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I went into More Than This with sky-rocketing expectations. If you all know me, you know that I love Patrick Ness’s stories. More than love– as in he’s pretty much my favorite author ever. I was honest to goodness scared to death (with a hollow pit in my stomach) to pick this story up; I was that nervous. Would it disappoint me?
And the answer turned out to be a big fat no. Because a few pages in and I knew there was no way this book was going to be a letdown. In fact, after reading the last beautiful word in More Than This, I practically bawled my eyes out. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one heck of a gorgeous story. In attempt to express my (in)coherent thoughts, I’m going to list a few points:
First off, don’t read the synopsis, or try avoid all synopsis descriptions in reviews as much as possible. I went into this story not knowing much at all, and that was pretty much the best part. I didn’t have a clue what genre this book was, and trust me, that makes the experience 110% better. There’s this clawing curiosity throughout the whole book, and I found myself asking tons of question, but I was also happy that things were so mysterious.
Also, the characters in this story are just as real, raw, and relatable as they can possibly be. I fell in love with the male protagonist Seth immediately. He is confused and lost at the start, but by the end he is a strong boy who knows the world. And more importantly, how to live it.
Lastly, the overall message that is revealed in the end is absolutely uplifting and in some ways, surprising. I don’t want to say what it is (obviously), but I can say that it leaves the book on a very good note.
This review is so short, but I really am speechless by Patrick Ness’s latest work for YA readers. It’s deep, profound, and touching on a whole new level. More Than This is, without a doubt, is one of my favorite books of 2013. *clutches heart* This is a must-read!
Release Date: November 20, 2007
Source: Online Audiobook Library/Overdrive
Rating: 3 out of 5
To put it simply, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen is quite a fluffy read. I didn’t think much of it while I was reading it at all. Nothing particularly stands out, but there isn’t anything that I hated, either. The Luxe, if anything, is a fun, entertaining read.
Come to think of it, I was rather bothered by the characters in the beginning. The story is told from the perspective of four girls, which I thought to be completely overabundant and unnecessary. To start off: Elizabeth Holland. She was my favorite to read about among the others simply because she is a good, reverent girl. Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister, isn’t a bad character, either. Although she is more on the wild side, I found her to be zesty and flavorful with bursts of defiance every so often. The third girl, Penelope, is the most hair-pulling one out of all of them. Penelope is Elizabeth’s best friend; she is a jealous brat who doesn’t think of anyone but herself. It wasn’t that I grew to like her by the end of the novel, but more like I got used to her annoying nature and she because somewhat tolerable. The final perspective is Lina, Elizabeth’s servant. Her perspective is the most puzzling of all; I do not understand why her perspective is included because she is a minor character. The characters in The Luxe proved to be mediocre, some that are capable of a few eye-rolls, and others that deserve some claps.
What makes this story so entertaining is the significant amount of drama that is omnipresent throughout the story. You’ve got death in families, marriages, and crushes. SO MUCH. It’s actually hilarious – and a bit exaggerated – how much drama there is. Dramarama everywhere!
To conclude, The Luxe is nice past-time read if you’re looking for an extremely dramatic story with decently likable characters. I don’t have any intention of picking up the rest of the books in the series, but it was nice while it lasted.
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us book nerds to share what awesome books we got this week, may it be from the book store, library, mailbox, or from friends!
I started school over these past two weeks! You know it’s going to be a great year when on the second week you’re already staying up until 2:30am just to finish. -__-
(Click image to link to Goodreads):
The Vow by Jessica Martinez | Edelweiss – Simon Pulse
Fault Line by C. Desir | Edelweiss – Simon Pulse
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock | Bought via Kindle
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang | Bought via Kindle
Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Bought via Kindle
What lovely books did you haul this week? Link me! I love drooling over pretty books..