Another wave of books coming your way! Here’s the list of books I’ve read for the past months. Also, I’ve changed the way I review but soon realized the new one’s much harder to do. I’ll probably go back to how I usually do reviews after this one. So, ha, happy reading! Or not. Warning though, I think I may have included a few spoilers in some.
This Song will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
The Good: I love that she’s able to portray teen angst so well. I also love that charming guy, Char. Pun intended. Read it and you’ll understand the pun.
The Bad: I was pretty much annoyed with some of the characters from start until it ended. I almost put it down but there were so many people saying it was a good book. Well, it had an okay ending.
Should I recommend? Mmyeah. Though I won’t be so enthusiastic.
I Wrote this for You, pleasefindthis
I Wrote this for You and Only You, pleasefindthis
The Good: I only have good words for these two books. They’re not novels, though. They are just compilations of short stories and poems that will hit it you in the gut.
The Bad: NOTHING.
Should I recommend? A BIG YES. Although, I only read the e-book version of this so you really need to find it (just like the pseudonym of the author :)). I’d buy the book when I see it.
The Distance Between Us, Kasie West
The Good: The story per se. It was great! I love the characters, especially Xander, and I love the parts where they try to introduce the other to a possible future profession, since they’re both still about to enter college.
The Bad: THE ENDING. It was too abrupt for me.
Should I recommend? Yes. I recommend all of her books, actually.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Sarah Ockler
The Good: Mermaids. But not the real ones. This isn’t some fantasy novel. It’s real life. I just love that there’s a lot of talk about the sea and beaches in this book. I also happen to love the main character, Elise. And there’s a reason for it. You know how in some other books where there’s a hot guy that doesn’t stick to one girl just because he’s hot and can charm his way to any girl? And then he finds this girl who doesn’t find him attractive at first and then claims her to be ‘different from all the other girls he’s met’ and then you find him saying she’s the one? Okay, the book wasn’t exactly like this but close. But then Elise isn’t pretentious. At all. You’ll find her innocently charming and just a really beautiful person inside and out.
The Bad: Can’t think of anything.
Should I recommend? Of course!
My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Good: Jase Garett.
The Bad: It was a bit lengthy. It’s not really a bad thing but I just wished for a different ending. It was all good but it just didn’t feel right for the book to end the way it did. Because for one, there were still so many conflicts unresolved.
Should I recommend? I would. I should. I really love this book and thank God I finally read it. There was just something about the title and the book cover that kept me from reading it but when I finally did, it made sense to never judge the book by it’s cover. Ha.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Jennifer E. Smith
The Good: I love the story, really. I love that they both stuck firmly to their decision (you’ll know what if you’ll read the book), even if it was against Aidan’s. They were just being practical, right? I could relate with all the long distance thing while studying in college. It didn’t work for me though.
The Bad: I prefer the narrator to be the main character. I’d like a first person point of view, that way I can focus on who’s speaking. Because more often than not while I was reading this, I got too lost on conversations.
Should I recommend? Yes, if you like a quick read. It wasn’t really that long. And yes, if you like a book where both characters are already together from the start.
Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), Victoria Aveyard
Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1), Victoria Aveyard
Steel Cars (Red Queen #0.2), Victoria Aveyard
The Good: EVERYTHING ABOUT RED QUEEN WAS AMAZING. One thing I loved about it was thinking you’ve got it all figured out but then another thing will get revealed and you’re left mind-fucked. Its like Victoria Aveyard got you wrapped around her finger. Its trully a good book and I’d love to see this on film! Oh, btw, it will be soon by the amazing Elizabeth Banks!
On book 2, I was thirsty for more Cal-Mare or Mare-Maven scenes. There were bits but they weren’t enough. Glass Sword focused more on the battle scenes and how they planned on attacking the opposing side. Also, ready your tissues because there’s going to be a gruesome death.
The Better: There are a lot of male characters.
The Best: They are all handsome and skilled and smart and cunning.
Oh, and about Queen Song, it’s just about the late Queen, Cal’s mother’s story before her demise. It was a little bit sad about how her life ended. While Steel Cars was all about Farley.
