I've been waiting pretty much a year for this book. And it was worth that wait. After saying that though, HOW CAN I WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK? Sarah J. Maas is definitely one of my favorite authors. I love her books and her writing. There's just something that flows so elegantly with the way she writes. I love it. Seriously, Sarah could write a 1,000 page novel about Celaena going grocery shopping and I'd be hooked. Queen of Shadows is the fourth novel in the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas. No rhyme intended. This is a spectacular series, one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it to anyone. The books just keep getting better and better. Out of the four books, Queen of Shadows is definitely my favorite. So, if you don't like Throne of Glass, try Crown of Midnight (book 2) before completely giving up on the series. (I really hope you don't give up because I really love these books) to see my review of the first book, click- oh wait, on second thought, after reading that review and realizing it was terrible I'm not gonna link it. Just read that book! It's awesome. And the plot just keeps getting twistier and twistier! I love it! Anyway, this part of the review will contain no spoilers for Queen of Shadows, but no promises for any of the earlier books. So, pretty much what I'm saying is, if you have yet to read this series, go on! Pick up the first book, you'll rush through this book series faster than you'd ever imagine- it's that good.
Here's the synopsis for Throne of Glass (Book 1)
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
It's 10x better than it sounds. And Queen of Shadows is 10000x better then the first book. The characters in this book were, as expected on point. If not better than on point (can you get better than on point?) Celaena- or should I say Aelin has turned from a cocking assassin to a cunning and confident queen. I really enjoyed reading about her character and her story. Her point of view was definitely my favorite in this book. It still impresses me how cunning and strategic Aelin is. She's such a wonderful and great protagonist. Strong. Smart. Powerful. Everything you'd want in a protagonist. I just love Aelin. No matter what she does, I'll always love her. I'll always cheer her on, no matter what she's doing. Seriously, while I was reading this I started squealing and cheering whenever Aelin a. fought and won b. 's plans worked c. was awesome. So pretty much I was cheering the entire time. My sister thought I was either insane or dying. Honestly, I can't really say whether or not I'm insane.
If you do remember my Throne of Glass review, as bad as it was, you'd remember I was team chaol. But after I read the Assassin's Blade, I was totally team Sam. Even though he's dead. I really appreciated how much Sam was in this book. He had a lot more time in this one than the previous two. Honestly, in this book, Chaol was rather annoying. The thing is, I saw where he was coming from butI love Aelin so much I always have to be on her side- I found myself annoyed at Chaol quite a lot during this book. My feelings for Chaol are complicated to say the least. I don't dislike him but I don't like him too much right now, either.
Dorian, his point of views in this book were interesting. He was stuggling to remember and to take control.
Rowan, I have complicated feelings for that guy. I like him better as a friend for Aelin, not really a romance. But that's more of what he was this book. I don't really mind their romance but I'm still solidly team Sam. Forever.
Aedion. I. Love. This. Guy. And I still love him. Aedion and Sam. Those boys are my life in this book series. Aedion is a total babe. He's a spectacular fighter and loyal to a point. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, he's also drop dead gorgeous and half fae. True love. I'd take an Aedion any day.
Aedion and Aelin? Best family I've ever read about, probably. Though, I was disappointed at the smaller part Aedion took after Rowan showed up. (Gee thanks Rowan) Anyway, not team Chaol, anymore, now I'm team Galathynius! <3 And team Sam. Always team Sam.
Manon, I do remember last book I was disinterested in her. This book I found her more interesting and even began to like her more. It's just she's such a pushover and I really didn't appreciate it.
Anyway, this a fanastical book and I really feel that you should read it because it's probably one of my favorite books out of my favorite book series.
10/10 stars. This book is brilliant and I love it so so so so much. Seriously, I was in love with it by page one.
SPOILERS BELOW FOR QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Guys, I'd totally forgotten by Kaltain but I got really excited when she showed up in this book. I love seeing old faces. When will Nox show up again? I never thought that Kaltain would have any special powers like her shadow fire but I found that really interesting. The book leads you to believe that she died... but I'm not sure because you never actually get proof that she's dead. And in books, if there's not proof, you can never be sure. The thing is, she gave the key to Elide and was like only give this to Celaena Sardothien and I'm like... oh this might be complicated because now, Celaena is technically dead. Will that confuse Elide when she meets Aelin?
