Hereafter Review

Hello! Today I am reviewing Hereafter by Tara Hudson. This is the first in a trilogy but I have only read the first one. I look forward to reading Afterrise and Elegy because I loved reading Hereafter

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Let me start by saying- this wasn’t a stand out book for me, there are many other paranormal romance books out there that I love, but it was still an amazing book. As I’ve said in previous posts, I feel like most paranormal romance books these days are vampires Vs werewolves. I actually haven’t read any other books about ghosts or heard about any except for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Anna Dressed in Blood sounds really good so I’m excited to read it in probably about two years to be honest. I have so many books to read but I always find myself doing something else! It was different and less predictable to read a ghost story. I don’t tend to have a problem with books being unoriginal because I like reading similar books but it’s nice to read something different every once in a while.

I like Amelia because she went on a journey and we only found out pieces of information about her past in different stages of the book. Strangely, for a person that doesn’t like reading the unknown, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense Hudson created in this novel. For me, the main point of the book was to unravel the mystery of Amelia’s past so I’m glad it was written in this way. Josh definitely added to the story. It wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good without romance in. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there was anything from Josh’s point of view so that would be something nice to have in the rest of the trilogy. I don’t mind if it doesn’t happen- it’s just a thought. My rating for Hereafter is 4/5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn’t five stars because I rarely give out five stars to books. Five star books don’t exactly have anything in particular about them except I love romance so they need to have romance in them. Otherwise they’re just books that strongly resonate with me and have a wow factor.

Next week’s review is of one of these ‘wow factor’ books- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve already written this review and I’m SO excited to share it with you.

Love, Sydney

Edward Cullen Trial part 3

Heya everyone!

I figured that today I would give the defenders a chance to ask Carlisle some questions, like the prosecutors did with Charlie. Hopefully, next week Edward’s sentence will be passed.

Defenders:

I would like to call Carlisle Cullen to the witness box.

Can you describe the relationship between you and your son, Edward?

Edward is and always will be my brilliant son. We know each other so well that he probably knows what I’m thinking most of the time. Our relationship is full of love and trust. We help each other; he has never hurt me and I know he never will.

Do you like Isabella Swan?

Of course I like Bella. Bella is undoubtedly part of my family. All of my family love Bella, we would do anything for her. In fact, we were all there for her when she was recently ill.

Have you seen Edward being violent in any way?

I think most of us get frustrated at times, but this is human nature. Edward has never been violent toward Bella in my presence. He has never shown any violence towards us because he knows better than that. From his grades at school you can see he is an incredibly bright young man who has common sense.

So I take it that you believe he did not abuse Isabella Cullen?

I know he did not hurt Bella; he loves her and you would be blind to not be able to see that. Bella is the first woman he has brought into our lives for ages and this is for a reason. That reason is that she is his soulmate, who he would do anything for. Yes, Bella has been ill around Edward but that is because I am a Doctor and Bella feels more comfortable with me looking after her.

What was wrong with Bella the two previous times (mentioned) when she was ill?

The first time, Bella had accidently fallen down stairs and broke several bones. On the other occasion, Bella was already weakened by her pregnancy therefore she suffered severely from her flu. This was nothing to do with Edward.

Thank you Carlisle. Whilst Charlie does not feel safe with Edward living with Bella, Carlisle is happy with this as he says he trusts his son. Carlisle has confirmed that Bella was in fact ill on the two occasions mentioned so this provides evidence that Edward was looking after Bella not abusing her. As Carlisle is a doctor, we should be able to trust that he has never seen any marks that suggest physical abuse on Bella. I also know from reading previous statements that Bella is a bit of a ‘klutz’. This could explain why people may claim to see bruises and cuts on Bella.

 

Okay so that’s all for now! Next time I shall be deciding whether Edward is guilty is or not… at this moment in time I’m not sure if he is guilty. We’ll have to wait and see!

