Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Goodreads Summary: Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

My review: I have never had such a mixed opinion about a book after reading it. This is a new feeling for me and I almost think I would rather either really love a book or really dislike it because now I don’t have a concrete feeling for the book overall. I do have opinions on certain parts of the book though, since it was kind of split into times of the life of Jane Eyre.

The beginning was Jane Eyre’s life as a 10 year old girl and her living with her horribly mean family, kind of like a fairy tale. She then goes off to a boarding school and there is no plot line whatsoever for this entire part! The first 40-45 percent of the book is based on this and I basically just gave away everything that happens. It was a cute story but it went by so slowly that I found myself wanting to quit reading. This book is one of my mom’s favorites though and I read great reviews on this book and the love story (which was pretty much nonexistent for the first 60%) so I decided to push through it.

Do not judge the book based solely on the first half because the second half was really good. The book would have been better overall if the first half moved faster and had a plot line, or was condensed. As soon as she grew up, it felt like the actual story began. There is a love story, I cannot say too much on that or I will ruin it, but it was really adorable and I am in love with this man. Things did not move quickly with the romance like they do in more modern works so I had to keep reminding myself of how old this book is and it made it better. The story developed, a plot was created, there were actually some plot twists that didn’t involve romance, attachments were made on the main characters and I really enjoyed the second half. The ending was beautiful and lovely and I found myself swooning and smiling to myself like an idiot, but I didn’t care because book romance is amazing.

My opinion on this book is iffy. For me, the second half was good enough that I can kind of forget how boring the first half was, but the problem is getting through the first half. This is not a quick read, but I do recommend it if anyone is in the mood for a good romance or just some good old classic novel reading.

Here are two of my quotes from the book, just for fun:

“[I] never thought of hating because I despised him so absolutely”

“Gathering me to his breast, pressing his lips on my lips: ‘so, Jane!'”

You can get Jane Eyre free on Kindle. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver #1)

Goodreads Summary: Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

My Review: This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I got it after I finished the summer reading program a year ago and sadly, it sat on my shelf until the movie commercial came out.

The book was definitely interesting, the concept of no feelings was original, I enjoyed the weird apologies for everything, the sharing of dreams in the morning, and the whole getting your future chosen for you at age 12. As interesting as the ideas were though, there was no plot line until the last 40 pages! The entire first 120 pages was just explaining the world that they lived in and introducing characters. Nothing actually happened until too far into the book! There was so much buildup in the very beginning that I was waiting for some crazy plot but it continued to build and build and then the plot was come and gone. The book  was not as entertaining as I expected, and it was overall super slow for me.

The whole releasing old people and babies was interesting and it took a twist that I eventually saw coming. I liked the memories and how the giver and the receiver shared them, it was really unique and I had no idea that was how the book was going to go because it took so long to get there. As soon as the plot began, I couldn’t put the book down but I almost gave up on the book because of how slow it was.

I know I blog about books but I have to rant about the movie compared to the book as well. The movie was similar to the book but it created a plot line and romance which made the movie go way faster than the story in the book went. I honestly think the book would have been better if it was more like the movie, which is saying a lot for me because I typically like the books way better. The movie angered me at first because it was different, but I thought about how slow the book was and figured people who hadn’t read the book wouldn’t have liked the movie if they didn’t add some plot movement and quicker development and romance, of course.

The book was not as good as I had anticipated, but it was short so I got through it quickly even though it was slow moving. I liked the ideas of the book, it was creative, and overall a good story if you don’t think about how long it took to get to the plot. You can buy the Giver here.

Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout

Opposition by Jennifer L Armentrout

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review: The finale to the Lux series has finally arrived and I am seriously depressed that it is over and that I won’t be reading anything more of Daemon and Katy.

This book started out a bit slow for me and it was just uber frustrating because I had no idea what was going on. It would be like reading the first few chapters of Harry Potter 7 and not knowing who Voldemort was…annoying, right? But as soon as things were explained in this book, it immediately picked up and was amazing, of course!

Throughout the book there were so many funny quotes that had me literally laughing out loud and the people around me probably thought I was slightly insane. JLA has such a unique writing style and such random hilarious sayings that make her books even more amazing. I also love how she referenced some of my favorite series in this book including Twilight, the Sweet Evil trilogy, and Harry Potter multiple times, which made me love her book so much more! I love that her character is a book nerd such as myself because I can relate to her on a different level. The connection to her spinoff novel about the Arum, Obsession, made me all giddy inside and I was almost clapping and jumping up and down…I love when stories connect and understanding everything about Hunter and Serena (characters from Obsession) made them so much easier for me to accept in this book and I am glad JLA included them!

The action was pretty much nonstop throughout the entire book, making it a super easy and quick read. The book picked up where the last one left off and the plot was so intense! All of the pieces came together in this book and some catastrophic things happened to Kat and she had an understandable breakdown (which Daemon was heartbreakingly amazing during) and I am so glad JLA did not make Kat go off the deep end or become a martyr! Then there was the romance between the action! Gods…the romance in this book was breathtaking at times. This book was definitely the most romantic of the series and it still managed to not be overwhelmingly romantic. I loved loved loved the romance, I had to say it multiple times because I cannot think of any other words to express my obsession with Daemon Black. I will say that by this point in time, JLA has probably ruined real life boys for me because Daemon is so perfect with both his sweet protective side and his douchey badass side. I am in love with a fictional character and I am depressed to have to say goodbye.

