Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Let's Get Lost Book Review!

Such an adorable, feel good novel. This book put me in such a happy positive mood, and made me want to desperately go on a road trip. 17-year old Leila is on a quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska and is driving across the country to make her dream happen. As she encounters each new person she gives them all a different reason why she is going to Alaska, and we do not actually learn the truth until she gets to Alaska.

The point of view in this story is not only from Leila (the last section), but from the point of view of the four people she encountered along the way. From their different points of view we see how they perceived Leila and what imprint she left on them before she leaves to continue on her journey.  On her journey she comes across four strangers and during the time she spent with each of them she leaves an imprint on them. 

The people she meets are interesting and have their own stories, their own lives: Hudson, Elliot, Sonia. They all have their own affect on Leila as well. The effect they have each other is reciprocal and each character is able to grow a little more after experiencing Leila. 

If you want a book that will cheer you up, or just put you in a better mood I would totally pick this one up. The commentary and stories in the book will resonate through you. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Made You Up Book Review!

This book captured my attention by the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?! I absolutely adore it. The story is a little different that my usual pick: The heroine, Alex, is a schizophrenic, thus making her quite a unreliable narrator. But fear not! That should not turn you off to the story - you will fall in love with Alex. She is awesome and her snark will make you crack up. I was worried she would be hard to connect with, but you will easily make a connection with her. You will feel for her and make you empathize for those who deal with this illness. Most people know the logistics of schizophrenia, but actually reading the story from the perspective of someone having it will opens your eyes. Of course this is just a story, but even just imagining living with something like this will help others to understand.

The story was itself was about Alex who has transfer at the start of her senior year of high school since she had to leave her old high school. At her new school she is required to do community service and ends up making friends with her community service group. The boss of the group, Miles, is an intriguing character, and it takes awhile for us to learn more about him. Along with the normal hub bub of high school and the drama that come with it - she has to also try and figure out what is real and what is a hallucination. Armed with her camera, Alex will take pictures of things so she can later look back at them and see what was truly there - after the hallucination fades. Alex starts to notice that she is less paranoid her hallucinations are less frequent when she’s with Miles, and they start to form a bond that benefits the both of them.

Some parts of the story were hard to determine if they were real or not. Sometimes I would believe it to be one way, and then find out later that it was the complete opposite. Most of the plot twists I did not see coming and I wish I did just so I was not so shocked! The major shocker! Gah! I wish I could talk about it. Anyways I could not put this book down, it was so hard to do anything else, but read it until the end. I read this on my Kindle, and I’m contemplating buy the physical copy because I loved it so much. 

P.S. I Still Love You Book Review!

First and foremost: if you are reading this, and you know if there will be a third book to this current duology please let me know! I am crossing my fingers that there will be another one. The ending leaves it that it could just be the end, or Ms. Han could write another book. I’m hoping for another. :) P.S. If you have not read the first book, there will be some spoilers for you since I’m reviewing the second book. You’ve been warned! :D

So this is the sequel of Jenny Han’s book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I loved the first book and I loved this one as well. The family setting that Han creates makes me feel involved with Lara Jean and Kitty’s life. I honestly wish I had an older sister who would bake me snickerdoodles just because I loved them and it would be a surprise when I woke up the next morning. 

There’s trouble in paradise for the new love birds. That romantic hot tub scene in the first book? It’s been put out online and everyone at Lara Jean’s high school has seen it. Not only that, but Peter has been in contact with Genevieve again which only makes Lara Jean (and me!) question Peter and what he’s really doing. 

Not only is this all happening to poor LJ, but her fifth letter finally makes it way back to here from Mr. John McLaren Ambrose, who you get to actually meet and interact with and he is such a gentleman, not to mention infatuated with LJ. 

Lara Jean started off still so naive in this book, but you see her grow and come into her own throughout this book and she finally learns what she wants. To be honest, Peter treated her like garbage at parts, and yet she believed in him. I personally would have been so over him if he treated me like that. However, Han is able to capture what real relationships are like: there are major bumps in the roads, and no relationship is perfect. 

Not to forget about Kitty, but she is so spunky and full of fire, and I absolutely adore her. She kept me laughing throughout the book with her little antics and plotting. LOVED IT. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Queen of Shadows Review!

Wow these books and characters have evolved and matured so much since Throne of Glass. In case you forgot, in the previous book Aelin was tasked as the King’s Champion to assassinate Wendlyn’s royal family, and to steal naval defense plans as well. I really liked this book, not as much as the first one though. As the series has progressed, the story has gotten darker and you start to get a thorough understanding of the characters.

To be honest, in its predecessor, I disliked reading the Manon/Blackbeak Coven chapters. I just thought it was to take up space and help move the plot along only a little. However, in this book you learn so much more about the Blackbeak Coven, and Manon herself. The character development for her from last book to now is huge. She is juggling how to be a leader while also keeping some semblance of morals, which may even mean going against the Matron’s wishes. She actually turned into my favorite character for this book. I literally cannot wait to see what happens with her in Book 5. 

Aelin is still her badass self and has her quirky/funny lines. She is still grappling with Sam’s death, but she is able to get some closure in Queen of Shadows. She is such a sneaky thing! You would see her coming back in the middle of the night and we, the readers, would not even get a real explanation about what she was doing. Sarah Maas made us wait until the climatic end to bring in all the loose ends and WOW. So many unexpected things came together in the end. 

I was so happy that Rowan made an appearance in this book because he is such an awesome character (not to mention a good influence on Aelin). The twist with Lysandra was quite unexpected, but it was enjoyable.