Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)
By Cecelia Ahern
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Love, Rosie was originally published as Where Rainbows End, hence the above^. The title of the book changed when it was adapted into a movie featuring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. It took me a lot longer to read this book than other books, granted the size may have intimidated me a little. One of the awesome things about this book is that it is written as letter, email, IMs and text messages, which was definitely something that I haven’t come across yet. The book was long, the storyline intricate, and the characters took a little longer to get to know as we never truly know how they feel just how they tell people how they feel, which leaves the dialect up for interpretation.
Yes, Rosie made a few poor life choices, but when she was strong when it was needed most and always put her daughter’s needs before her own, even if it temporarily prevented her own happiness.
Alex…. I have no idea what he was doing half the time, Do I love her? Don’t I lover her? Please make up your mind I’m getting whiplash here.
I rated this book three hearts because whilst I did enjoy it, it seemed to drag on a little. The timeline makes sense and everything happens for a reason and it answers most questions that I would have had, but I wasn’t completely hooked so it seemed to take forever to finish.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for an adult contemporary, who is ready to commit to this book, because you will need to. If you don’t feel that you have the time or could make the commitment a movie has been made, so feel free to watch it instead. If you have read the book and are yet to watch the movie, be prepared because the timeline is seriously different to the book’s and certain “significant” events don’t happen. I’m not saying don’t watch it, I’m saying be prepared.
Below I have some more of my thoughts on Love, Rosie.
The DUFF (The Designated Ugly Fat Friend) By Kody Keplinger
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Hmm, what to say… I’m really looking forward to the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed The DUFF, the premise of which the book is based on, not so much, but Kody Keplinger did an awesome job with this book. The DUFF told a really compelling story about Bianca, a 17 year old high school student, whose life is seemingly falling apart. It does not take Bianca long to realise that Wesley Rush, the popular jock, is the perfect escape.
I can’t say that I related to Bianca as much as I thought I would, but I did find myself relating to her in some ways. Bianca is funny, sarcastic and not afraid to stand up for herself.
Wesley Rush… Wesley changes a lot as a person throughout the novel. I did not find him as repulsive as Bianca did, then again I don’t think that I was supposed to. Whilst he was annoying and completely insensitive at times, he wash;t such a bad guy the more we got to know him and the more he got to know Bianca.
Although I did enjoy this book, it only got 3 hearts because whilst the characters were funny I did not relate to them as much as I have with other characters. I will definitely read other books by Kody Keplinger, as it was written well. I won’t say don’t read it, because I did enjoy it, so read it if you would like. From what I can tell from the trailer of the movie, I think the story line is going to be quite different to the book’s, but I don’t know maybe they left out all of the major things of the book.
By Melissa Landers
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I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf for quite some time now, but I finally got to it and was pleasantly surprised. It took me two days to read this and that was only because I was feeling tired. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but this is the first alien book that I have read and liked.
I was completely hooked after the first couple of chapters. The concept of an alien exchange program sounds and was awesome – for the book, if we have one I don’t know how I’d react. At the start I wasn’t a huge fan of Aelyx, he was arrogant and annoying, but as the book progressed and Aelyx settled in we started to see who he really is. Aelyx’s character development was huge and completely crucial, if he had stayed the same throughout the book I don’t know that I would have liked it as much. Cara grew on me as well, in the beginning I wasn’t a huge fan of her, but her loyalty and relationship with Aelyx swayed me.
I gave Alienated 4 hearts, because whilst I enjoyed it I didn’t relate to the characters as much as I would have liked, but then again I’m not too sure how I would react if an alien were staying with me. At the end when everything is supposed to ‘go down’ as such, I was disappointed the realisation of who the Humanist was and how things were dealt with was not as intense as I was expecting; you wait for this big show-down and it lasts two pages. Seriously? Oh well, aside from those minor details the book was good.
If you’ve already read Alienated I’d like to know what you thought, if you haven’t you should pick up a copy 🙂
Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins
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The FEELS! Oh My Gosh. I don’t know what else to say, this book… it was perfection. If you’ve seen my review for Anna and the French Kiss you know how much I loved that book and Lola is just as great as Anna and honestly at the moment there is no way that I can pick a favourite. I would however like to retract my previous comment about not crying a lot; I couldn’t stop, it didn’t matter if they were driving from work home, I was teary, either from happiness or sadness, it doesn’t really matter. Stephanie Perkins I think you broke me.
