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Always and Forever, Lara Jean | Review

The Lara Jean series (otherwise known as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) has always been one of my favorite contemporary series, ever since I first read them in 8th grade. I love the cuteness, the little details, the innocence. When Jenny Han announced that she was writing a third book, I was over the moon: I liked PSISLY, but I wanted more.

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ADORABLE picture from PaperTrailDiary.com (it’s so cute ahh!!)

This book was just what I wanted.

Those who don’t like books that have no specific plot likely won’t enjoy this story. And really, I think it was in a way a delayed coming-of-age story. It continues with Lara Jean’s past personality, and she makes more mistakes, but she’s somehow more mature. She has to make actual, important decisions (like college) and it feels more real. Whereas with the other books I enjoyed them but couldn’t connect to them, with this one, I could see my future self having to go through the same things.

(I haven’t even gone through college application stuff yet–but it’s looming over me, so it was really interesting reading about it.) Then of course, all of the small things that made me love this book: Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship, the cute little decorations, baked goods, etc. etc.

I hadn’t been completely immersed in a story that filled me with happiness in a while, but I was with this one. It may not have the best writing, plot, or characters, but it made me happy and I think that’s why it deserves 5 stars.

Have you read this series? What did you think of this bittersweet conclusion?

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The Sun is Also a Star: Or, This Book is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is one of those books where (as I talked about in my previous post) I was not expecting to love it. I read Everything, Everything as an ARC, and although I liked it, I definitely did not love it.

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But, when I saw a brand new copy of this beautiful book in my school library just standing there [see: above], I decided I’d give it a shot and pick it up. My first reaction was how diverse this book was. Both main characters aren’t white (one is Jamaican, and the other Korean-American) and the book deals with issues like racism and stereotypes, which I thought were done very well. (This a spoiler-free post.)

The other thing I noticed was how…readable it was. A lot of times I force myself–even if I’m enjoying it–to continue reading books. It’s not that I don’t like reading, but because I find I procrastinate if I don’t motivate myself. This was one of the books where I didn’t have to do this. Once I started reading, that’s all I wanted to do.

It had everything I look for in a contemporary novel, and not only were the characters unique, but the book itself was unique too. It would switch POVS (but not in an annoying way) and go to someone else’s perspective which just added so much more to the story. So, not only would you get the main characters’ perspective, but also minor characters that influenced the story and the characters. On top of that, there were little chapters of “history” or “a story of ______” that again added perspective to why certain characters were acting in certain ways.

This book of course was not only about romance but about family and love in general. What even is love? Why do humans do certain things? What would happen if we didn’t do certain things? And things like this. It made me think about things that are always in the back of my head but I don’t actually question.

If I absolutely HAD to choose something bad about this book it would be–and not necessarily bad–to make the romance a little more slow paced. It did feel kind of insta-lovey, because the whole book took place in a single way, but there are reasons certain things happened which is why it really didn’t bother me. It didn’t have an instalovey feel because it felt like you know the characters for so much longer.

The characters! Oh god, the characters. ❤ I think this is getting a bit too long, and I don’t want to give anything away. Again, you can totally read this without knowing anything so I think it’s best if you just gave it a shot and hopefully fell in love with it like I did. 🙂

5 stars for this star of a book!

Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did? I hope so! Let’s discuss!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Spoiler-Free Review

Hey everyone! Here’s my review for Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which you can buy here from Amazon and click here for the Goodreads summary. The cover:

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This review is spoiler-free so feel free to read all the way through and if you’ve already read it, let’s discuss!


Alright so I have A LOT of emotions on this. First and foremost, I just want to say that I really am satisfied with this book. It gave me what I wanted when I went into it and I was pleased throughout most of it.

The things I liked were:

The World. The setting was my favorite. I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland ever since I was a little kid. I never read all of it at once (which is a shame, but I hope I will soon), but rather snippets of it, and of course I’ve watched the movies. So, going into it, I wanted to feel all the whimsy and the magic and the weirdness that comes with Alice in Wonderland, and I was definitely satisfied. That being said, I do wish I had actually read it fully before coming into this book because there are a LOT of references and it would have added to my enjoyment of the story.

^So, I’d definitely recommend reading Alice in Wonderland and/or Through the Looking Glass because Marissa Meyer writes the story expecting you to catch on. You’re already supposed to know things, which may be annoying at times, but in general it was fine.

The ending. The ending was my favorite part, throughout all of the novel. I won’t say what happened, to keep this spoiler-free, but it definitely made me like the book as a whole much more. I devoured the last 50 pages despite being really tired.

