Monday, 30 March 2015

Review:Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha SuzumaForbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Published: 27th May 2010
Publisher: Definition 
Paperback Pages: 432

Goodreads Summary 

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister. Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

What a massive roller coaster. I mean. I have no idea what to think of this book and it has been months since I’ve read it! I am still not over what has happened in this book.
This is a story of two bestfriends who happen to fall in love. Maya and Logan just wanted to be together. They just wanted to be left alone and be able to love each other. But nothing is ever that simple. Their love is more than forbidden. It’s against the law. Maya and Logan are siblings who fall in love with each other and must deal with the wrongness.

I have always been baffled by incest. It’s the main reason why I wanted to read this book in the first place. I have a younger brother and I couldn’t even imagine nor that I want to imagine anything close as to what Maya and Logan went through. There is a line between brothers and sisters. You can be best friends, hate each other, sleep in the same bed or share a bedroom together but crossing that line to become lovers just doesn’t fit in. Maya and Logan have been pushed into a life where they have to grow up fast, where they are looking after their younger siblings, pay the bills and keep the whole house from falling apart. The line between brother and sister gets blurry for the pair and they start to feel things for each other that they know are wrong.

It’s far too easy for authors to create a book with taboo romances that focus on the breathing and the fast paced lives of the characters. What you find in this book is unlike any other book you might come across.  Here, you will find characters that are so deeply written with such compassion and such insight to their lives that they will break your heart.

In the first half of the book I have felt more than cheated. I have read reviews which talked about the relationship, and about the love and how close the characters were getting. But instead I was faced with half a book about Maya and Logan trying to keep their family lives together; while taking care of themselves and their younger siblings. This made me incredibly angry. Angry towards their mother, angry towards the state that they were living, angry by the fact that there are children who are taking care of children right now and I cannot stop that! I will never understand a mother that abandons their children because of a new man or a new drug or alcohol. This will baffle me until the day I die and I will never have sympathy for parents that leave their children to fend for themselves.
Once the first initial contact between the siblings started to play out I was enthusiastic to see how the author would handle this unthinkable relationship. I was, I guess excited to see what both of the characters were thinking and to see where this whole thing began. The fact that Tabitha wrote the book in both of the characters perceptions it was rather interesting to see how they were both dealing with this new relationship and their views.

I was open minded while reading this book. I knew exactly what I was going to read and I made sure that I wouldn’t judge this until I finished the last sentence written. For me I was absolutely torn. I have a brother so for me this absurd relationship was making me want to stop reading. To pretend that it didn’t exist and that it never happens in the real world. But on the other hand, my romantic hand, I felt heartbroken for the pair. I was rooting for the pair. Why should they be denied love just because they share the same DNA?

Of course I am not forgetting that they are brother and sister and that people were not okay with this story. The one thing I am certain that other readers will agree with me; is in fact the amazing writing, I am still dumbstruck as to how Tabitha was able to write this book! The emotion, the raw insight to the story of both of the main characters was purely amazing; and I don’t mean jumping around because you’re just so excited amazing. I mean staring blankly, unable to move because you can’t process what just happened amazing. What better way is there to feel after a book?

I have completely forgotten the ending for this book. Just now as I’m furiously trying to type all of my thoughts in this review that I was hit with the shock of the ending once again. I’m not going to lie and say that I cried. I don’t remember whether or not I did, but I do remember putting the book down while staring at it with my mouth wide open. I remember not being able to sleep because I kept thinking about this book. I was not able to shut my brain off because of that ending. I assume that tonight it’s also going to be the one thing I am thinking about. It was. Just. SO INCREDIBLY HEART BREAKINGLY AMAZINGLY HURTFUL!  

Friday, 27 March 2015

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Second Review)

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Speak
First Publication: 2nd December 2010

Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken--and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?

