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Love is all you need… or is it? Penny’s about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It’s a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there’s this certain boy she can’t help but like. . . .

AVG Goodreads Rating: 3.88 out of 5 (can change at any moment)

So I was in a very contemporary romance-y mood and decided to pick this book up.

THE PLOT

The plot of this story was very cute, but not necessarily that engaging. It was mostly about her gathering a bunch of girls together to form a boys-are-douchebags-so-lets-not-date-them-ever club, while falling in love with a boy herself in the process. It was kind of unrealistic at some points, to be honest. The gaining of members was absolutely surreal though because it happened very fast and the amount of girls who joined were also pretty unrealistic as well. I enjoyed the moments with Penny, the main character, and the love interest and really appreciated how their relationship had its up and downs.

THE MESSAGE

I thought the message that the story gave was very strong. I’d tell you what it is, but it’s something you have to figure out yourself when reading this book.

actually it’s for a completely different reason: i’m just really lazy haha 

THE CHARACTERS

Penny: Her character growth was really good. She became very headstrong in the end, whilst in the beginning she was more vulnerable. Some of the things she did and said kind of irked me, but I could kind of see why she did them. Overall she was a decent character.

The Love Interest: The love interest was a big deal in this book because he pretty much disrupted the nature of the club Penny formed by making her fall in love with him, so I have decided not to reveal who it is. He was very likable, sweet, and charming, but I wish I could’ve seen some more character development with him.

Tracy: I’ll admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of her in the beginning, but eventually she grew on me. Her character development was also very good and I liked seeing her relationship change with Diane.

Diane: I thought her change of heart was a bit rushed; I kind of wanted more information to back it up. I actually thought she seemed really shady, when she wasn’t. I’m not sure if that was the point or not, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t, and that’s not really a good thing. I also loved how she got to stand up for herself and find out who she wanted to be. There were times when her sweetness was a bit overdone, though.

Quotes I liked: 

“And anything that might hurt me would just make me stronger in the end.”

“I was just reminding myself that I could get over heartbreak if it happened another time.
… I’ll be back again.
Yes, I would be back. I could take chances with my heart and I would be able to bounce back, and anything that might hurt me would just make me stronger in the end.
And I did deserve everything I wanted– somebody who would appreciate me, someone I could trust, someone who liked me for me.”

“Come on, Penny. Rita came over and Nate loosened his grasp. We’ve got to go to the kitchen. She turned to Nate. You know, the room with all the sharp knives.”

“You’ve got to hide your love away. You can’t just hide your feelings. You have to destroy them. Kill them before they kill you.”

“And Nate? You kiss like a slobbering dog, you have bad breath, and you wouldn’t know how to punch the right buttons on a girl if we came with manuals. Happy Thanksgiving, Jackass.”

Rate: 7.5 out of 10

Despite the few problems I had with this book, it was still a very cute (and quick) read.

 

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The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
AVG Goodreads Rating: 4.11 out of 5 (can change at any moment)

You know those books with those synopses that say at the bottom “…will teach you what it really means to be human”? I’m pretty sure you’ve come across at least one of these books before in your life.
The difference between those books and this one is that this one really MEANS it (now don’t get me wrong. It’s highly probable that those books with those synopses really do emphasize on that; I’m just saying that this book demonstrates that topic on humanity very well) . 

THE WRITING

Before I start talking about the characters or the romance or whatever, I would like to talk about the writing and the way this book was written because IT WAS AMAZING. There was some seriously good paragraphs and quotes in this book that even managed to give me chills. I also felt that the writing complemented the main idea of this book (survival, inner strength, humanity, etc) so much. The way it was written seemed to match the whole meaning of this entire book. It managed to impact so hard on my soul due to this that it might have left a permanent mark on it. Not joking.
Here’s a quote or two that accurately demonstrates the beauty of the writing in this book and also simultaneously makes your brain stop because it cannot comprehend the splendor that is Rick Yancey’s writing i can’t even believe that I said splendor; this is proof that Rick Yancey’s writing is so fantastic that it’s affecting my speech:
“…If you don’t kill all of us at once, those who remain will not be the weak.
It’s the strong who remain, the bent but unbroken, like the iron rods that used to give this concrete its strength.
Floods, fire, earthquakes, disease, starvation, bretrayal, isolation, murder.
What doesn’t kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us.
You’re beating plowshares into swords, Vosch, You are remaking us.
We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo.
And we will be your masterpiece.
This quote gave me chills. Hell, it still does. Here’s another one to shake up your soul:
“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

THE WORLD BUILDING

The world building was phenomenal. Rick Yancey created this world filled with deceit, betrayal, and death and it was so beautifully created that it was insane. He brings you to this world where aliens are attacking humans and it’s just crazy. That’s literally the only word I have for it: crazy. The world was written so well that I felt like I was the one trying to survive in this world of deceit and death. My feelings were being played with just as much as the main character’s were so that definitely contributed to it as well.
I also loved how Rick Yancey made a character say something about “things worth dying for” and how on the back of the hardcover copy there’s a line that says, ” Now they’ve come to take the things worth dying for” because it emphasizes this world a lot. You can’t survive in this world that Rick Yancey created by fighting back for the things you love and you believe are worth living for. You have to take it to the next level to survive and fight back for the things worth dying for.

