Book Review: The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

18048731The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Pages: 304 (Hardcover)

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Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.

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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In all fairness I made it to roughly 40% before I started skimming and then at 70%  I went straight to the penultimate chapter.

I love books about teens with depression and who face suicide. I could never get bored with this trend, I really don’t think I could, yet so far this year, the ones with these topics are just bad. They’re unrealistic and boring. And I don’t mean boring as in their story is terrible or not exciting enough. I mean boring as in they’re just words. No emotion, no connection whatsoever between the protagonist and the love interest, no explanation, nothing. It’s just words being told like a fucking monologue and it’s horrendous.

Caggie’s story of struggle and forgiveness should be full of heartache and connection because everyone wishes they could go back in time to change something, whatever it may be. It shouldn’t be a fucking snoozfest where the love triangle is with a sweet guy who’s pretty one-sided and the other one  so forcefully funny and it’s disgusting and seems to have no fucking care in the world yet can tell she’s hoarding some dark secrets. What the fuck is this bullshit, Serle? I’m very fucking disappointed with this.

Luckily, the only thing I didn’t completely hate is the best friend, Claire. Solely because she’s punk and does whatever she wants to and doesn’t seem to care. But even this, to a point, got ridiculous, there is a flimsy relationship between her and Caggie.

The Edge of Falling should be a book that has its readers at the edge of their seats. Not trying their best to stay awake. If I wanted to read an essay on the life of a teenage girl I would ask my English teacher. I wanted a novel that I could connect with and what I got was nothing close to it. I am beyond disappointed and I don’t recommend this to anyone.  Save yourself the trouble and frustration and stay far away from this one.

1 Lonely Cloud

1 Lonely Cloud

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Book Review: Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

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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Shannon Messenger chooses the prettiest titles and has some amazing covers that go well with her Let the Sky Fall series. And as a reviewer, I try my best (and mostly fail) to never judge a book by its cover and with Let the Storm Break I completely disregarded just how lovey dovey the cover is and hoped for a shit ton of action and great main characters unlike what happened in the first book. Did I get the kick-ass main characters I was hoping for?

When a book is four hundred pages, I expect a lot to happen. I expect a shit ton of action and character development and some romance. Let the Storm Break could have been cut down at least by a quarter because most of the book is just romance and nothing more. I was expecting a lot more character development and a LOT less Romance. Everything just focuses on the relationship between Audra and Vane and how much they love each other and need each other. I’ve never read such a love-sick guy in my life. Honestly, Vane, grow a pair before I slap you. His humour is also very contrived, I had a hard time believing a word that he said with his crappy sarcasm. Everything is still predictable, I knew what would happen in the end after only reading about a quarter of the novel which is sad because I was hoping that Messenger would still have a few tricks up her sleeve.

This series has very short chapters as well as smooth writing that helps makes the characters more bearable to read about. I enjoyed reading about the new characters that Messenger brings into Let the Storm Break especially Gus, who’s good-natured humour. There isn’t very much information on the different winds except for what we were told in the first book but I stilled loved this aspect of it. The Westerly language is amazing, their hope and faith and just heritage is so lovely and I felt whenever a westerly wind helps out Vane or Audra, that I was really excited.

Overall, Let the Storm Break is a disappointment. Rarely does a second novel beat out the first one for me, but I had really low expectations for this one. Honestly, all I wanted was less romance not more of it. However if you’re a fan of the romance taking over the plot then you will really like this novel. The idea of it is so captivating with the winds and how they’re all different yet so connected is the only reason why I’ll read the next book. Honestly.

2 Clouds

2 Clouds

 

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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

 

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Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#35

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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!

The Distance Between US by Kasie West

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1. “I think unhappiness comes from unfulfilled expectations.”

2. “Sometimes it’s the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”

Insurgent (Divergent#2) by Veronica Roth

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1. Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.

2. “I’ll be your family now,” he says.

“I love you,” I say.

[…] He frowns at me. “Say it again.”

“Tobias,” I say, “I love you.”

3. People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.

4. Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.

Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

10662420Favourite quotes:

1. “It’s all about attitude. You act like you’re the shit and guys are so dumb they’ll totally believe it.”

