Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Me Before You: A Review

Goodreads (Descriptions):

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 Review:

This book has taken my heart and shredded into a million and twenty pieces. I can't even. How do I even review this book?

You know, what got me to read this book was the previews for this movie. I read it before the movie came out earlier this year, and then all my roomies at college took it and read it just as quickly as I did. And basically, we all feel the same way. It has taken our hearts.

I'm stalling because I honestly don't know how to review this. From the previews, Lou Clark is NOT who I expected her to be. I was expecting someone who was completely care free and lived life on the edge.

Well, I was wrong. She has so much more depth than I thought. First of all, the characters are way older than I thought. Clark is 26 and Will is around 35. Clark has done basically nothing with her life, she's worked at one cafe for ages until she loses her job. Which of course, after trying a million of other jobs, she begins working for the Turner's.

And Will hates her. Haha! Oh gosh, I love the banter between him and Clark. It made my life and made me fall in love with them. They fit so perfectly together.

Seriously, I love their relationship. They are so obviously in love with each other. And it's a gradual falling. It takes them months to actually discover they like and then love each other. Oh my! And the lines in the previews are the exact lines from the book.

If you want a realistic love story, read this book. If you want your whole heart to be taken away by it, read it.

I give it a 5 out of 5!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Reckoning: A Review (Darkest Powers #3)

Goodreads (Description):

Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.

As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...

Definitely not normal.

My Review:

Ah!! This was the best book out of all of them! It was so dang good!

Everything is coming to the nitty gritty and betrayals happen, and people who Simon and Derek discover that some old family friends aren't exactly who they thought they were. So not only is there tension among Chloe and her friends, but once again they're trying to discover who they can and can't trust.

Tori kind of takes a turn around in this book and I hated her a little less.

Derek however, I fell even more in love with him. Ah! I love him. He's seriously just the best. Dark and broody, but extremely loyal and intelligent. Chloe and his adventures were my favorite part in this book.

Simon is freaking awesome. Although, I do think of him more as a side-kick. Like, if I were put into a book with him, he would be the cool side-kick, funny friend. Still, he's awesome.

Seriously, this series got better every book! Plus, it's ending was just so...perfect. Not unrealistic with all bows tied, but still really, really good.

I have to give this book a 5 out of 5!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Awakening: A Review (Darkest Powers #2)

Goodreads (Description):

My name is Chloe Saunders, and if you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl - someone normal.

Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment - not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends - a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch - and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

My Review:

This book started right off from where the last one began, and it started with a tense situation--which caught my attention and I couldn't stop from the minute I started.

Chloe and her friends are the run for their lives. Secrets from the first book have been learned and now they are trying to figure out what exactly has been done to them with the genetic engineering and how they can escape the Edison Group. Vague, I know, but I don't want to give any spoilers (although, the description kind of does).

Still, I liked this book more than the first one. Granted, the first book was still good, but it was mainly setting the stage for this book. So much happens to Chloe and her friend and it's pretty face paced. Friends are made, love begins to bloom, and I am so very much in love with Derek...

Once again we get to see how despite Chloe's mistakes and the sucky situations she's put through, she does her best to help her friends, even though Derek is kind of a punk sometimes. I like how even when she hates someone, like Tori (who I also hate), she recognizes they're still on the same side and helps them.

And let me just add this. I like how Chloe isn't in love with her power. So often we see MCs who just accept their powers, but Chloe is actually terrified of her ability to raise the dead. She does what she can to control it, but she doesn't truly rely on her power, but on her wit and her friends. I just think that's awesome.

I give this a 4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Summoning: A Review (Darkest Powers #1)

Goodreads (Description):

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House... before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

My Review:

Chloe Saunders was quite a fun character to follow around. Although she was set financially, and was not wanting there, she had a pretty hard life. She didn't exactly have loads of friends and then she started seeing ghosts.

Which led her to Lyle House and lots of other kids who supposedly had loads of problems too. At first things seem to be going as well as they could for Chloe, but then we begin to see that Lyle House isn't what we thought it was.

This was a fun YA filled with surprises around every corner and a fantastically sarcastic MC. Chloe doesn't take any crap from anyone and fights for what she wants. At times she is a bit clueless, but overall, I really liked her.

As for all the other characters, it was fun to see Chloe interact with them and learn about being a Necromancer. It was fun to discover this new world of supernatural powers.

I give this a 4 out of 5!