The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Published March 6, 2013 by jamiesmilesforu

Ok…ok… How am I supposed to talk about a book that is beyond amazing, I think John Green might become my favorite author.

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The cover is simply beautiful and mysterious in its own way, you can’t explain it, the cover just sums up the whole book in a way. If you have read it you would know what I mean.

Description

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought 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. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet.

Characters

There were three main characters in the story: Hazel, Augustus and a book writer named Peter Van Houten.

Hazel Grace- I loved her throughout the book, she was so funny and insuring. I felt like sometimes she was talking to me personally and I love that. Poor girl survived a lung cancer and now has few more years to live, she is stuck with an oxygen tank that she has to drag everywhere she’s going. Hazel really is a strong character and John Green really has worked hard on her.

Peter Van Houten- He is something I imagine an old, drunk musician or artist that never succeeded would sound and look like. I mean he is the perfect character for this book. Peter is a book writer and Hazel has read his book about 100 times every since she has survived the cancer and what has always bothered her is that the book ends in middle of a speech, so she vent off with Augustus to talk to the writer. He is the type of guy who doesn’t want anything to do with them, but at the end he accepts the two which I found really sweet.

Augustus- He was so good. Really sweet mature guy who cares so much for Hazel although he knows they both might die any minute. The way he speaks makes me smile and how he has a texting relationship with Hazel, he loves reading books and there is a lot of talk about Peter’s book in the story which leads him to fall in love with Hazel.

Plot

The plot was quick although it did have some talking at the beginning where we get to know how Hazel thinks about the world after the cancer, let me tell you it is very extraordinary indeed, I got a look at the world differently and that got me to tears three times. Also there is the explanation monologue about why the book is called The Fault in Our Stars, I loved it. Hazel basically has that moment of where she says that people like her and Augustus: their stars(meaning when people read the future and life in stars) aren’t different from any other person’s, its just that they have a fault in them. (That made me cry for the second time, eye roll). Than THE END! Oh My God! I cried like a baby, I couldn’t help myself, so heartbreaking, restless and tragic! Then we are left with that last sentence of the book that just makes you want to scream! It’s the type of ending which leaves you cliffhanging, but at the same time concludes everything. 

Romance

The best love story ever! It wasn’t very in-you-face-type-of-love-story. There were some moments thats hold have made you feel cheesy, like usually I feel creeped out by them, but not this one, which made me extremely happy indeed. I thought it was sweet and simple,I imagine that real love must be like that: sweet and simple.

Songs

Born to Die-Lana Del Rey, River Flows in You-Yiruma (piano peace), Colorblind- Counting Crows, Every Tear Drop is a Water Fall-Coldplay.

The Fault in Our Stars left me breathless…

 

Jane by April Lindner

Published March 3, 2013 by jamiesmilesforu

Beautiful book cover….not so great inside.

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Ok, basically this book is based on the story of the all well known Jane Eyre. The cover is magnificent and it has that old-page feeling to it.

Description

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. 

But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

Characters

This book looked very promising to me, but then again do not judge a book by its cover. The characters were rally bad.

Jane-(a long painful sigh), she was horrible, the worst female character I have ever read about. The story of Jane was supposed to be intriguing and inspirational, I mean who is Jane Eyre? She is an independent, beautiful, strong young woman with a hard past, but this new Jane was dull, boring, insecure, annoying and weird. The main reason is the author instead of making Jane sound strong, she made her song insecure and small-who agrees with me here? That type of Jane will not inspire anyone, besides the author went very low indeed when she introduced lovemaking, Jane Eyre doesn’t do that, for Christ Sake!!!!!!!!!!

Niko-I don’t really know what his name is in the realistic story, but it is something similar I think. I didn’t mind Niko at all, I thought he was half ok. He actually made me feel loved, because he kept telling Jane how strong (a sigh) and beautiful she is.NOT- Sorry had to do that. Also we really got to know him, by his songs and the way he feels about life in general, which sometimes made me wonder about how he sees everything. I liked the fact that he had a troubled (meaning lacking her fathers attention) daughter who Jane was taking care of.

