The Summer I Turned Pretty Series | Review

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Collection by Jenny Han
Published by Penguin Books Ltd.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 894
Average Rating: 4.48
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Isabel has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach and the Fischer boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer with them at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. She has always been in love with Conrad and finally, one summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.
As the summers go on, Isabel has to choose between two brothers who love her as she comes to the realization that she will have to break one of their hearts.


This post is kind of a continuation of what I wrote in my June Wrap-up (that will be posted in a couple of pages. This review will contain spoilers. All in all, the entire trilogy was a good one, there were some things in specific books I didn’t like or made me confused, or even angry; not so much the first two books but the third and last one specifically.

I was quite annoyed with Belly throughout the series, I mean sure, when she was a child she was supposed to be, but during the series she never matured, not really, she was acting like a child throughout the entire series to be honest. She was always a bit childish, if not plenty, especially when it came to the boys. She never developed enough in this series. So, to the review of each book.

The Summer I Turned Pretty
This was the perfect summery contemporary, for me at least. I liked it a lot and couldn’t put it down (which went for all three books). The only two things I didn’t really like was the immaturity of Belly (her present day person). It was like she hadn’t changed much since she was eight, which is just really weird. The other thing was the cancer, I hate reading books where cancer is involved, it always tortures my heart to a point where I can’t handle it, and it’s even more pronounced in the second book even though the mother is dead before the story even begins. But the hint of romance throughout the book I liked a lot and couldn’t help but gush over.

It’s Not Summer Without You
I liked this book a lot to, not as much as the first book because of the cancer and everything, but in some other ways I liked it even more than the first book, like seeing more sides of Conrad and what’s behind that mask of his. I loved it.

We’ll Always Have Summer
To be totally honest, this whole book was a huge WTF for me really. Boring collage stuff, Jere CHEATING on Belly,he PROPOSING to her as to MAKE UP for him cheating on her, and her ACCEPTING his proposal, and after that it was all boring collage stuff, boring wedding stuff and super boring apartment searching. I mean, why all of this boring stuff and things that didn’t make any sense at all??

So, for a few things that really fucked with my logic of thinking. Who in their right mind agrees on marriage when the guy asks right after he confesses that he cheated on her!?? That I don’t understand one bit, it confused me and made me more than a little bit angry, especially when she accepted his proposal.

The story really wasn’t a story until about two thirds into the book or something. And when things finally started to happen, I got cheated of the ending I knew was coming and actually needed more than anything more than anything. Again, WTF!? After reading the whole book I got ONE page of what I was expecting to be an awesome ending of at least a few chapters. Not OK!

*****

All in all I loved this series, and I miss it (event though the last book was a bust) and I would maybe consider reading it again someday. Total rating for the entire series is a 3,5 stars because of the last book.

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Unforgiven by Lauren Kate | Review | 2016

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Published by Corgi Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Average Rating: 3.92
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High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him.

Tick-tock.


 

It’s been quite some time since I read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate but I remembered that I liked them, they were a little more than ok, but I wanted a book by this other character called Cam. Since I had already spent some time reading the first four books I knew wanted to read one about this character if it was ever going to happen. And when I read about a year ago that he was going to get his own book I couldn’t wait, I wanted the book NOW! I think I bought the book the same week it was out, but didn’t get to it until now and oh boy was it worth the wait. It was so much more than I could have imagined, and it exceeded my expectations big time.

There were a few things that bugged me just a little bit but only one comes to mind at this moment, and that was toward the ending when he’s going to tell Lilith who he really is and Lucifer changes him to what he is. These few things made me get a half book off the rating.

I think the writing in this book was way better than in the earlier books in the Fallen series, it’s been some time since I read those but I remember I didn’t like the writing for some reason, that was not a problem in this book.

I’m not going into details since I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I loved it and it satisfied my need for paranormal romance with a great ending, which by the way made me cry a little, on a bus none the less. I gave this book a 4,5 stars.

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Review – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Published by Razorbill in December 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 412
Average Rating: 3.85
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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

I don’t even know where to begin. I had really high expectations about the book since I’ve heard nothing but great things from BookTube and I really wanted to like it, but I was more than a little disappointed.

It felt like it took months to finish it even though it “only” took a week (I usually read a book in 2-4 days). To be totally honest, it was boring and really, really predictable. I don’t have anything against slow-paced fantasy books if it has something to tell and every part of it leads somewhere important, that’s where this story lacked big time. Most parts of the book didn’t need to be there at all in my opinion, don’t know if they’re going to lead somewhere in later books but it was one of the main things that made this book boring.

I just expected more from this story. It just wasn’t enough.

I didn’t really care about the characters, at all. The only one that I cared even a little bit about was Cleo and it wasn’t until the end I knew that I wanted to know what would happen to her. She was kind of annoying and really childish for the first 2/3 parts of the book, but it was mixed with something that I can’t put my finger on. But anyways, she grew quite a bit in my eyes in the last few chapters and I want to read more about her in the future.

Before reading the last few chapters I didn’t think I was going to read more books from Morgan Rhodes, in this series anyways. But after finishing it I was intrigued enough to at least give the second book a shot, but it won’t be a priority.

My rating before finishing the book was 2,5 at most, but by the end it got up to a 3.

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