Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Oh my gosh! So last weekend, I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at the cinema with my mum. We were watching the previews and eating some delicious Milk Duds, and, lo and behold, I saw it: the movie trailer for Me Before You. I was immediately captured by the gorgeous male (and the gorgeous female, but obviously I noticed the male first!) and the sad tale.

I decided I was in love and that I had to see the movie when it comes out: June 3rd. But then I was like “well, duh, I’m me, so I have to read the book first.”

So I went home after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (a spectacular movie, btw) and bought Me Before You on the kindle and read it. I finished the book in hours.

Not even lowkey embarrassed. Proud, actually.

WOW! This novel was TRULY amazing. First of all, it takes place in England, my dream home. They drink tea all the time and speak poshly, so of course I would adore the story.

Summary (in my own words because I’m not basic and stealing it from Goodreads):

Louisa Clark, a 26-year old “fashionista” who has just been fired and is dating a horrendous health-obsessed man named Patrick , is looking for a job when Camilla Traynor hires her to look after her son, Will. Lou is depended upon by her family to earn money, and she feels constantly outshone by her sister, Treena. She is unambitious and sad. Will was hit by a motorcycle and left paralyzed at the age of 35. While he was formerly successful and attractive, he is now unable to do the things he loves like climbing mountains and being active.

At first, Will is excessively rude to Lou, but eventually they become close friends. Lou notices scars on his arms but doesn’t say anything until she hears a conversation between Camilla and Georgina, Will’s sister. She discovers that Will is planning to die through Dignitas, the assisting suicide program in Switzerland, and is shocked.

Lou isn’t going to let Will die, and she will do whatever plan it takes to keep him here.

I give Me Before You five stars for its absolutely mind-blowing plot and emotional words.

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I’m serious, this book had me in actual tears after finishing it. It left me incredibly happy and sad, but mostly sad. Words can’t express the emotions it made me feel.

I wanted to be more like Will and Lou; I wanted to follow my dreams and live an active life. I wanted to fall in love and be that close to someone. I wanted to sit on my bed and stare at the ceiling until all my thoughts were under control.

Jojo Moyes did a PHENOMENAL job at developing two brilliant characters with bright attitudes. I’ve never read more intelligent thoughts. The way Will wanted Lou to get out of the small town and witness life in the big world was incredibly sweet. And the way Lou never wanted to be separated  from those she loved left me speechless.

The entire story had a cozy feel to it, but I felt angry when I found out about Dignitas.

You know me, I had to start reading the sequel immediately. After You will never be as good.

I especially loved how Lou was portrayed as a bit of a loser, but she refused to be one. She lived in a tiny bedroom in her parent’s house and never went to college, never even left her hometown, but she kept a dainty air about her. Her clothing choices also sound…interesting… Like her bumblebee leggings!

Will felt lost, but his mind could still love and laugh and learn. He might not have been able to walk or feed himself, but he could make witty jokes and fall in love and make everyone cry!

I can’t wait to see what the movie has in store, and I hope you all decide to pick up this excellent novel.

Review: The Elite and The One by Kiera Cass

Happy Sunday, and Happy Valentine’s Day! Did any of you get books for Valentine’s Day? My mom gave me Glass Sword, the sequel to Red Queen (the book you’ve all heard me rave about). I’ve already started it, but that’s not what I’m here to post about today.

If you’ve been following, you know I read The Selection last week. Well, it was only a matter of days before I finished the rest of the trilogy. I decided to review The Elite and The One in the same blog post, because I breezed through them in like two days and can’t remember where one stops and the other starts!

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Want to know something fascinating about these books? They are all the same amount of pages. Yup, all three are 323 pages long… That’s aesthetically pleasing.

Although it’s bothering me that The Selection and The Elite are taller than The One. Why would they do that?!?!?

ANYWAYS. Back to the review.

As always, I was slightly disappointed with the sequel in comparison to the first book. I don’t think Kiera Cass could have beat The Selection.