Love, Sydney

Beautiful Creatures Review

іHola Chicas! (y chicos, lo siento)

So, following the rules of the alphabet, I guess I am on letter B. After furiously chucking books out of my book shelves, I finally found a book (that I remember) beginning with B and that book was Beautiful Creatures. Much like The Fault in Our Stars, it seems I have mentioned it a lot but not reviewed it, so now is my chance!

Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

I was very sceptical to begin with about reading this book. My Mum bought it for me just before the movie came out because she thought I would love it, and I said I would hate it! However, it turns out my mum was right. She seems to always be right about things apart from maths, oh my god. I thought the book was going to be bad because the cast didn’t look that great on the front cover so I thought ‘nah mate’. I also thought it would be really southern and similar to Of Mice and Men. I like Of Mice and Men, but I thought it would be strange for a YA book and of course there’s nothing wrong with a bit of Southern but I didn’t want it to be all Cowboys and yee-ha. Ethan Wate is not a very enticing name either. However, out of sympathy for my mum I chose to read it and all my predictions were proved wrong.

These days there are so, so, SO many vampire/werewolf books. Even though The Mortal Instruments is mainly about Nephilim, it still includes vampires and werewolves. This book just focuses on casters (or witches) and doesn’t copy anyone else’s work. It was refreshing to read about casters, because I don’t think there’s any other books out there that refer to casters and waywards etc. It made the whole series less predictable because I don’t know much about that world. It felt less supernatural in a good way because there aren’t any capes, wands and wizardry schools. Beautiful Creatures is a real book about real people (well casters aren’t real but you know what I mean). What’s even more interesting is that it’s FINALLY FROM A GUY’S POINT OF VIEW. Woo hoo!! Most of the YA books that I’ve read are from a female’s point of view so this was a different, brilliant read. I would definitely recommend this book; it is seriously spellbinding and awesome.

Love, Sydney

Famous in Love Review

Hello! Last Monday I was going to review Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle. I am so excited that it’s being made into a TV series! I hope you enjoy this post (sorry it’s late!)

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

 

Wow. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I just love the whole idea of the book. I probably would’ve loved reading the book that this book is about but wow this is just even better. In my opinion, it’s like a book about when Twilight was turned into a movie, except it’s based on a totally different story with more relatable characters in it.

I would give this book 5 stars which is extremely rare for me, I definitely don’t have more than 10 books that I’ve rated 5 stars. Maybe if I was to change something, it would be her friends. She has two best friends that sort of ruin book. They have problems and I don’t really care about that, I want to know about Paige and Rainer. The book isn’t OTT or anything so that’s good. I wasn’t sure about the ending though.

I think the thing I love most about the book is that it’s set in Hawaii. If it was set anywhere else it would’ve been a bit boring, but everyone knows Hawaii is paradise. I need to go there now, it sounds amazinggg. Also, it reminds me of one of my favourite songs ‘Paradise’ (by Jack and Jack) and I just thought that was cute.

 

Famous in Love was about a bestselling trilogy called Locked being turned into a movie. There is actually a novella called Locked that I read afterwards. I had really high expectations of it, but sadly it didn’t meet my expectations. I don’t know whether I didn’t like it that much because I sort of forced myself to read it in one go, but yeah it just wasn’t that great. The whole tribe thing on the island bored me.

 

Noah and August’s relationship was going nowhere as well. I wish there was more writing about Noah and August and it would be better if it was developed fluidly. I felt like random bits of their relationship was shoved onto the pages. To be honest it felt like the author couldn’t be bothered to write it. Something else should have happened on the island. It was literally: boy and girl crash on island, boy finds out the island needs him, girl goes away on a helicopter

 

I REALLY REALLY want Famous in Love to become a movie. I don’t really know how that would work, because they’d have to have camera crew filming camera crew, but you know it could work. It would be awesome because it’s in Hawaii and there would be loads of shots of the sea and beach. I haven’t ever watched a fictional movie about a movie being made, so I think it would do really well because it’s original. It is pretty cool that it’s being made into a TV series but I think it would be better as a movie.

Love, Sydney