The first time I read this book, it was just the third draft and I was merely a beta reader. But even then I loved it to pieces. Sam, Avery, Moxie, Jeremy, Jack, Mr De Lainey,... every single character had my heart. And I'm absolutely thrilled I can tell you that I still love it to pieces.
Cait has written yet another beautiful story with amazing characters that just feel real and all I want right now is go to the De Laineys on a Sunday and have the De Lainey waffle special. I can talk about this for hours, obviously, but I actually don't want to spoil much for you guys. Instead I'm going to encourage you to read this book and fall in love with it just like I did, for a second time in a row.
THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES is a beautiful story about a messy boy falling headfirst into a warm welcoming family and finding a home. The writing is gorgeous and yes, I cried, but in the end I felt like I was wrapped up in a nice warm blanket and I just need more times with this amazing family.
He doesn't break into houses because he enjoys stealing. He stalks vacant windows and tricks locks and sleeps in stolen beds because he just wants to be home.
"We are the kings of nowhere," Sammy says. "We only need us."
"You can do monstrous things and not be a monster."
Boys like him don't get the girl. They go to jail....more
Well this was a spectacular retelling of Beauty and the Beast and probably my favorite one as of right now.
I might do a full review later but for nowWell this was a spectacular retelling of Beauty and the Beast and probably my favorite one as of right now.
I might do a full review later but for now I'll leave you with this. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the world, the characters. And oh. My. God. The ending slayed me. I need the 2nd book yesterday.
This was my most anticipated book of the year and it did not disappoint. But seriously, I need the sequel....more
The Disasters is basically The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy and it was a very solidly fun book with aNovel Ink ~ Quite The Novel Idea
The Disasters is basically The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy and it was a very solidly fun book with a diverse cast and a queer romance lurking around the corner. Safe to say this book made my heart very happy because this was exactly what I needed to read. Did it blow my mind with its twist and turns? Maybe not, but not every book needs to be like that and this is one of those because I had so. much. fun.
This book is about a group of washed out students that witness a terrorist group attack the elite Ellis Station Academy and are then framed for it. Nax, our MC, functions as their pilot and captain as they come together for a dangerous heist to get the truth out there as they run from authorities and get into lots of shenanigans in space.
WHAT I LIKED:
~ The characters are everything! This diverse group of misfits consists of a disaster bi that is no stranger to making poor life choices, a kickass muslim girl, a transgender biracial girl that also kicks all the asses, a super smart girl with anxiety and a gay British guy. The diversity here is so on point and I LOVE that most characters are either queer, POC or both. The Swift Kick crew is definitely a fun squad that I would love to hang around with.
~ The writing that was easy to read and fast paced, causing me to blow through this book in one sitting because I was so invested that I just needed to know what happened next. Plus the ending wrapped things up nicely while still leaving an opening for a sequel, which I'm actually hoping for but at the same time I won't be sitting with a million questions if this is just a standalone. (Please don't be a standalone though, I need more space shenanigans with these precious disaster kids)
~ The plot that was just all fun and heists and space shenanigans Guardians of the Galaxy style. What's not to love honestly? Plus it's actually super funny and the banter is A+. These misfits are thrown together by circumstance and are the only ones able to stop this terrible thing from happening. This would make for a very fun movie, is all I'm saying.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
~ Some of it felt... easy? The stakes were high, for sure, but they also weren't at the same time? I wasn't ever afraid someone might not make it out alive. But that didn't take away the fun so it wasn't really that much of an issue for me. Not every book needs to be like that and it's nice just to have a genuinely fun read that doesn't give me heart attacks every chapter or two.
~ It's set in 2194 but it still felt very current at the same time. Like yeah there's space stations on the moon and colonies living on other planets (which was awesome by the way), but there's also still smartphones with apps and taking selfies and SkyMall and stuff?? I would think by that time we would've progressed more? But who knows, really. Someone will have to go to the future, then come back and tell us how accurate this is. Again, not that much of a hang-up but I felt like I had to mention it.
In the end, The Disasters is a fun, solid read that made me laugh and swoon a little bit with the bi/gay romance lurking. I highly recommend picking it up if you're in for a group of diverse misfits and their space shenanigans. Someone please tell me there will be a sequel?...more
Read my original review of this wonderful book over here!
~ Re-Read Review ~
I don't know how many times I've said it already, but I'll keep saying it forever and ever until I one day die, and even then I'll come back as a ghost to haunt you all just to say at least one more time that I love this book to bits. It remains my all time favorite book no matter how many times I read it. I love it even more every single time I read it. I just can't get enough of this world, these characters, this story. It's all just so magical and beautiful and wonderful. Here are a few of the things that stood out to me this time around.
• Simon is the most precious, pure cinnamon roll ever and I must protect him. He's so sweet and funny and adorkable and I feel so much for him. He's my most favorite character of any book ever for a reason. • Martin is kind of a sad, pathetic, unwanted puppy that'll do anything to get some attention and also does a lot of stupid things that get him into trouble, like blackmailing my sweet precious Simon. I'm not fond of him, at all. Sorry Martin. • Simon's friends are so awesome! Nick is just the best and he's there for Simon and he's just a very good friend, okay? He's overly attached to his guitar and I kind of ship it. Best OTP ever. Nick and his guitar. • But then you also have Leah, who is kind of grumpy sometimes and has this no-nonsense attitude but at the same time she's filled with all that gooey chocolately stuff on the inside and she's so perfect. I can't wait to read her book. • Abby is also the best, most protective and sweet friend there is. She's so supportive and nice and I like her friendship with Simon, a lot. Still kind of ship her and Leah though. Sorry not sorry. • Also much love for Bieber, obviously. • And Blue! OMG BLUE. He's too precious for this world and I just want to wrap him in blankets and protect him from all evil. • This book also really hits you in the feels at times, like wow. Some parts just really get me every time and I'm like "wow I'm actually tearing up over this part, again". Much feels. Much excellent. • But it's also so funny! Simon's voice is just so funny and I laugh a lot reading this book. Like SO much laughing was done. Every single time. • I still can't get over how excellent the writing is in this book and IT'S A FREAKING DEBUT. Like OMG. Becky will forever be my queen and my favorite author of ever and ever. If I could, I would become immortal just to worship her for all eternity.
Okay so I have no shame when I admit I bought the special edition hardcover while already owning a copy of the book because I needed the bonus features. I really did. So I want to give you my brief thoughts on those as well.
• First we have the FIRST (!!) EMAILS (!!) between Simon and Blue and they're so adorable and I didn't know I could ship them more but YASSS. • There's also a conversation between Becky, Adam Silvera and Angie Thomas and it's golden. • There's pictures from on the set of the movie and stuff and yay! I can't wait to see it but I have to waaaaiiiit two more months and it huuuurts. • We also get the start of the wonderful second book by the queen, The Upside of Unrequited, which I also loved to bits because Molly is everything and don't you dare harm her. You can read my review of that one over here! BTW, I am in the acknowledgements of this wonderful book. Like WHAT EVEN IS THIS CRAZY WORLD. • And last but not least, we also get the first chapter of the upcoming, muchly anticipated Leah on the Offbeat and it's AKDJFOMEIKFJDDLSKF. I shall not spoil even though it's just the first chapter but I have to mention that Simon and Blue are in it and they're this happy, adorable couple even after a year and it pleases my heart so much.
So yes, this book is absolutely worth a buy because of the extra features that it includes. But also the main book, which, if you haven't read it yet, you should be ashamed and change that immediately.
This is the book of my heart and I will never ceaze loving it. EVER. ...more
Wow. Just wow. That's all I can say right now. I mean... I had high expectations about this book. Because Becky AlbertQuite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink
Wow. Just wow. That's all I can say right now. I mean... I had high expectations about this book. Because Becky Albertalli is my queen, as you know, and Adam is spectacular too. So this team-up had a lot of promise. And boy did they hit it out of the park with this book. I demand more team-ups from them now. Like... a lot more. Because What If It's Us is without a doubt the best book of the year so far for me.
Obviously it's way too early to write a complete review because this comes out in October and at the moment I'm writing this it's April. I'M SORRY I HAVE NO RESTRAINT. I had to read this the moment I got my copy on Edelweiss. But I will give you a short list of things to expect from this book. Because I literally have no negatives at all. None. And this is just a way for me to gush unapologetically about this wonderful book.
What To Expect:
• Two of the most adorable and precious boys in the universe that I just want to squish and hug for all eternity. • Who are also so nerdy and they fanboy over Hamilton and Sims and Harry Potter. • They also work hard on their relationship to make things work and actually communicate. Like wow, mind is blown here guys. • Okay they mess up sometimes but people mess up occasionally! It made them feel so perfectly imperfect and so very real. • Also they have epic friendships with more adorable wonderful people that I just want to hug. • So basically every character in this book is epic and I love them all to bits. • Also great parents, just saying. • And the writing is everything. I mean... I couldn't put this book down and I was grinning and laughing and swooning so much my jaws hurt. • It's also so very sex-positive and YAY for that! • The ending was perfect and I may or may not have cried buckets.
So in short we got wonderfully squishy characters, realistic relationships (that are also super adorable), amazing writing, epic friendships and a perfect ending. This book was everything I hoped for. It met my expectations times a billion and everyone should read it so I can gush and flail with all of you about it. I dub this book the Most Perfect Book of 2018 because that's what it is, let's be real here.
