The question this week is:
What are your New Years book blogging resolutions?
Source: Library (though I wish I own it)
On a day that started like any other. . .
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left--the most important decision she’ll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.
Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.
I knew from the very beginning that I would love this novel. Firstly, Gayle Forman is a brilliant author. Secondly, it’s going to be adapted to a movie. Thirdly, it’s a well-known tear-jerker. And fourthly, just look at all the praises for this novel!
It was an emotional, fascinating, and deeply touching ride. I loved the kinds of big topics that were explored in this novel: music, family, friendship, death, life, choices, happiness, and especially love.
The way Gayle Forman tells the story is admiring and gracious. With glimpses of the past that develops Mia’s relationships with her loved ones and tells the story of Mia’s journey and how she came to be, it is hard not to cry at all. The realness of the characters, the emotions they experience, it emanates a heartbreaking feeling that the reader is able to feel. Somehow, there’s a string of connection that is shared with everyone. Forman’s ability to do that is quite a talent.
There are tons of quotes I’d be willing to share. One of them is spoken by Mia’s mom, who is way too cool, just like Mia’s dad. Mia confides in her mom and tells her about her being caught in a tug-of-war in her relationship with Adam. Mia’s mom tells her, “I’d understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love’s a bitch.” There is definitely truth in that.
Though it seems like there’s much sadness and grief and death, there’s a whole lotta love and beauty and life. The reader is left with a shining hope and thoughts that will stay for a while. It certainly opened my eyes to life, and recognized the choices I have right now. Yes, it’s a definite must-read. I truly recommend it.
Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. You know you're "in" when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton's parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.
But Hamilton's elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about finally having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly's plotting to dethrone Hamilton. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton's fragile world—and she'll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together.
I suppose I should be happy about getting out of here tomorrow, I guess I am, but the thing is, I keep thinking about who I want to see when I get home and...there's no one. You won't be there.
I miss you, J.
And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. And that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing 'unity'.
Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. Its members are the powerful and the wealthy--and, in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner. . .and happy that way.
But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She discovers a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Steeped in vampire lore and set against the glittery backdrop of New York City, Blue Bloods will be devoured by fans of Melissa de la Cruz.
No matter how overused and abused it was, sorry was still a powerful word.
I was never good at history and I never liked it either. That was why I was a little hesitant before I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
Melissa de la Cruz’s take on vampires is unique. I mean, blue blood? That seems pretty cool to me. And hey, they glow at night instead of sparkle in the sun! (I just had to throw that in there.) But what I noticed is that Melissa de la Cruz takes the time to explain the history and explicit details such as the outfits and houses (more like ancient mansions) of characters. She has such a wide imagination, and gives a vivid view of the scene as it is happening. Because of this, the overall pace is awkward and way too slow for my liking. It takes a lot of getting used to, but I eventually did.
The characters were all very interesting; although when I come across one that has an unpronounceable name, it bugs me. Take for example the name Schuyler. I thought it was “School-er” but then her friend Oliver called her “Sky” for short. I should have known. There were other words too such as Duchesne, Croatan, Roanoke, etc…With an omniscient narration, there is a sense of mystery that tugs on you, keeping your brain alert for any clues. I am definitely interested in the characters, as I have much more to learn about them. Especially Jack Force and his twin, Mimi Force. The two of them ignites something in me and just makes me irritated. But the others I’m excited to read more about.
Blue Bloods really is just the introduction. A great one that shows the way to a mystery-filled, anxious series with love, cunningness and evil waiting at one corner.
When sixteen-year-old Consuela discovers she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow, a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering them, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.
You know that boy who lives a few doors down from you who's just the creepiest person alive? When you're on your front porch, about to kiss your boyfriend good night, you might glimpse him across the street, just standing there. He'll randomly appear when you're gossiping with your best friends -- except maybe it's not so random at all. He's the black cat who seems to know your route. If he rides by your house, you think, I'm going to fail my bio exam. If he looks at you funny, watch your back.
Every town has a black-cat boy. In Rosewood, his name was Toby Cavanaugh.
One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love. So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?
Brace yourself for the battle of the exes. . . .
Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are “just friends”, excluding their occasional flirtation.
When Hayden wins the girls’ division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn’t have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick’s bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden’s and the boys on Nick’s, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated--and they might end up igniting some old flames.
Nick and me riding up together right then was like George W. Bush and Barack Obama riding to Obama’s inauguration in the same limo. Relaxed!
It’s a love and hate relationship! How I love those. One moment, Nick and Hayden are arguing like there’s no tomorrow and then before you know it, they’re making out. Actually, it’s quite the opposite: they kiss, then fight. The tension between these two is so visibly obvious in a crowd and especially when they’re alone. It’s hard not to cheer for these young teens as they try to overcome their pasts.
They both are great characters. They have depth, a background behind them that makes each of them real. Hayden tends to analyze over the smallest things, like a normal teenage girl would do. That would often lead to a huge misunderstanding. Nick is the handsome and rich guy, who could have any girl he wants and who could leave them anytime he wants. Yes, he’s arrogant but gosh, the way he’s concerned for Hayden makes my heart flutter.
The plot revolves around a lodge in which the characters spend their week during winter. There were many things about snowboarding which I was clueless about but with the help of a definition at the beginning of each chapter, I was able to learn a few things. The minor characters are also enjoyable. With Nick and Hayden’s best friends going out with each other (no, not only one but two pairs), the pressure and the tension is on. It’s funny to watch.
I just realized this is my first Jennifer Echols novel! Wow. I have got to read more of hers. Romantic comedies are my fave and this one is a great start to read.
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
I just hope I remember to tell my kids that they are as happy as I look in my old photographs. And I hope that they believe me.