Slammed (Slammed #1) – Colleen Hoover

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Title: Slammed 
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Series: Series
Year Published: 2012
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 321
Rating: ♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…

Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.

Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart…or learn to live without each other.

My Thought

Surprisingly, this is such a hard book for me to rate. As I scrolled down the page of Slammed, I saw the reviewers I follow or my friends have showed many positive ratings over negatives. (Yes, I am easily influenced as you can see) Hence, this has a slight impact on my ratings.

I believe Colleen Hoover has the potentials to write something better, much better than Slammed. Again, the anticipation I have of this novel was great and it was on my can’t-wait-to-read shelf but in the end it didn’t meet my expectations.

Before I started reading Slammed…

Oh, I am going to have such a fun time reading this book! *Hugged the book* Look at the subtitle on the cover, “Tragedy and romance entwine in a fated love story”. Hmm, why does that sound like Romeo and Juliet? Well, I am sure this is much better than that! *big grin* *starts reading*

After I finished the book…

I slammed the book shut and massaged my temples. Why does Layken (or ‘Lake’) has to be such an immature brat? Right after she met Will, she loves Michigan and everything that goes with it. But when she realised life doesn’t always go her way she decides it is time to whinge like a baby. Again.

I hope Will is right about it being gone soon. I hate the snow. I hate Michigan.

Hoover tries to portray her as a tough girl who ‘gathers every ounce of strength to be a pillar of her family’ but she fails miserably. All along, it has never been Lake who tries to hold the family together. It has always been Julie! She’s the one who gives advice to Lake when she needs them. She’s the one who has turned into a nocturnal in order to earn money. She’s the one…**SPOILER ALERT!!!***…who has lung cancer…**SPOILER OVER!!!*** yet, she keeps the family running.

To me, Lake is just a childish 18-years old young adult who whinges all the time. Anyhow, with Lake, her circumstance should force her to grow up rather than allowing her to live inside her little bubble and continuously ‘craving pumpkins’. She should appreciate her mum even more after her dad’s incident. But nope! Being an awesome daughter Lake is, she eavesdrops her mum’s conversation and doesn’t even have any self-respect for herself as she breaks into her mum’s bedroom and disrespects her mum’s privacy. Then she whinges some more when she performed her first slam poetry in front of the class, in Will’s class. *Sigh* Lake is just a pathetic heroine who lacks of maturity.

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Though, I did like her better throughout the last half of the novel. She has finally grown some sense! Hooray!

Will Cooper…

“He laughs. I like his laugh. I hate that I like his laugh.”

Me: Will Cooper, you are too good for Lake.

Will: Oh, but she is so down-to-earth. *eyes sparkles*

Me: Snap out of it! All she does is cries and get you into trouble!

Will: But I love her. She is the cement that bounces all my pieces together. The piece that seals my puzzle. The piece that –

Me: Alright, shut up! This is not call love, Will. What you feel for her is purely out of sympathy! And she does not love you. She’s just infatuated with your mouth-drooling hotness! *starts drooling*

Will: *glares at me* Are you sure you’re not talking about yourself?

Me: Hehe… *run*

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YES! Will Cooper is gorgeous alright! He is one of the swoon-worthy male characters I would ‘LOVE’ to marry in the future. (Oh, his delicate features…) Not just based on his features, but his personality has made a great example of what every guy should be like. Yes, he has made many mistakes in the past and even now (thanks to Lake -.-) but he learnt his mistakes…maybe not when it comes to Lake… but come on, who doesn’t like a gorgeous guy that reads and performs slam poetry? 😉 I know I do.

Oh, Kel & Caulder

One of the reasons why I didn’t throw this book out of the windows is because of Caulder and Kel. I love them so much! They are probably the two most adorable and cutest boys I have ever met through my 16 years of reading! (Not that I can read since I was born but you get me. 🙂 )Though what kind of annoyed me was the fact Kel has backwards day. Like, how can his mind processed fast enough to say what he wants to say backwards? Doesn’t that sound a bit incredulous? However, both of them are just so lovable that I decide to move pass that.

Eddie!

I swear, without the help of Eddie, Lake would probably be one of the worst heroine I have ever read in my life! Eddie is probably the weirdest yet the most mature and realistic girl I have ever met in my life. This is crazy, but if I have to choose a star sign that would suit her, it would probably best be Scorpio. She appears to me like a mysterious girl whom I would love to get to know about. Hmm, I don’t know how to describe her. But let’s say she is very distinctive throughout the entire novel, even if I compared her to other novels I have read. I would love her so much more if Hoover swaps her place with Lake’s in Slammed. However, I think Gavin is definitely her soul mate! 😀

The Plot

Furthermore, the plot of the book was a bit rush for me. By ‘rush’ I mean it seemed like Hoover was trying to get this novel published ASAP. When I thought a matter was interesting, she decided to rush it and went onto the next thing which would just happened again. This novel is lacking a few elements, mainly depths. I believe this book will develop to full potentials and even more if the author goes into detail (not too detailed that it makes whole village snores) but just enough for the readers to actually care for the characters.

