Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing. (Goodreads)

 

My rating: A billion times yes. 1 million/10. Need I say more?

** I tried hard to not say any spoilers so if this seems vague, I do apologize. **

Review:

Throughout this entire year I was never once sad about graduating high school. Bring on college! While everyone was crying dramatically and reminiscing over the “good times”, I was very much waiting impatiently for The Best Day Ever: graduation. But then IT started happening. The thing readers dread most: the end to a series. At first I didn’t realize it, oh but then I did. Almost every single series I started reading my freshmen year of high school (or earlier) were ending. All of them. So while everyone else realized we were getting older because it was our senior year, I realized through the books that were ending.

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As more and more books ended, I would cry. A lot. I’m on the verge of crying right now just thinking about all the books that have been with me since I was 14.

Then there’s The Lux series. I was 16. Raised on The X-Files and, because of this, developed a love for aliens. Obsidian was the freaking Holy Grail of books for me. It had aliens. Then I read it and found Daemon. It had a hot alien.  I recently realized something though. Opposition is not only the last book in the Lux series, but it’s the last book series from my early teen years to come out. It basically signals the end of my childhood. The end of being a teen. tumblr_mb4ph0l93x1rziwwco1_500

God, Katy was the reason why I even wanted to start blogging. These books have gotten me through a lot. Helped me escape from this boring world into one full of aliens and the best freaking holy-hell-it’s-getting-hot-in-here romance. Thank you 16-year old me for picking up Obsidian. I don’t what I would have done without these books.

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Opposition started about two days after the ending of Origin. We have an angst filled Kat and, because it wouldn’t be a J. Lynn novel without them, a bit of sarcasm and humor brought to you by Archer.

You’re broadcasting your thoughts so damn loudly I feel like I need to go sit in the corner and start rocking, whispering Daemon’s name over and over again.

And that wasn’t the only time someone said a snarky comment. No, you can count on Jennifer L. Armentrout to include those things on almost every single page. Yet she also knew how, and when, to add the serious things in. Of course Daemon was there with his usual sarcastic self to make moderate light of the situation. Daemon, Daemon, Daemon. Do I really have to explain why I love this boy? He showed up in this book and totally rocked the sarcastic teen boy like there’s no tomorrow.

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Kat was all sorts of badass in this book. She didn’t back down from anything. No, she freaking fought like the kick-ass that she is. J. Lynn did a great job at showing the growth of Kat. She went from being a sarcastic book blogger to a kick-ass and even more sarcastic character. I think Daemon really helped her with that. The badassness that is, not the sarcasm (although that too). Even though Daemon often feared for Kat’s life in Opposition and always wanted to keep her safe, he knew he couldn’t stop her. And Kat really held her own throughout the entire book.

Even the supporting characters were awesome. Archer. Dawson. Luc. I just love them all. As I read Opposition, Archer slowly became one of my favorite supporting characters. I have a thing for sarcasm I’ve realized.I mean, Daemon should have been the first clue. It was awesome that we saw more of Archer, saw behind the man that Daedalus made.

Opposition had me on the verge of tears. A lot. It was an amazing conclusion for one of my favorite series. Not once was I bored, and when it ended, I wasn’t disappointed nor did curl into a ball (I’m looking at you Allegiant). I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do because I’m so used to expecting another one to be out. In the words of the amazing Jennifer L. Armentrout, “The good thing about books though is that they’re never really over. They are always there for you to re-read at any time. Their stories never truly end. Ever. So you’re not really saying goodbye to them. You’re saying I’ll see you again soon to them.” 

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 I’ll try not to cry, because like she said, the Lux series will always be there. Like right on shelf in my dorm. How am I supposed to function without Daemon?  He needs to be in easy reach in case I ever need a little dose of his sarcasm. So, here’s to you Jennifer L. Armentrout. supernatural-awesome.jpg

 

 

~ Lauren

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Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

18629799Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride… (Goodreads)

My rating: 2 stars –

Review:

I first read Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt when I was in 8th or 9th grade. Last year I picked up One Night That Changes  Everything and enjoyed it.  So, when I came across Through to You I didn’t second guess myself. If I’ve liked two books already who says I wouldn’t like another one? And plus I also have a soft spot with books about opposites attract (which can be seen by my obsession with Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles). What I was hoping to be a good book full of little romantic moments really turned out to be more of a bore-a-thin and writing that seriously made me want to scream.