So go forth and read this book and then come shout at me how right I was about it. ...more
Not sure how to review this but wow this was excellent. Amazing characters who are seriously messed up but they cope the best they can with what lifeNot sure how to review this but wow this was excellent. Amazing characters who are seriously messed up but they cope the best they can with what life has handed them. The writing was gorgeous and I'm such a fan of the formatting in this book. 100000% worth buying a physical copy for. Read this asap people!...more
I kind of hate myself right now. Because this book has been on my TBR for AGES and I never picked it up foQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
I kind of hate myself right now. Because this book has been on my TBR for AGES and I never picked it up for some reason. I always just glanced at it while looking for my next read but then moved on and chose another book. Not sure why, really. It just never jumped out at me despite the raving reviews. But then Cait read it and flailed over it. And I got a beautiful hardcover copy for Christmas from my co-blogger Liza. So I finally read it. And now I hate myself because I should have read this ages ago when I first got an ebook copy of it.
So where do I even start with this one? The writing? Yes, let's start with that. It's fantastic. Admittedly, the back-and-forth in time with the interludes took me a bit to get used to but then I did and I loved them. So in the end they didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. Though I do advise everyone that is bothered by it at first... Just give it time. You'll get used to it. And if not, do not give up on this book because it's SO GOOD. Everything from the world-building and the 3rd person POV to the incredibly awesome dialogue. It was all so very very very good.
I do not read adult Fantasy very often. I am a contemporary girl. But this book knocked my warm fluffy socks off and blew my mind. It's so clever plot-wise and there are tonnes of little and big cliffhangers and they kept me glued to the pages the whole time. It gets bloody and stabby while also always being sassy and funny, making me laugh out loud one page only to make me break into heaving sobs a few pages later. Oh, yes, occasionally it punches you in the feels ridiculously hard and you'll cry and sob and wail because your heart was ripped out and stomped on and torn to pieces but you'll keep reading anyway because IT'S JUST THAT BRILLIANT.
But of course, as always, my favorite part... the characters. OH MY GOD THESE CHARACTERS. They're all A+++ for real. From the smalles minor character to the main character Locke. They're all superb and I love them. But my dear Gentleman Bastards are my favourite of course. The Sanza twins Calo and Caldo, who are clever and hilarious all the time. They talk in unison and finish each other's sentences and they're the best. There's also the group's apprentice, Bug, who is adorable and small and so gutsy that it borders on stupid, which only makes him even more adorable. And then Jean, who's badass and always goes to save Locke even if he's seriously badly wounded himself. His friendship with Locke is a new BROTP and I love them and their friendship is goals. Their whole squad is goals.
SPEAKING OFF LOCKE. Locke Lamora is such a sassy, clever, precious idiot. I adore this guy. Seriously. He's so smart and witty and cunning but also an idiot that always gets in over his head and thus ends up needing to be saved by Jean. He is precious and I love him and he's the best. I love me a sassy thief.
And AHAHA my feels are absolutely destroyed right now. I went through all of them and I do not regret it one bit. I'm actually tempted to sob just because I don't have the sequel yet, which makes me all of the sad.
SO. Long story short, you should read this if you haven't already. And you need to do it now because The Lies of Locke Lamora the best thing of ever. There. Now go forth and read it or flail over it with me if you have already.
"Bug," Calo said, "Lock is our brother and our love for him has no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are "Lock would appreciate it."
"Well, I for one have no expressions of sympathy to spare since he kicked my balls hard enough to make them permanent residents of my lungs."
'You've got that motherly concern in your eyes, Jean. I must look like hammered shit." "Actually, you look like you were executed last week."
"I can't wait to have words with the Grey King when this shit is all finished," Locke whispered. "There's a few things I want to ask him. Philosophical questions. Like, "How does it feel to be dangled out a window by a rope tied around your balls, motherfucker?""
"You... cannot... beat me!" "I don't have to beat you," Locke whispered. [...] "I don't have to beat you, motherfucker. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up."
"Jean," said Locke, "you are a greater friend than I ever could have imagined before I met you; I owe you my life too many times over to count. I would rather be dead myself than lose you."
When Dimple Met Rishi is one of those books that has been all over social media in a very positive way. I'Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
When Dimple Met Rishi is one of those books that has been all over social media in a very positive way. I've heard nothing but love of this book right from the start. So naturally I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. And also naturally, I flailed and did all the happy dances when I was approved for this one on Edelweiss. AND I read it immediately because of course. And I'm so glad I did! When Dimple Met Rishi met ALL my expectations gloriously. To put it simply: this is one of those books that makes my heart happy.
To clarify what I mean with that... Some books just make me so happy. They make me smile for no reason when I think about them and when I finish reading them, I have this stupid dreamy grin on my face. It makes me feel all warm and squishy and I just want to hug the book forever and crawl inside it to spend time with the characters. It's the kind of book that I could re-read a hundred times and never get bored with. I'll just end up loving it more and more each time. When Dimple Met Rishi is one of those books for me.
First, I have to flail about how good the writing is. Because it is. Normally it's very hard for me to get into a contemporary book when it's written in third person POV? But I didn't have that with this book. It sunk its claws into me and I was all in right from the start. It was so easy to read and so natural and it hit all the right notes in the right times. Everything felt so nicely paced and planned out but it seemed so effortless at the same time. There was a perfect balance between light-hearted moments, swoon and the more emotional feelsy stuff. AND THIS IS ONLY A DEBUT!? I mean... I can't even, guys.
I absolutely adored the diversity in this book. I LOVED learning about Indian culture and traditions and getting a glimpse of it in this book. But it never felt like it was preachy or trying to dump a tonne of info on some of it on me. I was never overwhelmed with anything and I loved that. It made me want to learn more about everything and made me appreciate the beauty of it all so much more. And that's a fantastic thing to accomplish in a book. And that makes it SO important to read this book right now because we need books like these.
Naturally, I have to shout about the characters for a bit because those remain the most important part of a book to me. LUCKILY the characters in this book were golden and I love all of them. Even the side-characters were so well-developed and had their own story arcs but they never took over the main plot. I loved Celia and Ashish. I loved Dimple's parents. AND I loved how big of a role and influence both Dimple's and Rishi's parents had in their lives even if they weren't in the book a lot. They were still there in some way and were never shoved to the background to make room for anything. I loved that.
And, of course, I also loved our two main characters. Dimple is a very strong, stubborn, fierce and independent girl who also has this very sweet and nerdy side and I adored her. I loved how she grew throughout the book. And I loved how opposite Dimple and Rishi were. Because he's very soft and sweet and romantic and an artist, but so very loyal to his parents and their traditions. They're opposites but they work so well together and they help each other grow. I loved both of them and their romance was A+++. Also, shout-out to sex-positive YA. HUZZAH!
Another shout-out to the fact that this is right after high school. Also the nerdy stuff spoke to me. Brownie points for that One Piece reference. Monkey D. Luffy is my favorite anime character period. So THANKS MUCHLY.
I do have a few tiny nitpicks though?? ♦ I do feel like the Big Dramatic Moment near the end was a tad too much and maybe a teensy tiny bit unnecessary?? ♦ At times I couldn't follow Dimple's motivations and thoughts when it came to her feelings for Rishi and I just wanted to slap her and make her come to her senses because Rishi is the best. ♦ Also the stuff with the "aberzombies", the bullies, felt a bit... ehh to me? Like, it wasn't bad or anything but it felt a bit brushed over near the end? IDK.
But clearly none of those things take away from the fact that I must give this book all of the stars because it's just so good.
When Dimple Met Rishi is funny, heartfelt, beautifully diverse and swoony and it hits all the right notes a YA Contemporary should in this day and age. I loved it to pieces and hope everyone reads it. If not, I will shove this book in your face until you do. You have been warned....more
My love for Locke and Jean continues to be epic. Loved this a lot. Sabetha grew on me but still not a big fan. The sass and banter though. And Jean &aMy love for Locke and Jean continues to be epic. Loved this a lot. Sabetha grew on me but still not a big fan. The sass and banter though. And Jean & Locke's friendship. LOVE....more
This was so adorable! I love David. He's so adorable and sweet and I want to cuddle him. I liked Kit, but didn't quite connect with her... The story wThis was so adorable! I love David. He's so adorable and sweet and I want to cuddle him. I liked Kit, but didn't quite connect with her... The story was so touching and cute and I just can't stop gushing about David because he was the best part about this book. So much love for him. Also yay for awesome mental health rep!
Though This Adventure Ends remains my favorite book by Emma Mills so far, this was so adorable and almost perfect I can't even. It was exactly what I needed to get me out of my slump. It had a supersweet romance, epic friendships, boyband fandoms, gaming nerdiness, fantastic characters and stellar writing that was heartfelt and also hilarious. Read it. For reals. ...more
I initially didn't pick it up on Edelweiss and was going to skip it altogether. But then my amaziQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
I initially didn't pick it up on Edelweiss and was going to skip it altogether. But then my amazing friend Cait read it and LOVED it. Which says something to me because she's totally a Fantasy-girl. And this is not fantasy. So I decided to snatch a copy and read it. And I'm SO deliriously happy I did. Because this book was amazing and I just want to flail about it and shove it in your faces telling you to read it.
I don't even know where to start here. Maybe I should make a list. Lists are good. Lists solve all my problems.
♦ I love the writing. This is another one of those contemporary books where the writing just feels very natural and reads very easily. I liked the dialogue and the narrative and the short chapters. Not gonna lie, part of why I love the short chapters is because I can say "just ten more chapters" instead of the normal "just one more chapter". But yes. I really liked it.
