This has been one helluva emotional roller coaster for me. Another one after I’ve read Slammed by Colleen Hoover last year. I was happy, hopeful, sad and broken as I read along from start to finish. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven have so many negativity in it and each negativity comes to an equivalent positivity. This book is about hope and despair, it’s about living and dying all mixed up into this simple yet beautifully crafted story. I never thought I get hooked… or get emotionally damaged at the same time.
It is a story about a girl named Violet who was saved by a teenage nobody called Finch who was compelled by death or the different ways to take his own life.
I really want to give you a summary of the story, just like I’m always doing with my previous review, I want to describe how Violet and Finch met, how they end up together, how they became best of friends, how they fell in love, about their marvelous field trip or “wanderings” but I really feel that I won’t give justice to this book. You must read it to experience it all.
I like the characters so much, they felt real to me, not just a fictional character. Their feelings, each actions to events… they are real. I can relate to them in all different kinds of way. I understand why Violet slowly fell in love with Finch, his character is so beautiful. He is very smart and witty, they both are, and their chemistry is a blast! He always say the right thing to say, he always know what to do ( when he is with Violet…) He is super funny and perfect gentleman.
I think I’ve got a map in my car that wants to be used, and I think there are places we can go that need to be seen. Maybe no one else will ever visit them and appreciate them or take the time to think they’re important, but maybe even the smallest places mean something. And if not, may they can mean something to us. -Finch, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Aside from the story, I was really captivated how this book contains the most inspiring quotes I ever read. It was truly a life changing experience for me.
Your hope lies in accepting your life as it now lies before you, forever change. If you can do that, that peace you seek will follow. – Violet, All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven.
It shatters me into tiny pieces, and for a moment or two an hour or two, I felt what Violet felt in the end.
Jennifer Niven started compiling her written works since she was 10 years old but at the year 2000 she decided to take writing as a professional career and never looked back. She is now working on her tenth book and her 9th book will be released on October 4, 2016.
I was too busy at work so I just finished reading it last Saturday and today with the review. I’m always thankful that I still find time to do the things I love amidst all the chaos at work. Anyway, moving forward I finally manage to take time and do this right now. I was intrigued by this book’s title and description that’s why I picked it up on Netgalley last, last week. So, here it goes… My book review of The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs.
April knows she’s different ever since she was a child. Her friend told her that she have this “live wired” mind. She can remember all of the things that happened to her in details like when her childhood best friend Licoln Evans left her a jar of pennies to say goodbye.
Licoln Evans tries so hard in his class and tries hard not to be distracted by his mysterious classmate Laura Echols, his long time crush.
Laura Echols has a secret only Licoln didn’t know. It shatters her to pieces, breaking her heart and soul.
Pheobe is becoming to obsess with the online forum and “The Plan” it is eating her alive.
This about 8 uniquely different young souls whose faith are interwoven by decisions and consequences of heartaches and shame.
I did not expect what I found in this book. I thought it was a tangled up teenage love story, but how wrong I was. I was absolutely absorbed by the story and always wanted to learn more about each character when I finish a chapter. I actually read this in one night!
The Light Fantastic is an amazing read! Hands down to Author Sarah Combs. I love how this book was full of mystery, it was keeping me guessing who’s who?! Each character is unique and has a distinct voice. Not to mention #Gavin. His character made me smile a lot. Though I have trouble visualizing him. I’m not sure if I would visualize him as a cool gay or a hunk cause of his athletic description. I really enjoyed reading his part and really loved his character. Also loved Idaho and April and her very interesting capabilities.
Having to learn issues these teenagers handles most of their lives, how they struggle. I think this book has a very powerful message. The story will require you not to judge their decisions but instead, you need to understand why they decided to do it.
“He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was
truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act
pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked
his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons.
Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop
Written in Red by Anne Bishop is a completely unique world that has stunned me with curiosity. I can almost hear Princess Jasmine singing a “Whole New World” with this novel. She created the world where her characters would perfectly fit into and would make the readers want to step into the book and explore more.
The story started with a girl named Meg Corbyn, (or is it?) freezing to death and desperately wanting to escape from people that has been hunting her for her power, people who only saw her as a property. She wanted to escape so bad that she didn’t mind entering a location where humans are considered meat. She has heard about “The Others” and their terrible power which are attuned to nature. No human laws are applied in their sanctuary, a place where Meg thought she would be safe.
Simon Wolfguard is the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, one of the many sanctuaries of The Others. He knows Meg is different from any other humans he had met, and he know’s that she had a secret the moment she entered the Howling Good Reads Bookstore to inquire for the Human Liaison Job. But what it is about her that made him trust this complete stranger, more so a human? Trust her enough to let her inside the courtyard which no humans has ever stepped on? Does knowing the reason behind her secret be enough to protect her?
Okay, deep breath! If you are tired of reading the same concept, same story plot, same boring worlds… then this book is highly recommended for you. At first, I was completely curious on how the author can pull out a story about mythical, elemental creatures who exists in the world living amongst human, looking like humans and living with the aid of technology too. It was such a great idea that I was enticed to read the book in just one sitting.
