A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I found out about this book over on The Calico Books last year (you can check out her review here) and have been meaning to read it ever since. I finally picked it up this month and I’m so glad I did. This book is super sweet and cute.

Summary:

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

-Goodreads

Favorite things:

All the POVs. There are 14 different point of views in this book and none of them are the main characters. At first I was a little iffy about this, but as soon as I started reading it I was hooked. It was such a refreshing way for a romance novel to be written. All of the characters were so different, and it was fun to watch them ship Lea and Gabe.  Also, there is some diversity in the characters in this book.

The bench and the squirrel. These two were some of my favorite povs. The bench was just so creepy. It makes me kind of second guess siting on a bench now. The squirrel was so adorable, I loved him.

It was funny. The book was so quirky and funny.

The whole thing was just sweet and light. This book isn’t heavy, it’s not one that you really have to think about. You can just enjoy it. It was a good book to get me out of reading slump and the perfect book to read on a rainy day.

A favorite quote:

“Sometimes it’s better to say something stupid than nothing at all.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Some, I’d say it was PG-13 at most

Physical romance?

No

Gore?

Nope

Will you cry?

Nope

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Sandy Hall, she has a couple of other books out. I plan on reading Signs Point to Yes at some point.

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Have you read this book? How do you feel about this many POVs?

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Vitro by Jessica Khoury

I didn’t realize until after I finished reading this book that this is actually a sequel in a trilogy. The first book being Origin (which I haven’t read). I’m pretty sure you can read them in any order because they each follow different characters in different situations, they just all have to do with the same organization, Corpus.

Summary:

On Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. With the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives–and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: she has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus’s dangerous research.

Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

-Goodreads

Favorite things:

The concept. The thing that I loved about this book so much was that it took something that happens everyday and took it 100 steps farther. Embryos are made in labs everyday and then either used, frozen for later use, or used in experiments (like stem cell research). In fact we can even test embryos to see if they will have genetic problems and some scientist are trying to figure out ways to “edit” those embryos to make them better. I don’t know that we will ever take it as far as the scientist do in Vitro, but they could try which is what makes this book so great and slightly scary.

Skin Island. The atmosphere is really well written in this book. I loved the feeling of the old deserted resort turned secret lab. I wish there had been a map or brochure type thing in the front of the book, that would have been a nice touch. The only thing that annoyed the tar out of me was how many times it was mentioned during the first 50ish pages. Everyone Sophie talked to was like nooo you don’t want to go there, no one ever goes there, no one will fly you there, etc. I got it, it’s a dangerous, mysterious place, no one talks about.

The ethics. This book dealt with some really ethically heavy topics and I feel like it did it really well. It also gave you some things to think about.

Not so Favorite things:

The romance. I feel like the romance was ok but it wasn’t what I was rooting for. It just never seemed to be that big of a deal. Even though Jim was risking his life for Sophie I felt like he was doing it out of obligation not love.

The characters kind of fell flat for me. Sophie and Jim were just kind bleh. I got tired of Jim constantly kicking himself for helping someone else, and Sophie was making bad choices the whole time.

Something felt off with this book the whole way through and I can’t figure out what it was. I can’t tell if the plot was too back and forth, or maybe it was all of the paragraphs with Jim wandering around the island. Ultimately, the whole time I was reading it I couldn’t help but think this book could be like 50 pages shorter than it is. There were times when it felt repetitive and like it just rambled.

Some favorite quotes:

“Tell me, who is the monster? The creation or the creator?”

“If people could fall apart, why couldn’t they fall back together?”

The quills:

Cursing?

I don’t remember there being any cursing, but I read it over the course of a couple weeks.

Physical romance?

Nope, in fact I’m not even sure that there was a kiss in this book.

Gore?

There was a tiny bit towards the end but you could skip over it if wanted.

Will you cry?

Probably not.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs

Overall the book was good but I’m not singing it praises.

The Author:

Jessica Khoury, she seems to be pretty active on Goodreads.

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Even though I wasn’t 100% in love with Vitro I plan on going ahead and reading Origin (the first book), because everyone says it’s really good and better than Vitro

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me By Leah Thomas

I got this book off of BookOutlet when they had their Booktoberfest sale. I thought the cover was pretty and the title intrigued me. I didn’t read the summary (I rarely do these days), so I was a little disappointment when this didn’t end up being a romance. However, I did love the friendship between the two guys develop and I got over my disappointment pretty quickly.