♦ I liked the story too and how it wasn't just a simple high school story. There was more to it. It was also about friendship and being yourself and also family and how awesome it is to be a complete and utter dork. It's the coolest thing really. I say that being a huge dork myself.
♦ Though it is a bit long, not gonna lie. It felt a bit slow around the middle and I think it could've been made a tiiiiny bit shorter. But that didn't make the story any less engaging or the characters any less fantastic.
♦ Speaking off characters, let's shout about them for a bit! First off I want to talk about the moms in this book. Because Aled's mom and Frances's mom are opposites. One deserves the award for most horrible mom in history and the other gets the one for best mom of ever. Seriously, Aled's mom is a horrible person and I hated her. But Frances's mom was glorious and gets all the brownie points for being a fantastic mom. Also quick shout-out to Raine and Daniel who I also loved.
♦ Our main character Frances is one of the most relatable characters I've read so far. I just get her in so many ways and I love it. She's two different people depending on who she's with. Like at school she's very serious and studious and stuff but at home she's this awesome nerdy person with Monsters Inc leggings that fangirls over a youtube podcast and doesn't have any real friends. I love you Frances. I want to be friends with you.
♦ Aled is so very very precious and I adore him. He's quiet and sweet and smart but also superdorky like Frances and he has this awesome podcast. But his mom is horrible and I feel so bad for him and in the end I just want to cuddle him and keep him safe.
♦ There is no romance between Frances and Aled. NO. ROMANCE. This is amazing. I LOVE that this book shows that a boy and a girl can be epic friends without falling in love with each other. I need more of that in YA! I love awesome friendships. And I love how this book shows how important it is to have friends you can be yourself with. Because it is.
♦ Also, and this will surprise nobody, but I'm praising the diversity so hard here guys. Frances is bisexual and she's half British, half Ethiopian. YAS. And next to that Aled is demisexual, which I know about but hadn't read about yet. SO YAS. THANK YOU. And he also likes boys. There's more diversity than that in this book and I'm over the moon because of it. Diversity rules. Just saying.
♦ I also greatly appreciated how big the internet was in this book. And how this book shows how big of a part in our lives it is these days. It shows the positive sides of it, but also the negative. We have the facebook messages and tweets and tumblr stuff. But we also see how vicious and mean people can be on the internet. (Fandoms can be scary dude. Seriously.) I love how this book showed this perfectly.
♦ My inner dork also appreciates all the dorky references. So very much. Glee, Marvel movies, Disney/Pixar movies,... My inner dork and fangirl thanks you, you magnificent book.
So in the end I think it's pretty obvious that I adore this book. And that you should read it. Like... now. Or yesterday. Whether you love YA Contemporary or not, Radio Silence is a must read for 2017 for sure. ...more
Okay so I don't really know WHAT I expected when I picked this book up on Edelweiss on a whim, but it certQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Okay so I don't really know WHAT I expected when I picked this book up on Edelweiss on a whim, but it certainly wasn't this. I did not expect to fall in love with a YA Historical Fiction book. Because that is NOT my genre and I rarely have success with it. But here I am, having just finished this book with the biggest, stupidest grin on my face and so completely and utterly in love with this story and these character that it's almost ridiculous. Here I am, giving 5 stars to a historical fiction book. Whut even happened?
Where do I even start? Maybe my one negative? And it's really a nitpick and doesn't really have anything to do with the book itself... And that's the cover. It's really not pretty and doesn't do the book justice at all. But of course that's subjective and you might love it so. I just don't. I think it deserves a prettier cover for sure. But that's really the only negative I have to say about this book. I mean... I could go really deep and REALLY nitpick the hell out of this but I don't want to because I love it and I just want to be positive about it. I'm not that girl that nitpicks just so she can say something bad about a book. I don't want that. So I'm not gonna.
Now I get to gush for the rest of this review. YAY! I'm gonna start with the writing because it's so beautiful and it's never boring. I mean, Historical Fiction can get very boring to me with the old-timey stuff but this one never did. I was hooked from start to finish even though I'm not the biggest fan of Historical Fiction at all. So big props to Mackenzi for this. Also, the dialogue was surprisingly natural and so funny and sassy and I loved it. Which was helped by the excellent characters but I'll get into those later. I also loved the story overall. The pacing was on point and the world-building too and I loved how we jumped from England to France to Spain to Italy and then a bit of Greece too. DIVERSITY IN SETTING! Also pirates! And a kind of mystery! So much win here. It was exciting and always moving and never boring. And I loved every second of it. Also male POV for the win!
NOW I get to dive into the characters and after that the romance because HOLY WOW both were on point. But I must calm myself and go over the most important ones that are worthy of a mention in this review. Before I go deeper into the main three, I just wanna shout that I hated Monty's dad, wanted more of Dante and Lockwood and fiercely loved the pirate captain Scipio. That is all. Now on to the heroes of the book okay? Okay.
♦ First off is FELICITY. She's Monty's sister and my god she is awesome. I love her so much. She stitches up her own arm, she's been putting smutty book jackets over medicine books and thus secretly studying medicine for years. She's strong, independent, badass, smart, caring, loyal, sweet... I just love her to bits and it's so good to see such an awesome female character like her in this genre.
♦ PERCY is Monty's best friend. He's a POC, which brought a lot of extra depth to the book when it comes to racial relationships in that time and it made me angry and sad how he was treated sometimes because he's just so precious. He's so loyal to Monty and he's funny and adorable and he just needs lots and lots of hugs. I loved how he had a mind of his own and didn't just go along with Monty. He stood by his beliefs and stood his ground when he needed to. And plays violin and smacks bad guys in the face with the case. Badass. I'm telling you.
♦ MONTY is the star of the show of course. He's such a lovable dweeb sometimes. He makes mistakes and he's flawed for sure but you can't help but love him. I felt for him right from the start with his intense love for his best friend and his asshole dad. I just wanted to wrap him in blankets and hug him forever. He's kind of spoilt and a bit impulsive and very much a flirt but he's also smart and sweet and caring and adorable and hilarious. He's so precious and I adore him. I wanted all the happy things for him.
I'm not gonna lie, the main reason why I picked this book up is the romance. Because LGBT romances are kind of my thing. And this romance was PERFECT. Absolutely perfect. It was established perfectly from the start and then bloomed beautifully throughout the book with JUST the right amount of swoon and drama effortlessly woven into the rest of the plot. And HOLY GOD this author knows how to write a kiss. And she doesn't shy away from anything even though it's YA and I LOVE her for it. MORE OF THIS PLEASE? Thank you. So yes. Perfect romance is perfect.
Now if you hadn't noticed already, I quite liked this book. I dare say I love it. So maybe you should check it out. Because there's romance and friendship and sibling relationships and adventure and Europe and pirates and mystery and what are you even still doing here? Go read this. NOW!...more
Well, wasn't this just a big ball of fun? Yes it was. I mean, it has a stabby swordsman, a cute bQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Well, wasn't this just a big ball of fun? Yes it was. I mean, it has a stabby swordsman, a cute badass demongirl, a sassy lovable thief and a warrior wizard woman with her pet ghosthound. What more do you need, honestly? Unfortunately, though this book was a lot of fun and I have lots of love for most characters, it wasn't really much more than that. And that's a true shame. Though to be fair, I will gladly admit I have been spoiled in the Fantasy department. Very spoiled indeed. (She says while adoringly petting her precious copies of The Lies of Locke Lamora and Six of Crows.)
This lovely book with the tragically horrendous cover (someone save these books please??) was recommended to me by my dear friend Kaye. Which I will thank her for copiously as soon as I have finished this review. As I have mentioned, this book was a lot of fun. The plot moved along at a nice pace and never really dragged at all. There was plenty of action and lovely sassy banter. And there's a very interesting magic system with wizards and spirits that I really wanted to know more about (because somethings were really vague?? I need more info...).
BUT to me it felt a bit too simple and predictable, plot-wise. The stakes were quite low so I never really sat on the edge of my seat because I feared for my precious character's lives. It felt a lot like YA most of the time. Very light YA Fantasy. If you're into that sort of thing, you'll have a grand time. I'm not a super Fantasy fan so yes, I did have a good time reading this book. I've just been spoiled, people. I told you this earlier. Other Fantasy books may have ruined me, I will freely admit that. My standards are very high these days.
With that also came that the first 25% kind of bored me a bit? Because it was mostly someone else's POV that consisted of other people discussing and grumbling about how great Eli Monpress is rather than just giving us Eli's POV and showing it to us. It didn't help that that POV was Miranda's most of the time. Though yes, Miranda is a badass warrior type wizard that doesn't need a man to save her... ultimately I didn't like her as much as I liked Eli and his gang. Even her ghosthound Gin was a lot more fun than her. Unfortunately, we got so much of her POV in this book, ergo me is a bit sad.
The best part of this book, the part that makes me want to continue this series in the first place, is Eli and his lovely gang. There's Josef, an epic swordsman that is sometimes grumpy but cheers up when he gets to stab all the people.(Who doesn't?) And also Nico, a cute demon-girl who is also super badass but feared by everyone because of what she is. She's still chill af though. I loved her. AND the best character, the MVP, is of course Eli himself. He's such a clever, witty, child-like, sassy thief. I adore him. And I love his friendship with Josef and Nico. He's just the best, honestly. He amused me to no end and I will read all of the books he is in just because he's so very lovely.
