Monday, April 25, 2011

Mini Reviews XVII (We'll Always Have Summer, The Last Little Blue Envelope, If I Stay)

Title: We'll Always Have Summer
Series: Summer #3
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 26, 2011

It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever...

We'll Always Have Summer is a satisfying, mostly frustrating, conclusion to the Summer series.

While I read I changed between being furious with, and annoyed by, Belly (for being so naive and stubborn), Jeremiah (for being too immature and easy-going) and Conrad (for being Conrad - reserved, distant and quiet).

These people all made some choices I couldn't agree with, but in the end their story turned out alright.

This isn't my favorite book in the series, but it was an alright conclusion to the series which I believe will make most Summer fans happy.

Rating: 3 of 5

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Author: Maureen Johnson
Published: April 26, 2011

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes somewhat two years ago, and while I didn't remember all of it, I remembered the essential moments and the fact that I enjoyed reading it!

So I didn't think twice when I got the chance to read this book. It was an opportunity to find out about the last envelope, and see which adventures it took Ginny on this time.

Old cities, new cities - old friends and new friends. Ginny is in for another memorable adventure throughout Europe.

Keith, Ginny's may-be boyfriend, plays a big role in this book as well. While he is funny at times, I found him to be a bit immature and selfish. These not-so good personal traits is shining through even more clearly in this book.

I like how the love interests in this book aren't your regular hot boys, but boys with faults and not too striking appearances. Most guys in real life aren't perfect after all!

I'm glad that Ginny finally got her happy ending, after two adventures like these she sure deserved it!

Rating: 3.5 of 5

Title: If I Stay
Series: If I Stay #1
Author: Gayle Forman
Published: 2009

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

I have read soo many great reviews of this book, but yet haven't picked it up until now.

So have I missed out on something extraordinary?
No, I don't think so.

I'm a very emotional person, so I expected to bawl my eyes out while reading If I Stay. Surprisingly, that didn't happen! Since Mia was so distant and unemotional herself, so was I while reading. I only teared up once - when Mia's grandfather visited her in the hospital.

The story wasn't the most original one (I have read a story just like it - where a boy was in a coma), but what really stood out was Mia's family. Her family members were very close to eachother, sharing and caring.

Mia and Adam's relationship felt natural and realistic. Their road wasn't always smooth and full of love, no they had their problems and doubts.

Overall a decent read, but it didn't blow my mind.

Rating: 3 of 5

1 kommentarer:

Darlyn said...

I so want to read If I Stay!