If any of you are in high school then you have most likely read Catcher in the Rye. Personally, I hated that book. Holden was the worst character I have ever read and I despised Salinger’s writing. And as I started reading through to you I saw a connection to dear ol’ Salinger and Miss Barnholdt. See, it wasn’t Harper and Penn per se, I was okay with them, it was the writing. Often their passages were full of thoughts taking different directions. It’s like they could be talking about a goddamn cat and the next thing I know they would be talking about some cat their neighbor had and that it was a very nice cat or something like that. But all I kept thinking was Oh dear god I’m reading Cather in the Rye only a lot less depressing and more teen angst. It confuses me really that Barnholdt would be writing like this when her other books never sounded like this. A drastic change if you ask me and not one I enjoyed.

It wasn’t just the writing that made me so angry, it was also some of the things that happened. Here’s my list:

1) Penn’s constant “I didn’t mean anything but giving her that note but yet I sort-of did but yet I didn’t” train of thought.

I wanted to grab Penn by his ear and yell at him to just MAKE UP HIS MIND. Because even if you didn’t mean anything it’s messed up to constantly follower Harper.

2) Harper so easily following Penn.

Look, we’ve all liked jerks here. It happens to the best of us. Hell, it happened to me two times this year. Yes, two flipping times. Sometimes we just really don’t think. So who am I to judge Harper? I can’t. But I can judge her on doing something stupid like, you know, ditching school with the guy who JUST GAVE YOU A NOTE. When the guy I liked kept pressuring me to drink I didn’t just do it because he may have liked me. I was uncomfortable to I said eff off. But Harper didn’t and that really made me angry. You barely know the guy but hey, at least he’s hot.

3) Penn.

So technically this isn’t something that happened, but Penn was the cause for half the things I hated. I didn’t like his indecisiveness. As I stated in the beginning of this list, all Penn did was question whether or not he truly meant anything by his note. It was getting to be annoying after a while.

 

I decided to only give you guys the three main things that really annoyed me with this book. If I didn’t then this list would be very long. Now, the one thing I do want to say is that maybe I’m a little biased because I hated the writing mainly because it reminded me of Salinger. So if you didn’t read Catcher in the Rye (which you are lucky if you haven’t) you could still like Through to You.  That being said, I also hated half the things that the characters did so that really isn’t biased. Which leads be to saying don’t bother with this book. Maybe if you you’re to barrow the book then read it. But your money isn’t worth spending.

 

~ Lauren

The Three Books You Shouldn’t Read

Yes, I actually read books. Well if you count screaming and getting so fed up with a book you throw it as reading. And not even in a good way. See, many of you may know I have an obsession with romance. I’m a hopeless romantic. Dream of the day when I meet the guy who makes me feel… whole. So in the mean time I read those books instead to fill that empty hole inside of me. But somewhere in my four years of high school these romance books that I cradled in my arms, that I loved with every fiber of my being, have turned to complete Sugar Honey Ice Tea. And I have given up. Yes, me, Lauren of YA Book Spot, has given up on all cute romance novels. Here are the three books that prove why said romance novels have gone down the sinkhole to hell:

1) Royally Lost by 18530135Angie Stanton

 Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

I was desperate. So very desperate for a romance novel that I picked this book up just hoping that it would turn out to be this great book full of laughs and true love. But no, it turned for the worst when the protagonist Becca started speaking. Now, the thing is I love history. I’ve had a 100 average my whole career as a student. I could name Generals from the American Revolution all the way to World War II. I just really love history. Now imagine reading a book with a main protagonist who constantly bashes history. Well, you get Royally Lost.

Instead of Royally Lost, I think the book should be changed to Royal Shit (excuse my language. I just have a lot of anger feels). Becca was nagging, no good, ANNOYING girl who just constantly complained about history. She saw it as useless. “Why live in the past?” She said at one point. BECAUSE WE LEARN FROM OUR PAST MISTAKES. You are in Europe, taking these amazing tours to these historical sites and you couldn’t care less? No, I’m sorry. Excuse me while I go push her off the Pont Du Gard.