Right away, I have to give The Elite and The One four stars.

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It just seemed a bit unnecessary for Cass to drag out the process the way she did. At times during The Elite, I found myself saying, “Come on, hurry it up Prince Maxon.” Like seriously, he was taking so long to narrow down his marriage choices! It was evident from the beginning who he would pick, but he had dumb reasons to keep the other girls there in the castle with him, where they were clearly in danger.

However, I must say that even though the books were predictable, I was never really bored. Sometimes, America would confuse me with how she felt towards the two love interests in her life. She would change her mind so much!

I really don’t want to spoil these books for you, but I can say that the ending was immensely satisfying. I absolutely fell in love!

Let me explain myself a bit here. I didn’t want to make this review long, because I talked a lot about the story in my review for The Selection. I just don’t have much else to say. I do really recommend the whole trilogy, though.

I’m sorry if this is disappointing! I promise I’ll have some longer posts up soon.

Enjoy your books and your chocolate on this fabulous holiday. Even if you don’t have a Valentine, like me, treat yourself and be happy today.

Thank you for reading.

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

¡Hola! Este libro es muy bien. 🙂 

Translation? This book was totally worth 5 stars!! 

  
I know, I’ve been giving them out too much lately! But this one is an older novel I’m pretty sure everyone has read because I’ve seen it at every bookstore for at least years. You’ve definitely heard of it. I’m sorry for being so behind and only starting it now!

Title: The Selection

(Book one of the selection series)

Author: Kiera Cass

Page count: 326

  
A short summary, just because you guys definitely know what The Selection is about. 

Basically, a totally normal girl called America Singer, who is what they call a “Five,” signs up for the Selection. It’s basically a pool of girls, and 35 of them are selected to court the prince. Of course, only one will marry Prince Maxon, and he gets to choose her. 

I think it’s a cool concept, but it’s nothing that I have never heard of. 

Let me explain their world more. It’s super duper far into the future, after the made up Fourth world war. They’re ranked by class in numbers, eight being the worst and one being the best. Since America is a Five, she’s a musician. 

Hopefully that was detailed enough to get you up to date if you haven’t picked up this lovely book. 

I think the thing I loved most was the peek into America’s previous life with her loving family before she was Selected (that’s not a spoiler, right? Why else would the book be about her if she wasn’t selected). Music just fascinates me, and although I couldn’t hear America play, I could just tell she was talented. 

Strange name, right, America? Think about that. She lives in a country called Illéa, right where the U. S. A. used to be. 

Prince Maxon is also a cool fella. I’d definitely fall for him. Not Aspen, though. But I’m sure a lot of you go crazy over Aspen. Comment below who you like more! I want to hear from you ladies and gents who have read The Selection. 

I’m getting off topic, but I also want to hear how you think I can improve this blog. Obviously I would like a huge book nerd, but I want to expand this beautiful online place we’ve all created. 

Back to the book! Thank goodness I bought the sequel to The Selection, The Elite, because the ending was such a bad cliffhanger. I was unsatisfied and immediately started the next book in the series (review up soon, and that’s a promise you can take to my grave). 

The cover art is also splendid, isn’t it?

Kiera Cass truly is a talented author, and I would pay some good money to read more of her works. I loved the way she added artistic detail to the story and made it pretty. She didn’t TRY to make it pretty, she just did. And that’s such an incredible thing, if you ask me. I hope to do that someday if I ever publish a book or any of my writings. 

The plot line was a page-turned. I actually finished The Selection in a few hours. It wasn’t too lengthy, which I think is good for a change. 

I’m starting to get really tired, guys, so I’m sorry but that’ll have to be it for today. I can’t think of much else to say except everyone should read it! There wasn’t any bad language or inappropriate behavior from what I can remember. You could read The Selection to a toddler. 

Overall, I’m happy I picked up the book and never set it down. 

