Book Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

20698530Title: P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Description: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
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                                                  Rating: ★☆ 

Disclaimer: Review contains spoilers

I’m going to be very honest this book at first took me ages to read. I think I put it on hold for about a month because I just couldn’t get into it. Which really saddened me because I loved the first one so dearly. Today I decided to buck my ideas up and actually finish this book and I’m so glad that I did because it definitely got better near the end.

I think what I loved so much about the first one was that it explored one of my favourite tropes in fiction, which is rarely seen in books that I’ve seen and that is fake dating. But in this one the dating is no longer fake. I ship Covinsky (Peter x Lara Jean) with every fiber of my being I just want them to be together so badly yet in this book there were so many things that kept tearing them apart. Genevive being the number one thing. Honestly I don’t know how I feel about Gen. She definitely has the ability to hold a petty grudge but to be honest if I was in her shoes I’d probably do the same thing (I can hold a grudge for centuries I’m not kidding).

I love Jenny Han’s writing it’s so unique and easy to read, it flows so easily and I just love it. The one thing that did bug me was the fact that Lara Jean constantly calls her dad “daddy”. I also feel a little betrayed that the way Jenny Han beautifully writes Lara Jean’s love for Peter and then her I guess past love for John and how it may have slightly come back to her during her current friendship with him. I did begin to ship it, their moments together were so beautifully written but my heart remains with Covinsky.

As the book drew to a close my heart began aching for Lara Jean and Kavinsky to kiss and make up. I just love the way Kavinsky just admitted his true feelings for her to Lara Jean so that she knew that he no longer wanted Gen in a romantic way he wanted Lara Jean and only her. He loved her. And I thought it was such a beautiful way to end this book. I really do hope that in the next one Covinsky don’t have as much troubles as they do in this one. I hope that Gen and Lara Jean can rebuild their friendship or at least be civil with one another.

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Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Mystery

Description: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies.True love.The truth. []

                                                               Rating: ★☆ (3.5)

Disclaimer: Review Contains Spoilers

I’m going to be honest I found it really hard to finish this book, it’s been sitting by the side of my bed for about a month untouched after reading a couple pages. But I finally decided to sit myself down and finish it.

Throughout this novel I found myself really annoyed at the main character, I found that I begun to hate her a lot and that’s why I found it very difficult to read. The main character at first comes across as a stuck up rich kid who doesn’t seem to want to explain certain parts of her story. For example in the beginning she talks about being shot and then moves on like 2 sentences after and I sat there like okay?

Then we start to meet the whole family and my god are they nearly as bad as Cadence. Maybe it’s because of them being such a stuck up family that I found it hard to sympathise with the main character or anything that happened to the characters in this book. Like Cadence was upset that she was taking a holiday around Europe like who would be upset about that?

At first this review was going to be 2 stars because I found it hugely disappointing I didn’t understand the hype that I had heard about it. But then I hit page 202, the final part named “Truth”. And my god is that what you call a plot twist. And suddenly guilt came over me. Here I was hating this character throughout this whole novel to find out that for two years that her mind had blocked out and made her forget that her 2 best friends and boyfriend had died in a fire that was caused by her and them. She even imagined that they were there when she arrived back at the island. How could I have hated such a character whose grief was so strong that it created this alternate reality in which her friends never died? The final part of this novel finally lived up to the hype that I was hearing. I now understand why the blurb is written the way it is.

I was thinking whilst reading it maybe this whole story is a lie and that’s why the character comes across the way that she does. In some ways my theory was right but not in a way that I thought. This perfect, rich family is not what you think it is. Candence is seeing her family from two years before the accident. It’s in the last 25 pages that you see the family in their current state. Broken, grieving, and trying to move on. Whilst Candence is only just beginning the grieving process due to finally remembering.

Maybe the writing style isn’t my style of writing. That might have been one of the key elements to this. I think this book is going to be like marmite you love it or you hate it. I’d say I hated this book more than I loved it but I definitely hate it less than I did at the start.

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

1812Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Young Adult / Childrens / Fantasy / Adventure

Description: How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour. []

                                                                               Rating: ★

Disclaimer: Review Contains Spoilers

I don’t think Rick Riordan will ever release a book that I won’t love. I don’t even care that I, an 18 year old, is reading a book technically written for children. I just love his books so dearly.

It was so great to dive back into the Percy Jackson universe that was closer to home (home being Percy himself). Like don’t get me wrong I loved Magnus Chase but reading a book in which happens directly at Camp Half-Blood felt like coming home again. And I loved the fact that this book happens pretty much the same time as Sword of Summer so both Annabeth and Percy are out doing things.

Apollo, dear Apollo I fell in love with him the moment we remet him as just a “mere mortal” and damn was he hilarious. There were so many moments when I had to stop myself from literally laughing out loud because of some of the things Apollo was saying. He really did not like being mortal. But I’m honestly glad that by the end of it he realised how much being a mortal helped him discover things.

Plus this book gave the best opportunity for one of my favourite characters, who was barely a part in Heroes of Olympus, to finally shine (pun unintended). Will Solace, son of Apollo. AND his boyfriend (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Nico di Angelo. You don’t understand how happy I am that Solangelo is finally canon. I’ve been shipping this pairing very hard since their brief interactions in Blood of Olympus and to be honest there was nothing there to say that they’d ever become anything more. BUT The Hidden Oracle blesses us with the canonisation of Solangelo in just the simplest, beautifulest way and I thank Riordan for this.

Meg McCaffrey, I loved her from the minute I met her. For a twelve year old (which to be honest I kept forgetting how young she was whilst reading it because of how badass she is) she’s everything. Sassy, strong, badass, funny. The minute that we heard The Beast say that someone had been planted into Camp Half-Blood to help him open the doors I knew it was going to be her that was going to betray Apollo. Especially because of the fact that 1) she was a demi god 2) they were linked by the bond and 3) it couldn’t have been a coincidence that she was the one to fight of the thugs that were fighting Apollo after he had fallen from the sky and into the dumpster. What I didn’t expect to find out that The Beast’s counterpart Nero (I got some Jekyl and Hyde vibes here) was the man that took Meg in and became her stepfather after her father was murdered by The Beast, (yes this means her step-father killed her birth father). And that is why the betrayal occurred.

LEO FREAKING VALDEZ. When he was brought up the first time near the beginning when Apollo first reached Camp Half-Blood I was ecstatic because my other under appreciated son was finally being talked about until Nico di Angelo revealed that he was still MIA after the events in Blood of Olympus. I am thankful that Leo found a way to alert everyone that he wasn’t in fact dead anymore otherwise I think my heart would’ve hurt a little. Even though I should’ve predicted it I didn’t think Leo would actually turn up in this book, maybe I didn’t catch on with the foreshadowing in the beginning here. Then the prophecy finally happened and who did it vaguely talk about Leo Freaking Valdez. I’m so excited that Apollo, Leo and Calypso are going to be the three who are completing the prophecy because we finally get to see an awesome team up. Plus more time to fall in love with Leo, Calypso and Caleo. The one thing I would change in this book when it comes to Leo is the fact that I think it was a little bit excessive that all of the other characters, including the minor ones literally lined up to all physically hit Leo for the worry that they caused them. Like I would understand if only one person did it, but all of them? Come on guys just be happy he’s not you know still dead.

I definitely cannot wait for the next one!!