Friday, March 28, 2014

Review 'The Spectacular Now' came across ‘The Spectacular Now’ in the Waterstones in Amsterdam. I never heard about this book before, or the movie for that matter. When I read where this book was about it definitively sounded like my kind of book. So I bought it and started reading it.

The Spectacular Now is a story about Sutter. Sutter is a 18 year old guy going through his last year of high school. Sutter is not an ordinary kind of guy. Sutter is the kind of guy you want at your parties. He is the one who gets everybody to dance, sing and drink. Sutter’s life hasn’t always been easy and he tries to escape that by a lot of partying. So he is kind of an expert. He doesn’t plan to go to college like his classmates but still, Sutter thinks his life is great. Until he meets Aimee. Aimee is also in her last year of college and she knows Sutter and his reputation. But Aimee is not used to people talking to her, especially guys. So soon Sutter decided to help Aimee, but Aimee is not an ordinary girl. And soon Sutter is in over his head.

This book was not what I expected it to be. First of all this book was written from Sutter’s point of view and he is a guy. So that’s different. Second of all there is a lot of drinking in this book. Not lemonade drinking but alcohol drinking. Which leads to a lot of drunken moments. Thirdly Sutter is kind of a man-whore. He has had a lot of girlfriends.
I expected this to be some kind of romantic story about a boy and a girl falling in love and changing each other’s lives forever. But that’s absolutely not the case in this book. At first it really took me a while to get into this story. I didn’t liked the story at all in the beginning and was really asking myself why I picked this one. But I kept going and half way through I began to like the story and Sutter.

What I liked the most about this book was Sutter’s motto in life ‘Embrace the Weird’. I mean that’s just a great way to life because there really is a lot of weird stuff in this world. What I also liked is that Sutter is the way you think he is. He is a drinking, partying and sometimes crazy young guy and that’s exactly the way he really is. Not only for everyone who sees him. The way Sutter describes himself is the way he truly is. He loves drinking and partying and really doesn’t care what most people think of him. That’s refreshing if you ask me. Most times you read about a person who act’s one way and feels like another. Not in this book.
What I didn’t like was the way Sutter treated Aimee. I know he tries to help Aimee with her social awkwardness but does he really have to take advantage of her? Because that was how it felt to me. He wanted to help her but let’s be honest… he isn’t really helping her. When she finds out what Sutter is doing she won’t be able to trust any guy for the rest of her life.  And all the ‘good’ things he meant won’t be remembered because people mostly remember the bad things. I think the good will be overshadowed by the bad in this particular story.

So overall I liked this story but also didn’t like a lot what was going on. I still want to see the movie because frankly I had another image in my head when I thought of Sutter, than the guy who’s playing his role. But to be honest this is not my kind of book.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review 'Wait For You' have been a Jennifer Armentrout fan ever since I read Obsidian. I love her writing style and the humor that’s in her books. So when I learned that Jennifer was also writing as J. Lynn I was immediately determined to find out what these books were about. When I read about ‘Wait For You’ I really wanted to buy this book as soon as possible. So I ordered it on and waited full anticipation on the day it would arrive at my door. Last week it finally arrived and on Sunday I could finally start reading ‘Wait For You’.

What I immediately loved about ‘Wait For You’ is the way the story starts right at the first page. No slow introduction but immediate action. The main characters, Avery and Cam meet and from that moment on I was completely hooked on this story. Avery is this talented, sweet and beautiful girl living with a terrible past she’s trying to get away from. But Avery doesn’t really get the time to get used to college life because on her first day she meets, or better said stumbles upon, Cam. Cam is a gorgeous, extremely hot guy and a little bit arrogant. At first I couldn’t blame Avery to want to stay away from Cam, he was really arrogant and I understood why this made alarm bells go of in Avery’s head. Cam is definitely used to getting every girl he wants. But soon you learn that Cam is also very sweet, caring and really funny. This book really made me giggle at times.

In ‘Wait For You’ we follow Avery and Cam throughout one school year and they go through a lot together. I really loved this book and everything about. I loved the way Avery and Cam meet, I loved how they became friends and I loved how you could just feel their chemistry. From the moment I started this book I couldn’t put it down, I was completely hooked. And there are definitely some hot scenes is this book. I mean, with a guy like Cam, there just has to be hot scenes, and boy there was.
But there aren’t only hot and funny scenes, there’s also a lot of sad stuff in this book. Avery and Cam both have secrets and soon they find out that having secrets can change everything.

I loved this book and it is definitely going on my ‘Favorite’ list. I would definitely recommend this book to every reader who’s looking for a beautiful, sexy, funny and filled with love kind of story.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
I have been a Harry Potter fan from the moment the first book came out. I have read these books many times and watched all the movies. Still, the Harry Potter series is one of my favorite reads so  this year I decided to reread the series again. So that’s why I just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix again and I decided to write a review even though almost everybody knows this book. I just need to share my love for these books on my blog.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a lot is happening. Lord Voldermort is back in action, Harry returns to Hogwarts while people call him a liar, Harry’s started dating, Dumbledore is being stranger than normal and Hogwarts has a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Of all the Harry Potter books I like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  the most. Not only is this book longer than the others, which gives us more Harry Potter filled pages, but we also get a lot of answers to questions raised from reading the previous four books.

After reading this book you can’t deny the enormous gift of J.K. Rowling’s storytelling ability. I mean, if you can write a story as good as the Harry Potter series you are truly a very gifted writer. J.K. Rowling is so good in making her characters come to life. I mean, reading this book I truly hated Delores Umbridge. Even after reading this book multiple times, I can get all worked up while reading about Umbridge. Many times I wished somebody would just hit her on the face or throw her in the lake. What a terrible terrible person.

When Sirius fell through the veil at the end of this book I could seriously cry. Every time I read this book I know this will happen but I still get sad. I keep wishing I remember it wrong. But off course, that’s just stupid.

I love Harry  Potter and I will be reading these books many times more. I’ll never grow tired of reading about Harry, Ron and Hermione.
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