Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#49

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

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1. Words like fag and homo are totally unacceptable whether or not people are gay, but my point is that trying particular behaviors and interests to a particular gender seems to be the major reason guys who like dance get called names.

2. “If you realize life is short, you break up with your gay boyfriend and get a real boyfriend.”

3. “Sometimes it’s hard to hear when we’ve done something wrong. But we can learn from our mistakes.”

4. Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it.

Time passes.

5. And suddenly I started to cry. Serious sobs, the kind where your stomach hurts and you can’t breathe and there’s snot running down your face. I was crying so hard I couldn’t even mute the sounds I was making, and Luke put his hand on my back and I thought about how everyone would think that I was crying because of Stacy’s fucking speech and I wanted to kill someone. I wanted to kill someone and I wanted to die and I wanted to run as far and as fast as I could.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games#2) by Kiersten White

12578370Favourite quotes:

1. “Silly man, doesn’t he know money is imaginary?” It’s paper that turns into numbers on screens, after all. It’s there, then it’s gone. I put it places, I take it out, I move it someplace else. Imaginary. Most things are imaginary, when you think about it.

Sometimes I think I’m imaginary.

2. “She told me only people we love the most can destroy us, because no one else has that kind of power.”

3. “Oh, baby sister. We all want things we shouldn’t have. Even you. Just because you love him doesn’t mean you should. Love is a choice, like anything else.

4. Once upon a time, I was a little girl with a mom and a dad and a sister, and the only monsters in the world were imaginary.

Then I became one of the monsters.

Book Review: The Vow by Jessica Martinez

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The Vow by Jessica Martinez

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

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No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends?

Then the summer before senior year, Mo’s father loses his job, and by extension his work visa. Instantly, life for Annie and Mo crumbles. Although Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he’ll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and returning to a world where he no longer belongs terrifies him.

Desperate to save him, Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie—that they are in love. Mo agrees because marrying Annie is the only way he can stay. Annie just wants to keep her best friend, but what happens when it becomes a choice between saving Mo and her own chance at real love?

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon Pulse for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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At a glance, reading the synopsis, this story sounds completely…ridiculous. It does, and for the better part of the novel, I couldn’t bring myself to understand why anyone would want to write a novel about this. But near the end I could see why because this is a huge issue and the longer you think about it, it’s a story about friendship but deeper and has a lot more meaning. The Vow is maybe the book that defines the line between best friends and best friends.

Characters aren’t distinguished enough for me, I had to keep flipping back to see who I was reading about. It didn’t help that chapter’s end and start with the same sentence as the previous one. Also I had a hard time connecting with both Annie and Mo and feeling sorry for their situation. I understood that Mo’s life sucks but I couldn’t really understand how Annie needs him in her life or else she’ll die. I think this is because of how the story is paced since it’s so horribly off. At the beginning of the book, the story is so extremely slow but it’s fine since the friendship had to be shown to readers but then out of nowhere, it’s unbelievably fast with everything only being half explained or done.

I liked that the novel changes and is tells both sides of the story even though they sound similar it’s still nice to know not only what Annie’s thinking but also how Mo is feeling since he’s the one who’s leaving. The sarcasm is pretty well done, and Jessica Martinez uses just the right amount of racism to get people to realize that it plays a huge part in life but not enough to make people uncomfortable.

The Vow isn’t a novel that I expected to get something out of but I’m glad that I did. However I hated how apathetic I felt towards everything and everyone in it and I couldn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. Still, I recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a novel that has a better message than story. I don’t think I could ever attempt to do the things or give up things that both Annie and Mo have done just to keep their friendship alive because it’s such a hard thing to do. For anyone.

2.5 Clouds

2.5 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Pages: 320 (Paperback)

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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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I don’t like reading stories with the same storyline over and over again because it’s the same outcome. Yet I couldn’t resist with this one because of Caymen. She’s so refreshing with her dry humour and the creepiest doll store ever. Kasie West’s writing style is so very strong and light-hearted and all around fun.