The Bad: On book 1 (and maybe also book 2), I hate to say this but I sort of compared it to many of the other dystopian novels and can’t help but think of the Hunger Games and most especially Divergent. There are similarities like from THG the love triangle thing, where she’s supposed to be seen with this guy but she’s really into the other one, and on Divergent, the whole she’s different from the others and she’s their symbol of the revolution as well as the division of houses but in this story, the division in abilities. But really, there’s a uniqueness to this book that just leaves you captivated.
Book 2 was actually a slow start for me. My attention drifted more frequently than I wanted it to which took me longer to finish this. Mare was a little annoying already and let me just tell you how great she was at reading between the lines (this was the annoying part). I got hooked probably halfway through.
Should I recommend? Definitely yes!
The Night We Said Yes, Lauren Gibaldi
The Good: I don’t know… It’s hard to think of the good parts when you really don’t like the book. Well, for one the cover was really nice and it was probably the reason I picked it up in the first place.
The Bad: It was a little boring for me.
Should I recommend? I wasn’t really into this book.
Confess, Colleen Hoover
The Good: The art paintings, oh my gosh! They were brilliant! Plot-wise, the whole ‘Confess’ thing was really good. I love how the painting’s inspirations were from people’s confessions and speaking of, what were Owen and Auburn’s first confessions? I can’t remember if those were ever revealed or I maybe just missed them?
The Bad: There were some parts that made me roll my eyes or want to shave my hair off. I don’t want to mention them because I still want to live. I’m looking at you, CoHorts. :—-)
Should I recommend? Yes. It was okay-ish. Although, this is Colleen Hoover. She has a lot of fans. Seeing as this is the first book from her that I’ve read, I wasn’t completely sold.
After You, Jojo Moyes
The Good: At first I told myself I’d never read this book because Me Before You broke me in so many ways. I thought I won’t really be interested in a world where Will Traynor doesn’t exist. But I read it, obviously. And damn would it have been a grave mistake if I didn’t.
The Bad: Nothing. Flawless book.
Should I recommend? YES. YES. YES. Me Before You left me sobbing like a bitch, of course this is highly recommended. Don’t read it unless you’ve moved on from Will Traynor’s death, though. You’ll find out why when you read After You. But if you’re a drama-lover, be my guest.
Memories, Lang Leav
The Good: I love that the best of her works from Love and Misadventures and Lullabies were included in this lovely book. She crafts poems splendidly and I love every one of them.
The Bad: Because as I said, a part of it is a compilation of her previous books, there weren’t that many new poems.
Should I recommend? It’s an easy read. Like if you just want to read short stories that will pierce through your heart or just leave you smiling to yourself, then go right ahead.
The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom
The Good: Everything. I love how Mitch Albom perfectly connects the lives of people in his books. Every time I finish reading, I always have insights and he always somehow changes my view of life. He gives hope. 🙂
The Bad: Mitch Albom’s works are perfect.
Should I Recommend? Anything from Mitch Albom is highly recommended.
Waiting for You, Susanne Colosanti
Let me be direct. If I’m going to score this, I’d give it a 1 out of 5. Here’s a book full of cliches.
Should I Recommend? I really don’t want to.
Anatomy of a Misfit, Andrea Portes
The Good: The cover. And that’s probably the only thing. As I’ve read, this one was based on the Andrea’s teenage life, so may his soul rest in peace. It was pretty disturbing how he died (oops).
The Bad: Maybe I hate Anika Dragomir’s personality that’s why my take on this book is a little biased. I guess I just didn’t like how it was presented.
Should I Recommend? No.
The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer
#1.5 Queen’s Army
Straight to the point: Should I Recommend? YES. DEFINITELY YES TO ALL BOOKS. I was honestly a little skeptical at first because the book covers made the book look like they were published decades ago, which isn’t a bad thing really, but I’m into YA published beyond 2000. It wasn’t eye-catching (I’m sorry I judge books based on covers). But really, these were the kind of books dystopian-loving people would rave about. They’re unique and pretty damn good. If you’re a love junkie, you’ll love Marissa Meyer because she’s so good at playing Cupid. The Lunar Chronicles is one heck of a story you’ll never forget. Movie for these, please!
And I’m out! Never stop reading, k.