One more thing that made me angry would be how easily she just went with Nikolai. “Oh look, a hot European guy who’s speaking to me. Let me totally take him on his offer to explore these random parts of Europe where I have never been! Screw stranger danger!” So maybe Becca didn’t say exactly this, but she sure as hell was acting this way. The  number one rule of Europe is you stay with your group. Even if you hate them and would much rather throw yourself into a bullfight (I may or may not have thought this when I was in Europe), YOU STAY PUT. Yes, Nikolai was a prince, but I could rewrite this entire book as sequel to Taken.

Do not read this book. Becca is naive, dull, and so stupid I swear my freaking lamp knows more than her.

 

182489332)Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton

A shy teen befriends an attractive beach town tourist in this refreshing summertime romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer andSeventeenth Summer.

In the small town of Pearl Beach, Florida, Izzy Lucas needs only her surfboard and the water to be completely happy. She wants nothing to do with parties, popularity contests, or showing her face around the clichéd touristy hangouts. Izzy’s tight group of coworkers at the local surf shop have tried relentlessly to break shy Izzy out of her (sea)shell. But Izzy isn’t interested…until the day Ben Barker walks into the store.

Ben’s from the city. He’s cute, charming, and wants her help adjusting to beach town culture. As the weeks of surfing lessons and pizza shack visits fly by, Izzy and Ben realize their attraction goes beyond mere friendship. But Ben is only in town for three months, and Izzy wonders if this amazing guy is worth stepping out of her comfort zone for what might be the perfect summer romance—or her first heartbreak

My quest for a romance continued and led me to this book. This very boring book. I live by the beach. the smell of the ocean is the best smell in the world. I was intrigued by this book because the beach was in it. But that was the only good thing. The main character Izzy barely grew as a character and I found myself wanting to know more about her friend Sophie than Izzy herself.  Izzy’s relationship with Ben was also anther strike against Pulled Under. They just did nothing for me. Once again there was no growth between the two. Nothing that made their relationship feel real.

I barely made it through the book. And I usually finish a book like this within three hours. I skimmed through Pulled Under and found myself bored even doing that. And that ending? I still don’t understand it.

Yet again I found myself disappointed by another book. I wish there were more cute YA romance books out there. Or at least good ones. I mean, at least it got two stars.

 

Lastly, number 3:

 

18635079How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend’s worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can’t wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she’s been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she’d rather forget.

Mikayla’s never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she’s ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up…until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend’s heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls’ perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I’m Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it’s really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

I give up. I’m waving the white flag because I am done. I never knew it was so hard to write a cute romance novel. I find it sad when I read better stories on Wattpad. I picked up How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark because (as you can tell) I am desperate for a cute, care-free romance book.

And now I wish I hadn’t.

I always feel this connection with characters who have never had a kiss, or even a date, because I myself (even at 18) never did any of those things either. I was into the book in the beginning because both main characters were like me. Dateless and guyless. Then by page 137 I just gave up. I couldn’t stand Lucy. It was an actual hatred. I found her rude, annoying, and selfish. I skipped her POVs half the time. I think the book would have been better without Lucy’s POV.

Mikayla wasn’t as bad. But dear god YOU ARE 17! STOP ACTING LIKE YOU’RE STILL IN 8TH GRADE. The writing was also terrible. I don’t know if it was me, but half the time I felt as if half the words were spelled wrong. Not only that, but the maturity of the writing was extremely low.

I am so angry that cute books aren’t being written as good anymore. I think authors need to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because she did it right. Take notes too. Cath was that perfect mixture of nerdy/experienced/socially awkward girl. I would not recommend How to Meet Boys to anyone. I couldn’t sit still long enough to read it. I don’t care about insta-love (it really does not bother me), but what I do care is that it’s done right. And sadly, it seems that no one knows how to do it anymore.

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I am telling you right now to not read these books. They are boring, filled with naive characters, and writing that is more 4th grade than high school. If anyone knows a good romance please let me know. I’m getting desperate. Just tell me in the comments. I promise an actual nice review full of fangirling and squealing tomorrow for The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz (one of the BEST authors out there).

