Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis:"The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for."
Review: My heart was throbbing with the amount of feels I got throughout reading this book. Once again, Leigh Bardugo has forced me to actually stop between scenes to just process my feelings and calm my poor heart.
Ruin and Rising really brought this series to a beautiful ending that left me content with what I was given, even though I love the Grisha world so much and don't really ever want it to end. This book may only be a couple hundred pages long, but like Siege and Storm, so much happened. I honestly paused every couple of scenes just to process everything because the plot was amazing and my heart was definitely being stressed out.
In terms of romance, Ruin and Rising does finally put an end to the love triangle and because I don't want to give any spoilers, I will just say that I was incredibly happy with who Alina ended up with. The romance was really built up in suspense throughout this entire book and I liked that because even though I was very much on a certain character's side, the feeling of suspense really glued my attention to the story. PS Alina and her love is now my OTP. Seriously, I get the feels everytime I read about them.
The plot in Ruin and Rising, personally, was the best out of all three of the books. I loved all the plots but I found this one the best due to the many plot twists that I couldn't predict as well as how much Leigh Bardugo was able to fit in so little pages. This book could honestly be made into a two to three hour movie (yea that much happened). I loved that in this novel Alina really found out a lot about herself and all these cool mysteries that always seem to occur. I also loved that there is almost always something happening which can actually be hard to say for many books. Even when I stopped reading I couldn't stop thinking about what was happening and I would say that really means that this book is able to fully capture my imagination. I just could not stop thinking about what was going to happen.
After reading this book I actually really fell in love with Zoya, Genya, and Harshaw. (As well as the character I was rooting for, but I won't say who.) It's strange that after what they've been through the reader is also able to fall in love with characters Alina didn't always like!
PPS: I haven't mentioned in my previous reviews, but I also love the before and after parts of this book. They really get me in the Grisha mood in the beginning and tie up any loose ends to keep me content.
PPPS: Let me know if Genya reminds you of the Selection series?!
If you want a soul touching book, filled with action, magic, and love, this is it! Ruin and Rising and the rest of the Grisha Trilogy is a series I will never forget, because it's just something that won't let you forget it. Seriously, go and pick up Shadow and Bone today to start the series, you can thank me later!
Favorite Quote(s): (can dedications count?) "For my father, Harve -
Sometimes our heroes don't make it to the end."
" 'Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what's inside you? That's steel. It's brave and unbreakable. And it doesn't need fixing.' "
" In the end, maybe love just meant longing for something impossible bright and forever out of reach."
" 'Maybe you're hungry,' said Zoya. 'I always get mean when I'm hungry.'
'Are you hungry all the time?' asked Harshaw."
"It was stupid. It was dangerous. But Ana Kuya used to tell me that hope was tricky like water. Somehow it always found a way in."
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
*I received a digital ARC of Heartless from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley , but this in no way affected my honest opinion about the book.*
Synopsis: "Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. "
Review: Heartless was one of my most anticipated reads this year, but although the book was written well I found it somewhat disappointing (but I still didn't take away any stars because it was that sort of bad if you know what I mean). Essentially, Heartless is a twist on Alice and Wonderland, but not in the same way Marissa Meyer twisted many fairy tales for the Lunar Chronicles. You can expect for Heartless to stay a bit truer to Alice and Wonderland and less of a completely different story like her other series.
Although the world itself was not the most interesting part of the book for me (especially since the world of Alice in Wonderland is already SO wondrous) I found myself more attached to the characters and the plot. Catherine in the main character of the book and I actually related to her in many ways (as most parents do have their children's futures in some kind of set path and when I younger I actually wanted to become a baker). Despite my connection to Catherine, I found myself even more intrigued by Jest. Jest was by far my favorite character in the book and before long I was deeply invested in Jest. Like most perfect fictional guys, he was kind and gorgeous, but Jest, being the Joker also had a quick wit and was humorous. My main attraction to the other characters was really the fact that I could tie them back to the original story and find out how Marissa Meyer tweaked them, which was incredibly interesting to look for (almost like Where's Waldo?).