I related to Lola more than any other character so far, except I don’t have a Cricket, not yet at least. Lola was fun, enthusiastic, original and had so much self confidence, which are all things that I admire in female characters – who wants to read about a dull, boring girl who lets everybody walk all over her… OK, so I might be inclined if it’s a story about her growing as a person, or if it’s got other great characters, but that’s not the point – I love Lola’s idea of never wearing the same thing twice, always being different and a stand out.
Cricket …swoon… was so cute and amazing. I really liked Cricket Bell and there were very few times when I did not like him. He clearly cared for Lola and he never did anything to really try and hurt Lola. There’s not too much I can say without spoiling anything, so for more of my opinion of Cricket you’ll have to continue into the spoiler section.
As previously stated I can’t say that I did not enjoy one part of this book, I loved it! What I am going to say is that if you have not yet read this book what are you doing? And if it is on your shelf but you have not read, go, pick it up, open it, and fall into Lola and Cricket’s world, you’ll love it I promise.
**Spoilers** Continue reading
Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi
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This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now, but I finally picked it up and I’m really glad that I did. The writing is different to anything else I’ve ever read, there are lots of
cross outs and repetition is used frequently. Not that it was bad, just different.
The cover. I don’t know what to say. The cover on the left is the original and the pretty one on the right is the revised cover. The original one is… shiny. That might possibly be the one thing that I like about it. I adore the new one and it matches the rest of the book covers in the series. I’m not too sure how either covers relate to the book, but at least they’re pretty – at least the new one is.
Juliette, the protagonist, can kill people by touching them, which kind of sucks for her, and by kind of I mean completely. Throughout the book Juliette discovers things about herself that she didn’t know before, but I think that in the second book, Unravel Me, she will discover a lot more than she did in Shatter Me. Before I finish this part I would like to say that I did not see the book ending the way it did and if you have already read the book I think you know what I mean.
I gave Shatter Me 4 hearts because I thought that the story and writing to be unique and I really enjoyed reading it. It didn’t quite make 5 hearts because there were very brief moments when nothing was really happening and there wasn’t as much character development as I was expecting for some of the characters (Yes I’m talking about you Warner).
I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to read something a little different. I have tagged this book under adventure, because throughout the book Juliette goes on an adventure in some sense, she goes places she has never been before and there are intense moments filled with action. Even if action and adventure isn’t your cup of tea, there is romance throughout the book and if it still isn’t appealing to you how about the fact that she can kill people just by touching them? Interesting right?
By Anna Banks
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This is the first mermaid book that I have read in a long time and I really enjoyed it. The story is very fun, interesting and easy to read, as soon as I started reading Of Poseidon I was hooked. This book got me out of a bad book slump, which I am grateful for.
The characters are easy going, with the exception of Rayna who is very ambitious. Galen is the mysterious hottie, Emma the not so normal teenage girl and Toraf who stirs up trouble. Toraf would have to be my favourite character so far, but Galen is a close second.
Lets talk book covers. The cover depicts a girl underwater heading for the surface and the white dress she is wearing reveals that she has human legs, suggesting that she is not a mermaid. The cover is almost grayscale, which can be a bit boring, but the pink in the title brings out the blue a little bit. It relates to the story, but the cover art could have been brighter.
I only gave this book 3 hearts because whilst I enjoyed it, if I had read this when I wasn’t in a book slump I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much; although that’s just because compared to the other books I read the storyline is a lot less complex.
All up I liked this book, it doesn’t quite make my favourites but it definitely isn’t at the bottom of that list. If you are having trouble finding a book that you can just sit down and read I recommend try reading Of Poseidon, it worked for me and hopefully it will for you 🙂
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
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I love my Greek mythology, so I was bound to enjoy this book. I’m not proud to say that I watched the movie before I read the book, but when the movie came out I was like ‘Awesome! A movie about Demigods, cool’ not realising that there was a book. So I eventually got the series and here we are now.
I enjoyed this book; there could have been more to it, but given that it is aimed to a younger audience it was quite good. The plot and characters were interesting and the fact the it was follows a boy who is “troubled” but thinks nothing much of it, until he finds out that he is a demigod. It was good because you weren’t thrown into an already existing world; you learnt about it at the same pace as the main character.
Due to me having seen the movie first (oops) whenever I picture Percy I see an eighteen year old boy, not a twelve year old and when I picture Annabeth I see a brunette with blue eyes, opposed to her blonde hair and grey eyes. Not that the physical description of the characters is their most important trait, but still…