Bring Me Back was honestly the best book I've ever read. Before pickingThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Bring Me Back was honestly the best book I've ever read. Before picking this up, I classified B.A. Paris' other two books, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown as my ultimate favourites, but this time around, this has stolen the prize. This was a book that kept me guessing and intrigued for the entire ride. It's the type of the book that leaves you making hundreds of predictions to find that you were completely wrong. Whatever I thought would occur did not. If it did, then I definitely would not be raving this much about the novel. I instantly fell in love with the book after the twentieth page or so, and felt that I wouldn't be able to put it down. I read this in a few sittings, but in the same day, from morning to night.
This isn't your typical missing persons case story. In fact, there's nothing typical about B.A. Paris' ideas and books; everything is as original as it can be. The story revolves around Finn, Layla, and Ellen, our three protagonists. Finn and Layla were together, in love, and on vacation skiing in France, and as they were returning back to England, they made a rest stop. Layla stayed in the car, and when Finn returned, she was gone. Ten years later, Finn is engaged to Ellen, Layla's sister, and Finn still struggles to let go of the past and the love he had for Layla. Suddenly, Finn gets a phone call from someone in his past saying that they saw Layla, and weird occurrences begin to escalate.
Basically, the main questions surrounding this story were: is Layla alive? Is she back? Will Finn choose her over Ellen? Forget about that; there were millions of questions surrounding this complex story. I cannot even imagine how much work was put into deriving this story; there are so many clues and hints that all make sense in the end when everything is cleared up. Well, actually, the magic of B.A. Paris' stories is that everything is never perfectly cleared up. She always leaves readers off wanting more from the last few pages of suspense.
Although I mentioned that there are three main protagonists, Finn is the most prevalent in the story. We constantly learn almost everything from his perspective, and we as readers get to see what he was like ten years prior with Layla and in the present with Ellen. It sounds impossible, but even he, the character telling everything from his perspective, is hiding secrets. I was so shocked in how everything was revealed at the perfect moment. He was both a likeable and unlikeable character, depending on the moment and decision he made. But this was not a flaw whatsoever; it's important for thrillers to have characters who are the best of both worlds, if you know what I mean.
This was just such a complex story. The most complex I've ever read. There's a grand importance to every hint, secret and symbol laid out by Paris; when you read about some scenes or moments in the story, you may view them as unimportant, but surely they hold a great importance; every single word, sentence and moment in this story is important, which really shows that B.A. Paris is the master of psychological thriller writing. In fact, she is the master of modern day literature and entertainment. I really am eager to see films sprout from her fantastic story.
If I could possibly rate books with a ten-thousand star rating, this would be the only book to deserve all of those stars.Bring Me Back shocked me, especially with that UNBELIEVABLE ENDING I will never forget about, and with all of those mini shocks and revelations shown throughout the story. Every psychological thriller writer should look at these stories and see how it's done. And every single psychological thriller reader and lover such as myself should grab this instantly....more
I speak *pretty fluent* French, and I read Le Petit Prince in French foThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I speak *pretty fluent* French, and I read Le Petit Prince in French for my class, but I am an incredibly lazy person who just had to write a huge French paper so... I'm just going to write this review in English for time's sake. And for your understanding's sake. Before anything, Y'ALL NEED TO LEARN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE. It's beautiful and I can imagine that the diction and language used in the French version of this exceptional novel is much better and more deep than the English version. BEFORE EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING POSSIBLE, let's get this straight: every single soul on this planet needs to head to their library, online, Kindle, local bookstore—whatever, and pick up a copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. All of our hearts and minds depend on this kind of feel-good story that is so much more than what is literally written.
You can read The Little Prince in two ways: a literal way and a contextual way. Both of these methods of reading are just SO SO SO enjoyable. And that's the reason why this glorious 87-paged novel is studied by both children and adults. I looked at the novel both ways and it was phenomenal. Once you reach the ending you'll discover that there is more to the book than what us readers can even imagine. And then comes in the concept of adults versus children, which was explained amazingly.
This is a story that will always stay with me. I feel that the Little Prince is somewhere up in the stars, watching his readers and guiding them through life. I guess you can now tell that I have some sort of spiritual connection to him and it's true. Saint-Exupery created this story wonderfully, but I can't happen to wonder if this is a true story, if there really was a little prince. (I understand that Antoine's plane crashed during World War Two, but there must have been more to that story. This is not a hallucination).
I read this over a course of a few weeks because we spent a lot of time in class analyzing everything, doing projects and doing short quizzes to test our knowledge, which I despised.
Le Petit Prince is unlike any classic you'll ever read. It is easy to read, though it holds a meaning that will stun you for days or even months to the point that you'll feel eager to read it all over again to discover a whole other meaning....more
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra was the only book I sat around with durThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra was the only book I sat around with during my vacation for two plain reasons: because I was too busy sightseeing to even pick up a book and because it was just TOO good. I actually didn't want it to end, to be honest. This gorgeous heck of a novel has been sitting in my bookshelf for over a year, and I finally picked it up in March, deciding that I needed a psychological thriller boost. The plot and concept is absolutely unique and I don't think we'll ever see something like this pop up again. It seems that Anna Snoekstra just made this up instantly and wrote it down on a piece of paper, eager to write a novel to impress readers. And let me tell you: I was so impressed. If things continue to progress the way they are, THIS WILL BE THE BEST NOVEL I READ THIS YEAR. I cannot get enough of it all!
Only Daughter's unique idea stems from a missing person's case. In fact, an Australian teenager goes missing mysteriously, and another person, a doppelgänger, almost, takes her place because she is tired of running away from her own problems. That's quite an interesting way to change your life, isn't it? Well it gets creepier. The woman who is the imposter discovers that Bec (the missing girl)'s family is strange. That something is off with them. And the whole book is all about the woman trying to hide her identity and discover where Bec actually is.
I love how Snoekstra slowly and cautiously provides us with information about Bec's life. When beginning the novel, we don't immediately learn about the inner details about Bec's disappearance, but as the book progresses, THINGS GET HECTIC - FAST. And once it all got hectic I decided that I couldn't spend my waking hours wondering what would happen - I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.
Snoekstra is just such a talented author... and I want to read EVERYTHING SHE HAS EVER WRITTEN. I really hope that she has ideas to write more psychological thrillers because I AM IN. After that surprising, suspenseful ending, I was in absolute shock and needed to recuperate. READ THIS ASAP.
Only Daughter was shocking, thrilling and one heck of a wild ride. I cannot get the story out of my mind. I truly recommend it!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
Night was a beautiful read. It was heartbreaking, of course, but Elie WThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Night was a beautiful read. It was heartbreaking, of course, but Elie Wiesel's writing was beautiful. It made me emotional, depressed, and experience such a broad variety of emotions that I can't simply comprehend it. After visiting Auschwitz and seeing it in person, imagining the suffering that was held within its walls, reading this book was even more emotional. I shed some tears, and left my heart with this story. It's a special one, and what I love about reading Holocaust stories is that each is different. You can't possibly ever get tired of reading these kinds of books.
I read this book a while ago, so I cannot really summarize it (and it's too emotional to do so), but let's just say that it's a must-read. I honestly feel like like it's a book that everyone should be required to read.
Night was stunning and a special read that should be implemented in more schools (preferably high schools). I am so happy that Elie was honoured with so many prizes for his work, including a Nobel Peace Prize....more
The Cellar is the scariest book that I’ve read in agThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*4.5 star rating*
The Cellar is the scariest book that I’ve read in ages. And by scary, do not expect horror or anything of that kind. Natasha Preston delivered the most thrilling, action-packed, adrenaline-churning story, more crazier than her cult-based Awake, more life changing than any psychological thrillers I have read… ever, practically. Get ready to pee to your pants, ask for more, and even perhaps never look at flowers the same way anymore. Yes, it is one of those scarring stories. Only stories like these seemed to just come out of the movies. This is freaking reality, my friends. You never know what kind of people that the world contains until you confront them, and after that, you just cannot look at the world the same way anymore. Geez… I literally sound creepy myself.
The Cellar features our outgoing main character and protagonist, Summer, who is living a great life with her happy family and boyfriend, Lewis. Everything is going swell until she goes out to a party, looking for a friend in the park where a man confronts her, throws her into a white van, and next thing she knows, is thrown into a cellar in the basement of his house and is named “Lily,” living with three other girls with similar names. Violet, Poppy, Rose―some of them seem possessed by the actions of this guy―Clover, and her world collapses around her. In the meantime, her family and boyfriend are mourning, trying to search for clues, knowing that their daughter/sister/girlfriend would never leave without saying anything. As the days pass, Summer would never let Clover touch her, or even look at her. Little does she know that her world is going to change forever.
The ending was corny, okay? But then again, I cannot imagine another ending to come about in any other way. It is just not possible for a beautiful, abrupt story to destroy readers’ emotions to the biggest case possible. No spoilers, I promise. The rest of the story flowed in ways that I could not have imagined or pictured in my head again without picking up the book once more. It was fast-paced, but had those little itty-bitty moments during scenes where the author knew that readers would want more detail and inside gossip on the truth. I always adore reading a book where I know the answer, the answer to the mystery while there still is a group of people who do not. In this case, it was the loved ones of Summer. I couldn’t help but squeal and scream to tell the people what to do. It was seriously a glorious experience.
“He kicked her hard in the stomach, making her scream in pain. Something cracked, and I pressed my fist to my mouth as a wave of nausea hit me. I slumped down on the sofa and crawled back, curling back into a ball.” (248)
Summer seemed to be talking to me. Just me. Not to sound selfish or anything, that was the perfect reading experience. I felt her fear, her longing for Lewis and the life she once had, the way she wanted to get out of there, the courage and strength she kept throughout to know that she will eventually get out. I loved her character. It is hard to realize that she is not out there, that her story does not exist because it seemed the most realest novel ever. And with the mix of the mystery, thrill, plaguing of suspense, it all made complete sense and there was no mystery at all.
I even began to like Clover by the end. Not for his psychopathic behaviour, but also for his character and what he contributed to the story―his weird doings made it all fifty billion times better. (Not that I would promote his doings or anything. HE IS OUTRAGEOUSLY INSANE.) This story turned out fantastic by the end. I found myself continuously surprised with everything that occurred in the novel, never having to seek for more. Lewis was adorable, I loved his personality and not being able to distinguish what he’s feeling since he’s so secretive but… CARING. It all works out, I tell you.
You will pee your pants. You will not be able to sleep at night. And there's also a slight chance that you will go ahead and buy every book that this amazing author has written. Did I also mention that there's a sequel out that's supposed to be (not as) good? I am still debating whether it is the right thing for me. But seriously, this contained so many themes that are found in realistic stories, and it was ultimately perfect. (My favourite flower was Poppy. She was so kick-butt. But then we saw where that went.)
It's sad that you cannot live with a specific book forever and have it contain the same dosage of romance, mystery, whatever it is. I want my wishes to come true, and only (at the moment) with this precious story by Natasha Preston. It is not your typical mystery-thriller, but more importantly, it is not the expected. In fact, it is the unexpected but in a perfect way, and I would recommend it to all forever and ever. I will never, ever, head to my basement ever again without holding someone's hand. But that someone's hand will definitely not be Clover's hand....more
Have you ever tried to classify a book as vicious? What about overwhThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Have you ever tried to classify a book as vicious? What about overwhelming, but in a good way? Victoria Aveyard's truly acclaimed and popular Red Queen does fit itself under those two adjectives and words, and it's one of the only sole books that I have found that is like it. No, it's not a retelling of some sort and do not expect "Alice in Wonderland." This is something of its own kind, a start of a racing trilogy that I just can't wait to continue reading. It really was a magical story that was so kick-ass and interesting that I can't get myself together. Reading this is like drinking a Shirley Temple—sweet, fizzy with all of the feels, but raging after you've finished it because the author just knows how to keep her readers entertained, even after Mare's story is done for a little while.
Are you wondering if the hype is real, or if there's too much hype for what this story is worth? I can answer yes to both questions. People are going mad for this series, and I can see why, but it's not like I cannot go on without The Glass Sword. Plus, I know that it's going to be released soon because, well, duh, ARCs are out and so is the cover/summary. I didn't even read the summary yet because I don't even know what the story is going to contain and I'll just get fed up with it all. This story really is vicious, fierce but crazy in a matter of practically four hundred pages. It's a wild ride, that's for sure.
Here Are Five Reasons Why Red Queen Will Appeal to You:
1) It's one of a kind: I can tell you that you won't find yourself on the street, or at a bookstore and could pick up another book like this. It's written in a different style that gives every reader a different experience. Some readers may find this absolute dystopian, while others won't and could question the real message that Aveyard has behind the scenes. It's not everyday when we're stuck with a character like Mare (who I'll get more into below), but I promise you that it is different and that's why the hype is going around. The general public wants a refresher, a new read that is for all ages and that could appeal to any teenager, even if you're not a fan of reading.
2) Mare is simply so kick-butt and I adore her: For once in a high fantasy novel, we're not stuck with a crew of characters who think they're better than everyone else. Mare has qualities that remind me of Katniss (do I even have to state what book she's from?) and Tris, from Divergent. A little bit of Celaena from Throne of Glass, too. But Mare is her own person who just wants to make her family happy and proud, and she'd take those sacrifices without thinking about the consequences. I loved her from the start, and her character kept on developing into the point where I just wanted to be her best friend. Now that's something I really do call attachment.
"You believe you are the masters of the world, but your reign as kings and gods is at an end. Until you recognize us as human, as equal, the fight will be at your door. Not on a battlefield but in your cities. In your streets. In your homes. You don't see us, and so we are everywhere. [...] And we will rise up, Red as the dawn." (36)
Okay, so I know that Mare didn't say this (Farley did), but yay for women. Aveyard's villains of the novel aren't the terrorist group known as the Scarlet Guard, but the kings and queens of the Silvers, and the wonderful woman who gave that speech was totally rebellious. I LOVE IT.
3) The plot is just... enjoyable: This novel is just all fast-paced within and you can't stop reading. The messages that lie behind the actual story are there for readers to discover, and if you don't discover them, then you really didn't enjoy the story. I think that there's something for everyone all in the bundle of awesomeness that Aveyard handed us in February. I just wish that I would have given this the chance earlier, to feel like I read this as a hipster, before the hype went out. Is it just me or a movie is coming out, too? This would be utter fabulous if it did.
4) ROMANCEEEEEEE OF COURSE: So since we all know by the title that this focuses on some kind of royalty and fantasy, there has to be a romance. Mare is like Maas' Celaena, who doesn't understand her feelings at first but then realizes that there is some kind of attraction. Although there kind of was some sort of a love triangle at points, since Mare cared for a lot of people, it was pure. It was real. No instant romance that made our kickass character fall head over heels for some weird guy who is basically the opposite of her. This was great.
5) The world building, because who could forget that?: The story focused on a variety of things that Aveyard's fictional world was built on—like some kind of racism between different types of blood and people: Red and Silver. There was war, action, but of course those slow moments that made you ponder about what it's like to have so much power and how one could go out of control with their emotions. I LOVED JULIAN BY THE WAY. HE'S ADORABLE, AS WELL AS CAL. Agh, the characters are fab in general.
