Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

islaTitle: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Series: Anna and the French Kiss, #3

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Summary: Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Review:

Hello, all!  I feel like it’s been a million years!  But, I’m happy to be back with a new review, my first review of the year!  This is actually the first book that I’ve finished this year (aside from rereading The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  I’m also reading this other book called The Physics of Immortality, but that isn’t exactly a book for “light reading.”

Isla and the Happily Ever After has been sitting on my shelves since August, even though I already knew I’d love it.  Stephanie Perkins’ books are perfection on paper.  The third and final book in this trilogy focuses on Isla and Josh, who was a prominent character in Anna and the French Kiss.  He definitely had a bigger role to play in this book.

In Isla, we got to see a lot of Josh that I don’t remember seeing in the first book.  We also get to know about who he is in general a lot more, since he’s one of the main characters.  He was so sweet and perfect and ugh.  *Mentally adds him to my never-ending list of book boyfriends*

Isla was… meh.  She got really annoying toward the end of the book.  I felt there was a lot of unnecessary drama that she created.  I could kind of relate to her, though.  I’m not really sure how to feel about her.  Again, meh.

I LOVED Kurt.  I was sad to see that Anna kind of pushed him aside once Josh came into the picture.  I’m glad Kurt was able to find the Right Way (*nudge nudge, wink wink*), though.  I just wish that Isla had made more friends instead of focusing all of her attention on Josh only.

This book was so exciting, though.  I read it in two sittings, and I don’t know why I had the motivation to pick it up, considering I haven’t done something like that in a long time.  I feel so spontaneous xD

Of course, we had cameos from Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket, which was amazing.  Unfortunately, they were talked about more than they actually were there.

5/5 stars to this beauty!  I love, love, loved this book.  I only had a few problems with it, but I’m letting them slide.  Overall, this series was fantastic.  I think Anna was my favorite, then Isla, then Lola.

What did you think of this series?  Are you thinking about picking it up?  Let me know!

Book Review: yolo by Lauren Myracle

yoloTitle: yolo

Series: Internet Girls, #4

Author: Lauren Myracle

Summary: Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends. Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country. In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets. -Goodreads

Review:

**No spoilers!

I was really excited about this book’s release, and when I finally got it, I was so happy!  And yolo definitely did not disappoint.  I loved being submerged into these characters’ lives again, even though they’re off at college.  I was so happy that this book was a much better experience than the last Lauren Myracle book I read.  I had a feeling yolo would be good, just because I knew the series.  However, I did fear that this book was just thrown together for the heck of it.  It didn’t have that feel, though, so I was glad.

So Maddie, Angela, and Zoe are off to separate colleges in different states, but they still manage to keep up with each other on a regular basis.  Maddie and Angela are my favorite characters in this story.  Zoe on the other hand… meh.  She’s a very needy person, especially with her boyfriend, and she acknowledges it several times throughout ttfn; l8r, g8r; and yolo (haven’t read the first one yet :O Will get on it soon…).  But I feel like Zoe’s character went through a lot of development in this installment, which I was so happy for.  She also branched out and made some new friends at college, which I didn’t expect her to do.  I’m proud of her. 😀

I really love Maddie.  I don’t want to go into too much detail about her, but she’s a pretty complex character, and I’d really love to see a book in her POV, because she seems like an interesting person to read about.  And if Lauren Myracle doesn’t have plans on doing something like this any time soon, someone write me a fanfiction! 😄

I also like Angela, though she was a bit more wild in this book.  Then again, she and Maddie have always been the “wild” ones.  Zoe also kept an open mind (which she usually doesn’t), and I really liked her character development.  She’s still not one of my favorites, but she’s getting there. *thumbs up*

I like the ten year anniversary covers for these books, but I think I liked the old covers better:

ttylI really like the look of this cover.  It’s pretty simple, plus it kind of shows you where we were in technology back then (ttyl was published in 2004).  The emoticons are pretty pixilated, which I thought was cool.  The new covers are nice, but I feel like they lost their quirkiness.

Actually, technology was one of my biggest worries for yolo.  Let me explain.

When I read a book, I like to assume that it’s based in the year it was published in, unless otherwise stated.  I’d actually feel more comfortable if all books had a little note from the author that explained what year the book was set in, but since not all books do that, I like to make my own assumptions.

So, for ttyl, it was published in 2004.  So, I assume that our three main protagonists were in their sophomore year in high school in 2004, too.  The next book, ttfn, was published in 2006, which kind of complicated things for my mind, since we skipped a year, but that’s when the trio were in their junior year of high school.  And the third book, l8r, g8r, was published in 2007, which was their senior year.  So let’s say Maddie, Angela, and Zoe graduated high school in 2007.  Right after high school, they had their summer break, and then they went to college.  So, let’s assume that’s September of 2007.

