New adults with some deep meaning to them are my remedy.The Sea of TraThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
New adults with some deep meaning to them are my remedy.The Sea of Tranquility and its beautiful cover (that I had not really noticed until I picked it up) has been on my eye for ages, ages since before it was released and after. The romance is deep, meaningful, and the whole subject matter is different than anything else I have read in a long time. I cannot get this out of my head, to be purely honest. It has truly been a while since a book has touched me like this had.
There is more to this story than readers know. Katja Millay starts us off with us getting to know Nastya, who is torn apart by some tragic event that she keeps mentioning. Readers get to figure out that she is continuously trying to overcome her demons and something that has traumatized her. We honestly did not figure this out until the very end when Josh gets to know her really well and all is revealed. This all turned out to have so much meaning to it after all! *smiles*
The Sea of Tranquility features subjects that are rough—not wanting to be mentioned greatly about in YA fiction especially. This could be classified as both YA or new adult, depending on the reader's take. There is a mature subject matter, especially when Nastya gets her flashbacks. No twelve year old would be ready to read about what the young girl had dealt with in the past. Josh, a lovely, lovely fictional boyfriend for Nastya and I, was able to get it out of her. This seemed to be like a mystery in itself, actually. Though you may be asking, you should definitely not turn to the last page and discover the truth. Millay adds so much detail and beauty to the story that you could just not turn back and forget about this.
The drawbacks after looking back is the boringness. Things were wild, going well, and the romance was taking such a dramatic turn, and then everything fell apart at some times. It was honestly going back and forth repeatedly. I kept feeling like the story was not going anywhere, though the emotions were real. Heartfelt. Precious. Those are two words that could perfectly describe the tone of this novel. And I totally get why people are going crazy. Written with a YA flair to it, taking place in a high school from a perspective of a girl who is very insecure and sensitive with her own feelings after bearing such horrendous things in the past, we love it. I loved it. I feel that this is a much-needed story to be stuck on everyone's shelves. Just look at the daring title. TRANQUILITY? That word just makes me feel calm all the same from when I read it.
This is a complete match made in heaven for readers who enjoy teenage angst and stories about girls who self-pity and need help. Angst is the biggest thing that I witnessed in this story, and I do like some of it to make me enjoy it more. Katja Millay created some of the most beautiful characters that I have ever read about, and the two of them—Josh and Nastya I mean—just click, like two puzzle pieces that are meant to be. I would not have this book change into something any other way. It was pretty hectic with drama, if you ask me.
The Sea of Tranquility could definitely compare to riding on a wave. You feel the adrenaline, the vibe pushing you to go further, but there are those splashes in the face that make you feel a little hesitant at times. But for the most part, you enjoy riding and feeling the rush. Nastya and Josh equal the perfect couple and seriously? The emotions could just help you give this book a positive rating. I am still jittery after reading this a few weeks ago. Take a deep breath and feel the beauty of this story....more
You see—I cannot reconcile this book; I cannot remember anything aboutThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
You see—I cannot reconcile this book; I cannot remember anything about it, to be honest. After being introduced to the Canada Reads debate by my English teacher, I decided that I wanted to read a majority of these Canadian novels. Minister Without Portfolio was one of them. I wanted to read one of those books that are comical, but come with a point. Maybe this is because I'm a teenager; I just do not get these "adult concepts." By concepts, I simply mean adult situations. I have not been tormented in the way that Henry has, or have had marriage issues. I just could not relate to this book or the author's writing. This story seemed like a chore, not a book that I read just for enjoyment. If you are older than I am and enjoy these simple, philosophical stories, this could simply could go well for you. I am not saying that a teen cannot like this—no. There is a large possibility, but everyone always has their different opinions on books.
But hey—there are positives. There are things that I actually enjoyed about Michael Winter's story. He must be a popular author for those reasons. Winter creates a character who acts like he's in his mid-life crisis, which seems comical but is completely serious. Henry deals with some kind of PTSD, stress disorder that takes him out of living his normal, ordinary life. He walks around, but as I could tell, there was no meaning in his footsteps. He moved through the story being quite depressed, which demonstrated a completely depressing mood for the whole story. I am still confused to this moment if that was what the book was supposed to provide; I could just not tell.
Minister Without Portfolio is a story where the readers endure. They endure all of the plot's events and how Henry goes on his own personal journey of his life. Once again, I am unable to relate to Henry's character in any way, which is something I usually rave about a character after reading a great book. This seemed a little too boring for my liking. If you expect some serious action, this is not the right story for you. Instead, we have a slow-moving continuation of a man's life and how he himself cannot contemplate his own feelings.
What are the great things about this story? It's written by a Canadian author in a Canadian setting, it's extremely comical, and you feel bad if you put it down. I endured some kind of sympathy for Henry, for a man who is stereotypically supposed to undergo his feelings and save himself. I found myself giggling from time to time, and you seriously cannot take this book seriously. Everything was meant to be placed into this book for a reason, but there are only a few readers who understand why, and see the positivity; I am not one of them. There, I have said it. I am not the biggest fan, whoop dee-doo.
Minister Without Portfolio could be seen as the most boring adult drama you have ever read. Meh. But if you look at this from another perspective, you see an interesting view of adulthood. You see, as a teenager, we do not know about the hardships that our parents or family members experience with jobs, love, all of that crazy stuff. This is it, except a little into the extreme. There is a bunch of romance drama, which is extremely interesting to read from the perspective of a grown man, and everything clicks together in the end. There is a possibility for you to enjoy this, especially if you are a teen....more
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*3.5 star rating*
I was originally captivated by Saleema Nawaz's Canadian-born story after hearing so many positive things about it because of the Canada Reads debate. Sadly, SPOILER ALERT, it didn't win the debate, but it was pretty great anyways.Bone and Bread is a story that not only intrigues readers and keeps them going, but shares so many themes that every reader would love to see in any contemporary story. This is about two sisters who deal with their own problems as young children, but years later, one is left and readers see problems for Beena: she lives with grief for the rest of her life. This is such a beautiful, beautiful story that I cannot forget about.
Bone and Bread. Think about that title and what do you actually think of? I know that I see a dog bone in the middle of two slices of bread. That's it. That title has so much more depth to the story than readers realize. One of the sisters is bone, the other bread. This has so much sense to it. Saleema Nawaz does not create a story that is just about the characters, though. I really enjoyed this one because it kept me hooked. We readers are kept in a story that features a fast-paced plot in a beautiful city, Montreal. I haven't read a Canadian story in a long time, that's for sure.
Looking back at my experience, it could have been better when looking at the grief part of things, but I enjoyed it either way, you know? I felt like I was underwater, trying to swim for the surface at times. I wanted to grasp that extra inch of goodness, but it never came towards me, that last fish. I enjoyed the flashbacks back and forth to the sisters' childhoods and back to where Beena stays on her own. And then of course, there is the mental illness factor that everyone is obsessed with. I'm not complaining. That is the best thing that an author could add to put the puzzle pieces together.
Bone and Breaddeserves every piece of hype that it has gotten, but of course, only the good hype. The fabulous author provides readers a beautiful relationship of a sisterhood that ended too quickly, and an amazing character of a girl who has to undergo grief, living in a beautiful city, understanding her demons. This is a must-read for every teen, adult, mom, sister, daughter out there. Right now. ...more
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This is a bundle of joy. I have been meaning to get a glimpse at these emoji-Shakespeare retellings that all les bloggers have been talking about lately, and since I have never really known about A Midsummer Night and what it promised for readers, I was thanking the library gods that my local branch had picked this one up. There are many, many reasons or situations that will enforce you to pick this book up. And of course, as I always do with books that I enjoyed, I will tell you why and when to.
This is your ultimate Shakespeare go-to.
If you're a HUGE Shakespeare fan (as I am), and if you're just looking for a quick read that will take you (and your vocabulary-emoji skills) a quick amount of time to read, this is perfect. I could seriously say that it was. I wish that I had read the original play beforehand so I could compare, but I seriously bet that Brent Wright did a magnificent job creating a redo of the epic story that everyone has been talking about for centuries, literally. It does not seem like this is fiction. Wright includes IM messages, notes, secret conversations between the characters and group messages that spun me around. It seemed like I was hacking into Shakespearean characters' phones and reading what they were up to. I felt easily connected to the characters and that some were even relatable to. Not the donkey, though. Not the donkey.
The abbreviations and emojis add an extra spin of magic.
So there are fairies. Marriages and engagements that are going wrong. Girls hiding their secrets about who they actually love deep down. But one of the best ways that all of this bizazz was expressed was through the use of emojis. YES. It was such a modern, hip but still original use of the story that we all have heard of and had on our TBR lists for years. You need this 112 paged novel if you're one of those people who cannot read the original playwright, because I totally understand.
I made ships.
Ships do not always work when we're reading a legit classic that was set in the sixteenth century or whatever. But I honestly found people (HERMIA, DEMETRIUS, LYSANDER!) who should be together and everything was so wonderfully placed together that I adored it.
I sincerely recommend picking this, or any of the other emoji Shakespeare books up, no matter what kind of reader you are. It's a quick, fast-paced half hour read that will leave you giggling and going to buy all of William's books online, Amazon Prime shipping to your house with drones. It's that chaotic and gorgeous....more
The only thought that comes to mind when I look at the cover is an endlThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
The only thought that comes to mind when I look at the cover is an endless amount of sighs. Horror/thrillers are my favourite genre of YA, because so many authors could just slam books and make them so intense that one could not sleep at night.The Girl From the Well unfortunately was not intense or scary. Instead, it was pretty mythological, with Japanese ghost tales incorporated into a somewhat modern tale of exorcisms (but not the scary kind), poor descriptions and a lack of heroic characters to save the day. This was so much more fantasy than real or like some kind of thriller. I expected more, let's just say that.
