Sunday, August 7, 2016

I'll Give You The Sun



Title: I'll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Standalone

Genre: contemporary, romance, lgbt, realistic fiction, coming of age


Rating: 5/5
(I'd give it a 6 or a 10 or a million really)




Goodreads description: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.


Review: I'll Give You the Sun more like I'll Give You the PAIN

This book was one of the ''I heard so many good things about it, I hope it's not for nothing''. And I was not disappointed!! The whole book was so beautiful and interesting from start to finish. It is a phenomenal story with very realistic characters and events.

The story was amazing with the beginning with Noah's POV. When in the next chapter the POV changed it took me a few pages to adjust to Jude. 

 The two twins seem so different from each other, but through the story I could see exactly how similar they actually are. 

They both, at some point of the story, are the popular twin, the artistic twin, the (somewhat) sad twin, loving, in love, crazy, know-it-all, knowing (etc.) twin.

And I must admit, the author really knew when to change the chapters. It was always at the point where it was climatic and when I needed to know more, what happened next.

The events in the story remind me of many situations many kids and teens (and really, any person) nowadays go through. The falling outs and falling ins. The anxious situations, the confusions and denials, the love and hate, etc.

The great thing about the story is how one could see the consequences of an event. How it can change a person, if not a whole chain of characters. But not only the event, but also the course of time.

I loved the art element in the story. It was interesting to read about the artists and how they make their art. And I adored how Noah saw the world, it was so beautiful. 

Noah was definitely my favourite character. His view of people and the world, his asigning  of animals, and colors he used. His personality and good intentions. But he is not perfect, and that's what made me love him even more. And a great part in the story was that his sexuality wasn't forced. He was confused, he tried to deny it, but in the end he was like ''Yeah, I'm gay. And I'm soo  in love with him.'' and that was cool. It was hard, but it was so easy as well.

I cried a lot while reading this book, I also laughed a lot. And it really made me think. The book's been a bunch of pages full of realisations and OHHs and AHHHs. It hurt me, it broke me heart, and it also mended it. It's been a crazy rollercoaster. And dive off of cliffs as well.

I could've seen many things in the book coming, but I was so sucked into the story that I didn't think about what could be and will be. So many things were big explosions in my face.

 I cried and cried and not just because it was sad, but also because it was happy and beautiful. It was so beautiful.



 Quotes:

  “Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before - you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

 “I gave up practically the whole world for you,” I tell him, walking through the front door of my own love story. “The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.” 
“I love you,” I say to him, only it comes out, “Hey.”
“So damn much,” he says back, only it comes out, “Dude.”
He still won’t meet my eyes.” 

“His soul might be a sun. I’ve never met anyone who had the sun for a soul.”  

“People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn't. It continues and is ever-changing.”

“Sometimes you think you know things, know things very deeply, only to realize you don’t know a damn thing.”  

“We wish with our hands, that’s what we do as artists.” 

Ugh! There's just soo many good quotes!! People, if you haven't, read this book!






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pivot Point





Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West

Number in series: 1

Genre:fantasy, sci-fi, romance, paranormal


Rating: 5/5

Goodreads description: Knowing the outcome doesn't always make a choice easier...

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through... and who she can’t live without.

Review: Favefavefave

After reading The Distance Between Us I had to read something else by Kasie West. And let me tell you, I am not disappointed.

Sure, this story might not be a good read to some people, but I was delighted. 

The story follows a young girl, Addison/Addie, who has a superpower. But no, she is not the only one, she is not 'the chosen one'. She lives in a place, a town, where everyone has some kind of superpower (they're all, as I realized, mind powers). 

Addie has the power called divergence, which means that when she has a choice to make, she can see into her own future and choose what decision is better. 

When the story really starts, Addie has to make a choice, with which parent, who are getting a divorce, will she live. One simple choice can make a huge difference. 

I get why some readers might not like it, the both choices lead to very similar paths. Both are with a love interest and the life of her friend at home is kind of similar, bad.

But that was actually something I really liked about the story. It showed how one choice can make a huge impact on our lives, but at the same time it's not that different either way. 

Sure, that there is love in either choice can be a little dull to some, but there's love all around in real life as well.

I loved the story. The life Addie lives. But at the same time, it's so sad. Having to choose one path, even though the other is better for you. At some point I knew what path she'd have to choose, and it was destorying me. How it must've felt for her is so heartbreaking. I hated it. I was crying from the moment I realized it to the very end. I loved the path with her father, it was so good, so wonderful for her. But of course, since authors have to make everyone miserable, it didn't end heappy for Addie, nor for me (honestly, I'm still so upset, and I want to cry just thinking about it).
 
I loved Trevor (he definitely ended up on my fictonal boyfriend list). He is everything I could ask for, I guess. He's sweet, charming, clever, talented, so loving, etc. Duke, he was okay, until some point. Sure, he had some charm himself, but I don't trust popular football players that 'fall in love' with 'common girls'. I just don't (at least not in books/TV shows/movies…. Until I have a reason to trust them…..). 