The relationship between Aedion and Aelin is beautiful and I love it. They're pretty much like brother and sister and it's really cute seeing them be with each other. I did wait a really long time to see it and it was worth it. I really loved how Aelin was worried Aedion would hate her because of what she'd done but she was willing to save him no matter what. And then Aedion thought Aelin would hate him for what he did and he was willing to sacrifice himself for her. *SCREAMS* THE FEELS. Their devotion to each other and their family / country is so beautiful. I did like the comparison that they were two sides of a coin. Also they're described as almost twins and yeah they are alike in looks as well as personality. They've both gone through hardships they're ashamed of, are strong fighters and can be ruthless if needed. When Chaol said he was almost afraid to see them together because of the team they'd make, I was just thinking, they'll make an unstoppable team. I LOVE IT. "Never. I could never be ashamed of you."
I loved how much Sam was mentioned in this book. I said that before but he has a lot more significance in this book than he did in the last ones. She wears his shirt to bed (I got so many feels for that) and she goes to his grave (Aw) and she avenges his death, (Major AW there)
Aedion's rescue was amazing. Very well planned out and very intensely exciting. "That was a spectacular rescue. Let's never do it again." Aedion is BAE.
Remember that quote- "You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too and that's what scares you most." I LOVED the follow up line to that in this book, "Let's go rattle the stars." That was great and well planned out.
I can't wait so see the next book with pretty much unlimited magic! <3
There's a lot of hype surrounding this book. As I've mentioned before, hype can ruin and book and sadly, I think this book was bit ruined by all the hype. I kept hearing how amazing this book was and blah blah blah. I had pretty high expectations. Sadly, I was disappointed. Snow like Ashes was rather cliche, now, I'm not against cliches, but sometimes over cliches can be quite annoying. I saw every 'plot twist' coming. During this whole book I was just dragging my feet along and waiting to be pulled into an excellent world with fascinating plot twists and characters. Nothing too interesting really happened. The protagonist, Meira, was very annoying. An annoying protagonist hardly ever leads to a fun book to read. She's pretty much always thinking about how much Sir must hate her and all when it's blatantly obvious that Sir loves and cares for her. UGH.
There isn't a beautiful amazing romance to fall in love with in Snow like Ashes. There's the cliche best friend thing and then there's a prince. The best friend I wasn't particularly interested in and well, the prince, the romance was way too fast to fall in love with. Fast paced romances may be the bane of my existence. A bit of a pet peeve of mine, I guess. If it's too fast paced no one can fall in love with it or grow particularly attached to it. It's hard to enjoy the relationship properly if you aren't attached to any of the characters.
I'm giving this book 5.8/10 stars. I was disappointed to say the least. I might continue this book series, but not any time soon.
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Could we just sit here and enjoy the covers for a bit? Please? They're gorgeous. I read Falling Kingdoms a couple months ago or so. Going into it, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was interesting because the first pages had a cast of characters. That was unusual for most books. This book series is said to be the 'young adult' version of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire since I haven't read those books, I can't exactly say I know whether or not they actually are but I am in the middle of binge watching the show, and I can see how they're kind of similar. I wasn't too interested for the most part while reading Falling Kingdoms, it wasn't until towards the end of the story that I got interested. One of the problems I've had reading this story was I only actually like two of the main characters- Cleo and Jonas. I find Lucia to be a spoiled, annoying brat and Magnus... well I had trouble liking him because he 1. tries to be heartless and 2. is in love with his sister. I totally supported that in the Mortal Instruments (yes I've read all the books) because they didn't grow up together but when they grew up together... egh. It wasn't until the third book that I actually started to get slightly interested in the boy's character. Slightly.
I like Cleo's character. Even though she doesn't have special powers like Lucia and can't fight as well as Magnus or evan Jonas, she's a strong protagonist. She fights in her own deceptive way and I appreciate that about her. In all honesty, even though I read all three of these books before even starting Game of Thrones, Cleo's character kind of almost reminds me of Sansa Stark. And since I like Sansa, it's a win win situation. George R. R. Martin, if you're reading this-which I doubt- I lied I do not like Sansa. In fact, Ramsey is my favorite character (Game of Thrones fans will understand why I just said that)
Jonas is my other favorite character. I didn't like him quite as much as I did Cleo, but I still liked him a lot more than Lucia. Jonas is a rebel. He becomes one after he sees his older brother murdered in cold blood. He seeks revenge. Revenge on who? Princess Cleo and her betrothed, Aron.