 

~ Lauren

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet. (Goodreads)

My Rating: 5 million stars yes

My Review:

Now, I guess you can say I have an alien obsession… which I’ve probably stated about a million times. I grew up around The X-Files, alien documentaries, and more. Until Sophomore year of high school I could never find any YA books with aliens in them. Then I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout and my life become whole. I feel that ever since J. Lynn’s Lux Series, aliens have frown in popularity and more books have been made. Not all of them are good. Some of them are out right boring. But no. Not this little gem.

*stares fondly at cover* I love you Alienated. *crushes to chest*

First off that cover drew me in. It’s so beautiful and amazing. Simple too. I know how we all say we never judge a book by its cover but, come one, we all do. This is far from being a boring cover. It’s out of this world. Get it? Because aliens? No? Okay I’ll stop now.

The one thing that I love most about Alienated is that there really isn’t any war against another alien race. If you watch Star-Crossed on the CW then it’s basically like that. There are protesters and a radical group; people trying to pass laws that don’t give L’eihr’s their rights. In this book it’s politics that matters. That’s refreshing. What I love is how Melissa Landers also mentions past history, like the 1960s civil rights movement. Alienated is basically the civil rights movement, but with a twist.

Besides the plot, I also love Cara. I read that some people didn’t and I don’t get how. At first I thought I was really going to hate her. That she would be this stuck-up girl towards Aelyx, but instead she was actually extremely welcoming. Cara went out of her to make Aelyx feel comfortable and I love that she stood by him, even when her boyfriend didn’t want her to. Cara is also one of the strongest characters I’ve read. No, she’s not brandishing a weapon like she’s in Dauntless. What makes her strong is the fact that she stood by her decisions, stood by Aelyx, even though so many people turned their backs on her. Cara always kept her head held high. That’s true courage to me. So often we find ourselves changing our beliefs based on others opinions. We need people like Cara in this world. I loved when she said, “This is how discriminatory legislation gets passed- people know it’s wrong. but they’re too lazy or too scared to take action.” That last part has to be my favorite. Cara is so opinionated but doesn’t care what people have to think.

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Aelyx. Dear lord I love him. I loved seeing him grow as a character, seeing all those human qualities he picked up. Oh my god, and the best scene had to be when Aelyx googled kissing. He reminded of a little kid. A whole new world indeed…

Alienated isn’t full of action, but it’s full of choices. It’s about standing by your beliefs no matter what. There’s no race against an evil alien race, but instead a fight against humanity. It’s about overcoming prejudices. See, the problem isn’t just the humans, but also the L’eihr’s. I want to see them work together. I love Cara’s relationship with her parents, with Aelyx. Forget fighting with hands, we need more characters like Cara: characters who fight with words. Melissa Lander’s writing is beautiful. I could feel the characters emotions. I swear, after reading this book and wanted to have a debate with everything. I’m always hesitant about a sequel where the characters are split up. It frustrates me to no end when that happens (which is why I haven’t read Never Fade). I’m also a person who loves cliff-hangers because they make waiting that much more fun. I just hope Cara and Aelyx aren’t split up for that long. And that there is no, I repeat NO LOVE TRIANGLE. NONE. IT’S NOT NEEDED.

 What I think people should take away from the book is this: People are people. No matter who they are (even if they’re an alien from another world).

~ Lauren

Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Hey guys! You remember me? Lauren? No… Wait, are you holding a pitchfork? I’m really not a fan of fire guys. So yeah, I’m sorry for my absence. Senior year sort affects all aspects of life really. Like all I want to do is sleep, eat, and sleep. College applications also took up all my time but I finished those and I’ve been accepted into my college. So yay! But as I stated in my last post (and as you can tell from the picture above) I am here for a review! A very long-awaited review that should have been done awhile ago because I did get the ARC back in July. Now that I think about it I could have done the post and saved it. Oops.

I tried doing a video but all I did was ramble and kept going on about CONNECTIONS with characters and CARS. I doubt you would have cared about pistons, carburetors, and me trying to explain a cool air intake. I ail speak about my connections with characters though.

