anne of green gables

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Oh, how I just adore this book. This is easily in my top 10 most favorite books with Anne being one of my favorite MCs. I had forgotten just how good this book was and now that I have rediscovered it, I’m going to cherish it forever.

Anne is simply just an amazing character. You think she would be this annoying character that never shuts up and doesn’t know when to keep her immigration in check. But then, before you know it, she has wormed her way into your heart and you don’t know when or how that even happened. But you find that you don’t even care. That is me. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like Anne but I found that I liked her a lot.

I love that this is another classic that is so easy to read. Frankenstein is another classic that I found so easy to read. True, it’s not written in the way people from this generation talks but it’s still incredibly easy to understand. I was able to follow everything, even Anne’s ramblings about whatever it was she was talking about. Those big paragraphs get to be a bit much but they are still easy to keep up.

The growth of all the characters in this book is so refreshing. I strive for character growth in books. Anne grows up to be quite an ambitious girl who is thankful for everything Marilla and Matthew do for her. She goes on to prove to them that keeping her was the best thing they could have done. And she does it by being herself. I love that about her.

Marilla, by far, had the most amount of growth. She went from a snappy old woman to someone who was soft and full of love for her little family, but in a good way. She loves Anne in her own way and my heart couldn’t take it. I honestly didn’t think Marilla was ever going to change but I’m so glad she did.

Matthew, the quiet guy, even had some character growth, not that he really needed it. He learned to stand up, a bit, to Marilla and he spoiled Anne, which is something that Anne needed.

Overall, this is seriously one of the best classics out there. I adore everything about it and half the time, while I was reading it, I was smiling like a loon because Anne had just wormed her way into my heart. I honestly recommend everyone read this book and read the entire series. It’s just that good and easy to read.

 

xxlacy

arc review: the third kiss

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Expected publication: August 7


You would think that a love curse and the friends to lovers trope would be over played in the YA world, right? Well you are wrong when it comes to this book. And for the record, the friends to lovers trope is my favorite. Because the two characters obviously have something that made them friends in the first place. Being lovers is an added bonus and eliminates that awkward getting to know you stage. You all know what I’m talking about. It’s just soooo awkward. 

Moving on. I really liked this book. For a while there it was touch and go for me. I generally liked Jonas and Cora as MCs but I wanted to smack their heads together for pretty obvious reasons (once you read the book). Both were solid in their own way and I’ll talk about that later in the review. By the way they bickered and snapped at each other, you would think that they didn’t really like each other. But then again, I can be a nasty woman to my friends sometimes.

Jonas was a solid MC. I really like the word solid today, don’t I? I liked his point of view a lot. He was very smart and willing to admit when he messed up. He let us into his true feelings and you really felt the brokenness he hid so well. He was clearly affected by things in his past and my heart went out to him. But sometimes, he was a bit pig headed and really wanted to smack the crap out of him a few times.

Cora was the same way for me at times. It was awesome to see a girl interested in science and fighting but she was still girly. Yay for fellow nerd girl recognition! But she was also very stubborn to the point where I wanted to hit her as well. It was her personality, though. That was just how she was. She, too, was affected by her past, not as drastically as Jonas, but still. Trauma is trauma.

The concept of the love curse was very well done. I’ve never heard of the one that was used in this book but I’m sure there is some basis of truth. I might do some more research about it, just to satisfy my curiosity. To add more props to this book and author, the secondary characters were well done. They weren’t there for the sake of being there. They were a part of Jonas and Cora’s life in a very important way. I mean, overall, I couldn’t ask for a better start to what I’m sure will be an awesome series!

 

xxlacy

lock and key

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When I started this book, I was worried that I had finally outgrown Sarah Dessen. I used to read her books constantly when I was younger. They spoke to me because they were about problems that teenagers dealt with. I felt like I could relate to them. And in a way, I did. Even if the teenagers were whiny and cried a lot. I was a whiny teenager that cried a lot so I felt like I had a lot in common.

But I wondered, would I be able to relate to Sarah Dessen now that I am 24 years old?

In some ways, yes, I have outgrown Sarah Dessen. But in other ways, no. This book didn’t really help me decide but I enjoyed it anyway. But I wasn’t super wowed by it. I’ll explain further.

What I really liked about this book is the character growth. That is what really sucked me in. Every single character, whether it was a side character or a main one, had some sort of growth. And I love that. I hate it when characters are stagnant in a book. How can they accomplish anything if they don’t grow?

Ruby, I think, had the most amount of growth. She had been sent to live with her sister after her landlords found out that she was living alone, underage. Her flaky mother took off and left Ruby to fend for herself. Ruby had a bit of bad relationship with Cora, her sister, at first. She accused Cora of leaving her in the mess and abandoning her and her mom. But the truth slowly comes out and suddenly Ruby’s world isn’t the same. She had to learn what it meant to have a family.

The growth that Ruby had was incredible. She started out as a teenager so angry and sad for being left and completely set on being independent. Ruby’s mother instilled a lot of really bad thoughts in Ruby and it took her a long time to get over that. She viewed help as a sign of weakness and vowed to never left anybody help her. Slowly, through the help of Jamie (her brother in law), Cora, Nate, and others, she learned that help isn’t so bad and that family can mean more than one thing.

Nate was a good side character and a good love interest. I wasn’t totally wowed by him but he had charm and was good for Ruby. He made Ruby question a lot of her decisions in life and that was good for her. Nate essentially forced Ruby to rethink what it means to have friends and people that care about you. In turn, Ruby taught Nate that help is okay and it’s okay to talk about what is going on in your life.

Overall, this was a good book. I was surprised to find that I liked it as much as I did. I think the reason I didn’t love it was because I wasn’t super emotionally involved with the plot. It took me way longer than it should have to finish this book and I think it was just because I didn’t connect with the plot very well. In all honesty, there really wasn’t a plot and the plot I did find, kind of plodded along slowly. Maybe it would have helped if I didn’t read Harry Potter during this book but probably not. Overall, not a bad piece of work by Sarah Dessen.

xxlacy