THE DECEIT 

There was so much deceit in this book that it was jarring. I loved how all of the deceit and lies put everyone against each other and created this sense of paranoia. It showed how much you could drive a person to the brink of insanity and it also showed the depths of humanity, which was interesting for me to read. You literally couldn’t trust anybody.
Here’s a representation of it:
The woman who gave birth to you? Yeah, it’s safer to murder her before she murders you. She could be working for them. Your best friend who has been with you thick and through? It’s safer to just kill them too. They know too much about you. They could sell you out to them. Or worse, they work for them. The man who raised you and taught you how to ride a bike or swim? Better to kill him off too. It’s not safe. Who knows if he’s been in contact with them.
You just can’t trust anybody.
I loved how Rick Yancey made you trust the characters though and eventually toyed with that trust. He makes you question a lot of things (and people!) in this book because of that air of deceit clouding the book.

THE ROMANCE

I think the romance was the only con in this book. The romance between Cassie and Evan just kind of felt forced and awkward to me (as well as rushed). I liked them both as separate characters, but as a couple, they didn’t really feel like one due to the underdevelopment. I felt like there should have been a bigger and longer lead-up to it. Sure, they spent some weeks together and Evan treated Cassie’s injuries (and maybe even washed her hair for her a little) but, honestly, I don’t think that’s a real justification to claim that you love somebody. However, I felt that Cassie’s feelings weren’t as strong as Evan’s which was a good because Evan had more reasons to fall in love with Cassie than Cassie did for Evan. This lightened my feelings on the romance a little more, but only a bit. On the bright side though, the romance between Ringer and Zombie was a lot better. I think I would’ve liked it a lot more, however, if I liked Ringer as a character (more on this later). I actually very much like the idea of Cassie and Zombie together though because I think they’re a real smashin’ duo. Unfortunately, I might be the only one on this planet who thinks this.

THE CHARACTERS

Cassie: Cassie’s probably one of the most strongest heroines I have ever read about. She knew her limits, but was still willing to try, and could definitely fend for herself. Often with strong female heroines like Cassie, they are often somewhat impulsive and don’t think things through. Cassie did have this impulsive streak running through her, but there were times where she thought things through so much that she pretty much psyched herself out, which showed that she was thinking things through and weighing the outcome of her decisions. She was also very snarky and sarcastic, which I appreciated a lot because I love snark (and this book was just so dark that it needed some comedy to lighten it up). One thing I didn’t like about her though was the fact that she overreacted to some things. Like, I get that in this world, you can’t really trust anybody and that results in extreme paranoia, but still.

Zombie:  I freakin’ love Zombie. We actually get to see in his POV in this book (I have no idea why he doesn’t get mentioned in the synopsis though, especially when it’s mostly in his POV) and it was interesting to read his thoughts because the situation he was in was, well, I can’t really say because that would mean spoiling. He had to deal with so many internal conflicts in this book, and it was very heartbreaking to read about how he thought he was weak and a coward, which I found to be total BS BECAUSE ZOMBIE WAS BADASS AS HELL THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK. I actually find Zombie to be a little bit like me (except he’s a lot braver than I am) because his reactions to certain things and the little comments he made in his head on them were pretty close, if not exactly, to the things I would do or think about.

Nugget: Completely, and utterly, ADORABLE. I FELT SO SORRY FOR HIM THOUGH AND THERE WERE MOMENTS WHEN I NEARLY CRIED BECAUSE OF HIM

Evan: A lot of people seem to really love him, but unfortunately I’m not in that category. I mean, I liked him and all, and he was a really good, strong, and very resourceful character, but sometimes his brashness to some things freaked me out a little. Just a bit.

Ringer: I didn’t like Ringer and I have no idea why. She took charge of things, was hardcore to the bone, and was so-very clever, but I really did not like her, which is why I’m hoping Zombie and her don’t end up together though it seems like this ship will be sailing soon in the next book. anybody have any cannons so I can shoot it down? 

QUOTES I LIKED

There’s nothing this time because I feel like I’m taking away something important if I show you guys these quotes (the quotes above don’t count though ok?)

Rate: 9/9.5/howdoiratethis out of 10
If only the romance between Cassie and Evan didn’t creep me out and have the vibe of insta-love.
clearly, somebody did not pay attention to my motto:
Insta-love = insta-hate


I know I haven’t been active, but I’m back again hopefully for a long time with a review!