I was hoping that yolo would stick with the technology of the time, rather than use today’s technology, but that didn’t happen, which was disappointing.  Maybe you’re thinking, “Who cares?”  I don’t even know if the last couple paragraphs made any sense, but it would have been a nice touch if it Lauren Myracle had stuck to the older technology rather than incorporate newer technology.  Nevertheless, it was still good.  Just something I was hoping for.

Anyway, this book really was fantastic!  5/5 stars, and I’m looking forward to more Lauren Myracle.  Perhaps a continuation of The Winnie Years is underway…? 😀 If so, let me get my money!!!

 

Book Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition2Title: Opposition

Series: Lux, #5

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing. -Goodreads

Review

**Warning: This rambling review will contain spoilers.  It may also be jumbled, because I literally just finished the book.  Mah feelz, man.**

I knew I would love this series when I read the first book, Obsidian.  I read the book in about a day, as it was during a time when my internet access was very limited.  But, man, that was a good book.  And so were the books that came to follow.

I’ve been waiting for Opposition for a pretty long time.  I was lucky enough to read the series when the first four books had been released, but I’ve been waiting since February for Opposition.  That’s a long wait for a Jennifer L. Armentrout book.

Finding the book early, though?  That just made me so freaking happy.  So happy.  Let’s just cut to the chase, though.  This’ll be a gif-y review, which I haven’t done in a while…

Before I started reading the book, I decided to read the last chapter of Origin to refresh my memory on what had happened.  And oh boy, was it chaos.

We were reminded of the deaths from the previous book, which was pretty hard to think about.  We lost quite a few great characters.  Gahh.

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Beth reminded me of Bella from Breaking Dawn, all pregnant and scary.  If you’ve read (or seen) Breaking Dawn, you know what I’m talking about.  You know.  That can’t go unseen.  *shudder*  Actually, I think JLA might have made a Breaking Dawn reference on page 345, which is toward the end of the book.  I’m not sure, though, so check it out, and let me know.  Beth and Dawson named their child after Ash, which was just incredible.  I loved that.  She kind of had Renesme qualities, so maybe it had been a BD reference.

Is it bad that I was kind of shipping Archer and Katy for a second?  Don’t answer that, I know it was bad.  I love Daemon, don’t get me wrong, but Archer and Katy are so freaking hilarious.

This is probably literally the only thing that annoys me about Armentrout’s writing: the constant description about how someone’s eyelashes lowered or lifted, rather than saying, “she looked up at me,” she would say, “her thick lashes lifted.”  And that’s cool, nothing wrong with that.  Unless you’re using the lashes thing throughout the entire series.

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“Leighton’s thick lashes rolled…” I can’t even. xD

Something similar went on every time there was a description of Daemon smirking or something.  “The corner of his lips kicked up,” or something similar to that description.

Okay, when Katy found Dawson, thinking he was Daemon, and then he attacked her, I was like, “OMG, WHAT’S GOING ON, WHAT DID HE DO TO HER, IS SHE DEAD?”

That last one was illogical, but this is why I needed to reread a bit of Origin, because I’d kind of forgotten some details.

I knew I didn’t like Sadi the sadist, and Rolland the moment we met them.  Especially when Sadi was all over Daemon.

When Daemon found Katy for the first time since leaving her… THE FEELS.  And he was healing her and everything.  *dreamy sigh*

KATY IS THE QUEEN OF COMEBACKS, I SWEAR, I WISH I HAD HER MOUTH.

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I couldn’t believe what had happened to Dee.  She was, like, taunting Katy about Sadi the sadist and Daemon, and I was like, “Nooo, what happened?!”  But, when Katy and Dee were full on having a girl-fight, and Katy kept trying to talk to Dee (she made Harry Potter references, too—”Jesus.  It’s like I’m a muggle to your pure-blood or something.”) and Dee snapped out of her evil trance, it was just so… so heartbreaking because of the way Dee felt, but Katy was such an amazing friend to put her life at risk so Daemon didn’t have to hurt his own sister, and so she could hopefully remind Dee of who she was.  Amazing.  (You can find this scene on pages 260-261.)

And when Katy called out to Daemon in the meeting room… and he ignored her.  Like, no.  Just—no.

So when Sadi the sadist had her hands all over Daemon, Katy was like, “Get your hands off him,” even though Daemon had “rejected” her seconds before.  Okay, that was really heartbreaking, I don’t know about you…

I was so shocked when we found out that Sadi the sadist was an origin.  Like, what?

