My Thoughts On Along For The Ride

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Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

 

About The Book

Along for the Ride

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

– From Goodreads


My Thoughts

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

The thing about Sarah Dessen is that her books are so addictive. You basically inhale them.

I read Along for the Ride just after Just Listen, which was strange because I almost never read two contemporaries in a row (unless it’s a series). But that’s what I love about these books: It’s so easy to read and you end up feeling so happy.

Like all Sarah Dessen books (at least the three I’ve read), Along for the Ride is about the protagonists journey towards self discovery (and the friends she makes along the way and blah blah blah).

Auden decides to stay with her father during the summer after her high school graduation to get a taste of ‘normal’ life. She went to this school which only focused on academics and her mom was also strict and had basically planned out Auden’s entire life. She feels she missed out on a lot of things, never had the ‘normal’ childhood experiences.

What I loved about Along for the Ride is the characters and their development. It was interesting to see how Auden’s opinion of her mom, dad and stepmother changed slowly over the course of the book.

The only problem I had was how the plot and characters were a bit similar to Dessen’s other books.

The story as a whole was heart-warming and sweet. It made me laugh and made me giddy. I would definitely recommend it!

4 stars


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My Thoughts on Just Listen

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Title: Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

About The Book

Just Listen

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

– From Goodreads


My Thoughts

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

My second Sarah Dessen book and I almost loved it as much as I did the first one. The Truth About Forever is one of my favourites and I’ve always wanted to read more from her.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Reread

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 2011

About The Book

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone (henceforth referred to as DOSB) with the lovely @orangutan librarian. It was so fun, mainly because she’s so amazing! (Go give her a follow here).

I first read DoSB 2 year ago. I loved it so much then. I remember being drunk on the lyrical prose. I remember wanting to be like Karou, get my hair dyed blue and eye tattoos on my palms (In fact, I used to draw them on my palms with pen and pretend they had real magic).

For some crazy reason, I didn’t continue with the series.

A few months ago, I was going through my Goodreads list, looking for books to reread. When DoSaB came up, I was shocked to find that I remembered nothing! NOTHING! I didn’t even remember the character’s names! Appalling, I know!

I love rereads because I feel I’m able to relax and enjoy the books more. I’m not rushing through it, dying to know what happens.

So I was able to enjoy DoSaB more this time.

My favourite is of course the writing. It’s so, so pretty! Taylor’s world of Angels and Demons is vibrant and alive because of her beautiful prose.

I really want to visit Prague after this (@orangutanlibrarian has and I’m so jealous). I remember this kid from my class got to go to Prague as part of this student exchange program. I was dying from envy lol.

My favourite part was the back story, the flashbacks surprisingly. I enjoyed it more, while the last time it was my least favourite part.

My only problem was that the romance was a bit rushed. I was annoyed and it put me off. But after all the flashbacks and stuff (Madrigal and Akiva’s story), I fell in love with it.

Again, Madrigal and Akiva’s romance is instalove. But the way it is told makes all the difference. Like, you don’t question why the prince needed Cinderella’s shoe to find her. Hadn’t he seen her face? (or am I missing some part of the story?). Taylor’s writing makes Madrigal and Akiva’s story seem like a fairytale.

I LOVED this book so much! I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon!

My Rating-

5 stars

Quotes

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”

“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

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Prisoner of Azkaban Reread

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Title: Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: July 8th 1999

About The Book

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…

-Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Prisoner of Azkaban after so many years! This time it was more fun, as I read with the lovely Zainab from @abibliophilesobsession.

I first read Harry Potter when I was 13 ( Yes, 13 years too late). I read it during the summer holidays, and I became quite obsessed*. The whole year, I only read Harry Potter. Honestly, I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read the books.

Prisoner of Azkaban was my first read of 2018. I wanted to start the year with a bit of magic and happiness. That plan obviously backfired cos I was crying and wailing the whole time reading this.

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Publisher:  Candlewick Press

Publication Date: March 2014

About The Book

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

First off, let’s appreciate that title. Say it out loud. Doesn’t it make your heart flutter?

I know you cannot say if a book is good from the title, but I knew I was going to love The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Henceforth referred to as TSBSAL, because it’s a loongg title).

I have never read any magical realism books before. Frankly, it is an intimidating genre (for me).

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