I guess I shall read the sequel of this book: Point of Retreat in hope to read more of Kel and Caulder, Eddie and Gavin, and definitely more of Will Cooper!

*swooooooooooonnnn*

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Have you read any of Colleen Hoover’s works? I read the first two novels of Never Never and I felt in love with it! ♥.♥

Top Ten Tuesday #2 – Top Ten Fairy Retellings

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The Broke & The Bookish created this bookish meme (Top Ten Tuesday), in which they feature a different topic every week. 

I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK TOPIC! 😀

Just before, I was having a Mulan marathon. Being ¾ Chinese, I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. I know, you must be thinking WHY THE HELL HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED IT ALREADY? Don’t yell at me, but I haven’t watched the Lion King either. *hides behind General Shang* However, I was greatly inspired by Mulan’s bravery and her whole “my duty is to my heart” shebang.

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This week TTT, the topic is about top ten fairytale retellings I’ve read or want to read. Or because they are so generous, it could also be fairy tales I want to be retold or fairy tales I love. As you can probably tell, I am creatively challenged hence I will be taking all of the above! ^-^

To begin with I shall introduce two fairytale retellings novels which I love greatly!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella)

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I present you Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles! The first time I picked it up, I read two chapters and returned it to the library. Then after all the hyped and raving reviews I heard on Goodreads – I finally picked it up and fell in love with it. I have never been a big fan of Cinderella because my heart lies with Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel from Tangled. But this novel’s setting is amazingly researched since the author has never been to China before. But most importantly of all – do you see that cover?! It’s screaming: “SHOW ME SOME COVER LOVE!

 2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Red Riding Hood)

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I assure you that the rest of the list is not going to name the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series. But I think you get the message I am trying to convey right? RIGHT?! 😀 Yes, I am saying stop reading this list and go and pick up Cinder if you haven’t read it already! This is an EMERGENCY! You can’t simply ignore such an urgent call, especially from me. Because I am the monster that sleeps under your bed when you were a kid. 😛 Yep, I will come to you tonight if you haven’t bought the book!

3. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Rapunzel)

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 *hides behind Flynn Rider*

I pinky promise this is going to be the last one. I just had to do it! Forgive me, but I will  never skip Rapunzel unless an evil master takes over my consciousness. Even then, I will fight  till…I turn into ashes? @.@

Anyway, I haven’t finish reading Cress. I am very much a mood reader so I don’t want to ruin  the image of Rapunzel in my mind, hence I won’t be reading this until summer.

4. A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Beauty & the Beast)

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My second favourite disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast and turns out this kickass novel has an element of her in it. I quote from Goodreads’ description that this novel is “blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore”. Amazing plot? Check. Awesome setting? Check. Astounding characters? Check.Yet, why haven’t I read this novel? Because I am waiting for the hype to die down and I don’t want to go in with such high expectations but only being disappointed. You see where I am coming from? 

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Wizard of Oz)

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Ohhh, does it sound like a spooky horror story to you? I haven’t watch the Wizard of Oz, but should I?

Writing this at night does not help at all! I am getting goosebumps everywhere, and becoming suspicious of the “dark” once more. I know I just proclaimed myself as the evil demon under your bed at night, but have you ever thought why I’m under your bed in the first place? 😛 That’s because I am afraid of darkness! (I so didn’t pull that off..shh…)

6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)

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I hope you saw that coming. 😛 An obedience Cinderella who is determined to not let her curse controlling her life. I haven’t read the novel, but I absolutely fell in love when I first saw the movie. Anne Hathaway just makes everything so much better doesn’t she? Need I say more?

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7. Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beauty & The Beast)

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 This has been out for many years now. I just haven’t had time to read it yet because I have seen many negative reviews. E.g. I know that Cait from Paperfury despise it.

But then there are some crazy five stars out there. I haven’t seen the movie either. Not planning on reading it soon, but definitely a must somewhere along the future.

8. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater  (Celtic & English fairy-tales)

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 I read this years ago, this was before Maggie Stiefvater becomes the new black. My impression on Lament was “meh”, but it was enough to allow me to rate it 3 stars. I think if I reread it I would’ve rated differently, perhaps a higher rating.

This book’s originality was absolutely on point. Although it’s a fantasy trilogy, however the notions this novel gave me was not a roller-coaster feelings. Instead, I would describe it as contemporary feels due.This novel is very poetic and consists of a beautiful language so best to read it during spring.

