We were Liars by E. Lockhart

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible because if you know how it ends it will ruin it for you. That being said this review isn’t going to cover content much.

I went into this book knowing nothing about it. I had heard all of the hype about it when it first came out, it’s been on my list but I hadn’t gotten to pick it up yet. When I found out that E. Lockhart was going to be at The North Texas Teen Book Festival in April I made it a priority to read it before going.

Summary:

Not going to put one, I urge you to go into this book without knowing what it’s actually about.

Favorites:

The writing: The writing style is beautiful, it’s has the neat hazy feel to it. It fits really well with the mystery of the whole story.

Metaphors and more. The foreshadowing is on point with this book, the metaphors are incredible, and I loved how Lockhart used fairy tales within the story.

Quotes:

I had a really hard time finding ones that I really liked that didn’t ruin it, which is why I’m leaving you just with this one.

“Our kiss was electric and soft,

and tentative and certain,

terrifying and exactly right.

I felt the love rush from me to Gat and from Gat to me.

We were warm and shivering,

and young and ancient,

and alive. ”

The quills:

Cursing?

Not as much as most books, but it does use the f word a couple of times.

Physical romance?

Some kissing.

Gore?

Some, mainly towards the end when the big surprise is revealed.

Will you cry?

I did, you might too. No one told me this was going to be a sad book, consider this your warning.

Overall rating?

four out of five hedgehogs.

It was good, I read it in one sitting and was completely surprised by the ending. But I give it four because, I don’t know. I just didn’t click with the book as much as I have others.

The Author

E. Lockhart who I hope to meet at the NTTBF.

Click the links below to her media sites.

Website

Twitter

Extras:

I feel like this book should have come with a small trigger warning for self harm.

Also, if you are an animal person, be prepared to cry. While I understand why that was included I felt it was almost unnecessary.

Litographs has products for this book you can find them here.

Were you surprised by the ending? I think it would be really neat to reread it now and see just how much foreshadowing is done, has anyone done that?

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One Lovely Blog Award

A HUGE thanks to Theresa @ The Calico Books for thinking of me and tagging me in this!

 

The rules:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

The facts:

  1. I love hedgehogs. I have a ridiculous amount of hedgehog themed stuff. Such as; stickers, figurines, stuffed animals, socks, and books.

2.  Blue Bell ice cream is my favorite ice cream, you just can’t go wrong with it.

3. I have my BA in psychology.

4. My family runs a small private Christian school where everyone is a volunteer.

5. I teach 3rd & 4th grade at said school.

6. I used to do pointe ballet (the kind where you’re actually on your toes). There are days that I want to try it again, but it’s been three years. I would probably break an ankle if I tried it now.

7. I kind of like doing laundry. That being said, I’m way behind on laundry.

8. My goal every year is to read 100 books, but so far I’ve never succeeded.

 

Nominations:

In no certain order

Aimee @ To the Barricade

Emily @ This Incandescent Life

Katelyn @ On Writing life, and MBTI

Victoria @ Stori Tori’s Blog

Alexa @ Summer Snowflakes

Natasha @ Starlit Wanderings

Anna @ The Story Scientist

Krissy @ Words in my Soul

Heather @ Sometimes I’m a Story

Meghan @ Slaying Dragons

Anna @ Anna Schaeffer

Heather @ Heather Manning

Schuyler @ My Lady Bibliophile

Margaret @ Through the Lens

Alyson @ Pages From My Journal

 

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Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank

Summary:

This book follows Chess, a girl who was having one of the most romantic nights of her life when things went south and an embarrassing accident leaves her in the hospital where it is discovered that she has Crohn’s Disease. She gets put in a room with another girl who also has Crohn’s Disease. Only this girl, Shannon, has been treating it most of her life. It makes Chess wonder if she will be like Shannon in a couple of years, back in the hospital having another surgery.

Favorite things:

The layout. When I opened this book just to look at it, the first thing I noticed was the unique layout. It made me want to read the book immediately.  Most pages have a line down the middle. The line acts as the curtain that is dividing them in the hospital room, I thought that was super neat and gave a more hospital feel to it.

Verse. The story is written in verse format, which is something I’m kind of on the fence about. I have only read one other book written in verse so I’m not used to it. I know that it is pretty hard to write in verse, but I think that Frank did a great job with it. I still felt connected with the characters and I learned things about their lives. I feel like it being written in verse added a new layer of almost mystery to the story.

The girls. These two girls are so different and Shannon’s attitude is just great. She’s kind of just edgy, no nonsense, and isn’t afraid to tell anyone how they feel. While Chess is quite and uncomplaining, most of the time.