In the end, The Spirit Thief was a lot of fun. Even though it felt a bit simple, the characters made it worth the read for me. Mostly Eli. I have a thing for sassy thieves. BUT WHO DOESN'T THOUGH? Should you read this book? Yes, you should. Absolutely. If only so we can flail over our mutual love of Eli....more
When people ask me what my favorite genre is, I usually tell them "it's a toss between contemporaQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
When people ask me what my favorite genre is, I usually tell them "it's a toss between contemporary and fantasy". Because most of the time it feels like that. I love both and often don't have a clue which one I prefer more. But then I look at my favorites list. And then I read a book like this. And I have to say "nope. I love fantasy but contemporary has my heart." This book hits all the right notes and hits them perfectly and beautifully and it was exactly what I needed right now. Also, can I point out how gorgeous the cover is? Because PRETTY!!
Okay I am not shallow okay? I didn't just pick this up because it has a pretty cover. Though we can all agree that it does and sometimes that's a very good reason to pick up the book. Yes? Yes. But what made me want to read this book is actually the reviews from other blogger friends. They all mentioned how awesome the friendships in this book are and how sweet & slow the romance is and how it has a Teen Wolf-esque fandom thing. (YES I like Teen Wolf, so sue me. Stiles is the best and I love him and I want to wrap him in blankets and pet him and keep him to myself. Now SHUSH I'm trying to review a book here.) 2016 has been really ... bad for me. Very triggering. And it got to me after a certain someone passed away. So I needed something sweet and fluffy and amazing to cheer me up. And I can honestly say that this book did the job and did it effortlessly. It's totally one of those books that feels like a soft, warm blanket being wrapped around you to keep you safe. TOTALLY.
I love the writing in this book SO much. I love it when a contemporary book has writing that reads very easily and feels very natural and realistic. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the poetic prose and all that too from time to time, but for contemporary I prefer this type of writing. It just seems to fit the genre better for me. Most of my favorite contemporary books have a similar writing style. And Emma Mills's writing is just like that. She can take a seat right next to those authors and be admired by yours truly. The narrative was just as amazing as the awesomely natural dialogue and I just loved every bit of it. But next to that there's also a lot of humor in, which is mostly thanks to the MC and her fantastic voice but we'll get to that later. So yes, great writing. Absolutely adore it.
Next to great writing, there's also an amazing story here! It's simple but at the same time not simple at all. It has everything I was promised and I loved all of it dearly. Every single element was woven together so beautifully and it all just worked. It was all amazingly balanced and I just can't help but adore it. Even the drama didn't feel out of place. It wasn't overdone like it can be sometimes in YA Contemporary. It was just right and I appreciate that lots. THOUGH I do have a tiny nitpick and that is that maaaaybe it dragged a teeny tiny bit in the second half. But only a smidge. It's not something that should keep you from reading this book. Absolutely not.
NOW it's time for me to gush about all the characters that I love so dearly. AND BOY DO I LOVE THEM. I love them and their friendship and their romances and it's just all so wonderful. None of them were a stereotype and they were all so distinct and I just wanted to hang out with these people. I loved Vera and her twin brother Gabe. I loved Remy and Aubrey and Sloane's sister Laney. I ADORE Frank. And oh god this book has the best bookish dad in history. Seriously. Sloane's dad is the MVP of the book for me. He's a writer and he's funny and he's caring and his fall into the Teen Wolf-ish fandom with the fanfiction and stuff is one of the most accurate things I have ever read. He's the best, I'm telling you. And his bond with Sloane was golden.
SPEAKING OFF. Let me gush about Sloane for a bit, okay? Sloane is a great MC. One of the most relatable ones I've read so far. To me anyway. She's funny and an amazing singer (I'm not but shush) and has a great family. She's kind of a loner but she's not shy. She just prefers to be alone. And I get that. Because part of her is scared to actually care because she could get hurt. And GOD I SO GET YOU SLOANE. Let me hug you, you precious sweet thing. But seriously, she's so sweet and her voice is amazing and she made me laugh out loud a lot. And her romance was also beautifully done. I wasn't sure where it was going for a while there but then I did and it was perfect. It's sweet and slow and just gave me all the fluttery feels.
So all in all, THIS ADVENTURE ENDS is definitely a must-read if you're a YA Contemporary fan. Even if you're not, I beg you to check it out. If only for Sloane's dad and the amazing friendships. So go forth and make this book a priority for your 2017 TBR. Because it deserves all the love. And now I must go hunt down a copy of all of Emma's books so here are some quotes I loved.
"It’s on one of those young-people networks. It’s about a bunch of supernatural kids at a suburban high school. Harry Potter meets … GQ, I don’t know, they’re all stupidly attractive.” “Ew.” “Don’t worry, in true Hollywood fashion, they’re twenty-seven-year-olds playing sophomores."
“The writing is pretty terrible,” he says. “The plot holes have plot holes. But the chemistry! God, I just want to bottle it up. And the fics … the fics make up for anything lacking in the show itself.” “Dad, you’re like weirdly passionate about this.” “We should all find something to be weirdly passionate about, don’t you think?”
"Everett Finch tragedies, a hundred and forty characters or less?” My dad clears his throat: “‘Love me,’ Jake said. ‘I do,’ Annie replied. And then she died.’” He grins. “That’s it. That’s every book I ever wrote.” “Not every book. They don’t always die.” “They don’t always die. There’s my Twitter bio."
Loneliness was a kind of wanting, but it was also this incredible freedom. Not having to rely on anyone or have anyone rely on her. No one to disappoint or be disappointed by. Alone was good and comforting and dependable.
Frank Sanger blinks at me for a moment. Then he takes both my hands. “This is an important moment, Sloane,” he says solemnly. “Yeah?” “Yes. This is the moment upon which our pure and beautiful friendship will be founded, based on your keen understanding of me as a person. We will look back on this moment from a very old age with both affection and reverence.”
The thing about fic is that is comes from love. Characters you love so much, that you feel so deeply for, you'll watch them fall in love a thousand different ways, over and over.
Well, this was a bucket full of nerdy sweetness, wasn't it? After adoring Francesca's debut Made You Up last year, I was very highly anticipating Eliza and Her Monsters. So naturally I was flailing wildly all over the place when I got a copy on Edelweiss. And I FINALLY read it and I'm so happy to say I LOVED it. Buuut I also had some issues??
Eliza and Her Monsters is about Eliza Mirk, a shy, kind of weird and friendless girl who leads a secret online life as LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. When the comic's biggest fanfiction writer, Wallace, tranfers to her school, she starts to consider that maybe the offline life might be worthwhile anyway. But how will he react when he finds out she created the comic he loves so much?
First off all, I want to say that the writing was stellar. Which I honestly kind of expected after reading Made You Up. But still. SO. GOOD. Also the formatting was unique, what with the amazing illustrations of Eliza's comic, the screenshots from the forum and snippets of Wallace's fanfiction. I really loved that and the illustrations are faaabulous. So gorgeous. And yeah I kinda want to read Monstrous Sea now. Which might never happen. But then, I wanted to read a Simon & Baz book after reading Fangirl and that happened so... MAYBE. I'M JUST SAYING. I have hope. A teeny tiny bit of it.
This book was fantastically nerdy. Webcomics, forums, fanfiction, fandoms,... This book spoke to my heart, honestly. So very much. And I loved that it didn't just show the good aspects of it. And how it showed how scary and intimidating fandoms and fans in particular can be. I mean... Yes it would be awesome if I had a huge fandom for one of my books one day and they adore me and stuff but it would also be scary because what if I disappoint them? Also there are a lot of mean people out there too. It's terrifying to put yourself out there on the internet in any way. So I totally related to Eliza. And I got why she kept her identity a secret. And I also got why she panicked like she did when it all was thrown out in the open.
Speaking off, I kind of expected that to happen sooner in the book? But it didn't happen until the second half. This is not a bad thing, but I do think that the blurb spoils a bit because of it. It reveals a lot of the plot.
I did really love Eliza as a main character and I related to her in so many ways. She grew a lot throughout the book and I'm so proud of her for it. Honestly she handled everything much better than I would have, probably. I also adored her family. Her brothers Church and Sully were awesome and her parents were adorable and embarrassing and what parents should be. YAY to awesome parents that are a big part of the MC's life. YES. THANK YOU. I also loved Eliza's online friends Emmy and Max and vote for books about them because of course. Also about Eliza's brothers. Basically I want all the spin-offs.
BUT. Here comes the problem. Wallace. Mostly, I adored him. He was sweet and kind of nerdy and sad and I wanted to hug him. But I hated how he reacted when Eliza's identity was revealed and it felt SO out of character. Also kind of pointless. It felt like it was done just to add more drama which was not necessary. And I will point out for the millionth time that I do not like unnecessary drama. So that kind of dampened my love for it by the end. But that was just the last 20% or so. And I still loved him most of the time. I do still love their romance because I think it had a nice build up and it was so cute and sweet. And I still ship it.
All in all I still loved it a lot. Eliza and Her Monsters was nerdy, sweet, relatable story about friendship and family, but also about creating art and fandoms and being your weird, awesome self. It has stunning artwork in it that I absolutely wanted more of. If you love YA Contemporary books, you should totally pick this book up as soon as possible....more
Reading superhyped books is scary for book bloggers. At least, it is to me. Because hype can kill our enjoQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Reading superhyped books is scary for book bloggers. At least, it is to me. Because hype can kill our enjoyment of the book if we let it influence our expectations. And that happens a lot. But sometimes there are these special kind of hyped books. The ones that don't come around very often but are so amazing that even hype can't kill them. The Hate U Give is one of those. This book is hyped up so much everyone's expectations are so high up they reach the moon. I know mine were. And because of what it's about, it NEEDED to be good. But you know what? This book deserves the hype. And it needs to be read by everyone.