As this novel may seem light and cheery to you, it is dark and gloomy. I just picture the dark grey skies of this interesting world that Victoria Aveyard imagines through Mare's eyes. Red Queen is powerful, and I bet that it'll end up on the favourites-of-2015 lists of many, many people, bloggers, reviewers, or not. It doesn't matter what age you are to fall in love with something this enchanting, because it just somehow automatically occurs. Nothing petty about this all, it's more like royalty in the YA world today....more
Minor SPOILERS from the previous novels are present, I'm warning you. IThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Minor SPOILERS from the previous novels are present, I'm warning you. I'm so sad to see this series go because it... it just hurt me fully. As always, I was captivated and I couldn't stop thinking about the beauty of this story even after it was all over, which is the real power that Michelle Madow's writing does. I'm in love with this book, honestly, and this whole series. It's so, so sad to see Savannah, Madison, Peyton and Courtney all go off into their world of drama, rivalry and dreams being followed without me actually being there to monitor and keep all of the little cute moments stuck in my heart, y'know?Diamonds Are Forever really signifies the fact that the Diamond sisters will be stuck with us forever. They are a gorgeous group of characters, that's for sure.
Diamonds Are Forever immediately follows where the sequel left us off at. Oliver is still in the hospital, getting over his horrible injuries and Madison is freaking out. This time around, we're again introduced into her perspective and get to hear how she reacts with the news about her and the Diamond Sisters. And each of the sisters are dealing with their own issues, and things are deepening. Courtney is thinking about Britney and her decisions for the future with Brett, while Peyton is struggling to not think about college, since she isn't thinking about going into that field. And Savannah? Her YouTube singing career is hitting the charts, with lots of hate associated as well.
The romance and struggles of deciding what to do in life is real. Love and all of those issues that teenagers have to deal with are found here, and it literally teared me apart. Savannah was with Damien/Perry, Courtney and Brett, Peyton and Jackson. They were all pretty cute, and the romances that once were set together were formed again, whether we liked them or not, but I do kind of wish that there weren't so many of these flings happening for the sake of realism. Hmmph. But my favourite ship is the Brett/Courtney clan. At least I could relate to them the most and their ways of looking at high school.
As always, with Michelle's writing, you'll find that it'll be so easy to fall in love with the characters. There's something in every Diamond sister or side character that you'll be able to relate to and adore. AND THE FEELS ARE REAL.
There just isn't something that you cannot enjoy and want to devour about this book. If you loved the first one, Madow's storytelling will just enchant you for the third time again.
Diamonds Are Forever is beautiful and engaging. The ending was just amazing and perfect, slowly getting readers afraid for what is yet to come because there's no more. I wish I could read a hundred of these books about all of these characters and not get bored at all. This is something remarkable and fabulous, and I hope that you go for this, because no regrets will arise....more
Until We Meet Again is a time-traveling, racing taleThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
Until We Meet Again is a time-traveling, racing tale that all could fall in love with from the first moment when they spot the gorgeous cover. Renee Collins is a great author and this spooky story could definitely land on the favourite you-all-must-buy Goodreads shelves for ages. Until we meet again, fellow beautiful book, was the last thought I had when I shut the light pages of the novel. Want romance? Want a mysterious story that is not your ole average "help me I'm in another world" kind of traveling story with a time machine. This has nothing to do with science-fiction whatsoever and I really, really want everyone to take a peek at this story, even if it wasn't the best thing in the world.
The plot of the book is wild... or at least, it tried to be. I felt the effort put into the story to make it as interesting as other tales where characters go back in time, like Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. Romance does not seem to work with this kind of story a hundred percent. Fantasy? Absolutely. I am all in for powers and paranormal, weird aspects like Riggs added in his story, except a little different for obvious reasons. I became often bored because the story wasn't moving anywhere. Cassandra continued to argue with her feelings and with who she really loved.
It's not believable in any sense. What person would fall in love with a guy from the past and know that they have no chance with them? Now that I've put that thought into your head, you might be thinking it too. The truth is, Cassandra doesn't know, and I don't understand how she could have not seen it coming when the signs were there. I don't prefer a character to be dumb or stupid when the answers are right in front of them for the story to condense longer. Ugh.
Collins made Cassandra's life turn upside down. She fell in love when it was least expected and wanted, and the plot and concepts turned upside down because of it. Cassandra was a weak character who didn't have much going in her mind when she really was supposed to—she was the main character, after all. Her relationship with Lawrence was cute and all, but something large was missing.
Lawrence and Brandon were utterly lovely. THEY WERE ON TWO SIDES, EVIL AND GOOD AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO PICK. Honestly in this case? I would've loved to pick the bad boy now. Maybe to create some chemistry with me, since it didn't work out too well between any of them and Cassandra.
Until We Meet Again could go either way for people. It's interesting, yes, and totally racing and new compared to anything else we have read for ages. Sourcebooks Fire has published a novel that deserves the biggest amount of buzz possible because it wasn't bad at all—it was pretty good. (Brandon's mine, girls.)
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
Library of Souls initially was one of my most antiThis review could also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
Library of Souls initially was one of my most anticipated series finales ever. Did I stress the word "ever" quite a bit? Ransom Riggs is a favourite author of mine and the way he portrays time traveling through Jacob's perspective is truly lovely. I have been waiting for this book to be released for ages, and it has seemed that Hollow City came to my heart years and years ago. Since I know that a lot of us are fans of the trilogy who might have been there from the start and continued to read every book as they were released, it is difficult to remember what happened in the past.
Thankfully, Ransom Riggs did a stellar job at reminding us of who was who, and what had just happened. The rest of the two books passed by in a blur, and I was hesitant to read this novel only because of what happened before. Without going too much into detail, Mr. Riggs hit the greatness spot-on and gave readers a gorgeous experience of the world of the peculiar characters with strange, eerie talents.
You see, every novel incorporates a new adventure for the characters. This time around, Jacob and his friends are travelling to Victorian London to Devil's Acre, which the author will go into more detail throughout the story. Without beginning a whole new plot, the author does hand readers a new experience and adventure which compliments the plot quite nicely. Now, it is the end of the adventure and thrilling fantasy where Jacob has to really understand what his life will consist of afterwards, making his grandfather proud, in a way.
"That was the most unthinkable of all. I could never; I loved Emma, and I'd told her so, and I wouldn't leave her behind for anything. And not because I was noble or brave or chivalrous. I'm not any of those things. I was afraid that leaving her behind would rip me in half." (19)
One of the reasons why I love this series so much is for the characters. They are all a different kind of person, all contain different personality traits and flaws. They are imperfect, and not only physically, as Ransom chose photos to compliment them, but they also admit their imperfections. Jacob, a natural, "normal" human, admits his flaws of being selfish, of desiring so much and never wanting to lose the things that he loves. He is so smart but amazing, as are the rest of them. Some characters are easy to forget about, but I will never forget about these. I actually encourage you to test me in a few years. I cannot promise that I will remember, but I do have high hopes that I will.
This series was really the first to introduce me to Victorian, gothic fantasy. There is time travelling, and a bunch of creepy references to abnormal powers that Riggs' characters contain. But the adventure of the crew heading on an adventure to Devil's Acre is memorable. The descriptions are so vivid, I could picture the setting perfectly, with its London grey skies and rain pouring, the voice of Addison whining and Jacob and Emma's chemistry. There is actually an one in a million chance for a book to make me feel this way, and I am glad to admit that this one sure did.
"One's peculiarity is a sacred gift," Emma said. "To sell it cheapens what is most special about us." It sounded like she was parroting a platitude that had been drilled into her from an early age." (104)
The ending was rough, aside from everything. I could ask for more, I wanted more, actually. It seemed like the sequel could have been a nicer finish than this one, because nothing new occurred that made me rip my eyeballs out of my sockets... that kind of thing if you don't picture the gore. Sorry to get that image in your mind, just, never mind. Questions were answered, la la dee dah, and there is slight chance for some kind of peculiar continuation (see my play of words there?) but that's. It. This was satisfying, and a happy ending when the whole SERIES IS DARK AND GLOOMY. I WANT DARK AND GLOOMY. I WANT SERIOUS FEELS. None of that people, I apologize.
Aside from everything, this is the worst book of the series. I hate typing in those rapid, DARING sentences into reviews, especially when I really, REALLY enjoyed the other books of the series, but the truth has to come out. But please, do not jump on me, fellow fangirls, because it was not hideous or bad or anything. The ending was not pleasing, there was boredom, and that is it. You cannot go back into a story and expect a different reaction unless your tastes have changed, which I somewhat hope that mine will change in a few years. This series is beautiful, and it is a sad farewell from my side, but I do promise that I will get back to it someday because it cannot leave my world like that. Library of Souls does have its place in a library in my legit soul. That is intended....more
Since mid-2014, this book has been on my eyeThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
*4.5 star rating*
Since mid-2014, this book has been on my eye, and I must say that it's been one of my top most-anticipated reads of the year. Now that I've gotten the amazing chance to read it early, I have to say that EVERYONE MUST READ THIS AS SOON AS IT'S RELEASED. You won't be disappointed, and to this moment after finishing it last night (as I'm writing this), I still have the chills running down my spine. Of course, the longing for the picture-perfect romance that Jonathan and Kylie had will always haunt my mind as well.
I am left without words, I have to admit to the fullest extent. What I expected the themes and genres to come out of the book weren't exactly what was actually released, instead it was something much more surprising and wicked. I would never expect the aspect of the fantasy to go to that level, and parallel universe-novels always end up a favourite of mine every single time. The author puts readers into a situation where we'll want to be there for our main male protagonist, Jonathan, and go out and create worlds with him. Perhaps we'll make our own universes where we'll be dating our fictional boyfriends... hmm?
Before I get into the serious and raving moments of fangirling and actually raving, let's talk about the gorgeous storyline that was set up for us here. Jonathan Aubrey was one of the only survivors of a well-known plane crash when he was six. He instantly was sent into a coma, and woke up with the ability to make different worlds. Yes, all he has to do is shut his eyes tightly, and picture the things that he'd like to see. After that, he had no friends in the real world and spent most of his time in his Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend world where he's dating the girl of his dreams. What happens when both worlds mix and things go chaotic?
"She doesn't let go of my hand, though, and although I'm dying because this incident will ruin my obscurity as soon as the ending bell puts the gossip mill in motion, I squeeze her hand back in solidarity."
I have to absolutely say that the ending of this brilliant piece of literature is what brought this book into its new standards—where the genre switched in to something unrecognizable, but in a totally great matter. We were shocked, thrown around and I never saw that coming. Can we just say that suspense, thrill and mystery was added to all of the fun as well? I adored the concept of this and it also somewhat reminded me of Erica O'Rourke's Dissonance, though we had an intelligent male protagonist who did what he did for an absolute different reason. What's the best thing to do in your life if you're lonely and have no one... other than creating the most masterful world for yourself? I can tell you that after reading, there's almost nothing better other than doing this, where he is living the perfect life, although he most certainly has to visit his old one. I couldn't believe how unique and different this was to most afterlife-kind-of-thing that's pretty common to find in YA literature today, but from the moment I saw the summary and cover, I knew that this would be something special.
One of the best things that this book held was the fact that it shared tons of passion. The author and the protagonist's message were so special and I felt all of the emotions that he had. I did shed some tears, share some laughs, squealed over the romance and the kissing between Kylie and Jonathan, and fell for the poetry and writing that was incorporated. It didn't go over the top, but it was special for a novel that's mostly based on the world-building.
432 pages? This is plain awesomeness, where I find that I enjoy books when they are longer. The storyline shared the perfect amount of detail, climax and building, and although it was long, it was a standalone and the author gave us the right amount for a first and final novel in Jonathan's world... or at least of what we know of. One of the tiny mishaps that I saw was a weak start until about page 50, but that may have been because of my attention span and you should just go on. From there, I can tell you that everything's fast-paced, interesting and you'll find yourself falling in love and wanting to stay in this world that's just right.
Can we just hop into Jen Brooks' mind and continue this journey with Kylie, Whitney, Luis, and the rest of the memorable characters? I can't stop thinking about them and what may be happening to them at the moment (since I can't even see them as fictional characters as they mean so much to me). Without the side characters, we can all predict that Jonathan would've never grown up and see the truth behind the reason why he does everything and why does he leave the world that he lives in. It's certainly not his fault, and I kept on feeling guilt to the highest maximum for him. Pathos was everywhere in this book and I kept wondering if Kylie's character was only feeling guilt to go for Jonathan and just did it out of pity. Of course, it was true love, my lovely friends.
"I'm less her boyfriend than her keeper. Her creator. And this change in how I see her sickens me, frightens me, because all this time I thought I loved her. Oh. God. I do love her. That's not what I meant. Is it?"
Man, did they have a connection. *sighs* From the beginning when we really got to know Kylie's character, I felt that she was his remedy, and he would be a broken soul without her. And even if he didn't make worlds or anything and only got to see and be with her, those moments are sacred. And those moments when they were in the third grade? *blushes and tears up* AWWWWWW, this is the cutest of the cutest.
In the end, I can tell you that everything about this book was fantastic. The ending left me hanging and begging for more books by Jen Brooks, a great storyline, and one of the best protagonists that I've ever written about. The premise left me wishing that every other book I've read this year would end up like this one! I swear, if you go your year without reading this book, you'll miss out on so much. Better go out, preorder and adore it as much as I did! This, especially, left me wondering if the world that seems just right will ever end up being one's reality, and I guess that this book wholly gives you that definite answer. Go for it!
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It is rare to find a book and actually call it "epic." It is also rarThis review could also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
It is rare to find a book and actually call it "epic." It is also rare to fall in love with a book from the first page and read it in a sitting, or at least, it has been difficult for me to do that lately when every book I have been reading is a three star. Lynn Weingarten's Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls saved me from jumping into a reading slump and feeling useless with myself. She takes a real-life, crazy situation and makes it believable, switching between genres and making this a grief-bound-loss-story, to one that is a pure and favourite of mine, a psychological thriller.
Weingarten uses everything that she could in her writing style to capture the attention of readers. I fell in love from the first page, couldn't stop reading, and made sure that the atmosphere around me was not distracting, and certainly not loud and noisy. This precious, precious novel saved me from drowning and collapsing in all of the books I own, perhaps even saving me from giving up on books that are contemporary after all. As time goes by, I have found myself to be picky with novels, but this is love at first sight. The tricking plot that Weingarten creates is captivating, and a true adventure within an adventure that the main character, June, goes through. I adore this novel, and I seriously promise readers that it will be on my year's favourite list.
"Later, Delia would explain to June that finding a best friend is like finding a true love: When you meet yours, you just know." (61)
Lynn's characters just fall under so many topics and parts of life that it truly is difficult to pronounce what this book actually focuses on. It shares elements of murder, abuse, hallucination, jealousy, death, eeriness and mystery. But then again, June, the main character, falls under so many other things like having a horrible life which really leaves readers not being able to understand what the truth really is. In this case, it is totally acceptable to just not know. You will not know. You will not know anything until the last page where your world will collapse. Or at least, mine did. I seriously had to make sure that the book was seriously over and that there wasn't some invisible ink on the final back pages because I was shocked, and kind of in a good way. If you cannot handle the suspense, then I pray for you.