So I know that I’ve stated my love for Katie McGarry’s books before. There is just so much to them. I’ve loved every single book and I feel like for an author to able to make every book amazing makes them even better. If that makes sense. I was lucky enough to meet Katie McGarry back in June and it had to have been one of the best moments of my life. Here was an author that has had a major impact

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on my life and I was finally able to meet her. I fangirled a lot. I may have said it once before but I don’t remember. Back in October of 2012 my neighborhood was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. And the book that helped me get through it? Pushing the Limits. Ever since then I’ve been hooked to Katie McGarry’s books. Dare You To  was there for me as I was struggling with friendships and feeling alone. As I stated before, I felt connections.

The strongest connection has always been Isaiah. I think it’s because I understand his love for cars. So before I say anything else here is the synopsis:

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other. (Goodreads)

I loved this book. I don’t even know how to put my love for it into words. I tried doing a video but I literally couldn’t. Everything was getting jumbled together and it was turning into an epic fail. This was basically me.

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I just get really exited with this book. 

First off: Rachel. Do you know how awesome it was to FINALLY have a girl character who understood cars? It didn’t even feel forced. I don’t remember the exact line, but it was when Rachel and Isaiah just met and he asked her how she knew  so much about cars. Rachel said she just read books or something like that. I don’t know why I loved that but I did. I think Rachel became one of my favorite characters. Her anxiety made her feel so real. As someone who suffers from panic disorder I know what it’s like to feel lost and scared and to just want to almost give up. 

Isaiah was amazing in this book. To finally be able to get inside his head felt like a reward. There were reveals in CIY about Isaiah that just made me pause for a second. I remember sitting in my car and looking up amazed. We also saw a soft side to him. Isaiah is willing to do anything for the people he loves, which can be seen at the beginning of the book and throughout most of the books.

What I love about companion novels is the fact that we still see past characters. In Dare You To we had Noah and Isaiah. In Crash Into You there was Noah and Echo and Beth that I was just bouncing with joy. My favorite scene was when Noah. Beth, and Isaiah were all together. It was like a messed version of a family reunion.

I also loved the new characters that were introduced. Rachel’s brothers wee hilarious. Especially West. I love West. Which brings me to the fourth book: TAKE ME ON. West’s story. That makes me so happy.

Katie McGarry knows how to capture the emotions of being a teenager. Crash Into You doesn’t disappoint. Just like Rachel, we all want to be something amazing for our parents and don’t want to disappoint them, even if it means hiding aspects of who we are. I know so many people who are just like Isaiah. Willing to do anything to keep the people we love safe. Everyone needs to read this book… ALL of Katie McGarry’s books.

A million stars yes.

Read On!

~Lauren

Allegiant: Why I Disliked it

I’ve tried to do this review a million times. I sat down and recorded it… which ended with me crying. I’ve always been better with words, better at expressing my emotions through sentences. Instead of making a review I’m simply going to write about something that happened in this book. If you have not read these books, or Allegiant, then DO NOT READ ON. I mean it. Because you know

We have read Allegiant and know what happens at the end. That very, very, very depressing holy-mother-this-is-not-real-but-it-is ending. Tris, the main character and the voice of this series, dies. Why? I have no idea. This- this plot twist angered me. Tris is was a character that had a tremendous impact on my life. When I first read Divergent I had a lot of things going on in my life. Divergent allowed me to escape from it all. For a good month that was all read, spoke, and breathed about. I was actually banned from ever mentioning it because people got annoyed. Like that would even stop me.

                            Divergent, Tris really, became this hero to me. Often I found myself saying, “What Would Tris Do?” She had this strength that I wanted. I found myself trying to be tough and strong and just to have courage. I took a piece of Tris into myself, which readers often do with characters they are fond of. When she died a piece of myself died with her. I was hysterically crying and really, it wasn’t a pretty sight. 

          My sister told me something when I finished Allegiant, “There won’t always be a happy ending.” But I like happy endings. We live in a shitty world full of war, heartbreak, and death. It could books or a movie, maybe even a game, that helps you escape from it all. Books, for me at least, give me this hope that good things do happen. Which is why what my sister said angered me. I don’t want to face reality sometimes. I needed a happy ending in Divergent damn it. I needed Tris to live, to marry Four and live. I thought, “If Tris can survive every shitty thing that happens to her then so can I.” Reading her death was like watching all of those hopes and dreams vanish. I know how dramatic this all sounds, but we all have a series or a book that saved us. Allegiant felt like one giant slap in the face.