The plot was heartbreaking, beautiful, and well thought out. There is a love triangle (warning for those who don't like the love triangle), but it wasn't really one of the annoying sorts of love triangles. I found the romance to be by far one of my favorite things about this novel and though things didn't go the way I wanted (NO SPOILERS I PROMISE), I still accepted the outcome. The rest of the plot was also incredible and Marissa Meyer really found a way to incorporate the entire world of Alice in Wonderland in a slightly different angle. However, I did find the ending of this novel to be a little to fast for me and I wished that there was more to really help me get through it.
With only minor complaints, (ones that I probably can't really complain about), I found Heartless to be without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year. It also really sparked a love for Alice in Wonderland that I didn't know I had in me! (Seriously! I went and watched Through the Looking Glass after reading this because I didn't want anything to stop!) I would really recommend Heartless to any Alice in Wonderland lovers as well as those who love retellings, fantasy, or romance!
Cover: ★★★★★ (UM FREAKIN' GORGEOUS)
Favorite Quote(s): " 'Perhaps we know each other in the future and you're only remembering backward.' "
"Fascinating, isn't it, how often heroic and foolish turn out to be one and the same."
" 'But hoping,' he said, 'is how the impossible can be possible after all.' "
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis: "Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm."
Review: First off, this is the SECOND book of the Grisha Trilogy so don't read this is you don't want spoilers for Shadow and Bone!
Siege and Storm was action packed, so much so that I honestly had to pause a couple times to take everything in. There really was a bit of everything in this novel! I loved the action, adventure, romance, and emotions I experienced while reading this and I have to say that I can't stop thinking about this plot!
Now that the Grisha world was pretty much all set up, Leigh Bardugo really started the whole adventure of Alina vs the Darkling. Alina's struggle with Mal, the Darkling, Nikolai, and saving Ravka is something that is present throughout this novel and really caused a LOT of emotions. Alina really goes through a lot in this storyline whether it involve romance drama to saving the world, Alina has a lot on her shoulders. I love that Alina can make mistakes and that Alina comes from a poorer upbringing because after she is thrust into this new found glory, I just can't imagine would it would of been like if she already came from a higher upbringing.
We are also introduced to Tamar and Tolya, grisha twins whom I LOVE DEARLY (especially since I'm a twin too), but I just found them to be the side characters that really captured my attention. I actually found the characters in this novel to be incredibly unique and I really love them all.. except certain ones (cough Genya couch the Darkling)
This book had more of a focus on the culture of the people now that Grisha world was fully constructed. Although this book had much less world building than Shadow and Bone, SO MUCH HAPPENED ALL THE TIME. I honestly loved that about it! It feel like a plot induced adrenaline high? (if that's even possible because then book cardio could be real) I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't picked up this book yet so let me just say that I laughed, cried, yelled, and probably yelled some more (but mostly in my head ... I share a room ).
If you didn't get any of this review let me just make it known that this book was amazing and everyone should go and read it. (This is not even a suggestion, yeah it's that good).
Favorite Quote(s): " 'You were like a stranger, Alina. Beautiful,' he said. 'Terrible.' "
" 'he just blooms wherever he's planted.'
'I'm more of a weed,' I said drily."
" 'We're giving them hope. That's better than nothing.'
'Spoken like a man who's never had nothing,' "
" 'Fearless is other word for stupid.' "
" 'The world is changing,' ... 'We change with it, or there will be nothing left to remember us but the dust.' "
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne
Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Review: WOW ok first of all HARRY POTTER. Anyways, I know there are plenty of mixed reviews out there but let me just say that this review is MY opinion and you guys are free to think whatever you want! I'll start by addressing what other people disliked. Many people didn't like the format... but it's a script so I definitely was prepared for it and to be honest it helped me get through the book much quicker. Although I do have to agree it felt slightly like a fanfiction, but who cares right? (She didn't have to write any more but she did so take it or leave it!) Some people also didn't even like the plot, but let me get to that in a minute.