I immediately jumped into this book when I received the sequel for review. I requested it from the library, and was aching to read it ever since. (Let's just remember that my library pile was forty books wide.) I have been meaning to read this for a long time, since five star reviews have been all over the place and I just could not wait any longer for a tale that will leave me staring at my ceiling at night. "A dead girl walks the streets." Woo, I am so scared. What did this story offer, you ask? Ultimate boredom for a teenager. Unless you are a huge fan of Japanese mythology and ghost stories, you could have large issues with this storyline.
The Girl From the Well seemed to be extremely confusing. I felt like the perspectives were constantly switching, or at least, it seemed like they were and everything was mixed up. There was an effort put for the book to feature Japanese culture, including the language, but it seemed like Google Translate was the best fit. The characters spoke English, they switched back and forth between a few words here and there, and there was so much boredom between the pages. The main idea and themes of the novel are still dissipated and I still do not know the answer.
"I am where dead children go. But not even I know where they go when I am done, whether to a higher plane or to a new life. I only know this: like the chochin of my youth, where they go, I cannot follow."
Just take a look at the "deep" phrases. This book featured a "scary" protagonist who went around with her dark locks (picture The Ring) but that is it. There were exorcisms, but nothing was descriptive. A kid could honestly read this book and they would be fine. There is nothing traumatizing or any of that.
There are many characters who are all so different and stuck in different situations that you simply do not know what they are supposed to be doing throughout the novel. Tark is the teenage guy (whose perspective the sequel is in) and he's stuck in Japan with his older cousin, Callie. And then there's the chick who watches everyone and is "where dead children go." Ugh. This novel honestly could have been so much more but it turned out to be slow, and full of nonsense. You should see the way the story is formatted. Now that is a laugh for sure.
The problem with Rin Chupeco's story is that it did not hand readers the ultimate horror experience. We picked up this book because of the pile of high ratings and promises that it is scary. In fact, I prepared myself for a similar story to Danielle Vega's The Merciless, which is a modern take on exorcisms and psychological thrillers. In this case, I do not know how to exactly classify this book and where. The only things that were enjoyable were Callie, Tark and the setting. Japan is crazily awesome, but I cannot even recall if this was taken place in a modern setting or not. It's that confusing and eerie.
The Girl From the Well was supposed to be my new favourite novel that I will recommend for ages to every YA reader. Instead, it is something that should just be classified under the category of mythology and fantasy, two subjects that do not mix too well together for me. I like them separately, but together, it is just too fake. My reading experience of this took me a great load of time because I knew I had to finish it; I have the sequel. Rin Chupeco does not take you on a vacation trip to Japan where readers will experience its culture and language. Instead, this is wholly Americanized and contemporary for me to even blink. It could have been even worse, I ensure myself....more
Searching through my local library's catalogue a few months back, I was searching for the perfect novel that is shorter, but to the point to help me wSearching through my local library's catalogue a few months back, I was searching for the perfect novel that is shorter, but to the point to help me with research for a Canadian History essay on medical advances in the twentieth century. Mona Gleason's Small Matters was the perfect read for my research, and it is one of the best non-fiction research-based books I have ever read.
Written in multiple chapters with notes and appendices to support information, this is the perfect base for anyone—researchers, students or those with curious minds. Instead of learning just about American culture and medical history, Gleason provided readers information about Canadians in the twentieth century, including children more specifically, since there is not much information available on databases.
Mona Gleason provided real life stories taken from interviews with victims of different sicknesses and hardships during the early 1900s, as well as information about hospitality, statistics and conditions of the modern world back then. Small Matters is no small matter or novel—it is an easy read that provides much needed history and descriptions to those curious. ...more
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*3.5 star rating*
Magic is shady. Magic is crazy. And I'm pretty sure that you and I both agree that we don't want to associate ourselves with any kind of magic whatsoever. V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic was unpredictable, filled with a fun plot that will get your insides excited and time traveling... something we see a different look at usually in fantasy novels. It's a great book if you would enjoy a flair of fantasy from an adult book's perspective with an easier blast of info at one's face, and I find that everyone would adore it somehow.
I expected to hate this book a thousand more than I ever imagined. I read Schwab's book in the past, The Near Witch, and DNFed it without ever looking back... paranormal romance with witches was never my thing. And then when this came around and the crowds seriously went wild, I decided to get my fantasy flair excited and actually go for this. Thankfully, I wasn't too disappointed. Schwab delivers a heart-racing story—it really is heart racing and I still can't get it out of my head. She formed remarkable characters, a nice twist on romance and THE BEST ROMANCE EVER. I cannot be more excited than I am at the moment.
"And Antari could speak to blood. To life. To magic itself. The first and final element, the one that lived in all and was of none. He could feel the magic stir against his palm, the brick wall warming and cooling at the same time with it, and Kell hesitated, waiting to see if it would answer without being asked." (34)
Kell and Lila had chemistry. Schwab hadn't produced some weird, random romance that didn't make sense—it fit perfectly with the nice world making and plot overall, and I just couldn't get enough of the Kell/Lila talk. Their kisses didn't make me squirm, instead they made me cheer and giggle, and I fell in love with their story. The plot formed well with everything else and I just was head over heels for it all. Remember that this is also a very quick read, the time you'll spend reading it will go by in a jiffy. *snaps quickly*
This is a great book, once again. There are a few flaws, like disappointment in the ending and all of that unnecessary stuff... but the most important thing is that it was a great story overall. I recommend it sincerely to lovers of Sarah J. Maas's writing, as well as to those who are looking for a new look at romance in a different culture, where everything is "London-ized." It's great to see how life changes and how it's completely different for a person in the future.
I really, really enjoyed this book. There's not much I could say about it other than that it could be for you, or that it could not exactly be for you. Kell and Lila will be your ultimate ship ever, and you will just fall in love with the whole story and everything it provides. Being the type of read to read beside a windowsill on a winter day, or at the beach, Schwab will just take you on the adventure with the characters and make YOU part of the story. Fall in love, devour, whatever you call it....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
This four point five star rating I am handing HeidiThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*4.5 star rating*
This four point five star rating I am handing Heidi Heilig's debut time-traveling adventure romance (add in whatever genre you can think of and this book has it) is not exactly what it seems like. Honestly? Forget about that four point five and picture this book as a perfect ten. The Girl From Everywhere was mystical, dashing, magical, stunning and just oh-so-good, unlike my initial expectations. PEOPLE. I find that it's better to expect the worst than the best, even in reality. I initially expected a boring, un-understandable read for me with this one, but I flew through it in a sitting, and after it was over, I picked up my library copy and held it against my heart. (I get a little cheesy when I like a book so much). Oh, and why should you treat this as a perfect rating? Because the book was practically perfect. I will touch on a minor thing that set me off from granting this five stars, but it barely affected me in any manner. By the way, I just noticed the girl in the water on the cover of this book after reading. I LOVE THOSE SURPRISES. That's mega-cool.
The Girl From Everywhere has such a perfect title for the 443 pages that are stamped inside of this beautiful cover. It explains our heroine, Nix, so well. I'm so giddy with this book that I don't even know where my review should really begin. This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year, and perhaps ever. I cannot fangirl about it more than I already have and will.
For some reason, I expected this to be bad. Why? Because in the past, I have never enjoyed books about time-traveling mixed with historical events and myths. Okay, first of all, myths are rarely incorporated into YA these days, so that's a first... or second. Heidi Heilig writes about something that's deep in her heart, and I bet that she is seriously passionate about: Hawaiian culture. HOLY LEIS AND PINEAPPLES. I love Hawaii, I want to go there so bad. I mean, I always wanted to fly to the island of Oahu, be lei-ed (or whatever they call it), yell "Ohana means family" and say Aloha to every person I meet there. But now? This book introduced Hawaiian culture to me and it was so interesting to read about the most gorgeous islands in the world... back in the day, specifically in the nineteenth century.
HOW DOES HEIDI DO EVERYTHING PERFECTLY? There's so much diversity in The Girl From Everywhere that I cannot stop squealing. We have Kashmir (HOLY I LOVE HIM, I'LL GET TO HIM SOON), who is from Persia when Nix and her father, Slate, find him, and there's also Bee, who is African. Bee's a crew member on The Temptation, the ship that Nix and her father time-travel or Navigate with. She's lesbian too, which shows us how DEDICATED this book is. I loved reading about each and every place that Nix Navigated to, including New York City and how she retold events from the past when they went to Scandia and how they saw dragons in the Baltic Sea.
"It was only the nervous shifting of his eyes that hinted at discomfort, but not with the city, nor with being on land. With his own skin. No matter where we went, he never felt at home. I recognized that feeling. I'd inherited it" (35).
Basically, The Girl From Everywhere is about our heroine, Nix, whose mother died when she gave birth to her. Her father, who is the captain of the ship that they, among others, time-travel, or Navigate with, called The Temptation, has never gotten over the fact that his true love is gone. He and Nix travel through time using maps that they find, going back centuries or millenniums into the past. Now, they are on the search for Nix's mother back in the past in Honolulu, Hawaii. That scares Nix, because she knows that she could possibly disappear if they do find her.
I was on the edge of my seat for the whole novel. Although it's about five hundred pages long, I couldn't stop reading from the moment I began the story. Heidi Heilig writes so casually, yet absolutely lyrically and different, perhaps more poetic than I would've expected. I loved everything about this story, how it teaches readers about culture, myth and the beautiful parts of loving life. I wish that I could GRAB ALL OF THE MAPS AND NAVIGATE MYSELF. It's a different twist on time-travel, and it's for a good reason.
You see, I always need some kind of description of the gears of time-traveling in a book I read. That's so important for me. Heilig did not info-dump on us, making up some weird explanations for why what Nix and her father do works. It was brief, yet unimaginable because no author has ever explored a bookish world like Heidi had.
