‘Froi of the Exiles’ by Melina Marchetta (Lumatere Chronicles #2)

This review may include spoilers

5/5 |Scriber Rating
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure |Genre
607 pages |Kindle Edition
October 3rd 2011 |Published

Synopsis: GoodReads Link

My Review:

I know most people hate Froi from ‘Finnikin of the Rock’, but in the context of the story I thought the character’s actions made sense. If you evaluate a person and their upbringing and the kind of world they live in, it can help you to understand why they behave the way they do.

I don’t excuse what he does, I do think he needs psychological help.

Froi is different in this book. At first I thought he would speak in broken English (which I was looking forward to because it’s so cute), like he did in the first one (even though he hardly spoke). But no, he’s older and smarter and he’s trying to become someone who can be respected by the people he respects.

Quintana (his love interest) is hilarious. I love that she’s not described as ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ or even clean, but Froi loves her the way she is.

It’s probably the first time I’ve read about a character who doesn’t ever wash themselves. And this is explained. Quintana is troubled and has been mistreated her entire life. She’s quite fragile and very strange.
They are very unique characters; Froi and Quintana.

Melina Marchetta is another author I’ve learned that can write very real characters. On top of that, her characters aren’t very likable and are very flawed but in the end you can’t help but like them.

Phaedra was that for me. I didn’t think much of her at first but then she really proves herself. I felt sorry for her, the more I got to learn about her.
Isaboe took a turn. I loved her in the first book but omg she’s so annoying, I really didn’t like her.

This book was much better than the first and I loved the first book. Everything makes so much sense. THIS IS AMAZING!
I understand this review doesn’t make much sense. It’s a terrible review for such a great book. If I was rating books, I’d give it a 5/5.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review may include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
352 pages |Kindle Edition
August 14th 2014 |Published

Synopsis (GoodReads)
My Review:

When I saw the cover, I thought we (the readers) would be able to explore New York just like we did Paris in the first book. But no. It was so disappointing. Nothing about this book made me want to visit New York.

 

This book follows Josh (who was introduced in ‘Anna and the French Kiss’) and Isla (pronounced ‘eye-la’ was also in the first book). It starts off in New York, where Isla runs into Josh at a coffee shop. The encounter is cute and funny and I was instantly attached to the characters. I understood Isla in the beginning, I was also a shy teenager. It was nice to read about a character who reminds you of the person you used to be. And to know that you weren’t alone.

Josh and Isla’s relationship progresses quickly. It’s cute and it makes you feel happy but then you realise that you’re not even half way done with the book. I couldn’t even feel happy for them because I expected something bad to happen. I felt so uneasy because of that. Then when they kept on complimenting each other, it made me feel awkward. I felt too old to be reading this. I couldn’t relate to the Isla that is in a relationship, but I could with the Isla that’s alone.

What I related to was how Isla was feeling, her insecurities and her inability to take risks. This made me assess my actions. Maybe it would be better to take risks, than avoiding what you assume may or may not happen.

I liked Josh. I loved being able to learn about him and his perspective on everything that happened to him, through his graphic novel. This was a first for me, being able to understand what the character is thinking through the graphic novel he’s made of his life, being explained by the protagonist. I was able to understand how hurt he was when certain things happen to him. What was disappointing was learning that he didn’t really like Isla from his first year in SOAP but only when he had no friends around him, that’s when he truly liked her.

Later on, characters from the first two books appear. The friendship between St. Clair and Josh seems genuine and quite lovely to read about.

Stephanie Perkins writing style and story-telling is engaging and easy to read. What the author does is, show the ups and downs of a relationship. How being together isn’t the end of the story. How a persons insecurities can damage their relationships. And how we must constantly push ourselves to break out of our shells we’ve made for ourselves.

