Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Published April 15th 2014

I’ve read a couple of Jenny Han’s other books and while I liked them, I wasn’t super excited about them. I was hesitant to read this book because I was so sure it was going to be just okay.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who has loved five boys in her life and wrote each boy a letter about how she felt and hid it in a hat box, and never thought much about them again. But one day Lara Jean’s letters have somehow been mailed and various chaos ensues.

Right away, I noticed how different and awesome the writing style was. It was so interesting and beautiful that I was hooked right away. And by page 50, I was so in love with this book and the characters.

It’s hard for me to put my intense love for this book into coherent thoughts. I rarely find a book that will stick with me for days after I finish it. Let alone weeks like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has. I was so emotionally invested in this story and the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in less than two days. I just love everything about this book. The characters development is great, the plot is so much fun, and the writing is beautiful. This is definitely one of my all time favorites and I can’t recommend this book enough. I’m so excited for the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, which is set to released on May 26th.

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Review: Let It Go by DC Renee

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Published December 23rd 2014

I was sent this book by the author an exchange for an honest review.

The cover is what really drew me in to this book. It’s different, interesting and I had to know the synopsis. Let It Go is about a guy named Benny who’s had a really troubled past full of gangs and drugs. But he’s trying to put his past behind him and start a better life.

I was so surprised by how much I really liked this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect but after the first two chapters, I was hooked. The characters had quite a bit of depth and were really likable, I thought. Benny really surprised me by how complex and interesting he was.

The plot was interesting and fun. I didn’t find it to be predictable or boring. I had a hard time putting this book down because I was just so curious to see what would happen next.

I did wish it was a little longer though. I know it’s novella but I wish it was a full length book. At times it felt like Benny and Sophie’s relationship was moving a little fast. I wanted a little bit more time for it to grow and develop.

Overall, this was a really fun story. I really wish it was full length because I was so into it at times. If you’re looking for a quick read that’s a refreshing take on New Adult (I think this is NA, I’m not 100% sure), I recommend checking this book out.

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Review: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

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The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan.

Published May 5th 2007

I first started reading this series years ago but for some reason, I never actually completed it. I loved the first book and I loved the second even more. I was a little nervous starting The Titan’s Curse because how could this series get any better?

Book three in the Percy Jackson series starts off with Annabeth, Percy, and Thalia battling a new monster, trying to help new half-bloods. One thing that I love about this series is how strong each book starts off. Always action packed. I do with there was more a recap of the book before though. It’d been awhile since I read book two so I didn’t really remember what was going on.

One of the thing that makes this series stand out so much is the amazing world building. Everything is so well thought out and carefully explained. Each book adds more to the world and more Greek mythology.

I really love the characters in this series. Each book introduces new characters and expands on the old characters. We learn about the main characters with each book and I love how Rick Riordan writes his characters. They’re all different about some how each one of them has redeeming qualities and is so complex. And relatable! Somehow, I feel like I know Percy and his friends. Like if I met them in real life, we would be friends.

The one thing that I didn’t like about this book is sometimes the plot would be so fast paced and exciting that some important parts would be skimmed over. I wanted a little more after math with some events that happened. But that’s just a minor thing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this installment in the Percy Jackson series.  The Sea of Monsters is still my personal favorite but I can’t believe how strong this book is. Most series’ don’t get any better after the first book but this is one of very rare series’ that have.

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Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You

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A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray
Published: November 4, 2014

Er Mah Gerd. That’s all I can start with.

So I solely bought A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey off the cover. It was just colorful and water colored and the whole London vs Russia reflection caught my eye and I was just like “OOHHH BUY IT, IT’S PRETTY!” As I Do believe most of us who own this book did as well.  But on top of a heartbreakingly beautiful cover, A Thousand Pieces of You has a great plot synopsis that draws you in. And I have definitely seen a ton of people excited about this book and it was just something I couldn’t stay away from for too long.

This story is about a girl names Marguerite who is the kind of black sheep of her family because her parents are physicists and her sister is a brainiac as well but she’s an artist. Don’t let that fool you though, she’s really smart too, just not the same way as her family. Her family is very close knit, her parents and the grad students they work with came up with a Firebird, a contraption that causes parallel dimension jumping. But when Marguerite’s dad get’s murdered and they think it’s one of his grad students, Marguerite takes matters into her own hands trying to catch Paul Markov. Following him from dimension to dimension no matter how different each dimension may be.

So, I loved this book. I love the way it was written, the fast paced movement of everything and all the twists and turns within it. And I feel as though being a graphic artist as well, gave me a small connection to Marguerite that I appreciated.

Although at times I kind of wanted to just slap Marguerite out of slight whiney frustration, this book kind of surprised me towards the end. And the way it all is, you’re pretty much left trying to figure out who’s the murderer until right before the end, or close to it.

I wasn’t too fond of the kind of love triangle going on, I feel like it would’ve been much stronger if it wasn’t there, but I honestly didn’t care about any of that reading the book, it was more of an afterthought because I was so engrossed in just the whole plot and adventure of everything that was happening.
I loved Gray’s writing, which makes me  want to pick up some of her other books, but at the same time, I just want to wait for the sequel to this.  Which is supposed to come out on November 3, 2015. It’s called Ten Thousand Skies Above You which from the cover looks like a London/San Francisco parallel (it’s just as gorgeous as this cover, honestly).

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