Okay, so when Katy was in the limo with Sadi and Rolland, and she realized that her thoughts were being read… the twerking thing… I DIED. 😄

When Luc (he was one of my favorite characters) said Nancy Husher had to tell Daemon and Katy something, I thought it was going to be that Katy might be pregnant, because there had been some speculation about that, especially since we found out that Beth was pregnant.  But it turned out that instead of Katy dying when Daemon died (or vice versa), I think it was that even if one of them died, the other would still live.  I’m not sure if I got that right though, as there were a few moments during the book when I was a bit confused.

I loved the squabbling that went on between Daemon and Archer.  Daemon was obviously jealous of Archer (though he’d be jealous if Katy hugged a tree—’cause he’s needy like that. xD), but their conversations were so hilarious.  They argued about The Walking Dead and all sorts of random stuff, and I loved it.  Even Katy said Daemon and Archer had a bromance that would end all bromances (p. 269)!  It totally lightened the mood of the book, despite the fact that their situation was grave.  The book actually kind of reminded me of Angelfall, though Opposition isn’t futuristic.  Throughout the book, it feels apocalyptic, but in the end, the conclusion I came to was that it wasn’t apocalyptic.  It was like… the anti-apocalypse.

**Spoilers for The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks… and a rant alert should be inserted here…*

“If we really are safe here, you’d leave this to go into a nest of vipers to get my sister out?”

“Do you really have to ask that question?  You know I would.”

Daemon walked to where I sat.  “I wouldn’t want you to put yourself in danger.”

“I’m sure as hell not staying behind if you run off to go find her.”

One side of his lips kicked up, and it was amazing how a simple half smile could twist my insides.  “I didn’t think you would, and I wouldn’t leave you here.  Where I go, you go, and vice versa.  You’re not getting rid of me for any length of time that easily.”

“Glad we actually agree on that.”  Not too long ago, Daemon would’ve tried to shelter me, but I think he’d learned that didn’t work out very well. -p. 141-142, Katy’s POV

In my review of Of Neptune, I talked about how I didn’t like the relationship between the main characters Emma and Galen.  There are some similarities between that relationship and Katy and Daemon’s.  The girls are very sassy (though I think Katy’s sassier), sarcastic, don’t take crap, etc.  The guys are more on the possessive side.  There are even some similarities about the characters in general: Emma and Katy both lost their fathers, Galen and Daemon are apart of entirely different races (to put it simply, fish and alien, respectively), and in the end, there’s a bit of hesitation about whose side they should stand on when the war comes along: their own people’s, or beside the girl they love.

Both Emma and Katy believe themselves to be “rare.”  They’re not totally a different species, but they’re not entirely human, either.  They both think they’re one of the few people like them, when in reality, there are a lot more than they think.

The difference between the romantic relationships of Emma and Galen and Katy and Daemon is that Galen saw and treated Emma like a “damsel in distress,” like she couldn’t take care of herself.  This went on throughout the series.

Daemon did this, too, but he backed off tremendously as the series progressed.  There are several times when Katy is fighting and Daemon stands back (or is doing his thing while fighting) in awe, Daemon is impressed, he recognizes that Katy is fully capable of doing a lot.

I appreciate that.

“You’re not weak, Kitten.  You’ve never been weak, before or after the mutation. -p. 143

**End of spoilers for The Syrena Legacy**

LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT WHOLE SCENE WITH THE ARUM.  THAT WAS FREAKING AWFUL.

Katy, Daemon, and Archer sought help to defeat the Luxen from the Arum leader, Lotho.  He agreed to help, if he could feed on Katy.  This is when Daemon got super possessive, and Katy wouldn’t have it.  She wanted to save the world, and she was going to do nearly everything it took to get the Arums’ help.

So she was going to let Lotho feed on her.  In the end, he didn’t actually do it, because apparently, he only feeds on Luxen, and Katy was just a hybrid.  BUT THEN HE KISSED HER, AND I WAS LIKE, WHAT?

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And then Katy was Fifty Shades of Freaking Disturbed.

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And then literally right after that, they find out that Nancy went missing.  UGH, WHEN DOES IT END?!  But, in the end, Nancy was killed, THANK THE GODS… (**Spoilers for Allegiant by Veronica Roth**) but she did manage to get a shot a Daemon with a gun, and after Allegiant, when a main character gets shot, I FREAKING WORRY, MAN.  But Daemon was okay, and I was okay, and everyone was okay. (**End of Allegiant spoilers**)

When Katy and Daemon went back to Katy’s house, and she saw the Amazon boxes with books… that hurt.  But the mom thing… gods, that was just awful.  So much emotion in the characters in this story.  I was already sad when she was reunited with her mom, but then to find out she’d been assimilated… Geez, I hadn’t seen that coming.  I mean, I had the awful feeling that her mom was going to die, which did, in fact, happen, but I didn’t actually think it would happen.  It had been a passing thought in my mind, and for the first time, my assumption for a book was right.  Kat had a total breakdown, and I just had to read it several times to let it sink in.

