I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press on May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
“What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”
― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
We Were Liars was my first E. Lockhart book I’ve read, and judging on this book alone, I have been missing out! That being said, it was the cryptic blurb that pulled me in and made me want to read this book so bad. So, when I started reading I really had no idea what to expect from this book… and this ended up being exactly what made this story so powerful.
I have been pondering what to write in this review, because I do not want to spoil this story for anyone! And frankly, I think that ‘less is more’ goes for this reviewing this story! If I would want to give you any advise before going into reading this book, it would be to go in as ‘blind’ as possible. Please don’t let anybody spoil this story for you, because the less you know, the more of an impact it will have on you.
The gradual pacing was so good! It added to the suspense that kept building and building until the end. Those very first pages I felt the suspense creeping in. It crept in and stayed with me all the way to the moment when the plot unfolded and left me absolutely breathless.
The writing was beautiful. While it took me a chapter to get used to, once it did, the poetic writing never failed to blow my mind!
This story is truly beautiful. The pacing, the suspense, and the poetic writing made the story extremely powerful. It’s a story that will stay with me for a long time to come (and will probably become on of my favourite reads of this year!). Go in ‘blind’ and let the story speak for itself!
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Press on January 7th 2014
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.
Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.
Gosh! Being Sloane Jacobs was just the type of read I needed (even though I didn’t know it myself). It was such a cute and fun read, the type of read where you’re supposed to cut back on the thinking and rationalizing, just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. I finished reading it in no time and managed to giggle and snort very unladylike throughout most of the book.
The plot was very fast-paced and really light-hearted. The concept was a bit unlikely to happen, and will most likely require some suspension of disbelief from the reader. It had a few plot holes and the general plausibility of the plot can easily be called into question. Though I found that these were easily overlooked. The novel was just so entertaining! It has a certain charm and it just worked for me.
The main thing I loved about this book were The Sloanes. Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon are both good characters and are easy to love. Their antics and pranks made their characters and at times were just plain adorable. The narration is done in a splendid way that makes both girls easy to relate to. Both the girl’s voices were entrancing and unique in their own way. The world of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating came across in a good and at times humorous way.
The story mainly focusses on the girls. Their friendship and bond grows throughout the story, while at the same time they learn to overcome life’s obstacles. While there are summer romances going on (quite swoonable romances), its not the main focus of the story. The romance was fun and cute, but -thank you!- not the most important thing going on in their lives.
Like I mentioned before, a few things are simplified in the novel, but it still comes in a nice and entertaining package. It was a good read, fun and light, that had me smiling and left me with cosy and comfortable feeling. It was everything I was looking for, a somewhat fluffy read that allowed me to turn of the thinking progress my mind on zero and let the feels overrule.
The ending is quite convenient, tidy, and wrapped up very nicely. You might say that -and this was just such an adorable way to put it that yet I am borrowing these words- this story will charm the skates right off of you. Coming from a great voice in YA, I can’t wait to dig into some of Lauren Morrill’s other works.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Series: Teardrop #1
Published by Delacorte Press on October 22nd 2013
Never, ever cry...
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.
And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense.
Can everything you love be washed away?
What originally made me pre-order this book was the gorgeous cover! That, and Lauren Kate being one of my favourite writers. I have thoroughly enjoyed her Fallen Series when I was younger, so when I read the blurb for Teardrop and saw that it was about “a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea” I started some research of my own. When I actually figured out that it was based on the ancient tale of Atlantis I was hooked. I had to have this book. I only finished it now, because I was super busy with school (lots of tests going on and all), hence my absence the past weeks, but I’m back and still swinging! So, here for you are my reasons for liking Teardrop in all its glory!
First of all, did I mentioned the cover already? Yes? Well, it can’t hurt to say again that it’s absolutely gorgeous! The colours are so vibrant and fit the story perfectly. The little teardrop on the cover and at the beginning of each new chapter is perfect as well.