Although I liked this novel, there were a few things I didn’t. Xander is such a sweet heart throughout most of the novel that it’s kind of scary. He never gets mad at Caymen for her selfish acts, her accusations, etc. Never. The only he gets angry is when he’s around his father and I wished that West played this part out a lot more than she did because anger like that doesn’t just randomly come from nowhere.

Caymen is one of the most sarcastic characters I have ever read about. On every page, her dry humour is there and because of this, a novel of 300 pages felt like it was only 100 pages. I flew through it and laughed along with all the snarky comments she made about everyone and everything. Albeit the storyline is an old one and I already knew the outcome from the very beginning, I loved reading about the different things Caymen and Xander do together and how their relationship changes. The spin with the creepy doll house is also a fun one that gave the novel that scary feeling of constantly being watched.

The Distance Between Us isn’t anything new but it is an entertaining read that is full of interesting characters with glowing personalities and great humour. I recommend this to readers who enjoy sarcasm and a typical storyline that has a few nicely done twists.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

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Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles#2) by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Pages: 480 (Hardcover)

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After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’ve always been skeptical of sequels because they rarely ever beat the original but, with this novel, I can tell that Gena Showalter put a lot of time making these characters realistic and trustworthy in a way that every single person, not only teenagers want in their lives. This time around, everything seems to matter far more than they did in the first one and I loved how complex yet simple the writing is. Everything has a second meaning and I was excited to return to the world of ghost zombies and the young slayers that kill them.

Many authors have trouble balancing out a creative plot with a nicely executed romance and while I do love Cole and Ali’s relationship because it’s so up and down and bitter-sweet, I found it to be a bit too much at times. Instead of focusing on her painful past and/or the zombies, most pages are full of her romance with Cole and how much he cares for her and is trying not to. I also don’t like the ending solely because it’s a little too nicely done and gives off the impression that everyone will turn out happy no matter what. I was hoping for one sad thing to happen to the slayers rather than what I received.

Ali Bell is quickly becoming a fun protagonist that I don’t think I will ever mind reading about. She’s tough, determined, and quite the caring person. I especially love the new twist that’s added here and how she has to literally face her inner demon and fight for everyone she loves. There’s so much action that I never felt bored, especially with the rest of the characters, they held my attention with their quirky remarks and realism that can only come from teens living a rough life.

What a fun ride it has been with Ali and her friends! It’s so intense and heart-warming with many parts full of some serious zombie slaying as well as lovely chapter titles that give a zombie feel to classic sayings! Through the Zombie Glass is a novel that I recommend to readers who either love zombie books or love tons of action, a steamy romance, and some badass attitude from the protagonist! Now, I’m just dying to find out what the title for the third book will be!

4 Dreamy Clouds

4 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

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Sweet Peril (Sweet#2) by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Pages: 371 (Paperback)

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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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This series has just about everything that annoys me in it– a whiny main character, an overrated love triangle, ‘the chosen one’ who isn’t very special, etc. But the thing is, I love it. I actually enjoy this series! There’s only a few things that actually pisses me off about this series and I like to call it one of my guilty pleasures.

In Sweet Peril, Anna is more annoying than she was in the first one, constantly thinking about Kaidan and not enough on the tasks at hand. I felt just about ready to smack her a few times. the romance between Kope and Zania is also another issue for me because it’s not realistic how a woman who despises men would do something against that after only a few weeks of kindness from one. But that’s not why I’m giving it such an average rating. It has to do with the ending and how melodramatic it is. There’s a great penultimate chapter and then just a ‘meh’ ending which drove me insane.

But, I did like the characters a little more this time around even though Jay isn’t around most of the novel. I loved how dark this one is compared to Sweet Evil because it’s a bit scary and a hell of a lot more fun to read about all of the dangerous things that Anna has to do. Speaking of dark parts, the romance is steamy and so very hot. Higgins doesn’t hold back at all when Anna and Kaidan are in the same room and I absolutely love it! 

