Gisela’s review of Everything, Everything

Spoiler Free Review (YAY!)

First and foremost, Everything Everything warmed my heart! I couldn’t stop smiling at the interactions between the two main characters Maddy and Olly. It was more than I could handle. I usually don’t do too well with cute and fluffy reading, but I think the seriousness of the situation that Maddy was in helped create the perfect balance.

Besides the actual plot of the story (I was getting serious TFIOS flashbacks, BUT IN A GOOD WAY), Nicola Yoon’s writing style is just beautiful. Her words were soothing and lovely and I re-read passages over and over again, because I couldn’t get enough of it. The doodles in between the passages were amazing as well and made it seem more realistic, and the Little Prince references were added another extra layer to the book that I enjoyed.

The ending though, wow, I knew something was up but I did not see that coming!

This story took me on a roller coaster of emotions (cliche, I know, but TRUE!) and I couldn’t put the book down.

FYI – I’m smiling while I write this. đŸ™‚

Gisela’s review of Everything, Everything

Gisela’s review of Thirteen Reasons Why

I hated and loved this book. So hate-love. Hate because of the horrible topic and situation. Love it because it is a topic and situation we need awareness about.

There isn’t much I can or want to say about the book. I cried (so hard) and hoped for the best even though we knew Hannah was doomed from the beginning. Her words were haunting and there were many times I had to just put the book down and soak in what I just read. Clay’s reactions were just as haunting. His confusion was so comforting to me because, at one point in time, that is all of us: confused, hurt, afraid, guilty.

The one takeaway I can say I got from this book: open your eyes. Be aware that your actions have a ripple effect. What you do will cause something to happen, which will cause another thing to happen and the cycle goes on. We have all been there (don’t deny it).

My heart aches for all the Hannah’s in the world and the loneliness and emptiness they must be feeling. I hope this book helps people to look beyond themselves and help those they see hurting, physically and mentally.

Gisela’s review of Thirteen Reasons Why

Gisela’s review of Of Beast and Beauty

So I want to give this book actually a 3.5 almost a 4 so I just went ahead and gave it a 4 because after the first few chapters (which were kind of off) I got really into the story.

It definitely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but in a really unexpected dystopian-ish way. At first, I thought I could tell who was the Beauty and who was the Beast, but honestly, the characters were so grey in this story, WHICH I appreciated! No character (or real life person for that matter) is ALL good or all bad. I honestly think we have a bit of both and that is evident in all the characters, especially Isra, Gem, Bo, and Bo’s father.

I really appreciated Bo’s character, (even though I wanted to strangle him half the time) because he really provided that insight we needed from someone who only sees the ugliness in people.

Meanwhile, Isra and Gem had to work through some prejudices all throughout the book and really figure out how to fix the broken world that they inherited. The mystery involved in the book was intriguing, and I enjoyed my journey with Isra in trying to figure where society went wrong. In the end, you learn that when you look past your first judgments and learn to love people for who they are, you really can fix anything.

Overall the message in this book was sweet.

Gisela’s review of Of Beast and Beauty