I don't understand the issues people had with this glorious story. It was racing, perfectly paced, and now? My life depends on the sequel. Honestly, a sequel isn't needed because the story ended off perfectly and we readers could imagine a continuing ending that works, but THERE IS ONE COMING AND DAMN, I NEED IT. I NEED HARPERCOLLINS TO SEND ME A COPY ASAP. I'LL TAKE A MANUSCRIPT THAT'S ALL WRITTEN OVER, IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. Or, I could ask my favourite couple, Nix and Kashmir, to personally deliver it. *twiddles eyebrows*
Nix is your dream definition of a heroine. I loved her personality, and how she dealt with the situation she was in. She had every right to be confused and feel discomfort with her life, because she was taken away from what was supposed to be her future. It was interesting for us to get a first-hand look at the life she would've had if her father hadn't began Navigating for Nix's mother in the past, in nineteenth century Hawaii. She wasn't one of those protagonists who hated everyone around her for unexplainable reasons, you know? I found myself totally relating to her wanderlust, and NOW I WANT TO TRAVEL. People with severe wanderlust, this book is for you to take a trip with.
"Paradise is a promise no god bothers to keep. There's only now, and tomorrow nothing will be the same, whether we like it or not" (390).
KASHMIR AND BLAKE. Guys, we have a slight love triangle here, but unless you're really affected by them, you'll be fine. Blake is a character we are introduced to halfway through the novel, and he is living in the Hawaii that Nix visits with The Temptation. He hides this secret that he is also a mapmaker, and Nix is immediately drawn to his mysteriousness. I would be, too. I loved Blake and his mysterious character, but honestly? My heart is for the gorgeous Kashmir. Kashmir is Nix's best friend, and they have known each other for a long time. He is also a thief, and helps Nix's father to all of the deeds that Nix herself would never want to do. AGH. My heart flutters like hell when he's in a chapter. I need them to be together. She's kind of torn between the two, and I wonder how the next book will patch things up. AND GUYS. THE ENDING? Nix is well... *SPOILER* stuck with them both. Hah. *SPOILER ENDS*
So what I had a slight issue with was the ending itself. That was just chaotic and I found that it happened so fast that I didn't know what exactly happened. I still don't even know. I don't know how Nix's father made the decision that he did, and I had to go over the last chapter or so a few times, but it still was foggy. I need a greater explanation, PLEASE. But that's cool, fine. I LOVE THIS BOOK, OH EM GEE.
The Girl From Everywhere is one of the most stunning debuts I have ever read. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (who cares about the love triangle? It works!), a heroine who is one of a kind, and a plot slash story that I cannot get out of my head. This book seems like a dream, I can't believe I was so fortunate to read it, because it's unlike anything that my brain would ever come up with in a million years. Who knows? Maybe I could Navigate into 2017 and grab a copy from the amazing Heidi herself. THAT WOULD BE THE BEST....more
Thankfully, I've never been bullied. Thankfully, I've found this book bThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Thankfully, I've never been bullied. Thankfully, I've found this book by the inspirational Aija Mayrock. I'm thankful for a lot of things that this book gave me and other readers, and as I'm writing this review, it's Thanksgiving which also leads us in this awesome grateful, thankful spirit of the year. The Survival Guide to Bullying is witty, interesting and captivating. It teaches you how to find yourself with adorable roems (Aija's version of raps and poems that she personally wrote herself) as well as quizzes, step-by-step tutorials and her personal experiences. It's rare to find out about someone's inner experience of bullying since it sometimes is so tragic, but I believe that we should all be thankful for this book.
Although it is written by an amazing teen, this book is for everyone. It could be for someone who had dealt with bullying in the past and would like to read about what they should've done when things were happening and changing their lives, it could be for kids or for teens. There's something in this beautiful guide that's for everyone, even if you're just curious about the writing and what to do kind of thing that I'm here for. It's such a remarkable, interesting guide.
In case you haven't noticed already from what I told you about this book, Aija is a fabulous writer, you could seriously tell. From this guide/novel, you'll discover her true personality and see why she's an amazing person and author. She puts all of herself into this novel and isn't just here to tell her story, she's here to help others. She's motivational and I'd definitely eventually like to see fiction being written by her, because her attitude is positive and different. More people need to discover this story.
The Survival Guide to Bullying may not exactly help you, but it's definitely there for you to help others. Being a bystander is horrible, and this guide is motivational and inspiring, as well as interesting. We don't usually get to read about a first-hand experience of young people getting bullied except in fiction, but that's plain fiction. This is non-fiction and like a memoir with so much more. Aija's story is here, waiting for you to pick it up and recommend it to everyone you know, young or old. Woo!...more
After reading Katherine Howe's Conversion,I realizeThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
After reading Katherine Howe's Conversion,I realized that I became extremely enticed with the genre of fantasy, though mixed in with elements from the real world. This time around, we have a male protagonist who takes readers (crazy fanatics such as myself who are hungry for a new fictional boyfriend) on a story through the streets of Waverly Place in NYC, my second home, where he unexpectedly meets a girl named Annie who honestly changes the way he functions throughout his summer in the 'city.' This is an addicting story that captivated me a while back where that golden hand/doorknob on the cover kind of glimmered at me. I am pretty sure it was just me who saw this. Let me know in the comments if you saw that special glimmer of shine too.
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderenwas wonderful, lovely even. It is one of those gentle stories that provide an understanding to readers that won't always be seen unless you feel a special connection to the setting, characters or message. Yeah, this did not make me cry or have my inner-heartfelt-emotions explode, but I was connected to Wes, the main character. Interestingly enough, Howe places readers in the busiest place in the world for 379 pages, filled with so much drama that we could all go mad and have so many stories to tell or make up as if they were our own. It is one of those stories that makes absolute sense, even though it is pure fiction. I do not think we're going to go through this time-traveling-like mesmerizing experience in our own lives, that's for sure.
"In Dad's mind, New York was for people too hungry for life to be anywhere else. I wasn't hungry enough. I was too safe, behind my camera. I would never just show up in Port Authority without a place to stay. I wouldn't play guitar in the subway for spare change. [...] Even when I think I'm living, I'm still just watching."
My most favourite thing about this book is Wes. I adore his character! The fact that he is in the situation of living in this new place and having to undergo this fantasy-like situation is pretty comical, if you ask me. Although the novel was boring for a big chunk, especially through the beginning and middle, I was satisfied with the decisions he made. And yes, this book was seriously boring, no joke. Unlike Conversion, which was stupendous throughout, this one turned out to be gloomy from time to time. It's such a big story and I felt that less was needed.
Was that a love triangle my friends? Yes, it sadly was. I kind of twitched when I actually realized that it was happening. Oh, well.
"Now that I've seen her, I feel like she can never be unseen. She looks... I suck at describing people, and beautiful feels especially pathetic. But the truth is, I don't understand how I haven't been staring at her the whole time we've been here."
My experience with this book cannot be unseen. I have mixed feelings, people!
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen was a heavy read, I cannot deny it. I felt really awkward at the points where it became slow and drowsy, I inwardly wanted to put it down. Towards the end, things picked up and I realized who the real star of the show is and who Wes' love interest should be. (I cannot spoil it, but here's a hint: normal chick). I find that everyone may have mixed feelings with this story, and the only way to discover is by reading it. Check out Howe's first book, though, you may be more satisfied, actually....more
I WILL INCLUDE SPOILERS, MY FELLOW LIONS, SCARECROWS AND TIN MEN/WOMEN.This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I WILL INCLUDE SPOILERS, MY FELLOW LIONS, SCARECROWS AND TIN MEN/WOMEN. I was SO fortunate to meet Danielle Paige (SQUEAL!) at BookExpo America this year, where she was signing her upcoming gorgeous novel, Stealing Snow. Of course, I fangirled, and I remember our conversation clearly: I kept telling her how much I admire her and how I adore her Dorothy Must Die series. And then I also said how I love this series much more than the original Wizard of Oz film. She was shocked, but of course in a good way, because duh, that was a compliment. I JUST ADORE THIS SERIES, OKAY? I actually rewatched the original film a few months ago and I found that I was bored out of my mind, and not because I read something similar with Danielle's writing. I just find that the retellings and twists (like this) are better than the real thing. Yellow Brick War was just as powerful and intriguing as the other books in this series and I just cannot stop recommending this series out to everyone I know. Trust me: most of my friends have actually read this series after hearing my endless recommendations. Although I expected a little more from this third novel, I was completely satisfied.
I am also satisfied, in this case, that the series is not over. At the end of this one, we readers are left with a cliff-hanger that we just cannot stop thinking about. As usual, Danielle Paige writes an action-packed fantasy novel with beautiful characters that we know from the original literary classic or film, and I just cannot stop fangirling over this new fandom that I feel that I have joined after reading the first novel in this electrifying series.
Yellow Brick War, my dear friends, is all about Amy getting pissed off and trying to kill Dorothy, once again. This time, she succeeds. FINALLY. YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW ECSTATIC I WAS TO DISCOVER THAT THE B**CH WAS FINALLY DEAD. Years ago, when I was a kid, who would have thought that Dorothy would be evil and one of the worst characters to be included in YA literature? And by worst characters, I mean antagonists. Honestly, I love Amy's character development throughout the whole series, but in this third book, it is where it really shines. We see her confidence, and her ability to know what to do in scary situations. I know that I would never know what to do in her case, living in this world that she always thought was a fantasy, being torn apart by love and witches. This is the real thing.
As many other reviewers have mentioned in their own reviews, there wasn't really a war in this one. To be honest, I hardly pay attention to titles these days. Yeah, I look at them when I decide to read a book or not, but to me, the synopsis is what counts, and is what really has me deciding whether I should purchase/borrow a book. And of course, the cover definitely counts, too. There is a war in this third instalment, but it is minor. I don't want some huge war where I couldn't care less. To me, I rather see Amy destroy Oz on her own, without some kind of major war where everyone heads onto different sides and try to rip the other people's heads off.
You will go crazy because you won't be able to wait for the fourth instalment. I know I can't. And watch me forget about everything that occurred in this book and well, I will be disappointed. Danielle Paige's only issue here is reminding readers of what occurred in the past books. This is what happens: I have to wait a year for the sequel to the previous book, and I read books afterwards. I AM NOT GOING TO SPEND A YEAR THINKING ABOUT DOROTHY AND AMY GUMM. I would go mad. And then the next book comes, and I forget everything. *cries* Thank goodness for the reviewers who actually summarize everything. I do not know how you do that, my friends.