The cleverness. This book was so clever. Despite the fact that I didn’t know ALL the references, I got most of them and the way Marissa Meyer weaved in Alice in Wonderland themes was beautiful. It made the story much more unique, what with the prophecies and riddles and rhymes. My favorite part, however, was how everything fit in the end. Marissa Meyer found a way to make the setup for Alice in Wonderland ready (as this is a prequel story). The madness of Hatta, the evil Queen of Hearts…It’s just so pleasing to have it all FIT.

Now onto the things that bothered me/I felt indifferent too.

One thing that disappointed me was that I didn’t really feel an attachment to any of the characters. Except at the end, when Cath became the new Cath, I didn’t much care because they didn’t touch me so much. The same goes for the romance. Throughout all of the novel, I was waiting for something dreaded to happen so Cath could become “heartless”, which, I suppose is the downside of reading a retelling: I knew how it would end, so I was constantly waiting for it. I can’t say it really affected my enjoyment of the story, because that’s also the part of the story I liked (how it “fit”), but it led me to guess most of the plot twists.

The romance was also a bit…instalovey, but I overlooked that because it was literally stated in the synopsis of this book. All that aside, I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who–

a) loves Alice in Wonderland
b) wants something new, unique, and slightly weird
c) likes seeing how anti-heroes become anti-heroes. (This part was done VERY well.)

4 stars! Oh, and I can’t possibly write this review without…

“Off with their heads!”

Have you read Heartless? What did you think of it? Do you agree with me? Let me know!

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Isla and the Happily Ever After | Mini-Review

Hey everyone! After A MONTH AND A HALF (or more) I finally finished a book! THIS CALLS FOR CELEBRATION! Anyways, here’s a mini-review, as well as the cover for Isla:

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I started this because I had been wanting to read it for two—almost three—years now, and I needed some fluff in my life in the midst of school. Anyway, at first I didn’t really enjoy it and I was super disappointed because I read Stephanie Perkins’ other books before and LOVED them.

Luckily, I pressed on and…I started loving it. Especially towards the middle, it surprised me a lot because I thought it wouldn’t get better. And it made me realize how much I needed some cuteness in my life. Lately, I’ve been drowning in work and negativity, so reading something that had less of that made my whole mood better. Of course, this book still has a bunch of problems, and I did enjoy the other two better.

I thought Isla was annoying, and she was shy, but weirdly so. She kept blurting random things that messed up all her relationships which drove me crazy. I was SO mad at her especially towards the end of the book, but she redeemed herself as her character got better and she realized her mistakes.

I still do think this series is pretty cheesy, but I love it. Sometimes, we just need a little cheese in our lives, something to smile at. And this series definitely provided me with that, so I will miss it. On top of that, I also love, once again, how relatable the characters are. We screw up. Humans just screw up in general. The characters in this series screw up, and although everything else might not be realistic, THAT aspect of the story is.

4 stars: everyone already knows about this series so there’s no point in explaining more, but yea! My reading tastes and criteria have slightly changed which is why this is not a higher rating. (As well as the fact that I didn’t really like the beginning.)

How did you guys like this book, if you’ve read it? Do you agree with me on the “cheese” thing? Thanks for reading!

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I Met MARIE LU! Event Thoughts & Summary

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to tell you guys about my experience meeting Marie Lu about two weeks ago. If you didn’t know, Marie Lu has been one of my favorite authors for over two years now. I first read Legend towards the end of 7th grade and now I am in 10th grade, so it’s been a while. However, ever since, I’ve always loved her books and that definitely hasn’t changed.

And so, of course, I’ve always wanted to meet her. In fact, Marie Lu was on my top five list of authors I’d like to meet, and when I found out she would be coming to my local Barnes and Noble’s, I was ecstatic. I immediately notified my best friend who loves Marie Lu even more than I do, and we were SO HYPED.

Although it was a Thursday night, it was packed and there were a lot of people. Marie Lu came and she talked about The Midnight Star a little bit and then took questions. They were giving bottles and bags to people who asked questions, and luckily, I was the third person Marie Lu called on! So now I actually have a signed bottle haha.

The question I asked was, “What can you tell us about future books?” The adorable Marie Lu told us about how she is writing Warcross, which is actually set in the very near future and is about video games!! She told us that she was writing Warcross when she needed a break from the darkness of The Young Elites (which is one of my favorites.) Anyway, after the Q&A we got into the signing and line and after about an hour of waiting…IT WAS MY TURN!