With only the finally book in this series left, I’m really hoping for a killer ending that will leave me satisfied. I really loved the characters and the different settings that take place in this one but I didn’t enjoy Anna for most of the novel and he obsession over Kaidan. Still, I recommend this novel to anyone who has read the first one and readers who enjoy stories about angels and demons and half angels and all of their sexiness.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

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 Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: May 14, 2013

Pages: 272 (Hardcover)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Catcher in the Rye.

A fifteen-year-old boy from an abusive home desperately seeking his older brother’s love and approval starts pushing drugs for him and suffers the consequences.

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I was really rooting for this one. I loved the beginning, it’s very strong and exciting. It starts with a flashback and then we learn about where it sort of began.But after awhile, James’s story starts to get boring and at many times, he feels like a brick wall, only relying on books and other people to build his character up.

There are many book references in this novel! Too many for my taste. I can deal with one or two but Kindness for Weakness has around four book references which I found too confusing to remember at times. I also dislike that the story ruins one of the best books ever–The Outsiders– I mean, you just cannot do that. I’ll let one book slide, you can tell me the ending of a Jack London book because I most likely will never read another book of his again but not The Outsiders!

Not cool, man. Not cool.

Short chapters help the books that I dislike a lot solely because I am more committed to finishing them which is the case with this one. Chapters are about three or four pages that literally fly by. Moreover, I liked that I got both sides of the story, not just the good and not just the bad. It starts at the beginning with one of the biggest mistakes in his life and how he came to realize many things about the people around him. The world building is pretty decently done, the Morton facility feels realistic and mysterious, a feeling that I think the author was trying to go for.

Kindness for Weakness starts off great and had my attention from the very beginning but it quickly went downhill and lost it. Still, maybe I just the fact that I have extremely high expectations for novels that are me-novels and I’m very picky about everything with them. Nonetheless I recommend this to anyone who enjoys novels about messed-up teenagers like I do and don’t mind all the spoilers on some great books *coughs* The Outsiders *coughs* and are not very picky about the characters either. I’m hoping that Shawn Goodman’s other novel, Something Like Hope is much better than Kindness for Weakness. 

2.5 Clouds

2.5 Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Book Review: The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

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The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.

In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon and Schuster for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Oh, The Uprising is such a mess, it really is. Once I opened the novel, I was hurled into paragraph after paragraph of info-dumping about what happened in the first book. Not a good way to try to impress me, novel. The most important events in this book are very predictable, with only one detail, I knew exactly who was the monk, what would happen with Alenna and her gang, and the ending. Another depressing thing is the writing. I love stories in first person but in The Uprising, the writing is so odd and stiff that I think it would have been better if it were written in third person. I was kind of expecting The Uprising to be a let-down, but I didn’t think it would ever be worse than the first one.

The romance is unbelievable this time around. Alenna and Liam are always touching each other and talking only to each other. They’re together so much that I honestly think Liam wipes Alenna’s ass as well. It’s ridiculous that it’s funny. Yes, it’s funny to read about their romance because it’s unrealistic and stupid. Lisa M. Stasse tries very hard to make Alenna and Liam into likable, caring leaders but it’s obvious that these two only care about each other and no one else. Since all they do is talk to each other. Alenna as a character is boring and annoying, her need to be with Liam and fight for him made me laugh. She’s nothing special, I don’t understand why everyone loves her. Also, Liam is a blank canvas, nothing, nothing is even remotely interesting about him. Not even his, ‘piercing blue eyes’.

I like the cover, it’s so pretty! Yup, that’s about all I liked about this book.

Lisa M. Stasse has created such a boring series. No doubt, there are times that I thought this series could have been great, with action packed scenes and an adorable romance. But instead, everything is contrived and boring, too forceful to even try to enjoy. And the romance is *shudders* I can’t even.  Don’t read this unless you’re willing to lose some brain cells. If I decide to read the third book, I’m sure as hell not doing that sober.

1 Lonely Cloud

1 Lonely Cloud