Thursday, October 30, 2014

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer #3): Review

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Rating: ★★★

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

When we find out that Jeremiah cheated on Belly, I wasn't totally surprised because I was just anticipating something like that would happen. What did surprise me was Belly's quick decision to accept his proposal and how she was dead set on it. I didn't understand it at the time, after thinking about it some more I can get where Belly was coming from but I still don't agree with it.

I found Belly to be a bit annoying in her ways to quickly assume things even through there is no reason for her to assume that that is the truth. She tends to be right in her assumptions but it was still annoying. And Jeremiah didn't even feel like the same Jeremiah in this book. He was kind of a jerk, especially compared to how he was in the the previous books. He used to be fun and full of life but not so much anymore. And Conrad! Where were you Conrad. He was only there for two scenes in the first half and then came back in the second half where he spent a lot of time avoiding Belly, which is expected. They were living in the summer house but with only a few interactions.

Mostly, I was so frustrated with Belly for being such an idiot and making stupid decisions. I was probably able to see things more clearly as an outsider than she was being so close to the situation so it probably isn't fair to blame her but I still do because to me, the choice was so so obvious. I thought Conrad and Belly were done-zo after the last book but then he came back and it was all so clear. The way it was meant to be! If you haven't guessed by now, I'm definitely Team Conrad, all the way!

I didn't like this book as much as the first two. I was hoping for the same level of feels as I got in the previous book but, unfortunately, I didn't get them. Most of the book was spent being frustrated at Belly and Jeremiah. I wanted there to be way more Conrad but he almost felt like a secondary character. This was a disappointing conclusion to a series that I was really liking. Even though I got the ending I wanted I just  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) : Review

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

(Prepare yourself because I have a lot of words for this one)

After finishing Crown of Midnight, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Heir of Fire. I eagerly waited for my Amazon package to come in and pretty much stalked the tracking website in the hopes that I would waste as little time as possible between the package being delivered and me starting to read. Let's just say that this book was totally worth the wait, the agony of the waiting, the overwhelming feels from the aftermath of the previous book and basically acting like a lunatic while waiting. In fact, it was worth so much more. Heir of Fire gives us things that made me just love the series even more. There is background information. There is character development. There is world building. What more could we have asked for, really? Because of Heir of Fire, the Throne of Glass series is no officially one of my favorite series and it's going to take a hell of a lot to change that.

Background information. There was so much that we found out about Celaena, mostly via flashbacks. We get to see Celaena as a little girl, ten years ago. We get to see what was happening in her life before the night her parents died and what happened on that night that changed everything for her. We get to see parts of Celaena/Aelin that she's been keeping hidden deep inside her.

Character development. There was so much of this happening in this novel and it was amazing! Celaena starts off this novel in a state of numbness. She's decided that she really doesn't care about anything anymore and this is part of the aftermath of Nehemia's death. Over the course of the book, we see her finally dealing with things that she really needed to deal with a long time ago but has been avoiding it and ignoring it until now. The part where the "get up" chant is happening (I'm not saying where or when or why because I'm trying not to spoil things as much as I possibly can while also talking about the book) but at that part, my feels were just

She, after a lot of struggling, finally comes to terms with her parent's death and Nehemia's death. For Celaena, this novel is about her facing her destiny and ultimately having to choose whether she's going to accept it or not.

Dorian just can't catch a break. Everything good that happens to him eventually ends. It seemed like maybe he was going to get a piece of happy all for himself and then that ending happened and it was like one horrible thing followed by a worse one. I don't even know what is going to happen to poor Dorian. I don't know how/if he is going to get out of this one.

Chaol. Okay, as much as I love Chaol (and I do really really love him) I found myself getting annoyed with him. I felt like every single character in this book had depth and Chaol came off as very two-dimensional. He's all about loyalty and duty and all that and it's what got him into trouble in the last book and it's what was making things worse for him in this one. I just felt like "OMG Chaol. The world is bigger than the castle and you need to realize this and get on the right side of things already. Stop being blinded by your stupid loyalty to the freaking king!" Even when he's doing things for a better cause, he's not doing it for the sake of the cause but because he thinks it will end up protecting Dorian! I was so frustrated with him.  That scene where he goes to Dorian's room and Dorian basically gives him this whole shpeel and calls him out on his ridiculous-ness I was reading it thinking "Amen for Dorian!"