The ships are real here, too. Amy cannot just stop creating ROMANCE TROUBLE AND MY HEART KEEPS EXPLODING. I am seriously curious to see how Stealing Snow will cause craziness with my heart when I read it soon. This book seriously just has it all, I must say.
Danielle Paige has done it for the third time. She is such a brilliant writer and I wish that I read this one prior to BEA so I could have asked her for a minor spoiler of the next book. BUT, ALL IN ALL, THIS WAS SPLENDID. If you just read my review with that ONE BIG SPOILER, and you haven't picked up any books of this series yet, then I would sprint right now. What are you still doing here? Buy all of the books, all of the novellas, or else, I will really start a yellow brick war with someone. ...more
Yay for local Canadian authors and one huge yay for Eileen Cook's 2015This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Yay for local Canadian authors and one huge yay for Eileen Cook's 2015 newest novel! She's honestly one of the authors that I just can't get enough of and I feel the strong need to grab every book from. Sadly, Remember is the only book that I feel a more negative turn into by her. Lurking for some nice science-fiction mixed with romance that really reminds me of Elusion by Claudia Gabel? This is your match.
When I grabbed an eARC of this from Edelweiss last year, I was super excited. THE COVER OF THIS IS SO GORGEOUS and I love the way Cook has each of her books being created with the same style scheme. They all match and look beautiful on shelves, I tell you! I guess I had higher expectations than needed. The last book by Cook I've read definitely deserved a 5 star rating, and I knew that Remember would deserve a billion. Agh. For me, this definitely is one of the worser books of the month, and it was truly nothing special. Everything seemed bland like a glass of room temperature water.
This book almost literally bored me to death. And here's a glimpse of its summary from my point-of-view: Harper's dad has discovered and created a method of deleting sad memories from people who make the decision to, and after Harper's horse dies, she decides that she would want to take the chance to erase the sorrow that she had to go through. But her dad's against it, so she finds her own way to get Memtex, and it was the worst decision possible. Afterwards, she begins to get hallucinations and feel worse than she did before.
It's either just me, or it's the book. The science-fiction subject here wasn't for me. It just wasn't believable. The idea of having something to erase sad memories was strange—it certainly isn't a miracle for humans. Why not having a cure for some illness or something? What about cool robots? I feel that if you're going to play with this subject, then at least you need some proof that there are some futuristic elements, other than some miracle plan that your rich science geek daddy made up. Cook is better off with her wonderful romances that she comes up with. At least the romance in this one was pretty adorable. Neil + Harper equals perfection.
Like I mentioned above, I was bored. Cook's writing took another turn than her usual and it didn't seem like the usual contemporary as I've known from her past novels. It's like this book tried so hard to compare to the other dystopians, but it just fell hard, splat on its face. The writing was slow, delirious and lacking something nice slash warming to a reader's heart. I don't even have much to say after reading this and I feel like it's just going to be a short review. Or short for me, at least. *shrugs*
I guess that the characters were a highlight of the novel. Forget about the kind-of-dumb concept with Harper's horse (I thought that someone would pass away instead), let's just take a peek at themselves.
Harper's situation with her horse was kind of awkward. I mean, her parents even saw that her going to take Memtex was kind of a stupid idea in terms of why. When Harry died, she started panicking, actually. But as us characters move on through the story and actually get to know her, I liked her. Her view on Catholic school was hilarious and I loved her best friend, Win. And then she was also with Josh at the same time (and we all know how that worked out) and I saw him as a nice friend but nothing else. Us readers now all know who's her perfect match!
Neil had that special spark in him. We usually don't find that kind of special something in fictional characters (okay, maybe I do all the time) and he definitely had it. Someone who's there for you and actually gets your experience (his brother's life) is your ultimate soulmate, people. I shipped them hard from the start, from where Harper thought that he was a stalker! *laughs* Those awkward relationship-starts always seem to work out in the end.
Eileen actually handed us a pretty messed-up ending, but I actually loved it. Beware of some mind-blowing answers to your endless amount of questions. There's star-struck lovers (protestor and daughter of creator?) and a concept that's used continuously, but it somehow worked out for some readers and I can see why. If you're a strict lover of all things science-fiction, then this can definitely turn out fantastic for you. And yet again, you need a ton amount of patience to actually get you going through the pages. This was a downfall for me especially by looking at the author's other works, but all we have to do is remember the great stuff....more
This book was actually a 'National Book Award' finalThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
This book was actually a 'National Book Award' finalist, and I really do believe that it deserves that specific award. With Carrie Arcos' short but defining tale, Out of Reach gave me an understanding of what it's like to be in the place of someone, a character, with no hope or faith left inside of her when everything slowly begins to fall apart from her angle. It's not everyday when we get to see an experience like this, even in literature, but I can tell you that it's so magical to read about a story like this when we've never seen anything like it beforehand. That's the utter power of writing.
Arcos immediately throws readers into a pile of something special—a risky story. Writing something that may be upsetting to some readers or may be totally difficult to write because it takes time for a story like this to build up and strengthen. It's a story of belonging, of friendship and finding the right person to make you feel welcomed and loved. By looking at its simple cover, the mood reflects a darker, deeper story that might sadden readers, where it kind of did, in a way.
"Just like a tapeworm, sometimes a lie has to be physically removed. The problem is, most of us still carry the lie around inside a jar like a souvenir." (14)
You see that quote above? It speaks to me. Carrie Arcos' writing contained so many relatable phrases like that throughout this whole novel, and I could literally feel the pain that the characters were giving off, especially Rachel's. Her story may not be the most unique and divergent in the YA lit world, but it was nice to read about a good sister-brother relationship like she and her brother, Micah, once had. It's not everyday when you read about a sister wiling to do anything to save the person she looks up to the most in her life when he's gone.
No, this isn't about death. It's more of a mystery, kind of like John Green's Paper Towns, where Micah has left the clues for Rachel, begging for her to save him in ways that us ordinary people cannot even fully comprehend. That's a big part of the novel, with a hint or two of romance between Rachel and Tyler, because hey—she has to be happy, too. It would've been so miserable if the story just focused on her finding her drug-abused brother somewhere living on the streets. *cries*
This was written in a super high pace and something was missing. Are stories not supposed to be written with slow-moving paces and beautiful writing when they are about these kinds of subjects? Something was missing here. Yeah, I finished the book in a matter of hours and ended up pleased, but I needed a little more from this whole situation to give it a great rating. The writing is quick, meaningful, but I bet that the romance and all of the other themes used kind of jumbled up together to give readers something less than ordinary. (And not in a good way, either.)
Yes, there could have been improvements. Yes, I would have liked a better love interest. Yes, there were issues! But, guess what? I really do not care because I enjoyed reading my first Carrie Arcos book so much. There is a lot in this story that many teens can relate to, and was a total interesting journey that made my heart jump at some moments of fear and/or happiness. I would definitely, definitely recommend this to you if you are a contemporary reader, as I am myself. A perfect read to have with a hot coffee by your side during the autumn season!...more
Wildlife was very generic. It is not the read that many have been ravinThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Wildlife was very generic. It is not the read that many have been raving about forever. Instead, it is a book about random stuff that life holds all clumped together. Honestly. It is about living in the wilderness, sure, as the title promises, but it mostly is about two girls who are playing with romance, with first love, and with the peer pressure that teenagers have to go through constantly. No biggie and I promise you, this is not life changing. Instead, it is a weak story that holds nothing but... no point? It was not much entertainment, it instead held a slow paced plot and not much going on.
Wildlife, you constantly bored me. I spent a majority of my "reading experience" rolling my eyes and checking how much I left. Why did I finish it, you ask? Characters and their spice. Honestly, the characters did have spice in them and each of them, including Holly, Lou and Sibylla each had their flair that made me like who they were. Wildlife would have been a complete disaster if weren't for them. It was almost a disaster.
"In the wall is the window. On the window is the curtain. Through the window is the moon. You can even write gibberish in the journal if you like; it still connects you to the page, to the idea, at least, of communicating. Apparently." (11)
I must say that this is all revolving around a few subjects that do not teach readers anything. This is about love, learning from experiences, and sex. It is not a funny book, nor the happiest one around. It seemed like the story was constantly dragging itself to another point and moment where I disliked this more. I honestly do not have too much to say because I have seen this before. Copycat novels are not too pleasing, let me tell you. Fiona Wood's YA novel was one of those, and I have seen it before.
It is interesting to read about a campus-wilderness book that it not about a university nor a camp. It is something in between, though it is full of drama and not about the subjects and themes which are prominent in contemporary romances. The romance was passionate, sure, but an episode of 90210 would have been pleased to add this in its plot.
Wildlife is not one's dash of sunshine or bright rays of joy. In fact, it was not too great and I would... maybe recommend it. But I promise you that there are many better books out there that are more pleasing and interesting. Good luck with this one, fellow reviewers and friends. At least the characters might make you smile....more
Back when I read Morgan Rhodes' stellar Falling Kingdoms, I fell in lovThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Back when I read Morgan Rhodes' stellar Falling Kingdoms, I fell in love and added all of her books onto my TBR list on Goodreads. And at that time, I already had a copy of A Book of Spirits and Thieves ready in hand so I could fall in love with her writing all over again. I should've read it right away because I keep falling in love with the fictional, beautiful world of Mytica where everything is fantasy and just speaks to me. This series can probably one day be classified as just as good as the other series that I've come to love, that's for sure.
A Book of Spirits and Thieves is more magical and special than any other fantasy book I've read about in a while. It's interesting, definitely more real than the usual in writing, and just as powerful as Morgan Rhodes' writing usually is. I really enjoyed it, and there's nothing I can possibly complain about or regret reading about. Agh. Fangirl alert, I tell you.
"It had been just over two years since Daniel Hatcher left. Her father. Her hero. Her friend. Her mentor. The man who'd shared with her his love for animals and photography."