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

AVG Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 (can change at any time)

THE WORLD BUILDING
The world building in this book was absolutely amazing. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I’m saying this. Victoria Schwab created such a unique world with so many unique aspects that it was really easy to lose sight of that world and make the whole book fall apart (much like how I felt with Under the Never Sky, though it was still a good read)  but Victoria Schwab sold the premise of this story and the world with almost an effortless ease. She created such a beautiful world and system but it didn’t fall flat at all! The reader can imagine this world with all of its intricate little details and eventually fall in love with the world so much that it feels more like an indulgence than a book.

THE PLOT

I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely into the plot at the beginning, but things started to get very interesting towards the second half of the book.  I also very much liked how all of the events were so intricately weaved together, without the reader knowing, and were all very important to the story. It was fun seeing how it came together in the end, especially because I wasn’t sure where the story would go and got worried.

THE ROMANCE

There is a sort of love triangle thing going on, but it definitely takes a backseat in this book because of the importance of the conflict and plot, which I very much appreciated. Nowadays in YA books, you find the main character making out with the love interest when they need to be, oh I don’t know, saving the world and stopping the downfall of humanity. Mackenzie, the main character, knew what was more important out of these two choices: saving the lives of people or her love life. However, don’t be so downhearted to find out that romance isn’t the main vocal point of this book! There’s still plenty of romance to go around, Mackenzie just knew that there were more important matters at hand. For example, one of the romantic relationships, was her relationship with Wesley Ayers. They definitely had a lot of cute moments, some that made me want to rip my hair out because it was so cute and swoon-worthy. As much as I appreciated the romantic accent in their relationship though trust me, I do. I have the hospital bills to prove it, I fell in love with the fact that their relationship was more than two people in love: they were two people working together and were a team. Of course, there is also Mackenzie’s other relationship, Owen. Her relationship with Owen was kind of like the “no strings attached” sort of thing, but they definitely had their heartfelt moments together.

THE CHARACTERS

Mackenzie: She was a very likable protagonist. I wouldn’t go so far as to say she’s one of my favorite protagonists, but she was definitely a good protagonist! She knew what was more important (as stated in the previous part of this book review) and stayed close to her beliefs. I’ll admit there were times when I outwardly groaned because of her reactions to some things, but after thinking it over, I let it slide because those reactions, no matter how little and groan-worthy they were, was part of her personality and her background of being a Keeper.

Wesley: MEET THE NEW MEMBER OF DALENA’S FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND GROUP, EVERYONE. LETS GET THE CONFETTI AND THE CAKE AND START CELEBRATING. Okay so aside from the fact that he was totally swoon-worthy, or at least to me, he was also very kickass. HE HAD A FREAKING STAFF TO GO BEAT HISTORIES WITH. His sense of humor was also very humorous, which I undoubtedly fell in love with him for and also for the fact that he wears guyliner that’s pretty damn hot in my book

Owen: I really liked Owen. He was the reason why I was questioning who I liked more actually, Wesley or Owen. He was very sweet, and could be very humorous at times, and there was also this whole mystery surrounding him that was interesting to figure out.

SOMETHING INTERESTING I LIKED

One unique thing I liked about this book, besides the incredibly written world, was the fact that there were flashbacks to Mackenzie’s lessons of being a Keeper with Da, her grandfather, in the beginning of some chapters. It was fun to see how that lesson played a part in Mackenzie’s decisions during that specific chapter. I also like how it’s in second person, rather than first, during these flashbacks, so it seems like Mackenzie is talking directly to Da.

ANOTHER THING I LIKED

It is heavily mentioned in this book, by Mackenzie, that lying is an essential role to be a Keeper and it totally broke my heart how she lied so much to protect the people she loved and to protect the world of The Archived. You could slowly see how it was affecting her and how her carefully made armor was slowly crumbling away as she kept lying.

Quotes I liked:

“What if I mess up?”
“Oh, you will. You’ll mess up, you’ll make mistakes, you’ll break things. Some you’ll be able to piece together, and others you’ll lose. That’s all a given. But there’s only one thing you have to do for me.”
“What’s that?”
“Stay alive long enough to mess up again.”

“Lying is easy. But it’s lonely.”
“What do you mean?”
“When you lie to everyone about everything, what’s left? What’s true?”
“Nothing,” I say.

“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.”

“It takes at least three assassination attempts to scare me off. And even then, if there are baked goods involved, I might come back.”

“Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.”

“Free caffeine and sugar, a recipe for making friends.”

“And then I get why Wes can’t stop smiling, even though it looks silly with his eyeliner and jet-black hair and hard jaw and scars. I am not alone. The words dance in my mind and in his eyes and against our rings and our keys, and now I smile too.”

“The Archive makes us monsters. And then it breaks the ones who get too strong, and buries the ones who know too much.”

“We make a good team, Mackenzie Bishop.”
“We do.” We do, and that is the thing that tempers the heat beneath my skin, checks the flutter of girlish nerves. This is Wesley. My friend. My partner. Maybe one day my Crew. The fear of losing that keeps me in check.”

Rate: 9.5 out of 10

Though it did take a while for me to get into the story, the fun, but scary, world of The Archived, the events that happened at the end of the story, as well as the comic relief and characters, made up for that.