There are also some new characters introduced and I gotta say, I like them. We'll go in order of most favorite to least favorite out of the three main ones. First, there is Rowan. Rowan is a Fae who has been assigned by Queen Maeve (queen of the fae) to train Celaena in using her powers. Rowan and Celaena/Aelin do not get along. At all. But somehow their relationships goes from completely disastrous to absolutely perfect. Celaena and Rowan a 100% platonic friendship unlike anything I've ever seen before in any book. Rowan saves Celaena from this dark space (double meaning there...). He's the one who helps her get back up after she's bit rock bottom (It's another story that he kind of played a part in her hitting rock bottom in the first place). Celaena is able to trust Rowan in ways that she hasn't trusted anyone before. She opens up to him about things that she's been keeping hidden for so long and Rowan definitely pushes her towards confronting her demons and facing reality because Celaena would much rather be selfish if it means not dealing with her issues. Rowan changes that for the better and Celaena that emerges at the end of the novel is more glorious than she's ever been. I really love Rowan and I love their friendship, it's one of the best things about this series.

In a close second, we have Aedion who is Aelin's cousin and was so very loyal to Aelin when they were kids but has been working for the king who kind of trained him for his army and made him a general in his army. Aedion's story and his connection to Aelin is so beautiful and heart-breaking and after that ending my heart fears the for the worst. When I read book 4, I'm going to need an entire box of tissues next to me, just in case.

Finally, we have Manon. She is a witch, the leader of The Thirteen, who are the most powerful coven among the Ironteeth Witches. Her storyline is separate from the rest of the characters. The witches are playing a part in the king's scheme and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them in the next books. I didn't like her as much as Rowan or Aedion but to be fair, those two are tough competition. Manon is a heart-less, vicious, witch but there is a little bit of humanity in her. So maybe she's not really that evil. There may be hope for her yet.

The world building is this book was so great! A big part of fantasy novels is the world building. In the first two books, we were mainly in Rifthold and we got little glimpses of Terrasen and heard about other places like Eyllwe and the Red Desert. In Heir of Fire, the world is expanded. We've moved outside of Rifthold and now get to see what is happening in Erilea away from the glass castle. Chaol and Dorian are still in Rifthold so Rifthold isn't completely gone and we are learning more about the rebels. Then we have Celaena and Rowan in Wendlyn where there are plenty of mysterious creatures to be found. And, of course, there are Manon and the witches in the Ferian Gap with they wyverns.

That's another thing. There are new creatures introduced in this book and it just added to that fantasy element because sometimes in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight it was easy to forget that this is a high fantasy series. The creatures of Wendlyn are strange and very mysterious. We meet the skin-walkers (?) who creeped me out. There are the little creatures who kind of just watch Celaena whenever she's in the forest. There's this other weird... thing... that they encounter. Through Manon's storyline we also meet talking giant spiders and, of course, the wyverns. I'm not quite sure what the wyverns look like but I picture as being king of like dragons. Oh handy dandy Google has an image:

So yeah. The king has been breeding them in the Ferian Gap and has now recruited the witches to fly on their wyvern and basically become his equivalent of the air force. I'm excited to see where Manon's storyline is headed mostly because of the wyverns.

Here's the thing. Heir of Fire is a very different novel from the first two books and that's because it serves a different purpose, for the series, than the previous books did. Throne of Glass introduced us to the world and some of the key role players. Crown of Midnight was a very plot driven novel that set things into motion. It layed the foundations for the over-arcing series plot. It was very much a catalyst novel. Heir of Fire, on the other hand, is not a very plot driven novel. Heir of Fire is the book that gives us tons of background information, character development and world building. All of which is very much needed for the story to move forward. Don't get me wrong. It's not like nothing happens in Heir of Fire. There is a plot and there are important things happening but they kind of take a back seat for a good portion of the novel in order for all the rest of the stuff to happen. I really liked Heir of Fire and I thought it was a great follow up to Crown of Midnight, it wasn't at all disappointing  and it made me love this series that much more. The things that are happening in this novel are very much needed for the characters and the stories.

I loved the varying POVs. I loved the story telling. I loved the character progession. I loved everything about this book! Sarah J. Maas you are now officially one of my insta-buy authors. I will read anything and everything you write. I don't care what its about just give it to me.

