Title: I am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetency until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only on question remains. Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
This book was so good. Man, can Markus Zusak write. I might have mentioned this before but I LOVE The Book Thief. I love every single thing about it. So one would think that I’d naturally gravitate towards I am the Messenger but I didn’t. I just assumed (wrongly) that this one would only disappoint me. And, ironically, I picked it up on a whim, just like I did with The Book Thief . And like with The Book Thief, I fell in love with it immediately. This book is just so amazing and carries with it such a sweet message. I just love how Markus Zusak is able to write in such beautiful themes and messages into really serious situations. I love his books so much. Just…wow. Wow.
So, I’ve got to say, the beginning was kind of strange. What irked me most how calm and unperturbed Ed, Ritchie, Audrey, and Marv were. I mean, there was a gunman in their bank!
Ed. I love Ed’s character so much. He doesn’t think he’s special and yes, at first he was fairly ordinary, but not many people would have followed the directions on the card, let alone help these people. And personally, I’m really happy he didn’t kill the guy from Edgar Street. Ed suffered through so much, yet he kept going, kept helping people. And I’m really thrilled he and Audrey finally got together. And this is kind of random but I loved this quote, “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”
And Marv. At first, I was kind of irritated with him but then, when we learned his secret and why he never wasted money, my heart broke.
This was just pure and utter perfection and I don’t think there’ll ever be enough words to express how much I love this book. Just take my word for it. I love it. This books is spectacular.
Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British. sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink. but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring the together again? -Goodreads Summary
So, I heard about this book while watching a video from one of my favorite booktubers, Katytastic. What spiked my interest is that she mentioned that this movie was to be turned into a film staring Robert Sheehan. I had a major freak out. Seriously. I absolutely loved Robert Sheehand as Simon in the Mortal Instruments movie City of Bones. So I thought if he was in the book to movie adaptation the book must be good. I had to check it out. As I had just read Anna and the French Kiss, and loved it, I thought this would be right up my alley and wow did it surpass my expectations. I know there are many mixed reviews on this books but I really, really loved it. Yes, it was slightly cheesy at some parts but isn’t that romance novels? And yes. it was a bit unrealistic at times, but isn’t that the point of reading? To believe in the improbable, To escape from your own life into another. However, I do feel like this will be one of the instances, like Paper Towns, where the movie is better than the book. I don’t know though. We’ll see.
How cute was the airplane ride? I was awwing the whole time. And before that, when Oliver carried her suitcase? The fact that they found each other over and over again was just so cute. I love how even though the book took place over the course of only 24 hours, Hadley grows so much. She begins to realize that her situation could be a thousand times worse and that Charlotte really isn’t that bad. She begins to accept her parent’s situation and not begrudge her father his happiness, even when it’s not with her mom. I loved this book so much.
For all you contemporary lovers, this one’s for you.
Title: The Infernal Devices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books
This series takes place in Victorian London, a long time before the events of The Mortal Instruments. It follows the story of a young girl, Tessa Gray who travels to England in search of her brother. Once she arrives she discovers she has a unique ability to shapeshift and there are many who would like to capture her and use her abilities for evil. This leads her to the London Institute for Shadowhunters with whom she must stay with in order to be safe. Here she unexpectedly finds friendship, love, and even a home.
I just finished Clockwork Princess and wow. I’ve stopped in my tracks and can’t move on. What an amazing finale. The epilogue tied everything together so nicely I just…I can’t.
Okay, I’ve collected my thought somewhat.
What I liked about Clockwork Angel is that it drew me right in. We start off with our first view of Will, killing a Shax demon, and Jem. Soon after the perspectives change and we see Tessa Gray on her way from New York to London. She has set foot on English soil for about ten minutes when she is kidnapped by two evil witch sisters. All this in the prologue. If that’s not an interesting beginning I don’t know what is. I love that like the Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices is told in the 3rd person and with alternating perspectives. I think this is what makes these two series so good. Clockwork Angel was heartbreaking, but so was Clockwork Princess…oh forget it. They were all heartbreaking to the point of tears.
In bk 1 I could never understand why Will treated Tessa the way he did. But I knew there had to be something wrong with him; I refused to believe his pigheadedness and anger were just a part of who he was. And I was right! In Clockwork Prince all was revealed and I was so happy…until Tessa got engaged to Jem and shortly after Will comes and professes his love for her also and she is forced to turn him down. Why? Why?
Clockwork Prince was my favorite of the three because all the character got further developed. I loved Charlotte and Henry so much in this. Henry is one of my favorite characters. He’s just so adorably awkward. And Magnus. Oh Magnus. I love Magnus so much in this series. He’s so funny and I feel like I understand him and relate to him more in this series than I do in The Mortal Instruments.
The only problems I had with this series is 1) the slow beginnings of Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. Both started quite slow and I would have given up on them had I not know that they would get better. And they did. The trick is to KEEP going even though they begin kind of slow because once you hit the middle-BAM. Things start heating up and it’s impossible to put down.
And 2) Jem. I feel bad saying this but I could not relate to him and he didn’t feel real enough for me. Maybe it’s because Will was more flawed and needed more help. Or maybe it’s simply because I hate love triangle (though this is one of the best I’ve read so far). I don’t know why but I couldn’t stop seeing him as simple a side character who only rarely made an appearance. I feel bad saying this but I was glad he became I Silent Brother, and ecstatic when Tessa married Will.
All in all a fantastic read and I totally recommend it.
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10. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
8. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3. Shatter Me trilogy by Tahareh Mafi
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak