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Review: You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

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Title: You’re the One That I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Genre: Chick lit
Publisher: Penguin Books
DOP: May 22, 2014
Pages: 372
Rating: 4/5
ISBN: 978-1-405-90997-6
Twitter: @MrsGiFletcher

Maddy is minutes away from getting married to Rob, her childhood’s best friend, and she couldn’t have been happier. When her eyes stray to his best man Ben, her heart aches. If he’d give her one look, one signal, then she could be marrying him, her other best friend.

Compared to her debut novel, Billy and Me, this book was more emotionally developed, focusing on the characters’ growth whereas Billy and Me was more focused on the actual story.

You’re the One That I Want is one of those stories that take you on the life journey of three friends: Maddy, Ben and Rob. Since their first meeting, friendships develop and eventually blossom into love. Ben has been in love with Maddy since he first saw her but is too afraid that telling her will ruin the dynamics of their friendship. Maddy starts noticing Rob and Rob, well Rob is an enigma. He just happens to bounce along. But like any other love triangle story, something must go wrong.

Falling in love with Ben and the story was the easiest thing to do. Before I realised it, I was investing all my spare time to read this page-turner as fast as I could, hoping, begging and crying for some kind of epiphany! When that moment finally came, my world exploded/collapsed. I knew something was bound to happen in order to mess up our main characters’ lives but I didn’t see it coming until it did and when it did, the story truly began. Suddenly, I was taken on a wild flight of emotions racketing from one page to the other. What will happen? What will she do? What will he do? How are they going to fix this? were questions roaming inside my head. Maddy’s indecisiveness left me in the dark until the very end. It was amazing.

While I enjoyed reading this, I couldn’t help but dislike Maddy however. Maddy didn’t love until she was nudged into the right direction, making me question the sincerity of her relationships. She claimed love, betrayal and jealousy while before that moment she never showed any hints of feeling more. It would have been easier to accept her feelings if they had grown towards the explosion and hadn’t come afterwards.

Something else I’ve been wondering about: why write the story in alternating point of views of Ben and Maddy and not include Rob’s? Was it done on purpose? Probably. Was it brilliant? Sure! And yet it annoyed me. It felt incomplete to not being able to read how Rob experienced falling in love. It was a sneaky way of unconsciously portraying Rob as inferior compared to Ben and by doing this, manipulating us to root for Ben (at least I’m 100% team Ben even if I could have whacked him on the head sometimes). Unlike with Rob, we were privileged to be part of Ben’s thoughts and were able to form a connection with him.

In hindsight, it was mean to be pushed into a certain feeling but I say this with the best of intentions because it was brilliant. The feeling afterwards though…well, I suppose you’ll have to read the story and find out yourselves!

Are you team Ben or team Rob? What do you think about Maddy? 

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Review: Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger

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Title: Let the Storm Break
Author: Shannon Messenger
Genre: YA, fantasy
Series: #2 Sky Fall
Publisher: Simon Pulse
DOP: March 2014
Pages: 381
Rating: 4/5
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5044-8
Twitter: @SW_Messenger

#1 – Let the Sky Fall: read the review here.

Treacherous winds are trying to entice Vane in a nightmare that might be impossible to escape once he gives in. It doesn’t help his training and when the pull of their bond weakens as Audra’s running from a past she’d wish to forget, it isn’t helping him focus either. Questions are asked about her disappearance. The Gale force are rapidly losing in number after each new attack and the winds are shifting, a promise of another change. In the meantime, Audra discovers something about Raiden and his newest weapon that threatens to dissolve the power of four winds. Will she get back in time to warn Vane and the Gales?

The whirlwind story of Vane and Audra continues in the second Sky Fall book written by Shannon Messenger: Let the Storm Break. Despite the slow start from its precedent, Let the Sky Fall, this book makes up for it tremendously, immediately familiarising us again with Vane and his sarcasm. After a brief recap of what’s expected of him and what his goal is, we’re thrown into a new story that not only reads a lot quicker than the previous one, it’s a lot more interesting too.

During this book, Vane and Audra are separated for most of the time, giving us a break from the similarities of their point of views. They both experience different things and thankfully, so do we too, receiving a nicely balanced duality. It definitely speeds things up in a good way, switching from boring repetition to exciting new events with each new chapter.

The only problem I have left is with Audra. In all honesty, she’s a weak character pretending to be strong, cool and knowledgeable but as soon as she’s faced with temptation, she loses all control. Instead of facing her mistakes, she runs away until everyone’s too busy to realise what she’s done. She leaves Vane behind, the guy who’s head over heels in love with her and who knows little, if not nothing, about their world. He has to answer questions, has to lie in order to protect her, while she couldn’t care less, her own selfish behaviour coming first now. Her jealousy is ugly and uncalled. She left him. He should ditch her. There’s growth, I don’t deny this, but I really don’t like Audra and I wonder if Vane isn’t too blind to see that there might be others besides her. Someone who is kind, genuine and destined to be Vane’s future wife perhaps?

More characters are introduced to us, helping us remember that this isn’t solemnly about Vane and Audra but about the entire sylph species too; and it’s war. A lot of funny Vane-and-his-guard-slash-friend-Gus interactions keep the story upbeat in the otherwise dark and action filled plot.

The tension slowly builds towards a crescendo until it blows up and throws you miles away. Less predictable, although still predictable with some thought, a few twists will jolt you back into your earth elemental body. Leaving us with one frustrating cliffhanger, the anticipation of the next book release is so high that it’s dancing on the edge of being either unbearable or just comfortable enough to wait for an entire year (hopefully, since no release date has been mentioned yet).

 

#sunathon: The Experience

Now that the week of #sunathon has been lived, enjoyed and put into our recent past, I thought it was time to give you an overview of how I experienced this lovely readathon, created by Emma Louise.

It brought me joy. Not only do I love reading (obviously) but with everything that’s been going on lately, it gave me an escape. I met a few lovely people who made me laugh throughout the week while we discussed whether or not Harry Potter would describe Voldemort as “the creepiest dude I’ve ever met”, a comment that was based upon Vane from the Sky Fall series by Shannon Messenger describing his nemesis.

Nice fact: I typed in ‘nemesis‘ in my dictionary to make sure I spelled it correctly and this is what it said: a long-standing rival; an archenemy: will Harry Potter finally defeat his nemesis, Voldemort? THAT IS AMAZING. I totally love how Harry Potter is taking over the world. Now getting back ON topic…

Besides me meeting new people, it also was the perfect opportunity to give me the boost that I needed. Most readathons cause me to panic. A lot. They give challenges, and I’m a very competitive person so I try hard to complete them all, but I’ve been failing pretty much everything because of life, which annoys me to the maximum. However, #sunathon was so carefree and was all about the experience to just read, that it helped me to (almost) complete my goal instead of turning me into a crazy-eyed stress ball reading absolutely nothing in the end. I only had 135 pages left to read.

As you can see from the above picture, my goal was to read four books and of course, I’ll be reviewing them. However, with my mum being ill and me pretty much taking care of my dad and making sure the house doesn’t turn into one pile of messy stuff lingering everywhere, I’ll have to spread the reviews over a few weeks to give me enough time to write, reread and edit them.

  • Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger: review on 29th of July OR 30th (depending if I have time to edit it today but definitely this week)
  • Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger: review on 5th of August
  • You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher: review on 12th of August
  • The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk: review on 19th of Augst

Can you tell I’m dragging out the buzz from #sunathon to enjoy it for as long as possible? Yes? Well, it’s meant to.

Did you participate in #sunathon? How many books did you manage to read and how did you experience this readathon?

#sunathon – TBR

Yes, it is finally time for #sunathon!

If you missed my previous post explaining this read-a-thon, you can check it out here.

For this read-a-thon, I have selected four books (trying not to be too ambitious here…) that I will attempt to read this week. After last week’s major fail of challenging myself to read seven books for booktube-a-thon (only managed to read one) I’ve decided to narrow it down to four and see how things go (and I’m including my start-and-finish-a-series challenge from Booktube-a-thon).

Moving on to the introducing the books!

    1. The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk

I’m a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk and the I heart series (recently started Tess Brookes/A Girl series, also loving it so far!) so I’ve got some high expectations for this one!
Summary: The story follows Rachel Summers who has recently been dumped. Her best friends, Emelie and Matthew, help her to overcome the sadness and give her the Single Girl’s To-Do List, pushing Rachel from one adventure into the other.
Genre: Chick-Lit

2. You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

After reading her debut novel, Billy and Me, I’ve been looking forward to reading Giovanna Fletcher’s new book and I’m so happy that I’ll be adding this to my #sunathon to-be-read list!
Summary: Maddy is about to get married to Rob but next to Rob, stands their best friend Ben. The bond the three of them share appears to be unbreakable but when love is suddenly involved, things are changed and Maddy has to decide…
Genre: Chick-Lit

3. Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

I’ve read this one last year and was ecstatic to stumble across a story that felt new and fresh and that hadn’t been used a hundred times before. Before continuing this series, I decided to reread this one first.
Summary: Audra is a sylph, also known as a windwalker, and her duty is to keep a close eye on Vane Weston, another sylph, but he doesn’t know anything about his heritage yet. Not until Audra is compelled to summon the Northern wind that leaves behind a trail, warning Raiden and the Stormers of their location.
Genre: fantasy, YA

4. Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger

This is the second book in the Sky Fall series.
Summary: Vane is fighting against treacherous winds that are slipping into his mind while he’s telling lies about Audra and her disappearance. Audra is on the run, protecting herself against the enemy because she possesses a secret power he craves. But then she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon and it might be too much for her to handle on her own.
Genre: fantasy, YA

So that’s all, everybody! Four books in seven days. It’s doable, don’t you think? I think so too. Make sure to tweet/comment/post about your #sunathon TBR-pile and how the read-a-thon is developing this week!

Have a great #sunathon!

Introducing #sunathon

It is finally summer!

Most of you might be on holiday soon, enjoying a well-deserved rest at the beach; others might stay home and have lazy days spend on the sofa, but either way, it is most likely that you’ll have so much time on your hands that you might get a bit bored at some point.

But don’t you worry, there’s a solution!

A few days ago, a new project has been announced by multiple book bloggers called #sunathon and if you like to read, this might be your cup of tea. Or if you don’t like to read, it might be a perfect way to pick up a book (whether it’s a big or small one, it doesn’t matter) and get lost for a week into an epic adventure and discover a whole new world. Because that’s right, it doesn’t matter how many books you read as long as you’re reading! #sunathon has been created by Emma Louise (@EmmalsWriting) and will be running from the 21st of July until the 27th. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, everyone is allowed to join!

I have decided to participate because I haven’t joined anything like this before and since this project is new, I believe it will suit me perfectly. There’s no stress to read a certain amount of books, just some lazy reading in the sun (or rain because I live in Belgium… *doubtful face*). I hope your fingers are starting to itch to pick up a book and read along and I hope to see you back here or on twitter to discuss what you’re reading and how it’s going! Make sure to add #sunathon to your tweets/blogs so everyone knows what you’re up to!

Have a nice #sunathon and spread the word!

P.S. Which books do you think are  perfect for summer reading? I’m putting You’re The One that I want by Giovanna Fletcher (@MrsGiFletcher) on the list but other suggestions are welcome.