Showing posts with label david levithan. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recommendation: Another Day (Every Day #2) - David Levithan: Totally Works as a Standalone





In ANOTHER DAY, Rhiannon meets A, who takes over a new stranger's body every day, when they take over her boyfriend Justin's body and spend a magical day with her.

What intrigued me: EVERY DAY (the first) is my favorite book.

More companion than sequel

I was very skeptical when I heard that my favorite book was getting a companion novel. I'm never a fan of those and I think they're usually just quickly written ways to cash in on an exhausted concept. But ANOTHER DAY surely doesn't do that. 

As with all companion novels, you don't have to read the preceding one to understand and fully enjoy this. I'd even recommend that you start with this one if you've never heard of the series, because it easily trumps EVERY DAY.

Rhiannon's narration is poetic, beautiful, and just impeccable. Levithan is without a doubt my favorite YA writer ever, simply because every single one of the sentences he writes effortlessly holds so much meaning that you sometimes just have to put the book down and think. If you've read EVERY DAY, you do not have to expect getting the exact same scenes, just flip side. 

Truly a magical, gut-wrenching romance story 

Levithan manages to charmingly tell the same story, but different. It's hard to explain, Rhiannon's narrative voice is nothing like A's and the story has a completely different tone. It reads like a regular contemporary novel about a girl in an abusive relationship, with almost magical realism - like elements, in form of A coming into her life, always in a different body. ANOTHER DAY truly reads like a modern day fairy tale, a magical story with A being Rhiannon's guardian angel. 

It's absolutely fascinating to get the feeling like it completes the first novel, finding out about the other perspective. I never really understood Rhiannon and cared for her as much as A, and in a sense, ANOTHER DAY is packed with emotional scenes and gut-wrenchingly adorable romance where is EVERY DAY still stuck explaining the concept of A's special ability.
Just trust me, it's worth it.

Rating:

★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

ANOTHER DAY is just a fantastic story. From the immaculate voice to the magic of A's and Rhiannon's dynamic, fans of EVERY DAY won't disappointed. It's without a doubt the best contemporary I've encountered so far.



Additional Info

Published: August 25th 2015
Pages: 327
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780385756204
Sequel to: EVERY DAY 

Synopsis:
"Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all."(Source: Goodreads)

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Books Out of My Comfort Zone That I Enjoyed






I'm really very weird when it comes to books out of my comfort zone. I like reading what I know and love, which is mainly bad vampire books, greek mythology retellings, and chick-lit.

But once in a while I try out new genres and happen to like them. So here are the books that opened my eyes for their respective genres.










 7. LIFE'S THAT WAY: A MEMOIR - Jim Beaver

This is a memoir about a man's wife dying of cancer. I usually don't read memoirs or anything involving loss and grief. I'm so glad I did. This is one of my favorite books now.

6. ANATOMY LESSON - Matt Spadafora

Again, not a fan of memoirs and non-fiction, and even less when they're short stories. But I truly enjoyed this one, a collection of a couple funny, and sometimes sad short stories centered around the human body.


 5. ME BEFORE YOU - Jojo Moyes

Usually you can chase me with romance novels. This one is about a woman becoming a carer for a quadriplegic misanthrope. This book broke my heart. Read it.

4. SECOND GLANCE - Jodi Picoult

I'm not a fan of crime thrillers. I really just read a few adult books these days. So glad I did because this woman is now one of my favorite authors and this book has become my favorite.


3. LOVING - Katrin Bongard

I don't read contemporary unless you put a gun to my head. At least that was my opinion before I encountered this wonderful Pride and Prejudice retelling about a book blogger. Wow.

2. THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY - David Levithan

This book is told in dictionary entries. It doesn't get more out of my comfort zone than this. I absolutely fell in love. Read this.



1. READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline

I never stop talking about this book, I know. It's just... I don't know anything about 80s pop culture, I'm super iffy about sci-fi, and then this one comes along and completely shatters my world. So. Good.




Did you enjoy some books out of your comfort zone?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year | Top Ten Tuesday






My wish list on Amazon has now reached a ridiculous size. At this point, I have no hope of ever buying everything on there.
Here are the top ten books I hope to finally cross off my list and find under my christmas tree. Well, a girl can dream.







 10. THE CIRCLE - Matts Strandberg & Sara Bergmark Elfgren

My friend recommended this to me. Witches and lesbians. I mean, come on, I need to read this ASAP.




9. ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
I have no idea how many posts I have stating this as the next purchase (this time for sure!!!). It's about an alien exchange student coming to live with a human. I need this book.

