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Isla and the Happily Ever After by: Stephanie Perkins
(third book in the Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy)
Synopsis: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
Alright... review time!! If given the option, I would give this book hundreds upon thousands of stars. In the past year or two, I have read a lot of contemporary romance books. Out of all of them, I have never read any that even compare to Stephanie Perkins writing. She is so unbelievably talented. She somehow is able to have the perfect combination of romance, comedy, and deep soul searching in all her books and it absolutely takes my breathe away. While reading Isla, I laughed, screamed, cried, giggled, and fangirled... I basically experienced every emotion possible. I applaud Miss. Perkins for that. If you haven't read her books.... you really need to sort out your priorities. :)
**Do not read past this point if you have not read this incredible book. You will be SPOILED**
Isla and Josh..... I honestly did not expect to love these characters as much as I did.
Isla: Wow.... I think I have to say that she is my favourite girl to read about from the series. It had nothing to do with that fact that she was a better person or because she was funnier or anything like that. It was because I could relate the most to her out of all of them. Like myself, Isla reads a lot and loves to learn. She's at the top of all of her class and because of that she puts a lot pressure on herself. People always think that being the smartest kid in the class is easy and that they have it a lot easier. Sometimes thats not the case. Its hard to always have people judging you, always expecting your best and if, God forbid, you mess up once, they will never let you forget it. I loved that fact that Isla was quiet about her successes and that she was more reserved. Truthfully though, I think the main reason I really connected with her was because of her insecurities. She looked at herself and questioned why she was special. Why anyone would love her. What her purpose was. She was in a really place and she was able to pull herself out of it and I really look up to her for that.
Josh: This dude was FREAKIN ADORABLE. Like why can't I go to school with guys like this? Gahhhh. I think one of the main things I look for in male characters (and guys in everyday life) is someone who has a passion. Not just someone who enjoys sitting on the couch and has a passion for alcohol shopping, but someone who has a passion for something that can alter your opinion on the world. Examples: literature, cinematography, nature, photography and in Josh's case, art. Yes, his sexy grin, flirtatious charm and jokes were amazing and had me giggling and dying inside but I think it was those moments when Josh saw beautiful architecture or talked about a book that I really fell in love with him. The effect that his mural in the tree house had on Isla was beautiful and the way Josh traveled to his own place and got in his "art zone" was gorgeous. His love for the magic of art made me fall in love with him.
I absolutely LOVED the setting, plot twists and especially, the dialogue! All the characters are freaking hilarious and just amazing. And that ending..... just slayed me! Josh's graphic novel both broke my heart and mended it all at the same time. Also, when Anna, Etienne, Lola, Cricket, Meredith, Isla and Josh all go together at the end of the book.... BEST ENDING EVER! The proposal. I in no way, shape, or form saw that coming! Beautiful and in my opinion, a genius way to give readers the closure we needed!
I seriously can't get over this book and I highly doubt that I ever will. Perkin's writing is always something that I can come back to for a pick me up and I will definitely be rereading this book in the near future! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with you opinions and perspective on this masterpiece of a novel! :)
Panic by: Lauren Oliver
Synopsis: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Alright.... review time!
Im not really sure how I feel about this book... Im stuck somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating.
Y'all should know that Im a HUGE Lauren Oliver fan. Like 100% obsessed with her writing which is why Im really confused. Ive heard a lot of mixed reviews about this novel so I was totally stoked to read it for myself. It was a lot different then I thought it would be. Truthfully, I was a little disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, I still really liked this book. I was just expecting a 6 star book.
I think the thing that really grabbed me the most was the storyline and plot. I think that Panic is so unique and there are so many stories that could be make from this idea. I loved the intense events the characters had to participate in. I did find that it was a little hard to believe that it was only this specific years Panic game that caused the cops to get involved though. I liked the action and the switch between the characters perspectives.
I am sorry to admit though, I wasn't the biggest fan of the characters. I think that is the main reason why I didn't fully connect with this book. I didn't find that the characters were that deep. I guess what Im trying to say is that I didn't find them to memorable. I didn't understand why they did things or acted in specific ways. I didn't really care what happened to them, I just wanted to know who would win. The only character that I really felt a connection with was Heather because I felt bad about her home life. I give her a lot of credit for just taking her sister and leaving. I hated Nat and I felt like she was a bit of a brat. Dodge was ok I guess. Its admirable that he was trying to get revenge for his sister but he should have been there to support her, not ruin someone else's life. I did like Bishop though! He was cute and it was nice to see how much he cared for Heather.
I could go on and on about this books pros and cons. I liked the plot and the small town feel etc, but I just didn't connect with the characters! Maybe my opinion will change once I reread some parts and think about it more but as of right now, Im disappointed that I didn't like it more.
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with your opinion and perspective on this novel! :)
The Ring and the Crown By: Melissa de la Cruz
Synopsis: Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.
But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.
Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.
Alright... review time! This was a very....... interesting read. I honestly don't know how to describe it besides saying its "interesting". Truthfully, it was like the Soap Opera "The Young and the Restless" in the 1900s. Let me give you an example, I came down stairs and my mom asked me how my book was and I replied with this:
"Ohh yes, its really interesting mom! This one girl, Isabelle just ran away to marry her like second generation cousin removed and then he was murdered and she found out she was pregnant and she doesn't know if its her ex husbands (the prince who basically sexually abused her) or if the kid is her perverted uncle's. He used to sexually assault her as well, you see??"
It was in that moment that I realized that maybe there was like 7 too many plot twists thrown into this book. haha! This novel switches between 5 or 6 points of view which was also very hard to follow. I loved the magic and the role that the merlins and magic people played in society but the relationships between the characters really lost the book some major points. I really think that one of the main things that angered me about this book though, was the fact that none of the couples ended up together. Like I had to read through 300 pages of all the love triangles and forbidden romance and dramatic SOAP stuff and its all for NOTHING! *facepalm*
I really enjoyed the world in which this story took place and i liked the characters (although I couldn't really relate to them) but Melissa de la Cruz really needs to calm down with the plot twist and drama. I honestly felt like I should have had a pen and paper and been taking notes to keep track of it all...
Okay! Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with you opinions and perspective in this novel!! :)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows By: JK Rowling
Synopsis: Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing - if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfill the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
The epic finale to an epic series.
I finished rereading this about 2 days ago I believe. I am still having difficulties gaining a coherent thought. Like honestly, these books are so vast, detailed and intricate, its impossible to cover all everything. I think most importantly, I want to say thank you to the wonderful JK Rowling. Thank you for giving me something to identify with. Thank you for creating characters that I could relate too. Thank you for giving me a world unlike anything any one has ever seen. Thank you for writing something that helped make me the way I am today.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.
I will ALWAYS be a fan of these books. I will ALWAYS strive to be brave like a Gryffindor, kind like a Hufflepuff, smart like a Ravenclaw and ambitious like a Slytherin. I will ALWAYS value my friends and do my best to support them in everything they do. I will ALWAYS stand by what I believe in and not let people push me around. I may be a muggle, but I will ALWAYS have the heart of a wizard. Thank you.
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with your opinion and perspective on this book! :)
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