         Yeah, Tris died a noble death, she sacrificed herself for the greater good and blah blah blah. I get that VR wanted to kill her from the start. She had it planned out, but I felt like she was so stuck on this one ending that she did everything in her damn power to make it happen. Four, at least the one I loved, never would have left her. He was have stayed with her. All of that Evelyn bullshit and the whole, “Choose me or not,” annoyed the crap out of me. Not only that, but she lets MARCUS THE ABUSIVE ASSHAT LIVE. Oh, and of course Peter the LET ME KILL ALL THE PEOPLE is allowed to forget how much of an asshole he is. He can forget that he sexually assaulted Tris, almost killed her, stabbed Edward in the eye, worked with Erudite, and again WILLING TO KILL ANYONE. Isn’t that just all nice and cosy. So Tris dies and the two people who deserved to die the most live. Sure, seems fitting.

        Divergent… Divergent was my world. Tris was the character that saved me. It hurts that I will never be able to read these book again, won’t be able to watch the movie without thinking about this book. I give VR credit because she really didn’t care what people will think. It was her book and she won’t change a thing. But at the same time I hate it. She gave us two whole books with Tris’ POV. VR gave us all of Tris’ thoughts and feelings, everything she wanted… She gave us 6. It hurts because the book that brought me hope, the character that gave me strength, are both dead. I just have to hope authors don’t start rolling VR’s lead and start killing their main characters.

         What are your thoughts?

~ Lauren

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? (Gooreads)

Rating: All the STARS! (Yes, every single star in this galaxy. Even more.)

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This is how Fangirl makes you feel. This book guys…

I don’t even know how to put my love for this book into words or whatever. The last time I felt like this, felt like everything was right and just happy, with a book was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. How long ago was like? Oh, about three years ago. Books today, whether they be contemporary or not, are full of heavy topics spanning from the foster system to cancer. I have nothing against those books, I’ve read great ones, but there needs to be more books that when you open them it’s all sunshine and puppies and just happiness. Fangirl was exactly that. It was my saving grace really after I finished Allegiant. (Dear lord I need about FOREVER to recover.) I am so happy my friend forced me to read this book.

        Cath is an 18 year-old girl who loves books, writes fan fiction, and obsessed with fictional characters. Mainly Simon Snow. Which, in this case, is basically the Harry Potter of Fangirl. Cath has to navigate the world of college alone. Cath has to be one of top 5 characters that I absolutely love. I’m pretty sure she’s tied for first. I related to Cath more than I’ve related to any, and I mean ANY, character I have read. Her relationship with Wren reminds me of the one I have with my older sister. She’s the outgoing one, the one who was out every weekend with friends (not as bad Wren). I will definitely say this one day:

“I don’t want to kiss a stranger,” Cath would answer. “I’m not interested in lips out of context.”  

       Now, I know how the synopsis speaks about two guys. Believe me I yelled at said mentioned friend over and over about that before I read Fangirl. If you’re worried about a love triangle, believe me when I say there is none. It was a breath of fresh air. None of that two-guys-OMG-love-at-first-sight. I loved that about this book, how everything progressed slow. Cath’s development as a character and her relationships with her friends. Speaking of friends…

REAGAN! REAGAN THE ROOMMATE. REAGAN, THE FRIEND EVERYONE NEEDS. She was exactly who Cath needed to get herself out of her shell. I think there should be a Reagan in every college because people need help socializing. Of course there should also be a Levi too. Levi…

WHY RAINBOW ROWELL?!?! WHY MUST YOU MAKE AN AMAZING GUY WHO JUST… GAH! I love him. Levi is completely different from other male characters. There isn’t any of that “I’m a Manly Man. Look, muscles.” I don’t know, that was the best I could think of.

                                                “She smiled, and her eyes started to drift downward. 
                                                “Cather…” 
                                                 Back up to his eyes.
                                                “You know that I’m falling in love with you, right?”

Gah, so amazing.

Fangirl is one of Those Books. The book that will stay with you forever. The characters will always be there waiting for you. I know I will read this again, and you should too. Please dear god, go buy this book or I will Baz after you. *giggles* Oh Baz…

~Lauren