It's kind of funny because all during the first book I was just like, Yeah, Cleo and Jonas are totally going to be together. I have no idea why, maybe because I just liked both of their characters or maybe I liked the idea of the rebel and the princess. I would just think like oh yeah, they're totally end game and then Jonas would just be thinking of the incredibly painful way he was going to slowly kill Cleo for being responsible for his brother's murder and I would just think like, haha, no, it's just a stage.
Falling Kingdoms is a very fun read because it follows the very different lives of four very different people. When all these people come together and meet? Well, let's just say things don't go so well. And when things don't go so well, it gets real interesting.
My favorite of these three books is almost definitely the third book, though, it's pretty close with the second. These books just keep getting better and better as they go on, so if you don't particularly enjoy the first book, try the second. Don't just give up on the first. Pretty soon you'll be pulled into a world full of intrigue, romance, betrayal and plenty of action.
I'd give Falling Kingdoms 6.5/10 stars because it just started catching up at the end and by the end I was pretty interested in the world. Rebel Spring gets 7/10 stars it was quite enjoyable and by the time I finished, I was quite invested in the characters and plot. Gathering Darkness gets 8/10 stars, like I said, it's my favorite book out of the series so far. I highly recommend this book series, it's one of my many favorites.
Here's the synopsis for Falling Kingdoms:
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....
Here is another book I've avoided reading for a while. I don't really regret not reading it, but I'm glad I did read this book. Seph, the main character I found really annoying at times and at times the story did get a bit dull, but all in all it was a pretty good book. Not one that I'll be rereading anytime soon, though. Also, I will make no promises on when I'll read the Dragon Heir. I have it in my possession but feel no strong need or want to read it. Seph and a girl build up a relationship in this book. I personally thought that the relationship was very rushed and the girl, too was annoying. I guess her and Seph were meant for each other. Ha. It also felt like their relationship was rather random. Like halfway through the book the author was just like oh no! I forgot a romance, let's make a random girl up who'll fit well with Seph. I totally forgot the names from people in the Warrior Heir. Never the less, I got really excited when they were mentioned and even more excited when they came into the story. Though, I was disappointed in Seph because of the way he treated the Warrior Heir people. For those of you who've read this book, you'll understand this. There's this one thing that Seph knows he's been lied to about and really wants to know what it actually is. Seph is a clueless dumb butt because it was obvious to anyone with one eye what the answer to his question is. In fact, there wasn't much in this book that surprised me. All the things that seemed like they were supposed to be shocking plot twists I already saw coming miles away. That was a bit annoying but at the same time satisfying. It's good to know I haven't gotten rusty at reading into foreshadowing and hints the authors leave.
I'm giving The Wizard Heir 6.5/10 stars. It didn't quite reach the 7 star point, but towards the end it got a little more interesting. A little. If you found the Warrior Heir mildly interesting I'd recommend this story. It gets interesting enough towards the end.
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem: it's the trail of magical accidents - lately, disasters - that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control.
After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.
And here, my friends, is another book I avoided reading and ended up regretting doing so. Hex Hall was a very fun read. I really enjoyed it. I think I might've liked it better than Rebel Belle, though since I haven't read Rebel Belle in a while, I can't actually say whether or not that statement is really true. This book was a fun and light read, meaning that I was interested but could put to down and go to sleep without too much trouble. Well, for the most part of the book I could. Towards the end I'm not sure if I would've been able to put it down. For all y'all thinking that this is a rip off of Harry Potter. It is not. It's hardly like Harry Potter at all.
Sophie Mercer was a funny character. I felt a lot of second hand embarrassment from her, but it's okay. She's a protagonist that I like, which is good. She has a very determined personality and isn't willing to give up on her beliefs. A true rebel at heart.
Archer is a cutie. He's funny and sweet and can weird magic well. He's definitely a keeper. Though, it took a while for me to like him since his name is Archer and for some reason I don't find that name too attractive. (Sorry Archers reading this)
There are two big plot twists that happen in this story. The first I was not expecting and the second I was. Not entirely expecting what happened but something along the lines of it.
I'm giving this book a 7/10 stars. It was a really fun read. Especially since I love to read about supernatural beings, as you could probably tell from the other books I've read.
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
"When is there ever a right time to fully give your heart to another? There are always going to be obstacles. You just have to decide which ones are worth it."
Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favorite authors of all time. One of the most amazing things about her is that she writes a bunch of books and publishes them every year. Most authors only publish one or two books a year. In fact, Jennifer wrote these books- the Dark Elements and had it published in about a year. Amazing, huh? Like all of Jennifer's books, Every Last Breath was a fun, sarcastic and all together amazingly written book. The action scenes were on point and the romance was breath taking. Trust me, this series is not one you'll want to miss out on. The first book is called White Hot Kiss and it was released a little over a year ago. I can promise there will be no spoilers in this part from Every Last Breath but I can't promise it to be spoiler free for the previous two books. Now, if you've yet to read the first two books, I don't know what you've been doing but now you should go pick up the first book, White Hot Kiss from a bookstore near you.
"I'm not here. Nope. I'm not the awkward third party, having to witness you two eat each other's face."
Here's the synopsis for White Hot Kiss:
One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
"I still want to strangle you. But in the most loving way possible."
Anyway back to my review of Every Last Breath. It was not a let down from the rest of the books. Even though the book wasn't especially long, the ending didn't feel rushed. The book actually felt perfect, in the way it was written and how the story ended. If you didn't know, this book is different from any other book written. Why? Because Jennifer held a vote online between the two boys- Roth and Zayne and whoever was voted the most got chosen by Layla in this book. Obviously I'm not going to say who won, but I can tell you that Layla chose a lot earlier in the story than I suspected.
Every Last Breath is a thrilling and fantastic ending to the Dark Elements Trilogy. I'm sad to see it be over. I'm giving this book an 8/10 stars because it was a great book and I found myself satisfied at the end. Guys, guys, Gena Showalter wrote the blurb on the front! How awesome is that?
SPOILERS BELOW FOR EVERY LAST BREATH
I was almost positive Layla would choose Roth when I started the book. But then I started to feel a little more hesitant. I started worrying that maybe all that time I spent voting wouldn't mean anything and that maybe Zayne would win out. If that happened I'm not sure if I could finish the book. I feel that I'm kind of a bad person on the Zayne thing. Why? Because I was laughing joyfully as she told Zayne it wasn't him she loved and he got angry.
Aw when Layla came back and Roth and the familiars were ridiculously drunk? That was so great. Loved that scene. Having Layla and Roth together for the majority of the book was heaven for me. Yeah, heaven with the prince of hell. the crowned prince of hell.
I was laughing so hard when Thumper came out play.
"You... you have a...a pocket-size dragon?"
"Is it... stomping its feet?"
"He doesn't get out much."
"For obvious reasons."
"Alphas had Facebook Accounts?"
Yeah, and hell uses massive group text messages.
"Don't hate. Procreate." Best line of the book.
"You boinked Lilith."
HAHA the confrontation with Elijah was interesting. I wasn't exactly expecting that but then the Lilin saved Layla... and became Elijah. I was kinda sad we never really got to say goodbye to Sam, but that's how life is sometimes- you don't get to say goodbye.
"I think your mind just went into the gutter."
"Shortie, my mind exists there."
This is something I'm curious about, can familiars die? I thought we might see Bambi die in this book but... :( Bambi got taken away by that horrid witch coven. I can't believe that happened and whenever I think about it, it makes me increasingly sad. Poor Bambi. Hey, if Bambi killed the whole witch coven would that count as Roth backing out of his deal? Here's a bright spot- Layla and Roth have eternity to wait for the coven to die, then they can take Bambi back!
"Dumbass sighed. "I'm Robin. You know, your real familiar. Not the parasite who needs to go back to Daddy.""
Seriously, even though I dislike real tattoos- if I could get a familiar, I'd get a bunch. Yeah, I'd probably get some kittens and a dragon and probably a unicorn just to be awesome.... if familiars existed I'd be covered in tattoos...... Maybe it's a good thing they don't exist.
I found it surprising that Lilith saved Layla. Definitely was not expecting that one. Though, it's unclear if she did it to save herself or not I'm choosing to give Lilith the benefit of the doubt. Also, she did say she felt the purest form of love when she first held Layla so....
WHO THE HECK IS MORRIS?! He gives Roth the creeps and hangs out with the Boss.... I'm confuddled.
What a perfect book. I fell absolutely in love with the book and read it from start to finish in one sitting. So much for going to bed early (I started it at 11 PM). The characters were easy to fall in love with and so were the relationships. Better off Friends is a sweet story about Macallan and Levi and their struggles in their friendship. The book starts off with the question Can girls and boys be friends? Personally, I believe that yes, people of different genders can be friends. Some of my best friends are boys so... Anyway, I've been avoiding this book for a really long time. I bought it last fall but didn't read it until recently. I seriously regret that because there is not one part of this story that I did not absolutely love. The characters, the plot, the problems, the relationships, everything was just wonderful in this book. I want a friendship like Macallan and Levi have. Um, if any of my guy friends are reading this, sorry?
