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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (Review)

17 Sep

Description

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more.  So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.  Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My thoughts

I went into this book with very high expectations because many people were praising it and I must say that it sort of disappointed me. I didn’t hate it but I wish I could have liked Anna and the French Kiss more than I did.

There were so many moments in which I felt like throwing the book against the wall. 3-4 pages in the book and Anna-the main character- falls in love with literally the first boy she encounters in Paris, Etienne St. Clair- French name, English accent, American school, the hottest guy in school,maybe in the whole city- and of course he has to fall in love with her, even though he already has a girlfriend.

My biggest problem with this book was that I didn’t like Anna or Etienne. She annoyed me from the very beginning. Anna is constantly complaing. Firstly, she’s angry for being sent to Paris then,when she goes home for the Christmas vacation, she starts complaining about America…like she is suddenly too good for it, because, you know, she is a true Parisian right now. Anna is hypocritical, she tends to judge everyone else and she’s very selfish, making almost every situation about herself. Etienne: I have mixed feelings about him. I mean, he cheats on his girlfriend and he is afraid of breaking up with her, but take Anna out of the picture and I might have liked him.

All in all, this book just didn’t live up to my expectations.

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City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare (Review)

17 Sep

Description

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My thoughts

This is an improvement from the previous book, but I feel that nothing happened in it. I guess it’s just a filler for the final book. It went very slow and it also included many scenes that weren’t needed.

It wasn’t captivating at all. The first 300 and something pages contain only make-out sessions and sex scenes that are very annoying and repetitive. In fact, almost every chapter had at least one very long kissing scene in it and all of them had the same description. There wasn’t much action, except for the last 100 pages. How many times does Clary have to say that Jace is not Jace? I mean, come on, we understood that he is controlled by Sebastian..you don’t have to remind that to us every ten pages. Also, this is the fifth book in the series so we already know how Jace looks like. There is no need for Clary to describe over and over again his hair, scars, skin, eyes etc. We got it: he looks like an angel. Can we move on now?!

Clary is a little bit sronger than she was in the previous books, but at the same time she is very selfish and acts without thinking. Alec was my least favourite character because I just couldn’t understand his actions. I can’t say much about Jace because he wasn’t really himself, but Jocelyn, Isabelle and even Simon were annoying most of the time. Sebastian was one of the most interesting characters because of his multiple personalities.

Overall, I think the series could have perfectly ended with the third book.

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Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (Review)

17 Sep

Description

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

My thoughts

It was a great story. I haven’t read anything else written by Scott Westerfeld, but I can say that the author has an extraordinary imagination.

Leviathan is a steampunk novel, a retelling of World War I. The world is devided into Clankers (who rely on machinery) and Darwinists (who rely on genetically modified animals). I liked the fact that the book included a map which showed how the world was set up. There were also many excellent illustrations, very detailed which helped me understand exactly how the animals and machines looked like.

Both the main and secondary characters were enjoyable and I really liked the interaction between the main ones, Alek (the prince of Austria) and Deryn (a Brithis girl, disguised as a boy in order to be able to join the Air Service).

I absolutely loved Leviathan and I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

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