I honestly wasn't even planning on getting this book when I did because I just happened to be at Costco to return something and my dad asked if I wanted anything and I was really hoping they would have this book and THEY DID SO I WAS LITERALLY JUST HUGGING THIS BOOK ON THE RIDE HOME. Ok whew breathe, getting a bit too excited all over again. Now let's get into it. First of all I was already aware of the mixed reviews so I was a bit cautious reading this book, but let me just say this script was intended to be a play and for all intents and purposes it did a REALLY good job. I get that maybe it didn't make the best novel, but it's a PLAY, and there isn't meant to be anymore.
My favorite part was really getting to see the crew back at it again. Harry, Ron, Hermione, just made me feel at home again. They are the three characters I could never read enough on. They are literal squad goals (seriously how many squads have the saved the world and had fun doing it?). Just getting to hear about Hogwarts again made me feel nostalgic.
Right in the beginning we are introduced to Harry's third child, his son, Albus. Albus instantly felt like a little Harry Potter clone to me despite the differences that both Harry and Albus claimed. Ok so the interesting stuff may include spoilers so I'll hide the rest and you can choose to read it or not! :)
Opinion Spoilers: We also get to meet Scorpius, Draco's son. As it turns out Albus is sorted into Slytherin as well as Scorpius and they become the best of friends, but also loners at Hogwarts due to people believing Scorpius is Voldemort's son and Albus just because he wasn't very good at magic. Honestly, I wasn't drawn in by all the new characters I just really liked seeing how the old ones were doing and what the wizarding world was like after so many years. The time traveling stuff. Ok I get it so at the end nothing was really achieved, BUT I would just like to reiterate that this is a PLAY and that this is pretty much how plays work themselves out... Besides happy endings are nice and I loved that bit of action! The time traveling also allowed for some of my favorite parts to happen!! UM SNAPE yes that's right because Scorpius and Albus go back in time, Scorpius does get to meet Snape and touching moments happen. (Seriously I was tearing up plus I mean it felt nice to get to know that Snape sort of got to know that everything was good. It felt unfair that he couldn't before.) Now Voldemort's daughter... yea she didn't make me feel anything at all. She seemed sketchy to me since the beginning and I wasn't devoting and sort of connection to her, so that part didn't do much for me. However, the rest of J.K. Rowling's amazing plot twists got me ready to read this script as quickly as possible! I could honestly see the play come to life in my mind! (well with the movie characters because they will always be the originals to me) No matter how much I wish there was more I know there really can't be more and that's why I'm grateful for the nice ending J.K. Rowling has provided with this script. All the loose ends seemed pretty tied up and I am not left yearning for another 1000000 books instead it just feels like the end and I have to say I'm pretty satisfied.
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Synopsis: "Even in the future. there are damsels in distress...
In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has."
Review: As you guys may know from my review of the first two books in this series I AM LOVING IT! The characters, the plot, the EVERYTHING is AMAZINGGG. Marissa Meyer has me completely hooked in this world.
In this novel there is obviously a main focus on Cress (aka Rapunzel) and Thorne being her 'prince'. I found this novel easier to read compared to Scarlet just because I got a bit more used to the way the character viewpoints switch and because Cress meets them much earlier on than Scarlet did with Cinder.
Romance wise we also mostly see developments happening between Cress and Thorne, a bit more for Cinder, and close to none for Scarlet (read it and you'll see why.) As usual Marissa Meyer is amazing at young adult romancing (is that even a word?) and this novel really not only retells Rapunzel's story incredibly well we also get to see a different kind of love bloom when a certain doctor reappears!
Although I really loved the strong independent women Marissa Meyer put into the first two novels it was also nice to see a timid girl that believed in love more than anything. Cress put in a new kind of perspective into the Lunar Chronicles which was really refreshing to read. I think she also represents many of us stereotypical book lovers: shy, quiet, awkward, but lovable and pretty smart sometimes!
Cinder and Kai! yes something happens but no spoilers right!?
This novel also has one heck of a plot. I literally gasped out loud or said really strange comments out loud and I didn't care at all because SO MANY MIND BOGGLING THINGS HAPPENED. If you've read my reviews before you guys know I love predicting things and a lot of the time I can accurately guess something but this novel just had me completely entranced.
PS. Marissa Meyer writes so beautifully that I have too many favorites quotes so I may have to cut some out... ;(
Cover: ★★★★★ (CAN YOU BLAME ME?!)
