If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Wow. Just Wow. I don’t think that any words I could think up would be as beautiful as the one’s used throughout the book, Gayle Forman is a genius, but I’ll try and do my best. It was amazing, I loved everything about it. I even loved the fact that it made me cry and cry with pure distress.

The plot was brilliant, the characters perfect and the general feel of the book was just plain moving. I loved how you almost watched Adam and Mia’s relationship developed, how it felt like you were there with Mia, experiencing everything she experienced. I must admit that I was rooting for them from the beginning, but that’s probably just because I’m a hopeless romantic.

Yes, the beginning was sad, and heartbreaking and I don’t doubt that many of you will be suffering from severe emotional scarring for the larger part of your lives. However if it wasn’t sad then it wouldn’t have been quite so perfect, the book needed that solid hit of emotion that engaged it’s readers right from the start. But then again,  I probably would have read it anyway.

I think the most brilliant thing about was that although it had nothing to do with the supernatural or paranormal it still gave you that feel of something magical. The film was great as well, the actors deserve a pat on the back for it, all of their performances were truly inspirational.

Again, I don’t have the word’s to say just how amazing this book is, but I don’t think I have to say it. Because everyone who has reas the book will be thinking the same thing. Wow.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

It may not have been the best written book, but, like these things so often happen, I couldn’t put it down. As a result of this is sat stationary for the whole day, and by the end I couldn’t even feel the pins and needles!

The book itself was a cross between the TV reality show ‘the bachelor’ and a modern fairytale, minus the fairygodmother and just about everything else that make’s it a fairytale. The characters where engaging and likable, the female protagonist America Singer was strong and brave, not to be outwitted by the rules of society.  I think the thing that draws most people to this story is that every little girl secretly want’s that fairytale, and through Cass’s writing you can kind of experience that.

Though Prince Maxon was not the average teen romance love interest, he was good enough, funny sometimes, though probably not intentionally. It may not have been the best book I have ever read, but I would still advise to anyone who just want’s to slob out and read for a day or two.

Paper Towns

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Loved it. In a way, kind of hated it but in a good way. Might I just say. maybe for the hundredth time, John Green is a genius. I was hooked from the very beginning. Even though the beginning kind of pegs it up for a murder mystery, with nine year old Margo and Q discovering the dead man, it is not like that at all. It’s like a coming of age, romance, finding yourself novel all rolled into one big mystery.

The characters are vibrant and real, none of them are perfect and each of of them have their own pathetic flaws which makes the reader connect with them on a more human level. But maybe it’s because of these flaws that you grow to care about their well being so much, what will happen to them, whether they will get into their desired collage, or will they finally tell their highschool crush how they feel? All these are questions we ask our selves on a normal day, but somehow when put from the perspective of a beloved character, we forget about our own problems and start caring about theirs.

It was unbelievably funny, I laughed until my sides hurt, and then, unable to stop, I laughed some more. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE part was when Margo takes Q on an ‘all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow’ . I am being completely honest here when I say that that was one of the funniest things I have ever read, seriously the thing with the fish, LEGENDARY.

I did get incredibly annoyed with the fact that Ben kept calling girls ‘Honeybunies’, although I think that that was intentionally sexist, at least I hope. I was drawn to the way that Margo starts off as this almost, for loss of a better word, fictional character, and gradually as Q follows the clues she has left him, he begins to catch desperate glimpses of the real Margo. The one that has hidden for so long underneath this facade of adventures and miracles, of bravery and fame, the real Margo isn’t a miracle isn’t some mystical magical being that no one can touch who has in her possession the perfect life, but is instead the equivalent of most young adults her age, scared, searching for a way out, wanting everyone to notice her, to make her the center of attention in all of their worlds even if she doesn’t know it. The real Margo is nothing more and nothing less than a girl.

The ending, don’t worry no spoilers here, was although not perfect, strangely satisfying. I heard the other day that the movie is coming out next year, I am actually surprised about this because in a interview I read with John Green he said that he wasn’t sure whether or not he wanted Paper Towns to hit the big screen. I’m even more surprised about the cast choice for Margo …………. Cara Delevingne, I did not expect that and am not sure whether she is right to portray Margo or not, if you have an opinion on the cast choice or the book please comment below.