2. If you’re super tall, don’t be a dick and stand in front of a short person.

 

Book Review: Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Pages: 528 (Hardcover)

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Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon and Schuster/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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An eye for an eye. A leg for a leg. A life for a life. Fire With Fire is a novel that I’ve been looking forward to since I found out the title. Even though I didn’t love the first one, Burn For BurnI actually expected to love this one and all of its petty high school drama and bullshit. But I didn’t love this novel, not really. I think I was expecting too much from it, hoping that it would give more information about the popular crowd (mostly Alex) and Mary since I was left wanting to know more about what she really is. The beginning of the story is slow, everything is drawn out especially Mary and her parts. I felt like the authors rushed her parts and only gave me as little as possible information on her.

Fire With Fire has quite a few flaws in it.  The story could have been a lot shorter instead of being dragged out as much as it is. And I hate to say this and it could just be me and my ADD kicking in but I didn’t care about Kat at all. Kat used to be my favourite character, especially during the first book because of her tough attitude and killer confidence, she did whatever she wanted to. But in this one, her nasty attitude seems to falter and her problems albeit important and real to just about every teenager, seem boring and I found myself skimming her chapters to read about Lillia. Han and Vivian try too hard this time around to give Kat a badass appearance that it all feels fake and stiff especially the way Kat spoke. Mary and her problem with Reeve is what really pushes the book forward, but just like with Kat, I had a hard time focusing on Mary and her life because it’s very dull and other than stalking people and doing…things, I couldn’t bring myself to care when something exciting happens to her. That is until the last chapter! It’s so creepy and exciting!

I’m actually shocked that I fell in love with Lillia in this book. Over the span of a few months, she’s changed and shed her innocent skin and became the person I was hoping she would become–a manipulator. I love it. Her character is a lot more developed and realistic not only proving that she has a good side but a bad one too that knows how to get whatever she wants. I also like for the most part, the writing style because it’s fun and very teenage-like. Even thought the relationship between the girls feels a bit stiff, I like it a lot. The way they interact with each other makes it relatable for other people to think about their own friendships and also, it’s sweet.

Something is just off about Fire With Fire.  It lacks the pranks and fun the other book had and two of the characters take the back seat for the better half of the novel. Nonetheless I liked it, there are many parts (mostly Lillia involved) are exciting and evil. The plan to get Reeve to experience what a broken heart feels like is brilliant and dark that also leads to something darker and life changing for just about everyone on the island.  I recommend this to anyone who has read the first one or anyone who likes Pretty Little Liars and enjoys teenage dramas that a little too sinister to be just fun pranks.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

 

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Book Review: Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall#1) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Pages: 416 (Hardcover)

The Bone Season

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

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Let The Sky Fall is a predictable novel. Even with a cool and unique story idea can’t do a lot for it. I knew the outcome (vaguely) after reading the first ten chapters. It’s especially predictable with the betrayal and love/hart relationships that go on throughout it. There’s an okay amount of world building, I wish there was more though. But the truth about Vane’s parents kind of surprised me. I was shocked! Which shocked me because I didn’t think anything in the book was going to shock me. Shannon Messenger definitely has some tricks up her sleeves.

Romance in a book can sometimes ruin it, which is actually the case with Let the Sky Fall. The novel focuses far too much on the romance that I started to lose interest. Vane starts having dreams about a dark-haired girl, which, many times before, has been done and in a much better way than it is here. Shannon Messenger tries too hard getting the point across that Vane is a sarcastic kind of guy who loves to joke around. As a character, he feels very stiff and forced instead of relaxed with a natural humour.

Short chapters instantly makes a book more appealing to me. The book has chapters that mostly consist of four or five maybe even six pages that helps it become an easy read. I also liked that the chapters alternate between Audra’s and Vane’s POVs to show things through both of their eyes instead of just having on main character. They’re also quite different characters and I love Audra’s voice and Vane’s stupidity. Even though he’s not a huge part of the story, I still enjoyed the parts that Gavin, Audra’s bird appears in because he’s caring and totally evil at the same time.

With that being said, I did like the book. Barely, but I liked it. It’s a light novel with a few flaws and has a beautiful cover. Recommended for readers that are looking for a creative story idea with somewhat heavy doses of romance and an entertaining bird. That also don’t mind some things being mediocre and predictable. I’m excited to see what other tricks Messenger has in stored with the next book in the series, Let the Storms Break.

2.5 Clouds

2.5 Clouds

 

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