Review: Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

Title: Girl Through Glass

Author: Sari Wilson

Page Count: 286

Publishing Company: Harper Collins

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As soon as I opened the package from the mail, I was extremely excited. The cover art attracted me immediately, as well as the description on the inside of the jacket.

Girl Through Glass alternates between the late 70’s/early 80s and present day. I loved reading the sections told through 11-year old Mira’s perspective as she grew up in the 1970s New York City. To add more depth to Mira’s character as she goes through her parent’s divorce, she is a talented ballet dancer accepted to the prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB). As she is working hard to become the ballerina of her dreams, Mira meets an older man named Maurice, the only person she trusts during the difficult time of her life. Maurice is a balletomane, also described as Mira’s mentor and “friend.” Mira’s life is changed as her relationship with Maurice grows inappropriate.

Meanwhile, in present day, Kate is a professor of dance who embarks on a nostalgic journey through New York City when she receives a mysterious letter from a man she long thought to be dead. Or is she really running away from a risky affair that could potentially ruin her career?

Are you wondering how Mira and Kate could possibly be related?

I breezed through the first half of the book in hours. The first chapter amazed me. It really did. And there was this one part from the first half of Girl Through Glass that touched me, to the point I started reading it aloud to my friend’s and family.

Absorbed I was for quite a while with this gorgeously-written novel.

And then it started to get weird…

By the end of the novel, I was pretty creeped out, not that it’s exactly a bad thing. I understand how certain events supplemented the story. But Sari Wilson is more of a romantic writer, and I think when she creates something like this, it becomes too awkward and hard to read. Cringe-worthy perhaps? I think she was much better at describing the world of dance than creating this story.

For once, I don’t have a favorite character. I was more fascinated by the little stories that seemed to make up a big one.

I did like a lot of things about the book, though. Mira, short for Mirabelle, really was a special girl. Lots of girls can probably relate to her lifestyle, especially if they are dancers. She struggled through a lot and still came out strong, which is always admirable. I loved the way she got through each day, and then the next and the one after that. The way she ended up having to go to a special school just so she could dance more was interesting for me. It kind of reminded me of the show Dance Moms. Did any of you guys ever watch it?

Mira liked to be plain and neat and perfect, all while working hard and keeping secrets. What’s not to like here?

There is something that made me admire her less, but if I said so I’d spoil the whole story for you guys.

I think we’ll have to leave it at that. It wasn’t my favorite book, but I don’t regret reading it. There is always a lesson to be gained from every story. I don’t think I will ever forget this one.

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book to everyone unless you are older than fourteen. I do think a teenage and older audience would love Girl Through Glass.

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I have been reading so slowly lately, and I’m at the negative point where I doubt I will reach my goal of 100 books this year. But then I remind myself: it’s much better to fully enjoy one book than to skim through 100. So even if I only read one more book this year, I think it will be worth it. I interpret every story so deeply and try to bring something out of everything I read. I’m trying to encourage everyone to do the same, to find quality instead of following the norm. Even if I have been feeling awful lately, I really hope all the readers out there can gain something if they ever see my blog.

Also, I’m not incredibly proud of the pictures I tried to take of the cover of my most recent read for you guys, but I did at least put in an effort.

Without further ado, here it is.

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Page count: 446

Publisher: Razor Bill (branch of Penguin Random House)

Released: April 28, 2015

Is there a sequel: Yes, it’s called A Torch Against the Night, and I will be reading it eventually.

Will there be a movie: Apparently so

What’s it about?

The book’s been out for a while, so I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. I was surprised that I didn’t pick it up until recently, because I’d been drooling over it. Basically, it switches between the point of view of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Both of them have secrets that could get them killed. The world they live in is dystopian-ish, and their “country” is called the empire. It’s divided into Scholars and Martials. Believe it or not, the Scholars are the low-lifes and slaves. The Martials mostly go Blackcliff, a military academy, where they train to become the most hardcore soldier- a mask.

What I also love about the world in An Ember in the Ashes is the magical creatures that exist. You have Augurs, jinns, ghuls, and other creepy characters.