Favorite Quote(s): " 'You know, when I was a kid, I was tricked into thinking that princesses wore tiaras and hosted tea parties. Now that I've met a real princess, I must say, I'm kind of disappointed.' "
"The sky was a haze of violet, and where that faded away - blue and black and stars. The same stars she'd known all her life, and yet now they were spread out like a blanket over her. Now there was an entire sky and an entire world ready to engulf her."
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Synopsis: "Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner."
Review: WOW I absolutely LOVED this book! Marissa Meyer really knows to how to write a good retelling. It was action packed, filled with romance, and had me turning pages until the very last word.
I loved the way Marissa Meyer was able to bring Cinder and Scarlet together. For a moment or two I was a bit frustrated with the switching between stories but I couldn't have been happier at the meeting scene! I was incredible to see these two seemly different worlds slowly connect and collide into one.
Romance is obviously a huge aspect (since it's even a large part of fairy tales in general). I think I became emotionally invested in Wolf. Honestly, I do have to admit I did doubt his loyalties at times, but Wolf's character was by far my favorite in this book. Cinder obviously was not able to add too much in terms of romance since her prince charming was thrown off her course in the previous book. Scarlet and Wolf. Ahh the typical teen/young adult romance, always tragic but it always makes the reader want it even more. Scarlet and Wolf do NOT seem like a very likely couple, but throughout the course of this novel they have probably become my OTP.
As usual, every YA/ fantasy book can't be missing out on some good action. With every twist it turn, it felt like watching some magical team solve puzzles and dodge bullets and kick some ass. These girls are AMAZING. I could not be any more thankful for the women supporting community that is the book community. These girls that I read about and so many other younger girls read about really inspires people. Just like the way young girls used to strive to be the disney princesses I honestly believe that one day little girls will read the Lunar Chronicles and strive to be like Cinder and Scarlet. They both represent the best kind of girls in our modern society. They are humble, strong, and prove to be much more than what you see at the first glance. They inspire me.
The Lunar Chronicles is NOT a series you want to miss out on! If you have not yet read Cinder GO (it's the first book of this amazing series!)
Favorite Quote(s): "You just never know when a stranger will want to take you somewhere you don't mean to go." (pg 25-26)
"Mirrors couldn't be fooled by glamours."
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Synopsis: "Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."
Review: A couple years back I actually stumbled upon this book, but this was before I had discovered the bookish world, so sadly I just read a preview and pushed it to the back of my mind. This book is honestly AMAZING. I really wish I just purchased the book then and it will always be one of my regrets.
Marissa Meyer is able to twist the original fairytale of Cinderella into a spunky, futuristic, magical journey of following Cinder through her world in China. Iko was clearly the equivalent to Cinderella's animal friends and Pearl, and Adri are clearly her evil stepmother and stepsister. However there was a clear twist due to Peony (the other sister) having a role as Cinder's bff.
The plot was AMAZING.Yes I did know almost all the bigger plot twists by page 110, but I STILL ADORED EVERYTHING. How could I not?!
Each character was amazing, but my favorite part had to be the connections to the original story. Again, yes I guessed the plot line, but even with my suspicions, I thoroughly enjoyed this book due to great writing and plenty of action+mystery+romance, all in one. I loved how Marissa Meyer was able to put a twist on the evil stepsisters and stepmother as well sneak in the carriage (as the car)
Cinder. She is such a perfectly unperfect person(cyborg lol imig). I was enthralled by her sarcastic jokes from the beginning of the novel and grew to love her personality and character more and more throughout the story. Cinder was not considered beautiful, in fact she was probably one of the most hated, but even with all that influence of hate, she showered kindness and love to those who loved her.
Prince Kai is quite the average prince. I found him to be a bit mysterious and naive (at least with Cinder), but overall just your average kind, kingdom running prince. I was also personally glad to see Cinder as more of the stronger character in their sorta relationship.
I would recommend this book to anyone who fancies themselves a little twist on the original Cinderella, or wants a bit of fantasy/sci-fi and futuristic things. It really is such an amazing novel though! (So I'd even encourage you to read it if you don't like anything mentioned previously, maybe this can open you up to it!)