Even though this dealt with magic and the astonishing world of Mytica, there were real-life concepts that many readers could relate to. Sisterhood, losing someone who you love, divorce. It's set in a contemporary-fantasy reality and world where two out of the three protagonists and main characters which Rhodes introduces live in modern day downtown Toronto. The atmosphere is so relatable. For once, I could read a book where I finally am able to understand the street names and tourist attractions found nearby. It's certainly magical for a Canadian.
I must say that I fell in love with this story from page one. We were introduced to Crystal and her sister, Becca, who are obsessed readers. They help their mother out at their bookstore downtown and when a large package comes in the mail, they open it and discover an old book with weird scriptures and writing. This immediately sends Becca to the hospital where it's like she's been transformed into another world. In fact, she has—Mytica. Crystal strives to help her sister and bring her back, alongside some help from a rich, "snobby" teenager named Farrell, who I fell in love with. Then, there's Maddox, who is extra adorable as well. Again, Morgan Rhodes creates a cast of characters who certainly deserve a bookish Oscar for the best crew. *grins*
Crystal Hatcher: She's kickass and totally reminds me of myself, in a way. She's shy, quiet but rebellious at the same time and I loved her personality at all times. She made the best decisions at the best time. I think she's exactly like Cleo, in Morgan's other rocking series. Pretty similar, if you ask me.
Farrell Grayson: HOT is the only word that I could use to describe him. Other reviews have noted that he doesn't know what he's doing and we're all meant to hate him and all, but I do think otherwise. He's hot, sexy, and interesting. I don't know if I could even possibly ship him with Crystal or anything, because he's certainly all mine.
Maddox Corso: A male witch? We don't usually see this in YA fiction, and I grant another large applause to Morgan for that. She did a fantastic job shaping his character, showing his powers and how strong of an attitude he has at all times. I loved the person who he became by the end, and he helped Becca in so many ways, including some romantically. *wiggles eyebrows*
"One sees a snake, and one is afraid. But snakes are no more frightening than any other beast. A rabbit's bite might lack lethal poison, but it can be every bit as deep and dangerous as Aegus's. But one sees something pleasant to the eye, and the fear vanishes, the guard drops. Appearances can be deceiving."
That's just one of the many beautiful samples and snippets of Morgan's writing. The plot was just about perfect, and I would definitely rate it five freaking awesome stars. My heart raced alongside the characters's, and my mind couldn't stop fidgeting with everything—I was in love, and that rarely has happened lately. Mixing fantasy with a contemporary, realistic world is one of the best ideas I've read in a book in ages. And it came together so smoothly. This was a complete pleasure to read.
Reading this is something that every lover of any genre will adore: You don't have to be a hardcore high fantasy fan. To tell you the truth, I never was until I came across of Sarah J. Maas and Morgan's writing. This lightly touches some genre and hints of romance, but I bet that it wasn't meant to had. It's interesting, compelling, and will throw you into a room full of these characters from the first page—that's how real it feels. I just wish I could take a time portol to Mytica, because I'd rise up on my tippy toes and give a big kiss to Farrell and Maddox, your two new book boyfriends. SEQUEL, I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD WAIT MUCH LONGER. PLEASE ARRIVE BY FEDEX IN TWO DAYS AND I WILL NEVER LEAVE MY HOUSE AGAIN....more
The Endgame is here. It has begun. The characters are all rivals and thThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
The Endgame is here. It has begun. The characters are all rivals and things are seriously getting started. James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton provided readers with a continuation of the story of a lifetime. It was not as good as the first, though I am throughly impressed with the action, development and memorable parts of this all. The characters continue to play the game, searching for keys, in different parts of the world that puts this all together like puzzle pieces. This novel is racing, gorgeous, memorable and reminds me of why I enjoyed the first book so much and stood up for it. It was not just because of a game, or because it featured a unique dystopian experience. This series rocks my world and causes me to be so obsessed with everything about this. Including the writing.
Frey and Johnson-Shelton begin this novel off with a fresh start. As we know, the first novel ends off with quite of a cliffhanger dealing with Sarah and Jago's relationship. I wanted the two fabulous authors to continue with that... but of course they did not, which makes the sequel more worthwhile. The authors provide readers with a continuation of the last book, with more drama, action and moments with characters who seemed to be more secondary in the first one—like Aisling. All of the good stuff is thrown into the story to show that the series is just not over yet.
I have to embrace the beauty of the different settings in the book that make this not even a speck of confusing. Normally, I am hesitant with books with multiple perspectives, but the duo writers did it fabulously. The plot was fast-paced for most of the time and I really enjoyed it all overall.
Sarah and Jago. The power couple (and practically the only couple in the story) keep on doing their thing beautifully. There was constant drama between them and the game, and they all turned out to be stronger than ever by the end, even though readers had this constant doubt in our minds that something bad would happen, spoiler alert, it all went pretty well.
The Ending. I NEED MORE. MY LIFE DEPENDS ON THE ENDING AND WINNER(S)? OF THIS LEGACY/STORY/WHATEVER. If it does not get shoved into my hands soon enough, I will write a satisfying ending for myself. (I do whatever it takes honestly).
The Characters. Many pissed me off, but as a reader, that always seems to happen when I enjoy a series so much. Every character is involved with some kind of catastrophe that the authors include to keep readers in on this wild ride. It is wild, it is hectic. You can never find that safe spot when reading The Endgame, that's for sure.
The Fact That... this journey is not going anywhere. I am pretty sure that this is a trilogy... and not many people are killed. NOT THAT I WANT CHARACTERS TO DIE. I am just waiting for more to happen, for the bloodlines to come alive and for readers to discover who is left, you know? I expected more from this story. Meh. Watch this novel fool me.
Sky Key quickly revolved around the actual key itself. A group found it, and honestly, nothing much happened after that. I, as a reader, expected more to actually come out of this story and hit me... in the feels. The writing style is so bizarre, mysterious and irregular compared to other dystopians that I just cannot function anymore. I ADORED THAT PART. I also need the final novel, just like the endless amount of other fans like myself. *cries of happiness*...more
After instantly devouring Czukas's Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, I'veThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
After instantly devouring Czukas's Top Ten Clues You're Clueless, I've been ready to head to the library and grab a copy of everything that Liz has ever written. Discovering that a copy of her debut novel, Ask Again Later, was available, I was ready to jump all the way straight to happiness. In fact, although it wasn't as good as her newest novel, I still enjoyed it and am glad that I had been given a chance to enjoy a bunch of Liz's chick-lit, cutesy romance writing. It was pretty good, after all.
So I've been finding myself reading a lot about prom lately. It's such a cute concept that every teenager goes through, and every teenager has a different experience and opinion of it. And this is all about a young girl's experience that fate would've taken her into: with two different guys, all at the same night. WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT OF THAT COOL, SCI-FI LIKE, PARALLEL UNIVERSE THING UP IN CONTEMP-ROMANCE?! Not me, that's for sure.
This is about a girl whose name is literally "Heart." And of course, that comes from hippie parents who she'd rather not even mention. She plans to head to senior prom with her big group of friends, playing it casual and having more fun than having to worry about the right colour. But then she gets two surprise invitations and she doesn't want to let the guys: jock or theatre geek, down. So she decides to flip a coin, one guy per option, which then somehow lets her live both experiences/dates in one night. This then begins to get readers questioning where that'll take her when it's time to make the decision.
This is the groovy concept that I've read about in contemporary for ages. But then at the same time, it stands as one of the only positive things that this book left for me. Coin flipping to make a decision is interesting as you can't possibly make up your mind when you're a good person, but then flipping into two alternative worlds is the best thing of all. I loved that.
It seemed that the actual prom nights dragged on a bit. There was a lot going on before the prom where the different perspectives switched, and then there was a little too much drama that left me rolling my eyes. But then in the end, I guess that everyone'll have a different opinion on how much the actual story interested them in the end. *shrugs* The way things turned out kind of dreaded for Heart, though.
So I can't say that I'm obsessed with any of the romances that Heart had, but there was a little something special with each of them. The mysterious theatre geek and Heart were my favourite though. *dreams*
Ask Again Later has a broad subject that made the story so much better than if it was a typical prom romance about a girl who can't make up her mind. It's not something that'll satisfy every reader, but it certainly does leave an impact and a lot of thoughts about fate afterwards. I'll definitely be reading more book by this author in the future, that's for sure. I love the cover schemes as well!...more
I usually do not have a problem with YA that includes characters who time travel. That has been done in Claudia Gray and Erica O'Rourke's work and their work is some of the best I have ever read, in all of Young Adult Fiction. WHAT HAPPENED HERE, MY FELLOW BOOKS AND REVIEWERS? I had a big problem with this book and I just did not want to keep reading after those 150 pages: strict boredom.
Why do I, as a reader, have to force myself to read a book? For an in-depth review? To recommend/not recommend the book to other readers on Goodreads and on my blog? I do not want to waste my time reading books that are not my kind. The Love That Split the World was one of those. I fell in love with the cover ages before it was released, and I was just really excited to read it. I thought that the Grandmother concept would be different and exciting, but I just felt that Emily Henry has provided readers with a bland story. I do not know if I could pinpoint this one with another book, but I just did not enjoy it as much as I wish I had.
Listen, I liked the fact that our protagonist, Natalie, is Native-American. This provides diversity and it goes so well with what the book is supposed to offer. Supposed to. It was supposed to offer readers a chance and glimpse at what it is like to be at the point of your life where you do not know what is coming next. I am not there yet, so I couldn't relate. Aimee @ The Social Potato's review just summed my feelings perfectly. IT WAS TRYING TOO HARD TO BE NATURAL, INTERESTING. I just did not feel the contemporary, you know? I could not even point whether this is contemporary, fantasy, romance or something in between. I just gave up.
Possibly, if I had been in a different mood, I would have finished this. When my mind began to be distracted by other things (because of how boring this was), I decided that I wanted to move on to my next read. To be completely honest, I do not even remember what this was all about. It is just a girl who is trying to save some guy that an imaginary "Grandmother" told her to save. That's weird, if you ask me.
I have realized that I made a good decision with books (for once, in my life): I DNFed a book that disappointed me. Perhaps it will not disappoint you; there are many positive reviews out there, anyway. Emily Henry writes a little weirdly, if you ask me, but there is a lot of potential for this to be praised with its diversity and interesting heroine. The romance? I do not recall anything special about it. And trust me, I am a romance lover. The Love That Split the World really did split me apart....more
I always find myself attracted to books that involve the wonderful, butThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I always find myself attracted to books that involve the wonderful, but perhaps childish concept called the circus. I have been to a circus twice, and I really see a lot of amazement when looking at the way the show is actually prepared. Menagerie gave me that experience, amazingly, but in a way that no audience would ever expect to see in a modern, contemporary society. Who would expect people to go watch... monsters and mythological creatures?
Yes, you heard me correctly. Rachel Vincent writes about monsters living in this "world" we call the menagerie, and there's basically every kind you have been afraid of or have heard of. Yes, mermaids and werewolves are present, and they're all held in cages, where people in this novel go out and see them, seeing what they are capable of and how they look, because some definitely have human distinct physical features. It's a brilliant concept that is really difficult to come up with and broaden... and I'm not so sure if the author did the best job ever with the broadening part, but I'll let you know now that the concept is my most favourite part of the whole book.
This book was pretty well written, and I definitely enjoy reading Vincent's writing style. She writes like she's part of the audience of this circus, not like she's pretending for it to be real or something of that sort. Yes, there are many different protagonists and perspectives which she is writing from, but everyone is distinct, not only with their physical features but their issues that they are dealing with as they are in the menagerie. This is absolutely messed up.
And the author also makes it sound extra real because she adds in quotes that have supposedly taken place in the 1980s, not some wild dystopian time like the 2300s or whatever. You could seriously imagine this taking place in society today, or in the past. You feel like you could turn on the news and see headlines about the characters, Delilah or Rudolph escaping or creating some chaos. It is rare to read a novel with such depth and realism to it, and I am grateful to have given this start to an extraordinary series a try.
So with these kinds of books, and with any other kind that deals with a bunch of unreal characters, there's always the one soul who is different from the rest. In this case, she is supposed to be a human. Delilah heads to the menagerie with her family, striving to see something new and see the different ways that some creatures live. And then she discovers that she's just like them, and next thing you know, she's put in a cage and is ready to say goodbye to the life that she once had.
"Fear is a powerful, often irrational emotion, and mass fear on the scale of what followed the reaping has the power to shake any society to its core. As long as the world remembered, they would live in fear of all cryptids—regardless of whether or not any individual among us was truly dangerous." (186)
No, there's no romance. And I guess that this is partially adult as the characters are not the age of teenagers, but there isn't anything that really breaks apart the two. If you enjoy adult novels, go for this and vice versa for YA. This is seriously a book for everyone.
Menagerie really made me feel like I was living in a cage. It's a brilliant novel that was fast-paced at first, and then kind of bored me after, but I enjoyed it either way. I do not know if I will end up picking up the sequel, but I am glad for this experience and the ability that I got to read Rachel Vincent's newest story. Plus, the cover is stunning and I'm pretty sure it's calling out to you....more
Judy Blume is one of the most masterful writThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
*3.5 star rating*
Judy Blume is one of the most masterful writers out there, literally. Since I was in the third grade, I've been reading and devouring her novels, crying, bawling and wanting more each time. I've almost actually read all of her books, and as I made my way towards the first adult novel of hers from my view, I was very much excited, but nervous at the same time. It's always awkward to start off a new genre with an author who you've read YA from! At least, that's what I always have believed...
In the Unlikely Event was pretty great because of the fact that it's based on real, true events that occurred in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The funny thing is that I've actually been (and stayed) in Elizabeth after heading to New York this year, and reading about the horrible events that ruined the lives of many and their families is just heartbreaking since I can picture Newark Airport, and the amount of flights coming in and out from the safest airport in America. If you have experience with some kind of situation in a novel, then you're thousands of times more likely to feel the pain and feels more.
This actually turned out to be one of those cheesy adult stories. I've been there, done that, and feel that the concept and what it held was so disappointing. Contemporaries are usually my kind of thing, and reading about the reenactment of a historical event that actually hit the lives of many people usually interests me. And what was this about? Different perspectives of the events of the plane crashes that were trying to get to Newark but ended up crashing within each other in an area. This features many different characters who are all, in one way or another, impacted continuously by this. And when one occurred, you don't expect anything else to happen but just loss and tragedy, though it kept occurring and my mind literally blew.
I saw the plot to actually be pretty adult-like in the matter of nothing cute occurring. Y'all know what I mean? Blume focuses on what readers will feel, which is excellent, but the depth of the characters and information of the event(s) didn't seem to be present, and I would've loved that. Reading about plane crashes and events like this has tons of research needed to be added, and I apologize, but we don't need a memoir here. It seemed like Blume only looked at what people saw, but not the facts. If it's actually based on a true story (and she got to live it), then why hadn't there have been more facts? These characters are fictional, anyways.
Seeing why people enjoyed this is the main focus that I'd like to look upon here. It is pure realism, and I find that there was nothing that seemed too fictional or fake in this sense as well. I guess at the time of reading, I wasn't in the mood for something too sweet in the sense of character-development only, but many have enjoyed the wonders of relationships that it held. But what was the point of having more than ten different characters who are all dealing with the same issue? I guess Blume enjoys looking at different people, young and old, and telling readers their stories, since they all see life at a different perspective. I'd definitely give the characters a 5 star, but it was a little too exaggerated in that sense, too. Where was the balance? WHY CAN'T THE MESSAGE BE CRYSTAL CLEAR?
And at the same time, this was a great novel. It's something that you're honestly going to have to find the right time for. You can't read it while you're staying on vacation (or at least I can't) or else you'll imagine planes crashing. But if you put a lot of thought into the story, it's not only about the planes crashing, it's the likelihood of something this shi*ty to occur in your life. Some characters didn't even realize what kind of huge deal this placed on their lives. Now I'm just getting too philosophical, I feel, by the way. Every reader will find something special about this novel in one way or another. Find yours, if you ever decide to give this a chance.
It's a quick read, too! Yes, it's 397 pages of a small perpendicular font and long pages, but time flew by as I read. It also was for the fact that I had to return it back to the library, but let's forget about that. It's fast-paced but slow and sweet at the same time. Everyone has been anticipating for a book like this to hit the world in this modern-day era, just saying.
This actually felt like a sunrise. You know, it's been a really long time since Blume released something, and readers, like myself, have been left in the dark, the night. We've all been anticipating this for years and years, something new to give us a different insight on life and fate, and that's the actual sunrise. Although I hadn't been so impressed and obsessed to give it a perfect rating, it was quite enjoyable and definitely recommended if you'd like something more sappy than informationally-filled. But what do you possibly expect from an author who deals with a lot of romance in all of her novels? And I must say, there's a lot of humour here as well. ...more
Ally Carter's novels have been in my life since the start of my bookishThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Ally Carter's novels have been in my life since the start of my bookish obsession. I adored the start of her Gallagher Girls series, but then never ended up finishing it after getting bored in the fourth book. Meh. All Fall Down is a read that everyone seems to be chatting about and the buzz is real. How could I not want to be part of this hype?
I expected a spy book. It was part-mystery (ish), part-contemporary with a girl who has gone through so many traumas and catastrophes in her life that she's completely depressed. Her mother's death hits her so hard, as it definitely would, and she can't let go of the fact that she's gone. The Embassy Row is in power and she's part of it. It's not like she fights crime and kicks butt as we all expected from Ally Carter's other novels from the past. This is more of a novel about finding yourself and what life has to give to you—what's your role. That kind of thing. It's definitely nothing close to being a favourite for me, that's for sure.
"I stand there for a long time, looking at the empty alley, and thinking about that little girl who was certain she had seen her mother come this way. Not for the first time I have to wonder where my mother went and why I couldn't follow."
So, I wouldn't pick this book up if it wasn't for the hype. But then again, there are so many Ally Carter fans out there who can't stop wishing for another Gallagher Girls book, so I guess that kind of played into this? And now I discovered that it's going to be a series and I definitely threw my hands in the air and pushed the futuristic book out of my hands. No way am I going to read that or anything by this author again. It's just not for me. Maybe it's for you, spy lover extraordinaire. I'm just not a big fan of itsy-bity teeny weeny teenagers trying to be cool and rule the world like the FBI. Nah, not for my liking.
The prime advantage and positive point which Carter handed me, specifically me as a reader, was Grace's character. I did like her, and maybe it's because of her and the fact that this isn't a long read are the reasons why I never ended up putting it down. Grace is cool, badass and always is right when she states something. She knows what she's doing and how to go with the flow at the worst times. She did have a traumatic memory of that past, but that didn't stop her from fighting for her mom and showing all the losers in the Embassy Row who is right. Young Adult Fiction needs more characters like her, that's for sure.
I was exhausted when I finished reading, and possibly scarred for life. I still have the scar on my brain, y'know. It was plain boring and just out of interest for me. But the cool concept was THE EMBASSY ROW, you know the streets of embassies of different countries? Grace compares the Row to be like a domino effect and walking into different countries, which is super interesting. I do like the way that was written but it didn't play a huge effect onto the book except for the fact that it was the setting. Grace met tons and tons of people of different cultures, (which added lots of diversity of course) and it all played a role into how strong she became by the end. AND THEN WE HAVE NOAH, WHO IS A BABE.
What if some hot guy came up to you and told you he's your best friend? I'd love that.
And then they become friends right away (which is unique in a novel) and I grin like a maniac. Thankfully, no one was watching me while I was reading or I'd be classified as a fool. But sadly that wasn't the romance which Carter had readied up for readers. It was supposed to be between Grace and Alexei, which I found strange. I mean, Alexei was so stalker-ish and I DIDN'T like his character, which kind of toughened things up. I wonder if something will increase in the following sequel, which won't be coming onto my TBR list, that's for sure. Their relationship did have some pluses, which I didn't catch to share.
Meh. Things didn't go as well as I hoped, but I guess that reading this book is all about what you're usually into. I'm not a fan of those different-contemporary worlds where something that's impossible is possible fit into modern society. No, this surely wasn't dystopian fiction, but it wasn't as contemporary as you'd expect it to be because of the evolution of technology shown. Carter's awesome at world-building, but sometimes it just doesn't fit into the book and doesn't go. It's like trying to solve a puzzle when you're missing a piece—that's my experience of reading this book. All Fall Down has a hideous character, a love interest that's supposed to go the other way around, an awesome protagonist and a trihard-unique plot when it sounds the same like her past works. That's all. ...more
I constantly find myself reading books about cheesy romances. I originaThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
I constantly find myself reading books about cheesy romances. I originally picked this one up because of the many positive reviews that have been floating around the bookish blogosphere. It's not a Michelle-read, that's for sure. Danielle Younge-Ullman's Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance sits around with the weakest kind of concept and plot that I've read about in a long time. Sociologists should definitely take a look at how the characters behave in this book and their reasons for things because... You wouldn't really like Lola if you discovered what she did.
It's stupid, basically. She pretends to be an alcoholic so she can get into this posh rehab and find the guy that she's "attracted" to. Would I call this nonsense? Absolutely. I can't picture myself ever giving this book more than a three point five rating, because the whole concept ruined it all. It's supposed to be realistic contemporary romance, not something about a dumb teenager who doesn't know what she's doing and makes bad decision. I hated Lola. Ugh. I guess that I wouldn't like a character if they do something that I would never be able to do.
What Younge-Ullman's story gave to readers was utter confusion. I'm not confused in a literal, legitimate way, but in a way onto why the author made this story up. I'm completely feeling weird. Sure, it's a summer read, but everything didn't make sense for the kind of novel that it turned out to be. So the main character, Lola, is having a boring summer, but when her best friend Sydney lets her know about this rehab that she's in and that Lola's ULTIMATE CRUSH (picture me being sarcastic here) is getting admitted, Lola decides to fake it and get in.
WHAT? I hated a lot of things in this book, but the premise frustrated me the most. I found myself continuously rolling my eyes, feeling weird about everything and not really knowing what to expect. I just can't picture many people enjoying it, and I feel like it turned out to be more of a drama-filled, trashy contemporary. It was predictable, yet enjoyable at times when I was ready to let out a few giggles. It depends on which perspective you look at. The romance? That was cute. But everything else seemed more underwhelming than impressive.
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance is a read that not everyone can get into easily. For a contemporary romance, it's more fictional than realistic—which was the opposite of what I was planning for. I would've preferred more of an in-depth, fun novel, but at the same time, if you're looking for something entertaining and trashy, then this is definitely for you. It could be defined as that "perfect chick-lit for teens." ...more
Playing With Matches is one of those books that I knew I wouldn't enjoyThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Playing With Matches is one of those books that I knew I wouldn't enjoy from when I read the first page. It's a limited short read that was quick and satisfying for one of those readers who enjoy chick-lit and nonsense reads. And by "nonsense," I literally mean one of those that come with no-plot, no message, just plain drama and complaining from the protagonist, Rain. I'm pretty disappointed, but what could I expect when I'm always the black sheep and that this has a positive Goodreads overall rating?
I didn't look at this book for its writing, for its in-depth details that pertain to the characters' lives. Instead, I guess I just had to evaluate this and give my opinion from a simple view. At the time when I read this, I wasn't in for a trashy read so that may have affected my rating quite a bit. But seriously? I wouldn't even classify this as YA fiction. It completely gave the look as a middle-grade tween book about a dumb girl who tries to save her sister, Leah, from getting lovesick in Toronto.
This has a pretty cliché cover too, after all. What else could I have expected when I see a girl making the Justin Bieber hand-finger-heart? A little teenager can't start making a business out of match-making, that's for sure. People, young or old start sending her emails about themselves and feel that this person they don't even know will help them set them up on dates. *rolls eyes*
If someone told me that there's another novel out there similar to this one by one of my most favourite authors, I still don't think I'd go for it. It's boring, cheesy and uninteresting. I guess that one of the only intriguing parts were the side characters, like Professor K, Leah, Jake, all of that drama that came out of the dates and such. Rain's complaining, "boring" life? Yeah I wasn't too interested in what she had to say. When she had a ton of new friends, a nice lifestyle, all she could do was complain about everything: about a sticky pole in a bus, about her sister not understanding her when Rain's the total annoying kid, there's a ton of things.
The fact that this was quick kept me going, but then again: Why did I waste my time?Playing With Matches was something that I picked out without even knowing what it was about, but if I did, then I might've not given it a chance anyway. If you're fine with reading something that's more meant for twelve year olds instead of YA, then this might be okay. But then again, it's trashy and weird. Meh....more
Whoops, what a mistake! I initially wanted to pick uThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
DNF @ 100 pages
Whoops, what a mistake! I initially wanted to pick up Ernest Cline's Armada solely for the reason that it was one of BEA 2015's most crazed-about books, and for the reason that I have heard so much about Ready Player One, Cline's debut.
I found myself only enjoying the non-sciencey parts of the story, and the parts that only focused on Zack's actual high school life and his struggles. To be honest, those moments did not show up regularly. I decided to let this one go because I have no time to read this and waste my time. I would rather pick up other summary novels at the moment. This would go well for gamers, but definitely, not for someone like me, someone who hates science-fiction novels ever since the 2012-2014 phase of sci-fi. ...more
Disney has always been part of my life, whetThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
*3.5 star rating*
Disney has always been part of my life, whether it's the movies, stories or morals related. Since Beauty and the Beast as well as The Lion King, my two favourite movies to this day, I’ve bene obsessed and I won’t ever forget or set aside the stories that brought my childhood together and taught me so many things. After discovering that Melissa de la Cruz, one of my all-time favourite authors, will be releasing a prequel to a coming Disney movie that’s all about the children of the villains that every kid knows about today, I WAS STOKED. I still am stoked, feeling excited and so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to read such a fabulous novel.
Before reading, or in your *points to review reader* situation, I recommend thinking about your likings of books. This is middle-grade, by the way, but I firmly believe that anyone will like this, young or old. ANY DISNEY LOVER will become obsessed, just saying. *giggles* Do you enjoy some fantasy associated with goblins, dwarves and plain spells and magic? If you’re okay with that (because I know I am) then you'll totally love this. Get ready for a true enjoyable read.
“This was the Isle of the Lost. Evil lived, breathed, and ruled the island, and King Beast and his sickly sweet billboards cajoling the former villains of the world to do good had no place in it. Who wanted to make lemonade from lemons, when you could make perfectly good lemon grenades?” (Hardcover, page 21)
No one knows Disney better than Melissa over here. Just saying. I can imagine the amount of research and awesomeness needed to be put to make such a complex novel like this! And really, the storyline may seem simplistic and all, but there’s so much to it. Kids have to be interested and have weak attention spans these days, so shouldn’t this be full of details? *nods* AND THERE WAS. Where can I simply begin on the subject of plot and all? This was fabulous.
But before I get head of myself, let’s talk about my personal synopsis for you. :) It all begins with the story of each child, Cruella de Vil’s son, Carlos, Maleficent’s daughter, Mal, Jafar’s son, Jay and the Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie. They’re all thrown into each other’s life somehow, and at first, things don’t work well, but as their island and home is put at stake, they realize that they have to work together for peace, and to maintain their reputations, as well as discovering who they really are. And finding the Dragon’s Eye, of course. But, that’s an adventure that you’re going to have to take this time around, heh.
I feel that the Descendants movie that’ll be premiering on Disney Channel this summer’s going to be a hit. Think of Camp Rock, but for this generation of kids. *thinks of my sister* And of course, there’s all of the Disney live-action retelling films that are releasing now, like Maleficent and Cinderella. Everyone wants to see the children of the villains that we were grown to be scared of, no? It’s a new way to see Disney, and this was a perfect retelling. I mean, I bet not every kid’s going to pick this up and read it since it’s what happens before the main events of the movie, but it’ll always be there to hand a background story over to readers and give them a twist on the usual Disney that comes to mind. Right? Right.
This was the ultimate twist on Disney. ALL OF THE CHARACTERS THAT WE FELL IN LOVE WITH WHEN WE WERE KIDS ARE BACK. You’ll see flashbacks and moments with Ariel, Cinderella, Belle and the Beast, just to name a few. And you know how the princesses were all teenagers when their main story occurred? This is after the ever-after, and then you’ll get to read about what they’re up to now, and more on where they live and their kingdom. How did I not know anything about their USA? *lets everyone know that it’s not America* WOOT. The world setting was unlike anything I’ve read of before, filled with evilness and classes that are made according to your EQ (like your IQ, though all about how much evil you have inside of you). It’s a magical isle, I must say.
Evie had to be my ultimate favourite character. She had to deal with so much, and her mother’s manipulation and her forcing of Evie having to be the fairest literally broke my heart, but it made it so much better because there was an outside issue that the characters had to deal with. And just to let you know, things did get better for her and her self-esteem. CONFIDENCE IS THE BEST REPUTATION TO HAVE. And she grew stronger, not letting some stupid evil girl get in her way out of jealousy. *coughMALcough*
And then we obviously had the other three main people: Jay, Mal and Carlos. (By the way, Belle and Beast’s son, BEN also makes appearances!) They pissed me off, just saying. I’m not sure if they were supposed to be really annoying and snobby, or it was just me and THE EVILNESS that they portrayed. Ugh. That sure was an issue for me, and I kind of dreaded when Mal’s POV and perspective came along because she annoyed me to the full extent. Huh. *sits grumpily in the corner* That could possibly be JUST me, just saying.
Was there romance? No, this is a middle-grade. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t ask me that question. Hah. But there was some crushy-cutesy related stuff happening with Evie and Carlos, possibly. Thankfully this wasn’t one of those unrealistic middle-grade fantasies where anything can happen, even though this is pure Disney. IT WASN’T PREDICTABLE, SO THAT’S A GOOD START.
All in all, I was really REALLY impressed with this pretty. It’s actually unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I normally don’t ever read middle grade unless I’m sure of it and know that I’ll like it and that it’ll be perfectly okay and fine for me. In this case, it certainly was and I ended up being the proudest person alive. Since I borrowed this from the library, I’LL HAVE TO grab myself a copy and get my little sister to read it, if she’s okay with goblins serving coffee. Hah. I want to live on the creepy island, the Isle of the Lost!...more
Do you enjoy one of those coming-of-age YA books? WhThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*3.5 star rating*
Do you enjoy one of those coming-of-age YA books? What about those with heart-warming protagonists who change so much in their contemporary journey? Well then, guess what? Damsel Distressed is the perfect read for you, although it wasn’t one of those. To me, it lacked in the non-cheesy factor.
Kelsey Macke delivers a great novel in the end, if that’s what you’re trying to ask me. The message is clear, big, and bright, and it can seriously teach some teenagers a lesson or two. Plus, who doesn’t want to read a fairy-tale retelling, especially one of Cinderella? And guess who’s Cinderella? Yes, the poor protagonist, by the end, although it doesn’t really look like it at first. I’m a little shocked with that one. *sarcasm*
“Grant is my gravity. He doesn’t force anything, but he is a force. Something I never even notice until I realize I haven’t drifted away. He loves me and has shown me that love over and over.”
Imogen is stressed and depressed, as she feels that her whole life has collapsed in front of her eyes. After her mother died, she entered a state of depression as well as an eating disorder with binge eating when she feels sad. The only person she feels who is actually there for her is her best friend, Grant, who she deeply loves. Now she has a new stepsister named Ella and everything is going horribly. Written through her journey of heading into therapy and her high school life, Imogen’s character is seriously someone to remember for all readers.
This is all about real life, in the end. You know how they say that everything happens for a reason? From the start, Imogen firmly believed that her getting a stepsister would be the best thing that has happened to her in a while, and at least, before she actually met her. Things don’t always go as planned, people. And through it all, the real-life factor of the novel turned out to be the best thing that this book actually had. It’s truly deep and meaningful, after all.
And actually? Other than the fact that Imogen’s character seemed too rough and that her story always seems to be overused in dramatic contemporaries in YA fiction, Macke turned out to be a great writer. The way she kept the story moving was wonderful and it’s the kind of book that’ll make you want to keep reading until it’s over so you can discover what’ll happen in the end, since we’re all looking for uniqueness in writing after all. The concept hadn’t ‘spoken’ to me as I would’ve liked but hey, the cover and writing was truly adorable.
"A little bit of sadness? Check. A little bit of fear? Check. A little bit of anxiety? Check. And something new. A little bit of joy? Check."
HOLY I FORGOT TO MENTION THE ROMANCE. So I’m a sucker for best-friend romances and this was the most perfect friendship has begun. No instant love or any of that occurred because they’ve been friends for ages and it turned out to be magical between ‘Cinderella and Charming.’ I ship it, totally.
This was a fairly enjoyable read, but yet again, it's not for everyone. You need to enjoy the clichés that are often used in literature and be able to stand them for a full-length novel. Look forward for a nice contemporary romance that deals with mental illnesses and all of that fun concepts that people love to read about or hear about on the news. Also, LOOK FORWARD FOR THE MUSIC AND JOURNAL ENTRIES. That was all hipster, to tell you the truth. *winks*...more
You know, I've always seen these books around at theThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*4.5 star rating*
You know, I've always seen these books around at the bookstore. Go Ask Alice has been on my TBR for ages. Ages, literally. Letting Ana Go was actually one that I never even heard about until my local library's catalogue received it. Anorexia is a sensitive subject that not many modern YA novels touch upon on excluding Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, a favourite of mine. This anonymous author has hit it perfectly, in a tiny novel that keeps readers guessing.
I love making predictions when reading. Not every novel can obviously leave you with an endless amount of questions that surround the protagonist or plot, but this sure did. Although it has an unattractive cover, the title and premise sounded so relatable (not to me, but to teenagers everywhere) and I found myself in the mood for a novel that's just surrounded with one thing. After reading, I've come to realize that the author adds more than just an anorexic character; there are many more issues including divorce, keeping fit and drinking at a young age. Go multi subjects!
"Me: I feel like I am my best friend. When I'm able to get through a meal without eating too much, there's this thing I feel inside of me—this strength. It's like a place of power, and when I don't eat too much, or when I exercise enough, it makes me feel invincible. It keeps me company." (Hardcover, page 228)
Now that I even think about it, this title doesn't even seem to make sense, unless the heroine's name is Ana. Through the end of the novel where the protagonist goes through an even tougher situation, her name even gets blacked out and she seems to have no identity. And at the same time, all of the characters are just classified by their first name. When things get hectic by the end, everyone is just by their name. IS THIS NON-FICTION? IS THIS REAL? WHAT? WHOA. If I found it to be actual non-fiction, I'd totally shriek because it's a total crazy story. My life depends on knowing the truth. *stays determined*
You'd think that this has a pretty easy plot, but it doesn't. This book is surely complex. The author makes TWO girls anorexic and it starts off small, just wanting to lose a few pounds and some body fat. But eventually, it becomes like an addiction, probably something even like taking drugs. Your whole mindset is suddenly changed and your life just depends on getting skinnier and skinnier. And then eventually, you have no more goals for yourself and you just collapse. Sure, a diet can be helpful for some, but starving yourself? This is completely ironic because the heroine even told her mother that she had to organize her meals correctly, but then all she's eating is rice cakes. O_O
The writing of this book was utterly fabulous. It was simple, easy-going and easy to follow. A lot of these stories have all of these complications where everyone's trying to help the troubled character out and it just gets chaotic. Because we had an independent young teen as our main character, she kind of blew all of the troubles out and sticked to her own plan. These kinds of books have a broad message that everyone just wants to help out with in reality. I bet that raising awareness for anorexia and eating healthy in a healthy way is the most effective when a person reads a fictional story that deals with the subject. Letting Ana Go left that impact on me and I'm now afraid to eat less than I'm supposed to. *grins*
PLOT TWISTS? SUSPENSE? A MAD ENDING? You've got it. I never saw that coming, I'll tell you that. I totally got freaked out in the end and was completely shocked. Yeah, picture an "O" shaped mouth on my face.
Heck yes, I need all of the books that are written in this tradition. I'll just head to my local bookstore, grab a basket, and slide all of the books off the shelf and head to the cashier, not even caring how much it'll cost me or affect my book buying ban. I can't get enough of this book and the romance and practically EVERYTHING. The perks of being a teenager and having troubles? This is it, and shows that every single teenager has some kind of issue, with some people having a bigger one than others. This is one of the realest contemporaries that I've ever read....more
Corey Ann Haydu is one of those authors whose books I really want to enThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Corey Ann Haydu is one of those authors whose books I really want to enjoy. They seem like the perfect kind of books that'll impress me: contemporary romances that have some darker concept within them. In this case, as well as her previous, Life by Committee, there was so much potential for me to enjoy them. Everything seemed perfect, at first. But as I look back onto these novels, they were dull and not as deep as I wish them to be. I have 2 more of her novels to read and they're both on my TBR list, though I'm now hesitant, as the second time surely wasn't the charm.
Making Pretty was a pretty book, but I feel more meh and bored with it than others have. I surely won't even dream of giving this a perfect star rating, but whatever. It deals with all of the cutesy stuff—sisterhood, first love, rebellion of being a teenager, all of those things that are supposed to matter or happen in life. You'll find that the characters have had a horrible life with endless amounts of 'stepmothers' and weird stuff going on with their family, and they're—Arizona and Montana—are those characters whose side you'd like to stay on.
"I noticed he was reading the same book as me. The Great Gatsby. I figured his school was probably doing a unit on it too. Then it was the Stephen King novel I was chilling out with. Then Catcher in the Rye. Then The Hunger Games. Then Valley of the Dolls. After Valley of the Dolls we started nodding at each other. Then waving."
That's kind of weird but cute at the same time. Anyways, let's just get to the summary because you don't even have a clue what this book is about if this is the first time you've seen it or heard of it. Making Pretty features Montana and Arizona, two sisters who were named after the states that their mother left them for. They now live with their plastic surgeon father who gets married and divorces women lots of times. Now Montana has enough of her boring, strange life and she falls in love with a guy named Bernardo, who respects her pink hair and wickedness.
I guess that the title does make sense for what the book was actually about. I liked Montana's attitude towards her father's job and everything and how she doesn't want to get sucked into the obsession of redoing yourself. She had self-confidence, even when she was depressed and felt like the relationship with her college-based older sister was dissipating. She was a little annoying here and there and I couldn't agree with every single decision she made, but she wasn't frustrating as some protagonists/characters are (cough, Arizona, cough). Haydu doesn't create the best bunch of characters in the end.
So if you actually read the official synopsis found on the jacket cover of the novel, you'll probably predict that a lot of the book is focused on secrets, lies and the sisters' fading relationship. It's not. I found that the romance was the biggest part as well as Montana finding out who she is. Yes, it's one of those cheesy stories. I wasn't too fond of it in the end, either.
The author's writing seems to drag a lot. It's overly exaggerated at some points and I just want to bang my head against a desk to keep me awake. While reading, I found myself fading in and out of the fictional world of New York City, and while I adored the setting, something was missing from the depth of the story.
"I take note in my head: Bernardo is a boy who doesn't depend on smiles. Bernardo is boy who swears and loves in Spanish."
Making Pretty will go horribly for some and fantastic for others. It all depends on what you really enjoy in a romantic relationship. You'll most definitely find Montana and Bernardo's to be cute and everything, but it's not as realistic as I hoped. I guess it all features a girl turning pretty in her own way—an 'eh' way....more