Some favorite quotes:

These are not in the same format as they are in the book, I changed format for ease of posting.

“And in the silence left by all the words unsaid, its pretty clear I’ve stepped off the edge of my life Into sickland.”

“Who’s ‘you’ when your own body is your biggest enemy? If her own body can’t recognize her, how can she?”

“I wish I could just be me. Without my body.”

“We don’t take stress. We give stress.”

The Quills:

Cursing?

The F word is used a couple of times, along with other curse words.

Physical romance?

Not really.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I doubt it, unless you know someone who is going through Crohn’s Disease then maybe.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

I loved the format and I thought the book as a whole was unique, but I just felt like it was missing something  There were also times when I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on.

The Author:

Lucy Frank who you can read a lot more about here on her site.

Extras:

You can watch Frank read a passage of the book here.

What are your thoughts on books written in verse?

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Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I have no clue why I waited so long to read this book, I’m kicking myself for it now. I’ve known about it for so long I just never read it.

Summary:

In Unremembered we follow this girl who wakes up in the wreckage of a plane crash where she is the only survivor. She has no memory of who she is or what happened, she is a blank slate. To top it off no one can find anything about her, it’s as if she never existed. Every clue she finds as to who she is just leads to more questions. Her only hope is a boy who claims to have known her, he tells her that there are people after her and that they need to run.  Can she trust him? Will they make it to safety?

I’m terrible at summaries, I apologize.
Favorite things:

Clues. Through out the most of the book we are given clues to as what has happened to Sera. She finds things and gains information and honestly I wasn’t sure how it was all going to fit together, but it did and it was amazing.

Science. I love the whole mad scientist thing, when greed and power overcome the desire to help. I just liked the general science feel to it, and the psychologist part of me was fascinated with the memory aspect of it. I won’t go into more detail than that because of spoilers.

Experiences. Since Sera is now a blank slate we get to follow her as she learns about and experience things for the first time. Like when she has grilled cheese for the first time or learns about the internet.

Cody. He had this great kind of dry sarcastic humor and he was the perfect form of comic relief.

The romance. I went into this book with no expectation of romance, I had no clue it would play as big of a role as it did. It was important in the book, yet it was so… soft. Maybe quite would be a better word. It was always there driving the plot along, but it wasn’t in your face screaming at you, which I liked. It didn’t over power everything else like romance tends to do sometimes.

Some favorite quotes:

This book was kind of hard for me to find actual quotes for because 1. I’m still getting good at the finding quotes thing, and 2. I found with this book that instead of finding a sentence or two that I liked, I found whole paragraphs or scenes.

“The answer comes before I can even attempt to respond. It echoes in some back corner of my mind. A faraway flicker of a flame that is no longer lit. A voice that is not my own. Yes. Always yes.”

“The rest is empty space. Although I don’t know  how far back that space goes- how many years it spans. That’s the thing about voids: they can be as short as the blink of an eye, or they can be infinite.”

“I can’t help but marvel at how happy she looks. And I find myself feeling happy too. Maybe that’s what food is supposed to do.”

“You can only trust what you feel. What you know to be true.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a little but nothing too bad, I’d say PG-13.  I was impressed by this and appreciated it, it was refreshing. Why do all Ya books think they have to have tons of cursing in them?

Physical romance?

Some kissing.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I doubt it.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

This book is great and now I’m going to read the other two in the series before the North Texas Teen Book Festival.

The author:

Jessica Brody is amazing. I’ve met her several times. Her website is full of advice for writers and she even has a controversial post about her thoughts on writers block, you can read that here.

Click the links below to her media sites.

Website

Facebook page

Extras:

Unremembered has a pretty good book trailer that you can watch here.

After that spend tons of time on Jessica Brody’s YouTube channel, she has tons of great videos, and it would take forever to link them all.

Diotech has it’s own Facebook page. I love it when they make companies in books seems so real.

There is talk of a movie, but as far as I can tell there hasn’t been much progress, you can follow it on the movie  Facebook page and if progress is made you will know about it.

Lastly, this is the book’s Facebook page.

 

Have you read Unremembered? Were you as swept off your feet as I was?

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea is the second book in The 5th Wave trilogy. We follow Cassie and the other survivors as they try to stay alive after escaping from The Others death camp.

Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book.

I just sat and stared at it for a while after I finished. Just WOW.