The Hate U Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which makes it a SUPER relevant book on top of a superhyped one. Which only adds more pressure for it to be great. And you know what, it is. This book is everything it needed to be and more. It gave me what I wanted and added so much that I'm just lost as to where I should begin expressing my love for this book. It's real and relevant and authentic and needed. I can't stop saying how much I need everyone to read this book. Because it touched my heart. The story, the characters, the relevancy,... It's just SO much. It's everything. And I loved it so very very much. And now I'm babbling because honestly I don't know what to say right now. Normally I'd start with listing negatives but you know what? I got nothing. I could nitpick the hell out of this book and maybe find a few things, but what does it matter? Nothing at all. It's perfect. Nothing more, and absolutely nothing less.
This is Angie Thomas' debut novel and boy am I excited to see where her writing career goes after this because the writing in this book nothing short of fantastic. Just like that she earned a spot on my author autobuy list with just one book. That's how good it was. Pair that with an amazing story that needs to be told and this is what you get. Angie, I worship at your feet. I really, honestly do. Thank you for writing this book. You deserve every bit of praise you've gotten and undoubtedly will get in the future. And maybe even more. And I hope your voice, and Starr's voice is heard. And maybe it'll make a change. Who knows, really? I hope it does.
Of course, for me the characters are the most important part of a story. If I don't like any of them, even the best writing and most amazing story can't make up for that. But luckily, we have a fantastic set of characters in this book. They're all so real and I love them and I feel like I know them and they're family and I just want to go hang out with all of them. Mr. Lewis, Kenya, Maya, Chris, DeVante, Seven, Sekani, Maverick & Lisa, Nana, Uncle Carlos, all the other people in Garden Heights and of course, our brilliant main character Starr. I love them all. I loved the family bonds in this book and yes they're there! The parents are SUCH a big part of the story and when does that even happen in YA these days? Not enough! And Starr has such a beautiful relationship with her parents and her whole family it warmed my heart. But she also has great friendships and her romance with her boyfriend was so sweet and it never took over the story. Not in the least. They were all so perfect and I love them.
The Hate U Give was everything I wanted and SO much more. It's a touching, real, relevant and beautiful story with a set of characters that I'll remember for a LONG time. Read this book people. As fast as you can. If you have a copy already, throw everything aside and start this. I mean it. You won't regret it. ...more
I don't think it surprised anyone that I rated this book 5 stars. But even though Becky is my queen and can do no wronQuite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink
I don't think it surprised anyone that I rated this book 5 stars. But even though Becky is my queen and can do no wrong in my eyes, I did try to be critical when I read this book. Luckily Leah On The Offbeat is all kinds of adorable and amazing and there's no need for me to be cranky or anything! Excellent book was excellent.
I'll admit I was scared to read this because it's still a sequel to my favorite book of ever that would feature my ultimate OTP, Blue and Simon. Yes, I'm using his nickname for those that may not have read Simon VS yet. (In which case, what are you even doing with your life? Go read it!) But there's no need for me to be scared because they're still two adorable pieces of fluff and it was great to see them a year after the events of Simon's book, still being the cutest couple of ever.
But of course, Leah stole the show in this one, as she should. She's just all kinds of fabulous and I love her to pieces. She really did steal my heart with her tough exterior and just a ball of mush on the inside. That's what she is. And so relatable! Leah is a fat, bisexual girl in a single parent home and that just made me so happy! I can't even describe how much I loved her but it was obvious this is her book and her story and what an excellent one it was.
Of course I also loved the other characters around her. All of them. Except Martin. I still haven't forgiven him for what he did in Simon's book.
Becky's writing keeps getting better and better too, I swear. I don't know how she does it but she has this way of writing stories that are easy to read, relatable and just all around amazing. Everyone feels so real and alive and I just want to live in their world and be friends with them. And the banter is A+++ for sure.
I don't know what else to say. Do I have negative points? Not really, actually. The pacing was perfect, the story flowed nicely and all the drama happening felt legit and necessary. There wasn't any point where I thought to myself "hey this bit could've been left out".
Leah On The Offbeat is another win for Becky Albertalli. With a great and relatable heroine leading us through her story, I never once was bored and read it in one sitting. As one should, of course. So go forth and read this book as I subscribe to Becky's books for life because she keeps her spot as my queen of contemporary....more
Can you imagine my joy when I got an e-mail telling me I was approved for this book on Netgalley?Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Can you imagine my joy when I got an e-mail telling me I was approved for this book on Netgalley? I'M SURE YOU CAN. The Serpent King was my favorite book of 2016 so I had HIGH expectations for this one. Because obviously. Did this book meet those expectations? WHY YES IT DID. I cried my eyes out and am still in mourning for my heart that was ripped out and stomped on. Clearly this is how things will be every time I read a Jeff Zentner book, yes? But I will gladly suffer through it. Because it's so very worth it.
Goodbye Days tells the story of Carver Briggs. His three best friends, Blake, Eli and Mars, died in a car accident. An accident which Carver believes is his fault. Because he texted his friends. And the driver was texting him back when a truck hit them. Now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident. There may even be a criminal investigation, as if working through the grief isn't enough. Then Blake's grandmother asks Carver to do a "goodbye day" with her for her grandson. One last day doing all the things Blake loved in his memory and saying goodbye to him. But with everything else going on, will it really help?
I guess guilt doesn't sleep. It only eats.
Okay, so where do I even start? Maybe get my one itty bitty negative out of the way so I can proceed all the gushing? Yes, that's a plan. So my only teeny tiny negative is that at one point something happens with Jesmyn and I thought it was a tad too dramatic and it wasn't super necessary. But that's it, really. It might be just me too so there's a good chance it won't bother anyone else and I'm just being weird about it.
NOW I CAN GUSH. By which I mean tape my heart back together because it is in shambles all over the floor. My poor heart couldn't handle the feels. If you're a crybaby like I am, do not read this book in public unless you don't mind being a blubbering sobbing mess in front of strangers who will wonder whut in the hell is going on with you. Seriously. This book hit me hard, guys. Maybe because I'm very experienced with grief and depression. The way this book handles both is perfect and SO relatable and I cried lots.
I wish it would rain. Torrents. So hard it would cleanse me of worry and trouble; so hard it would lift the stain of death from me and carry it to the rivers and out to sea.
Though this book is kind of evil with it too, I must say. Because it does this thing where one chapter you're in a supersad moment and it makes you all teary eyed, but then it shows a superhappy, hilarious memory so you're all happy and laughing because friendship goals. AND THEN THE BOOK KINDLY REMINDS YOU THAT 3 OF THOSE 4 FRIENDS ARE DEAD. And then I died too. Every time. And Carver also kind of imagines conversations with his dead friends in certain situations and THEY ALSO MAKE ME DIE A LITTLE because dude, the friendship goals are so real with these 4. MY HEART. It's gone. Who needs it anyway, right?
And yes, oh my god the writing is glorious again. It is so darn quotable that I want to just paste the whole book here. But you know, I can't. So you'll have to do with the few quotes I put here and then go read the rest for yourself. YOU MUST. Jeff, if you're reading this, I adore your writing and aspire to one day be as amazing as you are. I bow down to you sir. 10/10 would let you crush my heart again. Anytime.
I also want to re-read The Serpent King now.
Now, silences feel like absences. Absences feel like loss. Loss feels like grief. Grief triggers guilt. Guilt is a scarlet anguish.
Oh god I feel like this review is miles long and I haven't even talked about the characters yet. Okay so I'll try to be brief. I basically ended up loving all of the characters. Even the ones I wasn't really sure about at first. Except Adair. Still don't like her. But I loved Jesmyn, Blake's grandmother, Dr. Mendez and Georgia especially. All great characters. They have my heart. But Carver is the most precious. He is so relatable to me and I just want to hug him and wrap him in warm fluffy blankets. He's a writer and kind of a crybaby and he's funny and sweet and I love him. I really felt for him right from the start. He needs so many hugs guys. All of the hugs.
In the end Goodbye Days is definitely already a top favorite for this year for me. Written beautifully, as expected, Goodbye Days tells a heartbreaking and touching story about grief and guilt and friendship while also being an ode to Nashville. Most definitely a must read for 2017 for everyone. Put it on your lists people. You want this book....more
Guys. GUYS. THIS BOOK. Ohmygod. Read it. Don't even read this review. Just go read this book. Please. ShooQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Guys. GUYS. THIS BOOK. Ohmygod. Read it. Don't even read this review. Just go read this book. Please. Shoo. Go. You'll thank me later.
NO NO NO WAIT, just kidding. Please read this review? You'll hurt my feelings if you don't and I'm very fragile right now after finishing this book. So please read this review, then go read this book, okay? Okay. Great. Because, seriously guys, this book was all kinds of amazing. And I really didn't expect it to be at all.
Definitions of Indefinable Things is about Reggie, who is in the midst of a serious depression. Capital-D, Zoloft-prescribed depression. She keeps people at a distance and doesn't get close to anyone because that way they can't hurt her either. But then Snake appears in her life. Twizzler-chewing, full-of-himself, aspiring-filmmaker Snake. Who has a pregnant (ex-)girlfriend. And whether she wants to or not, her life gets completely turned upside down.
I'm all too familiar with depression. And reading about it can be a difficult thing. BUT why it's difficult can go two ways.
1. It is not represented well and thus makes me want to toss the book out of the stratosphere and sulk in my room for the rest of the year. 2. The book gets it SO right it gets too real and it hurts my feels and I need to go build a blanket fort and curl up in it for a few weeks to recover.
This book is one of those rare ones that falls under neither option. Well... Kind of option two? But also not? Because I feel like I have to start off with this first because mental health in books is SO important and it needs to be done right. And in this book it is. It absolutely is and I weep with joy because of it. It did get very real sometimes and punched me in the feels because of how real it got.BUT that was very nicely balanced out by lighter moments and humor and it softened the blow a bit for me which I liked a whole lot. It made the book less heavy emotionally. Oh and no, romance didn't cure anything. Just in case you were wondering. So again, points to this book for that. But seriously, A++++ on Mental Health representation. All the brownie points for this precious book.
I really had very low expectations going into it. It sounded like it would end up being a super-dramatic love triangle with teen pregnancy and yeah... I was very scared it would end up that way. I'm very iffy about teen pregnancy in books and I loathe love triangles with the passion of a thousand suns. Especially if they're overly dramatic and done so very wrong (which they often are). But this book wasn't like that! It never got too dramatic? Like, there is some drama of course but it felt needed and realistic and that makes all the difference to me.
What drew me into the book though, was the voice. The writing. Reggie's voice hooked me right from the start and I loved her. This book is SO funny. The banter and Reggie's narration made me laugh out loud so much and I didn't expect that from a book dealing with depression. Though, to someone else it might not be funny at all because humor is subjective and all that. Reggie's humor and her voice were just really my thing and I laughed a lot. And I love funny books. I love fantastic banter. And this book had lots of it. It's 2000% quotable and of course I will share a few of my favorites at the end of the review. Please be patient.
But next to that this book did this wonderful thing where it made me laugh SO hard one chapter and then punches me in the gut with feels, stabs me in the heart and makes me tear up the next. Delicious. I love it. Who needs a heart anyway?
Though, of course, a book is nothing without great characters. Luckily this book had lots of them. Like Snake's moms were the best. And Reggie's parents were great too, even though her mom took a while for me to warm up to. AND all the points for this book for giving awesome parents in YA, which I recently shouted about in a post. Also a quick shout-out to Polka. He's adorable and I want a spin-off about him. Make it happen?
NOW the most important characters. Starting with Carla. She's a pretty rich girl and used to be super-popular before she got pregnant and going into this novel I expected to hate her because I thought she'd be one of those stereotype characters and I hate those. She was NOT what I thought she would be and I loved her for it. She's not some cliche stereotype at all. She's actually quite lovely and I loved her more and more as the book went on. There's more than meets the eye with her and I seriously shipped her and Reggie so hard as friends. They're perfect for each other, really.
Next up is my darling Twizzler-chewing Snake. He's not just a random rich bad boy that knocked up the head cheerleader. NOT AT ALL. He's sweet and sassy and a bit full of himself but he's also supersweet and struggles with depression and I felt the strong need to cuddle him and protect him from harm. He's an aspiring indie-filmmaker, has crappy tattoos, two awesome moms and again, so much sass. I loved him so much.
And of course, lastly, our main character Reggie. I love her. Simple as that. She was super-relatable to me and her voice was perfect. I love her snark and sarcasm and her no-nonsense attitude. I loved how she viewed the world because I could relate to it. Because I've been there and I understood what she felt. But she's also super-funny and she grew SO much throughout the book and I'm so incredibly proud of her. And I need to repeat that I'm SUPER happy that romance didn't cure her depression. Or Snake's. And their romance was handled perfectly and it never felt like an icky, messy love triangle of doom. It was sweet and realistic and I shipped them so very very much it's not even funny.
So in the end, Definitions of Indefinable Things is definitely a must-read for 2017 and will most likely have a spot in my top ten at the end of the year. Unless this becomes a ridiculously good reading year and I read ten books that are so much better than this one. Which would be lovely, of course. But still. Put this on your calendars, people. And please read it at your earliest convenience.
My Favorite Quotes
(These quotes were taken from an eARC and are subject to change.)
He turned to me, earnest and eager. “I think it’s the same way with caring. Caring about things, no matter how utterly wasted the effort, is just a way to survive. Everything we do is. It’s like that old saying.” “What old saying?” “You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.” He shrugged. “Might as well do, I guess.” ~ eARC p. 41
“You want me to go on a date with you? And you’re paying for the pleasure of my company in ice cream?” “This is called hitting rock bottom. A concept not unfamiliar to either of us.” “I’m rock bottom?” I awwed sweetly, touching the spot above my heart. “That is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me.” “I came up with that gem while you were discarding my opinions. Yes or no?” I tapped my chin. “Tomorrow night? Nope. Sorry. I’ll be busy doing nothing and hating it.” ~ eARC p. 29
Disconnect was either the best or the worst stage, depending on how you looked at it. It was numbing. It was staring for half an hour at a spot on the ugly wall Karen insisted on painting yellow to make me stupid (see: happy) while the piano from my earbuds spilled into every bone and vein and fiber. Numb. That was what made it the best stage. It didn’t hurt. It was also the worst, because I could feel nothing for only so long. ~ eARC p. 33
“What do you think?” he asked. I couldn’t concentrate with the crooked bow tie beneath his chin. “You look ridiculous.” “I think I look like James Bond.” “Maybe his deranged stepson twice removed.” “You’re a harsh critic.” He grinned, unbuttoning the tuxedo jacket to reveal his white T-shirt underneath. “I’ll have to remember to never come to you if I need an ego boost.” ~ eARC p. 159
This was a very strange and quirky little book. In a very unique way Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies deals withQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
This was a very strange and quirky little book. In a very unique way Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies deals with family, friendship, choosing your own path in life and empathy. However, I wouldn't call it paranormal. It feels more like magical realism to me. That's a genre I don't read a lot of and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. And because a quirky book like this deserves more than a normal review, here are 4 reasons you should read it too!
♦ The story is unique and unlike anything I've read before. This can be good or bad, depending on your own tastes. Some people are going to read this and hate it and I'd completely understand. But if anything I'm saying in this review makes you want to read it, please do. Because it was so much fun to see this story unfold and learn the mysteries of Three Peaks and the Quick family.
♦ The magic was just as unique as the story. The Quick family can steal things from people. Emotions, personality traits, scars, memories,... They "reach" inside and take them away. This magic of theirs could easily be cliche or too difficult to understand but it was neither. It was unique and very believable. It's easy to understand and at first you can see the benefits of having abilities like that. But as the story unfolds, you learn the negative side effects it has. And I really liked that.
♦ The writing was excellent and gave a pitch-perfect atmosphere. The writing hooked me from page one and I couldn't get enough of it. I loved how the author slowly showed us Aspen's story, never revealing too much. The atmosphere constantly went back and forth between creepy, mysterious & magical and often was a mix of that. And I loved the hopeful note it ended on.
♦ The main character Aspen is the star of the show. However good the story & the writing are, how much you will end up liking this story depends on how you like Aspen. He starts out as... well, as an asshole. But strangely enough, I loved him from the start. And as the story goes on, you learn why he who he is. And he does change by the end of it all. As he learns the mystery of Three Peaks and the truth behind their powers, he becomes a better person. And you really feel for him. Or at least I did.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies is a strange but awesome book. It's not for everyone, but I encourage you to try it out. The story unfolds like a map and you have to read the whole book to get the whole picture. And for me personally, it was absolutely worth it. ...more
Okay, so I'm not sure if this'll be a long review or not because I kinda just want to do a full review ofQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
Okay, so I'm not sure if this'll be a long review or not because I kinda just want to do a full review of the whole series, but I do have some things to say. So here we go.
When I first started this book, I was reading it wrong. Yes, there is a wrong way to read this. I took everything way too serious and that's not the way to go with this one. At all. You have to kind of suspend your logic and take barely anything serious and you'll have a blast. Because this book is weird and kind of really hilarious. It's fast-paced and fun and action-filled (surprisingly). It's full of awesome characters and plot twists and you end up wondering "Will Denton live or not??" all the time. Though that part was kind of a bit spoiled for me because I know there's a sequel and its title kind of tells you the answer.
There is a really serious question lying underneath though. Because, if you know what day you'll die... Would you life life to its fullest or would it feel like there's no point if you'll die young? And I liked that this weird, funny book had that serious part. I always appreciate that.
Last thing I'll say is that I constantly misread the title for Denton's Little Deathdate instead of Denton Little's Deathdate. Cause I'm so stoopid. But yes, you should read this. It's funny, it's weird and it's original and I do recommend it. Lots. ...more
REJOICE! I found a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I loved! Cake for everyone and happy dancing all daQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
REJOICE! I found a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I loved! Cake for everyone and happy dancing all day long! No but seriously, I've read a few Beauty and the Beast books before. Or tried to. But none that I truly and fully enjoyed, let alone loved. BatB is a fairy tale very close to my heart. The Disney movie is my favourite movie of all time and I am jumping up and down with anticipation for its live action re-make coming out in March. (HAVE YOU SEEN THAT TRAILER? I MEAN... IT'S SO PRETTY AND AKDJFDMKJF) So yes, I love this fairy tale. And luckily, I loved this retelling of it.
