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Looking for Alaska – John Green

Summary: Miles “Pudge Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole existence has been on big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (Francois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

Review: My dear Lord this book. Looking for Alaska is my all time favorite book and has been for the four years. I’ve read this book six or seven times and my reaction hasn’t changed for any of them. Every time I read this book I laugh, I cry, I hurt, I love along with all the characters. This time reading it was no different. I always get so emotional with book. I love the story line, the characters and the fact that it makes me think. I love everything about this book.
I guess I’ll start with the story line. Yeah, there’s a countless number of books about kids that go to a new school and want fun adventures. They want exciting stories to tell. But the way John Green writes his books makes it so much more than what it is. This kid Miles is inspired to “seek a great perhaps”. How awesome is that? And of course, he does. But the friends that he makes at his new school aren’t the popular kids. He joins a group of what seems like troublemakers. Miles and his friends are normal boarding school kids with a whole lot of secrets. The plot twist in this story was one I never saw coming the first time I read it. I had no idea of the heartbreak that headed my way as soon as I opened this book. So many things that I read in this book made me think about some seriously intense things. It made me reevaluate a bit. I love every thought John Green’s words cause.
Now, on to the characters. There’s Miles “Pudge” Halter, Takumi, Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Lara, and, of course, the wonderful Alaska Young. Nothing can ever compete for the amount of love I have for these five characters. Which might be slightly frowned upon and probably not very healthy, but that’s okay. I’ll start with Pudge. I adored Pudge from the first page. He’s the typical slightly awkward high school boy who’s forever in love with a girl he’ll never get. But regardless of that, I loved him. He’s so sweet and innocent at the beginning of the book. By the end, Pudge has been through so much and changed because of it. I love that we get to see Pudge change. And I know that I definitely grew and changed with him. I love Pudge because he never loses hope throughout the whole book. With everything he goes through, he always has hope and that’s why I love him.
Let’s talk about Takumi next. The one thing that would have made me love Looking for Alaska more was that if Takumi had played a bigger part in the whole story. (The same goes for Lara, but we’ll get to her.) but I really liked Takumi’s character. He was always cracking jokes about everything. He was a very up-beat kind of guy. And I really liked that. Another thing was that Takumi gave Pudge and The Colonel their space when he knew it was needed. He also helped Lara through everything that was happening. I just found Takumi to be a stand up guy. Someone who I’d love to be friends with.
We can go to The Colonel next. The first couple of times I read this book, The Colonel was my favorite. The guy knows every capitol of every country in the world. How fucking cool is that? But there’s more. He also knows each country’s population as well. How ridiculous is that? I wish I was that smart. I also love how much of a no bullshit person he is. He’s very proud of what he has, even though it’s not a lot. The Colonel is very stubborn in his ways. Which isn’t really a bad thing because his values are basically, “Don’t rat anyone out ever. We look out for our own, even when it’s someone we don’t get along with. You don’t rat. It’s simple.” He has such loyalty even to those he doesn’t like. He has such strong morals and I love that.
And to Lara. Another character I really would have loved to see more of. She played a good part but there should have been more of her. She just plays this quiet little girl and all she wants is for Pudge to like her. But he loves Alaska. She deals with so much of his crap and still sticks around to be there as his friend when he needs one. Lara’s just so innocent and pure and just truly kind. I wish I knew her as a real person.
Last, but nowhere near least, my dear friend Alaska Young. Alaska Young is that girl that everyone secretly wants to be. She’s basically the most badass girl you’ve ever seen. Imagine yourself, a boy in small town Florida, going to a new school, better yet a boarding school, and you’ve never really had many friends. Especially girl friends. So you’re immediately infatuated with her. Then the more you get to know her, you start to fall in love with her. This kickass person who loves books, pranking people, and crazy adventures. This girl that makes you say “you can’t just make me different and then leave. Because I was fine before, Alaska. I was fine with just me and last words and school friends. And you can’t just make me different … Alaska, because now I’m irretrievably different, and I’m sorry I let you go, yes, but you made the choice. You left me. Perhaps-less, stuck in your goddamn labyrinth.” Imagine feeling all the things this high school boy was feeling with everything this girl caused. I love her the way that Pudge loves her because that’s the only way I know Alaska. Alaska Young will be my dream girl for the rest of my life. There’s no way for us to not understand how Pudge feels because we feel everything with him. I fell in love with Alaska just like Pudge did.
As a whole, I love this story more than life itself. Looking for Alaska is one of those books that I need to share with the world and make everyone be as crazy about it as I am. So my only suggestion is to buy this book, read it, and fall hopelessly in love like I did.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.