I kept comparing ‘Lola’ and ‘Isla’s’ books with ‘Anna’s’ and I’ve realised that writers/artists can’t recreate something. If she did, I would’ve been annoyed. I don’t want to read the same book with different characters. The characters have their own journeys. Nothing will be the same as Anna and the French Kiss, there might be similarities but it will definitely not be the same so books must be treated as a singular work of art. Judge it for what it is not ‘does it live up my standards’.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’re having a great day

Alina

‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review may include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
384 pages |Kindle Edition
September 28th 2011 |Published

Synopsis:
Life is pretty close to perfect for budding designer Lola Nolan, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

My Review:

Before I began to read this, I was apprehensive. I didn’t expect to like this. I felt like I was too old to be reading this or that I won’t be able to connect with what the protagonist might be experiencing, which was true, I couldn’t really connect with Lola but I tried really hard to understand her.

Lola’s a year younger than Anna and not as mature as her either, which made it quite difficult for me to connect with her at first, but as I continued reading, I found that I could relate to Lola even more.

She and Cricket were enjoyable to read about and the book is actually wonderfully written.

I loved Stephanie Perkins writing and story-telling in Anna and the French Kiss and I was more interested in reading Isla and the Happily Ever After (the third book), but I thought it was necessary to read Lola and the Boy Next Door first because it might be necessary if I didn’t want to be confused whilst reading the third book.

This book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t have problems with the writing or the characters. I think I just liked Anna and the French Kiss way too much and I know the importance of not comparing an authors book with another book of theirs but I can’t help it.

 

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Please read this post if you enjoy reading spoilers.

Synopsis:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review

I enjoy reading Y.A and I don’t want to stop but sometimes I think when I don’t enjoy a book, it’s my own fault. Maybe I need to read books that are written for my age group, maybe then I’d be a better judge of the story.

I think I might be missing something, this is what goes through my mind when a book has great reviews and I just didn’t enjoy it.
It was an easy book to read and I flew through it. The writing was great and I liked the protagonist (Madeline), she was nice, weird way to describe her but that’s all she was. I didn’t care too much for her because to me she seemed to be underdeveloped.

Oliver (love interest), I didn’t understand his interest in Madeline and what he loved about her (this probably has more to do with Madeline’s underdevelopment). His family situation isn’t anything new to me, I’ve read about it time and time again but those books have done a better job of explaining the effects it has on characters. Why wasn’t Madeline more concerned? Why wasn’t the police called when Madeline’s mother saw it happen? What about his sister, we learn nothing about her, except that she smokes. What really made the family leave because the reason given wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t understand it.

The romance bloomed too fast. It grew even before I had a chance to root for the characters to get together. I didn’t care too much for it. His interest in her was too much, too fast. Then the messaging was a little strange in the beginning. I knew that for her it was the first time being around someone, and being attracted to him. But for him, his feelings were unknown to me.

Some parts I really felt for her, she had no friends and she was just too nice about not being able to talk to Oliver or when Carla got fired. Yes, she felt sorry for her mother. I know what that’s like. But at 18, bring exposed to new and different things, I wouldn’t have been able to give up on those things. Maybe I was too stubborn for my own good, I found ways to get what I wanted because life feels short at that age.

What disappointed me was how this story went from a girl with an immune disease (SCID) to being a normal girl, I wish this story was a about someone with her condition. It was important. That’s why I read the book.

Did I miss something?

How did she find where Oliver had moved to? He didn’t say in an email.

Oh yeah, I cried when Carla got fired. Not something to cry about, I don’t know what came over me. Feeling a little emotional. Carla and her mum were the only people in Madeline’s life. She lost a friend. I couldn’t believe her mum didn’t see it that way. Plus Madeline was fine. She had no health issues, allow Carla to stay.

Have you read Everything, Everything? What did you think about the book?

Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Hope you all are having a great day,

Alina

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone thoughts

I’ve never read Harry Potter until now. Actually I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry.

For years I felt the pressure to read this book. I finally don’t care if I get judged for not having read the series, because of this, I was able to enjoy the story. And I can understand why people are so attached to this story. Those judge-y people probably grew up reading this, for them it’s a different feeling.

For me however, I felt some nostalgia. I remember watching the first movie with my sisters.

Movie Ron was great but the book Ron-I adored.

