About lauren2289

Hello! I'am 25 years old from Long Island, NY. I majored in English and have a minor in creative writing. I Graduated from SUNY Oswego in December of 2012. I currently work in my local pet supply store, but I hope one day to find something in my field. this blog is my first big step in that direction. I'm also always looking to gain some experience, to add to my resume.

I’m still here

hey all!

I’m very sorry for the lengthy silences I have on here. I do still do this but not as often as i did. I haven’t really read much lately but I’m working (slowly) on the Game of Thrones series, as well as other books i come across to read.

so thats really it right now, I just wanted to say I haven’t completely gone away 🙂

After You by Jojo Moyes (as always spoilers may be ahead)

When I had finished reading “Me before You” I was really hoping for a sequel, as was many others. and then a while later, we got it! “After You” by Jojo Moyes continues the story of Louisa Clarke, after the death of Will. in a surprise turn of events after she has an accident, she learns Will has a daughter. the story mostly revolves around her dealing with Will’s daughter, her family, her job and this support group she’s in for grief.

I liked the book but I liked the first one better. When she finds out about his kid, she wants to get to know her, and help her. but it gets to a point where she’s making her decisions based on the kid. for example, she gets hired for this great job in New York and turns it down because of the kid. while I understood, it was still a little irritating she did that. I did like that she found love after Will; that was good. I suppose the whole thing with the kid just didn’t do it for me, however it was nice that we got to see what happened to Louisa. So, If you enjoyed “Me before You” I think you should check this one out, especially if you want to know what happens.

They Who Fell by Kevin Kneupper

I’m not going to lie; if it hadn’t been for facebook I probably wouldn’t have found this book series. yes, an advertisement for the page for this book came across my feed and it caught my interest. At first, I was sort of confused as to what this series was about but as i got into the books it became clearer. oh, and as of now there are two books, a third will be written but I don’t know the publication date yet.

this book takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where Angels have fallen from heaven and are now basically evil. of course, you have the select few who aren’t as bad as all the rest. the reason for the fall out from heaven is explained in the books. the Angels live in whats called the perch, with their human servants. the story is told from two POV’s. A girl named Jana who is a servant in the perch and who falls in love with one of the angels. the other pov is from a group of humans who are fighting for freedom; they want to take down the angels and free the human slaves.

I have mixed feelings on the series so far. things i like:

-I really like the concept; fallen angels. i find it different, especially since the angels aren’t all as nice as humans think they are. be warned though, that this book does talk about god and jesus alot (obviously, cause the subject IS angels falling from heaven haha). so if that turns you off, in any way this may not be for you. however, the angels aren’t fond of god (they call him the maker).

-I like alot of the characters, especially some of the angels.

-the progression of the story flows well and its pretty clear and straightforward on what the goals are. as for what I don’t really like:

-the writing feels a bit amateurish. sometimes i get lost in what is going on; it gets confusing and i think that may be because of the writing. i’m not sure though

-the characters are sort of strange. we learn more about them, yes, and theres some that i went from hating to liking more, but the interaction of them, like with Jana and the angel she loves, it’s weird. it’s not believeable. with that said:

-The romance aspect. I don’t hate it but i feel like i can’t believe it. they really don’t interact alot. and it just seems so sudden and rushed.

even though there are some flaws, i want to read the next book when it comes out. I really want to see what happens. I recommend checking this series out. its an interesting premise and i think if it catches your interest, as it did mine, you should give it a look. and please, as always feel free to share your thoughts an opinions!

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Suicide notes from beautiful girls is about a girl named June who finds out her former best friend Delia has died. she learns that Delia committed suicide but after talking to Delia’s boyfriend, and a few others she begins to think differently and goes about trying to figure out the truth of what happened to Delia.

when I read the premise of this book I really thought I’d like it. well, I really was wrong. I liked parts of it. the twist is good, I didn’t see it coming. but beyond that this was not a good story. it could have been though. here’s what I didn’t like:

-the characters. I didn’t feel anything for them. I didn’t relate that much or understand them

-the ending. it was not satisfying and i was confused. I didn’t really understand what was going on.