8. REBOOT - Amy Tintera
People are getting revived, but they're NOT zombies. I need this,



7. BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED: Margaret Stohl
I'm honestly so, so, so curious. I love the avengers and honestly, no matter which avenger this was about, I'd be excited regardless.

6. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE - J.K. Rowling
The illustrated one. No explanation needed.




 5. EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU - Nina La Cour
Contemporary with lesbians. Yup. Another candidate that has been on my wish list for aaaaaaaaages.

4. ANOTHER DAY - David Levithan
The sequel to my favorite book. It's beyond me why I don't own this yet.



3. ILLUMINAE - Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Everyone got an ARC of this book at BEA and at this point I am so jealous, it's gettign painful. I need this.

2. INTERSTELLAR - Grey Keyes
The novelization of my favorite movie. Of course I need this.



1. MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD - Rick Riordan

I might be the last person to discover the brilliance of Rick Riordan (I haven't even finished the PJO series, shame on me!!), but when I found out about this series I almost fainted. I love love love love love Norse mythology and this book series is a dream come true.




What's the book you hope to find under your Christmas tree?


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Another Day (Every Day #2) by David Levithan





Not a single day has passed in which I have not been throwing a tantrum about the supposed sequel to Every Day by David Levithan. 

For those who haven't read it - it's about A, a person that changes into the body of someone new for a day. Every day. But then they fall in love and for the first time they want to stay in the same body to be with that person. The sequel tells the story of A's lover Rhiannon and I need it like air.



Release: August 25th 2015


Synopsis:
"Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . wasn’t Justin at all. "



What are You Waiting on?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Favorite Authors of All Time | Top Ten Tuesday





In this week's #TTT I talk about my ten favorite authors and why I love them and their work! 

I'll be linking the work by them that I've reviewed so far as well in case you're curious.



10. Jim Beaver
He's only written one novel and that one broke my heart. I am dying for him to pick up the pen again and write something new, because my copy is slowly falling to pieces. An insanely talented man.
Novel: Life's That Way

9. Lissa Price
She's not only a very lovely person, but has also written one of the most amazing debut novels I have encountered so far. I could not put the series down, no matter how hard I wanted to. And the worst thing is: I usually don't even read thrillers and action-packed stuff.
Novels: Starters (#1)   /  Enders (Starters #2)


8. L.J. Smith
Oh, how I loved her Vampire Diaries Series! Sadly, the series got worse as it went on (because it was ruined by a terrible ghost writer, but let's keep that for another post). I'm so glad I started reading her older novels, because they are just as wonderful as my memory of her Vampire Diaries Series. She builds worlds like no other.
Novels: The Craving (Stefan's Diaries #3)  /  The Hunter

7. Richelle Mead
Razorbill 2013 Cover
She broke me with her Vampire Academy Series. I have been in a massive reading slump ever since I read them and I don't think any fictional world can ever capture me that hard again. She ruined me and set the bar way too high for any vampire literature to come.
Novels: Vampire Academy (#1)  /  Frostbite (VA #2)  /  Shadow Kiss (VA #3)  /  Blood Promise (VA #4)  / Spirit Bound (VA #5)  / Homecoming  (VA #6.5)

6. Meg Cabot
I grew up with Meg. Not literally, but her Princess Diaries novels got me through high school. It's the only novel I own that I've read so many times that the pages are starting to come loose but I'll never ever get rid of that book.
Novels: The Princess Diaries  /  Insatiable  / Underworld (Abandon #2) / Abandon (Abandon #1)

5. David Levithan
God bless assigned reading. I read his first novel at university for a course and since then I've fallen hopelessly in love. The world needs more LGBTQ* novels and this wonderful man is doing his contribution to fixing that beautifully.
Novels: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Six Earlier Days (Every Day #0.5)  /  Every Day (#1)  /  The Lover's Dictionary

4. S.G. Browne
The funniest author I've read from so far. His novels are satirical masterpieces and he somehow always manages to come up with ideas that have crossed my own mind once or twice already. Guaranteed to make you snort while laughing!
Novels: Breathers: A Zombie's Lament  /  Fated
Entangled Teen 2012 Cover

3. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I fell hard and quickly for her Lux Series. I haven't read an entire series in a very long time and I read hers in about a month because I could not, for the life of me, put it down. She hasn't quite managed to live up to that series again, but she'll get there eventually.
Novels: Shadows (Lux #0.5)  /  Obsidian (Lux #1)  /  Onyx (Lux #2)  /  Opal (Lux #3)  /  Origin (Lux #4)  / Opposition (Lux #5)  /  Don't Look Back

2. Sophie Kinsella 
Sophie Kinsella is the pseudonym of Madeleine Wickham, who's definitely gone through a major transformation that you can clearly see in her novels. She's the author guaranteed to bring a smile to my face.
Novels: I've Got Your Number   /  Twenties Girl  /  Wedding Night

1. Jodi Picoult
I love her to death. Every single one of her novels is a work of art, carefully crafted and with a beautiful message. She writes novels about controversial topics, novels about things that other authors don't even bother with.
Novels:  Second Glance    /    Handle With Care


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Most Read Authors | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.



