Paula Hawkins always *seemed* like an author whose wriThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
DNF @ 150 pages
Paula Hawkins always *seemed* like an author whose writing I will one day enjoy. In case you didn't know, I am the biggest fan of psychological thrillers, so, naturally, Into the Water really intrigued me. I never read (or watched) The Girl on the Train, though after hearing about all its hype, I figured that this new release would be the kind of read I would enjoy. I was completely wrong, let's say that. This book was not my cup of tea—I was really disappointed with its outcome, and found that there are many, MANY better thrillers out there that I will surely enjoy in the coming future.
From my viewpoint, Paula Hawkins' writing is so overhyped. I don't understand why everyone is going crazy: have y'all not read other better thrillers before? B.A. Paris? Mary Kubica? UGH. This book was really confusing (with the millions of perspectives - I couldn't tell who was who by the time I reached page sixty) and it lacked any kind of plot. I hate when this happens during my reading experience; aren't books supposed to have a purpose and a plot? Well, this unfortunately lacked any sort of purpose and interesting writing style that would allow me to want to pay attention to the storyline (or lack thereof). I really disliked this book, and I must say that it's one of the worst I've read in a while. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a psychological thriller, but Paula Hawkins' newest story just did that. I can say I'm absolutely disappointed; I'd never pick this one up again.
Into the Water was a complete disappointment. Trust me: do not risk being confused and bored; read other thrillers!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
Do you like horror stories that actually aren't so "This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*2.5 star rating*
Do you like horror stories that actually aren't so "scary" but come with that eerie mood? Do you like corn and cornfields? Do you like pretty covers? Do you like "a spinoff on Romeo and Juliet?" Hey, then welcome to my lovely review. Kim Liggett's Blood and Salt did not honestly impress me. Instead, this was simply a boring trihard horror story that I have been waiting to devour ever since it was announced that it would be at BEA 2015 in NYC. I actually did not get a chance to get it at BEA, and instead received a copy from the Canadian imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons. This seriously was a bittersweet, salty story that was more on the bad side of things. I am all in for the horror, and for the endless amount of shaking under my sheets at night. This book was seriously not in my taste or liking, for that matter.
I would just call this a strange story. There is nothing goosebump-y about it or that makes me feel scared. But, there's a but. Kim Liggett introduces readers to two characters, brother and sister, who are solemnly independent and try to tackle their adventure, the spiritual commune one where they try to find their mother. We readers are struck with hallucinations, confusion about specific characters and messed up situations that can only happen in a book. What more can we possibly ask for? A LOT MORE, let me tell you.
The only things/characteristics that actually impressed me were Ash and Rhys, her brother. THESE CHARACTERS ARE KICK-BUTT AND PERFECT. Woo. I was not impressed by anything else, honestly. You call this a Romeo and Juliet romance? You call this scary? If you do, that's great. Fabulous. You need a medal. Seriously. I continuously rolled my eyes while reading this. The fact that the beginning portion was featured in my favourite city was the only good part of this all.
Romance? Is that what you bloggers call real, juicy romance? Hell no. No. Dane and Ash seemed to have this unhealthy, insta-love-ish relationship that began from first sight. At most times, I was completely confused with Dane's character. He had this weirdo side of him that MADE ME WANT TO PUNCH HIM. What kind of girl would accept a guy's rudeness from first sight? Ash had the power and ability to say "fuck off" to this loser, and I really WANTED HER TO. The romance did not do any justice for me, even though in the end... well I cannot spoil that for you. Let us just say that it was a little heartbreaking for us on the other end. A teensy bit. Minority.
Blood and Salt certainly was not the worst book I have ever read, but it obviously was not the best. IT TOOK ME A CRAZY LONG TIME TO FINISH, but I guess that school kind of interfered with that fact, too. Play some creepy ballet music in your ears as you read this, and you could seriously maybe enjoy the corn factors. Speaking of which, I would really like some peaches and cream corn for dinner tonight. I'll get back to you all on that factor.
*A big thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this novel for review!*...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
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
What a surprise! As you may (or may not) have heard, The DarkesThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
What a surprise! As you may (or may not) have heard, The Darkest Minds made me squeal, panic, die and feel like I'm finally living and loving dystopians all over again. I hate it when you're not enjoying some genre and feel like to not give any chances anymore! With Never Fade, I was pretty disappointed compared to what my feelings exploded into during the first book. Huh.
Second-book syndrome? Second-book syndrome. After that suspenseful, cliffhanger ending of TDM, I knew that I had to begin reading the sequel as soon as possible. I expected it to be everything I've ever wanted. Thankfully after finishing it in the car, I had my Kindle with me, with a copy of this gorgeous babe in it. I started reading right away, and tried to get sucked into Bracken's world of grief, war and aggressiveness. Maybe it was the fact that I was reading in a car (distractions all over the place) and I just couldn't get into it too much which ruined a huge chunk of the rest of my experience reading this, I'm not sure.
"I used to dream about turning back time, about reclaiming the things I'd lost and the person I used to be. But not anymore." (Loc 56)
This does actually begin off a few months from where the last book left readers off with, and I do admit that I was interested. Ruby now knows what she's doing in the Children's League. Unlike the many other children and people who are struck by the horrifying conditions and powers (having dark minds, after all) who don't know what they're doing, Ruby is like the leader and she has the most experience from everyone. But now, she tries to escape the League and find Liam, who may be in tons of trouble.
No, from the looks of my word choice and gif used, you may suspect that I got annoyed from something. I DIDN'T, I PROMISE. It's just that I was a little bored (512 freaking pages, people!) and some things weren't needed. Meh. 100 pages could've been taken out and I wouldn't flinch at all. These are the kinds of things that need to be put into consideration I feel when someone writes a novel! What did I want? A better plot filled with less focus-on-structure and more focus on action and giving us some answers. I felt like Liam's disappearance was just another addition to make the trilogy head on longer and seem longer. But don’t you stress and fidget, my fellow Alexandra Bracken lovers. I love her work, too, and this was just something that headed in the wrong way for me. Most of you loved it, anyways. THIS IS NOWHERE CLOSE TO AN ONE-STAR RATING, PEOPLE. I pray that you hadn’t thought that. Or else then, we’d need to bring the big guys in.
This went in the direction that most sequels go through—the rebellion stage of the protagonist. Ruby really showed her anger and rage stage by stage throughout. I felt her strength increase and her understanding of what happened to her family strengthen. I’m proud to say that she’s grown up more and Bracken threw her in a puddle of character development. She never faded. She stayed confident and didn’t let the stupid influences around her continue to torture and ask her to do something new. She is why literature and readers revolve around her and praise her. Realistic characters make up and sew a bond with readers.
"Oh, I'm sorry," Chubs said, 'apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue."
I think we all know where this is leading us to. LIAMMMMM MY NORTH CAROLINA SWEETHEART. I find myself always fangirling about some guy in a fictional novel to all of my friends, and I guess that it truly means something when you find a new one to replace the last one you had. Liam's mine, and I guess that he's the one I dream about at night... or at least, I hope I do dream about him. I worried like a mother would worry for her child, I thought that he'd die I knew that Ruby wouldn't let him go and she'd do whatever it took to go after him and find him. Usually it's the guy who searches for his girl, but Ruby was his saviour, and in a way, he was hers too. How often do you find a couple ultimately completing each other? Rarely. AND THEN WE HAVE CLANCY, WHO IS LIFE. He certainly is a true villain, but I feel something that's safe about him. He's always there for our protagonist and is willing to discover the answers to their abilities.
If you hate abrupt endings, then you'll hate this. I WAS SO SHOCKED AND UGHEUGHEWBHBGW MY FEELINGS EXPLODED. I won't let you know anything, not even a peep, but they meant something to me, but I kind of get why it happened. (Vida was such a bitch.)
If you dislike boring non-moving points, character struggles (Vida. We didn't get to know her so much, either!) and a killing ending, then you'll kind of go nuts. But you obviously need to read this, although it kind of disappointed me. But then again, this completely leads to the last book of the trilogy where we discover what the ending will bring to the characters, and see why everyone adores Bracken's writing. Just like I do. The Darkest Minds Never Fade... and that's a sure thing for all of the characters....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
Huh. I don't really know how to organize my feelingsThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
*2.5 star rating*
Huh. I don't really know how to organize my feelings after this one. Shusterman's Challenger Deep actually was a huge challenge for me, and I'm certainly surprised to see most of the bookish general public adoring and continuously raving about the book with high hopes. To me, this was a huge let-down and filled with mostly negatives. To sum it all down, I'm just going to state what I liked and what I disliked because this is just an annoying mental-illness read. AND I USUALLY LOVE THEM.
"The thing is, I never had social anxiety before—I was always pretty confident and outgoing. They don't know—I don't even know yet—that this is the start of something bigger. It's just the dark tip of a much larger, much deeper, much blacker pyramid." (Hardcover, page 35)
Before I actually get started, I'm just going to let you know that it's a very eerie, strange book. It's written in two perspectives, both of the same character, our protagonist, Caden. Though in one, it's actual reality and the other talks about him being on a ship headed to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the Marianas Trench. I guess that kind of makes sense in the way Caden's struck with a mental illness that he just can't comprehend and realize, but it's just plain weird. In the real world, he's so monotone and doesn't have the attention span to look upon positive things, join a sports team to disfigure his anxiety and make friends. He can't do none of that, instead he spends most of his time in his imaginary world with the ship, captain and other people. Childish much?
What I Disliked About the Book and Shusterman's Writing:
-Again with the weird thing. This book seemed so childish, and I certainly hadn't come here for a pure middle-grade novel. I just can't bear to see the importance of the ship, the artwork, just about everything. This book lacked a real plot that would make readers learn and enjoy the symptoms of mental illness, all in my opinion.
-Caden's perspective. Most of the time I grow to have a relationship with characters who suffer from anxiety and depression. Caden? Not so much. It's not that I didn't feel sympathy or anything like that... I just couldn't get what he was trying to tell readers about his story. It's like there was some mega-huge wall barrier between readers and his inner thoughts, and I grew bored. Everything he mentioned seemed super dumb, and this wasn't the time to go deep with the meaning. At least, the mental illness was broadcasted nicely, which we'll soon get to.
-The constant questioning of the right thing to and flashbacks. The flashbacks which Caden brought readers back to were nice... but he made them look so negative. The happy moments he shared with his parents—those were like hell to him when nothing was wrong. Although he has a mental illness, I wish that it wasn't looking like something that he understood too well. He seemed to "know the right thing to do" but would question the wrong.
"I try to relax, but I can't. My reflection looks worried. Am I worried? That's not quite what I'm feeling today—but lately my emotions are so liquid, they flow into one another without my noticing." (Hardcover, page 67)
Um. Well that was a little awkward to rant about, but it's the truth, my wonderful friends. I'd actually would like to explore the Marianas Trench, which leads me to my next point:
What I Actually Liked About the Book and Shusterman's Writing:
-The information that wasn't actually supposed to be facts. Caden's imagination leading him to basically 'hallucinating' the Challenger Deep thing was really cool, and the ending especially shocked me as he went to explore his destination that Shusterman meant readers to get introduced to from the start. It was really interesting to read about, and the ending probably was the best part of the book.
-The philosophical view of life presented. God and death are continuously mentioned throughout the ending, and I liked the way it all gave the book a fresh closing. Who would've seen that coming?
When seeing this book at my local library's catalogue, I requested it right away because I was sure that it'd impress. And here I am, ready to bawl my eyes out because I'm disappointed. The cover was promising, the other reviewers' remarks of this being the new It's Kind of a Funny Story were promising, I just knew that I'd love it. In conclusion, after it all, this is one of the only mental illness novels that failed to impress me. It's a very sensitive subject found in YA that only certain writers can pronounce perfectly, and from my viewpoint, Shusterman was not an author who expressed it amazingly, though there were some positive aspects. I do recommend it to some who prefer a lyrical kind of story. (Not me.)...more
If I was offered the chance to sigh for eternitThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
DNF @ 35 pages
If I was offered the chance to sigh for eternity, I bet that I would've taken that chance. After DNFing Shadow and Bone back in the day, I do admit that I've gotten regrets that I did. Over the past year, I've become a huge fan of high fantasy novels, and some of my most favourite novels lie in that genre. When I heard that Leigh was going to be releasing a new series, I decided that I'd give it a chance since everyone's talking positive things about it. I swear that for now, I'm the only one who has DNFed it.
Six of Crows could be that perfect, amazing book for you. I am not going to sit here, raging and ranting, trying to get you to not purchase or read this novel. No. It's just not the kind of fantasy fiction novel that interests me, and I'm glad that I've given it a chance or I would've spent my whole life regretting the fact that I never gave it and Leigh's writing a chance again.
It focuses on too much. There are a huge bunch of characters with so many perspectives, and like Rick Yancey's highly hyped 5th Wave series, it's not for me. It's more of a fantasy that deals with an endless amount of magic, weird language and weird names. I can't picture it being realistic or ever coming true in some kind of parallel universe, which is pretty disgruntling.
After the tenth page, I already knew that this wouldn't be for me. I bet that once it's released, there will be individuals willing to agree with me and this review, but everyone's raving now and I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn't enjoy it. Having to read more than four hundred pages of this? I don't think it's my kind of thing, I'd just be wasting time on something unenjoyable.
This greatly reminds me of this other high fantasy read that I didn't enjoy, which took more of a historical-fantasy spin on your average tale, very similar to this, Seraphina. Bardugo may be a fabulous writer, I didn't deny that, but I couldn't care less to even look for that because I was disinterested and bored out of my mind for thirty five pages. I didn't want to give it a bigger chance because I knew it's not me. KAZ MUST BE WONDERFUL THOUGH.
*An e-review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
2015 is honestly going to be a year of plain awesomeness and diThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
2015 is honestly going to be a year of plain awesomeness and diversity in the variety of subjects that encouraging authors focus their books on… especially for the teens, and for the whole subject matter of gorgeous young adult fiction. And I’ll let you know that Alex as Well was a starter and a book that really encouraged this statement and made it come true, because I’ll sure note that I’ve never read a book like this before. Becoming someone who others feel like you aren’t is something that’s slowly becoming normal for everyone to handle, although I am a proud supporter of it all. And Brugman brought that up repeatedly and made sure that we all got the message.
“It’s always been like that, but since I stopped taking my medication five days ago it’s so totally clear that I can’t be the other Alex anymore. And that’s why my dad left us. Me.”
I actually remember requesting for an eARC of this one from Netgalley, but then I got rejected and I actually forgot about it until I spotted it in the shelves of my local library. Thank goodness for them, or else I would’ve never got the chance to read such a touching mesmerizing story that leaves a different impact on every reader. And that’s another magical thing about books: the unique ones leave different impacts. And I’ll tell you with my heartfelt soul (just kidding, I have no heart when it comes to books because I leave it with them) that I truly got impacted. And looking at the world’s events today, there’s always someone everywhere who isn’t being treated correctly and with righteousness. Alex showed that it might take some work to change the minds of those people, but it simply will end up working out in the end, no?
And the fact that this story is short and simple makes it so much easy to remember all about and how much it touched me. I can give you a recap of the whole summary with my eyes closed. *winks* Okay, so let’s get started! Alex was born differently, and it’s been hard for her parents from the beginning, but she’s been taking medication to help her feel the “way she’s supposed to feel.” She actually looks like a boy, and her parents see that she’s a boy, but she knows that she isn’t. When she stops taking her meds, things change and she sees the real side of herself, she feels like she can be who she is.
*touches my heart* It truly does, people. The emotions were present, and I spent the whole time span of reading the novel actually enjoying it and savouring it because I know and recognize that there aren’t many novels like this in our world, sadly. I felt all of the sorrow and guilt that Alex’s mom felt throughout the whole novel, as well as her rage, and Alex’s troubles. It has to do with intersex, but also with just being a teenager and having to deal with stress and all of the gross stuff that we all know that we have to go through day after day. Human nature? Human nature.
"That's not what friends do. But I knew he wouldn't keep it. That's not the point. He let you down. I think for a moment. Who hasn't let me down? Everybody lets you down eventually."
I started off with low expectations, to be honest! I mean, at the time when reading, I felt that I wasn’t sure what kinds of contemporary novels there are. I’ve just read some about tragic subjects that can seriously scar a reader, but they weren’t as impressive as I thought they would be. But this brought me into feeling excited again. And I guess that’s all that matters now since Brugman impressed me with her writing and wit in Alex’s point of view.
Looking at the plot, it was short, sweet and right to the chase. I felt constantly interested and intrigued chapter by chapter, and I couldn’t stop reading until I set the book down… or until I was done because I needed to go return it to the library. Jokes—it was all because of the captivation, I promise you. Moving on, I also promise you that the story had everything we all wish it had in terms of a nice writing style. It was sweet contemporary, and I’m asking you—what else do you possibly expect? It was perfect for that matter.
Alex had to be my tiny problem. I wish… *hesitates* I wish that the author gave readers a better explanation of who she really was. I understand that she was confused and depressed since no one enjoys her and what she’s trying to say, but I also wanted some extra stuff with her. I wanted to see her smile, live a little because readers especially won’t be able to hop into her world again just like that. Know what I mean? It’s not ‘Fairly Odd Parents’ my friends. And to be honest, I thought that she was friends with some other guy named Alex at first who judged her constantly, haha. Clarification, please?
We can all obviously state and predict that there won’t be any romance. There was hints and glimpses of it as Alex could’ve taken some kind of opportunity, but she chose to not take it, and that was fine by me. Besides, I didn’t come here to read this book to feel squeals because of Alex’s heart flip-flopping. I came to read about her and her troubles, as well as what the people who are surrounding her feel constantly when they have to think about who they’re friends with. Don’t come for this if you’re looking for some LGBT-romance, peeps.
But one of the things that pained me the most was Alex’s mother. I FELT BAD FOR HER, BUT THIS ISN’T THE POINT HERE. She was annoying and just absolutely too stressed when she doesn’t have to be. I guess since Alex is her first and only child, and she has no experience with these things makes her feel weird, but I just can’t.
This was better than I expected. Isn't that all that matters? My mind and my heart all feel happy after reading my first intersex book, and I'm so proud to admit that this was my first one. Your feels will explode all over the place, and you'll love the concept and the novel as a whole. Get ready for laughs, tears of happiness and sadness and the feeling of misunderstanding who you are....more
Disney is honestly the best franchise in the entire world. Everything aThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Disney is honestly the best franchise in the entire world. Everything about the movies and the theme parks just makes me smile like a little girl, and even adults love the stories that make it up. Aladdin has always been one of my favourite stories of them all, and it carries the best characters: Genie, Jasmine, Abu, even Jafar. The world setting is extraordinary, and I love that Liz Braswell has twisted the original tale with her own retelling that readers will adore, especially as we move on closer to the release date. You'll all be obsessed, I promise.
What if an evil villain won it all? What if the whole tale was completely changed to make evil things happen? What if... What if... those are the possibilities that people keep in their minds after watching a great fairytale film. Evidently, the original ones are made for kids originally and they can't just let Jafar ruin it all and get it all because yet again, Aladdin wouldn't be the hero of the story. Aladdin and Jasmine (the best power couple ever) still are main characters and they actually have to fight for freedom and for the people of Agrabah, who are in jeopardy when Jafar finds the magical lamp first. This isn't too similar to the original story as some have noted. Instead, it's its own glorious differentiated plot.
"Whatever happens next—whether we save the city or it falls into a pit in the earth and is lost forever—I would never, ever change a moment of our time together. You are the best—the only good thing that has happened in my life." (ARC, page 256)
The romance, the action, the social status and politics... everything had its own importance that played throughout the whole story and to be honest, I wouldn't change a thing to make it different. Braswell throws readers into a magical world that's very different from our own, but it's not a simplistic world to create. It's like we're stuck on our own personal magic carpet, going back and forth until the resolution is present.
The plot is basically what you can think of: a twisted tale. What's the worst possible turnaround of the original story? The villain getting the lamp and wishing to be king and rule Agrabah—Jafar. With tweaks and hints of what we once knew, Braswell must've had tons of research needed to get the things right and to know what she was writing about. We obviously cannot have a whole new storyline where the characters' personalities and attributes are messed around with, Aladdin needs to be a Street Rat and Jasmine needs to be royal in her turquoise adorable outfit. Abu was there, too. All of the facts that needed to stay as facts were complete and present.
What honestly made everything wonderful was the new characters. There were a bunch, too, and I guess you can say that they all helped Jasmine and Aladdin solve the issue that Jafar created. At first, these bunch of new roles seemed a little too far off from the story and I disliked them, but boy was I wrong. It's great to be introduced to another female character who could relate to Jasmine and help her out with her newly-improved social status—a thief. Because hey, who can deny that she wasn't one with the whole apple incident? Readers grow to understand her situation and life. But where does her one mistake of running away from home lead her to? Hell. Her dad dies and well... Agrabah turns to the worst possible situation of its standing. The gorgeous Arabian city we once knew about has violence and poorness occurring. Of course our two heroes want to help!
"He didn't call us traitors or revolutionaries or insurrectionists. He said, 'Death is my friend in the war for Agrabah.' He thinks it's a fair fight. He thinks we're at war. As equals." (ARC, page 235)
Would I have changed my experience with the actual story? That's a sure "no." Readers are able to tell that Braswell is an experienced author who writes retellings. She actually has written The Nine Lives of Chloe King, which a humungous set of paranormal novels that I read back a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. I actually never recognized her name until I searched Braswell up in Goodreads, and my expectations just blew over the top. I expected this awesomeness, coming from my past experience of enjoying her previous work. She's such a talented writer who makes it so easy to feel like you've indulged in her writing from page one. At least, that's what it felt like for me.
We are so fortunate to have a great group of characters as well. Aladdin was the person who brightened up the story (and who I had tons of sympathy for) where I almost died of pity. The thing is, these Disney characters are so happy with their lives, even if they live in poverty or have to beg and steal things, like Aladdin was raised with. It makes a happily ever after even more likely to produce because you know that from the great achievements that they make, they'll have to be even happier by the end of their story. Jasmine was kick-butt and the life-changer person. Although her personality seemed to be off from the original (she was kind of mad all of the time), the relationships that she created with others is significant to the whole story.
THE ROMANCE? THE LOVE? THE ATTRACTION? Yeah, the story would've been horrible without it. I can't even imagine this moving story without Jasdin. (Ship name alert!) It's insta-love, I'm warning you, but for some reason it works in this book, although it doesn't click every time. How are you not supposed to fall in love when it's meant to be? If you are so against insta-romance, then I recommend leaving right now because you're not allowed here. Jokes. I'm kidding, heh. But really, I just want to cry when people choose not to read a book because the characters have a nice relationship. It's a fast-paced story, what are Aladdin and Jasmine supposed to do when they meet each other? Smirk and leave? No, the initial meeting is a crazily awesome moment that brings the whole story together. Okay? Okay.
What about the ending? Well that made me cry and feel like an idiot because I thought that it'd be some kind of suspense. Thank goodness the Genie did... you know. *doesn't spoil* But overall, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES. DISNEY PRESS, YOU GUYS RULE AND YOU NEED TO HAND IT TO ME RIGHT NOW. Please please please let it be The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast and I'll hug you guys for the rest of eternity. I'll even walk from my house all the way to New York if I could get it. I guess from these few statements, you can tell I'm some obsessed Disney fangirl. It's life, and Aladdin and Jasmine created a well-known story into something twisted, but one that does end with a happy ending. If you don't like those, then you don't like Disney.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so so much!*...more
When heading on my gorgeous getaway to New York City this past year, myThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
When heading on my gorgeous getaway to New York City this past year, my main goal was to grab my most-needed BEA books, and Nightfall was at the highest ranking for me. Riveting, utterly weird and creepy, as well as gorgeous, it definitely stands on my most-beloved reads of this year, and I can't wait to hear everyone else's opinion on it. You all simply need a copy of this in your shelves, whether you're a fan of dystopia and horror, or not. Don't worry, there isn't much gore, either.
I'm literally stroking the cover of my copy, feeling it purr with excitement. From the looks of it, an uncorrected copy will probably be worth hundreds of dollars in the future, because it's that good of a book. Picture Harry Potter's worth, times ten. Gosh, I just can't stop thinking about its masterfulness and I just want to let this review go out into the wild right now but deep down in my guts, my good side, my day side, I know that I just can't... yet. By the way, it's the end of June as I'm writing this and you'll be seeing it in mid-August. Poor you. At least you already knew that I gave it a five star rating. That sure is a keeper if you're a good judger. It's my first five-star BEA book, I'm so proud!
"Everything that we've been doing, we do for one simple reason. For generations, it has kept us safe. Every household in Bliss follows these directions, and upon return to their homes fourteen years later, everything is in perfect order. Nothing is damaged—nothing is broken." (ARC, page 74)
The premise is so fucking unique and abstract that I recommend holding onto your socks, or else they'll just get knocked off. On the island that Marin and her family live on, Day lasts for fourteen years, and so does Night, but each separately. Now that the Night is coming for the first time that Marin has actually been forced to leave, things are hell-like. Everyone must evacuate before it's too late, before the creatures come out and before everyone isn't safe anymore. By this, they'll be sailing to the desert, where Marin knows that when she'll get back, she'll be 28, married and possibly with children. How is she able to get this out of her head? By wishing that she didn't have to leave. And boy, did her wish come true... She's stuck behind on the island during Nightfall with her brother, Kana and their friend, Line. Good luck, fourteen year-olds, you must think.
You know when you go out for a recital or performance and you're the star? Yeah, and then your parents wish you good luck or per se... break a leg? They really mean it, because there are endless amounts of possibilities for the situation to go wrong and horribly. These characters are... fourteen. I'm fourteen, and I know how stupid and idiotic we can be, we have no street smarts and we can't survive on our own! This is that situation. It's like William Golding's classic, Lord of the Flies, with tons more gore (I can't deny that there isn't any now that I think about it!), weird unexplainable miracles and running away from the enemy who may be right around the corner. It's such a fucking scary book that I'd die if I read it at night. I remember the authors' editor saying at the BEA Young Adult Editor's Buzz Panel that she couldn't sleep after reading this book for the first time. And she had to continuously read it over and over, fixing errors and catching all of the details. I'm going to pee my pants of fear.
The horror which the authors incorporate in their plot and premise is not your ordinary serial-killer, I'm-going-to-get-you kind of thing. It's more like: hearing voices that you can't explain, wondering if it's just you and where your buddies are, all stuck on this gigantic island that once was your home but isn't anymore. Readers (at least myself) try to put themselves in the characters' shoes, although it's nearly impossible because they're just so complex. Fourteen year-olds being complex, you ask? Hell yes. They have their own issues, probably more tough and horrible than any teenager that I know or any of the adults mentioned in the book. Line had his fault with losing his parents, Marin's feeling of stupidity with the sunstone and Kana, well we don't even have to explain that. I can't even try to specify a specific example or else I'll keep going with my theories, it's a scientific novel that has so much more explanation beyond the words and plot. I can't even try to imagine what the authors thought while writing. That number "fourteen" must have some meaning, too.
Without even having to speak about the plot, I can just think about the pace of reading. It took me about three hours to read from start to finish, but this was because I chose to read it in that pace. With my speedy-gonzales speed, it could've taken me two. Halpern and Kujawinski's writing is so fast-paced but there's so much depth in their writing that I'm unable to stop what I'm doing and think about the world beyond their story. If you don't enjoy slow stories, then you're going to love this, contrastingly. NO BORING POINTS WHATSOEVER. From start to finish, I felt myself flipping through the pages like it's familiar to me. They're just such good writers who I wish I could get in the minds of. (Again with the obsessed thing for me.)
"It had been there, lurking in the shadows, in his room, even. It had been waiting for him. It had been in his dreams, which, of course, weren't dreams or warnings that he was going mad. In fact, it had probably known what Kana really was long before Kana, himself, had." (ARC, page 240)
If you don't feel like bothering to read this review, I'm begging you to just take a look at the descriptive writing. Gosh, geez, wow. The way Kana describes his personality, who he is, is extraordinary. The plot twist which the authors had introduced about Kana and him being Marin's twin shocked me until I just couldn't believe it. Something is eerie, is strange, but that strange? I'm completely shocked and still am, someone please hold me and make me feel better!
So the role of the characters in this situation was to give them different views by readers. Marin and Kana were obviously the main characters, and Line was actually supposed to have some distance from us. I expected him to be the weird one since something was fishy about him from the start as he headed to the woods to do who knows what. But in the end, I'll let you know that there were two humans and one non-human who certainly stirred up so much stuff to readers that I couldn't keep myself together. The ending made everything ten times better as well. Authors like these two fabulous guys would certainly never lead readers to what even the characters suspected!
Want a fresh new dystopia that exceeds all of the expectations? Want horror and awesomeness? Yeah, you'll certainly stay up past nightfall when reading still, and right to the dawn of the morning, because you won't be able to get this creepy story out of your head. From now on, whenever I'll see hashmarks, I'll think of this book, and that's a fabulous thing when you're trying to help yourself when surviving on a stranded island. Mr. Halpern and Mr. Kujawinski are authors that everyone needs to keep under their bookish radars, you'll be so impressed! What a stellar addition to my 2015 favourites list!
*A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
You may think that this book is the perfect match for you, that you need it in your life. It may be true, and you may be adoring and be totally obsessed with this new novel by Scott Westerfeld, one of YA's most well-known authors, alongside two new authors to the genre, but then there's me, the lone wolf, the only hater that I've come to know. But guess what? I really really really really really DON'T CARE.
Zeroes seems like it could be enjoyable for every single person who is on this planet, but I know it won't be. Watch when it is released. You'll see reviews just as negative as mine, or possibly even worser. This just didn't captivate me and the idea of superheroes/dystopia mixed together didn't quite fit into the puzzle of an enjoyable read. I'm not intrigued by this at all. Ugh. If you're not used to reading these kinds of books with people with powers or don't enjoy Marvel movies, your reviews might take the same path as I am.
This is all about a posse of people, teenagers, who have powers, and some are certainly not for the good. Ethan, aka Scam, is the main guy, the annoying guy who basically thinks he's too cool and too good for everything, and has nothing better to do in his life other than showing over his power—saying what he wants to say. I wouldn't want that, geez. Everyone would seriously hate me! (Joking, they'd love me, but possibly think I'm weird!) And guess what? Someone needs their help.
This was totally boring and unrelatable. The story's so long, and I felt it dragging completely and I just had to put it down because I would've wasted my time. There was no connection to the characters and I just didn't feel it. I WISH THAT GORGEOUS OPENING CHAPTER LED TO SOMEWHERE. It didn't, as you can see.
Sadly, I don't feel like going anywhere with this one. I don't want to rant because IT'S SCOTT WESTERFELD AND I LOVE HIS WRITING BUT...Uglies was definitely better. At least there, there's friendship and all of those magical things I call "enjoyment." I pray for you all, letting you know that this isn't as good as I WISH it could've been.
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Oh no. For my first Sarah Ockler book, who is an author I have heard noThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!
Oh no. For my first Sarah Ockler book, who is an author I have heard nothing but great things about, this did not go well at all.The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a highly hyped book that I have been meaning to read for a long time because duh, THE LITTLE MERMAID. When I was young, my favourite film, Disney or not, was The Little Mermaid and I envied Ariel because she was so pretty and I loved her voice. Yeah, I had an obsession with singing and Sebastian the crab. Hearing that this is a YA retelling of that amazing story, I knew I had to pick it up and fall in love with it. The latter didn't happen. I did pick it up, though, so, yay. Don't let the cover fool you, okay? This has one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen, and I guess I based my expectations too much off of that. I didn't like this book at all. It was hard to get into, had an annoying heroine, and I was completely bored and confused at times.
Why confusion, you ask? It was hard for me to discern whether this book was fantasy or contemporary. Everything that Ockler wrote about seemed to have some fantasy aspect to it and I didn't know if I should be naïve and believe it, or just see it as a play with words. It's interesting how our protagonist, Elyse, doesn't speak and that she lost her voice, but that kind of annoyed me because she was annoying without words, and just listening to her thoughts was gross. I was really frustrated for most of the book. And the setting is this random Cove and there's pirates? It's weird. This whole book is weird. I also own #scandal by Ockler, so I'm excited to see how my opinion will turn out in the end. At least that one is a mystery-thriller. This? I don't even know what to call it.
I'm guessing that people are adoring this over the diversity. We can already see it from the cover. I have never read about a character who is Caribbean. Elyse is a first for me and honestly? That's really interesting. Diversity is important for me in books, but it's not everything either. It was just a minor highlight that Elyse was who she was.
This had a cheesy theme: finding your inner voice. The synopsis that Simon Pulse provided even says it. It's a play on words, people! Just because Elyse lost her voice because of that boating accident doesn't mean that the theme has to be about her finding her inner and outer voice. Ugh. *flips hair*
Elyse, of course, because this is a contemporary-romance novel, has a romantic relationship with the cute guy, Christian. I hated him too, so they're perfect for each other! I couldn't care less about how their relationship bloomed, or however you call it. What a stuck-up frat-boy-like-character.
Okay, so there isn't instalove, which is great, but the fact that the two characters weren't of my liking made me a bit frustrated. Meh. BUT SEBASTIAN GUYS. Sebastian is Christian's younger brother and like the crab in the movie, I loved this guy and how he contributed to the novel. Now, I must say that the relationship between him and Elyse was adorable times a hundred.
This had potential. So much of it. If you believe in relatable, strong protagonists who don't have any bit of annoyingness in them, this isn't the book for you. Elyse, this book's "heroine," if that's what you call her (I wouldn't) was the major downer of this story. Sarah Ockler has been compared to other contemporary authors who are favourites of mine, like Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, but I totally do not believe in that statement. This is a contemporary gone wrong into the hole of boringness. ...more
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Have you ever read a book with romance, but looked upon by readers in a darker way? What about one with thrill and secrets? If you haven't, or if you have anyways, Emmy and Oliver is surely a book for everyone. And by everyone, I mean every teen reader, young or old. Robin Benway's two distinct protagonists surely have changed my viewpoint on contemporary romances so much, because they seize the day and do the unstoppable, even if no one wants them to.
I can't even shine upon my love for this novel. From the moment when I saw its cover back in the midst of the year, I added it to my TBR list immediately, without even knowing who the author is or what other novels they've written, because I can tell you that I've read SO many books. This my utter-most favourite Robin Benway book. And it definitely hits one of the top spots of my 2015 favourites list. It's something that you'll find yourself reading slowly but all at once to devour its beauty. Brace yourself for something unlike any other book.
"An earthquake would have been better. At least during an earthquake, you understand why you're shaking." (Hardcover, page 6)
I actually can't get over everything. ALL OF THIS BOOK KILLED ME. Oliver's been missing for ten years, and he was Emmy's best friend. By missing, his dad kidnapped him and now when they're seventeen, he has been found and is brought back to their Californian small town. Emmy fears that Oliver doesn't remember who she is or the friendship that they once had, but as they spend more time together to bring back the old times, they may fall in love once again, and never look back onto the dark times that horrified them both.
One expects the dark times to be some traumatizing moments that left you scarred for life, like hallucinations or nightmares. But Benway's contemporary magic persists of just plain, normal things that doesn't really apply to an actual thriller-mystery read. It's all about the aftermath of the events, and the heartbreak that Emmy has gone through, which she hasn't really recognized until they fall in love again. This includes so much pain and tears, and they actually sprawled out, especially in the ending.
You will cry, you will smile and you will feel like this story was made to be written for your likings. Not all authors have that ability to make readers feel like their characters' perspectives speak to them, but Robin surely does. She has written such an unforgettable story that will sneak into my mind when I need it the most. It will, for you too.
Wouldn't you like some delicate, fresh writing that's just simplistic but lyrical at the same time? Yeah, I always did and some books are just too stumpy and straight. on. with. periods! The plot and writing was magnificent, and by magnificent, it's a huge compliment. I can picture this being some kind of story taken place back in the day without thinking about social networking or any of that. There's surfing, sneaking into each other's houses and finding your soulmate next door. I long for this kind of love story, but in my life as well. Damn, Oliver made everything ten times better.
HE'S MYSTERIOUS, ADORABLE AND CHARMING. Emmy had that kind of kickass, don't-give-a-damn personality that really made the two click. Usually and stereotypically, it's always the male who gets the rebellious side out of the girl, but it was the opposite case here which I love in a story. And the fact that Oliver has been missing out on real life for ten years and falling in love makes him so lost, and Emmy's there to help him find his way. SQUEALING TO THE MAXIMUM LEVEL, PEOPLE. The connection and relationship between them dealing with their own personal demons makes me cringe in happiness, trust me.
Whether you're searching for friendship (Drew, Caro and Emmy had the coolest group ever, just saying) or a clean cut romance that's awfully similar to that of Eleanor and Park, I think this is exactly what you're searching for. I freaking need a copy of this masterpiece in my shelves right now or else I'll burst. I want to stay up late, have a romance with the hot guy next door, teach him about reality, and surf. What else can a typical teenage chick ask for? Robin Benway's gorgeous fifth novel is all about that, as well as a shining 2015 couple of literature that we all will never forget about. Marvellous!...more
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Here we have another (fantabulous) addition to my 5-star streak of 2015. Not that I'm sighing, taking deep breaths, or am acting depressed in any kind of way. None of that. Instead, THIS IS THE MOST ASTONISHING THING TO HAVE HAPPENED TO ME FOR YEARS AND MONTHS AND CENTURIES AND... you hopefully get what I'm trying to say. Last Year's Mistake is the most cute novel that I've read this year and I can't simply get enough.
Before we actually get deep into my precious thoughts, I'd like to mention that this equals summer. Ciocca throws us in back and forth with alternating views (but both Kelsey's) and a lot of this has to do with the cutest things possible: summer vacations, bike riding, spending summer nights in the backyard. Agh. And then, I highly recommend taking a peek at the cover, BECAUSE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. Chemistry between models, check. David and Kelsey's look, check. The gorgeous car, check. I don't know anything more about it, but it's certainly a reason why I went ahead and wanted the book, so badly.
"I took a step forward, and he stopped. He'd seen me, too. The beginning of a smile curved his lips. Lips I knew all too well. Lips I hated." (ARC, page 6)
Where can I possibly begin without bursting into tears, longing for that kind of relationship? This may start of seeming to be like a typical contemporary-romance with no bit of fluff and fuzz that readers adore. Kelsey and David were best friends, and have been close since the summer before freshman year, where they met in Rhode Island. They then discovered that they'll both be going to the same Connecticut school, and live right beside each other, at least a few streets over. And then, things happen. Kelsey finds out that she'll be moving to Rhode Island, and then the secret is exploded out by David. THEN HE SHOWS UP AT HER SCHOOL A YEAR LATER.
*sounds the depressing, scary music* You must be thinking that this is cheesy and possibly with a ton of use of clichés to throw the romance in and make it sound real. But you can't even imagine how real this is. Ciocca adds in tons of realism, friendship, family issues, and issues of being a teenager just to add a second chance for Kelsey and David's characters. I loved the subject, and although I haven't ever been in love (no empathy for me, here), I feel like I can connect to the characters so well and their story spoke to me.
I have to disagree with the negativity spewing around. This is not CHEESY. Is is not humanly possible for a boy and girl to be best friends, and then something else comes out of that relationship? I've heard that story many times, and this works. The main issue and climax coming from K + D's perspectives is them struggling to mend their relationship back together. And the worst thing for them is: their families are both super close with each other, and they're kind of forced to spend time with each other. (WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING SOOOO MUCH BETTER FOR THEM.)
"For a moment it was like no time had passed at all. The entire year melted away, and we were back in the woods. How I wished I could relive that night, when it was just me and my best friend, finally acknowledging something else between us. Before we'd broken each other's hearts." (ARC, page 245)
From page one, I couldn't honestly let this one go. It wasn't like there were tens and hundreds of cliffhanger moments that I just needed to keep going. It was more of the addiction that I got from reading Ciocca's writing. It's such a simple story, but it was the right read for me at the moment. Destiny threw in a read for me that would mend my heart, let me shed tears without caring, and realize what it's like to be in love. Books don't usually do that for me, and I can only wish for that kind of feeling. In this case, it was truly possible, and I believe in the gorgeous love stories that occur like this. There is not a moment in this book where you feel regret or hatred to something that is written—you just want to keep reading and hope for the best for the characters. Happiness equals heart-squeezing moments. I completely understand why people have noted that they were crying.
The story does get sadder and sadder as we read on, because of the loss of hope. You just want everything to happen so easily, but life never goes like that, and we have to get through the rain to see the rainbow. Thankfully, our great batch of characters realized that, especially by having to get through the stupidity that life putted them through.
Kelsey is everything that I wanted from a protagonist in a contemporary-romance. After she had to leave David back in Connecticut, she kind of lost herself and who she was. She turned to the things that she obviously didn't need in life—drinking, partying, showing off. Thankfully David came back into her life at the perfect right time or else she'd turn into someone who she wasn't completely. He is right about every word he says about her—though I loved them both for everything. She puts her family first, always having love towards them although life became tough for her to follow.
David now equals the role of my new book boyfriend. (Ryan was so adorable as well, poor guy!) These days in YA, we rarely find a love interest who's so caring and selfless, doing amazing things for his love! THEY'RE THE POWER COUPLE OF YA LIT. I can't speak of anything of their romance without falling apart and dying, because they were so adorable and I can't get enough. Chemistry in relationships is real, people!
This ending came out with a BANG. Although readers may have seen it predictable, this novel certainly wasn't about the plot or the structure of it at all. It's the gorgeous, special moments in between that makes readers obsessed and wanting more. It's about making mistakes and learning from them, realizing what the special things in life are. Last Year's Mistake is definitely on my top-ten list of favourites for this year, I can't possibly recommend it enough. Now, don't make a mistake, GO GRAB YOURSELF A COPY... OR TEN.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!*...more
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*4.5 star rating*
As blogging is a huge part of my life, as well as reading and my splendid hobbies, I can totally relate to this book. As Penny had, I've always wanted to keep a journal, but if you're like me, it's the most difficult thing in the world to keep. I never would've thought of a blog as a diary, to keep your daily doings all in one for the world to see, anonymously.
Zoe, aka Zoella on YouTube, is one of the most popular beauty gurus out there, and so many young girls worship her as a beauty queen. I LOVE HER. She's adorable and cute and I LOVED HER BOOK! Okay? Okay. I don't care about the ghost writer thing that's going on, she made the plot, it's her ideas, and I don't really feel like those rumours are changing my opinion whatsoever.
This woman is a fabulous author, and it suited her personality and likings! What's better than writing a novel that relates to you and somewhat involves with your actual life and hobbies? This went through picture-perfect romance that may not seem so perfect after all in the end, and although it did have its slow moments, I highly recommend to NEVER STOP READING. My friend read 100 pages and says that it "sucks," and I told her to keep on going because the fluttering butterflies will come and she will get obsessed. Let's all find out that she ends up realizing how amazing this is, as well as the healthy relationship between Penny and Noah, two different young people looking for love but at an unexpected time.
"I look at the Christmas trees and the twinkling lights and the snowflakes shimmering in the air like powdered silver, and I don't feel like I'm in a movie anymore; I feel like I'm in a fairy tale. As we all follow the doorman into the hotel, I cross my fingers and hope it has a really happy ending."
First of all, oh man, what can I possibly say about this? At the time when I read this last week, I had been afraid that I would be shot into a reading slump since everything had been plain Jane, and it was Valentine's Day. Zoe had given us readers the perfect novel to read anytime of the year, whenever you're sad, happy or in a mixed mood that can only be solved with something that you want in your life: this novel.
This all began with Penny, a fifteen year old girl who is going through panic attacks, friendship problems and dating problems. The only way for her to solve these issues is to write her blog, which is slowly becoming viral and popular. When her life gets turned upside down, her wedding-planner parents decide to go to New York for the holidays where Penny will be staying at the best hotel there, where she meets Noah. Noah is a music-loving, amazing person who is unlike anyone back home in England. And it's just the start of something gorgeous, until she finds out that he's not who she thinks he is.
If the book ended off with the way I thought it would, this probably would've gotten a 3 or a 3.5 rating, but then we received A HUGE PLOT TWIST and my insides exploded of shock and utter happiness. I NEVER SAW THAT COMING, and that was how it simply was for most of the book. The plot was pieced to perfection, with a few mishaps and boring sections at the commencing point. Zoe created something from the heart, and I felt all of the feelings that were tried to be portrayed throughout.
"It's hard to believe that was only a week ago—it feels like a whole lifetime. And I feel like a whole new person. I put on the shoes, pick up my bag, and head for the door."
THESE CHARACTERS WERE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Penny was someone who was absolutely added with Zoe's personality, and I felt all of her sympathy and I sure had left some guilt for her and her situation in England. Thankfully, she had an amazing best friend and brother (IS THIS A REPRESENTATION OF JOE AND TYLER OAKLEY?) and Noah... Noah was her Alfie. It's so astonishing to see her life coming out in a teen novel that gets me to squirm of joy.
I am so obsessed with the outcome of this novel and I just can't stop thinking about the ending and that amazing romance. The best thing is that there's going to be a SEQUEL. Guys... NOTHING ELSE CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN THEM SINCE EVERYTHING IS NOW PERFECT. Zoe Sugg, you are one talented woman, and I need more from you! #Penoah...more
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Don’t fucking call this a rip-off or a knockoff-read of The Hunger Games or else I’ll seriously punch you. Okay, I’m not making a threat here, haha, I’m just kidding. But really, the haters need to back off. Just because the summary makes it sound like there’s a game and in order for there to be one winner, everyone has to die, THAT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING, OKAY? This book was honestly fucking amazing—and here is a long list of reasons why this isn't like THG in any way:
1. This doesn’t have ONE protagonist—there’s many protagonists, basically one per every Player.
Basically, we don’t have a Katniss Everdeen here. There are so many characters here who we get a least a few chapters of thoughts of to really get to know them. It was actually really easy to remember who they were because Frey and Johnson-Shelton created such memorable characters.
2. This wasn’t your average dystopian world where everyone’s poor and there’s Factions or Districts or whatever.
In a way, this is like a present-based atmosphere with the Endgame there to balance the population. In fact for Sarah, she was at her graduating ceremony when the meteor hit, so like, yes this was very believable. Piano lessons and soccer and high school were a thing in this book.
3. It wasn’t all about killing everyone and being the last one left.
Here, you have to find the Earth Key and the Sky Key and the keys in order to achieve your winning. And if you die, it’s not only your soul that dies—it’s every single person in your bloodline. Imagine if you were part of the biggest bloodline in the world and something happens…
And yes, those are just some of the ways how it differs. But it’s a completely different novel and I just want to throw my head against the nearest wall when I see people hating on it. Endgame was such a racing and captivating novel that I devoured in one sitting, remembering that it’s such a long book.
You see, you’d think that the key idea of this would be really difficult to understand as there’s many POVs and locations and everything—but this was my kind of novel. There’re puzzles and mysteries and after finishing it, I feel so dumb, especially since there’s some repetition pattern and puzzle that the authors want the public to solve for a grand prize of $500,000. Like really, how amazing is that?
So every once in a while when the population is too high for the world to hold or when there’s too much war, the Endgame begins. You don’t know when, and you never expect it to happen, but there’s always people training and getting ready. You’re eligible when you’re ages 13 to in your twenties, and after that, you can go on with your life living normally. All 12 Players never saw it coming, but they were chosen randomly. There are 12 different bloodlines in the world, and each Player comes from one of them. Die or lose the Endgame, your entire bloodline dies as well. It’s as simple as that. And all you need to do is search the world, looking for the keys and solve the puzzle.
"He has a new friend. The beautiful Player of the 233rd. A new friend. Maybe more."
It’s been a little over a week since I finished this (as I’m writing this review) and I still can’t get my thoughts together. As I’m seeing my friends in school, I feel like all I’m talking about is this book and how they should read it. I even heard that a MOVIE may be coming out for this one? It’s already got so much fame in such little time, and I’m clapping my hands rapidly as I feel so proud for that matter hehe.
Okay—so this is such a kick-ass story.You have 12 teenagers who basically get to travel the world to win a game, wherever they’d like to. They all come from different races, countries, cultures, and they meet in China where everything begins. I guess you can say that they all have their own special talents—there’s even a bomb maker. Now you can really realize and accept the fact that your talent can help you. ;)
It was so amazing because as you’re in the middle half of the book, you sincerely realize that someone will get the Earth Key and you’re wondering who it’ll be… And the theories begin sprouting up in your mind. I KIND OF SAW IT COMING BUT THEN IT WAS LIKE THEY STOLE IT. They basically ran and grabbed it from someone who sincerely needed it and then they killed that person. AND I LOVED THAT PERSON!
After I finished reading, I originally thought of this to be a 4.5 star rating for me as there were some dull moments in the middle, but then I thought about how the ending made up for it and how much I really adored and became obsessed with the book. This is probably going to be one of the best books of the year coming from me.
My favourite character was Chiyoko. She was so kick-ass and worked so well on her own, not needing Sarah or some other guy with her. (BUT HER LOVE WITH AN-LIU, THOUGH!) Really, Frey and Johnson-Shelton both created amazing character-development and even KILLED OFF SUCH AMAZING CHARACTERS LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL. But that’s a little better, because we never saw it coming, unlike THG.
"As she says that, a part of Sarah hopes it isn't true. She hopes this is just a wild teenage whim and that she's no actually falling for Jago. Falling in love with a rival would be about the worst thing that could happen. But then they kiss. And kiss. And kiss. And Sarah forgets."
AHH OMG SARAH AND JAGO WERE SO CUTE. And remember that checking scene and Sarah blushing and wanting to see more? I began fanning myself. Too bad she had an obsessive addicted psychopath guy at her shoulders stalking her because she left him for good and he loves her too much. Some people have to let go, no?
So this book was perfect and gorgeous and fast-paced and I was left shocked at the end of every chapter. Frey and Johnson-Shelton are such amazing writers, and I'd pay a million dollars to get a peek at the sequel, because I just can't wait. 2015 is going to be an amazing year for great books, I can already tell. I'LL BE AT THE MOVIE PREMIERE ON THE RED CARPET, PEOPLE....more
"Love is a funny thing, and once again I really don't mean it's amusing. I mean it's odd. Strange. Weird. There was a time not so long ago, because I
"Love is a funny thing, and once again I really don't mean it's amusing. I mean it's odd. Strange. Weird. There was a time not so long ago, because I can remember it, when Mum and Dad loved each other. It was obvious, in the things that they did, and the way they were, and the way they called each other 'honey'."
In the end of 2013, I came up to finding a list on Buzzfeed that showed the top twenty books that will sure be hits of 2014. This one was actually on it, and I've been wanting to read it for the longest time. Where in the world would you find a mysterious thriller showing the point of view of a young blind girl?
I must say that I was pretty disappointed with this one, compared to all of the wonderful things said about Marcus Sedgwick and his writing. You may say I was the black sheep, but I'm actually very glad to have had the experience to read such a novel with a fantastic concept. There were just the minor things that set me off and disappointed me. Other than that, I was as happy as a sheep getting its wool shaved off. Okay, I'm over exaggerating about that joke there. But, you get what I mean.
Sedgwick is an excellent writer, don't get me wrong. He has a majestic way of captivating readers with his crazy but believable concepts, and you feel like you want to get to know the characters so well that they'll be your new best buddies.
This is about exactly what I first mentioned. Laureth and her brother are off to New York from their home in England to find their father—since Laureth received an email stating that someone's found her father's notebook—one that he's sure to never lose or forget anywhere.
Did I mention that Laureth's blind and her brother is so young and they're off in the unknown? No, not really.
That's basically the simple plot, but it made a huge difference and the meaning is so deep and found and relieved with gorgeousness. The concept was actually something I never really had a strong encounter with and I must say that whatshisname Sedgwick has stunned me in that aspect and is sure to stun millions of others who are willing to begin reading a contemporary that is so strange in its nice way.
"Sight must have its advantages. Like, I'm never going to drive a car, well not on public roads at least. But I can live with that. I've never wanted to be able to see, not really, but right then I knew that if I could see, I wouldn't have had to bring Benjamin with me, and then, I felt awful."
The book stayed the same way the whole time through. I felt the same thing from beginning to end, and there weren't any omg-so-amazing moments as I expected there'd be. I sat there after finishing, thinking, "Why wasn't this to my advantage in any way?" I wanted more jazz, and more action. Was this really supposed to be a hardcore mystery?
Laureth was honestly awesome. Because of her disability, I wasn't feeling intended to feel guilty, she just had us reading in a whole new perspective, from the eyes of a blind person. At the same time, she didn't intend to feel sorry for herself either, and she cared about the people around her. Just look at the risks she took to keep her brother safe and to find her father. She was honestly a dreamer and I loved her personality and self-being. Her attitude was a hit.
But throughout this whole "journey" or "story" or whatever you intend to call this novel, my favourite character remaining throughout had to be little Benjamin, Laureth's brother. He was such a perfect spirit and was so adorable! You don't really realize it until the end, but he made a total difference in Laureth's life and helped solve the mystery quicker than she could've ever imagined.
And one last thing—did you know that this book had to do with books? A lot of crazy awesome things were mentioned about fiction and coincidences, and I just loved it. This book was my environment at moments, but I wanted more.
'Yes,' said Dad. 'Oh. Coincidences in fiction just do not work. And even in real life, they tend to fall into two sorts. The ones that are so pathetic that they don't excite anyone but you, and the ones that are so incredible that they are literally just that; unbelievable. Even to members of your own family.'
Huh—I don't know. Do you ever get a feeling that you knew what was going to happen but then you didn't really know? Of course you did—that's what I was feeling with this book. I wish that I could've seen fireworks and sparks with my love, but this mystery wasn't everything I was planning it to be. I did love and enjoy the culture and impact on readers, though!
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*3.5 star rating*
Above the clouds, in a land far away with flying ships and people with blue skin (NO, NOT LIKE AVATAR) is the land of Magonia. Nope, you've obviously never heard about it before since it's one of the most rare bookish and fictional settings that I've ever read about, as well as what you've read before. NOTHING CAN BEAT THIS SETTING, JUST SAYING. Maria Dahvana Headley has thrown readers into this "spaceship" of romance, loss and illness, as well as finding yourself in the world that you may not truly belong in.
From that first paragraph wrapped up in complexity, you're likely thinking that I'm some weirdo who is obsessed with this book. To tell you the truth, I am not obsessed with this story and its plot at all, though I am quite fascinated with how the ideas formed together and created an enjoyable read. Tell the difference? *nods* Hah, sorry for my tough macho image, but I'm trying to impress the aliens of Magonia. Know UFOs that take cows into their ship? Yeah, the UFOs are actually the Magonians, trying to find food (or in this case, milk). WHOA. PROBLEM SOLVED. WHY HADN'T THE SCIENTISTS FIGURED THIS OUT YET?
The thing is, if you really look at this story in between the lines and especially at our female protagonist, Aza, you'll find that there really wasn't any dilemma that she was trying to solve. She's sick, yeah, but once she heads to her "afterlife," or in this case, Magonia where she is picked up by the invisible spaceships that soar all over the world, she's living in peace, more peace than she ever would've had if she stayed on Earth. Do I want my own Magonia? Not really, but it was an interesting fictional setting, much unlike anything I've read. IT'S NOT LIKE THESE BROKEN STARS OR ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, don't expect that at all!
"Life and death aren't as different from each other as I thought they were. This isn't like walking into a new country. This is walking into a new room in the same house. This is sharing a hallway and the same row of framed family pictures, but there's a glass wall between. I'm right here. And not."
To wonderfully summarize this bold novel, it's pretty simple... but deep at the same time. Aza Ray is the carrier of a disease that affects her lungs which no one has ever had before. They call it Azaray (Get it? Her name!) and her life is basically supposed to end once she turns sixteen. One day, she hears something call her name in the air, and it's an invisible ship made up of the world, Magonia. Aza's best friend Jason, makes a conspiracy theory on what may be causing this, and all goes wrong once a tragedy occurs.
As I mentioned above, I adored the setting and concept that Headley was trying to get across. It's definitely one of the most diverse reads (but diverse, I mean different and fresh) that I've read in 2015 and for a while, as the author took the idea of space into a whole other level. Now that's something that leads to why I feel that this is hyped about. And before I get to anything else, ISN'T THE COVER SO GORGEOUS?! I can't get enough of it... I wanted a copy before I even knew what the story was about, haha.
Another thing that's crazy is that people compare this to John Green's TFIOS. WHAT. THE. HELL? I'm sorry, but there is romance and a disease involved, but I cannot compare this to it at all, or even to the same way I felt about it, opinion wise. CRITICS MUST STOP WITH THESE WEIRD COMPARISONS... just saying. That's one point I've been trying to get across since after I snarked a few giggles while reading here and there. But we'll get to the feelings a little later.
"I don't think of the sky as any kind of heaven item. I think of it as a bunch of gases and faraway echoes of things that used to be on fire."
Also being pretty philosophical at times, I wanted to get to Headley's writing because that's another great thing that stayed with me after reading. She makes the story sound real, when if someone else told me it in a conversation, I would've laughed and thought that it was stupid. She took a difficult subject into her writing, made everything seem possible, and that readers are in some kind of spaceship above Earth, watching all of the book's events occurring from that spot. What else could we possibly have wanted in the plot? Better formatting. I'm not talking about the beginning, middle and end sort of eighth-grade writing style, where everything is bread and butter, but less boredom throughout some points and more descriptions. When setting your novel in a place like this (mixing between dual perspectives as well), I believe that it's key to be concise and descriptive. This is creative writing, after all.
But the beginning and end was fun of the details that made me fall in love with the story. I giggled, almost shed a tear watching Jason cope and deal with all of the garbage that he had to deal with, and felt all of the feels. I bet that any lover of any genre will end up enjoying this somehow.
Yeah, I actually ended up dreaming about this one last night! I remember something about a spaceship and me, hah. IT'S A MESSAGE THAT IT'LL ALWAYS BE THERE, WAITING FOR ME AND WATCHING ME. Okay, that may sound a little creepy but books are my friends. Woot. You all are my friends!
Just to go over the characters quickly to give you a feel of what they're like: we have dual perspectives. I feel that this made the story 10x better, since we got a viewpoint on both sides of the story, when they weren't even in the same situation. Aza was a little annoying and not my kind of person, but she was bearable. I'm not going to say that she ruined the book—she didn't, but perhaps I would've preferred a little more intelligence in her decision-making. You'll probably see otherwise, or agree with me, but that's all up to you. And then we had gorgeous, sensitive Jason, who was like the puppy begging for food under your dinner table. He loved Aza, it was all real, and I was only hoping for the feeling would be mutual between them both.
Was it mutual? I mean, kinda, but I don't want to give many spoilers since you'll probably kill me afterwards (or take all of my books away), but I wish that THERE WERE MORE SIGNS OF LOVE. Aza thinking about him certainly wasn't enough for what they had, know what I'm saying?
So if you're one of those people (LIKE ME) who always are hesitant to pick a novel up because everyone's hyped up about it, I'd recommend really knowing if it's for you. Magonia sure was, although it wasn't perfect, amazing or a favourite read. There were some issues with Aza and the plot, though that can all be diminished if we all play happy and look at just the feels and writing. And of course, the cover with the feather. It's gorgeous, no? Put your spacesuits on, climb the invisible ladder that hangs from the sky, grab Magonia and enjoy! (In other words, go for it!)...more
Bittersweet reads are my ultimate favourites. The ones that (HaThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Bittersweet reads are my ultimate favourites. The ones that (HarperTeen usually publish) make me giggle with their oh-so-gorgeous covers? Yeah, those, I bet you know which I'm talking about! 99 Days is one of them, and it's probably my most anticipated read of 2015. Trust me, you can check my past lists—it's the real deal. After reading, I'm SO glad that I've devoured it at the right moment, at the right time.
Katie Cotungo's books have always felt like stars that have fallen from the sky. You know, they're those rare things that you feel allowed to proclaim as "contemporary-romance," but yet again, they're not just classified as a specific genre—I see so much depth and specialty in her books that I can't ever forget them. This is just as good as How to Love. And instead of her teaching teenagers how to love in this book, she shows readers that it's difficult to love and to fall in love. You have to enjoy yourself and life to get through it all.
"Kissing Gabe stokes a fire I didn't know I had in me; when I wake up the next morning it feels like everything's spilling open all of a sudden, like maybe this summer holds a silver of possibility in its pocket after all." (Hardcover, page 90)
It's been a while since I've read a romance that deals with a love-triangle dealt between a girl and two brothers. Actually, I can't even think of one at the top of my head. If this actually ends up being my first one, I must say that it was a total success. Instead of having that stupid social-group rivalry that happens in a high school setting, this is the real stuff, that summer read about seniors who are about to head into college. They don't want to fall in love since they believe that it's just not possible—long-distance relationships don't even work out in fiction—but it just happens because fate puts it in that way. Think of Sarah Dessen's books, but look beyond the picture, into a world where not everything comes from tragedy and mending a tragic past. This wasn't tragic whatsoever.
Molly Barlow is our sassy protagonist who has just graduated from an all-girls boarding school in Arizona, which she ran away to after her mom published a novel and the article hit People magazine. This book was all about the past that she had with the Donnelly boys, Gabe and Patrick. Now she's back for the summer, before she heads to college in Boston. No one in the Donnelly family wants to speak to Molly except for Gabe, but Patrick, her once-lover, still longs between the lines and she struggles to figure who she wants and for the right reason.
I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH. Polaroid cameras weren't a huge thing in this book, though... which kind of gets me second-guessing why the cover was meant to look like this, but whatever, it's so eye-worthy. I stare at it, and I swear I see it shimmering with its proper-posh sparkle. The writing has its own sparkles too, by the way, in case you were wondering. Cotungo throws me into the future of what love can be like for me, or even for anyone I know—where Molly and the Donnelly boys just seem to know how to do it right.
"I'd always known how Patrick's aloofness sometimes played to the outside world. It didn't look that way to me, though—after all, Patrick was my person, my other half. I never felt stuck or cut off or like there was other stuff I'd rather be doing, never felt like there was anyplace else I'd rather be. At least, not until the moment it did." (Hardcover, page 162-163)
Everything—every single moment while reading was spent with some kind of emotion to me. I hardly understand what the negativity that other individuals see is, but I'd rather keep those thoughts to myself since it's just not humanly possible to hate on this book. Yes, it did have a few issues, but it's all a summery read that left me feeling like I was in Patrick's backyard. I drifted into another world, their world, their lives, and never looked back until Cotungo's writing provoked my heart's skips. Everything, all of her writing comes from some literal genius, and it was that fluffy read that'll take me a while to forget about, if ever. When beginning it, I just sat there, reading for the entire sitting.
I want to have my own 99 days of summer, of awesome things happening, of completing bucket lists and having fun. The whole story left me feeling like I wanted to get up, head outside, scream my lungs out of joy and sit on the steps with a boy and lemonade. A girl can only dream, right? Molly had that chance, she could've made everything right. Her decisions were questionable and I kept face-palming myself (and the book) after wondering why she did the things she did. I get that her life is full of angst, stress and depression after her childish mistakes back in the past. She was adopted, her mother was a total bitch for writing a book about her fucking past with the boys around the corner, and she was stupid for even telling her mother everything in the end. After that People magazine incident, I would've grabbed the bags like she did and leave, never coming back. The family incident in this novel was horrible, but I guess that this was the point. Even take a look at the Donnellys—Connie was a horrible mother as well.
I mean, I did have trouble seeing why Molly did what she did, mostly in the middle parts of the book. She was having too much fun to realize what the hell she was getting herself into? Then afterwards, readers find her bawling her eyes out because she doesn't have any friends. I guess things happen for a reason, no?
Some would argue that the love triangle doesn't work for this occurrence and in Molly's life, but I'm staying on the positive side of this. Cotungo made something unpredictable and just about impossible possible. I had hope for one of the relationships to work out, (it doesn't matter which, but Patrick had grown to be my favourite) and the author just threw it all back at us in that crazy ending that came like a strike of lightening. Why didn't she have any regrets?
From my viewpoint, this is what I call a romance novel that works. I imagine some authors turning this into an absolute catastrophe, but Katie is a master at these books, and i just can't wait to see what else she has in store for us. If you're a reader who doesn't get bothered by stupid decision-making protagonists and family issues, then you'll definitely be heading to your library and bookstore for a copy right away since you'll already read the review to here... Why am I even writing anymore? You've already gone to get a copy, I bet it. And if you're still here... what the heck?! Go live your own 99 days. ...more
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WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? WHERE CAN I BEGIN FANGIRLING? WHERE WILL I BEGIN TELLING YOU ABOUT ME BAWLING LAST NIGHT? If you would like to hear about one of the best reading experiences where I wandered into a magnificent world, then join me here, because I'm telling you (I'm SCREAMING TO YOU) that All the Bright Places changed my life. I am now a person who I actually never wasn't, and Jennifer Niven has transformed me and I'm lost without words as the experience was remarkable. I want to rub it into all of your faces that this is my book, alright?
You know, I get envious when I'm not part of the fandom of a particular book that has changed everyone's lives and their hearts have really begun pumping like a hummingbird's. I've heard about this gorgeous beauty since mid-last year, and all of the crazy-ARC reviewers were going crazy. The hype was real, everyone, and I couldn't wait to be part of it. So then when this was released, I bought it right away and since then, it was sitting in my book shelf, waiting. I was so stupid for not picking it up earlier, as its pages definitely deserved tons of love from the start. "Finch and Violet, OMG" is what I've been hearing since the start, and now I know what has caused me to ache and have to read it.
Also, comparing it to John Green is the most brilliant comparison one can possibly make. If John Green hasn't read this already, then I'm literally in tears. This is exactly his kind of book, and something that he would've written. His wit, the romance, EVERYTHING was so "him," but of course this was original and beautiful in its own perfect way. Also, it was perfect as Eleanor and Park as well, and the romance was so deep and special just like it. Summary-writers sure know how to captivate readers into picking up the book, hm?
"Is today the day? And if not today—when? I am asking myself this now as I stand on a narrow ledge six stories above the ground. I'm so high up, I'm practically part of the sky."
The funny (but thing that led me into knowing that I will adore this book) was that I found a gorgeous quote on the FIRST PAGE. That proves total love-at-first-sight with me, and it rarely happens. And actually, if you see the amount of quotes that I've found in this book, you'd probably pass out because I've found this so inspirational (not that I'd want to follow Finch's suicidal thoughts) and like a guide into being a teenager and living freely, which was so encouraged throughout the whole story. DOESN'T THAT PROVE THAT I'M A MAD READER?
I will not ever say that the plot was simple. It wasn't—it was complex, and you'll have to have a heart for these types of books to actually understand and feel the emotions. And before I go on any longer, let me just say that I ended up crying to my fullest extent, bawling, sobbing, laughing and snickering throughout. No book has EVER. EVER, left me with those kinds of emotions. And I can tell you that The Fault in Our Stars was originally the book that I cried the most in, but this one has taken the new throne, after 3 years. I LOVE TO CRY WHEN READING SINCE THAT TELLS ME THAT THE FEELINGS ARE REAL.
This all begins (a beautiful legacy) when Finch is standing on the ledge of his bell tower at his high school. This is yet another one of his suicide attempts, and he's 5/10 percent likely to jump (or even fall out). Once he's gathering his thoughts and he feels like he's about to do it, he sees that there's another girl on the other side of the tower, about to jump as well. She saves him, and they both end up getting off and leaving. Little do they know that after that encounter, their lives will change forever. Finch immediately cannot believe how Violet is someone so much like him, who feels the same things after her older sister, Eleanor, died in a car crash, with Violet right by her side in the passenger seat. Finch is extremely depressed and is noted that he may be bipolar, where his family doesn't understand him and since his parents are newly divorced. Once they get assigned a Geography project to see the wanders and sights of Indiana where they live, Finch immediately wants to work with Violet, and so they head off, visiting places that they take memories from, leaving some things behind as well.
Still after 12 hours, I feel like I'm at a funeral. Yeah, there's no more tears, but now all of the depressing thoughts and me thinking of what happened after are floating into my head. I remember bawling last night and tears are forming in my eyes and I just can't stand it anymore. *sobs* But what had meant a lot to me were the themes and messages pushed into readers' minds throughout. A big thing here is suicide and mental illness. You see, another one of the reasons why this novelette was so unique was because both characters, protagonists and love interests had suicidal thoughts. They both dealt with some sort of loss somehow, with Violet losing her sister and being unable to cope with anything else anymore, and Finch losing his parents being together and his family as a whole. Together, I felt like they helped each other so much, and if that moment of fate hadn't put them together and saved them, they both would've been gone, and never would've seen the bright places.
"We add a few more books to the pile, and at some point I catch her eye and she's smiling at me. It's the kind of smile you smile when you're thinking someone over and trying to decide how you feel about them. I smile at her and she looks away."
AWWW AGH. Friendship and love is another big thing, as you can tell. If you look at the character development of both from beginning to end, they both progressed differently. Finch saw something special in Violet from the beginning, and he fell in love with her more quickly, and his obsession and need for her to be with him was strongly there. Violet, on the other hand, didn't see her love for Finch as quickly, but them spending more time together brought them closer, as it usually does. They were two halves of a whole, and whenever they'd be spending time without each other, I even saw that something was missing from both of them.
I, myself, I fell in love with Theodore Finch. I had more of a love for him, stronger than Augustus Waters, Four, Will Herondale, Jace, Jem, more than any fictional male character who's come into my heart. Finch touched my heart, and I wanted to hold his hand, sit in his walk-in closet with him and add sticky notes to the walls. He broke my heart and mended it again, and I needed more of him from the start. He can certainly be a remedy for someone's sadness, but as we saw, he can never be a remedy for himself.
"Ultraviolet Remarkey-able, I think I love you.' So that she doesn't feel she has to say it back, I kiss her again, and wonder if I dare do anything else, go any further, because I don't want to ruin this moment."
Did I mention that he's passionate and such a romantic guy? OMG AND AGH THE FLOWER SCENE AND HIM RUNNING SIX MILES TO VIOLET'S HOUSE BROUGHT A TSUNAMI OF TEARS ONTO MY COPY. I just couldn't let go of those small tiny moments that meant so much to the characters and to myself as well. I need him, and I feel like he's my best friend since he's so easy-going and wonderful. I just can't believe how unpredictable his personality goes, and how his bipolar disorder just changes him completely. *sobs for the fiftieth time*
Though both Finch's and Violet's perspectives meant so much to me, Violet's was really touching my heart. When I read her POV, I saw me in her. She's a writer, she loves reading and if a teacher assigns twenty pages, I'll give them thirty. She was so hilarious and though she tried to play hard-to-get, she couldn't hold it any longer and she had to love him. *feels come all over again* I adored her so much, and I'm sure that Elle Fanning will play a perfect role of her, because I pictured Elle as her from the start. And together, the kind of connection that they had was something unbelievable. No other couple that I've ever read about had that kind of connection. They're so beautiful, they're so perfect, and I felt that they were the only two people in the world who understood each other, even more than their parents and their siblings. Fate can seriously rock and make the world a better place, I tell you.
"'But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I'm floating.' In a minute, she says, "You're so weird, Finch. But that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me."
You see? *cries and shakes again* And that brings me to my next point, the writing. Darn it, JENNIFER NIVEN KNOWS HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. Her words flow together like two pairs, peanut butter and jelly or cookies and milk. The story never dragged, and you didn't even feel like there was some sort of repetition or some sequence that she came up with. She wrote this all with passion, and I saw Finch and Violet going to the book trailers like if it was I looking out of my window and seeing them on my front lawn. It was real, it was unique, and most of all, I never stopped reading. I read for 3 hours straight and didn't miss anything and felt like no time has gone by since everything was right in front of me. My heart fluttered, it ached for more, and the tears came out like it's normal. There was no force, and only attraction.
THIS DOESN'T. THIS HURTS. THIS WILL POSSIBLY KILL YOU. This is simply much better than a John Green ending, I must say, and everything about it was perfect (in a surprising way), and I simply couldn't believe it. It was unpredictable, and I felt like I lost my personality and I woke up, not knowing who I am or what my role in this crazy life is. I was crying for the last 100 pages, and I was shaking and my eyes blurred and I had to wipe them every two seconds because I couldn't see what the words were saying. Let me just warn you that if you don't enjoy sad endings (and this is saddest to the most saddest), then go f--- yourself, as Finch would say. Just kidding, hah. But you are crazy if you don't like sad. The feels and the emotions came out and I just felt everything, and now I'm tearing up again, just thinking about it.
When this releases in the movie theatres, I will be there opening night and I will yell when it happens as if I'm dying.
F---, I've been here blabbing for much too long. This book has honestly changed my life, and I'm not the same person anymore. I think it can stand as my most favourite book ever, at the moment. *cries at the achievement* And if you think that's not much of a big achievement, then you're absolutely crazy and need to go on a hike and wander the gorgeous alleys of Indiana. (I'm kidding, again.) Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are two characters, amazing people in our life that we've got to read about that will save you, even if you're not plotting on risking your life whatsoever. This book will hurt you, leave you bawling to death, but most of all, it will leave you aching for more, since that's what Jennifer Niven does best, leaving me wanting more at the end of every page that I have to keep on going on and on.
I'd like to keep on typing forever, but I'll tell you that I know see all of the bright places in this world, and one of them is this book, and sticky notes of course....more
I have always been a fan of Courtney Summers' books... at leastThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
I have always been a fan of Courtney Summers' books... at least since last summer, hah. I keep mentioning this in every review of mine because she is one of the most unique contemporary writers to have ever hit my shelves and TBR lists. Know what I mean? *snickers* I bet you do. Do you ever get that feeling where you're unable to resist a writer's books? Yeah, that's always the case with her books, though I've never given a book of hers a five star rating. UM. That's an okay thing, right?
After reading, I'm a little knocked out. Yeah, exactly how the stunning conclusion was supposed to make us feel. It's been a little while since I actually read and even returned this to the library and kind of forget about it. It's actually a pretty forgettable read, nothing special if you really think about it. That's what a book gets from a three star rating. Whoop, that's an accomplishment. *frowns* This could've been better, but whatever, I guess. Just take a look at the concept.
"And it’s in their heads now, that I took something from the search for Penny. I feel the beginnings of a whole new level of hate stirring in them. I pull my shirt on and try to make my mind blank while the room turns to vicious whispers.”
This all jumps into place once the confusing prologue and start kind of gets to the right spot and we meet Romy Grey. From the themes and subjects that are highlighted, you'll presumably tell that she's a "loser." Everyone blames her existence for that another girl, Penny, who went missing. AND THIS IS ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT NIGHT... And of course, you'll figure out what that night held.
I always am in for books that deal with sexual abuse and rape. Those subjects always hit the heart, toughly. And of course, THE FEELS ARE REAL. And the biggest issue that I had with this piece of literature? The feels. I had no sense of emotion, where I spent most of my time literally eyeing the book with a straight face. Huh. I find that this is the usual problem that I have with her books, and I WANTED MORE THIS TIME. Especially since this is her newest novel and I firmly believe that authors improve with their writing after they've written some other books. But this? A complete catastrophe when looking at some of the writing points.
Let's just skip the plot stuff and get straight to it. But I will note that there wasn't too much trouble with it excluding the fact that I was kind of bored with it and nothing special actually comes to mind when I think of the book. Eh. I guess it'll go either way for everyone, but keep in mind that my thoughts of the writing itself wasn't very likeable, I must admit.
Then we have Romy Grey, a really cool chick. Don't get me wrong on the statement I mentioned above on how she was your typical protagonist. She was a likeable person, to be honest. I felt guilt for her (which was the only feeling that I actually felt from the whole book), and her story was real in my eyes. What teenage girl deserves that all? None, I tell you. But that's Summers' story that she wants to plant in readers' minds, and I see that many others have enjoyed this book. So that's my firm opinion.
Romy was the voice of our teenage generation, just saying. Courtney created a teenage character who many young girls can relate to. Her story is very urbanized and modern, and it was like a news story that you watched endlessly. She kept moving on and was SO STRONG. I don't know what I would've done in her situation. And then again, Courtney puts readers in that situation.
I guess by the end, everyone's able to think about the "what-ifs." What if this happened to you? (Not stating this as a personal rhetorical question, by the way.) What if this happened to someone in your school? Would you judge them? You never know what you will do until you're actually put in that situation, to be honest. This is a total book that stands up for feminism. I love that extra quirk that the author added. (Not that I'm a feminist or anything.) But let's go, stand up for rights and against violence!
By the end, I believe that there's a possibility that you're sitting beside your computer, thinking that I shame books for no reasons. I'm chuckling, real hard after typing that statement out. But in reality, I did have some issues with it while everyone else loved it. *slams book into face* I just didn't feel it. Sure, the family and bits of romance were nice and added into the positives, but what are you supposed to do when you just don't feel the book? No rage, no happiness, no crying, no tears, no nothing. I prefer Summers' writing with more lighter stuff since she obviously can't handle the dark things too well. I wish that there was more info-dumping and POV of the actual situation! Go for this if you really suspect that you'll enjoy it and LOVE these kinds of books. Other than that, don't waste your time....more
I picked this book up from the library, and then I have to admit that I ended up avoiding it. Scary to admit, I avoided a dystopia *2.5 star rating*
I picked this book up from the library, and then I have to admit that I ended up avoiding it. Scary to admit, I avoided a dystopian-sci-fi novel. And usually, those are my ultimate favourites. So what scarily went wrong here? I don't know. But what I do know is that I was right to avoid it from the start. For a fact, I had to renew this 6 times before picking it up.
Orleans originally sounded like what it seemed to be from the perspective of your above-average dystopia-obsessed human. I suspected that this book would be all about the terms of natural disasters and such. Those kinds of books are unique—and I have an obsession with natural disaster-based stories. This was surprisingly about a sickness, an epidemic, and cruelty and unjustness found in the "so-called" city of New Orleans, or what it used to be known as.
Many major hurricanes have hit the city of New Orleans in the past. Katrina in 2005, was just the beginning. It's into the future, where the city is destructed. The Gulf Coast is now quarantined, and the cities and states we all know today aren't really "there" anymore and anyhow. Flu and fever outbreaks have shattered cities, and survivors are living. But is the outbreak of the Delta Fever really all over? Fen is living in a tribe—but she really doesn't know where or who she is. She has O-Neg blood, and people hunt and kidnap her people to use their blood to cure the outbreaks. They're hiding and waiting everyday, for some relief. At the moment, Fen meets Daniel, someone who can show her the relief and the cure for all of the captivation that her people are left in.
If I honestly knew that this was the real plot, I would've stayed away from the start. The word "hurricanes" got me going and I blurred the rest of the mumbo-jumbo away. Now I'm left here, disappointed in what I was left with.
But I guess you shouldn't get me wrong. I did enjoy this, but I guess you could say for only a small period of time. I was struggling to continue for more than half of the time. But I'm sitting here, happy, giving other books 5 star ratings, right? So that probably proves that I wasn't pushed into some sort of post-reading depression or whatever. After reading this book, you might be mad, but you'll move on and know what kind of things it had in store for us, if you're on the negative side of things.
The book started off intriguing. We were introduced into the problem and world immediately, and Smith let us understand what was going on. There was no mystery here, it was just something that kept going and increased and moved on. But as I surpassed page 100 (for example) I felt like the book lost its contact with me. I dragged further away from the story and I found myself not enjoying "the feel" it had going.
For one thing, the characters. Fen was alright. She kept the story moving smoothly for the most part. But when Daniel was introduced, I was like "nope."
I did get the shivers quite a lot. Thinking about this happening in real life scares me.
As the story did have its perks, such as the average characters, and emotion that it gave readers, I must say that I don't really recommend it, although many people have ended up adoring this. I guess I can say that it'll go either way for you, if you decide to take the chance. (I heard accents in my head the whole time while reading this, the language sure was interesting!)
*Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
As I began reading Joe, I expected an indie thriller that*Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
As I began reading Joe, I expected an indie thriller that I've heard millions of great things about. Isn't there always a book that you tend to not like as much as the rest of the general public and you always seem to wonder why? Is it a reading slump? Probably not. But it could be the general idea itself, or even its clichéness. (Too bad that's not a word either.)
"First, I should tell you I am no hero. At some point I feel you may come to the conclusion that I am, but this would be a misconception, and though I am not heroic, I am not a liar, either."
Joe was your ordinary thriller story that could eventually end up being a low-paid movie that sadly wouldn't make it to the theatres because everyone's already seen something like it forty times. It's low-budget—it's a misconception read for me. I'm sitting here, simply thinking, "meh" since that's basically the only proper way to describe my enjoyment.
The idea started off like something magical. It had the potential and the ability to captivate me and maybe, just maybe would I given it a 5 star rating. Maybe. Too bad we didn't get too much suspense and plot twists, because this book seemed like it needed to have those. Really, I'm sitting here wondering, "What was the main idea of the story?" although nothing really seemed to pop out at me.
Joe is a girl, by the way. Haha, not to be sexist or anything, but I just expected this to be in some sort of killer's point of view who was named Joe, that's all. Nope—this was all about Joe and her life's craziness. You'll honestly end up feeling sorrow and guilty for the misconception you may have had on her character's personality in the beginning of the book. I know that I do, after all.
As stories usually begin, we start off by meeting an ordinary character, who will soon grow up to be our main protagonist. Obviously, in this situation, this was Joe. But by the way, there were many points-of-views in this book, as I ended up finding out. And Joe was simply one of them—one of which took place in the life of an ordinary college schoolgirl who accidentally found out something she wasn't supposed to, which changed her life forever.
How would you react if you came upon a mastermind plan of a psychopath? This is the junk that Joe got herself into by not minding her own business. Sucks for her, you may say. But as you add Joe's thoughts together with the psychopath's mind, this book did create an action-packed adventure, minus the real-captivation and realism.
I guess that since everyone feels different things when reading, people tend to fall into two categories with minor thrillers: the bored-out-of-their-minds stage, or the omg-I-love-this stage, as things usually flow for most books. But this book only would have this, since there's the good and the negative reviews. Thankfully, I decided to stick with a 3 star rating, and I made it through, finishing the book quick and span.
My honest-to-dear reaction was happiness with the ending. The characters did suck and I found that I didn't really feel anything with them whatsoever, but I did enjoy the plot and thankfully, I had better positive thoughts than bad.
Joe can be your best friend or your enemy, that's all I'm going to say here. I, personally, enjoyed it less than most, but it's definitely recommendable when thinking about the aspect of indie, since those don't get much attention—but we all wish that they do. This didn't have a unique concept or set of characters, but I wasn't as bored I was planned on being, thankfully. Take the shot.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. NO, really. Before I beThis raving review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. NO, really. Before I begin my raving, I've just got to note to you that if you can't stand this book (for some random weirdo reason), then I'd recommend for you to leave and not even take a peek on what this review is about to hold. Okay? Okay. From all of the one star reviews that I've read prior to reading this and even after, I honestly feel like hurling because this negativity is killing me. I honestly don't understand what's the problem here, especially because everyone LOVES these kinds of romances, and suddenly there's so much hate. What happened to the love and craze of Fifty Shades of Grey?
After was such a throbbing read, as in a good and positive way. It turned me inside and out, and I fell in love with the momentary of being in love and there being some abuse and addiction. But in a way, I can totally understand the love and wanting that Tessa had felt, since Hardin totally was the hottest rebellious man that I've gotten to know in the fictional world. Fictional boyfriend for me? No, take fictional husband. *winks*
Every person wants to write (or obviously read) a book with some sort of addiction-based romance. You cannot go as a reader for your whole life and state that you never have read a book like that before. No, I'm not saying anything too dirty with so much sexual references that you'll puke, but something that's adult based and has so much love. BUT BOY, THIS HAD PLOT TWISTS AND SO MUCH SUSPENSE IN ALMOST 600 PAGES THAT I CANNOT DO ANYTHING FURTHER WITH MY BORING LIFE. *laughs harshly*
A long time ago in a land far away, I stated the worst things in romances on a Top Ten Tuesday feature on my blog, and I stated that I hate romances with bad boys-good girls. I was wrong. You see, I guess that I was prone to visualize tons of romances that were cliché and predictable with no impossible things occurring, and the stance of this just made me sick. Hessa (most adorable ship-name ever) were something else. The fact that these two-real characters were different and definitely unalike brought a wider connection between them and READERS. I guess through all of their hardships and everything, this brought them closer and they actually learned to perform a liking of each other's lives.
As the plot may seem simple and unreal, it absolutely is. Tessa is a good girl who's always focusing on her grades and impressing the people around her. She loves reading books and wants to work as part of the book publishing business one day, and has just enrolled into university into her freshman year. On her first day, she meets her roommate Steph, who's completely gothic and unlike her. Her mother is completely furious with the set-up and wants to give Tessa a different environment to be put in. Tessa doesn't want to create trouble and just wants to go with the flow. Soon enough, she meets Hardin, one of Steph's guy friends, whom she may have had a past with. It's said that Hardin is always with a different girl and never "dates," but Tessa forms a connection and addiction to him... and so does he. But really, is it love when it's all about secrets? (DID I MENTION THAT SHE HAS A BOYFRIEND!?)
That's what I had been thinking the whole time through. People have actually told me about this novel beforehand, and I wasn't sure if I should pick it up, simply because it's One Direction fanfiction. *frowns* Thank goodness they changed the names of the characters when it got published or else I'd be barfing every time I heard the name "Harry" or "Niall." I am not a fan of One Direction at all so this would've been a complete disaster. At least I had gotten a better mental image of the characters and they were simply. Much. Hotter. You see the kind of magic an author can add onto a reader when they choose good names?
The writing was so addicting that I couldn't stop reading. But at the same time, I wanted to enjoy reading this because I don't have any of the sequels with me at the moment, so let the enjoyment last, no? I know that next time I hit the bookstores when I'm out of my vacation, I'll run and buy all of the other books by Todd, as she is simply amazing and so symbolistic with her plots and such. From beginning to end, there were no dull moments in the storyline and no eye rolls whatsoever. She honestly knows how to plan out something that readers will crave for and want more of. She could probably take this into ten books and we still wouldn't get bored, or at least the MAJOR fans like I am now myself.
There are many major themes that are taken throughout this novel and that is probably most of the issues that people have a problem with... which is strange. The author ADDED THE ISSUES IN ON PURPOSE TO MAKE IT HAVE IT. Like, Anna Todd did not put abuse in to make it seem normal and that every relationship is like that! I bet if those haters actually ended up finishing the novel, they would've seen that the ending explained it all, but did add us into a cliffhanger and we're caused to ask for more, as it is a complete temptation for me to go and order the sequel onto my Kindle from Amazon, although I'll be at the bookstores soon. You know, abuse is something that is happening frequently in reality today, and Todd focused Tessa and Hardin's relationship on it perfectly. But don't expect some physical abuse—there's tons of mental and verbal abuse. Hardin was a manipulative (but sexy) character who tried to get Tessa to think about who she is... and possibly change her?
We can obviously still say that we don't know who Hardin is or what's his problem. Yeah, tons of information was caught up about him, especially in the middle of the novel where his father started talking about his past and how he never loved anybody. I guess to have a man like that is tough, looking at Tessa's situation. Hardin is a guy who's difficult to let stuff come out of him, but at the same time he lets his love come out through his movements and emotions. I loved him, to be honest. *fans self* SO. MANY. STEAMY. MOMENTS.
And Tessa? Yeah, there were moments when I wanted to smack her because she overreacted and over-exaggerated with her actions and arguments with Hardin, but she was kick-ass and reminded me of myself, in some ways. A guy can change you, that's for sure. Look at her once-perfect bookworm look! She's now a rebellious wild child. The transformation is real, all.
I will just announce that I've joined the fandom of the After-chicks (hah, made that up) and I am strictly in love with Hardin, Tessa, Landon, Logan, Nate and Zed! *shrieks* Pick this up if you love novels that perform some sort of wide subject and romance... or even if you've never touched upon any sort of romance before. This is the perfect book for all, and there won't be any after for you because you'll be stuck in the glorious world of Tessa and Hardin....more
I fell in love with Patrick Ness's writing back early this year with A Monster Calls. That was probably the most heartbreaking, charming, and specialI fell in love with Patrick Ness's writing back early this year with A Monster Calls. That was probably the most heartbreaking, charming, and special story that I ever read, and that I'll probably ever read. This time around, I came back to the story that really began his fame and the story that captivated every YA reader, The Knife of Never Letting Go. So many people came to adore this trilogy, and I finally decided that it was my turn to come into this world of lies and mystery, in a dystopian setting full of all men, until a girl shows up and changes Todd's life forever.
Out of my little over 200 friends on Goodreads, 118 of them have reviewed this book or added it onto their TBR shelf. And from those who've read this, almost all of them (except 2) have given this a 4 star and above rating. That's wacko, if you ask me. But at the same time, that really shows the kind of fandom and stardom Ness has in the bookish world. And this book was published in 2008. This is probably the oldest dystopian book I've ever read to date!
I'm sorry that I didn't enjoy this as much as other people did, but Patrick, you sure deserve a brilliant round of applause for writing such an unique story that let me thinking.
This story all begins with us getting to know Todd and his dog, and the atmosphere that they're in. From the start, we can already guess that this is featured in a dystopian setting, and that immediately boosted this book's mega excellence points up by 500. This premise is unique and shows that the Chaos Walking trilogy obviously began the era and genre of dystopia. From there on, look at the kind of stories that authors have created! *cheers* Todd is last not-man in his tribe, and where he lives in the New World. Todd, and the rest of the men in his town were infected with the Noise germ, and now he can hear everything that the others think. What they think is called their "Noise," and this basic idea is really what started the rest of the book and really got it going to a whole new level. One day, Todd is forced to flee away from the town, a month before he's supposed to turn into a man, and all he has is his dog with him. That's where everything basically begins.
Mind-reading, a messed up setting, deserts, something like The Maze Runner, we have a bunch of different scenarios all squashed up together to form this wonderful story. Firstly, I must have to say that this book definitely could've been better. It could've ended up better in so many ways. But at the same time, Patrick's writing is what brought this story to a whole different level and is what kept me going. He gave me a chance to experience the "story and life" of a young boy who's all alone.
You don't even know what kind of guilt and sorriness you'll feel for Todd by the end of this story. He was a poor soul. :( I imagined him like an 11 year old walking alone in the desert, somewhat like the characters in the movie Up.
The feelings were there. THE FEELS WERE THERE. In this chunky large book, I did shed a few tears, three or four times overall. I must say that this was a strong story that wasn't fluffy whatsoever. I was left captivated over and over by every chapter, but there were many things missing that I wish were there.
More action. At some points, I felt like the story was dragging on and on, although the end of chapters were exhilarating. And more unique characters. I felt like we got a bunch of characters who were in sticky-situations. That's obviously okay, but they didn't deal with it well. It was droning on and on and nothing was happening that had to do with them. One minute we see them the other we don't. I don't know what was happening half of the time because it was all confusing.
This was a great book, don't get me wrong, I just wish that there was more to the story. I wanted something special, but instead I just got a regular 3 star book. Where's my 5 star?
What would you do if you figured out that thThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
*3.5 star rating*
What would you do if you figured out that there’s another person who has gone through the same life events as yourself? What about the fact that they look exactly alike as you? Parallel worlds, you may say—but this is a complete contemporary romance with a complexity of some tragic events involved. I guess that if you’re not capable of reading a book like that, then you’re seriously weird, because McStay has done a fantastic job of bringing readers into a completely different setting than we’re usually used to. One girl. Two stories. You betcha’. This cannot be more correct than ever.
I’m pretty sure that I’ve read this two weeks ago (about that sequence of time), and it has definitely taken me a while to finally get into writing this review. I just have no words and I can’t get the words to actually give my thoughts because this book was different. But don’t expect me to say that it was different in a bad, negative way—it was weird, eerie. Get what I’m saying? Of course you do, especially since Fiona’s character was weird too. I didn’t feel for her, but we’ll obviously get to that and chat about her.
“On February 27, she was scared. Every bit of her—face, heart, soul, brain—was mauled and mutilated. She was nothing but damage. She hated it all. Her scars, her self-pity, herself. She wanted to be whole.”
So, so, so. This story is basically split into two. There are two points-of-view from the same person (basically) in two different situations. Both are Fiona Doyle, a girl who went through an accident twelve years ago and the scars on her face still lie there, and she’s basically unable to let go of it all. What happens in her life where the accident did happen? She writes songs and has a crush on Trent and she’s afraid. What about if the accident never had happened? She would be a star lacrosse player and her life is also going down the drain.
This book shows us the different possibilities and paths that one person can take if something in their life changes forever. Things can go through many different ways, and McStay has gotten readers to imagine these things. I guess that it deals with parallel universes in a way, but there’s more to it. McStay hadn’t written this novel just to show readers some kind of sci-fi concept that’s stealing our hearts, instead she wanted to write about Fiona Doyle, one girl who likes different things in her own virtual world that’s about to change forever when her luck dissipates for good. And to also tell you the truth, THIS BOOK WAS SAD AND HEARTBREAKING AND MY FEELS EXPLODED ALL OVER THE PLACE. When beginning the story, I had been afraid that I was going to lose all of the emotions eventually, but I never felt that because of who McStay was writing the book for—for all YA readers looking for a contemporary twist in their lives, instead of only those who can relate to Fiona’s character. Now that’s the important and prominent thing here, no?
"I don't want you to stay. You need to do this. I can't force your life into what works for me, anyway. But at least I can tell you, make sure you understand—like, really understand. About me. And how I feel about you."
As for the actual plot, I'll admit that this is where the issues that evolved actually come into. It's the writing that actually made the book explode into tiny pieces. I don't know—it was pretty dull and boring if you ask me. I can see the potential that it had to become into something bigger, better and ten times more wonderfully addictive, but it didn't go there. Maybe this was because McStay wanted the Fiona-Trent thing to work out? There's another possibility. And if it actually revolved the way I wish it could've, there would've been a chance that I could give this a 5 star rating. But it is what it is, my friends.
Fiona Doyle. This may seem like the name of your average person with a reminder of Shrek, (jokes) but I'll tell you that it isn't. Fiona is traumatized and has fallen into the deep heart of stupid teenagers. I'm not saying that she is one—but they influenced her. She was normal, okay in the beginning of the book although she had fallen to become a weaker and more broken character to that point, but she afterwards became a carbon copy, a clone if you think about it. The influence of her nasty judgmental friends left her hanging and only thinking about a boy in her life—what about her music, life and happiness? She had gotten a little depressed, and her friends made her think about the opposite way of what it should have been to help her out. Naïve to society, much? I just thought that she'd be better, that's all.
The romance was cute, hah, and I'm glad that it was what helped Fi out in the end, although it wasn't the best decision. It was adorable and intriguing, but I'm not saying that I'd want my own Trent in my life because he wasn't an ultimate fictional boyfriend, that's for sure. But if you'd just like to read as an actual reader instead of living the life of an abnormal teenager, then take a chance on this one.
If you're looking for a fresh, new debut of 2015 with contemporary, romance and duel-character-importance POVs, then this book is honestly for you. I adored the concept and the way McStay handled the whole situation of the protagonist and the troubles that she continued to face for the largest part of the book. It took us to a blast of real life where we're unable to feel anything around us except the characters' emotions. Forget about the issues that I faced, because most people actually loved this one to pieces, and you probably will, too!...more
WHAAAAAAAT WAS THIS GORGEOUSNESS? HOW THE HELL DID KIERA CASS DThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
WHAAAAAAAT WAS THIS GORGEOUSNESS? HOW THE HELL DID KIERA CASS DO THIS? OEWJOGJNEPWNGUBEQONGEONGIUGEWBGHJEWBHGEASDFGHIKL! I'm fangirling so hard because there's no other excuse or way I can take my life with now since I'm so obsessed with this. After waiting a whole year for something else by Kiera Cass, I feel like we've all waited enough and it's about time that we get handed some wonderful. AND THIS WAS IT. It was better than the best, and that's actually rare to find in my liking. Soo... let's get out of this general statement and go WAY farther into the stellar world of The Heir, the book that made 2015.
I have to tell you that I was particularly afraid to read this book because I just wasn't ready for it. The One honestly killed me last year after the BIGGEST DECISION EVER MADE IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE, and I never would've thought that I would get something else from The Selection in the future, and when I heard about the news for this and for another book afterwards, I was shocked. I have to admit that I wasn't really happy and feeling positive about it because I wasn't sure if I was ready for another bunch of characters and a brand-new storyline. BUT I OBVIOUSLY WANTED TO READ IT, DUH.
"I'm Eadlyn Schreave, and no one in the world is as powerful as me." (Paperback, page 269)
THAT'S A THOUSANDLY MILLIONLY TIMES TRUE. I feel like I cannot emphasize that even more, but we'll obviously get to Eadlyn's character later, but it brings us to my personal homemade synopsis. Basically, this all takes place twenty years after the events of the final novel in America's point-of-view. Here we have Eadlyn, who is the eighteen-year-old daughter of America and Maxon, who is heir to the throne just by seven minutes, where it really was meant to be for her brother, Ahren. It's her turn for The Selection, and she is the first female to lead it, but she sees that she's not ready to fall in love... or is she?
That's how Eadlyn actually ended up by the end of the book... but it obviously took some time and she was arguing about it. Also, I wanted to mention the fact that she was nowhere close to being annoying. I have to say that I actually really don't understand why people are saying that she was a horrible protagonist. She had tons of aspects and qualities in her personality from both Maxon and America! (I swear, I was about to type "Aspen," haha). We'll get to that later, but I'm now warning you that there are themes of: desperation, love, family and sibling-hood. Not that there's anything that I need to warn you about... it's all pure and wonderful things to keep in mind and think about constantly.
Again, I want to let you understand how amazing this book brought life and awesomeness in The Selection's world to be. The setting and the world is very much like The Bachelorette mixed with Amy Ewing's The Jewel, and after reading I feel like I'm one of the proud candidates trying and prying to win Eadlyn's heart... not that I'm a guy or anything. But really, it's so real and easy to feel like you belong in the eyes of Kiera and you just seem to begin to long and want the best for the characters. AND THEN OF COURSE YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. This time around there's not just Aspen or Maxon, THERE'S 35 GUYS. WHAT THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS EMERGENCY LOVE-LIFE SITUATION OF READING?!
"Ahren looked at Camille like she hung the sun in the sky every morning. It was beautiful, the way he watched her, enchanted by every breath that came out of her mouth. But I felt strangely detached from it all because no one had ever done that for me, and I'd never done that for anyone else." (Paperback, page 307)
I believe that from all of the books I've ever read, love was never expressed in a way like this series does to and for me. And it's not like it's the impossible, fairy-tale love that even Eadlyn herself sees her parents' love as. The author portrays a view that it's something that you have to fight and look for, and it doesn't just come easily to those who would enjoy and love it. Every person is supposed to have a chance to experience love, and even those who don't see it will experience it somehow, like Eadlyn does. I guess at this point of her journey, she doesn't spot it yet, but from the view of readers, I can say that she honestly has those feelings in her heart, and it's not only with one guy. From all of the men who are left, there's something special about each and every one of them, and those who she loves will definitely be the truest winner in the end.
I guess that I don't even have to explain myself and my feelings on the plot and actual storyline because by now, I bet that you've already guessed it. Reading this book made me fall in love, and I now feel like this book was specifically written for this year of 2015. IT'S THE YEAR OF MENDING AND BEGINNING RELATIONSHIPS THAT MOST LIKELY WEREN'T MEANT TO BE HEALED AT THE START BECAUSE THERE WAS NO KIND OF BELIEF PRESENT BY ANYONE. Eadlyn fucking Schreave was kick-ass, just like her lovely mother is, and she showed that to all of us, every reader trying to seek the wittiness and fortune of destiny.
What I just don't get is how people hate Eadlyn. I guess that it'll be and always end up being one of the mysteries in literature that never will be solved because I'm against the norm. I loved Eadlyn—as well as her attitude, quirkiness and not being your proper, posh queen-to-be that we all expected her to transform into. I loved that Kiera changed our expectations of her into something else. Eadlyn wasn't your most perfect heiress who'll rule the world someday by helping the poor, but she led her story and there was so much guilt on her shoulders that there were thousands of moments where she deserved a hug or ten. Having all of the stress of having to rule the world someday mixing in with choosing between 35 men is so much to handle, and I guess that some don't realize that. HER HUMOUR AND AMUSEMENT WAS WHAT ENTERTAINED ME.
She was a perfect darling, and had so much love for her siblings and her gorgeous parents. *cries again for the millionth time* MOVING ON BEFORE I GET AHEAD OF MYSELF.
The boys were HONESTLY MIND-CRAVING. To this moment, I can't get them out of my head since they're all so hot. KILE, ERIKK (PLOT TWIST) AND HENRI ARE MY FAVOURITES, BUT I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SINCE THEY'RE ALL AWESOME. And this was extra wonderful because it gave us another view of the actual Selection process from the chooser this time around. Yeah, America was a candidate, but now Eadlyn is the mind-whacker who actually has sense. Remember those moments where we hated Maxon for doing what he did? Yeah, now we know why he did it all. AND THIS CHICK HAS TO DEAL WITH PERVY GUYS WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO KEEP THEIR HANDS TO THEMSELVES! It's a worser case, I must say. But I do have a feeling that Kiera's going to mess with our heads next year and kill us, possibly. Eadlyn better make a great choice.
The ending then came and I died. I'M SORRY, I DIED FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME BECAUSE I COULDN'T HOLD IT ANYMORE. What was this?! So Eadlyn got another fifty-thousand extra pounds on her shoulders again and it was all because of a major plot twist that I cannot even bare to admit or else I'll cry again. *BROTHERS STINK, EVERYONE* You may have thought that love was adorable and it doesn't matter the age, but then that twist will change your mind to think otherwise, just saying. Now I'll sit in my room crying until 2016 for the next book.
It's the truth—I'll be crying and unable to handle myself any longer. Now I'm second-guessing my decision to get this novel and read it right away, the day I purchased it because it just was published and I have to wait another year. After the closing ending in The One, I thought we were all done here and now I just panicked and ruined my own life again. Ugh. But other than my sappy, sad life, this was absolute perfection and probably the best book that I've read this year, just saying. I just want to continue to kiss my paperback copy and use it as a stuffed animal to sleep at night, rereading it a thousand times until I'll hear more news. Meh. I'm a depressed slob, BUT THANK YOU KIERA CASS, I LOVE YA....more
JLA's writing is my remedy to give me a good romance, I swear.This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
JLA's writing is my remedy to give me a good romance, I swear. As I've read three of her books so far, counting this one, I feel that I now know the kinds of good stuff that she writes... and then there's also the boring, more dull stuff like this one. White Hot Kiss could've been good, but I guess you have to be in the right mood at the right time to read something like this. Being on a vacation? Um, not so perfect as I wish it could've been.
"All I'd wanted to do was outline All Quiet on the Western Front tonight. Not almost devour a soul, nearly get killed, meet my very first Upper Level demon or watch a tattoo turn into an anaconda for chrissake. I glanced down at my empty hand. Or lose my phone. Crap."
This is like a demon joke-book. You know, it isn't so serious with all of these satanic terms where everyone is unsure of who is who and what is what. There's just a few types of demons that have different powers and that's pretty much it. As we know, JLA isn't an author who's prone to start confusing us with her magical skills of writing a novel, instead she can write a book in a genre that not-everyone enjoys as much as some others do.
Layla, our protagonist here, is a half-demon half-gargoyle. She's an orphan, and when she was younger she was adopted by the Wardens, who are a gargoyle race who hunt demons and keep everyone in the world safe. You see, when Layla meets up with a demon named Roth, she realizes that she's more demon and evil than you'd expect her to be. And of course, she falls in love with Roth although her "foster brother" Zayne, has always been on her mind and he's beginning to show feelings for her. Um, cliché much? I felt JLA was trying to create some kind of TMI remake with a crew of demons (or Shadowhunters, if you look at Clare's demons) where they're fighting and trying to figure out who they are. And of course, the protagonist is stuck in a love-triangle situation where she doesn't know which guy to pick to be with. *smacks head because she can't make up her mind*
"'A commercial copy?' He nodded. 'Yep, for the little Satanist wannabes out there. It's incomplete, obviously.'"
Looking at this concept again, demons are cool. Please don't get the wrong message and think that I'm some kind of hater, because I'm not. I actually wish that there would've been some more history to this and realism. The story wasn't believable, and that was a big point here especially since I wanted to feel the action scenes and imagine that a gargoyle was sitting on my roof, you know what I mean?
Looking at the characters, I had a connection to Layla. Yeah, she's a little awkward, but she was confident and would do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She's kickass and I guess that's just another reason why she had so many guys running after her. In a way, she's so much better than Lux's Katy.
The romance? Um, I didn't enjoy it so much to be honest. Roth and Layla aren't a good mix as I totally prefer ZAYNE. Roth is really bitchy in his own-little-way and definitely unlike Daemon. He's so confident (too confident) and he thinks that he can get a girl to touch his abs in the snap of his fingers. Together, they were similar in a way but I believe so because JLA made Roth know Layla's secrets which got them to spend more time together since Layla was curious to find out more about her mother and who she really is and all of that. Zayne didn't know much, but he was a total heartthrob and I fall for those softer guys.
My favourite couple was Sam and Stacey. AGHHHH! Okay, they were side characters and also Layla's two best friends, but I just love it when best friends fall in love and they were adorable as they both loved each other but didn't want to admit it until the end as Layla persuaded them both to. *squeals* Is it weird that I ended up liking them even more?
I expected JLA to make it much better. But hey, at least I gave a book with a different genre that she has written another try, and it pretty boring and not for me. There were some positives, as I liked the romance and some of the characters, but if something else was taken out, this may have been a DNF. If you don't like demon books but are willing to give one a try, you still shouldn't go for this one. Curiosity scares the cat, no? You'll be frightened and never want to give this author another try. SO DON'T DO THIS....more
Look—another zombie book has gone by… And I didn’t think of itThis review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!
Look—another zombie book has gone by… And I didn’t think of it as all as good. Now, play all of your sad music, call the police, and cry of sadness, because hey—I’m also surprised that Courtney Summers didn't really get me so excited with this one.
So for many years, I’ve been trying and trying to find the perfect 5-star zombie read for me. I really did have high hopes for this one—especially since it’s written by Courtney Summers, who in fact I’ve read many books from. And there’s positive reviews on this one all over the place. Actually, I’ve even seen this in my school library. So what’s the catch?
This is a lot like The Walking Dead. You know, it’s your annual zombie apocalypse and survival is key. Actually, it’s the end of the world, and this is thrown into the point of view of teenagers whose lives changed and switched by the second before they even saw it coming. Yeah, they had tons of stress on their hands before the apocalypse came, but now everything’s blurred out and it’ll never be the same again. Sloane Price is our main protagonist, whose world has collapsed and she’s trying to forget about it—but this is her real chance to.
I just don't even feel like putting myself in the characters’ shoes. You know, I’m not really much of a risk-taker in terms of survival and sacrificing yourself to some zombie kind, but I didn’t really find the characters to be strong in this situation. I normally would’ve pointed that out later in the review, but I just wanted to get things straight here. Sloane and the rest of the crew were people coming out of the impossible. Like honestly, too many bad things were happening to each of them that I began to question this book on how believable the story was. It was dystopian—like isn’t that so bland? Of course we all have some predictions for the future, and this is just a plain old zombie apocalypse when the whole world saw it coming.
If you look back onto other books where these things are happening in present day or in the past, now that’s some action. But I’m questioning the author on why she decided to push this into the future when it’s expecting? Why not create a shock for the characters and the audience and just add the event in on a random day where everyone’s not feeling it?
The story itself was just a meh for me. Like, it wasn’t anything above and beyond, and it wasn’t anything hideous, either. It was just some regular story that I didn't find my feels exploding all over the place, but I sure do like the survival aspect of it all. There were some key messages of friendship and all of those things, especially anything can happen when you don’t see it coming. I guess that’s why we’ve got to be ready and ahead for these sorts of situations?
Afterwards, I guess we can all say that the romance saved it all. The romance is what kept Sloane together from breaking apart. Before the massacre began, we had a broken-up teenager who didn't know what to do with herself, and afterwards, she became stronger and more knowing of life. She didn’t realize that the choice of life and death was upon her, though. And to be honest, this wasn’t a real memorable read. I don’t even remember the names of the other characters which does show that it didn’t mean much to me, but I can say that I’ve experienced it in one way or another, right?
The thing is, this isn't a full-out horror story. The zombies were hardly there, and we didn't have a main appearance of them until the end. Sloane did give us an okay showing of them and background story, but it’s not like their guts were flying all over the place, killing and scarfing down remains of humans. Okay, I’m sorry that I’ve given you a gory description, haha.
In the end, I’m really glad that this was a standalone. WAIT, IT’S NOT? Nope, people. Watch this become a trilogy. And what I can say is that the ending would’ve been fine to just stay as a standalone. But whatever, I guess. For a 3 star, I wouldn’t waste much of my time to read the sequel anyway and still feel all “meh-ed” out. This could be the book for you. especially if you enjoyed something like Alice in Zombieland....more