Book Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: July 2017

Nicholas Sparks has done it again with yet another well-written book. I loved how he mixed a little bit of mystery and suspense in this one, and just can’t put the book down. It left me at the edge of my bed, eager to find out what will happen in the end.

In See Me, we follow Colin Hancock, a 28-year old with a dark past that he just wants to set aside by trying to make things right and Maria Sanchez who has a very traumatic past that made her return to Wilmington in the first place. As soon as Colin and Maria’s paths collided, challenges and disturbing events have taken place.

I’ve never been into reading mystery and suspense books before, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try. In See Me, I got just what I wanted as it was not as intense as the other books that really focuses on those genres. It’s a great start, for me, at least.

What I liked most about this book is how well Nicholas Sparks has written it despite trying to mix genres along with his usual romance-chick-lit books. There are lessons in this book about life and how people can change if they only put their hearts into it. Most of the time, I found myself having realizations about growing up and why we all even bothered to speed things up when we were little.

Overall, this book was amazing in many ways; I don’t even have the words to explain all of it other than that Nicholas Sparks has proved to us again that he is a master when it comes to writing.

“While she’d been certain that things would be better once she was settled in, she’d slowly come to realize that job stress simply came in different flavors, and this one wasn’t much better tasting than the one before it.”

Book Review: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Rating: ★★★★
Read:
May 2017

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I know what I’m getting myself into when I started reading this book. In fact, I’ve been resisting reading it for a long time since I bought it for I keep asking myself if I’m ready to jump in another tearkjerking ride that Nicholas Sparks’ novels are known for.

Trying to take a break from the city and her always busy life, Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed vacation at Cape Cod when she stumbles upon a corked bottle with a scrolled-up letter inside.

When she arrived back to Boston, she agrees with her friend, Dianne, to publish the letter in her column. Soon after, her cloumn turns up two more letters written by the same person, Garrett Blake.

Intrigued, Theresa finds herself travelling to North Carolina, where she finally meets the mysterious Garrett Blake and discovers that her suspicion about Catherine is true. After spending most of her stay in North Carolina with Garrett, they develop a unique relationship that they tried to keep even after Theresa went back to Boston.

Throughout the story, we watch the couple fall in love even more with each other,  and how they learned to compromise for something they really want to work out. Somehow, whether we admit it or not, we all have a Garrett inside of us. By relating to Garrett’s experiences and struggles, we are drawn and connected to the couple’s story.

All in all, I find this book a compassionate story of a person looking for love and a person who never thought he’d ever be capable of loving someone again. Garrett and Theresa’s story is heartbreakingly beautiful with all of the lessons its readers will learn; both Garrett and Theresa gives each of us hope that everything will work out.

For this review, instead of putting a quote at this part of my review, I’m putting an excerpt from Nicholas Sparks’ interview with the New York Times about this novel:

“Message in a Bottle was inspired by my father after the death of my mother. In 1989, six weeks after I was married, my mother and father went horseback riding. They were avid riders and very comfortable on horses, and were simply walking the horses along a scenic trail. For a reason that no one can explain—we assume it was the horse, a rather skittish Arabian—my mom fell out of the saddle, off the horse, hit her head on a rock, had a cerebral hemorrhage and died.

My mother and father had married at the age of twenty-one and my father was absolutely crushed by her death. They’d been married twenty-seven years and my father didn’t have the slightest idea of what it meant to be a grown-up without my mom. A lot of people wear black to a funeral. My father wore black every day for four years. He pretty much became a recluse. He pulled away from his family and friends, he stopped going out, he stopped doing pretty much everything. All he did was go to work and back home again. It was heart-breaking to watch.

After four long years of worrying about him, my father finally started taking baby steps out in the world again. He started reconnecting with family and friends, eventually he started to date again—think more years passing—eventually he met someone in particular, eventually he fell in love again. And then one day, about seven years after my mom had died, I got a call from my father. “I’m engaged,” he said.

Now, I was happy about that, not because I didn’t care about my mom—I adored her—but because I’d been so worried about my father. Kids worry about their parents the same way parents worry about their kids, and I was glad that he’d finally found someone.