The way the story begins, the prologue, is a smart and great way to start the story. It is told from a different point of view than the rest of the story and manages to pull you in right away. It’s only the prologue that’s told from Ander’s point of view, but you get to see Eureka through his eyes, you read how he sees her, and I thought it was a great way create a bond between the reader and a character.
Eureka might seem like a really closed off person to other people, but I didn’t had any trouble connecting with her, I felt for her all the way. She acts closed off but is hurting on the inside, and because we -as a reader- get the inside scoop it makes it that much easier to see behind the mask. Never, ever cry… Its a sentence repeated throughout the entire book, it is something that defines Eureka’s personality and character. It has so much hidden meaning and is such a big part of the plot that you just won’t understand until later on in the book.
I enjoyed the word building. Lauren Kate’s take on the myths of Atlantis are intriguing. I have always been interested in the myths surrounding Atlantis, there’s just something about the mysteriousness of that tale as well as the ocean that pulls me in. You get a taste of what’s to come in the prologue, but the terms used don’t make much sense at first, but throughout the book Lauren Kate slowly feeds the reader bits and pieces of mythology.
One of the things I probably loved most about Teardrop -aside from the Mythology- was the setting. The way it is described just blew my mind. It is so vivid. The pressing humidity of the Bayou, the other-worldly feeling, and the penchant for hurricanes. These all added to that atmosphere and the build-up to that big something that you just could sense was coming.
Halfway throughout the book I still hadn’t figured out where the story was going, I thought I’d figured out what was going to happen, but then it turned out I was wrong. I love when a writer keeps me guessing up until the part that the plot twist just jumps at you from wherever it was that it’d been hiding and leaves you gaping at the pages like a fish. Where in Fallen, some things where just terribly predictable, the opposite was the case with Teardrop. The plot was well thought out and fun to read.
As I said above about the prologue, it was the same with the epilogue. Also told from another persons point of view, and a great way to end the first book in this series. Only question left is: when is the sequel up for sale?
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Published by Delacorte Press on December 8th 2009
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
I’ve been putting re-reading this book off, for a long time. I read it a long time ago, and didn’t really remember it. I have grown so much as a reader, and I just wanted to read it again to see what I thought. The truth is that I’ve heard positive things, but also lots of negative things. So kept putting if off and about a week ago, I just picked it up and started re-reading it. I’m so glad that I’ve read it again, because while I wont say that I loved it, I did like it.
The plot was a bit slow moving, and because of that the book starts out a bit slow. I didn’t really know where it was supposed to be going. Even though it went slow, I couldn’t stop turning pages because the questions just kept building. There were so many things I didn’t understand and wanted to understand. When I got to the ending, the twists in the plot surprised the hell out of me. But where the most of the story and plot was really slow, the ending just happened, out of nowhere it became fast paced and action packed, it felt a bit rushed to me. A lot was left unexplained, so I hope that’s to come in the next books.
What the gradual and slow build also did for me, was that it made me understand the characters even better. You learn enough about a character to satisfy you, but on the other hand you don’t know nearly enough and it makes you wonder just who and what they are. There’s quite some mystery surrounding most characters, which makes Fallen interesting.
I really liked Luce. She was honest and a bit naïve, but all and all she’s a great character. She did become a bit of a damsel in distress at the end of Fallen, but I expect that in the next books in this series she’ll develop. If I liked Luce, you’ll probably expect that I loved Penn! She was such a great friend and just an awesome character.
The love-triangle was a bit cliché though. It wasn’t horrible, it was okay most of the time because Luce figured out what it was she wanted pretty soon. It was a bit useless actually, Daniel was a big jerk for the first half of the book, but it becomes clear right away when they meet that they’ll end up together. It was kind of inevitable, but there still was a love-triangle anyway.
The cover art is great! Its what got my attention when I first saw the book. A slow-burner, but its well worth to keep reading. I’m definitely reading the next book!