Book Reviews

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a review of this since Tay did not very long ago, but I know we both have different opinions on this. For Tay this was her IT book. This book changed her. And I loved this book as well and it got me into a book hangover which sucks.

Tay sobbed when she finished this, and I’ll be honest I didn’t. I loved it and thought it was heartbreakingly beautiful. It made me get tears in my eyes. It did break my heart, but it wasn’t a book that changed me.

I thought the story was beautiful and the characters made me laugh, smile, angry, and sad. Just the way a great book should. I can see how it would make people cry, I honestly was expecting it. It might’ve been because of the fact I was talking to someone while I was finishing it. Maybe we just don’t feel affected by a book in the same way and that’s okay.

I think the story behind this book is wonderful and sad. It’s also very eye opening. I would rate this book 10 out of 10. I suggest this to readers 16 and up since it does have some mature content in it. This is a book that makes you think and feel, and that’s something very hard to come by.

-Alex

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Update: Finals Week

Wow. It’s been a long time since either of us has been on here. We’ve both been busy with papers and finals.  We’re both in reading slumps. Tay is still having quite a book hangover from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which I am currently reading. I’m not really in a slump. I have been reading really easy books that tend to get me more motivated to read. In this case, I have been reading books by Ellen Hopkins where she writes in a free verse form. I absolutely love that and it makes me feel more confident about how much I’m reading.

I didn’t want to write reviews about each one because they are hard to describe without giving away too much. Plus, I just get through them too quickly. But I will put the ones I read down below. I encourage you to read them, they always get me out of book slumps. They should be for more mature audiences since it deals with a lot of difficult situations.

Anyway, it is finals week for us and we are done on Wednesday! I’m so excited because I have very high expectations for this summer. After school is out we should both have a lot more time for this blog and reading! I know we have a lot planned for this blog and we want great things to come out of it. Just bear with us!

-Alex

 

Trilogy—>      Crank by  Ellen Hopkins, Glass by Ellen Hopkins, Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (deals with drugs and violence and death)

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins (deals with prostitution)

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (deals with pressure to be perfect, drugs, homosexuality, and death)

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul. ”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Wow. Jen has done it again. I love everything that Jen writes even though I haven’t read all of her books. She is such a talented writer.

This book grabbed me in and made me emotional. And like with all Jen series it takes forever for the main couple to kiss. I was literally praying they would kiss. As I described to Tay, “I can literally feel the sexual tension coming off the pages.” And it’s true, I could.

Jen is just a pro at making drool worthy guys and relatable, but badass girls. Ren is arrogant, but very charming. He has a past and as the book goes on you get to know that and his real feelings for Ivy. Ivy is badass and super relatable. And as Ren points out is much like Merida from Brave with her fiery red hair and temper. She also has a past and the two of them just may be able to help each other.

And Tink her little brownie side kick is great and made me laugh throughout the book. Jen makes references to Supernatural, Harry Potter, Twilight, and One Direction.  So that makes her so much better.

I give this book a 10 out of 10. It’s so good and it just pulls you in. I recommend this book to 16 or 17-year-old people or older. It has some mature scenes, but not too graphic. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

Love,

Alex.

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Excerpt #4

And I knew at that moment I would never be the same again. I knew the color blue would always remind me of his eyes. I knew I couldn’t write or read without thinking of him. I knew I would never be able to leave without feeling guilty. I knew I could never cook like he did. I knew Star Wars would never be the same without him. I knew music would never be the same. I knew I could never be the same. Music would be dull. Life would be dull.  Knowing he would never see me graduate high school, go to college, graduate college, walk me down the aisle, or even see my kids. It was heartbreaking. He would never meet the guy I was going to marry. All this flashed through my head in just the span of seconds as I washed his lifeless eyes take his last breath.  

-Alex

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Excerpt #3

I saw him and he was beautiful. Any girl could have gotten him. When he chose me, all I could think was that it was a trap. No guy goes for me. Why would they? Like I said before, I’m not that special. Sure, I wanted to fall in love, but I didn’t think it would be him. It shouldn’t have been him. There’s a whole group of girls out there that are going to be models one day.  I want to make movies. I’m a dork. My parents aren’t rich at all. So, why me? Well, it turns out he’s a dork too. You wouldn’t guess that. And for some reason he thinks I’m special. I love him, for him. He sees me just as I am and loves me just the same. His scars are a work of art. I don’t see him ever hurting me. His flaws are perfect to me even though nobody else would think that. He has beautiful eyes that mesmerize me every day. He has a beautiful mind and a great sense of humor. He makes me laugh all the time, He keeps me humble and doesn’t let me get too stressed. He knows me backward and forwards. He just knows me. He’s the best, he’s mine.

-Alex

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The Death Cure by James Dashner

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Currently writing this with fake nails on so sorry if there are typos.

So I literally had to force myself to finish this. I don’t understand the craze to be honest. I mean it’s a good book, but it just moves way too slow. Remember how I said I was going to be on the prequel by Friday? Yeah, that didn’t happen. It took me an hour to read 20 pages this morning.

I was just really disappointed with this book and I don’t feel like going on and on about this. I thought I would really love it.

I’m going to give this book a five out of ten because it was good, but it didn’t pull me in the way a good book should. I recommend this book to middle school ages. No mature scenes, just some graphic death scenes. Same as the second one. Sorry for a boring book review, but hopefully next week things will be more interesting.

What do you think of these books?

-Alex