Gisela’s review of The Problem with Forever

I don’t know how to even begin to describe how much I love this book. I was so surprised at how much I loved it! I thought it was going to be like an okay book, but I was SO wrong.

I think of it like this – I waited so long to read this book but I read it at the exact moment I needed it. The Problem with Forever has heartbreak, loss, and brought up the issue of foster kids. It always breaks my heart when I hear about kids and teenagers who are in the foster care system. Some of the kids and teenagers go through these horrible circumstances and grow up into even more horrible circumstance and we BLAME them for being the way they are when they never even had a chance. No one ever showed them that someone cared. It’s awful.

But the story of Mallory and Rider is full of hope. It never skirts the ugly stuff, and the author, Jennifer does an amazing job of pointing out the ugly situations. But she also shows the transformative power these situations can have when we are able to believe in ourselves with a little help from a network of loved ones.

Her writing was also very lovely and descriptive, in a good way!

Mallory and Rider’s relationship is so freaking swoon-worthy too. Any little thing they would say to each other had me squealing and grinning. So super cheesy I know! But it was just so darn cute!!! 

Gisela’s review of The Problem with Forever

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn

Words can’t describe how much I love this book! I know I’m the 1% that really likes Chaol and this book made me love him even more. I think I probably liked this book the best after Assasin’s Blade (another least favorite of many people).

It’s been a few days since I have finished this book and I still can’t wrap my mind around it so just beware this is one of those incoherent reviews.

Yrene is a new favorite character. She is intelligent and sassy. Her remarks to Chaol had my laughing out loud and vice versa. They had some of the best dialogue exchange. I think that is something I like best about Sarah. She is really good at how the characters relate to one another no matter if it is lovers, friends, enemies, or even random characters meeting on the street – each exchange is meaningful.

So much was revealed in this book too! I was screaming from all the damn revelations happening! I know some people wanted to skip this book (but really why?!) but DON’T! IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT IF NOT YOU WILL NOT GET IT!!!!!!!

The message behind the book was lovely also. “The world needs more healers.” I love my bad ass ladies and I’m all for them, but Yrene was bad ass in her own way. Instead of killing, she heals and it was beautiful. She’s going to change the world by healing it and I really hope she has a huge part in the final book along with Chaol (my boo).

Gisela’s review of Tower of Dawn

Gisela’s review of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Same writing style, same complex characters, but a lot lighter than most of her other books. Because of this it is probably her most relatable book yet (personally, although I find something of myself in each of her books. Like the stalker I am, I always tweet out to her and ask her to stop reading my mind, but then I would deny myself being understood and I can’t have that).

I loved how she wove pieces of another one of my favorite books Fuck Love into the narrative and added even more meaning behind the quote “Live barefoot and fucking fight.” Every time I look back on that it just adds ire to the fire. I hope it becomes a rally cry for broken people everywhere.

Yara and David were beautifully broken people. And her character development with the two was not lacking. David was emotionally present and Yara emotionally distant – a “heartless romantic” (which is my new favorite description). Tarryn was able to convey how people jump through hurtles to get through their past hurt and hopefully make themselves better for it even after running for years. It gives me hope and I love it.

Side Note: I really really dislike Petra. I knew girls like her before and they are not my favorite in the world. Girls are supposed to support girls.

Gisela’s review of Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Gisela’s review of Dorothy Must Die

I don’t know what I was expecting, but what I got wasn’t what I was expecting, it was way better. I love weird and far off places (kind of like Neverland and Wonderland) and I love retellings, and this one was no exception.

I’ll admit, the book at first was a bit hard to get into, but I believe it must have been the setting. I couldn’t get into the whole Kansas-smalltown-girl thing at first, but Amy’s character added that spark I needed in order to continue with the book. Amy was my favorite part of the book, actually. She is such a captivating protagonist, a total bad ass and I really felt for her in all her loneliness. She couldn’t trust anyone in her life, not even her mother and I think (despite it being in a fantastical setting) is something that many of us can relate to. She meets an vast set of characters, that I couldn’t even begin to go through! There was so many! But of course we see the ones from the original story, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and of course Dorothy.

After the first initial chapters I was totally hooked and I could never really guess what was going to happen, which is obvious since everything is Topsy turvy in Oz. And after that ending, I need the next book ASAP.

Gisela’s review of Dorothy Must Die

Gisela’s review of Shadow Kiss

What…. I mean what the actual what?!?!?!?!? What did I just read? Can I just go back to a time where everything was better and my heart wasn’t broken?

First to books were good, enjoyable. This though… My heart was going to explode the last couple of chapters and I swear my blood pressure went up. I can’t say too much because well, I have no coherent thoughts right now. I should probably wait to write this but I need to get it over with so I can start on the next book BECAUSEICANNOTBELIEVEITENDEDTHATWAY!?

What I can say is I am in love with the development of Rose’s character. She is tough and getting smarter in each book. I also really enjoyed how her relationship with Christian evolved from enemies to friends. I had a feeling it would happen sooner or later and it played out really naturally. Also, another enemy turned friend, Mia! I was so happy about that. I really hope she shows up in the other books.

As for Adrien… sighhhhhh I want her to want him, despite how much I love Demetri. Okay, ranty review is done. I’m going to go cry now.

Gisela’s review of Shadow Kiss

Gisela’s review of Marrow

This book was mind blowing. Or I should say, it was a giant mind f**k. I don’t know whether I should love Margo or be terrified of her. But her avenging angel self has got a place in my heart where all of the other crazy Tarryn protagonists lie.

I really enjoyed reading through this book and seeing where she was inspired by real life events (Casey Anthony being one of them) and how it connected with her other books (brilliant). The downward spiral of a human being affected by her circumstances is fascinating. AND what is even more fascinating is how aware of most of it she is! It really makes you reevaluate you understand and think about the notorious people we see on television and the screwed up version of reality they have created for themselves.

Bravo though, bravo.

Gisela’s review of Marrow

Gisela’s review of Frostbite

Great continuation and thank the heavens, the narrator changed! BUT, I think Rose’s (although being my favorite character) voice is off putting. I think this narrator did a great job with everyone else, but the main character. You can’t mess that up!

Besides that, I think this book was better paced then the first one. Still slow, but a lot better! I enjoyed listening to Rose’s character grow and watch her kind of be put in her place a few times. Even though I think the other characters underestimate her too much. I really, REALLY want something cool to happen to her. I want her to have this epiphany or this kind of ah-ha moment, but I guess it will eventually come since there are six books in the series.

After the ending, I’m looking forward to certain friendships (and maybe something more) developing… cough cough, Adrien. I REALLY liked Adrien’s character, but not only him, I found a new appreciation for Mia. I kind want her and Rose to become friends. (I never thought I would say that.)

Gisela’s review of Frostbite