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!

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Book Review: Champion (Legend, #3) by Marie Lu

Champion 3Title: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Summary: He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion. -Goodreads

Review:

**Warning: Spoilers!**

It’s about time I read this!  I bought my hardcover, signed copy of Champion back in November of 2013, and I only just finished it a few days ago.  Wow.  That’s, uh, sad.

Champion is the conclusion to the action-packed Legend series by Marie Lu.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but all I know is WOWZA.  Sorry if this review seems a little jumbled.  I’m having a lot of trouble un-jumbling my very jumbled, fangirlish notes.

I don’t remember much from the previous books, as I read them last year.  According to Goodreads, I read Legend from May 10 to May 11, and I gave it a four star rating.  I must’ve really liked it if I read it in such a short amount of time!

The book drew me in from the start.  The pacing was brilliant, though the story was a bit slow at times.  The slow parts didn’t last long.

I was so scared for Day throughout the entire book.  Every time he did something too action-y, I was like, “OMG, IS HE GOING TO DIE?!?!?”  I was freaking out.  Of course, I loved Day in all the books.  I’m just really having trouble imagining him with long hair.  I have trouble doing that with all guys in books.  Like with Dimitri (Vampire Academy).  Mmm… not feelin’ the long hair.

Day kind of reminded me of Holden (The Catcher in the Rye).  Don’t ask me why… maybe their personalities were kind of similar…?  Or I just have J.D. Salinger on the brain.

I love Marie Lu’s writing style.  The only way I can describe it is quick, simple, brief.  Do you know what I mean?  With her style, it was like we were just jumping from one thing to the next, no lingering—and it totally worked!  Her descriptions were great, too.  I could perfectly envision everything and every place.

Champion was written in two POVs, Day’s and June’s.  Day’s was, of course, my favorite.  I didn’t really like June as much in the other books as I did in this book.  She must have grown on me… that is, until that ending, which I will talk about soon… grr… I have words…

Despite the fact I liked June more in this book, her POV was getting on my nerves.  Specifically the constant use of parentheses.  Though I shouldn’t talk—I use parentheses ALL THE TIME 😀  And I know that the parentheses were June’s calculations and stuff, and I know that’s one of her character traits, but still.

Who else loved the Antarctica visit?!  That was so AWESOME!  I was totally being reminded of my old DS games 😀

The politics were interesting and seemed very well-thought out.  I liked how the US was brought into the book a little bit, too.

I felt so bad for Anden, all throughout this book.  He seemed so sad and isolated, and probably felt as though he bore the weight of the world on his shoulders… And he was so young, y’know?

Let’s talk about that ending.  I’m going to talk about the Divergent series, too, at the moment, so turn away if you haven’t finished that series.  I’ll y’all when I’m finished being spoilery about Divergent.

WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?!  OMG, WHEN DAY WAS SHOT?  LIKE, NO.  NONONONO!  AND WHEN HE HALLUCINATED HIS MOM?

NONONONONONONONONO

That is not allowed!  I was thinking, “This had better not be Tris all over again.”  I was crying, man, it was just sooo horrible!  But his mom was all, “Go back to Eden,” and I was like, “Phew!”

**Divergent spoilers over**

So, I’m thinking I’m off the hook, right?  I’m jumping for joy that Day’s alive—oh, wait, what’s this?  He’s in a COMA?  FOR SIX MONTHS?

But then he wakes up, and I’m like, “Yay!  Day and June can live happily ever—wait, what?  Oh, Day doesn’t remember June?”  AND SHE DIDN’T TELL HIM!  UGHHH.

I liked the ten years later thing.  But… but… *sigh*

You can find my Champion playlist here.  I’ll also put up a “commentary” for the playlist, where I’m basically going to match quotes from the book to quotes from the playlist!  You can find that here.

This book is easily 5/5 stars.  Marie Lu wrote a book and handed us mega feels on a silver platter.  *standing ovation*

Psst… I hear she’s working on a new series…