I read the book back in July 2011, wow. I’m getting so old. The love story was the most incredible thing that I have ever witnessed in a book. Stephanie’s writing was so fresh to me and so unbelievable.
This is actually the first book that I have reread, and I’m glad that it’s this one. I want to just point certain things out that I guess I was too immature to realise before and now having grown up a bit I understand more and my views managed to changed.
The romance in this book is still incredibly cute and I loved it. I more than loved it. I fell head over heels for St. Clair and Anna’s romance once again. However, the younger me seemed to cheer on their romance while St. Clair was still with Ellie. I despised him for even thinking about Anna while he had a long distance girlfriend (while reading the book this time around). I guess for his character in that situation was a bit difficult and he needed both of the girls but I will not forgive him for that. He did however break up with Ellie as soon as he and Anna kissed; but I would have murdered my boyfriend if he did that to me. I guess that I wanted the romance to be so perfect when I first read the book that I didn’t care about the other characters.
Anna is still a great character and the only thing that bothered me were the shenanigans between her and St. Clair. I know that this is a story of friendship and first time love and blah, blah, blah but she fully knew that he was in a relationship! However, once again she did keep telling him to end it and chose (in a harsh way but she pretty much did) and I guess she couldn’t help the fact that she was falling for someone that was taken. Once again I am siding with my younger self on the fact that they are the best couple ever, even though as soon as I read it I was enraged about this situation.
The romance. I wish it was much more realistic! I long for a book by Stephanie that will feature a romance that is not over the top and extremely girly and gushy. Although I do enjoy her over exaggeration in the romance department I think it went far too far. There needs to be a sense of realistic romance, just like she managed to capture the real friendship between all the  characters, she needs to be able to do the same with the romance part. 
My old review...

I wasn't expecting this book to be good, well I wasn't expecting to like it at all. This isn't a type of book I would normally pick up and read, or so I thought. My friend let me borrow this book after she praised it so much I wanted to read it and she was right it was amazing. Also a certain quote from Stephanie Perkins that's in the book made me what to read it even more ;) Anna is a great character, she's just like any girl but she won the heart of Etienne St. Clair the perfect guy. And when I say perfect I mean like pretty much perfect in every way. This was the best book I've read that didn't involve any paranormal characters or anything like that, and it didn't have any attacks, any huge secrets no saving the world all the time. And that's the reason why I wasn't so sure about this book but I was wrong and I wish I came across it sooner, I could read this book every day and not get bored at all. I wish someone like St. Clair would swoop me off my feet, but a girl can dream.

Oh god can we just appreciate how much better I have gotten at punctuation and grammar? This is proving to be a nice little recap to the kind of reviews I used to write. Although I do not remember the quote that I was referring to in my old review I am assuming that it is something rather perverted as I was just that kind of 14/15 year old. How incredibly embarrassing that I have not changed one bit.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Discussion: Why do these type of customers exist?

I am currently babysitting and none of the reviews that I have typed up are with me. So I get to do the second best thing in the world and write a discussion/rant post. Gosh how I love doing these.

This is nothing to do with books, but I just wanted to share my frustration and what better way than on here. Right? 

I have been working in a coffee shop for over a year now, and it's a great job! I don't understand why people feel the need to think it's a crap job. I enjoy it and I love the people I work with. I love mostly everything apart from the horrid customers. 

I hate the ones that tell me the price is too high. I'm sorry sir but you chose to come into this store and I can't just change the prices for you. I wish that I could scream instead of holding all of this behind my fake smile and nod. Why do people wish to complain to me? Write an email to the head of whoever decided on these prices! 

Families. I don't care that you are having a very loving moment but can you please just pick up those dirty baby wipes! I don't want to be walking around picking up baby food and dirty baby wipes. To top this off I once had to throw out a nappy that was just left on a table. Excuse me. Pick that up yourself!

Today I had the pleasure of a man shouting at me and calling me stupid because I didn't know the name of his drink. If it's on the board I know 100% how to make it and I can tell you everything about it. If you just made it up or found it online then you will have to tell me how to make it for you. However this jackass apparently didn't care about the fact that we do not even sell this type of drink and got offended so much that he stormed off saying he will never come back again. 

There is a man that comes in every single Saturday and wants us to change the arrangement of the soft seats as he feels they should be else where. Although this is a really easy problem to fix and most of the time we would be more than happy to oblige but once you're rude enough to everyone we will shrug and tell you that there is nothing we can do. 