Weingarten moves from perspective to perspective, from different periods of time when there are hints and clues that really give you the solemn answer to this mystery that June herself is bound to solve. Readers see the start of the toxic, addicting friendship that Delia and June make from the sixth grade, and how quickly things tear apart because of jealousy and really... because nobody had no freaking idea why. Friendships are like that, and instead of an author handing readers a cheeky, one-sided tale about two girls who become friends again or who go through loss, this is the ultimate truth. And we are seriously lucky to see both sides of the story, if you know what I mean.
You see... this book makes me contemplate some theories as I did with Michelle Hodkin's Mara Dyer trilogy. Because the ending was so abrupt and beautiful, every reader could make their own guess and see what would happen with that. I cannot stop thinking about what Weingarten left us with. Humans are savages, we all are in some way, and instead of hitting the violent side of things (well, we kind of did in a few ways), we get to take a look at sociopathy, lies, and desperation. The writing is very, very lyrical and melancholic, and I just kept guessing and guessing. I still do not know what to think and what to do with myself. I feel like I am in this clear bubble of nothing, trying to discover what the truth is to this novel. There is a point and main idea—destructiveness, in fact, but I love how readers are able to discuss and have their own say on this. It's not a clear, special ending, if you know what I mean.
"Evan, Ashling, Sebastian. They all smile. Who are these people? Who is Sebastian? Who is Delia? What the fuck have we done?" (310)
I cannot digress anything more about this story—it is my love and I am so glad to have enjoyed it as much as I did. There is a slight romance, but as we get to know June more and more, we see that friendship is more important to her than guys.
Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls really is beautiful and pure. I could definitely see it as one of the best books, ever, period, and it such a savaged, interesting psychological thriller. Your heart will pound, you will be shocked and unsure of what will actually happen in the end. The characters are all so complex, but each have their own spark that makes them different. And in the end, this is a book solemnly about reality and the things that can occur if you're not careful. Agh.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America. Thank you so much!*...more
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This might just be the cheesiest and well-known way to start a review about this book but... Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything was seriously everything. I can't stop thinking about it after putting down and there are millions and trillions things that I simply adore about it. You know how every bookworm has many favourite novels, not only one? I kind of now believe that this one may take that special spot, fellow friends. And that the most amusing, happiest thing that has happened to me in a while.
Everything, Everything took a whip and journey around your unusual, unique contemporary-romance plot. It's compelling, different and flawless. Nicola Yoon's writing is some of the best I've seen, and I just keep wondering: Where did that gorgeous premise and plot arc come from? Some may compare it to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, a totally recommended novel that's one of my favourites, but this takes its own compelling route and is more unique. No one can simply weave another storyline like this one.
"I keep picturing myself floating high above the earth. From the edge of space I can see the whole world all at once. My eyes don't have to stop at a wall or at a door. I can see the beginning and the end of time. I can see infinity from there. For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have." (80)
Maddy, our African American-Japanese mixed protagonist has SCID. It's a disease where she's basically allergic to everything. (What a coincidence with the title, right?) She's beginning to get depressed onto why she has to have it and the fact that she can't live an ordinary life. When a new family moves in next door, Maddy is compelled to watch them and imagine what a great life they must have. But they have issues, too. The teenage boy in the family, Olly, begins to talk to Maddy through IMing and over notes seen from each other's windows, and slowly fall in love though they both know it's kind of impossible to be with each other. What happens when the extraordinary occurs and all your life has basically been a complete lie?
I'd get pissed and raging, that's for sure. NICOLA HONESTLY KILLED ALL READERS IN THE END. Our book-loving, reviewer protagonist used books and her lovely unique self to promote her message to the one she loves. Without spoiling, that was one completely messed up truth. Not that it was horrible or anything. I'll just state that I was left shocked with my jaw wide open, not being able to even remember my name after this trauma that hit me. I seriously wanted to punch Maddy's mother as well as her nurse, because that was kind of messed up. Okay, never mind, it was messed up, but when looking at the amount of enjoyment, it's a good thing that it happened, because I never thought that it would.
Alongside All the Bright Places, this is definitely the most hyped up contemporary of the year, and I can totally see why. I SUPPORT THE HYPE THROUGHOUT AND THOROUGHLY. Let's get Team Everything, Everything t-shirts and be the best bookish fangirls on this planet for bookish sake. Contemporary-romances are practically my most favourite genre and finding an unique one with a tall tale is difficult to find. I'd really like to promote an award to Nicola, for everything, and to the person in Penguin Teen's department who decided to hand copies of this beauty out at BEA. You rule, friend.
"I think of Olly, decontamination-cold and waiting for me. He's the opposite of all these things. He's not safe. He's not familiar. He's in constant motion. He's the biggest risk I've ever taken." (69)
I'm this book's Daddy/Mommy.
FIVE (THERE ARE MORE) REASONS WHY YOU'LL ADORE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BEAUTY:
1. HAWAII. I had to note that extraordinary trip of a lifetime, right? I've always wanted to go, and Maddy has routes from there. She's been there when she was a kid, back when "everything seemed to be okay." She wanted to rebel, have an amazing life and be with the person she loves the most, as well as see the state fish. *giggles* That's freaking adorable and I wish I could go on that trip.
2. OLLY, DUH. Olly's the cutest guy that you'll read about for ages. HE TOOK RISKS, HE DIDN'T GIVE A SHIZ ABOUT WHAT DISEASE HIS GIRLFRIEND HAD. He acted like it hadn't existed because Maddy wanted him to think about it in that way. It's amazing.
3. DIVERSITY. Woo for diversity! Maddy's background is African American and Japanese, which is the strangest yet coolest mix I've ever read about. Yoon really did add everything in this book to make it perfect and stick out to all readers, readers of contemporary or not. Plus, many readers hadn't enjoyed contemporary until this book popped out to them.
4. SUPPORTIVE CHARACTERS WHO ARE THERE FOR MADDY. Maddy's nurse, Carla, was always there for her when her mother wasn't. It was like she was her only friend and that simply added thousands of tears to my eyes. She understood teenagers unlike any other parent or bookish character.
5. THE WRITING. Nicola Yoon is my new favourite author. Her words are compelling, intriguing and I read this all in a sitting. Agh, I can't stop thinking about that beautiful feeling, that's for sure. The feels kept flying over me and I couldn't stop myself from giggling or being afraid for Maddy, as she was a character who reminded me of myself in a way. Relatable main characters are always keepers. I'm this book's keeper. ;)
This is something special. You're probably rolling your eyes right now, but I'd seriously like to say it once more because Nicola Yoon has changed my life with this gorgeous thing. It's not just a thing, either. It's a symbol of literature that wins all of the positive medals. I don't know how Nicola has created this story, but I'd love to creep into her mind for a little bit and hear some of those other perfect stories, because this sure is. Every teenager needs everything that this book gives to readers. September 1, you'll one day be marked as a special day in history where literature's best novel was first released.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
Let's play a wondrous game of 'Never Have I Ever.' Of course, yThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Let's play a wondrous game of 'Never Have I Ever.' Of course, you've all heard of this game in those cute, cheeky contemporary novels... but many few have played it. Here's a first for me, too. But my main point here is: Never have I ever read a play before. Stepping into a new kind of writing format and learning the basics of the great scripts, The Diary of Anne Frank brought back memories of when I actually read Anne's diary back in the day, and it gave me a whole new experience to love and devour for ages to come.
So here's the thing: I have an obsession with Anne's diary. Since I was young and once decided that I might write a speech on the inspirational young girl herself, I've read her diary and researched all about her, continuously. When's Anne's birthday? June 12. And trust me, I did not search that up. *winks* Until reaching the smitten age of 14, I actually had not known that there was an amazing playwright of her story, and that I'll be getting the chance to read it in Grade 9. This was a true memorable experience for me, from start to finish.
"We don't need the Nazis to destroy us. We're destroying ourselves."
All I feel like doing right now, right here, is banging my head on my desk repeatedly and sob. I wish that I could sob for a whole eternity. I feel that with a play like this, readers are more prone to understand Ms. Frank's story even better, and in the end, the actual ending may not be exactly correct when looking at the way her life ended in reality, but you feel everything. The emotions are present, the feels, and throughout the whole two Acts, I felt that I was actually imaging the wonderful real personalities playing these roles. It hadn't been a play all along for me, there were moments when this was realer than ever, and since there was dialogue between the people Anne spent years with in annexation, I have gotten to know their personalities much better than I ever would have if I just reread her diary over and over again for fifteen times. There's a true difference, my friends.
For those of you crazy weirdos who don't know Anne's story at all, you must be living under a rock or a shoe and have no access to wonderful books and history novels. But since I'm that much of a nice person, then I'll surely give you a mini-recap, so you can continue to read this review and get what I'm saying. *grins widely* Anne Frank was just a normal girl living in Holland when her life turned upside down... just because she was a Jew. Anne's father, Otto Frank, was a hero to his family, and his decision to bring the Franks into annexation and hiding in a dusty attic hiding spot on top of a warehouse saved their lives... at least for a couple of years. Anne and her family went into hiding in 1942, and the Van Daan family also joined them with a surprise visitor afterwards. All of these people's traditions and ways of living were disrupted to the highest extent, and they spent their days without a peep and no talking or heading to the washroom. It was all about fear, and if the slightest noise was heard, someone ought to find out.
I just can't even explain to you how much this play and Anne's story means to me. Yes, it's completely tragic and worrisome for readers, but the fact that Anne and her crush-afterwards Peter Van Daan were just two normal teenagers crushed me even more. I bet that if Anne was put into our modern day society just the way she was, she'd be normal. No one would suspect that she's a historical figure who died in the 1940s because of the Second World War. No one would suspect that she spent years in hiding or that she went into a concentration camp. And this is the aspect that makes this the most memorable: amazing playwrights brought her legacy and story back to life once more. I've never heard of this play actually turning into a production on stage and everything (like Broadway), but just having readers given the chance to see a reenactment of this all brings tears into my heart.
"I only know it's funny never to be able to go outdoors... never to breathe fresh air... never to run and shout and jump. It's the silence in the night that frightens me most. Every time I hear a creak in the house, or a step on the street outside, I'm sure they're coming for us. The days aren't so bad. At least we know that Miep and Mr. Kraler are down there below us in the office. Our protectors we call them."
What the playwright had done perfectly was making sure that the facts weren't 100% correct. This is Anne's story to tell, and as we can tell, she didn't write this play, so they couldn't make sure that everything was left open as her story was and still is today. The ending of the whole play was different than to what actually had happened. In reality, nobody knows who told that the Franks were hiding there. In the play, it was the thief who wandered in the office building and blackmailed Mr. Kraler. The play and the audience had to be left leaving the play with answers. Some are still not complete, but at least you can say that you've seen/read the play and understand it all. And that makes the fixture of the plot perfect.
Since I had to read this for school, I read both Acts at separate times. But in a matter of a week, I had the play done, and all of the discussion questions that we had to answer on this were done and scribbled on to with loads of thoughts that got me thinking. I'm telling you, this review wouldn't even be half as long if I didn't have the discussion questions to answer. They really got me thinking, thinking about the characters, the development, the ending, and everything in between.
Anne... Well that was a perfect example of her. The diary scenes, her attitude and personality, everything, all of the aspects gotten readers to understand and know her better. It's obvious and easy to tell that there was a lot of research put into writing this play so the writers could get Anne on the dot and know her in and out. Her character just made me realize how young she really was, and all of those playful moments that she shared with her parents, Peter or with Mr. Dussel just shattered me because at the moment when she was taken away by the Germans, it was easy to tell that the world had just lost a great soul. She was optimistic, and she always felt that she would have a great future and would become someone big, but she never thought that something like this would happen to her. Her fame is a legacy, my friends.
Some people have argued with me over the romance of Anne and Peter, and I have to tell you that it was adorable, but puppy-love at the same time. I don't care about the difference in ages of them, which was about 3 years. The audience can tell that throughout the play, Anne was seeking for a person to talk to and understand. Margot, her older sister, was completely out of the picture, and I can only wish that her character was brought out more. Thankfully, her mother and father's crazy but funny moments were constantly brought up and we got to know who Anne really came from strongly.
Looking at my liking of this dramatized story in an overall matter, I can tell you that I am able to go on forever with how much I enjoyed this. Although this was only 'based' on the real thing, it was done perfectly and it didn't go too far or not hit the exact point of the book. The message was so deep and it made me smile and break out into a sad face continuously, but the most important thing that I saw was that the writing and the descriptions were set to the exact point. And it did. *smiles* This was everything I could ask for and more, and I recommend this TO YOU, whether you've read Anne's diary or not, or even if you haven't heard of my inspiration, her. Just walk into reading this play with a huge smile, because you'll be left quivering and slowly dying of sadness and pathos inside....more
Yeah, I can surely tell you that I've never read a book like thThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Yeah, I can surely tell you that I've never read a book like this. This was eerie, absurd but super-symbolic and written beautifully. Thank goodness I didn't read this on my own or else I would've gotten so confused and absolutely lost in my own mind. Everything would've been a blur and I wouldn't understand what the conch actually represented symbolically.
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a book that I feel has always been there. It's a classic that's constantly spoken about, whether the person is young or old, and many read it at school since teachers "adore the complications of it." It's also a novel that's imperfect, where the movies were horrible and I feel that nothing is able to showcase it back to its original form. I have mixed feelings with the outcome, but I feel in an overall matter, it's mostly positive, especially looking at the facts that I've never read anything else like it.
Crash-landed on a mysterious island, Ralph, Piggy, Simon and Jack and the choir boys were on a plane heading away from the war when an atom bomb struck the plane and got it to crash. They don't know where they are or who are their acquaintances, but all they know is that they have to survive. At first, things are going pretty smooth compared to later, where animals are killed and the boys go against each other at their own personal war.
The emotion that I felt throughout wasn't like any other that I felt in other books. Some of my friends from school feel that this wasn't a book that's very emotional, but I did shed tears here and there and I wanted to run to some of the boys, and help them and let them know that things eventually would turn out for the better. Golding got us to understand the dark side of humanity, the savage side that every person who has walked the face of the earth has somewhere inside of them, where some can bring it out quicker than others.
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."
Can you understand that quote if you haven't read the book already? I would predict that you cannot, and I'm secretly high-fiveing you there, my friend. This is such a difficult book to read, and although it's short, I felt that when you read it, you'll need tons of time to analyze it and go through it all with complete understanding. I bet that if I go back and re-read it all over again, I would spot some things that I hadn't the first time. Shocking, right?
I have to say that when I began this, I wasn't all too happy with me having to read it. Until about the sixth chapter, this was pretty boring and I felt that it was just a simple story about many boys trying to survive on a stranded island with hallucinations and paranoia. That's it. Until the sixth chapter, the plot was horrible but the writing was fantastic, and I knew that things would eventually get better but I didn't have high hopes at the same time. After that, HOLY SHIZ.