Side note. Sarah made a post on her blog where she shared a couple songs that inspired Chapter 55 in the book and one of the songs is this:

She renamed it "Rattle the Stars"!!! I re-read that chapter with this music playing and it was so perfect! It was like this song and that chapter were just meant to be. If you go to her blog, she actually shares which lines match up with which parts of the song. Seriously, try this out because the song goes so well with Chapter 55. And Chapter 55 is just amazing anyway.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) : Review

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Rating: ★★★★

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.

This is going to be a short one because I don't know how to talk about this book without spoilers. Belly and Conrad's relationship is... complicated. Things have happened and they're not in the same place where they left off in the first book. Belly wants to help Conrad but she feels very unwanted by him and there were things that were said that were harsh and can't be taken back. This installment deals with Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad figuring out how to deal with the loss and how to move on. I don't even know how to say what I'm trying to say without spoilers but basically the the dynamics of their relationships change. Drastically. By the end of the book, things are very different from where we start off and it's heart breaking and yet a good thing and I don't even know where the final book is going to go. I know what I want to happen but I'm not sure what is going to happen and I feel like there is a possibility that the opposite of what I want is how the story is going to end.

Also, there are chapters from Jeremiah's perspective. They were a nice change from Belly's narrative but I think I might have preferred Conrad's perspective more. I get why it was Jeremiah though because of what happens in the story but of course I am biased towards Team Conrad so that's that. I do like the way that Jenny Han created this love triangle though. It was done in a more realistic way and I get why Belly felt all the things that she felt throughout the book.

It's Not Summer Without You was a great sequel and, though different from the first book, was not at all disappointing. There were still a lot of feels and the story left me kind of confused about my overall emotions towards Conrad and Jeremiah but in a very good and needed way. I'm nervous about the next book and how everything is going to be resolved but I will definitely be finishing this series all the way to the end.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) : Review

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Rating:  ★★★★★

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight

If you read my review for Throne of Glass, you would know that I wasn't nearly as blown away by that book as a lot of people seem to be. I enjoyed it, but I was expecting more, especially from Celaena who is supposed to be an assassin but we don't get to see much of that side of her in the first novel. Have no fear because we get to see tons of it in Crown of Midnight. It was so interesting to see the assassin side of her and definitely worth the wait. Celaena Sardothien, the assassin, is so different from the rest of herself and she is just as deadly as she was rumored to be. When she gets into assassin mode, she goes to this dark place within herself and does what needs to be done and it's scary but the you-can't-look-away kind of scary. Seeing more of her assassin self also means we learn a little more about Celaena's background. We get to know all of the characters a little more which was nice. We also learn a more about the King and what he's up to. It's still tid-bits of information at this point but I'm willing to take anything I can get.

This story is filled with so many major plot points that really set the everything in motion. In Throne of Glass we were introduced to this world and some of the role-players but in Crown of Midnight we get an idea of where the series is heading and it's going to amazing places. 

Now this is the part of my review where I tell you about my feels. So,

First of all, I didn't particularly like Dorian going into this. I was maybe a tad bit annoyed that he was the one who was with Celaena in Throne of Glass and not Chaol. Yes, I might be biased because I've decided Celaena and Chaol are one of my OTPs and I did later realize why it made more sense for it to be Dorian and not Chaol but still... I was secretly a little happy when she breaks up with him. But in this book, I found myself having more and more sympathy for Dorian. His character is developed so well and by the end I just wanted to give him a great big hug. I still don't ship Celaena with Dorian but I'm definitely rooting for their friendship. 

For Chaol, this book was all about his flaws. As perfect as he might seem, he's got some things that need working and that becomes so obvious in this storyline. In the beginning, I loved his friendship with Celaena and I loved how that slowly but surely blossomed into something more. I really appreciate it when authors take the time to develop such a relationship rather than making it in insta-relationship. It made Celaena and Chaol's relationship that much more beautiful. Every Celaena and Chaol moment in those few chapters was just pure happiness. And then things happen and the world spins and everything is flipped upside down and it was crazy and heart-breaking and even after having had time to process it all, I still don't know what to say about what happens between them. Chaol! A part of me wants to give him a hug too and then there's the other part that just wants to be like "You're such an idiot Chaol! If you'd just said something earlier then none of this would be happening or at least it wouldn't be this bad!!" Sadly, Celaena and Chaol are going through a tragic period in their love story but I'm still holding on tight to this sinking ship! We will not go down like the Titanic! We will survive! This ship will remain afloat. I have complete faith.