Asking me for tap water when I am clearly in the middle of something. I get the fact that you are thirsty and want a drink, but please ask for it at the till! I am making 5+ drinks and making sure everything is stocked up I do not have the time to run across and grab you some water. Although I do it, it really grinds my gears and throws me off balance. 

Closing time means closing time. We all need to get home and clean the store we can't just sit around for you to finish typing away on your laptop. Telling me  5 more minutes is really not going to work either. We have a closing time for a reason and we need to stick by it. 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Discussion: My top bookish problems.

I was very sad that I missed out on the top ten tuesday this week and the 10 bookish problems you all seem to have. I feel your pain! So instead I decided I will do a discussion type post on this topic :D

Not enough book events.
I live near flipping London! I would hope that there would be plenty of book signings and author meets and other fun book events but surprise surprise there isn't that many! although I probably should not be complaining about this as some of you live in the middle of nowhere (sorry) where there are no bookish events at all. But my frustration only grows at this. As bloggers and readers we have a right to meet our hero's god damn it!

Price of books.
Believe me if I could afford to pay a lot of money for books I would. I would give all of my money to you fantastic authors out there because you deserve it! But I am a student and I unfortunately do not have money to spend. This is why charity shops and sales are my favourite things! I get to buy used books (I have a weird thing about used books) and cheaply!

However it seems that everybody has read all the books that I have. I keep finding books that I have already read and purchased in many charity shops. Can somebody please donate a brand new book??? Although I already have a copy of that book I tend to still buy the used one. I feel like I owe it to the book and the author to get the book.

Not having enough space.
I have three bookshelves nearly filled with books. I have over 120 books in my room alone, and I want more! Rationally I know that I have no space for these books and that when I move houses I will need to make a lot of heavy trips just to transport them I still have a need for more!

Not being able to say goodbye to some books.
I would love to be able to say goodbye to the ones that I many not have enjoyed as much as others or even to swap with somebody for a different book. But I feel like all of these books are a part of me! I can't just give myself away like that!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review: The Sky Is Everwhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere Jandy Nelson
Published: January 1st 2010
Publisher: Walker.

Goodreads Summary

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

The fact that I hardly remember this book truly shows how much this book meant to me... I marked it a 3 when I read it because it was a good enough book for me to reward it three whole stars but thinking about it now I think I might have over rated the book. I mean surely a book that I cannot remember neither enjoying nor hating just shows that I may have not cared one tiny bit about this novel.
I will keep this review brief and go on a hunt around my memory just to try and remember what I thought of the book while reading it. Lennie is a 17 year old bookworm and band geek who doesn't share her sisters spotlight and prefers to stay in the shadows. But once her sister dies unexpectedly she is catapulted into the main stage of her life. With no previous boy troubles Lennie now faces a love triangle with two boys. One her sisters boyfriend who is helping her deal with the grief of losing someone so close and the other a new boy with a fantastic grin who shines on her grief and manages to shine on her darkness.
I found the entire boy situation really strange. Closely after her sisters death Lennie is catapulted into boy trouble world? Especially with her dead sisters boyfriend. I'm not saying that Lennie should have been forever in despair and grief over losing her sister but I find it strange that all of a sudden her life is somewhat good. If that makes any sense to you guys. For all of you that read my reviews you will know that I love big emotional roller coasters in books when it comes to death or anything really.
So this book was a good enough read I guess. I'm not going to lie and say I enjoyed it blah blah blah when I clearly did not. The story line was not at all powerful for me to remember it.
There is one thing which I loved in this book. It was the notes that Lennie would leave on random pieces of paper. I did manage to absorb that habit of hers.
So, for anybody looking to read an okay book with an okay story line and you don't want to remember much of the book I do recommend it.

Halfway through the book a poem kept coming to mind when I was reading this (courtesy to goodreads for letting me update my thoughts while reading this novel)
“Death arrives among all that sound
like a shoe with no foot in it,
like a suit with no man in it,
comes and knocks,
using a ring with no stone in it,
with no finger in it,
comes and shouts with no mouth,
with no tongue, with no throat.
Nevertheless its steps can be heard and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree"

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