Yeah, then all of the religious allegorical shit came and we were all left with tears and my teacher even cried and the war-party between Ralph, Jack and Roger came along and I died. I was addicted after that, and I forgot about all of the theoretical symbolic stuff and went on with the storyline and plot because I just couldn't believe what the hell was happening. APOCALYPSE? I do seriously think that that's what Golding was trying to stuff into our minds, people. But in the end, I believe that everyone can have a different opinion on what this book meant to them. To me, it was something like the Stanford University experiment that was taken place in 1971 where people went mental after being put into the situation of authority all around them. It just took a matter of days for the prisoners to begin going mad.
And that's what happened to the boys on the island. They began killing and seeing things. A pig for godssake spoke to them. This isn't fantasy, people, it was a mental illness that everyone seemed to get and they slowly turned barbaric. I believe that if you're put into a situation where your whole life is actually taken away from you before your eyes, your whole sense of civilization is actually able to dissipate in a matter of moments when you don't expect it.
My favourite character? Piggy. Most would say Simon, as he was represented as a Jesus-like figure, and I surely loved him too. But Piggy was someone who actually had his head on his shoulders. Yes, he was unconfident because of Jack, but he knew what he was doing, and I admired him for that. He was hilarious and brought some fun and a sense of humour into the book. Although Ralph hadn't known it by the end, but Piggy was the only one who'd provide him with a real friendship and a connection. Without him, Ralph would've never survived and since Piggy was intelligence and the conch was law, you can't have a government (Ralph) without intelligence and law, right?
Next off, the ending. Yes, I did love it, but it surely was too predictable and cliché. We obviously knew that Ralph and the others would get into a war-like situation and have their lives at stake, but then that happened and they all lived happily ever after. I can't tell you the exact situation, but I expected Golding to add in something more symbolic and suspenseful, though we actually should've known more about the conditions of the war and what their lives turned out to be later. A companion would surely be appreciated by yours truly. Jack and Roger went to an asylum, I'm sure, though.
All in all, although I despited Jack and Roger and had problems with connecting to the plot in the beginning, I was really impressed with the outcome of this classic. You can seriously have a discussion on the themes and meaning with just about anyone, even if they haven't read the book. The message hit me hard, and now I'm really considering to look into more psychological learning stuff, because hey, studying the effects of a ruined civilization and its effects on humans is pretty wicked if you ask me. GEEZ, I'm saying, because this book was messed up, but awesome at the same time. It's really cool to look at stories that authors can come up with, just with a snap of their fingers. Is there more to this than what we see at eye-level? Hah, I'm not sure, but then you'd have to meet up with the Lord of the Flies then, and risk the paranoia....more
When you wish upon a star... Jodi Picoult anThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
*4.5 star rating*
When you wish upon a star... Jodi Picoult and her daughter will grant you this... Even if you're upset and dislike the prince. *sings it in the Pinocchio tune* Ew. Sorry for my gross rhyming skills, but I feel that this is the only best way to start off this dazzling review. I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BEAUTY FOR FOREVER AND NOW I FINALLY HAVE IT IN MY HANDS... and will have to return it back to the library. Ugh.
Please excuse my drowsiness, but if you actually see the size of this beauty and realize how long it's actually going to take you to read, you'll feel exhausted as well. It's almost 400 pages of whirlwinds, romance and fantasy all mixed in together with a twist, a storybook tale. I mean, if you haven't read the first book already by now, then you're seriously missing out on a ton and I bet that your life has just flashed from your eyes. But you obviously have that feeling in your heart, knowing that this book was written for you pleasantly and most awesomely.
"But without a reader, a story is only half complete. It's like blueprints that never get built; like a swimming pool without water. The foundation's there, but it's useless. Without a reader, the words just sit on the page, waiting to come alive in someone's imagination." (Hardcover, page 38)
Bam. If I actually knew how good this would continue to be, and how much I would enjoy it by the end, then I would've waited to read this. I ONLY HAVE SEVEN DAYS TO READ IT FROM THE LIBRARY WITHOUT A RENEWAL AND I'M LEAVING IN TWO DAYS, SO I HAD TO READ IT QUICKLY WITHOUT ANY QUESTIONS ASKED. Ugh. Don't you hate being forced to read something in a matter of time? I get you if you're thinking the same thing as me. Haha.
So what does this beauty turn to afterwards? A gracious thing. It all starts off from where Jodi and Samantha left us off with. Now, Delilah and Oliver are finally together without any issues... for now. But the happiness is all put to an end when they realize that Oliver will need to learn how to act like a regular teenage boy, and all falls out when their relationship is put at stake. But hey, they may have a fairytale ending, right?
But the thing is, our two fabulous co-authors are so awesome at making sure that we are convinced to read this. Firstly, it came out of nowhere and I literally cried when I spotted it at the library, and the COVER IS PERFECT. It matches (unlike the first book), the book itself has three multiple points of view and are all written in different font colours. AGH. YES. WOOT. What more can readers seriously ask for other than pretty fonts? *dreams a nice dream of rainbows and unicorns* There's so much to this whole book, and I want to include each and every single reader as part of this wonderful way of reading young adult literature.
You know, I'm a firm believer in duologies. I'm thinking that this series will be one, (obviously) since all of our questions and answered now, and it's a cute, happy ending. What more can we possibly ask for? Not much. Something was missing from the whole plot in the first book, and all of the bits and pieces that were needed there were in here, though there were some strange sightings coming from me.
"I'm scared, Oliver. I'm scared the sun is going to go down and you're going to realize you want to go home.' I frame her face in my hands, looking into her eyes. "I am home," I tell her." (Hardcover, page 55)
I'll get to the weaknesses in a little while, kay? *nods head* Off the Page's cast and characters were as dazzling as ever. The authors added the same touch and perfection into them as they had in the first book, which made your Momma Reader over here slash judger *points to self* very happy and excited. Delilah had that inner-confidence and independence that she had in the first book, while Oliver was charming and full of humour. Seeing a zipper zip up and down was the funniest and utterly strangest thing for him, alongside the many other moments and events that left me thinking about how our society is known to understand so many things while some (like him) may not. Aww times ten.
And then how can we possibly forget about Edgar and his wonderful author-mother? They're the soul and key of this series, and without them, there'd be no Between the Lines. Did I mention that Picoult and van Leer added real-life scenarios and tragedies into the plot that seem to strike thousands of individuals daily? As well as the obvious themes of love, family and belonging, there are many sparks found that give me the chills when I think about them. It was just so cute.
What did give me the feeling to deduct .5 of a rating was that this certainly isn't a favourite. It was fantastic, but the authors hadn't given me the chance to build up all of that love inside of me and squeal a million times. Maybe it was the emotions and thoughts put into this? Maybe it was the romance and love between Delilah and Oliver that somehow scarred me? Maybe I'm just some ordinary jealous fangirl? There's a ton of possibilities, and I'm just letting you know that every single individual is going to gain another thought process and opinion differently. I'm just saying this.
From the start to finish, I feel that this was a complex story that actually and most definitely grew in my heart. Even after closing the spine, hearing the crackling sound, my heart still longs for Delilah and Oliver, two wondrous characters who resemble so many different personalities of people I know today, that I can just relate to them instantly. Get ready for: drama, love, forbidden romance, magic and dogs making wishes. I'M SERIOUS. You will love Off the Page, I know it!...more
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I'm fidgeting as I begin to write this review, mainly because I CAN'T GET THIS BEAUTIFUL STORY OUT OF MY HEAD. As The Beginning of Everything, Robyn deals with another new subject with her satisfying, fresh writing in the style of John Green. Except, her writing has so much more philosophy and realism than most authors, and it hits me pretty hard, and then I act all depressed and don't feel extraordinary at all. Lane and Sadie's relationship will never leave your heart.
When I officially heard about this book being released, I threw a huge dance party beside my books, telling my other Robyn book that she'll be getting a new friend to stand beside forever. (I have to go purchase a copy of this though because I read it from the library.) Yes, I was that excited. This book is full of excitement, though mostly in the middle where both Sadie and Lane discover affection and more-than-friends thoughts between each other. But please remember that it's a fucking sad read. I hadn't physically cried on the outside, but I was moody and bawling on the inside. Guess who went straight to bed afterwards of depression? You've got it, me. Oh-so-depressed-lover-of-Robyn's-books-me.
"Here's a secret," I said. 'There's a difference between being dead and dying. We're all dying. Some of us die for ninety years, and some of us die for nineteen. But each morning everyone on this planet wakes up one day closer to their death. Everyone. So living and dying are actually different words for the same thing, if you think about it." (Hardcover, page 96)
And then obviously I began to slowly die and think about dying in the literal form. *cries* Written through two perspectives of the primary characters, Sadie and Lane, this focuses on tuberculosis and how it impacts all 150 people who are in the Latham School. Of course, we find a new boy who's exploring his illness in a human way? I guess he is. Lane came from being this-close to getting into Stanford early admission and he was in the AP program when his life was all turned around in an instant. He goes into Latham and meets Sadie, remembering her from camp back when they were eleven. Sadie has a huge impression of Lane being some stupid guy who almost ruined her life back when they were kids, but as they both discover the truths of each other, they fall in love until some force takes them apart.
The deaths in this book don't sound like those produced by the disturbance between a romantic relationship. Robyn added so much humour into her writing, as well as sweet sayings that had readers even forgetting about what is yet to come. I FORGOT THAT THE SUMMARY MENTIONED SOME LIFE-RUINING EVENT WAS COMING. And then it came, hit us all hard when the best part of the book felt like it was about to hit us and the romance was expanding into our hearts... and then it was over. Schneider's writing holds so much philosophy and gets me crying.
"Except Latham was my normal now. And being healthy, being okay, wouldn't feel normal at all. It would feel incredible." (Page 61)
Her writing is smart, thought-provoking and unforgettable. Everything about the writing and actual phrases was ultimately close to home and to my heart. I can't complain about anything in the sorts of her structure or the way she tried to get characters and events to match readers' lives. And the fact that she had experience and actually learned about these kinds of things in university? That's the kind of research that I adore, similarly to I.W. Gregorio and None of the Above. Where do I begin with the romance?
Lane and Sadie were adorable. They had distinct personalities that made them: chill, spunky and with the ability to have fun. Want the pure definition of teenagers? Them and their crew. I loved their perspectives and they made everything seem so much better although their situations weren't too good at any time. The negative factor which disrupted my rating was the secondary characters. Nick, Marina, Charlie... where were the details about their lives? Those cute conversations where they talked about their issues? It seemed like the whole story revolved too much on Sadie and Lane, and I do admit that this kind of gets to me. Sure, we know the basic things: Nick's alcoholism, Marina's...? (I didn't like her) and Charlie's sickness. But other than that, I was left with nothing but dust in my eyes when reading about them.
Extraordinary Means really left me with depressive thoughts. But don't worry, I'm not turning into a gloomy person for the rest of my life. The ending did hit me so hard, but I wanted more from the characters. Perhaps a small novella will hit me harder and make them all feel loved by readers? Other than that, my life depends on Robyn's writing, and I need more, pronto. WE'RE ALL NEEDY OF THESE KINDS OF BOOKS TO GIVE US INFORMATION ON REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS. Lane and Sadie, you're a powerful Romeo and Juliet-like couple, I love you. ...more
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When I close my eyes, I see a thousand and one stars shining right in front of me. Renée Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn was mesmerizing and my head is full of illusions... I just can't stop thinking about it and my life is now complete with yet another retelling, the first of A Thousand and One Nights that's hit me. Arabian Nights? Horses? Daggers and awesome weapons? This book honestly has it all and it killed me of perfection, I'd read it for another thousand and one nights just to be with Khalid and Shazi.
Can we just talk about the hype and what everyone's talking about that has to do with this book? I was so afraid that I'd hate it and it'd all be over-hyped and exaggerated. And that's the kind of thing that was hitting me from the start—I was confused. But let's just forget about that for now and speak of the wise writing which Ahdieh presents to readers. This surely can be classified as the best book I've read this year, and although I know I say that in every 5-star review that gets handed to me, this is something else, and a new experience for me coming from fantasy. A year ago I probably wouldn't enjoy it all, though my horizons have now expanded to see the dawns ahead of me. I apologize for my olden-days talk... I just can't let this one go.
"Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable... and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power." (Hardcover, page 77)
I've never read A Thousand and One Nights or really heard of its premise... so I barely even had an idea of what this book is about. I bet that this is completely different from the real story, to be honest. From the first moment when I saw the cover, I was in love. And then I wanted an ARC so badly because I couldn't wait to read it, and that evidently didn't happen or else a review would've been out in the wild a long while before. When I finally got a copy of this book, I decided to read An Ember in the Ashes first because it reminded me so much of this book and I kind of wanted to save the one I was more excited for last. The whole idea of Shazi choosing to stick up for Shiva, her best friend who Khalid had killed (one of his brides) was absolutely amazing and one of the first reasons and things that led me to adore this book even more.
Shahrzad is a sixteen year old whose best friend gets killed by Khalid, the eighteen year old Caliph who kills every bride with a silk rope wrapped around their throats. When Shazi volunteers to be Khalid's next bride, she wants to kill him and show justice and faith to all of the other families who lost their daughters in the past. But when Shazi gets to know the Caliph, she falls in love with him and can't try to do anything as she discovers the truth behind the whole cursed story.
WOW. Okay. So beforehand, I'm letting you wonderful individuals know that there's a glossary in the back of the book. Honestly, I wish that publishers actually let everyone know this on the cover or the first few pages or something. If I hadn't gone and checked the extra excerpts and acknowledgments in the back when I had just begun reading, I would've died and got super confused. I already was so confused in the beginning, and that saved my life. Thank you Penguin and Renee for adding that there. You're life-savers.
RENEE'S WRITING IS SO SHARP AND SPECTACULAR. Everything is so descriptive and imaginative, and I want to gobble up the whole setting and everything it has to give to readers. When Ahdieh describes food, colour, just about anything, I get this perfect clear picture in my head and I fall in love instantly with it all. There weren't any issues with her writing or with anything, for that matter, and I totally get why everyone's obsessing over some lyrical quotes and all, I totally get it.
"How can I desire him? After he killed Shiva? After he killed so many young girls, without explanation? What's wrong with me?" (Hardcover, page 170)
Nothing's wrong with you, Shazi. You're the utter-most kick-ass protagonist that I've read about in a loooooonnnnngggg time, and I praise you for being a great Calipha. The characters ended up being like friends to me, and they each had such stellar distinctive attributes that made them "them." Readers usually suspect someone like Shazi to always do the right thing, but she actually always had the right thing to say back. Her playful attitude with Khalid was so freaking adorable, and her fearlessness played to so much of the novel and its events. She had so much common sense in her mind, my my. She's a fucking queen bee of all YA heroines. THANK GOODNESS SHE STOOD UP TO TARIQ, THAT LOSER. I can relate to her struggles so damn much, her emotions are so conflicting but the empathy is real.