The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Goodreads Summary: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer is one of my all time favorite books. I just read it again in honor of the movie coming out soon. (I’m beyond excited and dreading it at the same time.) I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it at about four this morning. Even though this was my fourth or fifth time reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
What drives me nuts about this book is how underrated it is. I’ve noticed that a lot of people disregard it because Meyer wrote it and they expect it to be like the Twilight series. It’s not. It is its own individual story that is NOTHING like the Twilight Series. There are no similarities besides the fact the main character is female. It barely even falls under the same genre. Yeah, they’re both young adult, but Twilight is paranormal and The Host is sci-fi. I’ve also noticed that many Twilight fans haven’t read it because it’s not Twilight. If you liked the Twilight series then you’ll probably like The Host. It’s still Stephenie Meyer writing it. No matter what you have to say about the storylines she comes up with, Meyer is a terrific writer. The problem is that so many people expect the cliché vampire love story from her. The Host is completely different.
Now that that rant is over, let me tell you why I love this book so much. First of all, the storyline is something I haven’t read a lot of books about. An alien race, called Souls, has spent millennia finding planets and stealing the bodies of the life forms from each planet. Souls cannot survive outside of a body. They are inserted into another body’s brain and they have that body’s memories and complete control over it. The consciousness of the body is no longer there. Now, Souls have almost completely taken over humans. Though there is the occasional human found hidden somewhere, Souls now make up most of the population. Melanie Stryder is caught by the Seekers, the Souls’ police. Wanderer is chosen to inhabit Melanie’s body. Earth is the ninth planet Wanderer (Wanda) has lived on. Since most Souls only live on two or three planets before settling, Wanda is like a celebrity among Souls and they believe she’s qualified to subdue Melanie and take her memories to find any other humans she might have been hiding with. But Melanie is strong and will do anything she can to protect her brother, Jamie, and the love of her life, Jared, and Melanie’s consciousness will not fade away. She can speak to Wanda and hide her memories from her. After awhile, from the few memories Melanie will give her, Wanda begins to love Jamie and Jared. Afraid the Seekers will find them, Melanie and Wanda set out to find them, following a map Melanie’s uncle had given her. Uncle Jeb and his hidden group of humans, including Jamie and Jared, find them and take them prisoner. Wanda isn’t trusted because she’s a Soul, but they don’t want to kill Melanie’s body. Slowly, with Jeb and Jamie’s help, Wanda becomes a part of their group. This story is basically about Wanda’s humanity. She’s not actually human, but when her actions are compared to human’s reactions, Wanda’s are more humane. She makes the people around her better, just by being herself.
Wanda is one of my favorite female characters because she’s so innately good. She’s kind and compassionate and no matter what happens to her she never loses that.
Ian is a human who falls in love with Wanda. He’s believed for so many years that all Souls are bad. He actually tries to kill Wanda at the beginning of the story. However, Ian isn’t a bad person. As soon as he realizes Wanda isn’t a threat to anyone, he’s on her side. He’s the first person, other than Jeb and Jamie, who trusts Wanda and he protects her throughout the entire book. I adore Ian. The entire time I was reading the book I’d just keep giggling or laughing and Amanda would look at me and I’d just say, “I love Ian so much!” She got sick of it pretty quickly.
The story sounds like it’s about a girl possessed by an alien. It’s not. It’s about an Alien possessing a girl. The entire book is from Wanda’s perspective. It’s cool seeing a book through the eyes of someone who is considered the “bad guy”. And, although the summary says there’s a love triangle, it’s more like a love square… with three bodies.
Overall, I recommend this book to pretty much everyone. I’ve gotten many people to read it over the years and all of them loved it. If this review convinced you to read it, please let me know what you thought. I love getting other people’s opinions.
-Antonia