I was so excited that I practically forgot my stuff on her table. I told her about how much I love her books and how much my friend and I wanted to meet her. We took a picture together, and let me tell you guys, Marie Lu is so cute. I think I say this about all authors, but literally: authors are the cutest, most precious people on earth. Finally, right as I was about to leave, a thought randomly popped into my head: what if I asked Marie to sign the cover of my copy of The Midnight Star? So that it would be extra special?

So now I have a copy of TMS signed TWICE, and the cover looks even more beautiful. ❤ Marie Lu also told me that I was the first person who asked her to do something like this, which for me is an HONOR. *cries happy tears*

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marie lu signing some books!

And…that was my wonderful experience meeting her! I still cannot believe entirely that I met her. For over two years her books have been such a big part of my life that I don’t have the words to express my feelings. :’)

That wraps it up for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experience 🙂 Any comments? Please let me know! (Also, if you want more pictures of the books and my bottle, just ask!)

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My Emotional Story With the Throne of Glass Series + EoS Stuff

You all probably already know about EoS, but if you want to read something a little emotional and bittersweet, I’d read this 🙂

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Ohmygod.

I honestly had very low expectations for Empire of Storms, and I was ready to be once and for all let down by this series. I had basically given up; I only had a ounce of hope that this series would still remain as one of my favorites. I am so happy I didn’t give up, and for those of you who were let down by the last books: don’t give up. Seriously. This is such a big improvement, especially compared to Queen of Shadows.

Right now, rather than give you my thoughts on this book specifically, I’m going to talk about my emotions for this whole series.

I read Throne of Glass initially over two years ago, before I had even started 8th grade. It was my first high fantasy book, and it was back when there was some hype for ToG across bookstagram, but not too much. Definitely not as much as now. It was mostly just well known for being really good, but the fanbase was not as big as it is now. I thought it was really good, but not super amazing, and I probably would have enjoyed it even more had I read it later on. (I was young and confused, and I didn’t have much experience with YA, either.) A year later, once ToG started becoming more popular, I decided to read The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire back to back, before Queen of Shadows came out.

Unfortunately, I was a little let down again because a) I had been spoiled, and b) I expected much more. But still, Heir of Fire became one of my favorite books, and I still love it but I don’t love it as much as I thought I did. Then Queen of Shadows came out September of 2015, and I read it. I thought I enjoyed it, and I did…but ultimately, as time passed…I realized it really wasn’t as good as I thought it was. I had a huge problem with the characters (Aelin and Rowan) and from September 2015 to September 2016 I kind of dreaded the release of this book, EoS.

I became annoyed with the fandom, and I hated Rowan with a passion. On top of all that, with the drama about Sarah not including diversity, I was, in some way, dreading reading EoS. My bar was set really low and I was ready to be disappointed once again.

About 200 pages into the book, I was let down. I was kind of bored, and I forgot a lot of the characters. Also, I read 200 pages in two weeks because I did not have the time. That is, until I sucked it up and decided I would try to finish it within a week, and I am so happy I did. Once I got into the story, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading or obsessing about the characters. And I know, oh dear God do I know, how many problems this series has. Because it does.

The characters are kind of messed up, the lack of diversity is very much real, and so many other things. But you know what? I realized, I don’t really give a shit anymore.

I mean, I do, but for my enjoyment? This series is freaking awesome. It has almost everything I look for. Plot twists, romance, strong characters. So I’m overlooking the bad parts and just taking it as or what it is: a book with flaws written by a flawed human being. We often forget that authors are human too. And I think it is very important to realize that in the end, these things are flawed. Nothing is perfect. Yea, it could be better. At this point, though? This was effing amazing. And realizing that–that I can still love something AND accept it has flaws–made me enjoy it even more.

Which now connects to how I am so emotionally attached to this series. I grew up with Percy Jackson in my childhood, and now I’m transitioning to a more mature person with this series. I read Throne of Glass when I was a pre-teen. When this series ends next year, I’m going to be a junior in high school. Three years of obsessing, critiquing, loving, hating, this series. It may not be as long as everyone, but three years is a long time. And realizing that this series is flawed, like me, makes me so emotional. Because I became more mature with these characters. I did new things, I was put in places–luckily not Endovier–that weren’t so great for me. And the fact that it is ending next year makes me really sad. And if I ever do meet Sarah, I will tell her this. I will tell her that her series made a big impact on me not just because everything was perfect–but because it was not. Because somehow, I got more attached to it because I hated some parts and loved others.