So when reading, I suspected that I was the only one who shipped Shazi and Khalid together so much. And then I read reviews (I didn't want to spoil anything beforehand!) and found that everyone's with the Shalid OTP anyways. They're a couple who have so much passion and hate for their actions, but when they love each other, nothing matters anyways besides that. Their kissing scenes got me so teary and gushy that I had to basically fan myself of pride for their affection. AND THE SACRIFICES THAT THEY MADE FOR EACH OTHER! *passes out* Brace yourself for running into the sunset all the way to dawn searching for Khalid. If someone thinks that he's a villain, they are so wrong. Wow. I love bad guys, but Khalid has a reason for everything and that shocked me.
"She was a dangerous, dangerous girl. A plague. A Mountain of Adamant who tore the iron from ships, sinking them to their watery graves without a second thought. With a mere smile and a wrinkle of her nose." (Hardcover, page 328)
Again with the descriptions. *fawns* Okay, so there's a love triangle present, but it's an annoying one and there's a couple that obviously rules. (I hate Tariq so much, ugh.) Which reminds me that Tarazi might become a thing in the sequel, WHICH I NEED RIGHT NOW. RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT NOW. And I'll go hunt down a signed copy of this book too, because I'm afraid that I'll need every single edition in my bookshelf. I'm not an obsessed freak, I promise, I'm an obsessed freak, I know.
So the truth is that this book prohibited me from getting more beauty sleep to make me as gorgeous as Shazi, but I didn't give a Tariq. (You know what that name stands for!) I DIDN'T CARE, because I would've stayed up all night, every night (I didn't, I had to finish it this morning) to get another chance to be with my ultimate boyfriend and OTP, seeing more action, more perfection, more of this epic read continuously. >b>Coming from a beautiful world set with imaginative details, characters who are like my close friends and action, Ahdieh writes like she's witnessing this on the street. How I WISH I could live in the Arabian Nights... Give me a time machine, and that's where I'd head first. The Rose and the Dagger is going to change lives, including mine. ...more
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*4.5 star rating*
As blogging is a huge part of my life, as well as reading and my splendid hobbies, I can totally relate to this book. As Penny had, I've always wanted to keep a journal, but if you're like me, it's the most difficult thing in the world to keep. I never would've thought of a blog as a diary, to keep your daily doings all in one for the world to see, anonymously.
Zoe, aka Zoella on YouTube, is one of the most popular beauty gurus out there, and so many young girls worship her as a beauty queen. I LOVE HER. She's adorable and cute and I LOVED HER BOOK! Okay? Okay. I don't care about the ghost writer thing that's going on, she made the plot, it's her ideas, and I don't really feel like those rumours are changing my opinion whatsoever.
This woman is a fabulous author, and it suited her personality and likings! What's better than writing a novel that relates to you and somewhat involves with your actual life and hobbies? This went through picture-perfect romance that may not seem so perfect after all in the end, and although it did have its slow moments, I highly recommend to NEVER STOP READING. My friend read 100 pages and says that it "sucks," and I told her to keep on going because the fluttering butterflies will come and she will get obsessed. Let's all find out that she ends up realizing how amazing this is, as well as the healthy relationship between Penny and Noah, two different young people looking for love but at an unexpected time.
"I look at the Christmas trees and the twinkling lights and the snowflakes shimmering in the air like powdered silver, and I don't feel like I'm in a movie anymore; I feel like I'm in a fairy tale. As we all follow the doorman into the hotel, I cross my fingers and hope it has a really happy ending."
First of all, oh man, what can I possibly say about this? At the time when I read this last week, I had been afraid that I would be shot into a reading slump since everything had been plain Jane, and it was Valentine's Day. Zoe had given us readers the perfect novel to read anytime of the year, whenever you're sad, happy or in a mixed mood that can only be solved with something that you want in your life: this novel.
This all began with Penny, a fifteen year old girl who is going through panic attacks, friendship problems and dating problems. The only way for her to solve these issues is to write her blog, which is slowly becoming viral and popular. When her life gets turned upside down, her wedding-planner parents decide to go to New York for the holidays where Penny will be staying at the best hotel there, where she meets Noah. Noah is a music-loving, amazing person who is unlike anyone back home in England. And it's just the start of something gorgeous, until she finds out that he's not who she thinks he is.
If the book ended off with the way I thought it would, this probably would've gotten a 3 or a 3.5 rating, but then we received A HUGE PLOT TWIST and my insides exploded of shock and utter happiness. I NEVER SAW THAT COMING, and that was how it simply was for most of the book. The plot was pieced to perfection, with a few mishaps and boring sections at the commencing point. Zoe created something from the heart, and I felt all of the feelings that were tried to be portrayed throughout.
"It's hard to believe that was only a week ago—it feels like a whole lifetime. And I feel like a whole new person. I put on the shoes, pick up my bag, and head for the door."
THESE CHARACTERS WERE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Penny was someone who was absolutely added with Zoe's personality, and I felt all of her sympathy and I sure had left some guilt for her and her situation in England. Thankfully, she had an amazing best friend and brother (IS THIS A REPRESENTATION OF JOE AND TYLER OAKLEY?) and Noah... Noah was her Alfie. It's so astonishing to see her life coming out in a teen novel that gets me to squirm of joy.
I am so obsessed with the outcome of this novel and I just can't stop thinking about the ending and that amazing romance. The best thing is that there's going to be a SEQUEL. Guys... NOTHING ELSE CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN THEM SINCE EVERYTHING IS NOW PERFECT. Zoe Sugg, you are one talented woman, and I need more from you! #Penoah...more
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*
And just like that, my experience*4.5 star rating*
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*
And just like that, my experience of reading this gorgeous novel came to an end. I'm sitting here, 10 minutes after finishing the book, thanking and praising the book lords for granting me such a blessed journey with this book. My heart is still racing and I am unable to stop shaking.
"Then she told me the worst part. Every night she went over there and he made another film of her. She was becoming his most popular subject, she said. His girl-next-door series. He said he wanted to have a thousand films of her. To film her entire life."
Twisted Fate has honestly left me with and beyond words. I'm like Eddie Murphy in that hilarious movie, A Thousand Words. I feel like I can only say a few words without spazzing out or wishing for more from fantastic author Norah Olson. She has captured my attention with her fantastic writing and deep storyline that truly is not expected.
It's really funny, because I actually received this book yesterday in the mail (as I'm writing this) and I was so captivated, thinking about it all during the day today, feeling the need to read it because I needed another psychopathic story to brighten up my day, as they always do. After this, I'm sure that 2015 will be the hit for dark contemporary-thrillers.
If you honestly close your eyes and imagine this story in your mind's way, you won't picture it as it is written. How is that possible, you may ask? It just is—because it's Norah Olson. This is her debut YA novel, and I've felt like I've never read anything like this. It's so easy to describe her work by not spoiling anything because there's just so much to say. I could be sitting here writing and talking for hours and hours and gushing about this excellence and I still won't be even close to finished.
"And the films. I can barely describe them to you... It makes me want to... It makes you sick to think that this is the world we live in. That all this was going on in this beautiful treelined neighborhood among all these decent people."
As many stories begin, we're introduced to a small-town setting—where most dark contemporaries happen. Sisters Allyson and Sydney don't really have a connection, as they are both complete opposites. Allyson is the pale beauty of the duo and quiet while Sydney smokes, and is a complete gothic rebel. But what happens when a boy gets in between them and pushes them even farther apart? What happens when he's not even close to their fate.
I'm just going to give you a hint here—you'll need to brace yourself for a loss. And it's tragic, horrible, but fitting and unexpected. I just am not able to speak a word and hint about my love for this concept. It began off so simple and sweet, and you'll probably be starting off thinking that this is a regular contemporary romance novel. But there's so much more to it and what happens later... you'll end up realizing that the hints all led up to something.
"I remember it so clearly, the day that would change our lives forever: watching the moving van pull out of the driveway of the big old post-and-beam house across the driveway. It was the nicest house in the neighborhood."
After reading, I've come to realize that this book was all about fate and luck, as the title notes. You never know if one encounter will change your life forever—and if one situation will put you in an even-worse situation that will stun you forever.
I must say that this book was like an artistic piece—certainly not like something Graham would come up with. It was sweet, sour, bittersweet, and sculpted to perfection, minus a little chip on the nose. But as the cheesy thing is always noted, imperfections are perfections. So why not choose to read such a gracious novel? Why would you let it go because of one small miniature problem of not enough suspense? The thing is, you won't let it go.
The utterly most brilliant thing in the book were the characters. I found that I built a bond with both Sydney and Allyson, and Olson has given us a mixture of two different blends of personalities that just suited this book perfectly. Sure, they made mistakes, but that's why I must say that we had a blend of fantastic characters that fitted the masterpiece. Even sure, the psychopath was a nice diverse character for a change. Just kidding, he gave me panic attacks.
I must say, this book was everything I was looking for in a perfect dark contemporary. There were so many points-of-view that made sense, and I was captivated from the inner first page, no, let me say outer. Forget about the half star, let's rate it a 5!
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WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? WHERE CAN I BEGIN FANGIRLING? WHERE WILL I BEGIN TELLING YOU ABOUT ME BAWLING LAST NIGHT? If you would like to hear about one of the best reading experiences where I wandered into a magnificent world, then join me here, because I'm telling you (I'm SCREAMING TO YOU) that All the Bright Places changed my life. I am now a person who I actually never wasn't, and Jennifer Niven has transformed me and I'm lost without words as the experience was remarkable. I want to rub it into all of your faces that this is my book, alright?
You know, I get envious when I'm not part of the fandom of a particular book that has changed everyone's lives and their hearts have really begun pumping like a hummingbird's. I've heard about this gorgeous beauty since mid-last year, and all of the crazy-ARC reviewers were going crazy. The hype was real, everyone, and I couldn't wait to be part of it. So then when this was released, I bought it right away and since then, it was sitting in my book shelf, waiting. I was so stupid for not picking it up earlier, as its pages definitely deserved tons of love from the start. "Finch and Violet, OMG" is what I've been hearing since the start, and now I know what has caused me to ache and have to read it.
Also, comparing it to John Green is the most brilliant comparison one can possibly make. If John Green hasn't read this already, then I'm literally in tears. This is exactly his kind of book, and something that he would've written. His wit, the romance, EVERYTHING was so "him," but of course this was original and beautiful in its own perfect way. Also, it was perfect as Eleanor and Park as well, and the romance was so deep and special just like it. Summary-writers sure know how to captivate readers into picking up the book, hm?
"Is today the day? And if not today—when? I am asking myself this now as I stand on a narrow ledge six stories above the ground. I'm so high up, I'm practically part of the sky."
The funny (but thing that led me into knowing that I will adore this book) was that I found a gorgeous quote on the FIRST PAGE. That proves total love-at-first-sight with me, and it rarely happens. And actually, if you see the amount of quotes that I've found in this book, you'd probably pass out because I've found this so inspirational (not that I'd want to follow Finch's suicidal thoughts) and like a guide into being a teenager and living freely, which was so encouraged throughout the whole story. DOESN'T THAT PROVE THAT I'M A MAD READER?
I will not ever say that the plot was simple. It wasn't—it was complex, and you'll have to have a heart for these types of books to actually understand and feel the emotions. And before I go on any longer, let me just say that I ended up crying to my fullest extent, bawling, sobbing, laughing and snickering throughout. No book has EVER. EVER, left me with those kinds of emotions. And I can tell you that The Fault in Our Stars was originally the book that I cried the most in, but this one has taken the new throne, after 3 years. I LOVE TO CRY WHEN READING SINCE THAT TELLS ME THAT THE FEELINGS ARE REAL.
This all begins (a beautiful legacy) when Finch is standing on the ledge of his bell tower at his high school. This is yet another one of his suicide attempts, and he's 5/10 percent likely to jump (or even fall out). Once he's gathering his thoughts and he feels like he's about to do it, he sees that there's another girl on the other side of the tower, about to jump as well. She saves him, and they both end up getting off and leaving. Little do they know that after that encounter, their lives will change forever. Finch immediately cannot believe how Violet is someone so much like him, who feels the same things after her older sister, Eleanor, died in a car crash, with Violet right by her side in the passenger seat. Finch is extremely depressed and is noted that he may be bipolar, where his family doesn't understand him and since his parents are newly divorced. Once they get assigned a Geography project to see the wanders and sights of Indiana where they live, Finch immediately wants to work with Violet, and so they head off, visiting places that they take memories from, leaving some things behind as well.
Still after 12 hours, I feel like I'm at a funeral. Yeah, there's no more tears, but now all of the depressing thoughts and me thinking of what happened after are floating into my head. I remember bawling last night and tears are forming in my eyes and I just can't stand it anymore. *sobs* But what had meant a lot to me were the themes and messages pushed into readers' minds throughout. A big thing here is suicide and mental illness. You see, another one of the reasons why this novelette was so unique was because both characters, protagonists and love interests had suicidal thoughts. They both dealt with some sort of loss somehow, with Violet losing her sister and being unable to cope with anything else anymore, and Finch losing his parents being together and his family as a whole. Together, I felt like they helped each other so much, and if that moment of fate hadn't put them together and saved them, they both would've been gone, and never would've seen the bright places.
"We add a few more books to the pile, and at some point I catch her eye and she's smiling at me. It's the kind of smile you smile when you're thinking someone over and trying to decide how you feel about them. I smile at her and she looks away."
AWWW AGH. Friendship and love is another big thing, as you can tell. If you look at the character development of both from beginning to end, they both progressed differently. Finch saw something special in Violet from the beginning, and he fell in love with her more quickly, and his obsession and need for her to be with him was strongly there. Violet, on the other hand, didn't see her love for Finch as quickly, but them spending more time together brought them closer, as it usually does. They were two halves of a whole, and whenever they'd be spending time without each other, I even saw that something was missing from both of them.
I, myself, I fell in love with Theodore Finch. I had more of a love for him, stronger than Augustus Waters, Four, Will Herondale, Jace, Jem, more than any fictional male character who's come into my heart. Finch touched my heart, and I wanted to hold his hand, sit in his walk-in closet with him and add sticky notes to the walls. He broke my heart and mended it again, and I needed more of him from the start. He can certainly be a remedy for someone's sadness, but as we saw, he can never be a remedy for himself.
"Ultraviolet Remarkey-able, I think I love you.' So that she doesn't feel she has to say it back, I kiss her again, and wonder if I dare do anything else, go any further, because I don't want to ruin this moment."
Did I mention that he's passionate and such a romantic guy? OMG AND AGH THE FLOWER SCENE AND HIM RUNNING SIX MILES TO VIOLET'S HOUSE BROUGHT A TSUNAMI OF TEARS ONTO MY COPY. I just couldn't let go of those small tiny moments that meant so much to the characters and to myself as well. I need him, and I feel like he's my best friend since he's so easy-going and wonderful. I just can't believe how unpredictable his personality goes, and how his bipolar disorder just changes him completely. *sobs for the fiftieth time*
Though both Finch's and Violet's perspectives meant so much to me, Violet's was really touching my heart. When I read her POV, I saw me in her. She's a writer, she loves reading and if a teacher assigns twenty pages, I'll give them thirty. She was so hilarious and though she tried to play hard-to-get, she couldn't hold it any longer and she had to love him. *feels come all over again* I adored her so much, and I'm sure that Elle Fanning will play a perfect role of her, because I pictured Elle as her from the start. And together, the kind of connection that they had was something unbelievable. No other couple that I've ever read about had that kind of connection. They're so beautiful, they're so perfect, and I felt that they were the only two people in the world who understood each other, even more than their parents and their siblings. Fate can seriously rock and make the world a better place, I tell you.