-it was a little predictable. there was one moment in the book where i went “oh i know what will happen” it wasn’t a big deal but i feel i needed to include it.

I was disappointed to say the least. I don’t often dislike books. if you want to check it out for yourself please feel free to let me know your thoughts on it. I’d love to hear them

Dead Ice By Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell k. Hamilton is the author of the Anita Blake series. There are currently 24 books in the series, with Dead Ice being the most recent one. for those that have no knowledge of the Anita Blake books here’s a little background. Anita Blake started off as a vampire executioner, and a bounty hunter type of person. she also raises zombies for a living. she’s done work with police officers and is involved with the vampires, both professionally and personally. as the series evolves, she becomes entwined with other supernatural beings; witches, and were-animals.

In this recent installment she’s been recruited to help the police find out who’s raising people as zombies and forcing them to essentially be sex slaves. all the while she is also dealing with alot of personal stuff, with the vampires and were-animals. I’ve read all the books in the series to date, and overall i like them all, but i did have a few i liked more than others. for example, any of the ones where she’s working with her friend and assassin Edward. I liked this one, but I’m beginning to dislike the relationship aspects of the books. It’s becoming repetitive, how she acts, how the others act, etc. yes, there’s been growth and development in her personal life but I felt at times that the plot about the zombies wasn’t as important as it should have been. and something about the end bothered me too. I feel like in tying up the zombie plotline and stuff, it was sort of rushed.

If you’re a fan of the series, give it a read and leave your thoughts on it. I’m curious what others think

Me Before you by Jojo Moyes (as always, beware of spoilers!)

hello again!

Todays review is about a book I read a few months ago, and I just realized I never wrote a review for it, though I really wanted to.

Me Before you is about a young woman named Louisa aka ‘Lou’ Clark. she has been hired to be a caretaker, despite having no previous experience, for Will Traynor, a man who was an executive who lived a thrill-seeking, exciting life until an accident left him depressed and a quadriplegic. when she learns the he has a limited amount of time to live, she sets about to make his last few months so good that it convinces him that life is still worth living.

I loved this book. it brought out so many emotions, some that sort of hit me on a bit of a personal level. it was very well written, and had some great quotes such as ““You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

 

thats just one example, but if you read the book, you’ll see what I mean. the book also focuses not only on Will and Louisa’s relationship, but it deals with the topic of assisted suicide. Will wants to die, and pushes his parents to let him die. they stike a bargain of 6 months and if he still is set to do it, they will help him. when Louisa learns about this thats when she tries hard to get him to change his mind. the topic of assisted suicide is a sticky one, but I think Moyes handled it well

if I had one complaint about this book, it would be of how Louisa’s family treated her. its minor, but it really bugged me; they made fun of her alot, and often made her out to be lazy and all sorts of negative things. and she never said anything, she just took it.  in the end, that changed but it still bothered me.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. its one that has become quite memorable.

the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Oh my gosh. ok so I heard about this series from my friend. she read the first book and is on book two right now and is a fan of the tv show. based on what I’ve written so far, I think you can guess that I have joined the outlander fandom haha. I LOVE the show and I loved book one. I’m almost done with book two, but right now, i’m just going to talk a little about book one. to be honest, i was very uncertain I’d like this series. I had this thought it was going to be similar to the game of thrones books or lord of the rings books; I’ve heard they are wordy and i’ve tried to get into them but i can’t. well, the first book of the outlander series was nothing like that. I love our main character, Claire. she’s funny and smart. one of the antagonists in the book, Jack Randall, is fantastic as a bad guy. he’s written really well. and Jamie. Jamie, like claire is great. his relationship with claire just flows well; it feels so natural to me, and not forced or stupid or anything. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you like history, good character’s, a good story and a sweet romance and action then this is for you. if anyone else is a fan, please, feel free to talk to me about the books/ show.