The only part of the ending I did not like was the return of that mysterious note that daemon wrote to kat in class in the beginning of the series! I guess we shall never know what was on that note, but knowing daemon, it was not appropriate and heartfelt…anyways, the epilogue was amazingly beautiful. I am not a huge fan of epilogues usually because they are overly chiche and gooey and boring but this epilogue was wonderfully perfect and swoon worthy like the rest of the book, and honestly one of the greatest endings to a series ever. I am going to miss Daemon and Kat so much and I hate saying goodbye to one of my favorite series.

If you have not yet read the lux series, please do so immediately. You can buy Opposition here

Goodbye Daemon Black, you will forever be in my heart!

Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout

Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

Goodreads Summary: The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.
Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.
Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.
Captivated. Lured. Loved.
Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Review: JLA never fails to disappoint when it comes to the Black family! Although this is the prequel to the Lux series, I didn’t read it until recently even though I read the lux series a while ago! I wish I would have because the whole time I read the Lux series, I wasn’t very empathetic towards Bethany and Dawson and I didn’t like the way they acted all of the time and I just wanted the story to get back to Daemon because I loved him. Now, however, I completely understand Bethany and Dawson, I love their story, and I am in love with Dawson, another Black brother.

This book way exceeded my expectations, I guess I should expect nothing less from JLA! The plot was amazing and addicting, even though I knew what was going to happen I was still completely gone to the real world while I read it! The romance was amazing, adorable, and swoon-worthy of course! I am so in love with Dawson now because of this book and I love his relationship! His protectiveness that happened right away against everything he was raised as and the descriptions of his body and personality were sexy and loveable and I cannot believe I waited to read this book for so long.

The newest Lux book was finally released and I am going to reread the rest before I read the new one so I can relive everything, especially Daemon. Everybody should read this book and then continue on and read the Lux series because they are some of the most amazing books in the world. You can buy Shadows here.

Throwback Thursday 8/14/2014

Throwback Thursday 8/14/2014

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.
Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Throwback Thursday is a new thing I am going to be starting out where I basically pick a book that I read before I joined the blogging world and rant about it, good or bad.

Princess Academy is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when it first came out and have read it several times since then. It’s interesting because it isn’t something I would normally pick up to read because there is no magic, action, or forbidden love, but honestly I can never get tired of this story. The boarding school to train mountain girls to be princesses whether or not they want to do so and having a super mean teacher and just being in that kind of situation is such a great story line! I love the main character and even though she isn’t in a super traumatic situation, the story is so addicting! It’s a quick read, a wonderful story, super adorable characters and some weird almost magic? I am not really sure what to call it but it’s unique!

This was my favorite standalone novel until Shannon Hale wrote a sequel! The sequel was pretty good but Princess Academy was one of those books that would have been just perfect without one. I also recently found out that there is a potential third book being released in 2015 and I am not sure how I feel about that yet.

So that was basically all of my random thoughts on one of my favorite books. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good quick read. Whether or not you read the sequel is up to you, it was good but not as good as the original. You can buy Princess Academy here.

Silence and Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence and Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)

Goodreads Summaries:

Silence: Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

Finale: Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated. As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

My Review: These two books were definitely better than book two…I wasn’t a huge fan of all of the romance in that book but these definitely stepped it up and took on a more real plot that I could easily enjoy. I get super irritated when characters lose their memories after being through so much and Silence bugged me to no end because I knew everything but Nora did not remember anything about who she was or Patch which was torturous. Then after she started getting her memories back, the plot resumed itself and got crazier than ever! I always love training scenes in books, I don’t know why that is, but there were a number of them in Finale, none of them short of amazing. The whole leading an army of Neph was also really interesting the way Fitzpatrick wrote it. As interesting as the plot was though, I still found myself fighting to push through the series because I wanted to know what happened but it was hard reading it.

The romance wasn’t great. It was present and cute but I didn’t really feel myself being attached to the characters as I have in the past with other good series.

I liked these books alright, they aren’t my favorite and I probably won’t ever reread them, but if you ever find yourself in a lull then I would recommend them to get you through it. Otherwise, you’re probably okay with not pushing through them. They weren’t bad but they weren’t as good as I anticipated so I was a little let down.

You can buy the Hush Hush series here.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)

Goodreads Summary: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.
If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts
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My Review: This book was not as good as the first one. The majority of the book was entirely about romance and any hint of a plot was just about the relationship and jealousy. I did not care for the first half of the book at all. I wasn’t as connected to the characters as I normally am in books, so I didn’t really feel the emotions and I honestly don’t like stories that are overwhelmingly about romance.

The last hundred pages were the reason I read the book. The real plot developed, the action started and new information was revealed. There were a few twists that I never saw coming and I got so excited and blown away from them that it made me like the book overall. Toward the end I also started liking Patch which was a relief because if so much time is going to be spent on the dang relationship I at least want to like him. I decided to read the next one because the plot twist at the end was too crazy to ignore and I have to see what happens.

I also really like the whole angel and fallen angel thing. I’ve been reading a lot more of these books lately and I am glad I came across this series, though not the best I’ve read. Touching the scars and getting visions is definitely the thing that sets these angels apart from angels from other books. I’m enjoying this series for the most part and am not going to stop now.

You can buy Crescendo here.