"'But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I'm floating.' In a minute, she says, "You're so weird, Finch. But that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me."
You see? *cries and shakes again* And that brings me to my next point, the writing. Darn it, JENNIFER NIVEN KNOWS HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Her words flow together like two pairs, peanut butter and jelly or cookies and milk. The story never dragged, and you didn't even feel like there was some sort of repetition or some sequence that she came up with. She wrote this all with passion, and I saw Finch and Violet going to the book trailers like if it was I looking out of my window and seeing them on my front lawn. It was real, it was unique, and most of all, I never stopped reading. I read for 3 hours straight and didn't miss anything and felt like no time has gone by since everything was right in front of me. My heart fluttered, it ached for more, and the tears came out like it's normal. There was no force, and only attraction.
THIS DOESN'T. THIS HURTS. THIS WILL POSSIBLY KILL YOU. This is simply much better than a John Green ending, I must say, and everything about it was perfect (in a surprising way), and I simply couldn't believe it. It was unpredictable, and I felt like I lost my personality and I woke up, not knowing who I am or what my role in this crazy life is. I was crying for the last 100 pages, and I was shaking and my eyes blurred and I had to wipe them every two seconds because I couldn't see what the words were saying. Let me just warn you that if you don't enjoy sad endings (and this is saddest to the most saddest), then go f--- yourself, as Finch would say. Just kidding, hah. But you are crazy if you don't like sad. The feels and the emotions came out and I just felt everything, and now I'm tearing up again, just thinking about it.
When this releases in the movie theatres, I will be there opening night and I will yell when it happens as if I'm dying.
F---, I've been here blabbing for much too long. This book has honestly changed my life, and I'm not the same person anymore. I think it can stand as my most favourite book ever, at the moment. *cries at the achievement* And if you think that's not much of a big achievement, then you're absolutely crazy and need to go on a hike and wander the gorgeous alleys of Indiana. (I'm kidding, again.) Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are two characters, amazing people in our life that we've got to read about that will save you, even if you're not plotting on risking your life whatsoever. This book will hurt you, leave you bawling to death, but most of all, it will leave you aching for more, since that's what Jennifer Niven does best, leaving me wanting more at the end of every page that I have to keep on going on and on.
I'd like to keep on typing forever, but I'll tell you that I know see all of the bright places in this world, and one of them is this book, and sticky notes of course....more
*sits at desk, squealing like a maniac* So at the moment, I am in a fuss and am writing my reviews that I need to accomplish writing, and I am literal*sits at desk, squealing like a maniac* So at the moment, I am in a fuss and am writing my reviews that I need to accomplish writing, and I am literally cheering and yelling and fangirling because I've finally gotten to write this review.
Well, you should, you wonderful people, because THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTICALLY AMAZING AND I AM LEFT WITHOUT WORDS AND AM STILL TAKING DEEP BREATHS AND WHEEZES UNTIL THIS DAY.
Made for You was unbelievably amazing. Melissa Marr writing contemporary? I think that she's done an even better job than of writing paranormal. This woman is a legendary writer.
You: So what the fudge happened in this book that made it so worthwhile and amazing?
Except it was exactly a murder... it all began with an obsession and some crazy thoughts, that geared to the richest girl in town, and the most popular one, Eva Tilling. She's the most popular girl in school, and certainly has parents that are the most known, and is part of one of the founding families in their small town in North Carolina. Eva wakes up in the hospital, and has no idea what has happened. She's all bandaged up, and has broken her leg. And then she sees herself in the mirror, and that ruins everything. She is notified that she was struck and hit in a hit and run, and no one has any idea of who could've done this to her and why. Was it by accident, or on purpose? The thing is, Eva is well liked and there was never any fuss to complain about. But everything is not what it seems... as it usually is. What happens when you were "made for someone?"
This was one hell of a thrill ride. That was the first sentence that I literally thought of when finishing this book, and I guess that everyone will be thinking that. At the same time, this was a crazy mystery/thriller and somewhat of a paranormal romance, but I'd stay away from that thought because it certainly wasn't anything close to what Melissa originally wrote about in her previous novels. She began off with a gorgeous premise and a few interesting points of view.
You'll probably think that you know what will happen. I was so damn sure that I knew who it was. Who "Judge" was. It made perfect sense. And then the ending came, and I was like:
AHSHFGRIJGJ[EHGJGEDHGIHE. WOW. WHO LITERALLY SAW THAT COMING?! I can't imagine how people admit that they saw that ending coming. You literally have to be Nancy Drew to figure that out.
So yes, everything about this book was perfect. The plot was unbelievable and I was glued to the book and was unable to let it go until I finished it. Now, when does that happen to me? Rarely, I tell you. I've read Marr's books in the past and never have been even close to being intrigued as I was here. This was some serious plot-making.
JUDGE WAS CREEPY AS FUDGE.
I got so creeped out by him. Reading the POV of a psychopath killer is unbelievably weird. I literally thought of that clown from IT when reading his POV. And then when he came to the hospital and left the flowe—yeah I was screwed. AND WHEN WE FOUND OUT WHO HE WAS—I'll never get over it. (I have a crazy fear of clowns so I am closing my eyes while adding that gif in).
And Eva was your average posh-country princess that you're picturing in your head. But at the same time, she was smart, kick-ass and totally not naive. She wasn't broken, and she was strong while all of those crazy events were happening... TO HER. I don't know how she did it, honestly.
That ending was fabulous, as I already said a thousand times during this review, I NEVER SAW IT COMING. HOWHOWHOWHOW? I don't know, and I seriously don't know how Marr was capable of writing such a perfect book, I felt it coming down from the heavens. Definite favourite of 2014, right next to Dissonance.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. NO, really. Before I beThis raving review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. NO, really. Before I begin my raving, I've just got to note to you that if you can't stand this book (for some random weirdo reason), then I'd recommend for you to leave and not even take a peek on what this review is about to hold. Okay? Okay. From all of the one star reviews that I've read prior to reading this and even after, I honestly feel like hurling because this negativity is killing me. I honestly don't understand what's the problem here, especially because everyone LOVES these kinds of romances, and suddenly there's so much hate. What happened to the love and craze of Fifty Shades of Grey?
After was such a throbbing read, as in a good and positive way. It turned me inside and out, and I fell in love with the momentary of being in love and there being some abuse and addiction. But in a way, I can totally understand the love and wanting that Tessa had felt, since Hardin totally was the hottest rebellious man that I've gotten to know in the fictional world. Fictional boyfriend for me? No, take fictional husband. *winks*
Every person wants to write (or obviously read) a book with some sort of addiction-based romance. You cannot go as a reader for your whole life and state that you never have read a book like that before. No, I'm not saying anything too dirty with so much sexual references that you'll puke, but something that's adult based and has so much love. BUT BOY, THIS HAD PLOT TWISTS AND SO MUCH SUSPENSE IN ALMOST 600 PAGES THAT I CANNOT DO ANYTHING FURTHER WITH MY BORING LIFE. *laughs harshly*
A long time ago in a land far away, I stated the worst things in romances on a Top Ten Tuesday feature on my blog, and I stated that I hate romances with bad boys-good girls. I was wrong. You see, I guess that I was prone to visualize tons of romances that were cliché and predictable with no impossible things occurring, and the stance of this just made me sick. Hessa (most adorable ship-name ever) were something else. The fact that these two-real characters were different and definitely unalike brought a wider connection between them and READERS. I guess through all of their hardships and everything, this brought them closer and they actually learned to perform a liking of each other's lives.
As the plot may seem simple and unreal, it absolutely is. Tessa is a good girl who's always focusing on her grades and impressing the people around her. She loves reading books and wants to work as part of the book publishing business one day, and has just enrolled into university into her freshman year. On her first day, she meets her roommate Steph, who's completely gothic and unlike her. Her mother is completely furious with the set-up and wants to give Tessa a different environment to be put in. Tessa doesn't want to create trouble and just wants to go with the flow. Soon enough, she meets Hardin, one of Steph's guy friends, whom she may have had a past with. It's said that Hardin is always with a different girl and never "dates," but Tessa forms a connection and addiction to him... and so does he. But really, is it love when it's all about secrets? (DID I MENTION THAT SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND!?)
That's what I had been thinking the whole time through. People have actually told me about this novel beforehand, and I wasn't sure if I should pick it up, simply because it's One Direction fanfiction. *frowns* Thank goodness they changed the names of the characters when it got published or else I'd be barfing every time I heard the name "Harry" or "Niall." I am not a fan of One Direction at all so this would've been a complete disaster. At least I had gotten a better mental image of the characters and they were simply. Much. Hotter. You see the kind of magic an author can add onto a reader when they choose good names?
The writing was so addicting that I couldn't stop reading. But at the same time, I wanted to enjoy reading this because I don't have any of the sequels with me at the moment, so let the enjoyment last, no? I know that next time I hit the bookstores when I'm out of my vacation, I'll run and buy all of the other books by Todd, as she is simply amazing and so symbolistic with her plots and such. From beginning to end, there were no dull moments in the storyline and no eye rolls whatsoever. She honestly knows how to plan out something that readers will crave for and want more of. She could probably take this into ten books and we still wouldn't get bored, or at least the MAJOR fans like I am now myself.
There are many major themes that are taken throughout this novel and that is probably most of the issues that people have a problem with... which is strange. The author ADDED THE ISSUES IN ON PURPOSE TO MAKE IT HAVE IT. Like, Anna Todd did not put abuse in to make it seem normal and that every relationship is like that! I bet if those haters actually ended up finishing the novel, they would've seen that the ending explained it all, but did add us into a cliffhanger and we're caused to ask for more, as it is a complete temptation for me to go and order the sequel onto my Kindle from Amazon, although I'll be at the bookstores soon. You know, abuse is something that is happening frequently in reality today, and Todd focused Tessa and Hardin's relationship on it perfectly. But don't expect some physical abuse—there's tons of mental and verbal abuse. Hardin was a manipulative (but sexy) character who tried to get Tessa to think about who she is... and possibly change her?
We can obviously still say that we don't know who Hardin is or what's his problem. Yeah, tons of information was caught up about him, especially in the middle of the novel where his father started talking about his past and how he never loved anybody. I guess to have a man like that is tough, looking at Tessa's situation. Hardin is a guy who's difficult to let stuff come out of him, but at the same time he lets his love come out through his movements and emotions. I loved him, to be honest. *fans self* SO. MANY. STEAMY. MOMENTS.
And Tessa? Yeah, there were moments when I wanted to smack her because she overreacted and over-exaggerated with her actions and arguments with Hardin, but she was kick-ass and reminded me of myself, in some ways. A guy can change you, that's for sure. Look at her once-perfect bookworm look! She's now a rebellious wild child. The transformation is real, all.
I will just announce that I've joined the fandom of the After-chicks (hah, made that up) and I am strictly in love with Hardin, Tessa, Landon, Logan, Nate and Zed! *shrieks* Pick this up if you love novels that perform some sort of wide subject and romance... or even if you've never touched upon any sort of romance before. This is the perfect book for all, and there won't be any after for you because you'll be stuck in the glorious world of Tessa and Hardin....more
I used to be a misfit. I used to have almost no frieThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
I used to be a misfit. I used to have almost no friends because there wasn't anyone out there with common interests as me or who were actually like me. Life was hard, for ten years. Until high school, I couldn't find anyone who had the same thought process as me or who liked reading and anything that I did—who enjoyed school and studying. Picture me like a little nerd, if you want. I expected to adore Anatomy of a Misfit, because I believed that I'd be able to relate to Anika Dragomir a hundred and ten percent. I did, in a way, except I've never been in any kind of "popular stage." This chick had, so things were different.
When I met a big group of friends in my first year of high school, I couldn't wait to head to school every morning and greet them all with a huge hug of gratitude. They don't know how thankful I am for them. I really wanted to purchase this book for different reasons, like for the fact that it was fall's buzz book last year, but also for the fact that I'd might be able to relate to it more than any other book. As for relation, I definitely could see the similarities, but the whole story seemed more boring. But maybe that was because I've heard it and lived through it before.
I'm not here rambling about how I could relate to this so someone could feel bad for me or anything. I don't feel bad for myself, either. It's like I was meant to have no one in elementary school because high school would practically bless me with more friends and people who I can relate to than I could've ever imagined. I wasn't bullied, no. I wasn't picked on too often, no. It's all about the present, and I don't like to think about the negativity of the past.Anatomy of a Misfit made me feel so much better about everything.
"What other things does this person, this person who I thought I knew, who I thought was gentle, who I thought was kind and erudite and sophisticated, this Logan who I almost kissed in that movie moment and who I thought I was maybe kinda in love with... what else does he have up his sleeve?" (192)
Anika is a different person on the outside than she is on the inside. Outside, she's popular and your average queen bee. Inside, she has a heart for music and living a happy life that doesn't include picking on the "lower class of social standards" or spending all of her life talking about gossip and boys. Well, she does have a boy on her mind, Logan, but that's a different story. He's basically the one who has converted her into the real person that she actually is inside, and flipped it onto the outside, too.
This book has: tragedy, humour, wit and cute romance. Andrea Portes adds suspense and surprising moments that you'll never forget. Even though it's been more than a month since I last read this book, I remember the events vividly and Andrea's writing is part of that to thank. She writes it in the perfect perspective, where we all feel like Anika is telling the story right to us. Her story is cute, different but then VERY, VERY heartbreaking. Like seriously, gather up all of the tissues that you could find, with a huge tub of ice cream and be prepared. This one's going to hurt like hell.
I ADORED LOGAN AND ANIKA TOGETHER. They both were so similar, more similar than Anika was ever to her snobby friends, and he was the only one that she could open up to. I fell in love with their relationship. Agh, and then it kind of crashed. But I'm not here to deliver the news, sadly. I HOPE YOU READ THIS, FRIENDS.
This book will certainly act as your new friend. Portes describes an easy-going story about an easy-going young girl and her first experiences with love, loss and losing a strong friendship. Instead of losing a character and this book by the end, we gain so much more. I see why the hype is all over the place, and I agree that you should be part of this imaginary fan club as well, somehow....more
The thing is, I can't go through a bookstore without ending upThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
The thing is, I can't go through a bookstore without ending up seeing a book by Holly Black. Like really, it's literately impossible. Ms. Black is an author who's been raved about so much that I figured that it's about time that I have to go through her books and find something that can possibly captivate me. I wasn't sure about this when I received it for review from the publisher, but thankfully I decided to give it a go since it was utterly fabulous. The Darkest Part of the Forest can easily be stated as one of the best faerie books that I've read to date—and I know you and I will be seeing more reviews of her books coming from me.
