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Lobsters – Tom Ellen

LobstersTitle: Lobsters
Author: Tom Ellen, Lucy Ivison
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback
Pages: 307
My rating★★★★✫

I have heard a lot about this book in 2015 and decided to put it on my wishlist. So when Liz was selling her copy, I had to buy it. I just love buying books, but it’s an expensive hobby… Maybe I should consider a library membership, but I don’t think I will find everything I’d like to read there. Anyways, I got myself a copy of Lobsters last week and it has been staring at me ever since. I had to read it right away.

What the book is about

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find ‘The One’. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

What I think about the book

I don’t know what I expected, but Lobsters wasn’t as ‘cute’ as the title make me think it would be. Or maybe it was, but in a different way. For a young adult novel, it has quite a lot of references to sex in it. No one is actually having sex, but there are many words related to sex in this novel. I don’t care about that, and after a few chapters it seemed normal, because it was fitting the characters, but it was something that caught my attention.

Lobsters is full of parties, holidays, festivals and awkward dates. There is a ton of boy/girl talk going on. It is written from both Hannah’s and Sam’s point of view, so from the beginning it is very clear how they actually feel about each other and you can see all the misunderstandings that they have. The end of the story is definitely not a surprise, so as a reader I was like “Oh come one! Tell her/him already and get this over with!” Because we all know where it will end.

I gave the book four stars, because even though the story is a bit of a cliche, I found Hannah and Sam really cute and I have definitely enjoyed reading this story.

Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

life and deathTitle: Life and Death (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 389
My rating★★★★✫

When I heard about this tenth anniversary edition of Twilight, I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to read it. Back in 2008 I have read the whole Twilight saga in a couple of days and I really loved it back then. Twilight is still the novel that got me to read young adult and fantasy novels again. I am really happy about that. After reading the (Dutch) review that Emmy wrote, I decided that I wanted to give it a try.

What the book is about

When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.

What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…

What I think about the book

Yeah, most of us already know the story of the original story of Twilight. I must admit that I had forgotten many of the details though and I also had some of the parts mixed up with the movie. Only therefore it was already nice to re-read the story. The gender switch definitely changed a lot to the story for me. Beau and Edythe can say the same things in Life and Death that Bella and Edward did in Twilight, but I do think that makes a difference. While I thought Edward was quite interesting and mysterious when I read Twilight for the first time (and yeah, until I read New Moon, because later on I was definitely on board of Team Jacob), I thought that Edythe was mostly arrogant and strange. It was as if Beau simply fell for her because she was pretty. In my head I still saw Bella and Edward, even though the names had changed.

Still the story is not completely the same. Stephenie Meyer took the chance to make it better. She has done a new round of editing, with all the knowledge she has today, and changed some words and scenes for the better. The ending was new as well. Suddenly the story took another turn. Didn’t we all wonder what would have happened if…? Well, I always did. Yes, then there wouldn’t have been a complete Twilight Saga. Or maybe there would have been a completely different story with new adventures. I did like the alternative ending, because that meant I was reading a new story instead of the same old and it kept me reading.

I must say that from the moment the book arrived at my house I just wanted to read it. I started that same evening and from the first page I was back in Forks, just like the very first time. Like I said, it has been almost eight years since I have read Twilight for the first time. I am older now and yet I am still in love with the world that Stephenie Meyer has created in her novels. Could Twilight have been better? Maybe. That doesn’t mean that I still like it a lot and I was glad that I have read this book.

Do you have to read it? Well, let’s say that if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga the first time you’ve read it, you should give this re-imagined version a try. If you have never liked Twilight, you are probably not going to this time. I’d suggest you find yourself a book you do like then and move on.

Love Like Crazy – Megan Squires

Love like crazyTitle: Love Like Crazy
Author: Megan Squires
Format: Kindle
Pages: 363
My rating★★★★★

Sometimes Amazon just knows what you need to read next. After reading ‘I’ll give you the sun’ this novel was recommended to me on my Kindle. I must admit that I have bought it because of the cover. I love the crazy colorful letters and how can I resist a VW van?

What the book is about

All things that can be considered—and oftentimes are—just a bit crazy.

With an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, seventeen-year old Eppie Aberdeen has learned firsthand that life’s circumstances aren’t always sunshine and roses.

So Eppie doesn’t expect the fairytale, because reality certainly isn’t one. She’s not waiting on the handsome prince with his white horse to come to her rescue. But even though she’s not waiting on it, that doesn’t stop nineteen-year-old Lincoln Ross from driving straight into her heart with his teal and white campervan and his too tall stature and perpetually goofy grin.

It’s difficult to believe in a happily ever after when a happy now is quite hard to find. But Lincoln gives Eppie hope that despite the odds, a true and unconditional love might actually be out there. A revised fairy tale. A new kind of love story.

But then again, that might just be plain crazy.

What I think about the book

I enjoyed reading ‘Love like crazy’ so much that I have to give the book five stars. The story, the characters and everything else was so cute and lovely, like some sort of modern fairy tale. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling and I could hardly stop reading.

Of course life is not all rainbows and butterflies. Not even for the wonderful people in this story. Eppie (Eponine), Lincoln, Sam, Dan and even Phil have their own background stories. Their families are far from perfect (Eppie’s ‘crazy’ mother and all the times Eppie was sick in her childhood, well I suspected the outcome from the beginning, and I was right… – nope, not going to spoil that one!), but together these friends they seem to form a new family. I love how they can still find love in their hearts, despite what they’ve all been through.

I did wonder if it would be possible to meet the way Eppie and Lincoln. Yes, life can be crazy sometimes, but if I’d be late for school and someone would run over a dog I would probably call the police and leave for school as soon as they’re there instead of running to the vet and take the dog home. I wouldn’t have invited a strange boy home when I was seventeen years old. Is it really possible to meet like that and fall in love with that person? I would like to believe that it is possible. That a love like this exists.

I have never heard of this book and the author before, but I am really happy that Amazon recommended it to me as I loved it. Anyone who loves young adult romance should give this one a try.

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