And that, my friends, is why I love this book even more. Of course I love the romance, and I even hate Rowan a little less. Of course I love the plot twists and the beautiful writing and Manorian and the heartbreaks and everything. But what I love the most is it’s flaws, and how I can still love it DESPITE the flaws.

Now that my emotional little session is over, I want to talk about this book itself. (This part is going to be short because I’m trying to condense everything) Okay so first off: Manorian is my life. I love them so much and even though I did think their romance developed really quickly it was in a good way. THEY’RE SO HOT I CAN’T. Second: plot twists. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Third: all the characters. Heck, I even don’t hate Rowan now. I realized that he’s better now and the last few heartbreaking chapters really affected that. I also love the new characters’ relationships, like Elide and Lochan which broke my heart. I love the Thirteen, especially Asterin, and I actually loved Gavriel and Fenrhys. Lysandra and Aedion also broke my heart at the end…

Basically, I love all the characters and how of course Aelin managed to deceive everyone though of course the end KILLED me. It made me respect Aelin so much more because I had been annoyed with her and now she redeemed herself to me again. Right now I am an emotional ball but if you guys have read this book then you probably know what I mean. Anyways, yea. I think that’s all I want to say right now. Summary? I loved it.

Did you guys read all this? How did you guys like Empire of Storms? Are you as emotionally attached as I am? Let me know!

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It Could’ve Been Better: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Hey guys! Last month I read Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and I wrote a review on it, describing my conflicted feelings and why I was disappointed. You can check it out on Goodreads here and see the cover here:

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Rating: 3.75 stars.

I think one reason why I was let down by this book is because it sounds like everything I want in a high fantasy. I heard, before reading, that it had numerous plot twists, amazing characters and plot, etc. etc. So going into it I expected to love it. (I’ll be discussing spoilers, so if you haven’t read this book yet, do so now.)

Now, despite the fact that the book certainly was super fast paced and easy to read–it was also entertaining–I was…let down. It feels like The Kiss of Deception all over again: I thought I would love it, and I didn’t hate it, but it was just okay. I did enjoy this one more than TKOD, but ultimately there were a lot of things that bothered me.

First of all, none of the characters pulled me in. They just didn’t have that spark that I usually like in my fantasy characters. I hated reading from Cleo’s point of view basically until the last page when she finally decided to become badass. She wasn’t strong, and not in the physically strong sense. She literally could NOT stand up to the asshole Aron, and she needed someone to save her from every situation. Look, I don’t mind if a character is whiny. If she gets her stuff done by the end and uses her brain. When she got into trouble, she started thinking of her dear Theon and would wish for him.

“There was nothing easy about this. But Cleo was confident that Theon was going to win. He was her hero. He’d saved her once. He would save her again.”

An example from pg. 294.

My favorite POV I read from was Magnus’, but there was something that put me off. His feelings for Lucia. This did not add ANYTHING to the story besides me being put off by Magnus, while I would have liked him much more. I get that they’re not really siblings, but it doesn’t work that way. Magnus has known Lucia his whole life as a sister and the fact that he is attracted to her romantically is sick. It doesn’t matter if they’re not really siblings, or if Magnus is a morally ambiguous character. I like Magnus, okay? But you can’t sugarcoat that he’s normal.

I found Lucia to be way too perfect. If she had shown some type of flaw I would have liked her better, but she didn’t. Aron I hated. And Theon? I didn’t know him enough to be able to develop a solid opinion. He was only used as a tool to rage Cleo on, and their “romance” felt too pushed for me. Frankly, I didn’t care at all that he died. I also did like reading from Jonas’ point of view and I am curious as to see how his plans with Cleo are going to work out in the future.

Now onto some more positive things: this book was incredibly easy to read and although I was quite annoyed at times, I did enjoy it. As I was reading it I didn’t realize how quickly time flew and I finished it really quickly–less than 3 days. I feel like the world wasn’t as complex as I would have liked, but maybe it will be touched more upon in the next few books. I feel like I’m being harsh right now because I had expected so much.

I did like the plot twist that Eirene was the exiled Watcher, but, I knew that Emilia was going to die from the start. And I expected there to be many more plot twists besides this one. In future books I predict that the Watchers will become a bigger part of the story and I am much more interested in the magic of this world.

All in all, I did really enjoy this book. But, I think I read it at the wrong time. If I had read it a year or more ago, I know I would have fallen in love with it as I wanted to now. However, my reading tastes have changed and since I am now a more critical reader, I didn’t find this to be as complex and intriguing as other high fantasies I’ve read. The characters fell flat, and so did the world. That being said, I do want to continue on with this series just because I know it will improve, based on the ending.

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