Little Smiley Face

Mother. Wife. Student. Book Lover. 


I'm the girl who passes going out just so she can cry over a book. 

I'm the girl who yells in the cinema when the movie gets it oh-so-wrong.

I'm the girl who isn't afraid to tell you if she hated a book.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series) - James Dashner Well I enjoyed this book a little more than expected. I'm hoping that the movie does it justice, it will be good as further explanation. On to book two for all the unanswered questions.
Free Four - 'Veronica Roth' Would have been five stars only the length is a letdown. I would buy the book again just to get Tobias' point of view!!
Saving Raphael Santiago - Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare I loved this! I love getting further insight into the characters we all briefly know from all of the novels.
Four: The Transfer: A Divergent Story - Veronica Roth I love Four. That's all I have to say.
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

I didn't like it.


- I didn't enjoy the style of writing. It annoys me when the writing appears sloppy, rushed and underplanned. To me it felt like it Yancey had a beginning and an end and just filled it out with rambling.


- The characters seemed weak to me. I don't like being told how the characters are feeling all the time. I like being drawn in and made to feel what they do and I rarely got that in this book.


- I kind of felt that there were a few different end of the world ideas and they were all rolled in to one.

- Boring romance (if you can even call it that)... I don't think romance was needed. The only emotion I managed to have was distrust for Evan. It was really, really hard to push through the romance sections without skimming over. And really, the poorly put together love triangle...


- Everyones POV (without actually knowing who we were reading!) I really don't think we needed the little brothers point of view. I felt like I was reading a children's novel. I think the other ones were needed, but maybe (even the first time we read) it might have been nice to be hinted at who were were reading.


Now what I did like about the book, the aliens. It was good to see sometime a little different.
The only issue I had with the aliens was I felt like I was reading a bad Stephanie Meyer The Host fan-fiction towards the end.


The book started strong, had a great idea and then fizzled, which is sad because I love anything to do with aliens usually. Perhaps the second one will be better?

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher This book needs to get onto school curriculums. It teaches ignorant people (like a few in this list reviewing) that it doesn't take a major event to trigger a suicide. It teaches you that every action bears a consequence. It shows people that as much as it may seem, people who decide to take their own lives aren't cowards. They are strong. Too strong.

I can see why this book is so highly regarded. It's definitely one I will be giving my children to read. I urge you to do the same.

In the execution of the book, I honestly can't see how it was "hard" for people to read. It was quite easy jumping between the tapes and Clay's thoughts. I also listened to the audio ( and was taken to a different level of understanding. There is also a movie being talked about.
Sweep: Volume 1 - Cate Tiernan Still my favourites. Even after all these years. This is the first series of books I ever read.
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver I can't say I've ever read a book like this. Oliver presents a very true description of high school and actually shows consequences of behaving in such a way. What's more is you actually FEEL the book. I enjoyed this so much, I will definitely be recommending and re-reading.
Thirteen  - James  Phelan A little bit of a letdown for me. There seems to be a lot of hype. My younger family member (she's 12) loved it though.
Requiem - Lauren Oliver What?? Are you serious? WORST ENDING EVER!!!

Endings aren't supposed to leave more questions. Not only weren't the questions answered from the book, we were left with brand new ones.

As hard as these books were to finish, there has got to be something else. There is no way an author can leave it open like that.

I kind of saw why we needed Hana's POV in the end. Otherwise, we knew which boy she would choose in the end. That was the only real question answered.
Fragments - Dan Wells Just like the first "Partials" this book is very well written. It's exciting to have a dystopian scifi with no real romance (we all know romance is coming though, not over three books!) Wells paints a portrait of US cities that you can believe for the future. A very good read, I can't wait for the third one!
Partials - Dan Wells Wow. What a complex world that has been established. It's just an amazingly well written post apocalyptic novel. I can't wait to get on to the next one.
Pure  - Julianna Baggott It's an okay book once you get past the completely unlikely deformities. How it made it to a top 100 list I don't know. But I certainly won't be recommending it and I certainly won't be reading the second book.
Pandemonium  - Lauren Oliver Really? Life's going good again, new love and BAM! Alex is back. Seriously? Over the love triangles!
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson Much better than the others.