I felt like the final battle was a bit rushed… though that may have been because I stopped reading the book literally just before the battle began.  I didn’t pick up the book for a few days because I didn’t want these books to end.  We do get an epilogue, though, which was amazingderful and bittersweet and just—gah, so good.

In the end, Katy re-launched her book blog, which meant so much to her, just like my blog means a lot to me.  I feel like a lot of bloggers can relate to this (especially if you’re a book blogger).  I just love Katy’s character.  She is like, the character for us book bloggers.  Fantastic.  Just awesome. 😀  I was very happy.

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This book gets 5/5 stars, and I knew it would be awesome.  It’s been ten days since it was released, though I was able to get it three days early.  This series has been an amazing journey, and I wish I’d picked it up sooner, but I always seem to be late on the really good series bandwagon (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, all that good stuff).  I’m just so glad to have read it and been part of the excitement.

I’ve not read the prequel novella yet, though it’s included in the back of my copy of Opposition.  I think I just need some time to think.  I need a cutsey contemporary (and Isla was released yesterday, so yay!  Definitely getting my copy this Saturday!!) to read just to calm the feels.

I’m also sorry if this review was all mixed up and confusing.  At one point, I had so much on my mind about this book, that I just started taking notes on my laptop in a WordPress post, which is this review.  I figured, just type out what you want to say.  It’ll take less time than writing it out with a pen.

This isn’t really a review, but it’s more of a way for me to release my feels, which is why it’s so long.  Thank you for sticking around to read this, though, if you’ve come this far (if you skimmed, that’s cool too XD).  Link me to your reviews of this book, because I want to know your thoughts!

Started series: November 16, 2013
Ended series: August 15, 2014

It’s been a long ride.

My Other Lux Reviews:

Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Onyx (Lux, 2)
Opal (Lux, 3)
Origin (Lux, 4)

P.S., I have a lot of favorite quotes, so I might just do a separate post for that, because my word count is, like… 2309 words, and still counting.  Oookay, then.  Bye, now!

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Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

FrostbiteTitle: Frostbite

Series: Vampire Academy, #2

Author: Richelle Mead

Summary: Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price… -Goodreads

Review:

*This is a non-spoilery review!

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Richelle Mead book. The last book I read by her was The Fiery Heart, and I’ll be reading the next book in that series shortly, as it comes out very soon!

Richelle Mead’s books are always action-packed and full of romance and they’re funny. Frostbite is no exception. There were so many funny moments where I was just dying, and that’s something that I love in a book. Emma over at Books Forget Me Knot actually is the first person who recommended Richelle Mead’s books, quite a while ago. I’m so glad I decided to start them!

It actually took me a really long time to pick up Frostbite, despite owning it for a really long time. I think I read Vampire Academy at the beginning of this year.

Anywho, this book was incredible. I was literally going crazy and fangirling for all of the guys in this book, including Dimitri, which was really weird, because I wasn’t a big fan of Dimitri in the last book. I didn’t have any problems with him, he just wasn’t my cup of tea. But I really liked him in this book, and there were several Rose/Dimitri moments that made me hyperventilate. Heh.

I actually just thought of this now, but it’s kind of cool how the main places we know in this book are in Montana and Idaho. I can’t recall ever reading a book that was based in either of these locations, so it was refreshing.

The characters in these books are gold, man. In the last book, I was really annoyed with Rose because she was, let’s face it, rather full of herself. She seemed to have really matured in this book, though, while still managing to act like a normal teenager (as normal as her life could be, with vampires and all). She has an awesome personality, though, and is super blunt with people, which I also came to like.

My only problem with Rose is that she seemed to catch on to things very slowly. She has so much going on in her mind, but still.

Each character has his or her own distinct personality. I really felt all of the characters grew in this book, and we were even introduced to some new ones, like Tasha, who I really liked 😀

Richelle Mead really knows how to make two characters have chemistry. Like, omg.

(Spoilers: I literally squealed when Adrian finally came into the book 😄 He was great. I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting to see how he grows as a character throughout VA, even though I already know how he turns out in Bloodlines—such a sweetie ^-^) End of spoilers.

This book was a perfect mixture of serious non-sparkly vampire politics and normal adolescent behavior that would come from people of Rose’s and her friends’ ages.

I was happy with the way the book ended and I’m so excited to get my hands on the next installment!

5/5 stars