Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genre: Contemporary, YA, Fantasy
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Links: Goodreads . Amazon
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
This book captured my attention because of its concept, which can obviously be seen from the title. Dreams !!! I believe that dreams are the gates to one's soul and subconscious . I get to discover more about myself through them, and take every theme represented into consideration when observing real life events. That is enough, we are not here to discuss me !!!
In Dreamology, we see Alice and Alex having amazing adventures & falling in love, but that only happens in the dream world. When Alice begins attending a new school, she sees the boy of her (DREAMS!!) sitting right there. But life is complicated, and they thought each one was having a perfect imaginary friend/lover. How do they adjust to this, was Alice the only one having those dreams, why is she having them,etc? Find out by reading this book.
I found myself laughing a lot + enjoying swoon-worthy moments + appreciating such an intriguing plot . Do I need to explain more why I loved this ??? This book will definitely make you SWIGGLE " Swoon+Giggle"
The characters are well built . They doesn't get to be more realistic than than that.
This was a 5 star read up until I reached the last few chapters. I wished that there was more of the story to be told, but that barely affected how much I loved the book .
Lucy did a brilliant job with this debut novel, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
I give it 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.
When she's not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns
Title: The Selection #1
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Love
Edition : Paperback
My Rating: 5/5 stars (A)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
A great enjoyable read , even though it was not what I expected it to be.
I really admired how the author designed the status scale, from 1 to 8, where what you work , how much you get paid, and your social status were all decided by the government.
However , this is not a book about a corrupted government, but a contest that is held when the prince is looking for a bride,and this is where the story begins.
I did not know what exactly what would the Selection would be, perhaps a hand to hand combat between princesses, or something :D
Although the concept of the Selection itself in kind of plain and not that creative, the way the characters were described and the conversations made me finish the book in less than day.
The book is mostly character based and although there is not much of action or fighting going on, I still found myself strongly invested in the story.
An applause for Kiera Cass for making me like both boys in this love triangle, but it is still Team Maxon :)
I can't wait to have the second book in the series " The Elite" between my hands and read it.
I gave this book 5/5 stars and an A according to my own rating scale.
Title: Panic ( Panic #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st , 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, ( Realistic Fiction)
My Rating : 4/5 stars ( B )
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
This is not the entire blurb, but i don't read the entire thing before reading the book. Sometimes the blurb contains SPOILERS !
At first I was very disappointed ,but mainly because of my expectation. I expected Panic to be a Dystopian, with dangerous games , etc. It was none of those things! Well there were some games that were kind of dangerous, but nothing Epic . I believe this why the book received mixed reviews. A lot of people thought of it as a book similar to The Hunger games. I believe their disappointment was epic, because I have not read The Hunger Games, or even the entire blurb of Panic, and I was not liking what I was reading. But once you throw your expectation out of the window and start reading more, you will be hooked.
Panic turns out to be a game created to grand the winner a ticket out of this miserable town. People are willing to do stupid, sometimes things that could kill or arrest you, to win this perfect Getaway ,
One of my favorite things about this book is the character development! Oh, it was outstanding. For example, you have Heather, our female protagonist . At first I could not stand her, she was a senior acting like a 13 year old. As I continued reading, she began growing up. Through life experience, challenges , Panic, uncovering everyone's true intentions, I began to see her grow. The same is true to all of the characters. This is a story of going through experiences and learning what life is all about.
I also loved how we saw the story from two distinctive point of views, Heather's and Dodge's.
Conversations are just pact with humor, sarcasm, love, and hate, taking the reader on a ship sinking in all of these emotions and devouring every bit of it. As usual , Lauren Oliver's writing traps you in a beautiful story and won't set you free until you finish reading.
i ended up really enjoying Panic ! I think that the story is sort of a moral one. It gives you an insight on growing up and sorting your priorities, friendship, and much more. I think the book is a very realistic fiction that casts upon us certain Truths about the world we live in. I gave this book 4/5 stars on good reads.
According to my rating system, I will give it a B !
Title: The Wire in the Blood ( Tony Hill and Carol Jordan #2)
Author: Val McDermid
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Murder , Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date : 1997
My Rating: 4.5/5
Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another, let alone the killer whose charming manner hides a warped and sick mind.
Nobody gets inside the messy heads of serial killers like Dr Tony Hill. Now heading up a National Profiling Task Force, he sets his team air exercise: they are given the details of missing teenagers and asked to discover whether there is a sinister link between any of the cases.
" It is better to start reading knowing only the above. The original summary contains a few spoilers. I only read the first sentence before reading and really enjoyed it"
My Review :
First of all, I would like to say that this book has been sitting on my shelf for about 4 years. I finally decided to take the challenge of reading an adult mystery book. To my surprise, after marching half way through, I realized that this book is the second one in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series. Thankfully, it is almost not related to the previous book.
The first 40 pages were kind of slow and a bit boring, but I had to keep on reading , and I am glad that I did so. I was hooked my the mystery and fell in love with the characters . I loved how the writers switched the scenery from the cops and investigators to the the criminal. And how I loved the criminal's parts in the stories. Although short and brief, yet totally terrifying.
The only reason I did not give it 5/5 is perhaps the way the writer showed who is the murderer and killed one of my favorite characters in the first half of a 533 book. The rest was about capturing the killer. The thing is, I scanned about 20-30 books in the second part, scanning is not a good thing.
However, the book is worth reading. I loved everything in this book and I can't wait to read the FIRST book and the third. Because that ending was shocking and although I hope that the events will be discussed in the the third book, I fear that it might be an open ending.