Celaena. We get to know much more about Celaena in this book. I already mentioned the assassin side but in addition to this we are also given more information about her origins. Major information! There's one HUGE thing we find out about her on, literally, the last page of the book and I'm sure I would have been completely shocked if it wasn't for the fact that I was spoiled for this information and so saw it coming from a the beginning. Every time a little hint was dropped I was like "isn't it obvious?" but that's only because I already knew. (This is why I hate spoilers)

Celaena's relationship with Nehemia ultimately results in her hitting rock bottom. She's lost all and any hope and she reaches a point in this book where she's kind of back to square one because all the relationships that she formed while at the castle have either been severed or are hanging on a string. I'm sure all of this is going to lead to some major character development and character progression happening with her in future installments.

This book so chock-full of emotion, ranging from bliss to rage to utter devastation. There was a point in the story where everything was so happy and perfect and it was beautiful! There were just so many good feels happening. But then I realized that I wasn't even half way through the book and there was no way Sarah J. Maas was going to let me live in this state of bliss for the rest of the book and even if she did that she would just take it all away by the end. I was scared. It turned out that I didn't have to wait that long. Soon enough everything came crashing down. Sarah J. Maas took all that happy and shattered it to pieces all in a span of a moment. She put a hammer to it, crumbled it, powdered it until there was none of that happiness left. Nothing to save and everything was lost. It was absolutely heart-breaking. An ache that continued for the remainder of the book. I have no doubt that that particular plot line is going to stick with for a long time to come.

Also, while we're at it, lets talk about Chaol (again). Chaol. Chaol. Chaol. Oh. My. God. Chaol. I loved him so much in this book. In Throne of Glass, I wanted Celaena to be with him and now I've found my OTP. Celaena and Chaol are so perfect. Hands down. No questions about it. I don't understand anyone who ships Celaena and Dorian. Sorry not sorry. If you're not convinced after reading Throne of Glass then just read Crown of Midnight and it will all be crystal clear.

I am now 100% buying into the hype of this series. Crown of Midnight was such an wonderful book, an amazing story, and now one of my favorites. The feels are at a level of hold-on-to-your-heart. There are very very few books that, once finishing, I could go right back to page one and read the whole all over again but Crown of Midnight is now one of those books. I was so ready to re-read this books as soon as I finished it.

I can't wait to see where the next book goes and where the series as a whole is headed. I don't even know what to expect other than some level of epicness. I honestly don't know what's going to happen in Heir of Fire and I just really need to get my hands on it ASAP. I don't know how people waited an entire year between books. I just don't. 

This review is not a very good one, nor is it a very comprehensive one but you're going to have to forgive me for that because I don't know to to properly articulate my love for this book. Just take my word for it when I say Crown of Midnight is absolutely amazing and everyone should read it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rick Riordan Reading Goals

I discovered Rick Riordan way back when The Lightning Thief came out. I was a fan. There's no denying it. First of all, I love Greek/Roman mythology. Secondly, I loved the writing, story and adventure that all came as part of a package when reading Rick Riordan's novels. I followed the series, reading the sequels as soon as they came out. Up until the fourth book. Now, keep in mind that these were the days before I had a Goodreads account. This was when I was in middle school and keeping up with all the new updates for a new book and basically cyber-stalking an author wasn't so easy. You had to actually go to the book's website or hear it through the grapevine at school to find out when a certain book was coming out as opposed to just checking the Goodreads page. (Times are so much simpler now)

Anyway, I can't remember if I ever read The Battle of the Labyrinth, book 4 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I definitely didn't read the finale, The Last Olympian. Sometime around the release of the fourth book I lost track of Rick Riordan. My catch up happened much later/very recently. This year I saw The Red Pyramid and The Lost Hero at every book store I went to (I only hang out in the young adult section, you see) and realized that Rick Riordan had two entire series that I've been completely oblivious about. And one of them is Egyptian mythology! Then there were the videos on YouTube of people getting so very excited about getting Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, which, by the way, is a gorgeous looking book and a genius idea. He also has a new series starting next year called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Asgard! As in Thor. As in Norse mythology! All of this combined with all the hype and excitement surrounding the recent release of The Blood of Olympus has made me want to catch up with the writings of Rick Riordan.