I liked that her best friend, even though she was kinda loyal and ...stuff, drifted away from her and betrayed her. It just seemed realistic to me. But at a point in the story, I did have some hatred for her *insert crying emoji* *whispers while crying: Treevoooorr*.

The thing I missed in the book is more history, more getting to know the world and how it all works. Nothing more than how the were using moe of their brain (the powers) was explained. And I'd really love to know more about the world where humans with mind superpowers live.

I really want to read the sequel, and find out whether they get together or not, but I'm afraid that I won't find out that soon.
 

Quotes:

“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.”  


“I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.” 

“Just promise me something. If this is a Search and you don't pick me, don't pick this path, for whatever reason, promise me you won't Erase me.” (CRYINGCRYINGCRYING)

“My bookcase is all yours."
I walked to the door. "I've just decided that those are my favorite five words in the world.” 


“Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, ..., not the truth.” 


Have you read Pivot Point? Thoughts? Duke or Trevor?
Did you like one better than the other the whole time through, or did your change your mind throughout the book?
 



Friday, July 29, 2016

The Host



Title: The Host 
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Number in the series: 1 
Genre: Sci-fi, romance


Rating: 4/5☆


Goodreads description: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.



Review: Silver aliens, NOT shiney vampires!

Disclaimer! I have not read The Twilight Saga, so I can't and won't compare the works (except in the review title…sorry about that…), nor talk about this book better or worse based on my 'liking' of the Twilight Saga. 

The Host was a very interesting read. At first, I was frightened by the size of the book! A bit over 600 pages, and such tiny font! 

When I started reading the book, I thought it was a standalone, so the 600 pages were justified, but when I was like ¾ into the book, I realized (googled) that it was a series. For a second, darkness fell in front of my eyes. And even after reading the book (which I quite liked), I'm not sure if a series is necessary. Right now, I don't know what the rest is about, if it continues where the first book left off, or if they're in different POVs… But I'm also not sure if they're necessary… I don't know if I'll read them, or like them…

The beginning was… kinda… dreadful. But I think that that is like in almost every book (like this, serialized, I guess), the getting to know the world, the characters (and not to mention that I was still scared of it…). 

I don't think I gave the rating that high because I believe the book it a masterpiece, but because lately, I've been rating books by how they make me feel. The ones that a dreadful throughout the whole book, or the ones that the main character is so unbelievebly stupid (or at least their decisions), those book will not get a high rating.

But books that make me think, love the characters, the world, that make me feel, those books will get a high rating. And that's the case with The Host.

The Host is a book with an unique (kinda dystopianish) world. Aliens invaded Earth. They are taking humans and…… living, in their (our) bodies. 

The story follows a unique perspective, the alien. At first, it was a bit weird and I needed to adjust, but later on it was a great reading experience. 

In the beginning it was a bit hard to get into the main character, Wanderer. Probaby because she's an alien. But later on, I developed quite a liking for her. She's kind, always tries to do the right thing (what she thinks is the right thing at the time) and she's innocent in so many ways.

Being in somebody else's body can be a real bummer, living their life, seeing their memories, and having the actual person stuck in our head… Wanderer had quite the life…

The body Wanderer was in is named Melanie. And she wouldn't go down not fighting. At first I was pro Melanie, but later in the story I thought I was pro Wanderer. In the end, I realized, I was pro both. Both of them had the right to live, to have a body and a life. And at the end of the book, when Wanda made a big decision, a decision so save Mel, I knew I really liked the book. The self-sacrifice was the best thing that could've happened to the book, I think. But the end (the not dying...), I don't know. I'm happy that a lot of pain was avoided, but… I know that it was important for the series to go on, I guess, but…

I didn't like the new body, to be honest. I know it suites her, and again, is important for the story, but it was such a big change… 

I liked the characters and the motive of love. Although some of the love (triangles) were kinda awkward sometimes, but they were understandable. They might not be pleasant to some readers, and I could see many quitting the book because of them. The love towards Jamie, on the other hand, was so innocent, so pure. And it was a love I haven't read about in a while.

I loved Ian's character! At first he had a minor role and, frankly, he was an absolute arse. But he had a huge development dose through the book. And I though it was amazing. By the end he was one of the most important character, and such a sweetie.

And although I have respect and understanding of Jared, he was an arse till the end. Which was good for the story. He wasn't badly written at all.

But I did hate the big age difference between Jared and Melanie. It was one of the stupider things in the story, and unnecessary. Was is just because of one scene? I think the scene could've still made the cut even with a smaller age difference.

The whole scenary, the places were great of written value. Even if some might be impossible.

Death in these kind of books is a must, and I was saatisfied with the number of them (although one was avoided, I don't think it made me that happy…. Sorry Wanda). The number wasn't too high, maybe a bit low, but all in all, it was fine.

The amount of crying was on point as well.


Quotes:

“It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.” 

“Jealous, O’Shea?"
"Actually… I am.” 

“Even if we all want you here, you don't belong until you decide you do.”