Two days after that phone call, my father was driving home late one night, fell asleep at the wheel of his car, crashed, and died.“

I’m leaving you with that. It’s heart-breaking, and I have no words for it.

Book Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Rating: ★★★★★
Read: January 2017

I’m so glad I’ve finally finished this series because it’s been a long time since I last read the first book. I’m not really happy about not having the cover that matches the first two, but I couldn’t find it in any bookstores so…

Okay, so let’s start with the fact that this series has been one hell of a ride. I loved how this book was easy to read and that there aren’t and slow spots. It’s fast-paced and it will surely keep you at the edge of your sit from page one up to the end. It’s so amazing, that it took me this long to write a review about it!

Every Last Breath picks up right where Stone Cold Touch left off, they are still looking for the Lilin and it’s still causing a lot of chaos topside. Layla is still trying to figure out what she truly is and not to mention her feelings towards Roth and Zayne.

I like how each character has developed all throughout the series. I think I fell in love with Cayman a little bit in this last book and if JLA decides to make a novel about him, I would love to read that!

I honestly don’t know how to write this review without giving out spoilers but oh my, God, you just got to read this book! It’s full of adventures, love, and action! This book is one way to end a paranormal romance like that. I cannot even stress it enough. Read it, just read it.

“You make me wish I had a soul so I could be worthy of you.”

 

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Rating: ★★★
Read: September 2013

Eleanor was this new girl in town and she has a very complicated life. With her Mom being too scared to stand for them, her siblings who’ve changed since the last time she saw them and her very awful evil stepfather. Plus, the way she dresses caught all the bullies’ attention in her new school. Great, just great. And the she met Park. And somehow, things got even more complicated… but still beautiful.

I loved this book! I knew I had to read it the moment I read the excerpt from goodreads. I loved how the story reminds us of how awkward it felt when we first held hands with our first love and how it confusing and weird the feeling was.

I admire Eleanor’s character. How strong and true she is. She doesn’t try to be someone else and she tries to ignore what everyone says about her. And Park, I loved how he somehow changed throughout the who story. He is just so adorable! I love how he was willing to get in all those trouble just to protect Eleanor.

This is a really great book! I find the pacing a bit slow during the first few chapters but still… I loved it so much! I really recommend this book to everyone.

Book Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Rating: ★★★
Read: March 2016

Here’s my review of White Hot Kiss

Okay, so here’s the thing, I don’t know where to freaking start! Oh my goodness, I loved book one but this one is faaaantastic!

In White Hot Kiss, I was totally on Team Roth because he’s just totally awesome, I mean, I don’t have any hard feelings on Zayne, in fact, I kind of liked him during the first few chapters of White Hot Kiss. Okay, but then I’ve read Stone Cold Touch, and I just can’t decide whose team I’m on anymore!

So Stone Cold Touch picks up where White Hot Kiss ended, which was a freaking ~cliffhanger~ (yes, I’m looking at you, JLA!). Layla is still upset with Roth and for leaving her, and what makes it worse is that most of the Wardens don’t trust her anymore for being friends and hanging out with a demon. Also, there have been accidents (or are they?) going on in the school and everyone’s just freaked out about it.

And then, Roth returns. But things are still getting worst and everything seems to be spiraling downward.

This book did not let me sleep at all! I liked the development on Layla’s character and how she manages to deal with everything that’s being thrown her way. While Roth and Zayne kept snapping at each other, I can’t totally decide which team I’m on in this book. They’re both so irritating in an adorable way (if that even makes sense).

The twists and turns kept me seating at the edge of my seat and the ending… Jeez, the ending got me so shocked. I am just as shocked as Layla, I didn’t really see that coming!

 

“I don’t deserve you.”

“See, that’s where you’re wrong… That’s where you’ve always been wrong. You deserve everything.”

 

So if you’re a paranormal-fantasy-YA-romance fan, then this is the book for you! Read it! JLA is amazing. *hearts everywhere*