What do you assume will happen when Laia and Elias meet?

I can tell you there’s more than one love interest for each of them, and the loyalty tore my heart into pieces.

Helene is by far my favorite character in the whole novel, because she was one of few girls training to be a Mask, yet the strongest. She also did have a hidden girly side, as you’ll find out. Her friendship with Elias seemed like goals, but near the end it was far from perfect. I wish things would have gone better for Helene. Definitely a fictional character I’d love to meet one day.

I also grew to have a soft spot for Izzi and Cook. It feels great to have the main characters ranked below three others on your favorites list…

Another thing I loved about An Ember in the Ashes was the great distraction it’s able to provide. Nothing was boring, and it was easy to dive into.  It may be repetitive since I say this all the time, but there’s nothing better than a book you can’t pull away from. If you’re ever sad, read An Ember in the Ashes.

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That’s all I have for now! I’m trying to give my blog posts more quality as well, making them concise rather than rambling on for 2000 words about something I could say shorter.

Thanks for reading! Share my blog with a friend ❤

Review: The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

I’m back with another review! It feels like it’s been a while, because I have been super busy. But today I have a fantastic book you guys MUST read.

Crown Publishing sent me an ARC of The Quality of Silence.

Page count: 286

And here’s what the cover looks like:

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Doesn’t the book look so cozy with all the blankets??

The Quality of Silence takes place in the harsh winter of Alaska. When Yasmin, mother to a deaf ten-year-old named Ruby, is told that her husband, Matt, is dead, she sets off on a journey to find him, despite what the police say- in the middle of a deathly arctic storm. The conditions are nowhere safe for a woman and daughter to be driving a truck in, but they push nonetheless. The story grows more and more gripping and terrifying as they discover there is somebody following them.

Even I got frightened and shivered while reading the novel in the safety of my warm home by the fireplace with blankets and tea!

The chapters each had parts told from Yasmin’s point of view as well as Ruby’s. My favorite parts were the ones Ruby narrated. One of the most interesting things, for me, about the book were Ruby’s tweets. She grew to be quite the Twitter-famous young girl, tweeting words that she felt her own voice couldn’t speak, as she struggled to talk without sign-language.

I’ll show you an example just because you might think it’s awesome.

EXCITEMENT: Tastes like popping space dust; feels like the thud-bump as a plane lands; looks like the big furry hood of Dad’s Inupiaq parka.“- page 1 of The Quality of Silence, Rosamund Lupton

Doesn’t Rosamund Lupton have the most incredible voice? Reading her book was like sinking into a hot bath… and then jumping back out again when your favorite character is in danger! I thought she did a wonderful job of executing the task of writing from a deaf tween girl’s point of view.

I love Ruby so much! Yasmin’s cool and all too, but Ruby holds a special place in my heart.

I couldn’t really find much I didn’t like about the book! For the last thirty or so pages, I kept getting annoyed, but you’ll have to figure out why yourself. I’m not really sure why it took me so long to get to reading it! Once I got sucked in, I finished it pretty quickly. Yesterday I was on my couch for a solid couple hours absorbed in the Alaskan world.

I also found it super interesting learning more about sign-language. I’ve always wanted to be able to speak it, and Ruby taught me some cool signs along the way. She also knows lots of random but good-to-know facts.

Overall, I give The Quality of Silence

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It was pretty darn good, but I wouldn’t exactly say worthy of the full five! I recommend the book to everyone, all ages. There’s nothing bad or sexual in it, which was really nice.

I’m going to wrap this review up so I don’t take up any more of your time! Thanks for reading! As always, please like, comment, follow, and share the link to your friends! I appreciate it.

My Favorite Children and “Tween” Books

How are you guys today? I’m extremely excited to be off school, so I started a new ARC I got in the mail and decided to blog. Growing up, I was constantly reading, so that means my basement has two selves full of children’s books and tween books. They are still a part of who I am today, so I thought I would share them with you. Let me know if you read them when you were a kid as well! And if you know any younger readers, maybe you could make some recommendations.

  • Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

I believe there are 62 books in this series. I haven’t read every single one, but we have up to 55 of them downstairs and I’ve read a good amount of them. Looooove this series.

  • The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Magical.

  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The book club in this series was always reading classics, so it got me interested in reading classics. The Christmas version was my favorite.

  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Sweet memories.

  • The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle

If you’re a girl, pick up these books. Doesn’t matter how old you are.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Everyone’s read it, come on. No shame.

  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Kind of the girl version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis

Well, they are, aren’t they?

  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Not exactly sure if it’s a children’s book, but I read it at a super young age.

  • Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

I wanted to be a mermaid, ok? I was a weird kid.

  • American Girl books by various authors

I started collecting American Girl dolls at some point in elementary school, and then I started subscribing to their magazines and catalogues and buying all their books.

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

I specifically remember reading this while I was bored on a trip and loving it so much. A perfect example of a book teaching me to get lost in a fictional world at such a young age. Imagination is truly a beautiful thing.

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Need I write more?

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Honestly such a sweet book! I think they made it into a movie.

  • The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott

Adventure.

  • Take Two by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy

Started my fascination with twins. Also kind of contributed to gossipy behavior.

  • The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

These books were HUGE for me in elementary school. I bet I’ve read almost all of them, if not all. I looked up to the characters so much, mostly because they were in middle school and I just wanted to be them.

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Just overall a lovely classic.

  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

A bit old-fashioned, but absolutely worth it.

  • Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

Okay, this is super important to explain, because as a child and even now, I had an OBSESSION with fairies. I would read any fairy book. So I’ll spare you the sorrow and let this be the only fairy series I’ll put on here, even though I could name at least five more right now.

That is a lotttttt of books, so I think I’ll stop there even though I have about a bazillion more books I could probably mention. I feel like as soon as I post this, I’ll remember some series or another I forgot.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE comment! I want to talk to you guys about these books.

Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

That’s right, two reviews in one day. It’s how I roll.

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Shout out to my puppy for being a super cute model.

To start off, you should know that Cruel Crown is composed of two novellas. They are, actually, prequels to the Red Queen series I am always raving about. I’m going to review each story separately, even though they are glued together under the same cover.

Also, this will be a short review. It’s hard to talk about prequels without giving away important information about the books they are prequels too. Hopefully that’s not too confusing.

The first little novella in Cruel Crown is called Queen Song.  It’s from the point of view of Queen Coriane, King Tiberias’s first wife. If you’ve read Red Queen, it’s understood that Queen Elena did something awful to her. That’s why Cal and Maven are half brothers. Once again, I’m really sorry if this makes no sense to you! Corine keeps a secret diary given to her by Julian, her brother, of whom I love. He’s just super cool and scholarly. In the diary, she writes about meeting the prince, Tiberias, and having their little boy. She also grieves about the possibly deadly consequences that could occur from her marrying so high.

Queen Song was my favorite one, and I gave it four stars.

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I really found the story intriguing and tragic. After finishing it, I just kind of sat there, staring and thinking. I didn’t start Steel Scars, the second novella, right away.

Steel Scars is Farley’s story, and to be honest with you, I didn’t care for it. I’ll give it one star.

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Farley is a part of the Scarlet Guard, and she is given orders to plant the rebellion. She’s meant to be recruiting people, and suddenly she comes across Mare Barrow, the main character of Red Queen. It ties together.

I’m sorry for such a bad review. I sat here awhile on my laptop struggling to find the words without revealing too much.

I will say that they provide nice explanations for some things that happen in Red Queen and will help me to understand more in the sequel, Glass Sword, that is actually coming out soon. I am beyond ecstatic to see what will happen, because I hold Red Queen close to my heart and told everybody to read it!

After the two novellas, Cruel Crown included the first three chapters of Glass Sword. Does it surprise you that I did not read them? I saw no point, if I will have the novel in its entirety in my hands next month.