Meg Corbyn is one heck of a protagonist. I like her strong personality, her kindness and how she can bite back with bitchy remarks if she needs to. She has limited knowledge about living normally as a human which made her so innocent about things. I guess that’s why the Others were confused about her.
“You weren’t afraid of me when I was Wolf,” he said.
“Why are you afraid of Nathan?”
“He’s got big feet!”
― Anne Bishop, Written in Red
She gives her best into everything she does and somehow gives off the feeling that she really wants to belong to a place where she can call home.
Simon Wolfguard is your big bad hunk wolf that you can swoon over any day you like. He is head strong and knows responsibilities and obligations at best. At first, I thought he would instantly fall for Meg since in the early chapters he made it quite clear that Meg is different but surprising as the book is, Simon Wolfguard did not disappoint. He had glaring, snapping, screaming battles with Meg first before he softens and, are they a couple in the end? No. Not yet. (Finger crossed!! )
“The sweatshirt was big on her and she looked ridiculous. He liked it.
And he liked that she was wearing something that carried his scent.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop
But that is what I love most, seeing the development of their relationship. The progress, the sweet little nothings, the thrill of them being together is what makes you want to read more!
The characters of the book are astounding. They are all so unique and you’ll probably fall in love with all of them because they are all lovable and they value friendship to the highest level! Amongst the vampires, wolves, bear, crows, coyote, elemental ( a girl called Winter) and the hell-bent kiss-ass girl who changes hairstyle and color according to her mood which is probably a grim reaper, I adored the ponies!! Ahahah! Yes! the ponies and their love for sweets.
This book is an absolute hidden gem amongst your paranormal, urban fantasy books. World-building, the plot, characters, writing is simply marvelous!
“You know that place between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, ad it’s easy to breathe?
I’ve always read books that have great story but with not so good ending, but this time I think I finally found my happy ending!
The Air He Breathe by Brittainy Cherry is about two hearts finding each other amidst all the pain they’ve been through. Tristan and Liz both have dark past and heartbreaks to deal with. Something you can never recover from.
Liz took off with her daughter and would desperately try to live anew. She refuses to end up like her mother who is constantly having a new man in her life almost every week, just to stop the pain and fill the emptiness with temporary joy. She was determined, even if she is broken, shattered into pieces, for her daughter… she would.
And then she met Tristan, many people warned her against him. He is the wrong kind of person to be with, hell, even just talk with, but Lis saw differently. Tristan is hiding something from those cruel, cold eyes and bad attitude, something she can relate with. Liz understands because she is exactly like him.
“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster.” – Brittainy C. Cherry
Even with all the warnings, Liz and Tristan can’t deny their connection, they became friends and slowly progress into something more intimate, deeper and then in turn into something real.
The Air He Breathes grab hold of me… literally! I was lost in the writer’s storytelling. I really admire how Brittainy Cherry seems to pull each scene with a heart-warming choice of words. I can visualize each character as if they truly exist. It was a totally amazing experience. It is a whole new breath of fresh air for me.
As a mom, I can relate well with Liz. I admire her for choosing to have a new life and start again for the sake of her daughter. She is strong and a perfect mom even though she doesn’t know it. I find her human enough to see faults in what she does but she was actually doing an amazing job with her child.
“Even when your heart was hurting, there was something so hopeful about reading a book filled with love. The pages were somewhat of a reminder that maybe one day I would be okay again. Maybe one day I would be alright.”
– Brittainy C. Cherry
Not to mention her adorable kid! I really want to meet her in person and hug and kiss her! Emma is the sweetest! I love each idea that Brittainy puts in this book. The feathers, the how she behaves with Tristan. She’s like a little grown up Miss with an attitude and her love for zombies!
“Hey, Mister! I’m talking to you!” she said, tapping her feet. Stranger looked down at her. “You’re a big, fat, giant TICK!” – Brittainy C. Cherry
Tristan is your perfect dream husband and father, but then he can also become your perfect hottie jackass, running away and still grieving about his past. He gives off this arrogant bitchy attitude because he is afraid of being close to someone and was afraid that they might lose them again. His transformation to being his old self again begins when both Liz and Emma broke through the wall he built.
“I love her, Lizzie. I adore her, and there is nothing about her that is baggage. Emma is a luxury. I’ll take care of her for the rest of my life because it would be an honor. Because I love you. I love your heart, I love your soul, I love you, Elizabeth, and I’m never going to stop loving you or that beautiful girl of yours.” – Brittainy C. Cherry
OMGEEE!! Don’t you want someone like that in your life? I surely do! Not to mention the supporting characters. I especially like Liz’s best friend. She is super hilarious! I can’t imagine how Liz can live without her. I love how they bond and I love when there’s no filter around them. It is something real and solid!
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry is such a heartwarming, roller coaster ride and a mixture of heartfelt laughter and soul crushing tear jerker! Brittainy is one hell of a storyteller! I would definitely look out for her books after reading this one.