A blast into the past will probably show you that I have never really been a huge fan of fantasy novels, specifically witches and faeries. Paranormal has really gotten onto my nerves recently as everything is and has been the same since 2010. I've practically have given up. This comes from an author who has sticked with this genre from the beginning and never has let go. I say that she can probably be compared to be the next Cassandra Clare in the future, or in the future where I read her other books. Black's writing is something that can chill you to the bone, make you feel like you've never witnessed anything else like this in your life before, and throw you down the stairs of captivation. She's incredible.
Coming into this, I expected a book where the protagonist secretly was a faerie, and this would be her story about saving the humans. I didn't want a total repeat of those average paranormal books where there'd always be the different creatures and there's that one person who's new and falls in love with that human. I've got enough of that stuff. This dealt with faeries in a total different way, where the protagonist, Hazel, is curious of the fae world that everyone speaks of in her small town. There's a glass coffin that lays in the forest, with a body of a horned boy, who one day escapes and causes chaos.
"Sometimes Ben told stories about how he would free the prince, with three magic words—words he'd never say out loud in front of Hazel. And in those stories, the prince was always villainous. Ben had to stop him before he destroyed Fairfold—and Ben did, through the power of love."
As this concept was picture-perfect, I also have to mention that as Holly Black set this in a present-day setting, she added so many modern concepts like LBGT aspects and such gorgeous romance. I can't stop thinking about how this went from some historical things to an urban setting. From the moment I picked this up, I was really addicted, and it mostly stayed that way throughout the novel.
I mean, of course there were those moments when I rolled my eyes or I kind of yawned. It was a little slow-paced and kind of long to read, but I liked the way the story flowed. It was the perfect length and there's no complaints of wanting it to be longer or shorter from me. And really, the writing style was on-point. Holly Black is so talented at writing and her stories are absolutely unique.
Hazel has had to be my problem throughout this book. She was strange. At some points, I found that I really liked her personality and speak, but at others she annoyed me when she was trying to figure out everything for everyone and when she acted like she was the boss. I couldn't relate to her too much, either. How was I supposed to enjoy the story when the protagonist got on my nerves? Well thankfully, I went through it. Ben was my favourite character, as well as Jack, who got me so excited and I thought was so hot. Fictional crush, count me in!
Now I'm sitting here and am wondering, "No sequel?" In some ways, it's a good thing since I've totally got enough of series and trilogies and all of that. HOLLY BLACK KNOWS HOW TO BE UNIQUE AND HOW TO WRITE LIKE IT AS WELL.
GORGEOUS ROMANCE, GORGEOUS JACK, GORGEOUS JACK, GORGEOUS JACK AND GORGEOUS WRITING. This was a fantastic read and I'm pushing you all to go out and grab it since it's not even close to anything else you've ever read. I haven't read anything like this in a while—GO FOR IT!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*...more
Beware of contemporary aspects mixed in with the wonderful stufThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Beware of contemporary aspects mixed in with the wonderful stuff of paranormal. For real. Belzhar surprised me, threw me upside down, and left me longing for more. What the hell did I just read? I just read a story that I never expected to like this much. The ending will leave you shocked and you'll sincerely wonder as I did, if this was an illusion.
"Books light the fire—whether it's a book that's already written, or an empty journal that needs to be filled in. You all know what I'm talking about I think."
Belzhar... Belzhar... Belzhar... Since mid-2014, I've been wondering what that eerie word means or what it's supposed to mean in this case. It's a mythological world, my friends, and it's felt by the chosen ones. Now don't get all sassy and begin to roll your dazzling eyes at me, because I know that deep-down inside of you do you feel the same way as me, and you feel that it's something that you'd like to be a part of. I want to go back, back to see and be with some people who I'm not friends with at the moment and enjoy the spare and happy moments that I once had with them. This is what the setting that Wolitzer created, and at first, our wonderful protagonist, Jam, wasn't sure of the world either.
This all began with the coming of Jam Gallahue into a boarding school after the death of her boyfriend, Reeve. This isn't your typical boarding school in Vermont, though. This one is therapeutic, and everyone in Jam's English Special Topics class has gone through some tragic event that they want to go back to to figure out the secrets behind. This class is strange, and at first, no one knows why the past students have been obsessed and feel like their lives have changed, but as soon as they get handed red journals, they get to go back into the past back to events with people that they loved, or who may not be with them anymore.
Expectations, expectations... every review that I've read about this book talks about how blew their minds, and I have to absolutely agree with this. I started off thinking that I would be throughly impressed by the contemporary-loss tragedy kind of plot that the author seemed to have presented to us before, but as we speedily moved on (I finished this in one sitting, guys!) I realized that this had a mix of themes and concepts. Yes, loss was a big part of it, but it was also mental illness and depression. Jam's character was so loss into her own little tragedy that grew in her head that she didn't realize the real meaning of everything. I can't even imagine what her parents were thinking about this all. They knew the truth, but thought that their daughter was going crazy, period. Who would've thought that a magical world would help her realize the truth instead of some random therapy that most people were getting at her school?
Does one honestly think that Jam really needed that bulls---? She didn't. And hey—that was one big chunk of the diversity that I saw all throughout the book. And by diversity, I mean uniqueness in the book that most don't hold. And I'm telling you, if I knew beforehand that this book held an alternate-world-society theme, I might've not picked it up in the first place. The summary of this book didn't share anything—no clues, no nada. You can call me a big supporter of this book—I'll do whatever it takes to make sure that it's getting popular, since it deserves it all.
"On the line where it says "Reason student is applying to The Wooden Barn," your parents can't write "Because of a boy." But it's the truth."
When I began reading, I would've never thought that it would end up to be this amazing. It started off as most suspense novels do—with a mysterious beginning where readers are left to repeatedly ask questions and try to solve the wondrous mystery that the author is cluing in on. But once we got to the middle and Jam's character development sprung up and out of control, where she really began to make friends and show her real side, I became obsessed and I couldn't let myself put the book down until it was over, where I didn't want to let it be over, either. I sat up until midnight, scurrying through the pages and letting the emotions run over me. By run over, I mean car run-over.
This point now brings us to the subject of THE ENDING. THE ENDING THAT I NEVER SAW COMING AND WHICH WAS CONFUSING BUT UNDERSTANDABLE AT THE SAME TIME AND I CANNOT ACTUALLY BELIEVE MY EYES ON WHAT I HAD JUST READ. Can I actually soulfully admit that I was such a loser to not see this coming? Since books are usually believable, where we actually nod our heads and feel like the author/protagonist is stating the truth, I never thought that the events would be a lie, in a way. I'm not spoiling anything here, but it all was a lie and Jam even fooled herself, when you think about it. Who'd think that some journal would spark up the real stuff and make it clear?
"This turned out to be the night we fell in love. We'd known each other for sixteen days. We'd have only twenty-five days left."
It became clear—crystal clear, in fact. Meg answered all of our questions, including everything behind the teacher's choice on Sylvia Plath, whose books I now intend to read, where The Bell Jar is now on my TBR on Goodreads. We ended off on a happy but strange ending, and it's not like I had to figure out the ending for myself. That would just suck, and it wouldn't work out well for this novel. Instead, it was everything I would've ever asked for and more. If I was in a public area while reading and I came up to this point, I would've yelled and ripped everyone's hair out of surprise and astonished behaviour.
Jam was a leading main character. Do you get what I'm saying? She's not (at least for me) what most people describe her as—whiny and monotone. I felt all of the depth in her, and I just understood her. She's a teenager, and I'm sorry but—what can you possibly expect from her? Tragedy and heartbreak is honestly like a sickness, and you won't see the sunshine until it's all clear to you and until people stop bothering you. And guess who taught me that? My wonderful friend, Sierra. Or in this case, Jam's wonderful friend as well. And man, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. I swear that I thought something else was going to happen to her.
The romance? You can hardly say that there was any. Jam was so mixed up with her feelings in the middle of the book that she just did whatever seemed right to her at the moment. So what if she kissed Griffin? You can't call that instalove. They weren't in love, and Jam even noted that it was a mistake since she can't get over Reeve. (Who I always saw as a douchebag anyway.) They just had a tiny fling, and since they both understood each other with Belzhar and all, it was merrier and better. I giving Meg another thumbs-up for that aspect, too.
What can I say about this book? I can really go on forever. This definitely was one of the best books I've read this year, and thankfully my school library had it or I probably would've never taken the chance for it until maybe two years later. I loved all of it: the beautiful writing, the spectacular ending, the references to amazing poets, the characters and themes. The whole book itself was like a book inside of a book, and I understood and felt all of the emotions that Wolitzer was throwing at me. This was unlike anything I've read before, and I'm encouraging you to join in on this because you won't be disappointed. No weak points, I promise. And I keep promises too, just like all of the characters did to me, to give me a memorable Saturday-night read. Those don't come along often. ...more
WHAAAAAAAT WAS THIS GORGEOUSNESS? HOW THE HELL DID KIERA CASS DThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
WHAAAAAAAT WAS THIS GORGEOUSNESS? HOW THE HELL DID KIERA CASS DO THIS? OEWJOGJNEPWNGUBEQONGEONGIUGEWBGHJEWBHGEASDFGHIKL! I'm fangirling so hard because there's no other excuse or way I can take my life with now since I'm so obsessed with this. After waiting a whole year for something else by Kiera Cass, I feel like we've all waited enough and it's about time that we get handed some wonderful. AND THIS WAS IT. It was better than the best, and that's actually rare to find in my liking. Soo... let's get out of this general statement and go WAY farther into the stellar world of The Heir, the book that made 2015.
I have to tell you that I was particularly afraid to read this book because I just wasn't ready for it. The One honestly killed me last year after the BIGGEST DECISION EVER MADE IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE, and I never would've thought that I would get something else from The Selection in the future, and when I heard about the news for this and for another book afterwards, I was shocked. I have to admit that I wasn't really happy and feeling positive about it because I wasn't sure if I was ready for another bunch of characters and a brand-new storyline. BUT I OBVIOUSLY WANTED TO READ IT, DUH.
"I'm Eadlyn Schreave, and no one in the world is as powerful as me." (Paperback, page 269)
THAT'S A THOUSANDLY MILLIONLY TIMES TRUE. I feel like I cannot emphasize that even more, but we'll obviously get to Eadlyn's character later, but it brings us to my personal homemade synopsis. Basically, this all takes place twenty years after the events of the final novel in America's point-of-view. Here we have Eadlyn, who is the eighteen-year-old daughter of America and Maxon, who is heir to the throne just by seven minutes, where it really was meant to be for her brother, Ahren. It's her turn for The Selection, and she is the first female to lead it, but she sees that she's not ready to fall in love... or is she?
That's how Eadlyn actually ended up by the end of the book... but it obviously took some time and she was arguing about it. Also, I wanted to mention the fact that she was nowhere close to being annoying. I have to say that I actually really don't understand why people are saying that she was a horrible protagonist. She had tons of aspects and qualities in her personality from both Maxon and America! (I swear, I was about to type "Aspen," haha). We'll get to that later, but I'm now warning you that there are themes of: desperation, love, family and sibling-hood. Not that there's anything that I need to warn you about... it's all pure and wonderful things to keep in mind and think about constantly.
Again, I want to let you understand how amazing this book brought life and awesomeness in The Selection's world to be. The setting and the world is very much like The Bachelorette mixed with Amy Ewing's The Jewel, and after reading I feel like I'm one of the proud candidates trying and prying to win Eadlyn's heart... not that I'm a guy or anything. But really, it's so real and easy to feel like you belong in the eyes of Kiera and you just seem to begin to long and want the best for the characters. AND THEN OF COURSE YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. This time around there's not just Aspen or Maxon, THERE'S 35 GUYS. WHAT THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS EMERGENCY LOVE-LIFE SITUATION OF READING?!
"Ahren looked at Camille like she hung the sun in the sky every morning. It was beautiful, the way he watched her, enchanted by every breath that came out of her mouth. But I felt strangely detached from it all because no one had ever done that for me, and I'd never done that for anyone else." (Paperback, page 307)
I believe that from all of the books I've ever read, love was never expressed in a way like this series does to and for me. And it's not like it's the impossible, fairy-tale love that even Eadlyn herself sees her parents' love as. The author portrays a view that it's something that you have to fight and look for, and it doesn't just come easily to those who would enjoy and love it. Every person is supposed to have a chance to experience love, and even those who don't see it will experience it somehow, like Eadlyn does. I guess at this point of her journey, she doesn't spot it yet, but from the view of readers, I can say that she honestly has those feelings in her heart, and it's not only with one guy. From all of the men who are left, there's something special about each and every one of them, and those who she loves will definitely be the truest winner in the end.
I guess that I don't even have to explain myself and my feelings on the plot and actual storyline because by now, I bet that you've already guessed it. Reading this book made me fall in love, and I now feel like this book was specifically written for this year of 2015. IT'S THE YEAR OF MENDING AND BEGINNING RELATIONSHIPS THAT MOST LIKELY WEREN'T MEANT TO BE HEALED AT THE START BECAUSE THERE WAS NO KIND OF BELIEF PRESENT BY ANYONE. Eadlyn fucking Schreave was kick-ass, just like her lovely mother is, and she showed that to all of us, every reader trying to seek the wittiness and fortune of destiny.
What I just don't get is how people hate Eadlyn. I guess that it'll be and always end up being one of the mysteries in literature that never will be solved because I'm against the norm. I loved Eadlyn—as well as her attitude, quirkiness and not being your proper, posh queen-to-be that we all expected her to transform into. I loved that Kiera changed our expectations of her into something else. Eadlyn wasn't your most perfect heiress who'll rule the world someday by helping the poor, but she led her story and there was so much guilt on her shoulders that there were thousands of moments where she deserved a hug or ten. Having all of the stress of having to rule the world someday mixing in with choosing between 35 men is so much to handle, and I guess that some don't realize that. HER HUMOUR AND AMUSEMENT WAS WHAT ENTERTAINED ME.
She was a perfect darling, and had so much love for her siblings and her gorgeous parents. *cries again for the millionth time* MOVING ON BEFORE I GET AHEAD OF MYSELF.
The boys were HONESTLY MIND-CRAVING. To this moment, I can't get them out of my head since they're all so hot. KILE, ERIKK (PLOT TWIST) AND HENRI ARE MY FAVOURITES, BUT I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SINCE THEY'RE ALL AWESOME. And this was extra wonderful because it gave us another view of the actual Selection process from the chooser this time around. Yeah, America was a candidate, but now Eadlyn is the mind-whacker who actually has sense. Remember those moments where we hated Maxon for doing what he did? Yeah, now we know why he did it all. AND THIS CHICK HAS TO DEAL WITH PERVY GUYS WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO KEEP THEIR HANDS TO THEMSELVES! It's a worser case, I must say. But I do have a feeling that Kiera's going to mess with our heads next year and kill us, possibly. Eadlyn better make a great choice.