I wanted to show you guys my book haul from yesterday. I went to Half Price Books and got NINE books!

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As you can see, I bought a combination of classics and new bestsellers. I can’t wait to dig in.

As always, thank you for reading. Have a great day!

Review: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

page count: 582

genre: fiction, women’s literature, romance

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Well would you look at that beautiful picture! Two well-read books (you can even see the cracks in their spine), one of them reviewed by me not too long ago, one about to be reviewed. Both by the same author, on a peeling red bench.

The Shell Seekers, to start us off here, has earned itself…

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Four and a half stars! 🙂

My mom gave me The Shell Seekers for Christmas after she found out how much I loved Coming Home. I had a pretty high stack of books to read, so I hadn’t started The Shell Seekers until now. It really did not take me long to read all 582 pages, which is always a good sign. The book kept me occupied and distracted, lost in a fictional world and oblivious to the real one around me. There was a night where I was home alone for a few hours, and the house was making these awful noises, but it didn’t matter because I had my book. I let myself get fully absorbed, and time just flew. There was also a day at school where I was very bored, and I was reading instead of doing work! Don’t tell my teachers.

You know The Shell Seekers is a splendid book if I was reading it during school!

Oh, right, you’re probably wondering what it’s about. Rosamunde Pilcher has this unique style. She writes the most positively cozy books. I felt warm and safe and happy and lazy getting involved in the story.

It’s about a painting, believe it or not. The main character is the incredible elderly woman Penelope Keeling, whose father was a famous painter. For Penelope’s wedding gift, he gave her his greatest painting of all, The Shell Seekers. The majority of the story takes place long after he is dead, however. It did flip back and forth a bit between the 1940s and the 1980s, and some parts deeply involved World War II, which you know I have a thing for.

It’s always interesting to see how the war impacted those living in England. What a tragedy to lose your loved ones. I also learned a lot of what women had on their mind: possibly joining the Wrens, the Red Cross, sewing black out curtains, and making sure the family had enough food with their meager ration cards. Could you imagine having ration cards telling you how much you’re allowed to eat? It must have been awful and scary, which somehow made me more involved in the story.

Sometimes throughout reading, I felt nostalgia, because Penelope was feeling nostalgia. Isn’t that an incredible thing? Pilcher has “skillz”.

As Penelope’s health declines, her three kids start to argue over what should become of the painting. The oldest daughter is Nancy, and nobody really likes poor Nancy. It’s implied that she is fat and middle-aged and annoying, with two ugly kids. Sorry, Nancy! The middle child, also a girl, is Olivia. She is the one we are rooting for and love! She has a successful career and is caring. The youngest, a son, is Noel. I always thought that was a feminine name, but I suppose I’m wrong. We don’t like Noel either.

There was also some lovely new characters introduced into the story, Sophie and Doris (from the WWII part of the book) and Danus and Antonia (from the time the novel is actually taking place). Much of the 1940s part of The Shell Seekers is Penelope’s flashbacks to her “wartime romance,” meeting the love of her life.

The love woven into a story that’s essentially about a family and a painting was exceptional and something I’ll never forget.

I really enjoyed reading it, because it somehow also reminds me of my Grandma. Just in the way they speak and visit and are polite. They also drink lots of tea, which is something I love, so points for that.

I loved The Shell Seekers, because it was simply one of those books that makes you start to wish you could be more like its characters. Please tell me I’m not the only one who tries to be like my favorite book characters! However, some of Rosamunde Pilcher’s characters seemed really similar to the ones she created in Coming Home, which is why I felt the need to give it slightly less than five stars. Repetitiveness is one of the most boring things for me.

Not that The Shell Seekers was boring.

Her characters are extremely lovable, though. Penelope is just absolutely awesome and full of life. Her life is goals for mine. I aspire to be like her, and I wonder if she would have liked me if we were to meet. Yes, she is a fictional character I have imagined meeting.

Hopefully my review made you want to read the book, because the cover isn’t so great and it might throw you off.