The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones

books      I have actually already read all the books, but I loved them so much that I decided to to an individual review for each of the six. Where to begin……….I did in fact read her sequel series ‘the infernal devices’ first, and read these because they were advertised on the back cover. But I have to say, I enjoyed this series so much more. I think that I can honestly say that it is my favorite series of all time, I love all the characters (especially Jace ;), and I got so wound up in them that whilst waiting for the last one to come out all I could think about was how it would end.

But as usual I’m getting ahead of myself, I think that it took me about a week to read it, and it may sound cliche but I could literally not put it down and spent long hours into the night reading or in most cases devouring the next chapter of Clare’s masterpiece. I was hooked. I almost shed a tear when Jace and Clary kissed on their way out of the greenhouse, I thought that it was so romantic and thoughtful and not in a corny way. I was rooting for those two from the very beginning. And yes, as you might have already guessed I re-read those few pages quite a few times before moving on.

When people hear the words Vampires and Werewolves in the same context they immediately connect them to the twilight saga. But let me assure you, although both series share the same genre they could not be more different. Although vampires and werewolves to feature in the books a lot the main focus is on Clare’s own creation the Shadowhunters, they are based on the legend of the Nephilim but in Clare’s spin of them they fight and protect the world from demons using an assortment of epic weapons I might add.

The story centers around protagonist Clary (Clarissa) Fray, having led a normal life for 16 years she is brought out of the thinly veiled lies that her mother has been spinning to protect her when she meets Jace, Isabelle and Alec at the club Pandemonium. As she see’s them killing what she perceives to be a normal human being she screams in an attempt to to stop what is in her view a blatant murder. Everything is not though, as she soon find’s out, always as it appears. Later that evening she receives a terrifying call from her mother, warning her to stay as far away from their small Brooklyn apartment as possible, not heeding her mums advice, Clary immediately run’s as fast as she can back to her small apartment. Only to discover that her mother is no longer there. What comes next is a Rollercoaster ride featuring Demons, Warlocks and plenty of romance.

I could carrying praising this book for a long time and still not be able to do it justice, so I will merely say, out of all the books I have ever read, this is the one I will always return to

 
‘Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?’  Clary
 ‘If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked’    Jace

Fallen by Lauren Kate

booksI got Fallen out of the library at school, well actually my friend picked it up and I was so drawn by the cover that I literally snatched it from her. The cover, proved right for once. I read all night, and, whilst I was exhausted for the next day of school, I was left with the inescapable  feeling of needing to read more.
   The beginning got of to kind of a slow start, but I didn’t mind that because it irritates me when books dive straight into the main plot rather than leading up to it. I felt immediately curious when Luce describes the feeling of recognition when seeing Daniel, and although the prologue mentions no names, it is written in such a way that you subconsciously begin linking almost every moment with the two of them back to that to try and make a connection.
   It may just be because of the fact that I am a hopeless romantic, but I thought that it was heartwrenchingly sweet and thoughtful, at some times passionate and tormenting, at others slightly frightening, but always exciting. I always felt a slightly pathetic twang in my heart whenever Daniel let Luce see a bit further through the armor he had built around himself. 
   There was a twist at the end that I never saw coming, the sort of thing that makes you grin with pleasure at your own stupidity. It was detailed, but not so much that made you skip pages and pages just to find out what happens in the ending. After reading it I immediately went and ordered the rest from the local library, but considering that I wanted to read them strait away I bought them from Waterstones instead. And I have to say, the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint, although the first book is significantly better than the other three.
   I believe that there is also a film coming out in 2015 of the Fallen, starring
Lucinda – Addison Timlin               Daniel – Jeremy Irvine        Cam – Harrison Gilbertson          ect

Divergent

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I read Divergent about six months ago after buying it whilst on holiday, I think it was one of those cases where you pick it up and you have to keep reading until you finish.

I LOVED it, it was so different to anything I have ever read. I felt sooo excited when Tris was about to chose her new faction. Veronica Roth might be one of the most amazing authors ever, I have to admit that I was completely obsessed with Fours character and guessed right at the beginning

SPOILER ALERT

that he was actually Tobias.

I thought that she described the fight scenes really well also, sometimes it’s hard for the writer to get the correct balance between action and everything else, but I thought that Veronica Roth got it just right. My heart literally stopped in some parts, and at others I laughed out loud, which is an achievment for a book to be able to do that because normally I find that I laugh more at the films than the books themselves. As well as this, and I am not ashamed to admit it, I did cry buckets by the end.