I am going to be doing a lot of Rick Riordan reading in the next year. In honor of this decision I compiled a list of goals.

Rick Riordan Reading Goals
Read/re-read The Battle of the Labyrinth
Read The Last Olympian
Read The Lost Hero
Read The Son of Neptune
Read The Mark of Athena
Read The House of Hades
Read The Blood of Olympus
Read The Red Pyramid
Read The Throne of Fire
Read The Serpent's Shadow
Read Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Basically, read everything. 

(I will update this list as I go)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy Book Birthday : The Young Elites

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu comes out today! We can finally stop waiting around and get to reading this book!

This book is described, by Marie Lu herself, as a mix between X-Men, Assassin's Creed 2 and Game of Thrones. If that doesn't get you excited or instill some curiosity in you then I don't know what will. It sounds so good! Everyone go get this book ASAP. I haven't even read it yet and I'm still recommending it to each and every one of you.

Also, if you can't tell already, my expectations are really high.

Now, lets take this moment to do a happy dance in celebration of this book release.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kindle eBook Giveaway : Recipes and Road Stories

So today I'm hosting my very first giveaway ever!! I'm kind of excited. This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher who has graciously offered a kindle ebook copy of the book for me to give to one of you guys. I should probably tell you what book, huh?

The book is called Recipes and Road Stories and is co-authored by two sisters, Hannah and Caroline Melby, who have toured the country performing bluegrass and progressive country music. The book is a collection of stories from their adventures on the road, along with various recipes and loads of photographs.

Here's a little more about the book and its wonderful authors.

Recipes and Road Stories by HanaLena
By the time Hannah was in the 11th grade and Caroline was in the 7th grade, the Melby sisters were touring the country in bluegrass bands, with Hannah on fiddle and Caroline on mandolin. Today the sisters are the front persons of a very popular Nashville-based country music touring band named HanaLena.

The sisters, who grew up in Starkville, Mississippi, performed from an early age—Hannah is now 28, Caroline is 24—evolving from bluegrass to progressive country as they perfected their songwriting and
performance skills out on the road. In 2008 they won the “Best New Act in Country Music” competition at the Colgate Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—and took home a check for a cool $100,000 presented by country music star LeAnn Rimes.

Do they ever have some great stories to tell about coming of age on the concert trail! Recipes and Road Stories blends touching and rollicking road stories with an assortment of tasty recipes, and then tops everything off with plenty of exciting photographs. Also contributing recipes are friends they made on the road, including Rhonda Vincent, a 5-time Grammy nominee who has been called the “Queen of Bluegrass,” and Claire Lynch, who is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Association.

So check out the book on Goodreads and make sure to enter the giveaway below. The giveaway will run till the end of the month (October 31st).

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) : Review

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Rating: ★★★★

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

I really liked the way the story was told. We see everything from Belly's perspective and it's her narration that is telling the story. The story just flows so nicely which is a huge plus in any book. There are also flashbacks to different moments during previous summers that serve a purpose in better explaining the story and provide background into the relationships that are presented.

I found Belly to be very realistic. She didn't get annoying as she very easily could have gotten.She also did not come off as two-dimensional which is very easy to do when you're telling the story of a girl who has a crush on this guy who doesn't even notice her in that way. I loved that the story wasn't all about the romance and it wasn't about Belly pining over Conrad. This summer for Belly is the one where she kind of grows up. She's no longer that little girl and she experiences some of the real world for the first time. I loved hearing the story through her because of how relatable I found her character to be.

Conrad and Jeremiah are the two brothers. Conrad is the bad boy. He's a strong and silent type and it's hinted that he has a lot more going on that what is visible on the surface. Jeremiah is kind of the opposite. He's very bubbly and friendly and super likable.

I really appreciate the fact that this book wasn't a sappy romance novel. I don't like sappy romance, I like realistic romance and this is realistic romance. Having said that, it's not like the whole book is about romance. A lot of it focuses on Belly and her growing up a little bit and dealing with something very real and very tough, later on in the book. 

I read this book because I'd heard some reviews on it and I love contemporary so I thought "Why not?" I am so glad that I read this book because it was a really good contemporary story. It's what great contemporary is made of, if you know what I mean. I'm excited to follow the story of these characters a little more in the sequels and see where they go. Jenny Han, I will most definitely be reading more of your writing.

If you're looking for a quick, nice contemporary read, definitely try this one.