Do you have any characters you would like to meet? Comment and let me know! We can have a discussion.

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Here’s one I didn’t really like as much as the others.

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The summary is something I am going to keep short and sweet: there’s an alien apocalypse.

It’s mostly about a sixteen year-old, named Cassie, whose main goal is to find her little brother, Sammy, after they are torn apart by alien leaders (is that what alien’s call their leaders?). Along the way, OF COURSE she meets a super hot guy (I honestly cannot wait to see him in the movie coming out January 22nd). There’s also a narrator change for every “part,” which is more often than you expect when you’re all cozy in bed absorbed in the book. The other narrator dude is Ben Parish, Cassie’s crush back before the 1st Wave, and of course he has his own love interest. Come to think of it, I never actually learned the poor girl’s name. I’m calling her “Ringer” right now in my head. She is excellent at shooting. Not that it’s relevant.

Are you wondering what the aliens look like and why they want to kill everyone? Are you thinking there is a spectacular answer to those questions?

NOT. REALLY.

THERE IS NOT A SPECTACULAR ANSWER. THE ANSWER IS VERY UN-SPECTACULAR.

Both Cassie and Ben are seeing different sides of this apocalypse, which I found interesting. It helped to move the plot along, and I loved the way everything tied together at the end.

There was also some nice details in there, especially in the part where Cassie falls in love with the hunky soft-handed Evan Walker. He is my fictional boyfriend, not yours, so nobody gets him but me. You do not get Evan Walker. You can have Ben if you want.

Page count: 457

the 5th wave

I took a lot of notes when I was reading this, mostly at the beginning. I had decided that Rick Yancey has absolutely no clue how a teenage girl thinks. Cassie did have a unique voice, though, I’ll give him that one. Not much else was written down in my notes about the author, though.

The first page hooked me. It’s better than the writing in the rest of the book. I guarantee if you pick up a copy of The 5th Wave, you will be mesmerized by the first page.

Sometimes I was confused throughout my reading of the novel. I don’t even have more words to explain my confusion; I was just confused. Does that explain how confusing I found it? Or are you confused now, too? Confusion.

Yes, I do realize how scattered this is. Please bear with me.

I liked how Cassie compared humans to stupid dogs at the beginning (you’ll realize what I’m talking about once you get to that part). Sometimes I feel the same exact way, Cassie.

I wonder what aliens are actually like. This book kinda make you think about weird stuff like that. You might start believing in aliens if you do not already. I told everyone the Mothership is coming for us, and they looked at me like I’m CRAAAZY until they saw what book I was carrying.

However, I found The 5th Wave to be VERY predictable. The book was mediocre for something the media is all hyped up about. I expected something mind-blowing after seeing how much of a big deal it was all over the Internet, but instead, the “plot twist” did not twist me at all! I knew it was going to happen; it was obvious to me and a surprise that others were not seeing that coming.

Something I did find wedged between those 457 pages was a metaphor for World War II, and maybe I am crazy for thinking that. The 5th Wave had death camps. Sound familiar? And I think it will be obvious that the aliens are a metaphor for the Germans during that time period.

I liked the metaphor, and I liked the tension between all the steamy love interests. The ending? Well, I was expecting something big. So maybe I am missing a piece here, but the ending was not at all how you should end a book.

Borrrrrring.

As you can probably see, I’m a bit torn about this! Half of the thing’s I’ve said are things I liked, and half are things that sucked. Two and a half stars seemed like a nice middle point for me. Argue if you wish! I love arguing over books. 🙂

I have some sort of a special interpretation of all five waves, so in case you’re interested…

1st: An electromagnetic pulse that left the world with no power (lights, cars, nada)

2nd: A huge tsunami that took out everyone living near a coast

3rd: A plague that will kill you if you aren’t immune

4th: Aliens going around shooting those few who are left

5th: This is where it gets complicated. Read the book if you want to find out!

That guide’s pretty helpful while reading.

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