The realism in this story is amazing and makes it even easier to become attached to because you can relate to at least one of the situations that these two are put in. Better off Friends starts off when Levi moves to town in the 7th Grade. It shows how Macallan and Levi become friends and continues on until senior year. The story is told from both Macallan and Levi's perspective with little comments back and forth between the two of them in between the chapters. It's great. Very entertaining.
This book had me laughing out loud, feeling like I wanted to cry at times and making my heart churn for a relationship like the one Macallan and Levi have. I experienced so many different emotions while reading Better off Friends. Which is good, because that means the writer has done her job right.
"Mom, I don't know what's going on. She's locked herself in there. I think she's crying. I swear I didn't do anything." I was laughing so hard when this happened. Any girl and most boys reading this book will understand what happened but Levi was completely clueless.
I loved (as mentioned before) how real everything in this story felt. Both Macallan and Levi make mistakes. Sometimes big ones. It makes them human and a lot easier to understand/bond with.
The comments between Levi and Macallan between the chapters I enjoyed immensly, I'll share two of my other favorites in the spoilers section but I think this one doesn't spoil much. I mean, obviously they get feelings for one another in this story, so I don't see this as much of a spoiler. Even though I marked three of the in between comments, the rest are just as amusing. Actually, this one isn't amusing, it's just really cute.
On a scale of one to ten, how much of a pain was I after my injury? And please be honest.
Do you think I would hold back on you?
On a scale of one to ten? Thirteen.
Now I have a question for you. On a scale of one to ten, how annoyed were you that I was going to the dance with someone else?
Aww, if that isn't cute. What the heck do you find cute?
I'm going to share two of my other favorites in the spoilers below.
This story was definitely one to fall in love with. I highly recumbent it to any of you looking for a romance or trying to get out a book morning stage. It's a fun and cute read, yet very short. Only two hundred pages or so. Elizabeth is a fantastic writer, so much so that I had to buy another one of her books. Which I've already read and will post my review of soon.
For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.
Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?
From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?
This is after Macallan kissed Levi.
Still speechless, I see?
Give me a break, will you? There I was, pouring my heart out, when you attacked me. I usually refer to be taken out on a date first. At least buy a guy a slice f pizza before you take advantage of him. Especially if he's emotionally fragile.
Yes, poor you. You were being ridiculous sand that was the only think I could think to do to shut you up.
I really need to start talking more.
Are you blushing?
Um, what were we talking about?
How I'm the love of your life.
That was both cute and funny, which was pretty much how the whole book was.
Just so we're remembering correctly: When you kissed me, I went home and splashed cold water on my face. When I tried to kiss you, you ran away to Ireland for the summer.
Perhaps to the best timing on my part.
Understatement of the the millennium.
"Jeez, I don't stand a chance with you, do I?"
"Why do you say that?"
"Well, your ideal man is a vampire-werewolf hybrid who's as swift as a coursing river and mysterious as the dark side of the moon."
"And the son of Zeus."
"And here I thought being in a band counted for something."
This book was a fantastical read. I really enjoyed it. Now, technically I've already read this book. The original draft of it was posted on Wattpad and I read it last year shortly after reading and published and Wattpad (yes, I read both) versions of My Life with the Walter Boys. (fantastical book, I highly recommend it) If you've already read The Heartbreakers on Wattpad so you feel it's pointless to read this one, you're wrong. There are many, many differences between this Heartbreakers and the Wattpad Heartbreakers. If you were to ask me which version I like better, I couldn't tell you. Both are great in different ways. I'm not saying that they're completely different stories, just that the main story has a lot of differences in it. I am very fond of the Wattled version, possibly because I read it first, but the published version was also a very fun read. I was seriously fangirling at everything. Yeah, I was fangirling so much my cat, who was sleeping, gave me a you're-crazy and ran away.
Click the link here to read the Wattled edition.
I'm rating The Heartbreakers 8/10 stars. It was a very fun, romantic and cutesy read. I highly recommend it to anyone who's 1. in a mourning period 2. looking for a light and cute read 3. in love young adult romance books. And anyone, really. This book is great. And if I can't convince you to read this excellent novel this probably will-> Kasie West reviewed it. Kasie West. Yeah, like that awesome author who wrote those adorable books- On the Fence, The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend, Pivot Point and Split Second.