The ending then came and I died. I'M SORRY, I DIED FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME BECAUSE I COULDN'T HOLD IT ANYMORE. What was this?! So Eadlyn got another fifty-thousand extra pounds on her shoulders again and it was all because of a major plot twist that I cannot even bare to admit or else I'll cry again. *BROTHERS STINK, EVERYONE* You may have thought that love was adorable and it doesn't matter the age, but then that twist will change your mind to think otherwise, just saying. Now I'll sit in my room crying until 2016 for the next book.
It's the truth—I'll be crying and unable to handle myself any longer. Now I'm second-guessing my decision to get this novel and read it right away, the day I purchased it because it just was published and I have to wait another year. After the closing ending in The One, I thought we were all done here and now I just panicked and ruined my own life again. Ugh. But other than my sappy, sad life, this was absolute perfection and probably the best book that I've read this year, just saying. I just want to continue to kiss my paperback copy and use it as a stuffed animal to sleep at night, rereading it a thousand times until I'll hear more news. Meh. I'm a depressed slob, BUT THANK YOU KIERA CASS, I LOVE YA....more
What would I do if I were in trouble? I really don't know, butThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
What would I do if I were in trouble? I really don't know, but after reading this thriller that left my emotions piled onto the ground and me having nothing left, I certainly know that I will never do or want to go through the situation that poor 14 year old Michelle had to go through.
The thing is, I'm fourteen years old, and I know what it's like to be a young adult, when you're a freshman in high school and all of the expectations of you having to be mature and responsible is on your back. Hey, it's what teenagers are known for, and the expectations keep on growing as we get older. But here, it just sends thousands of crippled shivers down my spine, thinking about how such a young girl is: kicked out of her home and then used as a prostitute, leaving us to wonder what the hell happened to her that got her into the "present-day situation" that Kern brings us in and out of.
What really moved me about this novel was the fact that it wasn't lengthy at all. 208 pages? That's really short compared to the length of some other emotional novels that have moved me in the past. But it's surprising since the author did a great job at just keeping it all short and simple, where fans are encouraged to enjoy the novel even more. And now, all readers are probably so much more interested in the subject of teen prostitution and living in urban cities where these kinds of things happen hourly, and every minute no matter what street you head on.
"Daniela Cespedes, CSW. You're the one I came to find. You're the one I've bet my life on."
And actually, this is the best because it stems from a real experience. When reading Kern's acknowledgements, I saw that she actually had met two inspiring young women who had gone through the same things as Michelle. They told her their stories, where Kern actually even went on an expedition with a New York detective to search through the city and find these kinds of experiences. But I was still left a little sad and down, so no rainbows for me.
Looking at the events of this novel and seeing who had been impacted, I see that everyone needs help sometimes, but some need it more than others. Michelle was so excited to leave her house in New Jersey and her abusive mother that it just made sense for her to be happy and start a new life. Of course, she rebelled and got into so much garbage and possibly the worst situation, ever, but I don't want to blame her because she was just a child. And that's another reason why this is simply young adult fiction, as an adult character probably would've been more smarter.
"He put his name on me. Try to touch me now. I dare you."
Michelle wakes up in a hospital in Coney Island, New York, where she barely remembers what happened or why she's there. It's not your typical cheesy paranormal story, though. Michelle fled from her drug-abused mother from Philadelphia, and decides to go to New York to go to find her friend, the only place where she can be safe and free. Once she gets off of the bus, she meets Devon, who promises her food, clothing and a new home where she thinks that she'll be free. Soon enough, she's brought into a world of drugs, manipulation, and prostitution where she doesn't know if she should flee or not.
I felt so much empathy and pain for Michelle. For real, protagonists in thriller-mystery novels make me feel so bad, where I just don't know what I should do in the future to pick up other books. Michelle was a little clueless, but really, who could blame her in her situation? She once was sexually assaulted when she was younger by a man named Calvin who was her mother's partner, and she felt like it was okay and normal. I believe that if you don't have some sort of wide influence in your life, then you'll end up thinking that some things are alright and fine to do, as you see others doing it as well. But really—the drugs as medicine? She's 14, and her mother did drugs, and she ended up addicted. Didn't see have some street smarts about that in that sort of situation?
But, that's what character development is for, no? By the end, I'm glad that Daniela helped her and that 'Chelle took the steps she needed to get help and try to forget. Once your memory comes back of the dark, horrific moments of some event, you'll want to forget about it all and move on.
For the reason that this book was short, the plot was fast-paced as well. I ended up reading through it so quickly, and I didn't realize that time had passed by. I sat there in one sitting, devouring it all without realizing that time hasn't gone by. I felt everything that the author had wanted us to feel, and after man after man came into Room 4, my heart lost a bit of it further and further. When Baby (one of the other girls who lived with them) had a man who stated that he LOVED her (and she's 12), my heart broke and I wanted to throw my hand inside the book and rip his hair off. It's disgusting, but the truth is... that it's all true. And things probably get even worse than this in many situations.
The fact that this was all gang-related frustrated me even more. Devon and the others were part of the Bloods, and Devon himself was a wild freak. He made promises, but he just wanted to manipulate them and gain pleasure from seeing others' pain. No, he wouldn't go into them and try to feed himself with lust, but he did all of this garbage and picked random girls off of the street. I would surely love to find out the reason why he chose his "Little Peach" off of the street rather than anyone else, when he knew that there'd be a chance that she would leave his car and go off into the Pink Houses. And what happened with Erica? *wonders*
"But the wrong people die. The dead people are the good ones, the bad ones get to walk around like nothing. Like they got a right to keep breathing while the ones you need just leave their skin, waste away till there ain't nothing left but a stupid dirty T-shirt and what you can barely remember."
When I picked this book up, I wondered, "What the heck does Little Peach mean?" and I guess I was completely clueless, but the author here brightened up everything for readers in a matter of 208 pages where we're left without any questions, except all about the after. But at the same time, the after can go on forever and ever and this time, it wouldn't be a book, and instead we'd all see it as a story that's everlasting, but I know that Michelle's here will stick with me forever as I've never touched upon a book like this before. Prostitution, gangs, manipulation and emotion, Peggy Kern's Little Peach really gave me a book like a bite into a peach: juicy and sweet, but with a dark core in the middle....more
When I finished reading this book, my majestic warm-hearted sThis review could also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
When I finished reading this book, my majestic warm-hearted side of me thought, "What a gorgeous damn read." April Lindner was, and still is one of my favourite authors, with each of her stellar novels ending up with a perfect 5 star rating. I'm obsessed and totally innocent, what else can I say?Love, Lucy is probably one of the few best reads that I've picked up this year and there's no doubt that it will end up on my end-of-the-year best book final list. It shattered me, threw me into the wall of happiness, and I can't help but still feel giggly and contoured in the romance.
"The world would turn, the bus would move, and twenty-four hours later she would be on a train speeding away from him, but at least they had this moment."
After my tragic goodbye to Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss trilogy back in the summer, I swore to myself that I'd never find a getaway-travel European-romance novel that good ever again. To be honest, I think I've just discovered a rival, and a competitor at this point of time, and I simply need more; April Lindner hasn't written anything new for a long time! When you look at all of the events and plot twists, this is real life. Love doesn't come that easily to everyone and it takes time to form, but it can also happen in an one-night stand, where Lindner sculpted all of the realism to absolute perfection and nothing less.
This all began with Lucy going on a backpacking trip with her mother's friend's daughter, Charlene, who's currently a junior in the college that Lucy herself with be going to in just a week to major in business, which she absolutely is not excited for, as her father forced her to forget about her acting dreams by bribing her on the European trip. Once she gets to her second-last stop, Florence, Italy, she falls in love with the city and its history, and as well with Jesse, an American who's living his life in Italy with his best friend. Her life is everything she has been waiting for, but remembering that it won't last is stumping her. But anything is possible, no?
"When it arrived, the sunset—orange with streaks of red—was so beautiful it made her heart ache. She found herself longing for someone, anyone, to watch it with."
The city was absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with the descriptions, and I want to go to ITALY ASAP. I want to go to all of the tourist attractions and sightings and fall in love the same way as Lucy did. With all of the issues contained here and seeing that life isn't all perfect with romance as movies are, this was perfect.
From beginning to end, this was all strengths. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. THE ROMANCE KILLED ME AND MADE ME SCREAM AND FANGIRL AND DIE. I LOVE JESSE AND I LOVED SHANE AND ALL OF THE CHARACTERS. *breathes heavily* I don't have enough, I'll never have enough.
Love, Lucy was a book that you can take on a road trip, or read on a snowy day. It really doesn't matter when or why, because I know that you'll enjoy it—everyone will enjoy it. The plot was hot and perfect, and the characters changed my life forever. April Lindner is a fabulous author, and I'm so glad to have had read this in one sitting, where all of the feelings and addictions were there. You won't regret this at all, go and devour to the highest standards!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
Review copy granted by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
I’m so sad that I am unable to share some of the beautiful piecReview copy granted by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!
I’m so sad that I am unable to share some of the beautiful pieces of writing from this book with you all, haha. But if you loved the first book, THEN YOU MUST MUST MUST (yes I did say “must” three times in a row) READ THIS WHEN IT’S PUBLISHED. And I bet that if you loved the first book, then you’re sitting there, reading this review in an agonizing-mode because you don’t have this beauty in your hands.
I’m lucky to have gotten a copy of this beauty before October. I read the first book, adored it, and then went straight onto this one! But then again, what sucks about getting ARCs before the book is released is that if there’s a cliff-hanger, you will have to wait EVEN LONGER to get the next book. And that’s what I’m doing here. I’m CRYING, and have been crying since minute 1 after finishing this. -_-
First of all, may I just say that Michelle Madow has the best covers ever? I can just stare at my copy of this beauty all day, all night, no kidding. You can’t even imagine how many times I took this out of my bookshelf before reading it just to stare at the copy and think about my appreciation for having it before. :)
The first book was all about their new experience and finding out the truth behind something that happened to Courtney when she was younger. She took it toughly, and I don’t blame her. Her parents have been hiding this from her for all of her life and now they announce it when she’s more than old enough to handle it? Well, the mysteries and shocking secrets aren’t over. THERE ARE SO MANY SHOCKING DISCOVERIES HERE. YOU JUST NEED TO BE READY AND BRACE THE CRAZINESS HERE. NO JOKES.
*takes a deep breath* We’re here at the stage of a trilogy where the most drama and the stage where the “characters find the most about themselves.” And usually, authors aren’t able to master the skills of creating “the perfect sequel.” And actually, Michelle Madow has, and has given us a sequel that is perfect. Perfection. Nothing about this book was negative, and I can compare it to big-time favourites of mine, like City of Bones and Divergent. It’s at their level, and probably even farther into the rankings of “Michelle’s Book Favourite List.”
This takes place right after where the first book left off. The girls are going to begin their first year at their new private school. Sure, they’ve gotten to know some people, and that includes hating some people. *coughMadisoncough* As we know, Savannah loves music, and thanks to one certain someone, she might just be on her way to become famous. Courtney’s relationship with Brett is still steaming up even though she knows that he’s off-limits and Peyton is going overboard with having drinks with her teacher? These sisters have certainly gotten used to the lifestyle of heiresses and more drama and secrets will be flowing and coming upon, and those include some having to do with Madison and the whole kidnapping incident in Courtney’s past.
You will die, at least will feel like you’re dying, by the time you complete reading this. I was in such a disastrous book-hangover after completing this book that I seriously didn’t know what to do with myself. Crown of Midnight book-hangover like.
I didn’t know what to do with myself, and I still do. After reading this, you will be longing for the next book, and you will possibly be thinking about how-the-heck will the last book be up next? This trilogy is full of so much drama and romance that you will be wondering how all of our questions will be answered and how will this trilogy come to a close. But all I know is that Michelle Madow is going to do amazing at it and make the ending perfect, just like she does every time when ending another of her fabulous novels!
There are such crazy plot-twists in this book, the character-relationships go out of control, and the romance is better than ever. There are so many things that went crazier and better, not that anything about the first book was negative or close to perfect. (It was far more than 5/5.)
Courtney and Brett are ADORABLE. THEY’RE MY NEW FAVOURITE COUPLE LIKE OMG. Just wait—you’ll fall in love with them and their hot romance!
That’s what you may be thinking, but you’ll understand later. :)
In the history of sequels, this was the best most amazing perfectionous sequel that you can read. Michelle Madow’s writing is lush, pure excellence, and addicting. Good luck with your emotions after reading this!
Reading about some romance is books is just a definite captivation for me. Anything that's YA and has romance calls me. But, Dangerou 4.5 star rating
Reading about some romance is books is just a definite captivation for me. Anything that's YA and has romance calls me. But, Dangerous Boys has a risky, hard-felt romance that just gets you afraid. You don't want to be in this un-sappy relationship (or two).
I've always wanted to read Dangerous Girls. The idea of this romantic-mystery is unique, but at the same time, you need to be hard-hearted to read such a psychological thriller that gets you thinking. Arriving on August 14, Dangerous Boys is the first book that you need to pick up for the fall.
This book is written from the female protagonist, Chloe's point of view, but in two separate occasions. One is from "Then," or the past, which explains the life that she had before the large incident that changed her life. At the time, Chloe's life was falling apart. Her mother has recently gone through a divorce with Chloe's father, and she's stuck in bed all day, not wanting to go to work. Right before Chloe's off to college to start a fresh new life aside from the one she had in her small town, she meets Ethan. He's the boy she's ever dreamed of--one that loves her for her "sweetness" and beauty. Then, Ethan's obsessive older brother, Oliver, shows up from college. That's when the duo begin to fight over Chloe for her love. Things get too carried away, and then the incident occurs, and her whole life is turned around.
The question is--what would you do for love? After reading this powerful novel, it really got me thinking about how daring and crazy love can be. If you truly love somebody, you may be persuaded to do some unbelievable things. I love gorgeous concepts, and this had it.
This book was crazy--psychologically messed up, but in a good way. You are going to be left speechless with the meaning and the whole story won't leave you until the next week, or two. Murder, abuse, depression, stress; this book basically had everything that can fear you.
My only problem that I had with this was the fact that it was slow-moving. I preferred something faster in pace, but I got something that took me 3+ hours to read, unreal for my reading speed. But either way, the action that was packed was like an illusion and there was no going back. If you're okay with slow-paced books, then you might be able to give this a 5 star rating.
Chloe was a very mature but independent character. She was easily influenced by the psychos around her, and she can change to somebody different in a snap. She wasn't the best person to read about, but she was a bearable person.
My favourite out of the brothers had to be... both. I don't know, Abigail Haas just creates perfect men who are total opposites. Chloe needed the two different influences, I could tell. Oliver was obviously the dark devilish guy with the long story behind his actions, while Ethan was the sweet, caring lover who didn't notice a thing that was wrong around him. Either way, they were good to have while you're in the mood.
Dangerous Boys was a daring but beautiful story. The dark characters have a very strong meaning behind them and the events that occurred really got you thinking about life and love. It's a psychological thriller that you won't find anywhere else. It basically has everything you're looking for in a sad book.
When you're going to go through a gloomy, rainy, fall day, pick this beauty up. You will be left surprised, and wanting more. The ending may have been a teensy predictable, but by the end, it all added up to be something that left me speechless and craving for another thrill ride.