The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Summary:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has brought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is easily one of my favorite books. I reread it last night for the third or fourth time for this review, and balled my eyes out as if it was my first time reading it. What I loved most about this book was how easy John Green made it to fall in love with the characters. As I read, I felt myself falling in love with Augustus right along with Hazel. I really enjoyed Hazel and Augustus’ relationship because they were both fighting the same disease. They both knew the struggle the other was going through. Their relationship was so innocent at first. Hazel didn’t want to kiss Augustus or anything like that. She just liked being around him, until it was more than that. She was all of a sudden in love with him. I think that is the one thing I didn’t like about this book. Hazel wasn’t in love with him one day, then was the next, just like that. And that isn’t realistic, it doesn’t happen like that in the real world. And I know, this is fiction, and they both are sick kids and maybe it does happen like that for someone who already knows and has accepted that she’s going to die, like Hazel had.
I really liked that when Augustus and Hazel were in Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten, and things definitely did not go as planned, Hazel stuck up for what she believed in. She didn’t play the sickly, cancer girl. She was passionate, and full of love and life in almost every situation she was in. This book opened my eyes to something I’d never really had any experience with (cancer), and again, I know it’s just a book, but it still got me thinking about how many people go through things like this.
The Fault in Our Stars made me laugh so much, and brought tears to my eyes in several spots, and a book that can affect me this much will be one that I read over and over again. As well as having a place on my list of favorite books.


Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodreads Summary: The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron. He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.
Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

Hi, Dears,
So I’m going to talk about Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s the fourteenth book in the Dark-Hunters series. Or the twelfth if you don’t count the Dream-Hunters books. I personally do because there are connections between them. And, no, you don’t have to read all the other books in the series before you read Acheron. The previous books include some background and various events leading up to things that happen in Acheron, but you won’t be lost if you choose to skip ahead. I would advise reading the other ones because they’re fantastic books and each one is wonderful. Also, Acheron (or Ash, I’ll call him both) takes a part in almost every one of the other books. You come to love him throughout the series and when you finally get to read his story, it’s so much better when you already care about him.
I’ve read Acheron more than once and every time it’s exactly the same: I cry, and cry. And then I cry some more. Then I laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more. The book is split into two parts: Ash’s human life, and Ash’s life after he’s killed and becomes a god. Ash’s human life was, to put it nicely, absolutely fucking terrible. I really don’t have any words to describe it. Basically, every bad thing that could ever, even remotely possibly, happen to him, fucking does. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried during the first half of the book.
But don’t worry. The second half makes it all worth it. And Kenyon didn’t write the first part to be depressing. She wrote it because it’s essential to know what happened to Ash to be able to understand who he is as a character.
I’m going to try not to talk too much about the first half now, because much as I think it’s an important part of the story, it is pretty damn sad.
The second half is wonderful. Soteria(Tory) is a great character. She’s ambitious, caring and funny. She and Ash are perfect together. They are one of my favorite couples I’ve ever read about. Everything that happened to Ash as a human weighs so heavily on him, even eleven thousand years later. (Yes, that’s 11,000 years later. What’d you expect? He’s a god.) Tory helps him to get past it, and see that nothing he did or didn’t do could have prevented what happened. It wasn’t his fault, it was other people being assholes because they’re assholes. Not because he deserved it.
If you’ve read any of the Dark-Hunter books, you know there’s a lot of action, a lot of sex, and ridiculous amounts of humor. These books make me laugh so fucking much. I highly recommend all of them, but most especially Acheron. He still remains my favorite character of the series, which Kenyon is still writing more of. So, go to your local library or book store and get it, (or all of them) so you can love it too.
-Antonia


Beastly by Alex Flinn

Goodreads Summary: A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

If I had to choose ONE book as my favorite. Just one. Yes, I know. An impossible task. Especially for me because I rarely dislike a book. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read that I actually hated. And I’ve read a lot of books. But if I had to choose one, it would be Beastly by Alex Flinn. I’m not sure of half the reasons why I love this book so much. I think most of it stems from my love of Beauty and the Beast. It’s my favorite fairytale and Flinn does a wonderful job of portraying a modern version of it.
What I love most is watching the main character Kyle/Adrian grow as a character. At the beginning, Kyle is, quite frankly, a spoiled fucking brat. He is so ridiculously annoying. He feels entitled because his father has money, he treats girls like shit because he’s attractive, and he uses stereotypes to bully anyone who doesnt fit into his idea of how people should think, look, and act. I absolutely hated him for the first part of the book. However, his curse, his father’s inattention, and Lindy’s fantastic personality all force him to reevaluate how he views himself and everyone else. The thing I love most about this book is watching, step by step, as Hunter becomes a better person. And I think the progression of his feelings is fairly realistic as well.
I also love the modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Flinn does a really good job of mixing the original fairytales with modern ideas. (If you haven’t read her other fairytale books, you really should. They’re all great.)
And lastly, I absolutely fucking adore Kyle and Lindy’s relationship. I think they really complement each other and they help each other to grow and be better people just by being together. It’s one of my favorite love stories.
I 100% recommend this book. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it. If you haven’t and enjoy fairytales or YA paranormal (Slightly. There’s some magic. And a witch. But that’s it.) then definitely put it on the to-read list. At the top. Better yet, just get off your computer and go get it right now.