This Week: ITS FREEBIE WEEK!
I decided to torture you guys by telling you who my most read authors are and spilling out my feelings for them. Enjoy!

10. Mari Mancusi (Blood Coven Series)
My heart! She made me fall in love with vampires. I read her series around the same time I read Princess Diaries for the first time and they both had a lasting impression on me. Thanks Mari!

9. Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care, Second Glance)
The Queen of character development! You can tell that she studied Creative Writing because her writing is just over the top amazing! Her characters are real, at least they feel that way and her insanely long novels are always an adventure. She'll hit you right in the face with emotion while still having another plot twist around the corner. I want to be as good as her one day.

8. S.G. Browne (Breathers, Fated)
He's the man for everything comedy and satire. He never ceases to make me laugh and his ideas are equally crazy and likeable. 

7. Sophie Kinsella (Remember Me, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number)
Sophie's my girl. My go-to-source for all things Chick-Lit and definitely a happy-go-lucky author! Whenever I'm down I reach for a Kinsella book and I always make sure to have at least one on my shelves in case of a feelings emergency. Thanks Sophie, you're the bomb!

6. David Levithan (Boy Meety Boy, The Lover's Dictionary, Every Day, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares)
My favourite LGBTQ* author, hands down. I will only trust him with these matters because he has got it down! I will read all his novels and I love, love, love and look up to the way he writes. He's truly an artist.

5. Cornelia Funke (Inkworld Trilogy, Igraine The Brave)
My favourite childhood author. She's amazing and I dearly regret growing out of her novels. I loved both the Inkworld Series and Igraine the Brave. I still catch myself rereading the latter even when I'm way out of the group she's aiming at. She contributed to making my childhood reading experience a happy one and I will always be grateful for that, even as an adult.

4. Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Series)
Yo. I'm not ashamed of this. I loved Twilight back when it was released and I probably have seen the movie close to 70 times. Pretty sure that's even an understatement, because I literally know the entire dialogue from side characters to main characters. While I do understand the problematics in this series, I still have to admit that I had an amazing time reading this series and I wouldn't trade it in for the world. I was indeed very young when I read it ~ around 12-14, but I never even for one second let the toxic relationship between Bella and Edward cloud my decisions. Even at that age I understood that it's fiction and hey, to me it's a nice series. So thanks, Stephenie, I don't care what the haters say.

3. Meg Cabot (Princess Diaires Series, Abandon Series, Insatiable)
Meg is my queen. She hasn't only written the one book that had the most impact on me as a child (Princess Diaries #1), but is also an amazing, amazing writer. I've always loved her witty, funny style that isn't shallow like most authors tend to slip into - but it always carries a message. Her novels are more than just about the characters, every novel lets you learn something new and I think that's what every writer should aspire to achieve. I will probably never be able to find the right words to express how much she helped me in life and I will always, always, always be loyal to her. Even when she writes shitty novels like "Insatiable", my god was that bad.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux Series)
Insert heavy breathing. This woman, I swear. You guys know that I'm crazy for everything she does and I'm just wobbling around on my seat thinking about the other novels she wrote. I will most definitely read everything she'll ever write and I will probably reread the Lux Series over and over again until the day I die. It's a guilty pleasure really, but I don't feel guilty at all. Bless her.

1. L.J. Smith (Vampire Diaries Series, Stefan's Diaries Series, The Forbidden Games Series)
Well, she kind of cheated to get to first place, because I hopelessly fell in love with The Vampire Diaries. Whether it's the show or her novels, bring it on! I even wrote fan fiction about the characters in this, don't remind me ... it seems whatever this woman touches, turns into gold. Her novel series The Secret Circle even got turned into another TV show. It's funny how some authors can write whatever the heck they want and there's still people like me who'll clap and bow. Thanks, L.J.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

[Review] The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan


THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY tells the story of two people and how they fell in love. It's not a retelling of how they met but rather a collection of quick moments in their lives that, some more, some less, shaped them as a couple.

What intrigued me: David Levithan is my favorite contemporary writer!

Unique Format and Storytelling

Due to the fact that the story isn't told in a linear way, it is somewhat difficult to keep up with the story and it takes some getting used to. 