Plot

I thought the plot was ok, it wasn’t slow, nor was it very fast and I got a hang of it. The story itself has a huge potential, it would be better if the author developed the characters a bit more and made Jane look a bit more confident about herself. There wasn’t a lot of action going on although it had some beautiful descriptive writing. I loved the plot twist at the end though, it was disturbing, but if you have read Jane Eyre you will know what I’m talking about.

Romance

The romance as I said before was good and enjoyable, it had that bit of jealousy and nervousness to it, because Niko is a rockstar, which was totally fine by me. The one major issue I had with it was the sex they both had, I mean this was not the type of book that needed it 😦  .

Songs

As usual I listened to some songs:

Christina Perri- Sad Song, Max Ablitzer- Star Song (a violin peace) 

I give it ★★ stars out of 5, it was promising and has a great potential, but Jane was dull.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Published March 3, 2013 by jamiesmilesforu

My first review is going to be about a book that I loved so much.

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Let’s just spare a moment to look at the cover. It is truly interesting, now, I read the book a long time ago and I am holding it in my hands right this moment. It is a huge and heavy paperback, I can honestly say that it is the biggest book in my whole bookshelf AND it is paperback, which makes it unusual. Now lets get to the review.

Description

   Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand bad boy Travis Maddox. He is handsome, built, and covered in tattoos and exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario. A disaster waiting to happen…
  Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Is it the start of something beautiful? Or is this the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory…Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Characters

There were four main characters introduced in the first chapter: Abby, America, Shapley and Travis. They are all one of my most favorite characters that I have ever read about, they are new, fresh and funny.

Abbey- she has recently moved to a new school with her best friend America and America’s boyfriend Shapley. She (obviously) soon meets Travis who is Shapley’s best friend and they make a bet.

I thought that Abbey was a good and strong character, she never came across as boring or too weak, her character develops through the book quickly and by the end she really shows off her strong side through series of events that happen. The romance between her and Travis is a bit too obsessive, she doesn’t really seem to care so much for him, but Travis is literary obsessed with her, that put me off a bit. She also gains a nickname from Travis which I think really made the story more realistic.

America-She was great throughout the book, I love her original name and her relationship with both Shapley and Abbey wasn’t annoying. We don’t really get to see a lot of character development, but she definitely grows up to be a very mature girl who at the beginning wasn’t so much.

Shapley-I enjoyed him a lot, liked how protective he was to Abbey and America, I think he is the perfect best friend nothing more to say. Although he is the best friend of Travis he isn’t the type that follows him around, Shapley still has his own opinions that make a lot of difference in the book.

Travis-Ok, where to start? Travis was the second best bad boy I have read (nobody can beat Patch from Hush-Hush). He was very irrotational and bold at the beginning, but I could really feel that inside he is protective and nice. He is very well known as the one-night stand which makes all the girls go crazy for him. Abbey happens to really mess this guys bad side up by the end of the book, which I found irritating, he suddenly became very good. We also get to find out about his family and his affection for them.

Plot

The plot was great, it was just perfect for me. It quickly went into the story and didn’t leave me questioning anything that happens, it has its action towards the end and obviously the tension which is created by Travis and Abbey when they are having their cute moments (eye roll).

Romance

It wasn’t too bad, as I said before it was a bit obsessive from Travis’s side, but didn’t lack jealousy from Abbey ether, I loved the whole humor side of it. I know what you are thinking right now. Of course you can’t have a love relationship without sex, they both have some steamy scenes together just like Shapley and America (their sex noises were described in a very funny way).

Songs

Some of the songs that I listened to when read this book:

Nirvana-Girls, Ed Sheeran- Kiss Me, Stop the clocks-L.A.

I give it ★★★★ stars out of five. It deserved 5, but some thing just lacked for me.