Summary:

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

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Favorite things:

Their voices. I was so impressed by how distinctly different Ollie’s voice was from Moritzs. In fact this book is one of the few I’ve read from dual POVS, that actually sounded like dual POVS. You have Ollie who is funny, energetic and just sort of goofy and brilliant. Then we have Moritz who is down right mean at times. He’s moody and kind of rough around the edges but it’s not like he doesn’t have a reason to be.

The format. You guys know I love books written in different formats. This one was written entirely in letters and I loved that.

The medical sci-fi stuff. I really wish I could read more about all of the other experiments and more of what went on at the lab in general.*

Some favorite quotes:

“Nosebleeds = Friendship Maybe friends are drawn to bloodshed. You know. Like sharks”

“If you weren’t born screaming, then you were probably born with too much optimism.”

“Even if you are powerless, your words are not.”

The quills:

Cursing?

PG-13. This book does have the f word but instead of using the actual word it had a subsiture word, fluffing. I found this to be pretty funny in some situations .

Physical romance?

Nope.

Gore?

Not a whole lot, but there was a paragraph about a dead mouse that made me cringe.

Will you cry?

I did a little bit towards the end, but I’m extra sensitive to the situation that was happening.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

The Author:

Leah Thomas, she doesn’t have a website that I could find but she does seem to be pretty active on her Goodreads page.

 

* I found out after writing this review that there is a sequel that just came out in February called Nowhere Near You and I think it will go into more of this exact thing. I’m pretty excited to read it and see if it does or not.

 

How do you feel when authors mash genres together? Like in this case I feel like this book was mostly contemporary but with a big dash of sci-fi. Do you know of any other books that do this?

 

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This book met all of my expectations. It was funny, cute, and fast moving. I think this book has an excellent message that everyone needs to hear. It’s a great reminder of how every choice we make has the ability to change someone else’s life. This book also deals with some very relevant topics, like racism, and immigration.

Summary:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Favorite things:

Dual point of views. They were amazing. Daniel and Natasha had very distinct voices, something that I feel like is often lost in YA dual POVs novels. I especially liked all of the chapters from minor/side characters povs. I loved seeing that outside perspective and how those characters decisions really affected Daniel and Natasha’s day. My favorite was Irene, we had a total of less than 10ish pages with her, but I found myself thinking about her and caring about her almost as deeply as I cared about the main characters.

The plot. The whole book takes place over the course of 12 hours so of course it moves quickly. That being said I never felt like it was rushed.

That ending. This belongs in my favorite and not so favorite things. This ending made me cry from sadness and happiness on literally the same page.

Not so Favorite things:

There’s only one thing that I didn’t like. It’s the one question that is left unanswered. What happened to her and Bev, her best friend?

Some favorite quotes:

“I didn’t know you this morning, and now I don’t remember not knowing you.”

“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Yep, the f word is used a fair amount.

Physical romance?

There are some intense kisses, but it’s all PG13

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I shed a couple of tears and had to resits the urge to throw the book at one point.

Overall rating?

Five out of Five hedgehogs.

The Author:

Nicola Yoon, be sure to check out her website.

Her debut novel, Everything, Everything is getting a movie! It comes out this year.

Have you read The Sun is Also a Star? If so who do you think you are most like, Daniel or Natasha?

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Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I have some mixed feelings about this book. This book wasn’t what I expected it to be. It claimed to be different than The Fault in Our Stars, and it did deliver in that area. There is little to no romance involved, and what I thought was interesting is that even though Rachel (the dying girl) is the whole reason this story is even happening, I didn’t feel like the story really included her all that much.

Summary:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight

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Favorite things:

The formats. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I love books with different and fun formats. This book had some great ones. I really loved the one with the newspaper headlines summing days up. It was a brilliant way to skip time without making you feel like you just jumped a week ahead without any warning. There were times when he summed up dialog with bullet points, and there are scenes written in script format.