9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (1001 Nights) 

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I need this book so desperately! The synopsis of this novel sounds so intriguing, what’s with the  Caliph killing his bride before each sunrise and whatnot. Though, I am sure there’s more depth to  this novel than that. But come on! Who isn’t excited for this novel?! 😀

What I want to read is how can a person falls in love with her best friend murderer? Okay, I  didn’t spoil anything for you because it’s in the Goodreads’ description. Though I think that’s not  what happened anyway. Just read it and tell me if you think it’s awesome! ^-^

10. MULAN! 

I know there are like 2 novels that were published last year consisting of Mulan’s retellings – Defy by Sara B. Larson and  Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart. However, I need more! Mulan’s story is absolutely brilliant! How fun is it to disguise yourself as a male and participate in risky adventures where any second you might be exposed?

There you go! My top ten fairy retellings list! 😀 Do you participate in TTT too? If so, please comment below so I can check out your TTT and erm…*ahem* perhaps add more books to my already sky-high TBR pile! 😛 Have you read any of the books I have mentioned? Because if not, then you should need to. (I MEAN GO AND READ CINDER IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!)

Happy readings,
Kristy.

Every Day (Every Day #1) – David Levithan

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Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Ember
Series: Series
Year Published: 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy
Pages: 324
Rating: ♔♔♔♔

Goodreads’ Description

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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My Thought

“If there were no one else involved, it would be an easy choice. But isn’t that always the case? And there’s always someone else involved.”

Bear with me, when I get too excited for a novel my review tends to be a bit crazy!

So this is the first work I have read of David Levithan and I am very impressed. When I learnt that he has co-write a novel Will Grayson Will Grayson with John Green, I started to panic. It proved that me and The Fault In Our Stars could never be friend. Though, this was before my best friend persuaded me into reading TFIOS once more. I was surprised I changed my mind. Yes, I gave TFIOS 5 pretty crowns. Anyway, so there I was, thinking that I might end up having the same feeling I had for The Fault In Our Stars, which was boredom. But I didn’t. Instead, this book brought me into a new level of reading which consists of all subjects I have seen an author could approach in his/her novel – humanity, equality, sexuality, religion, depression and LOVE!

The originality of the novel attracted me so much that I CANNOT NOT read this breathtaking novel. (Sorry, I’ve to sort of explain the novel a little.) I never thought I did come across a novel where the protagonist and in this case, A, having to wake up in a different body every day. Though he only possesses (I really don’t want to use this word…) bodies that are the same age as his – 16. Today he might be your best friend, Kelly. Tomorrow he might be you. Throughout A’s life, he has always follow his guidelines on how to live his life.

Never get attached.

Avoid being noticed.

Do not interfere.

Though when A met Rhiannon, he let his walls tumbled down just for a day. And for that one whole day he enjoys his time spent with Rhiannon. But for A, his life with Rhiannon would only last for 1,036,800 seconds. This is where I feel sympathy towards A, because I could imagine how lonely and stranded he would be, having to ‘borrows’ someone else’s life for a day in order to survive. I did be trying to kill myself in order to end this miserable life. But he didn’t and I give him credits for that.

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QUOTES!

Oh, where do I begin? There are so many amazing quotes in this novel that I just want to decorate the book and mark it as my own! Yes, I loaned it from the library. It’s like Levithan knows what I am thinking. Some reviewers have claimed that they don’t like it when the protagonist (A) sounds like a middle age man speaking when he/she is just a teen. But I LOVED it! I absolutely fall in love with it! I am 16, but sometimes I think so philosophically that I scared myself. Though due to English as my third language, I have many words in my mind that I could not express. I want my thoughts to be discovered, but I could only keep it to myself as I don’t know how to express them. But Levithan has done a well-above excellent job conveying those precious messages across the subjects he has covered in Every Day. Thank you so much!

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Here is one quote I adore very much as I find it very true!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

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There are so many things I want to say but I don’t want to babble my thoughts out loud as they still need to settle down.

Lastly, I want to approach Rhiannon and A’s relationship. I didn’t cry when the book ends, which was very strange considers readers that love this book got very emotional and some of them even tear up when they read the ending. Personally, I didn’t find it sad at all as I have never really cared about the relationship between Rhiannon and A in the first place. I have never really cared for Rhiannon as I don’t understand how she could love A. I mean, one second she was still trying to take everything in. The next second, she was telling A that she loves him. It made me wonder, do those three words come out of people’s mouth easier than saying ‘I am sorry’.

Another thing that disappointed me was how Levithan ended it. I guess the author is trying to show human’s nature through what A did in the end. Though I can’t say this disappoint me as I know this is the only way. If A is desperate enough to end his life, he needs a body. But that would be worse than what A did. I really want to mark this as ‘could-have-been-better’ on my Goodreads’ bookshelf but I couldn’t because I know this is the only way out. There is no other way to write a happy ending. There is just simply no other way around it.

And sometimes life decides to challenge you like that.

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