‘Severed Heads, Broken Hearts’ – Robyn Schneider

Once again a book that got me with the summary alone. And that’s basically the only reason why I picked up this book.

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What is this story about?

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?

My rating: 2,5/5

What I though of it?

When I started this book, I had expected it to start with tragedy but then move on to some feel-good story about great adventures with amazing people. But those great adventures just never came. I must say that I’m disappointed in this book.

First of all, I didn’t really like the characters. Ezra is just unstable in his choices. One day he’s all happy about hanging out with his new friends, and the other; he wants to hang out with his old crew who basically abandoned him after his accident. I mean, if my friends never bothered to visit me in the hospital after such a life-changing accident, I’d never ever want to talk to them again. No matter how popular they are. Cassidy also disappointed me because I had expected her to be more happy-go-lucky and adventurous, but she wasn’t all that special. The only characters I liked where Toby and Phoebe, because they seemed like the kind of people I would hang out with.

The storyline wasn’t that bad though. I liked it despite I had expected more of it. There were some great lines and never really got bored reading it. And I must admit that I laughed quite a lot as well.

And then there is one thing that annoyed the living shit out of me that I can’t help but mention. Apparently, the author thought it would be funny to bash Twilight in about every chapter. I’ve lost count of how many times there was a mocking reference towards it but there were at least five. One joke, I can take, but this was just too much. I must admit that it made me lower my rating, and I’m sure other people will be annoyed by it as well, because the audience of this book is the as the Twiligth one, so I guess she’s just cutting off her nose to spite her face. Yes, Twilight wasn’t a literary masterpiece, but this book wasn’t either.

Either way, the story isn’t bad, but it’s not all that life-changing.

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

 

‘How to fall in love’ – Cecelia Ahern

When I read the summary of ‘How to fall in love’ by Cecelia Ahern (author or P. S. I love you), I was immediately sold. These are exactly the type of stories I like to read. So not very long after putting the book on my to -read list, I picked it up to actually read it.

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What is this book about?

Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can show him that life is worth living before then.

Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she’s made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life.

But has she done enough to change his mind for good? And is that all that’s starting to happen?

My rating: 4/5

What I thought of it?

This book was almost exactly as I expected it to be, and I loved it! I might seem a sort of depressing topic, but in fact, it’s such a light, funny story and it reads like a train. I never wanted to stop reading even though the outcome seemed so obvious.

From the very beginning I was completely pulled into the story, even though Christine definitely wasn’t my favorite character. I never really found myself really liking her, but my instant love for Adam quickly made up for it. He’s so lovely and it’s so sad this wondeful young man was so troubled to want to end his own life. It wasn’t hard to root for Christine to convince Adam to find joy in life again. And I also loved Christine’s quirky sisters and her father. They were another fun touch to the story

The only thing that got me to lower my rating a bit, was that at some point there were so many things happening, some things that in the end are – in my opinion – a bit irrelevant to the main story.

As for the writing; I already knew that I loved Cecelia’s writing style, but it’s always nice to have it confirmed once again in another book. It was once again a well-thought out story, with lovely and quirky characters and a lovely romance that make me swoon.

A definite must-read for romance-freaks.

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

‘Innocents’ (Dusty #1) – Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth

A few months ago, I wrote a blogpost about one of my favorite fanfiction stories ever; Dusty. And now, this amazing story (or at least the first part of it) has finally been published for real under the name of Innocents. Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth have finally released their monster upon the world! And of course I had to buy my own copy to see how much of the original Dusty had remained.

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What is this story about?

The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall.

The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless.

She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.

She loves him. He loves her crazy.

This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.

My rating? 5/5

What I thought of it?

I know I have already written down my opinion on this story a few months ago, but now that it’s officially published, I felt the need to go over it again so I can convince you all that this book should be high on your to read list.

First of all, I’m so, so, so relieved that the story hasn’t changed. That was what frightened me most because it was perfect as it was. It’s a real story. With real people and events that actually happen to people that age, as sad as it may seem. It’s confronting and heart-shattering, but it’s real. In this book, the bad boy is actually a bad boy. He isn’t a stranger to drugs, violence, lying and cheating. So if you’re looking for a sappy, sweet love story, this isn’t what you’re looking for.

The only big change that has been made, is that the story has been split into two books, so you haven’t read the entire story yet if you’ve finished this one.

What I love most of all about this book, is definitely the way it’s written. It’s like floating on air, going with the stream. It’s simple, yet so poetic. The Elizabeths sure have a way with words. I already found the fanfic story to be a piece of art, but this book beats it all. Now that it’s polished off and actually published, it’s even better than before. It grips you from the first page and you won’t be able to let the story go, even after you’ve finished it.