Cover:★★★★★ (LOL Seriously can someone even NOT like this cover?!)
Favorite Quote(s): "Even in the Future the story begins with Once Upon a Time."
"Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
*I received an ARC from Netgalley but my review is in no way affects my opinion or the content of my review.*
Synopsis: "The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?"
Review: Let me just say I am SO grateful that there is more than one book. Nevernight is so much more than a book. It is a journey and a lesson. Nevernight has changed me forever. When I started out reading this book I was more than confused. I was completely and utterly lost. However, before I knew it I was drawn into Jay Kristoff's magical world and I did not want to leave. Mia is one of the most inspiring characters I have ever read about and I think she could be one of the best role models for girls (leaving out the hundreds of kills though of course...).
Mia Corvere is one the most amazing characters I have ever read about. Mia is strong, but with weaknesses that make her feel real. She is the shadows, but so much more. Mia teaches the reader about family, love, friendship, and how to find yourself along the way. Her second shadow, a cat called Mister Kindly, represents loyalty and friendship. Tric is a rare, one of a kind, kind of friendship.
Jay Kristoff creates the most amazing characters and the background behind Mia is even more amazing. However, my favorite part of it all is the perfectly planned plot. Nevernight is full of suspense, action, magic, romance, and twists you never expect. It has everything you have ever wanted and more in just 448 pages.
Again, I must stress how much Mia inspires me. She is like Katniss + Tris + Hermione + (any other amazing female character you can think of) all in one. Mia is the best of friends and the worst of enemies. She is dark and has ghosts in her past, but her future is full of all kinds of people and stories. She is someone I wish could be my best friend, but even if I met her (and made it out alive) it almost feels right that she is alone in solitude with only Mister Kindly. Mia is fearless (really and once you read it you'll get why), but sensible (most of the time), funny in a different/good kind of way, and most importantly good. This seems ironic for one of the best assassin/murderer, but she really is good and it seems almost impossible that someone with her background can still be good. All of this together makes Mia such a strong and ideal idol.
My personal recommendation for this book is to get a physical copy. I received an ebook copy and that is why the footnotes was incredibly hard for me to read, but if you all go out to get a physical copy (available August 9th) it will not only be an AMAZING read, but hopefully an easier one that mine as well!
Nevernight is one of those few books I know I will reread because of the beautiful writing and the gripping plot. (and so should you!)
Cover: ★★★★★ (UM FREAKIN GORGEOUS)
Favorite Quote(s): "No shadow without light, Ever day follows night, Between black and white, There is gray. - ANCIENT ASHKAHI PROVERB CAVEAT EMPTOR"
"People often shit themselves when they die."
"She faded from the world's view, became almost translucent, like a smudge on a portrait of the city's skyline."
"Only a child of ten, and already she knew the color of fear."
"But wrapped up inside her shadows, she crept on, on through the nevernight glare, just a watercolor impression on the canvas of the world."
"Names speak to the namer as much as the named."
"The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in pages, those pages leave their marks on us. ... You're a daughter of words. A girl with a story to tell."
"The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow."
* WARNING: spoilers for the Me Before You may be present (whatcha expect it's the second book) *
Synopsis: " “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. "
Review: THE SECOND BOOK OF ME BEFORE YOU! I was absolutely CRAZY excited to get this book because Me Before You was one of the best books I have ever read. Unfortunately, I think my expectations were set a bit too high and I was still quite connected to Will.
Louisa goes through grief and guilt and Jojo Moyes is able to depict a very realistic kind of fiction. After You was really able to show how people move on and at the same time how deeply others can affect you.
In this novel Louisa meets two new people who impact her life in ways she never could have imagined, both bring trouble but also eventual happiness. First she meets Sam. Someone she never saw coming and takes a part of her heart. Next, she meets Lily. I don't want to spoil anything so let's just say Lily is exactly what Lou needed after Will.
Lou goes through a LOT of ups and downs (and one literal down too). Jojo Moyes is really able to capture Lou's feelings and inner battles. The book was incredibly written and as usual be prepared for emotions galore!
Favorite Quote(s): “You don't have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”
“I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it.”
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A fan of anything fiction, furry, & fun.