I was very surprised when Oliver called Stella 'Stella Samuel.' Like, WHAT? In the Wattled edition her name is Stella Walter and she's the daughter of Isaac Walter and another girl. If you didn't read My Life With the Walter Boys, that wouldn't matter to you. But Stella not being a Walter made a lot of changes to the story. I'm very curious, if Ali rights another publish book on the band, possibly based on The Queen of Hearts (Wattpad Story), how she'll write it because if Stella wasn't a Walter than all the Queen of Hearts stuff would've never happened. My best guess about why Stella isn't a Walter in this published book is because of the sequel to My Life With the Walter Boys coming out next year. It would spoil that book so Stella just has to come from a different family. Though it was disappointing not to see Jackie and Cole in this book, I was okay with it. Why? Because the rest of it was so much fun and *sigh* romantic.
See, the only problems I had with this book were because of things I was expecting to be in it from the Wattpad version. Such as Cara and JJ. Believe me when I say I was quite disappointed nothing much happened between the two of them. Ali, please, give us another book with Cara and JJ? Pleeeeaaaasssseeeeee? Oh and Ali if you're reading this review, I'm honored. Oh, and I find your writing amazing and you very inspiring!
The Heartbreakers is about this normal girl- Stella, who meets a seemingly normal guy at Starbucks. Turns out that guy isn't so normal, he's the lead singer of the world's most famous band- The Heartbreakers. (I kind of think of them as this book's One Direction) Yeah, well I don't really know what else to say about that plot that won't really spoil anything. It's great, I know I'm being repetitive but guys, it's a really good book. I want you all to read it, you won't regret it.
Stella is a good protagonist. She's strong, sassy, witty and funny. I really enjoyed reading the book from her perspective. I never got annoyed with her this whole story- which is surprising because I can get very easily irritated. Though, I did feel a lot of second-hand embarrassment from things that occurred in the book. That's how you know it's well written and has realistic characters- you feel their feelings and feel for them.
I really liked all the characters. JJ, Xander, Alec, Oliver, Cara and Drew. I didn't dislike any of them. Personally, I think JJ is more my type than Oliver but whatever. JJ is funny, confident and very passionate about his music. He's the 'bad boy' of the band. Can you see why he's more my type? I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the boys in the band. They were constantly pranking each other (which I fond hilarious) and the comments and jokes they make at each other's expense, which I also found hilarious. Like I said before, this was just a very fun read.
This book (am I saying 'this book' too much? If so, my apologies) was also very realistic in the cancer effecting your life sense. I would know, right now my mom has pancreatic cancer, stage four and before this she's had two other cancers. It kinda really sucks. While reading, I really felt like picking up a camera and taking a bunch of pictures of my mom. Why didn't I? 1. it'd be a little strange and 2. I doubt she'd appreciate me taking pictures of her doing everything. But yeah, cancer really does effect everyone around- not just the person who has cancer. It's a very scary thing.
Anyway, here's the synopsis:
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
I don't really have much to say about this book. Its synopsis sounded more interesting than the actual book. It had potential, but sadly, failed. I think one of the bigger issues of Play with Me is that it's rushed. The book is only a hundred pages or so, usually that's around the length of a novella. Also, I didn't particularly grow attached to any of the characters. Also! The main character, Lisa I found to be annoying as heck. She's so clingy to Tony. It's like, no wonder he prefers the other girl! If they've known each other since kindergarten and he has yet to make a move, doesn't that tell you something? She's annoyingly clingy, has tendencies to act bratty, thinks she's the center of Tony's universe and feels the need to rub it in that she's a "perfect extra small" that line really pissed me off. I was going to give this book (it's so short, I'm not even sure if I can call it that) a 6/10 stars, but thinking back on it, that seems too generous. I'm going to give Play with Me 5/10 stars. It was rushed, not giving enough time to make the story very interesting or give the reader a chance to grow attached to the characters. The protagonist I disliked more than I liked and the love story wasn't very good. Sorry, Anna, but this book somewhat fell flat in my eyes. I actually only really bought it because it was free... This definitely isn't anywhere on my recommendations list. I don't plan on reading the rest of the books. Maybe if they were free but I don't feel like paying money for books that I would most likely not enjoy. Plus, I'd rather use the time I'd use reading them for more useful things such as reading better (in my eyes) books, blogging, writing or doing pretty much anything else.
Here's the synopsis:
Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.
Lisa Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten kindle reversefrom soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Lisa craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.
The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school… Ryan Hunter.
Full time fangirl