Secondly, the characters are so well-thought out. There isn’t a single one out of place and they all contribute to the story in their own way. I loved (love) every single one of them. But when it comes to Dusty himself, I once again had this love-hate relationship. You want him so badly to just stop being the asshole he is, but you know that he can’t because it’s been his reality for so long. He’s not bad at heart, but he’s just so swallowed up in his fucked-upness. And while sometimes I really wondered – once again – why Leighlee still bothered with him, I just knew that’s not how love works. She loves him, flaws and all. And he loves her, even though he’s well aware that she’s too good for him.

Either way, this first book in the series is still somewhat gentle because it only covers the younger years of their lives. It’s basically the baby brother of what I expect “Delinquents” to be (if the second part is the same as in the “original” story of course). And I can’t wait for October to read the rest of this story. You can be sure you’ll be able to read all about it here as well!

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ – John Green

All of John Green‘s books have been on my list ever since I finished ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, but after the – for me – somewhat disappointing ‘Looking for Alaska’, I had put of reading any other of his books. But now I finally gave ‘An Abundance of Katherines‘ a chance.

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What is this story about?

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

My rating: 2,5/5

What I thought of it?

I must once again congratulate John Green on his originality, because I’ve never read anything quite like this story. Nonetheless, I found it a tad bit boring. Things where actually happening, but I couldn’t really see the point of it.

Throughout the entire book, I also couldn’t stop thinking about how on earth you can date 19 Katherines while only just having finished highschool. I mean, it could have been nine Katherines, and it would still be impressive; but 19! Nah. Or maybe I’m just missing the point of this book.

I also found Colin quite boring, to be honest. I feel like there was more to his character, with him being a prodigy and all. But I totally loved Lindsey and Hassan. They were definitely my favorite characters, and they made this book worthwhile for me.

And John Green’s writing. Only John can make a somewhat lifeless story sound beautiful just by using the perfect words. To me, John Green will forever be the master of the quotes!

But all in all, I’m not really impressed by this book. So far I’ve only liked The Fault in Our Stars a lot, while the other John Green books have left me hanging… I had expected more from this book. I had expected a fun roadtrip story, while actually they only spend one day in a car to get to one town  and just stayed there the rest of the time. So yeah, I guess it’ll take some time before I read another one of his stories (because yes, I’m still determined to read them all!).

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

‘Me Before You’ – Jojo Moyes

I had planned to start reading ‘How to fall in love’ by Cecelia Ahem first, but considering my book hadn’t arrived yet, I had to settle for something else first. My choice fell upon ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes because the plot seemed so interesting. Nonetheless I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t start reading my first choice first, although that was soon about to change after reading a few chapters in this book.

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What is this book about?

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.

My rating: 5/5

What I thought of it?

This is the first time I picked up a book I hadn’t heard the title of before. I just came across the book randomly on goodreads, read the summary and added it to my to-read list instantly. Nonetheless I must say I started reading it without expecting too much of it, but boy was I wrong. This book really has such an amazing story and it’s so heartbreaking. I can’t remember the last time I cried so much over a book.

Reading this book is a constant struggle. I was constantly hoping for Will to will find the desire to live again, but on the other hand, I couldn’t help but sympathise with him. Stuck in a wheelchair, unable to move and constantly needing people around you just so you could be able to have a bit of a life. I’m pretty sure I’d want to end my life as well if I were him. But then I just couldn’t help but fall in love with this sarcastic, moody man that I was rooting for Lou so badly to give him a reason to live.

I didn’t really have a favorite character, although I must say that I prefered reading from Lou’s perspective. When it changed perspectives for a chapter, I was hoping that there would be a chapter from Will’s point of view as well – except for the first chapter of couse – but it never happened. I would have loved to get a better idea of what was going through his mind.

But I definitely had a least favorite character. Katrina is such a selfish bitch. I can’t even begin to say how much I hate her. She’s not really an obvious villan in this book, and she did have her sweet moments, but god I hated her selfish ass!

I’m not going to say anything about the ending of this book, because I don’t want to spoil anything. All that I’ll say is that this is such a beautiful story about two people falling in love, but there is this big giant elephant in the room called quadriplegia.

Anyway, it’s a must read. It’s definitely one of my favorite book this year. It had a strong story, amazing characters and an important theme was being addressed subtly. I loved it.

And now I have this struggle because I really, really want to read ‘How to fall in love’ but I feel like it’s going to be too much of the same, so I guess I’ll postpone it for a while. I’m really in need of something light now, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.

Until next time,

With love, Ellen