I rooted for the story to continue the traditional way, marriage, kids et cetera, but again Levithan stays far away from the norm. That's what I love about his novels, that he doesn't try but always ends up on the unconventional, unexplored pathways. The special thing about this novel isn't the fact that the two proatgonists remain nameless, but the format. It's told in dictionary entries. While this might sound extremely strange and make people back away from this novel, I can assure you that you're missing out. When I discovered it in the bookstore and saw the name of the author on it, I just knew that I had to take the risk - because Levithan knows what he's doing and hasn't disappointed me so far.

Levithan manages to make the reader connect emotionally to the narrator without even revealing his name. This is actually one of the best cases of extremely sporadic but great character building I've read about.

Incredibly Minimalist, but Enthralling!

I imagine this to be of essential help for aspiring authors - this is how you build characters, you give them personality and not appearance, you give them quirks and not a tragic backstory. I was engaged in the story and invested and I wanted desperately to know what was going to happen.

THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY can't really be described, it's not a story, it's more of a feeling. I fell in love with the characters the way they fell in love - entry after entry. Levithan uses mostly difficult words in this, I was lucky to be reading the novel in a foreign language anyways, so I didn't have to look anything up, because it was all translated from English. Some of the words I never would have understood because they're sometimes extremely old-fashioned.

I was a bit sad that the entire plot revolves only around their love, not because it's boring to read about, but because I longed for being able to dive in more into their world. This is defnitely worth a read, maybe even multiple. Some passages were so poetic and probably even foreshadowing and I think that it is impossible to get all the references during your first read.

Rating:

★★★★


Overall: Do I Recommend?

Yes I do. I know this novel might not be for everyone, this is why I don't explicitly put this on my recommendations page, but I know that for everyone that is a risk-taker - this might be exactly what you're looking for. "The Lover's Dictionary" is poetic, it's more an artwork than a novel and it leaves you wirh a weird feeling. Maybe it's love. I wouldn't know.



Additional Info

Original Title: THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Adult / Romance

Synopsis:
"A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship."
(Source: Goodreads)



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Recommendation: Every Day - David Levithan





In EVERY DAY by David Levithan, A wakes up in a different body every day. It doesn't matter whether they're boys, girls or something inbetween. He lives a new life every day, meeting new people and forming new relationships. But for A, nothing is every stable. When he meets Rhiannon, A doesn't want to go on to the next body anymore, he just wants to be with her forever. Now he has to find a way to stay with her, even if that means having to share his biggest secret.

What intrigued me: I read BOY MEETS BOY a while ago and absolutely loved it. I had to try this by Levithan and I'm very glad I did.




 The Master of Character Voices!

I am blown away by how well David Levithan is able to pose as a teen. Reading about A is intimate. It makes you feel like you’re snooping in someone’s diary. A is such a beautifully developed character and every single one of the people he inhabits stayed with me. The diversity in this novel is remarkable. Boys and girls of every possible sexual orientation, poc, so many different personalities, I just. Wow. This novel makes it hard not to grow fond of each and every character. 

It’s difficult to critique the plot because the novel is basically a diary. Snapshots of his life that are all a bit random but after you’ve read it all, seem to fit together perfectly. It revolves around A’s love interest and usually I’d be annoyed by that, but Levithan actually justifies the pure romance plot with his beautiful,beautiful writing. And also the fact that there is little to no physical contact between the two.

What makes the story so unique and different from all other romance novels that there are out there, is the fact that most of the falling-in-love happens when they aren’t together. A made me admire Rhiannon by his words and thoughts, even though when she appeared, I wasn’t intrigued at all. The ending was inevitable and I bow to Mr Levithan that he had the strength to write it like this instead of giving it a cheesy ending. Of course it left me there standing, wanting more, and needing to know what happens now, but I fear I will never know. These are the kind of novels that stay with you and solely for that, it already deserves your recognition. 

Pitch-perfect teen voice, down to the point, no rambling. I love Levithan’s writing. There’s nothing more pleasant than a clear writing voice. 


Rating:

★★★★


Overall: Do I Recommend?


Well, if you’ve read the entire critique, you probably already know that I might show up on your doorstep and slam the book into your face, if you don’t decide to read it on your own. Levithan gives the diversity that we need in this day and age (in all his works!) and delivers is beautifully in a sad romance story, that isn’t really a romance after all. I need you all to give it a try.This novel is simply amazing.



Additional Info

Published: August 28th 2012
Pages: 322
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN:  9780307931887

Synopsis:
"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."
(Source: Goodreads)

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