I came home from work and the power was out, I figured since laundry wasn’t going to get done anyway I might as well read. Thankfully, the power came back on before it got too dark for me to read by sun light. I started this book about 3:30 and didn’t stop until 9:30 when I read the last line.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the trilogy, you can read my review of The 5th Wave here.

I’m going to try really hard to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Favorite things:

The Others. I know that sounds bad to say, but the aliens  really were one of my favorite parts. They are terrible, awful, sadistic, creatures that want to crush your heart before they kill it. But, they are smart and I don’t know, I just have to give them some credit.

Ringer. I liked Ringer in the first book, but I really got attached in this one. You just learn so much about her and her past. I didn’t think I would, but really enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The writing. One of the things that I liked in the first book was the descriptions and the metaphors and just the overall writing quality of it. I was afraid that all of it would be lost with the second book like it sometimes is, and it wasn’t at all. In fact this one might have had even more of it.

The plot twists. These were just so good. I won’t say what, but I did not see anything at the end coming. All of the information that we learn and everything that happens, so much of it surprised me. However it left me with a bunch of questions that better be answered in the last book. If they aren’t I’m going to be really disappointed.

I will say that there were several parts (won’t say what they due to spoilers), that I got lost in. I had to reread and think about it. It didn’t make me like the book any less though.

Some favorite quotes:

“The world is a clock winding down.” (This is referenced to multiple times in the book and I just loved that.)

“Just the mothership silently hovering in orbit for the first ten days caused cracks in the human edifice.  A different kind of viral plague: uncertainty, fear, panic.”

“It’s all connected. The Others understood that, understood it better than most of us. No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house of cards collapses.”

“The Others didn’t invent death: they just perfected it.”

“They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can’t kill what lasts in us.”

“I am more than the sum of my fear.”

There are so many more quotes that it was really hard to pick and choose a few.

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Mostly kissing, PG-13 at most.

Gore?

Talk of blood and wounds, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

I didn’t, that being sad some sad stuff happens. You might get teary.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

Even with the confusing parts I still enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

Rick Yancey is doing a Infinite Sea read long, you can watch the first 20 mins here. I love listening to authors read their own books, it’s just so personal and real.

There is also a sweepstakes going on where you can win signed copies of all three books and a phone call with Rick Yancey, how cool is that?! You can enter here.  It ends on 3-31-16, good luck!

 

Where you as shocked by this sequel as I was? Let me know in the comments.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I read this book for the first time the month after it came out a few years ago, and then I reread it now since the movie came out and because the third book is coming out soon.

I’m not going to do a summary of this book, chances are by now you have already heard about. However, if you want one you can follow the Book Outlet link to the book here. (Where it is only $6.99 for a hardcover copy at time of posting).

Favorite things:

The humor. All of the characters are sarcastic and they have this great kind of dry humor. There were several times in the book that I found myself actually laughing, even though I was screaming “Nooooooo!” in my head.

The POV (point of view) changes. I have to admit, at first this threw me for a loop. I hadn’t expected it and the first chapter from each characters POV was a little confusing since I didn’t know who was talking. But after the first page or so I knew what was going on. I loved how Yancey changed it every part instead of every chapter. It gave me so much more time to get to know and have a feel for the characters voice before changing to a new one.

Cassie. She’s strong, stubborn, and just very real. Yancey has done a great job with that, there were so many times while reading this book that I was thinking “That is something that I would say if The Others were attacking.” Sometimes she does stupid things, but who wouldn’t in the apocalypse?

The guys. No spoilers as to what role each of these guys play. Evan and Ben are so caring my heart melted several times. Sammy (Sam), is such a cute five year old and little brother. I loved the part from his POV.

 

Some favorite quotes:

“The stars seem a lot closer now. Closer than the three hundred trillion miles that separate us. Close enough to touch, for me to touch them, for them to touch me. They’re as close to me as his breath had been.”

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“Even the most sensitive person can get used to the most insensitive thing. Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”

 

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Kissing mostly, I’d say it was PG-13. Nothing too bad in my opinion.

Gore?

Not really. People are dying, lots of people have died and there are some parts that might make you want to cry, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t. You might.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

But I will say that there is a part towards the end that’s a little odd. I can’t say what it is or it will spoil things, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about.

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

Unfortunately, I have not gotten to meet him yet. The day I finished reading The 5th Wave for the first time I closed the book and went to the website to see if he was on tour with it still. I missed meeting him by three days. Three. Days.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

This book has been made into a movie, you can watch the trailer here. At time of posting it is still in theaters go and see while you can or you’ll have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and who wants to wait that long?

You can follow the movie on its Facebook page.

 

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