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Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

SinnerTitle: Sinner
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pages: 385
My rating★★★★★

This is the 4th book of the Wolves of Mercy Fall series. When it came out, I wanted to read it as I loved these series about werewolves that shift when the temperature changes. It was good. This part is not about Grace and Sam, the main characters from the first three books. Instead it’s about Cole and Isabel.

What the book is about

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

What I think about the book

First of all, I think it is necessary to read the whole series before reading Sinner. Even if the main characters aren’t the same, the story does continue and mentions lots of situations that have happened before. One needs the background story to be able to fully enjoy this one.

That being said, it was nice to get to know both Cole and Isabel a lot better than before. I think their ‘relationship’ is a good one for a story. The good girl, the bad boy, falling in love while trying to fight it. He wants her, she doesn’t know what she wants. That concept isn’t new, but it really works out in this book. I also love the writing style of Maggie Stiefvater. It makes me want to read more and the characters sort of come alive on the pages.

I will not say too much, as I don’t want to spoil these series for anyone who hasn’t read them yet. If you like the genre, then I would definitely recommend the whole series.

The Before Now and After Then – Peter Monn

The before nowTitle: The Before Now and After Then
Author: Peter Monn
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 304
My rating★★★★★

On Valentine’s Day I was able to ‘purchase’ a few new books for my kindle for free, thanks to my friend Suze. I kind of fell in love with the cover of The Before Now and After Then’. I love old cassettes and the way they remind me of my childhood.

What the book is about

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself.

With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

What I think about the book

This is one of those cute young adult books that I just had to keep on reading. Danny is a teenager in search for himself. He has no idea of who he really is and losing his twin brother Sam has only made that feeling worse. When he and his mom move to another part of town and he starts a new school, things are changing for Danny.

I really loved all the music that was mentioned in this book. Even if most of the songs are from the 80’s they are certainly awesome classics. Music gives the characters in this story their personalities, it makes the story come alive. Some things are certainly really cute, like how Rusty makes mixed tapes for Danny (How cool is that!) I think that making a mixed tape for someone is very romantic.

Danny describes himself as a normal teenage boy who happens to be in love with another boy. I think that’s true. You could easily swap his character or Rusty’s for any other boy or girl. In love it doesn’t matter who you are and who you fall in love with. And this story makes it so normal that these two happen to be boys. I think that is a really good thing. So yeah, The Before Now and After Then is just a very cute love story of two normal people who both have been hurt before.

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Beautiful disasterTitle: Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
My rating★★★★✫

I have bought this book for it’s title and cover. There, I said it. Yes, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover, without even reading the synopsis. Well, in this case it was definitely a good guess, because I really loved the story.

What the book is about

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

What I think about the book

The first part of the story got me hooked. Travis is the ultimate bad boy and I had an instant book-crush on him. Yes, he is everything a girl needs to stay away from, but I do find that quite attractive. Like Abby, I would not rush into things. That seems like a smart thing to do.

Abby didn’t really seem like such a good girl herself, although there was nothing ‘wrong’ with her, I had no idea what was in her past. It became clear that she and her friend America left home for good reasons. When I finally found out what her past was like, it felt like a major plot twist. Whoa! It was not at all what I expected, but at least it made me understand why she was able to stand up to Travis the way she did.

And then there was Parker. I loathe guys like him, who think they can make girls like them with expensive dinners and presents that are over the top. I find it a bit creepy, as if they have no soul. I could not like him, no matter how hard I tried. Ugh. Exit Parker, hello Travis!

Of course Travis and Abby find their way together. You can feel that from the very beginning. Abby and Travis have this friendship / relationship going where things can go either up or down, but nothing in between. When it’s good, it’s awesome, but when it’s bad… You better hide. I can relate to that in a way. For some people it seems like a bad thing, but these two can totally handle each other, good or bad. I liked that.

While I found the beginning of the story total 5 star material, I did end up giving the book just 4 stars. It became a bit unrealistic near the end and things were getting out of control. I still liked it, but it was different somehow. When I finished it, I thought “Did that just happen to them?” and I wondered if the ending was okay. Maybe it was, but I wasn’t so sure. It didn’t change my mind entirely, I still loved Travis and Abby – and all the others in the book.

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