Also, can I applaud the author for incorporating the Russian fairy tale "Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf"? Because GENIUS. I am not familiar with the fairy tale, mind you. Not before going into this book. But I stumbled upon a review that mentioned it so I did my research on the fairy tale before reading more of the book. So I know what's what, you know? I have to be informed about things so I come across as a professional. *cough* But I LOVED how the author mixed the two together and gave them her own spin. They work really nicely like this and it fit and I loved it. The whole book has a delicious fairy tale vibe and honestly that's one of the things I really want from retellings. That they keep the fairy tale vibe. And this one did. So yay!
Of course what helped give me that vibe was the absolutely beautiful writing. It is so magical and enchanting and I loved it. Though maaaybe the start was a bit too much exposition? And I might be a tad confused about the ending stuff. Which I cannot discuss because spoilers. BUT I did adore the writing. It reads quickly and had me hooked. Also the little parts from Beast were fantastic. It added a little extra to the whole thing and I loved it.
Though before I do a bunch of gushing on the characters, I do have to ask what the purpose of Solmir and Yeva's thing was??? It didn't feel necessary considering everything?? That could just be me. Also, I kind of hoped Solmir would be like Gaston. BUT a moment of appreciation for sister love! YAY! I loved the sisters! Though I wanted to know more about them.
So yes, now I shall gush about the main characters. Beast and Yeva/Beauty. I LOVED them. Beast is so precious and tortured and sad and he needs hugs and cuddles and warm blanket forts. I adored him, really. I loved his whole story arc and his background. Can't say much more about that cause spoilers, so on to Yeva! Honestly, I loved Yeva/Beauty as a main character. I rooted for her the whole time and I loved that she was so loyal to her family. She wanted more from life but would never abandon her sisters and her father to get it. She's very selfless when it comes to them and I loved that. I hate it when MC's are all loyal to their family at first but then because they're stubborn they abandon them to get what they want. Yeva didn't. And I loved her for it.
Though I have to admit that I kind of think their romance needed a bit more development. Just more in general really.
So overal this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling I really loved. Hunted is magical and enchanting with beautiful writing and a unique twist to the original fairy tale. If you're a fan of retellings, please do check this one out....more
So I have to thank my awesome co-blogger Liza first. Because she's the one that sent me her ARC cQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
So I have to thank my awesome co-blogger Liza first. Because she's the one that sent me her ARC copy after reading it. If it weren't for her, I couldn't have read this awesome book. Yes, it's awesome. Yes, it totally lives up to the hype. I friggin' loved this book more than I honestly thought I would.
This is going to be rather quick and maybe a bit short because as I'm writing this, I'm slowly shuffling back into blogging & reviewing waters. I'm getting back in the groove of things bit by bit. So I'll start by stating the obvious and tell you that you should read this book asap. The writing is fantastic and it hooked me from the start. I loved the atmosphere and the world. Oh god the world. It felt so alive. So much so that I was bothered by all the sand. I hate sand & the way it just gets everywhere. The fact that fictional sand annoys me is a testament to how great the writing was. Not only that, but the story didn't bore me once and even though I saw one or two of the twists coming from a mile away, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of this book at all.
Before I go into my favorite element of this book, I'll quickly mention why it's not a full five star read to me. 1) Yes, it was a tiny bit predictable. I kinda saw one of the big reveals coming and the second one I suspected too in some form or other. And 2) the ending felt a bit jumbled up. Before I knew it I'd reached the last chapter that concluded the story (rather perfectly I might add), but I didn't actually completely know what just happened. It might have just been me turning the pages too quickly though.
My favorite part of this book was for me the characters. If you've read a couple of my reviews, you know characters are the most important thing in a book for me. And these were all so wonderful and awesome and DIVERSE. So much diversity in this cast. Kind of expected with the whole Persian-ish world with hints of the Wild West. (I adore that combo btw.) There are a lot of characters to talk about but I'll just mention two as to not reveal too much. I adored Jin a whole lot. He's awesome and I just want more of him. I'd love some chapters from his POV in book 2. But the best one of course, is Amani, who is basically a queen of awesome and win. She's one of the most badass heroines I've come across in YA so far and I just love her to bits. She's great, is what I'm saying.
Okay so this review wasn't as short as I thought it'd be. If you're a fan of YA Fantasy, you should pick this up if you haven't already. Because Rebel of the Sands is filled with great writing, amazing world-building and has a bad-ass heroine to lead you through this fantastic and unique story. ...more
FULL DISCLAIMER: Kara, the lovely woman that wrote this book, is a friend of mine and also my Crit PartnerQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
FULL DISCLAIMER: Kara, the lovely woman that wrote this book, is a friend of mine and also my Crit Partner. This does NOT, however, influence my opinion on this book in any way. Cause that's not how I roll.
Okay, so I'm going to be honest here and say that I was kinda scared to read this book for several reasons. 1) As I mentioned above, Kara is a friend of mine. I adore her, obviously. So me hating her book would be kind of awkward. (Kara, if you read this and you don't see me as a friend: *awkward silence* AHAHA I was kidding obviously, just forget I said that!) 2) The reviews on this book on Goodreads are kinda not really all that positive. And 3) I'm not suuuuperbig on mystery. I'm just not. I'm really picky about them and most of the time the ending feels kinda bleh to me. I just watch too much CSI & NCIS to be surprised anymore. BUT-there's a but-I did enjoy this one a whole lot. More than I expected to. Which makes me happy. Because hating books is exhausting.
I'm just gonna say, right off the bat, that I can see why people would be turned off by the ending of this book. But I honestly can't agree when they say it wasn't foreshadowed or hinted at at all, because it is. There's this theme in this book and I don't know if it was intended, but I really liked it. Mainly because it's a bit of a thing in one of my own WIP's too. And that is that people usually only see what they want to see. Sometimes people are blind to what's right in front of them. And Ava, our main character, is too. Some things in her life are so obvious but she doesn't see it because it happens. And we, as a reader, can see the truth coming from a mile away, but Ava doesn't. And I really liked this, even if it wasn't intentionally written that way.
I have not read anything from Kara on Wattpad. In fact, I haven't been active on Wattpad for years. So this is my first time reading something she's written and I'm very impressed. This is still her debut novel and I really liked the atmosphere she was able to create in this story. I liked the characters and their conversations felt real. Okay, I did not like all the characters because some were just plain awful and I wanted to stab them with a fork by the end of the book, but you get it. (I'm not insane, I swear. My mother had me tested. (Ten points to whoever gets this reference.)) So yeah, writing was great and I can't wait to read your next work Kara, if only to see how much you've grown.
Now, the ending. I liked it a whole lot. It was original for me and I honestly did not see it coming but I bought it. And yes, it was hinted at throughout the book. They were subtle, but the hints and foreshadowing was there. If you say you didn't notice, re-read the book and really pay attention.
As you can see, I rated this 4 stars. Which means that there are things I did not like that much. The first would be how things were handled with Rafe near the end. I liked him a whole lot, but his role in the ending felt a little iffy to me. Also, I did not completely buy his romance with Ava because it went a tiny bit too fast considering what's going on with Ava. Sorry, hard to explain without spoiling. But yeah. I liked it, it just went a bit too fast.
Overall, I do really recommend this book. And I'm superhappy I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Frayed is an excellent debut novel and I recommend checking it out if you like mystery novels. If you've read this book and you're looking for other books like it, I point you towards Lisa Amowitz's books (especially Breaking Glass). They're also mystery, but with a hint of paranormal sprinkled in them and they also have that perfect mystery atmosphere this one has. So go forth and read all the books!...more
WELL THEN. If this wasn't a bucket full of cute, I don't know what is. This was my first book byQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
WELL THEN. If this wasn't a bucket full of cute, I don't know what is. This was my first book by Sandy Hall and it was a success. Though not as big as I hoped it would be, but I digress. Books from Swoon Reads seem to be either a kind-of-hit or miss with me. This one was the first, yay!
BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is a very quick, light and cute book. It's about two best friends, Gideon and Kyle, who each find out they like the other and then try to come to terms with that and look for a way to tell the other. I really liked this story a lot, though it could have been more. I just wanted to have more time with these characters. It felt a bit too short. My eARC only counts 144 pages, which is not long at all. So if it had been worked out more and the characters had been developed more, this would have gotten a higher rating from me. It doesn't help that there are 4 POV's that, while all distinct, weren't all that necessary. Just Gideon's and Kyle's would have been enough.
But I really did like the writing style. It's very light and fluffy and the dialogue is definitely my favorite part. It's very realistic and both Gideon's and Kyle's POV's had lots of humor in them. I laughed quite a bit reading this. I also swooned because GAHD IT'S CUTE DAMMIT. So cute. These two are incredibly cute. But I do think that their romance also could've benefited from more development. I also must admit that I wasn't fond of Ruby. But I do love all the friendship & family dynamics. The parents in this book are SO sweet and understanding and I love them. Parent goals basically.
So yes, BEEN HERE ALL ALONG is incredibly cute. It's a short & sweet read that I really do recommend you check out some time. That's why I'm rounding my rating up on Goodreads. It's a great book to take with you to the beach. It made me laugh, it made me swoon and it gave me feels. So check it out, for sure!...more
This is another one of those books that I should've read ages ago, and I don't know why it took me so longQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
This is another one of those books that I should've read ages ago, and I don't know why it took me so long to finally pick it up. Because I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was unique, interesting and really amazingly weird. Or should I say peculiar? (har har, look at me making bad puns.)
