ancient stories. The unique spin that Brodi Ashton added to the story of the Underworld, Persephone & Hades was intriguing, I loved that she did not just changed some things but made her own story out of it with new characters and new mythology. She made it sound like a nightmare, you’re either used to feed the immortals with your emotions or are forced to live by feeding off of other humans, both choices are terrible. You either suffer for eternity, or you’re left feeling this guilt for trying to survive (if you have any conscience of course). Unfortunately for Nikki these are her two only choices thanks to a moment of weakness when she agreed to go with Cole to the underworld.
I loved the parts where we actually get to know more about the Everlings and the Everneath, their purpose and their connection to the old mythology. I really enjoyed all the myth aspects of this one, they were great and quite original, but I didn’t quite feel the romance or the characters at all. I tried hard to connect with them and like them, at the beginning I was pretty curious by it and what would happen to Nikki at the end but I lost interest at some point when I couldn’t really feel a connection with her, or understood the connection and the feelings she had towards Cole which to me was not a very well developed character. I think the only character I sort of liked was her boyfriend Jack, who seemed to be the most well rounded character of the three. I thought Nikki was way too naïve and I found the storyline a little predictable. I also couldn’t understand how Nikki disappears for six months from home and her father doesn’t even bother to send a search party for her, her boyfriend is the one doing it and they just make her seem like she was in rehab that whole time, I thought that was a little too unrealistic. I know it’s fiction but still..
I feel like I’m picking at all the things I disliked and I feel awful for it but I felt torn after ending this one, I loved the spin on the mythology but not the characters. I also didn’t have a problem with the love triangle because I didn’t feel anything for the two guys, I couldn't see the attraction, or chemistry between these characters, the romance just didn’t ring true for me. Cole, which I was hoping to end up liking because he seemed like the bad guy at the beginning didn’t even made an impression to me, I didn’t really get to know him much just from the little bits we get to see him in the book with Nikki and he was quite forgettable. Maybe the story just moved too fast and there were quite a few things in Nikki’s life going on at the same time that needed some focus, but the ending does certainly leave you wondering what will happen in the next book. Unfortunately, since I didn’t love this one as much as I hoped I would I’ll probably just wait and borrow the sequel from someone when it comes out. ...more