I loved Stephen Fry as a narrator. He makes it easier to envision the story. The voices of the characters were similar to the actors voices in the movies.

In some parts, the writing reminded me of Roald Dahl’s writing.

I can’t think of flaws, that might be because I saw the movie as a kid. I wouldn’t change anything, even though some parts bored me, I still wouldn’t change it and I don’t consider it to be a flaw.

I want to read the entire series this year. I hope the characters show development and they deal with psychological problems (i.e. Harry growing up in a loveless home. Not getting the attention, love and affection children need. That affects people in a serious way when they get older).

 

 

Have a lovely day,

Alina

‘Hopeless’ by Colleen Hoover

This review may include spoilers
3/5 |Rating
Romance, New Adult, Contemporary |Genre
488 pages |Kindle Edition
December 17th 2012 |Published

Synopsis:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My Review:

I didn’t have any expectations before reading this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I wanted to read another Colleen Hoover book as I’d read Slammed and loved that.

Sky’s behaviour worried me. She was too trusting and naive. I would like to think teenage girls have more sense than Sky. I don’t think I would have trusted Holder so easily. Attractive people are sickos too and maybe there could have been another way Colleen Hoover could have brought these two characters together instead of the way she did.

When I finally did learn about the secret, everything made sense. I understood why Holder behaved the way he did.

The story intensifies towards the end of the book. It kept me curious, so many secrets were being revealed but some parts of the story seemed unbelievable. I was expecting something better.

I think people are complex and they aren’t just good and evil. They should have reasons for their behaviour, which some characters did not.

To conclude Sky made some bad decisions. And ‘slammed’ was better.

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Thanks for reading 🙂

‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review does include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
385 pages |Kindle Edition
January 1st 2014 (first published January 1st 2010) |Published

Synopsis:
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

Review:

What surprised me is how much I enjoyed this book. It’s far better than I expected it to be. It was cute and serious and not a typical teen read.

This book has a ton of praises, which is why I thought to read it. I thought it would be a cute, fluffy read but it was more than that. I didn’t expect heart breaking/serious moments the characters had to deal with. This made the characters real to me.
I loved the description of Paris Stephanie Perkins writes and it once again revived my dreams of exploring Paris for myself.

This book starts off with Anna being sent to Paris. She’s finally pleased with how her life is going in Atlanta and doesn’t want to leave. Even though Paris is a city most people would love to visit. I think Anna conveyed some real concerns about why she didn’t want to go.
Many places of the world have been glamorised by books and movies, but in this book Stephanie Perkins doesn’t start off by talking about how great Paris might be.

Anna doesn’t like being there, she’s alone in a new country, far away from her family and friends and has no choice in this matter. She’s afraid to step outside of her dorm room and explore Paris. She prefers to stay inside where she feels comfortable. I understand what it is like to feel distressed in a new environment and how I would rather choose to feel secure and relaxed than to go outside of my comfort zone.
In that sense, I could relate to the type of person Anna is.
There were parts of the book that were unfavourable of Etienne St. Clair, the love interest of Anna. He has a girlfriend, who he was supposedly in love with, but when he meets Anna, everything between him and his girlfriend changes. No love triangle formulates, but I think there was a lot of emotional cheating going on.

My concern was what if that happens to him again, because he ends up with Anna. At first I thought that maybe St. Clair was having problems in his relationship and that’s why when he met Anna, it got worse. But no, the problems started when he met Anna.
I thought less of him after that and its probably why I wasn’t swooning over this guy (which I rarely ever do anyway).
Another thing was his British accent. Maybe it’s because I’m British, but I find it hard to see a British person more attractive than any other person in the world. The British character trend is pretty annoying. It doesn’t make a person automatically attractive. I prefer it if writers show the characters personality.
Stephanie Perkins does actually show what type of person Etienne St. Clair is and eventually I did think he was alright.
To conclude, this is a cute, funny and serious book. I was invested in the character’s lives and the story has stuck with me. I’m waiting to forget what happens in the book so that I can read it again. I’m glad to have read this.
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