Greg. I liked Greg, most of the time. The rest of it I spent annoyed with him. He seemed kind of whiny. At first I liked the paragraphs when he was like this book is so terrible, and I don’t understand why you would keep reading it and on and on. When I first started reading this book I loved them, I thought they were really relateable and funny, but after a while they just got old.

The films. I loved hearing about all of their different films and film ideas. They were funny and entertaining to read.

 

Not so Favorite things:

The humor. Some of the humor was so vulgar I literally cringed. What Earl thinks is funny and what I think is funny are two very different things.

 

Some favorite quotes:

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”

“I am the Thomas Edison of conversational stupidity.”

 

The quills:

Cursing?

Yep, I think the f word is used a fair amount, and there is a lot of profanity.

Physical romance?

No, but it is graphically talked about.

Gore?

Not really

Will you cry?

I didn’t, but I think there is a high chance that you will.

Overall rating?

3 out of 5 hedgehogs, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t one that I would recommend to my friends. I would have given it 2.5 but the different formats bumped it up to 3.

 

The Author:

Jesse Andrews here is his website.

I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t find this book to be hilarious. Do you think that vulgar humor is funny? Have you read this book? Will you read this book?

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Paper Towns by John Green

I wanted to like this book, I really tried to like it. I liked A Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska when I read them a few years ago, but after reading Paper Towns I wonder if they were as good as I thought they were.

Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… –Goodreads

Favorite things:

John Green. His writing style is as good as I remember it being. It had so many quirky, cute, and funny moments. As always the book is filled with metaphors and imagery that is entertaining to read.

The old shopping center. I think that abandoned malls and buildings are so interesting, I loved seeing one included in a book.

Not so Favorite things:

The characters in general. Ben was just so creepy, I didn’t like him. He called girls “Honey bunnies,” and then there was that scene early on in the book about how hot he thought Q’s mom was and that whole thing was just weird. I didn’t like Margo at all. To sum her up, she was a brat. Q was alright but I spent the whole book wanting to yell at him for being so obsessed with someone who obviously didn’t care about him.

This book just made me feel agitated and annoyed in general. I think it was mainly because of Margo, I could rant about Margo for a paragraph or two but I will not.

Some favorite quotes:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Yep, the f word is used one or twice.

Physical romance?

Not really, but there is some discussion.

Gore?

Not really, but there is one scene that is pretty gross and I could have gone without it.

Will you cry?

Nope

Overall rating?

Two out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

John Green, who I’m sure you’ve heard of.

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Have you read Paper Towns? What were your thoughts on it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t like Ben.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Important note: I really want to talk about to Rhysand and Tamlin, but I wanted to be able to do so with spoilers. I figured the best way to do this was by making a password protected post so that only the people who really wanted the spoilers would see it and those that didn’t wouldn’t have to worry about accidentally seeing a spoiler.  This is the link and the password is ACOTAR (all caps). I would love to read your thoughts and discuss this (or any other spoiler type topics) with you on that post. 

I don’t normally read fantasy  books. I don’t really know why, they just don’t usually appeal to me. I decided that I needed to give one a try this past summer and see if my taste has changed. Since no one can seem to stop talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the sequel I decided that it might be a good one to try.

I was not disappointed.  Maybe I am just overly impressed since I haven’t read fantasy in a long time. This book was really good. It had me literally on the edge of my couch. I didn’t know what was coming next or how it would end. I liked it so much that I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. However, there are some things that I didn’t like about it, things that might be deal breakers to some readers.

Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. – Goodreads

This book is a mashup of Fairelore and fairy tale retelling.

Favorite things:

The writing. The writing was so good. It was beautiful and had a different feel to it than I am used to. The writing just pulled me into the world and made me never want to leave. Note: I’m not sure if this is a Sarah J. Maas thing or if this is a fantasy thing.

The plot. The plot was fast paced, and pretty intense. As previously stated, it kept me on the edge of my couch.

The characters. All of the characters were pretty well developed and I never had a hard time knowing who was who. I loved the humor they had and they were easy to connect to.  There really wasn’t one character that I liked more than the others. That being said, I was always getting slightly irritated with Feyre. She was constantly making stupid decisions and doing the exact opposite of what she was told to do even though she was told it was for her safety.