I loved the style of storytelling used in this book. Great writing mixed with old photographs (some of which were kind of creepy). This is new to me and I really liked it. It added that little bit extra to the story. I love getting visuals of something in a book. Whether it's artwork or maps or photographs, I love that stuff. I also love fascinatingly weird books, which this also is. On top of that it had a group of really unique and likable characters and a main character I could relate to. So why doesn't it have 5 stars, you ask? I shall tell you.
While I did love this book, I did need a bit to really get to that point. The first 20-30% was just okay to me. It wasn't until Miss Peregrine and her children really came into play that started actually loving the book. Next to that there's also a sort-of kinda romance that I didn't completely buy and Jacob's parents are not there enough in his life. Especially his mother.
I know this book is not for everyone, some of my friends did not enjoy it. But I did, and if you're looking for a unique and weird book, I suggest you give this one a shot!...more
So yeah, wow. This I did not expect. I discovered this little book quite a while ago after a blogger friend read it anQuite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink
So yeah, wow. This I did not expect. I discovered this little book quite a while ago after a blogger friend read it and flailed about it on Goodreads. So I added it, but hey, I'm broke so I didn't expect to read it any time soon. Then more reviews came in. All super positive. And I got scared. Because I haven't had very good luck with YA Contemporary books that everyone loves. BUT. Then I saw three reviews in a row that said it's perfect for fans of Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda. And I'm kinda of a mild fan of that book, as you may know. *cough* So I got a copy and read it and here we are.
First off, how accurate is that recommendation? I feel like I need to talk about it since, you know, I'm kind of the resident expert on Simon VS. I also tend to pop up in random conversations on the TwitterVoid whenever someone mentions Simon or Oreo's. All in all I have been very subtle with my love for that book, I'm sure. Anyway. Tell Me Three Things.Yes, this recommendation makes sense. It has that same mystery element where the MC is talking with someone through e-mail or IM's but has no idea who that person actually is. It also deals with some tough topics without making the book too heavy. The writing style also feels effortless, much like Becky's writing did. I would say you might like Tell Me Three Things more if you're more into the standard contemporary, as this one had a tad more drama. For me? Well, it's up there with my top favorite books, but doesn't quite touch Simon VS. Obviously. So yes, if you liked Simon VS, you should check this one out.
As I said, the writing feels very effortless. It hooked me right away and after the first chapter, I knew I was going to love this book. I loved the instant chemistry between Jessie and SN. I loved the humor in this book. I loved how Julie managed to use texting and e-mailing in her book and made it so real and natural. Honestly, this book was very easy to read and it made it supereasy for me to relate to Jessie. I've been through similar things she has. Losing a loved one and bullying being the biggest ones. Yes, I have a stepdad like she has a stepmom too, but luckily, my stepdad is awesome and has become my dad, period. So I really understood how she felt throughout this book. In hindsight, I shouldn't have started reading late at night. Because I ended up just reading it in one sitting, finishing at 3am because I just HAD to know who SN was. Also, it was so cute and adorable at times, seriously, my heart couldn't take it.
I do think the bit of drama near the end felt a bit too much. Some of the high school drama Jessie goes through felt a bit over the top and a tad unrealistic. But hey, I don't live in California, so for all I know teens are really like that over there. I'm very out of touch with how popular teens act these days. I also would've liked to have seen SN and Jessie more as a couple after Jessie finds out who he is at the very end. Maybe that's why I love Simon VS more? Because it showed Simon and Blue as a couple the last few chapters. This one didn't have that.
I loved all the characters. I loved Jessie's friend Scarlett. I loved the friends Jessie made in her new school Adrianna and Agnes. I also kind of liked Liam, one of the possible options for who SN was. I adored Ethan right away. And then there's Theo, Jessie's stepbrother. Theo started out as an asshole, much like my biological father, whom he shares his name with. But this Theo redeemed himself and I warmed up to him rather quickly. I liked Jessie's dad and eventually Rachel, his new wife. I also loved Jessie as a protagonist. It was easy for me to relate to her and I rooted for her immediately.
The identity of SN isn't revealed until the very end and there were three possibilities. Ethan, Liam and Caleb. I knew/hoped it was one of those three right from the start and I ended up being right, so huzzah! It had me cheering and flailing in bed at almost 3am. Yeah, I was scared this would turn out as a love triangle, but it doesn't. Absolutely not. Anyway, the reveal of SN's identity was absolutely adorable. But like I said, I would've liked to have seen Jessie and SN as a couple after the reveal and I didn't get that. It just ends. Which made me sad. Because I wanted more. Also, Jessie's favorite word is Waffle and I have to point out that my CP and dear friend Lisa always calls me Waffle because I'm from Belgium. So really, I was destined to love this book.
Tell Me Three Things is a fantastic YA Contemporary book that you absolutely have to check out. It's funny, touching, adorable, sweet, feelsy and just a must-read in general. Go read it, asap....more
WELL THAT WAS JUST ALL KINDS OF AMAZING. I am a very happy human right now people. Very happy indQuite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds
WELL THAT WAS JUST ALL KINDS OF AMAZING. I am a very happy human right now people. Very happy indeed. Because I just read this fabulous book that I loved to bits and honestly that's just one of the best feelings in the world, is it not? Of course it is. I read Mosquitoland either last year or the year before, I'm not sure, but I do know that I loved it and wanted more from that author. And now I got more and GUESS WHAT? I loved this book too! Huzzah! *flings confetti in your faces* But now I have to put all this love into a somewhat coherent review and ahahahaha I'm gonna fail so hard at this. But I'll try my best. I am a professional, after all. *cough*
KIDS OF APPETITE tells the story of Vic and Mad. But mostly Vic. They're currently in the police station with a story to tell. One that starts with the death of Vic's death. And ends with the murder of Mad's uncle. And of course the police would love to hear that amazing tale. But to tell the story right Mad and Vic must tell all the chapters inbetween those two points. And what a story it is.
I don't even know where to start with my gushing about this book. So my attempts to make this review a bit coherent and all professional-like are failing already. Perhaps I should start by applauding how immensely diverse this book is. YES, that's a great plan. *pats self on the back* So yes, this book is amazingly diverse and I love it. Because diversity is awesome. Of course there are POC, but our main character Vic has Moebius Syndrome, which, I'll admit, I was not familiar with going into this book. I also didn't know it would be featured. But it was and I love that because I found out about it and was educated about it and that's the power of books for you. Always teaching me stuff. WHO NEEDS SCHOOL ANYMORE HONESTLY? Nobody, that's who. Just read all the books and you know everything you need to know. Ahem. (Stay in school kids.) So yes, I was educated about Moebius Syndrome in a very awesome and non-preachy or info-dumpy way. Huzzah! Yay, diversity!
And from that I'll move on to tell you that the writing was frakking fantastic. It's so engaging and it hooked me right from the start. It was told in a non-linear style where we switch out between the interrogations at the police station to the story their telling. And I loved that because it kept me on my toes. It made me curious and want to read more and find out what happened. It never bored me once and there was humor in it and you guys know I love funny books. But great writing won't do you much good if the story is stupid. Luckily the story itself was amazing too. It was unique and interesting and diverse and hit me in the feels so many times. And I loved how it kind of built up the whole time and then the twist at the end had me like "WHAT THE WHAT???" And when I finished I was smiling so hard my jaws still hurts. So yeah. Great writing. Great story. Let's move on to the most important part, the characters.
I'll start off by saying that I loved all the characters. And before I go a bit more in depth about the most important ones, I want to quickly mention that I loved the detectives interrogating Mad and Vic and also Vic's family, however brief they were in the story. I loved how well I got to know Vic's dad and his beautiful relationship with Vic's mom even though he's not actually IN the story. Beautifully done, sir. I applaud you. Also, I very much love Vic's dad. He was one hell of a guy. But now on to the main five, our "kids of appetite".
is the most important character of the story. By all means the protagonist. He's still mourning his dad and he does not like his mom's new boyfriend. So when the guy asks his mom to marry him, he takes off with his dad's urn and runs into Mad. He's so sad and he has Moebius Syndrome so people tend to think he's stupid but he's not. He's actually really smart and he loves opera and paintings. I loved his voice and I just wanted to hug him, really. ♦
is a really cool and colorful person. And by that I mean she dresses very colorful. She always carries around the same book, like it's an extra limb and it's her favorite book and occasionally she gushes about it. But she's also a bit sad because she lost her parents and her uncle is a douche. She very loyal though and she has this thing with Venn diagrams and she tends to put situations she's in in one of those. She's awesome and I want to hug her too. ♦
is the awesomest. She's eleven and from Queens and she raps and she loves ice cream and she curses up a storm and she's adorable. But she's also an orphan and a bit tragic so I basically want to hug her too. ♦
Baz & Zuz
are two brothers and they're kind of a bit mysterious. Especially Zuz who doesn't talk and just snaps his fingers instead but he's still adorable and he's loyal. They're both so kind and protective. Baz sleeps with a baseball bat like it's a security blanket and he has nightmares. So basically I want to wrap them both in warm blankets because omg their past is so sad. All the love for these two.
I feel like this review is very long... OH WELL. I think I'm done now? Maybe? OH but I do want to mention that while I liked the romance, I wasn't the hugest fan of it and it maybe went a teensy tiny bit too fast for me? But I still liked it? So yeah. NOW I'm done.
Overall, it is very obvious that I have much love for this book and obviously you should get a copy and read it so we can gush together. Especially about Vic, who is my precious little munchkin. But basically all of the KOA are on my favorite characters list and they alone are reason enough for you to read it. So go forth and do the thing while I cuddle them all. GO!...more