I saw the film a few months ago as well, actually it was the same day I finished the book that I went to see it, and was delighted with it. It was AMAZING and was actually incredibly similar to the book, which was lucky because I get so annoyed when the film completely ruins the book it is depicting. Shaileen Woodley played the protagonist, Tris, just as you would hope and Theo James, who played Four, was satisfyingly handsome, as well as being a great actor. I think that the second film Insurgent, is coming out soon and I can’t wait.

Word of advice, if you haven’t read the book, read it before going to see the film because even though the film is fantastic you still won’t obtain the same amount of interest in the book as you would if you were reading it without knowing the plot. READ IT, you’ll love it.

If you have read it, plz leave comments on what you thought about it below.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

I bought Abandon from a small charity shop near where I live, which just goes to show what a gem those small seemingly insignificant shops are. I read in one night, now I’m not sure if that shows what a good book it is, or that I just wanted to get to the end quickly.

I actually enjoyed it quite a lot, yeah at beginning it was incredibly confusing and I wasn’t sure when she was talking about what had happened to her a few years ago or what was happening now, but it was cleverly written and unique and I liked John Haydens character because he was a different, darker version of the over rated love interest that seems to dominate many YA books at the moment. I liked the fact that it was a modern spin off of the original Hades and Persephone story, all in all it was a pretty good a light read and I would advise it for anyone over 12.

Blood of Olympus….disappointment

blood of olympusOkay, I love the Percy Jackson books as much as the next person, but is it just me, or was this book kind of a downer? I mean I have been obsessed with these books for ages, I have grown to love and admire Percy and Annabeth, and in the last story ever……..THEY DON’T EVEN GET THEIR OWN CHAPTERS. What I thought was really misleading was the fact that on the front cover it explicitly say’s ‘Percy Jackson’s Final Battle Begins’, but in the actual book it’s not really his battle at all because he’s more like a background character.

I mean yeah, it was a great book, it was funny and exciting with enough emotion and facts about the gods, but I mean come on, was anyone else annoyed by the fact that they have spent four previous books leading up to the big fight with Gaia and in the end actually defeating her seems way to easy. Also it may sound pathetic but I kind of wanted it to be Percy and Annabeth that did something really heroic and stuff and in the book they don’t do anything heroic and are made out to look incredibly weak because they are always being rescued by the others, I know they just got back from Tartarus and they are still emotionally and physically scarred and what not, but come on, I’m sure that you wanted to read about some cool water power that he masters just as much as I did.

If you have anything to say about the book, plz comment below 😉

The Fault in Our Stars

the fault in our stars     I know what you may be thinking, the fault in our stars has been reviewed about a million times so what’s the point in telling us the same thing about it all over again? Here’s the point, this, is an AMAZING book, it’s not just about the typical boy meets girl romance which seems to feature in today’s fiction so much, but follows the story of a girl with a life threatening disease who is basically ready to give up and how she slowly becomes to enjoy life again.

Hazel Grace has cancer, and has never been anything but terminal. She reads the same book over and over again and spends her days tucked up in bed watching ANTM reruns, and to top it off her mum makes her attend a cancer support group that in all fairness she just can’t be bothered with, the story really begins when Augustus Waters turns up at this ‘dum support group’ and in the words of the great John Green himself is a ‘Gorgeous plot twist’ Hazels story is about to be completely re-written.

Yes, you may be crying buckets by the end, but this book will also make you laugh so hard your sides hurt. If you haven’t read then what are you waiting for?

Chocolat

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I read ‘Chocolat’ after watching the film with my mum, (great film by the way starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), usually I hate reading a book after seeing the film but surprisingly this book was an exception, for a couple of days I literally didn’t put it down. It’s basically about a young woman called Vianne Rocher set in France in the mid 1900’s, she moves to a small town called Lansquenet with her young daughter Anouk and sets up a chocolate shop called ‘La Celeste Praline’ directly opposite the church. The plot centers around Vianne and Father Reynaud, the village priest. He considers Vianne and ‘La Celeste Praline’ as a threat to the church considering as it has been opened in the middle of lent, and he immediately denounces her shop as the ultimate sin.

Joanne Harris has this ingenious way of hinting at something but not actually describing it, it’s unique and fascinating and will leave you craving chocolate!!