As a side note, I have seen the movie. I didn’t particularly like or dislike it. I didn’t think it followed the book very well and if I hadn’t read it I think I would have liked it more. If you saw the movie, whatever your opinion about it, it’s very different from the book so please don’t base wanting to read it on the movie. Golden rule: Never judge a book by its fucking movie.
-Antonia


Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Hi Dears,
In this post I’m going to do the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. Though the four books go together, each one follows a specific character so I’m going to go over each one.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

Vision in White (Book One)
Goodreads Summary: Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

What I loved about this book was the fact that Mac doesn’t want to fall in love and Carter does. A lot of romance novels follow the sterotype that the man doesn’t want to commit and the woman does but this one is the opposite. It’s refreshing to see a male character who knows what he wants, says exactly what he’s thinking and feels, and isn’t insecure about it. Carter grew up in a loving family, has a good job, a nice house and when he meets Mac and falls in love with her, he’s not afraid of it. He doesn’t see any reason to play games or lie about it. He tells her and doesn’t expect or want her to make promises she doesn’t mean.
What I didn’t like (something I probably won’t say often because I love everything about my books in an obnoxious way) is just the fact that Mac annoys the shit out of me. Her character just thinks a lot differently than I do. Which is great except for the fact that I’m sitting here reading it like, “oh my fucking god, Mac. Don’t do that.” or “Why didn’t you fucking do that?” So it’s not really anything specific to the book that I don’t like, Mac just irritates me personally.

Bed of Roses (Book Two)
Goodreads Summary: In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.
But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss—they must trust in their history…and in their hearts.

Emma and Jack’s story was my second favorite of the series. Emma, Mac, Laurel, Parker, Parker’s brother Delaney, and Delaney’s best friend have been close for years. They’ve been like a family for years. When Emma and Jack shifted their relationship from friends to romantic, Nora Roberts did a great job of showing how the group of six changed also.
I really enjoy the range of emotions and traits that Roberts gives her characters. Emma’s a born romantic and often views relationships through rose colored glasses. But when Jack stubbornly doesn’t want to become too serious, she doesn’t let him treat her that way.

Savor the Moment (Book Three)
Goodreads Summary: Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings. As for romance, Laurel believes in it — in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood. But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick- silver moods get the better of her — leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del — she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…
Laurel has been in love with Parker’s brother for most of her life but never said anything because Delaney always considered her an honorary sister. (Men are fucking idiots.) When Laurel loses her temper and forces Del to rethink the way he thinks of her, their relationship changes in sometimes awkward, often hilarious, sickeningly sweet, and occasionally infuriating ways. What I like most about Laurel and Del’s relationship is the easy comraderie between them. Since they grew up together they already know everything about each other and in a lot of ways that made it easier for them to slide from frienship to romance.
Laurel and Del made me laugh constantly which is something I seriously love in a book. But both of them were so stubborn it was frustrating at times.

Happy Ever After (Book Four)
Goodreads Summary: Parker Brown turned the quartet’s childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she’s the face of Vows—the one who meets every bride’s demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma’s romantic flowers, Laurel’s delicious treats, and Mac’s stunning photgraphy together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true…
Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her mile-long legs—is no exception. But as a good friend to Parker’s brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step.
No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her of guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.

This was my favorite book in the series. I want Malcom to magically jump out of the book and I will love him forever. I think my favorite thing about the book is how similar Parker is to me. Malcom confuses, rattles, and catches her off her guard, which are things that hardly ever happen to her. We see Parker a lot throughout the other books and finally seeing her out of her element was entertainging to say the least. Parker and Malcom are a lot different and it was cool to see them interact and mesh their personalities so they balanced each other instead of constantly butting heads.

Even though the four books each follow one specific couple, we see all of them throughout the books and it’s hard not to get attached to them. It was great to be able to watch all of them and see every aspect of each characters lives. This was the second or third time I’ve read this series. It’s one of my favorites. I personally think they’re four books that you can read over and over again and love every time. I highly recomend them.
-Antonia