Eddy Sins by Ellis Madroy

27884097Eddy Sins by Ellis Madroy

My rating: 3.4/ 5

Goodreads plot summary: Dead is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a calamity. Everybody is in pain and need to fill that whole Enrique’s departure left behind, except Eddy, who seems not to be bothered by the absence of his brother and is obsessed in buying a car. His peace is only perturbed by a dream in which there’s a woman chasing him; a woman who’s dressed in red, the colour of his sins.

My review: Before starting this story I looked up the definition of “eddy sins”. “Eddy sins” mean that everything you do comes straight back at you; like if you help people, people will help you back and the other way around.

This story is only 15-pages long so there is not much to write.

The main character of the book was Eddy – ill-mannered young man, who did absolutely terrible things. And we see how he got punished for it. You see, the book was moral. But, what I didn’t like about the story is the harsh language.

My opinion is that the story was okay, I’d probably have given less stars to the book if not the good writing style.

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Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.indd“The bravery is in moving forward, no matter what”

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Published March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

My rating: 5 /5

Goodreads plot summary: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most

 

My review: This book is crazy; which is probably why I loved it so much. It kept me thrilled the whole time and I finished the last 150 pages in one sitting. This is the 5th book from Lauren Oliver I’ve read and I can’t tell which of her books I love the most, because all of them are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

So, let’s start…

The story is told in 3rd person, one chapter about Heather, another about Dodge. While scanning the table of contents, I was sure Heather & Dodge are going to be lovers, but no, they were just Panic participants. What is Panic? Panic is the dangerous game teens play at the end of the school year. And it is fierce. Panic consists of 5 rounds and with each of them the amount of players narrows. Oh, actually, I forgot to mention that the winner gets 60000$ (every student paid a few dollars into the pot throughout the academic year); despite this fact not everyone plays for money – Heather plays because of the sudden rage and Dodge plays for revenge. See how far they can go & how many secrets will be unraveled.

“This was the true fear – that you could never know other people, not completely”

In both “Before I Fall” & “Panic”, writer shows us how cruel teens can be. Like, I’m still shocked, but one of the rounds in Panic included “Russian Roulette”.

Furthermore, “Panic” contains a lovely romance (but not between Heather and Dodge, like I mentioned before).

“My point is, when you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you are happy and it’s easy. “

In conclusion, I’d like to say that Lauren Oliver never ceases to amaze me. Her books are a big source of inspiration for me.

Have you read anything by Lauren Oliver? What is your favorite book of hers?

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

5526Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Published October 30th 2006 by Warner Books

My rating: 4.4 /5

Goodreads plot summary: An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart.

But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. Sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

Dear John, the letter read… and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love—and face the hardest decision of his life.

My review: This is my second Nicholas Sparks’ book (the first was “The Last Song”, which I liked a lot). “Dear John” was so good and I absolutely enjoyed it… except the way it ended left me disappointed…

Okay, so the beginning of the story was very beautiful, I liked seeing how army changed John, how relationship with Savannah helped him to understand his father and how he and Savannah fell in love. Oh, Savannah is the cutest – I liked her young-self so much, the way she talked, and how she saw good in almost everything and everyone, but when we face her again in 6 years, she’s become absolutely different woman. (it strikes how much people change during a certain period of time)

September 11th played main role for the heroes; if not the attack, John would have come home and Savannah would not have fallen in love with the other man.

I watched the movie based on this book after finishing it, and the movie is completely different from the book, I liked the movie a lot! This is one of those rare times when the movie is better than a book.

*this part contains spoilers*

I wish the story ended in a different way, so it gave hope for people who are going through a similar situation. This book was not moving. Through, what John did was right for the others; it was not fair towards himself, and I think he should have fought for his love and happiness.

The Evolution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

13643567The Evolution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer#2)

Published October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

My Rating: 4.5 /5

Goodreads plot summary: The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.She can’t. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren’t. She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

My review: This book is amazing. You think you know what’s going to happen the next minute, but you actually don’t. What I liked the most is that every detail is important – the story is so tangled and there are so many plot twists, you start wonder how could the author tie all of this up. Plus, the book is pretty creepy – I like (a lot) when the story makes you shiver,- and it deals with some important juvenile issues, that’s why I think teenagers and their parents will find this book good.

Also, I’d like to mention that “The Evolution Of Mara Dyer” was so much better than “The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer”. Can’t wait to see how the story continues!

Book description by me:  Mara is a teen, and she suffered an incident last year where her best friends died. Something weird is happening to her, like she has got blood-letters on her bedroom wall in the morning, video-types from the asylum-incident under her pillow, but her parents think she did all of this herself, so do the doctors and they define her as a psycho and put into clinic, luckily there is Noah – he is Mara’s boyfriend and he’s got incredible ability to heal himself & other people, and he helps Mara to get through all of this.