The fairy tale elements. I love Beauty and the Beast and I loved seeing the elements throughout the story. However, I do feel like one of the biggest challenges in the story is missing here but I won’t explain because, spoilers.  However, this review on Goodreads sums it up really well.

Some favorite quotes:

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“Because,” he went on his eyes locked with mine, “I didn’t want you to fight alone. Or die alone.

The quills:

Cursing?

The cursing wasn’t bad in this book for the most part.

Physical romance?

The physical romance in this book is pretty heavy and descriptive. I would not recommend this to younger teens. It is also not just one scene you can skip. The topic comes up in thoughts and events several times. You’ve been warned, it is graphic and it comes up quite frequently.

Gore?

This book has a fair amount of gore in it.

Will you cry?

Probably not.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Sarah J. Maas, I haven’t read any of her other books, but I plan to. I love that she had Pinterest boards with story inspiration that you can follow here. You can also check out her website here.

 

 

 

 

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I read this book over a couple of days. I tried to read it last month but I couldn’t get past the first chapter, I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It was a pretty quick read, but It didn’t seem like anything special, to me it felt almost generic. I feel like there were a few simple things that would’ve elevated the book a bit and added to the story. Nonetheless it was a sweet, simple, and clean love story.

Summary:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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A few favorite things:

The Travel. I really liked the travel aspect of it. It made the book move quickly, and I loved getting to read about all of the different places.

Postcards. I thought the postcard thing was cute and different. It was a refreshing to see something other than just emails, Facebook messages, and texts.

The character growth. I feel like most of the time we see characters grow it’s not very noticeable growth. That wasn’t the case with this book. There was so much growth from both the characters and their families. I loved watching Lucy and her mom grow closer together towards the end.

Owen’s mom. Even though she passed away before the book started her presence was there throughout this book. Reading all of Owen’s memories of her and the things she did were just so bittersweet.

Not so favorite things:

I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to see the actual postcards. They played such a big part in the book I had expected to at least see the back with the characters handwriting on it. It would have made the book stand out more and made it a bit more fun.

The ending was also one of those kinds of endings that frustrates me. There was no epilogue, and I had my heart set on an epilogue. However, it was a cute ending, and I think if I had gone into the chapter thinking that it was the end I wouldn’t have felt cheated.

A few favorite quotes:

“…It stuck her as the truest form of kindness, the most basic sort of love: to be worried about the one who was worrying about you.”

How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on the roof. She was just a girl in an elevator.

The Quills:

Cursing?

No, in fact I can’t remember a single curse word.

Physical Romance?

A few kisses, but it was really clean.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Nope.

Overall rating?

I give it three out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Jennifer E. Smith, I haven’t read any of her other novels but I plan to. Several people I have talked to say that this is their least favorite book of hers and that her others ones are better so I think I will give them a chance.

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Did you have mixed feelings about this book? Have you read any of her other books like More Happy Than Not?

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If Only/Grace by Richard Paul Evans

I have been in a reading slump all of August, in fact until the 28th when I read this book I hadn’t read a single book in August. One of my friends sold me this book as a surprised. She told me the genre but that was about it. I don’t think I would have just picked this book up on my own so I was a little hesitant, but I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t bad at all, it was just one of those “alright” books to me . It did keep me up reading way later than I expected it to, and I finished it in one sitting.

Summary:

” If only I could stay with you forever. I would.

Eric is having a hard time adjusting to his family’s move from California to Utah. Then one night he discovers a girl Dumpster diving behind the burger joint where he works. Her name is Grace. She’s a classmate and a runaway. Eric and his younger brother, Joel, decide to hide her in their backyard clubhouse.

While the adults are concerned about the looming Cuban Missile Crisis, and the boys’ father recovers from illness, Eric grows closer to Grace—but can their new relationship survive the harsh realities of life? Not everyone can get a happy ending, but maybe Grace and Eric can create their own.” – Goodreads

Favorite things:

The pattern. Pattern isn’t the right word but I really liked how the book ran. At the start of each chapter there was a sentence from Grace’s diary, then the rest of the chapter was from Eric’s point of view. This was pretty refreshing to me. I liked that I got to see a tiny bit of Grace’s inner thoughts without having to jump to her point of view.

The foreshadowing. I knew ahead of time the thing we find out in the middlish of the book, but the ending I didn’t see coming. However, there is a tiny bit of foreshadowing for it that I didn’t even realize was in there until I was flipping the pages to pull quotes for this post and I happen to catch it. If you have read the book comment below and tell me if you caught it.

Grace & Eric. I really loved Grace and Eric, not just as a couple but as individuals. My heart hurt for both of them and I wish things would have ended differently. However, I do like how you get to see how the pain changed his life, it was a good reminder.

The message. I really liked the overall message of the story. I won’t go in to full details because of spoilers.

Not so Favorite things:

I think if I could go back I would have read the original publication of the book. It was originally published as Grace and when I went to Goodreads I realized that the people who read Grace (instead of If Only), had pulled some quotes that had not been in my copy. Quotes that would have been helpful to have like.

“There is pain in bringing out these memories. I suppose I don’t really know why I feel compelled to write at this time, only that I am. Maybe I want those closest to me to finally know what has driven me for all these years. Why, every Christmas, I occasionally slip away into my thoughts to someplace else. Or maybe it’s just that I still love her and wonder, after all this time, if I can still find grace.”

or

“As I begin to write, a part of me feels as if I am awakening something best left dead and buried, or at least buried. We can bury the past, but it never really dies. The experience of that winter has grown on my soul like ivy climbing the outside of a home, growing until it begins to tear and tug at the brick and mortar.

“My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age and I pray I can get the story right. Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older. This much I know: too many things were kept secret in those days. Things that never should have been hidden. And things that should have.

Who was she? She was my first love. My first kiss. She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her”.

Neither of these were anywhere to be found in my copy and it makes me wonder what else I am missing out on. I think I’m going to try and find a copy of the original publication and read it to compare.

Why did they do this? I’m not really sure.

A favorite quote:

“How do you really know when you’re in love?”…”When you don’t have to ask.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Nope.

Physical romance?

A couple of short kisses.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I was still crying for a good ten minuets after I read this book, you’ve been warned. It crushed my heart.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

It wasn’t bad it just wasn’t amazing. I am also pretty upset that they seemingly took out whole paragraphs when they republished it, thus changing the experience.

The Author:

Paul Richard Evans

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Have you read this book? If so what edition and what were your thoughts?

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The Last Star by Rick Yancey

If you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy don’t read this review. I don’t want to ruin who lives and dies for you. If you want spoiler free reviews of the first two books you can check out my review for The 5th Wave here and The Infinite Sea here

The Last Star was everything I wanted and more. The conclusion was great, heck the whole book was great. The plot was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I am still sad that I won’t get to read more about these characters but I feel like it ended nicely and I’m satisfied.

Summary: 

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human – goodreads

Favorite things:

Sam.I loved that  you could really see how much everything has changed Sam. He can’t remember his ABCs yet he can build a bomb, he has grown up too fast and it’s sad.

All the couples. So there is one couple that people seem to be really upset about. They keep talking about how there was never anything between these two characters and that Yancey just put them together because it had to be, but this is just not how I saw it. As much as I hated it these two had chemistry from the start and I have seen them getting together the whole time. So in a way I was kind of happy they finally got together.

The characters. I loved them for the same reasons I have in the first two books. They all have such great personalities and I have really enjoyed watching them grow and change.

The ending. If you have read the book you will understand why I have mixed feelings about the ending. That being said, it was really satisfying ending and I feel like it was a good conclusion for the trilogy.

Some favorite quotes:

“For some, death is the midwife to faith. For others, it is faith’s executioner.”

“Some things, down to the smallest of tings, are worth the sum of all things.”

“You don’t run from the people who need you. You fight for them. You fight beside them. No matter the cost. No matter the risk.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word a little more often than I would like.

Physical romance?

There isn’t a whole lot, but there is some and there is a fair amount of discussion about it.

Gore?

A little, but it’s not terrible.

Will you cry?

Probably, I was very close to crying but I held it together.

Overall rating?

four out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

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

 

If you have read The Last Star, what do you think about it? Were you satisfied? Also, did you feel like Cassie was a tiny bit inconsistent in this one? I’m on the fence about it myself.

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