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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-14 11:30
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review
Ashes to Ashes - Jenny Han

Goodreads Synopsis: New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.


After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.


Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

 

 

Review:

 

I really liked this book but hated the ending! (we’ll get to that).

 

So at the end of the last book Reeve and Lillia were fine and happy but suddenly in this book they weren’t together and were avoiding each other. We never found out what happened between them! I can see how finding out about Rennie could have put a spanner in the works but why did they not just agree to be friends? I guess we’ll never know.

 

It was really sad what happened to Mary but messing with Kat getting into college was just plain mean. I know she’s a ghost and wasn’t really thinking straight but she then became the bully. What she was doing to Reeve was awful!

 

I enjoyed this book but what was that ending?? They literally could not have summed up the rest of the story any worse! So Mary spends the whole book hell bent on getting revenge on Reeve, but then she sees him bleeding out and suddenly has an epiphany that her killing herself was actually her fault. Okay I would get over that sudden change in attitude but then she just disappears! no apology for nearly killing them all or even a heartfelt goodbye, just poof!

 

Thats not even the worst part, they then give us a glimpse into the future and not only are Lillia and Kat not even really friends anymore but her and Reeve aren’t together!! He didn’t get to play football and she settled for Alex, what?! How does that in any way make sense? This has to be one of the most unsatisfying endings to a book ever! I just can’t wrap my head around how the authors thought that was a good idea.

 

Overall I really enjoyed the series but I have to admit that ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Not cool.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-12 11:25
Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review
Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn) by Han, Jenny, Vivian, Siobhan (2013) Paperback - Jenny, Vivian, Siobhan Han

Goodreads Synopsis: When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

 

 

Review:

 

Okay this book was WAY better than the first! There was definitely a John Tucker Must Die vibe that I really enjoyed.

 

First things first, we all knew that Lillia was going to fall for Reeve, am I right? Yup saw that coming a mile away! Haha. I felt sorry for Reeve, he could be a real jerk but he was actually a good guy once you got to know him, so of course i fell for him too.

 

I was kind of confused about Alex and his relationship with Kat. Yes he was pining over Lillia but i thought from the first book that he also had feelings for Kat but nothing came of that? It was like the authors were going in that direction but changed their minds.

 

Things really hit the fan at the end…there was the big reveal, *spoiler* Mary was dead! I kind of suspected as much but I thought maybe I was jumping to conclusions as I couldn’t understand how Kat and Lillia could see her. That explains the powers though. And Rennie!! That was one turn of events i did not see coming!

 

This story is definitely out there but I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next book.

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review 2016-06-06 13:57
Nur eine Liste von Siobhan Vivian
Nur eine Liste (Ravensburger Taschenb├╝cher) - Siobhan Vivian,Claudia Max

Worum geht es und wie war es?

Jedes Jahr taucht am letzten Montag im September eine Liste in der Mount Washington Highschool auf, auf der für jeden Jahrgang das hübscheste und auch das hässlichste Mädchen vermerkt ist. ein Schulstempel scheint diese Tradition zu legitimieren und Jahr um Jahr zerbrechen Träume, werden Vorurteile weiter befeuert und innere Ängste mit reichlich Nährboden versorgt. Jahr um Jahr schaut die ganze Schule auf diese Liste...

So auch in diesem Jahr und zusammen mit den Mädchen auf der Liste erlebt der Leser, was diese Liste so alles bewirkt, auslöst und verändert. 

Das Buch ist ein Jugendbuch, aber eines mit einem sehr interessanten Themenmix: Schule, Schönheit, Mobbing, Vorurteile, Magersucht, Selbstzweifel, Pubertät. All diese Themen werden behandelt, werden aus jugendlicher Perspektive geschildert und geben Einblick in die Welt der Protagonistinnen. Die Sprache ist einfach, aber nicht zu banal und lässt sich flüssig lesen. Es ist keine Hochkultur, aber dennoch ein gut geschriebenes, interessantes und lesenswertes Buch, das mich bis zur letzten Seite nicht langweilte. 

Eine klare Empfehlung für alle, die Jugendbücher mögen und sich vom Themenmix angesprochen fühlen. 

von mir gibt es 4 Sterne!

 

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review 2016-05-18 20:12
The Last Boy and Girl in the World
The Last Boy and Girl in the World - Siobhan Vivian

Keeley Hewitt has lived in Aberdeen her whole life. She's looking forward to having a terrific summer with her best friend Morgan and being a senior in high school next year. But things are falling apart for the small town. Due to severe flooding everyone living there is ordered to pack up their belongings and relocate. A dam will be constructed and a reservoir will be created. Keeley is determined to make sure everyone has fun before the end of Aberdeen. But things don't turn out the way she thought they would.

 

I love the concept of the book which is based on true events. The writing was great. I liked the different opinions and actions taken by the residents concerning the crisis. The characters were realistic and relatable. I really liked Keeley.

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review 2016-04-25 20:58
The Last Boy and Girl in the World/Siobahn Vivian
The Last Boy and Girl in the World - Siobhan Vivian

What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.

Almost.

It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.

 

This was a plot-driven story with really strong and unique characters.


Though from the introduction and the blurb I was expecting more magical realism, this was a book set completely in the real world, which disappointed me at first. Still, once I readjusted my expectations, I was able to get easily absorbed by this book; it was easy to get caught up in the flow of events and in the characters.


I loved that our main characters were different from most YA characters today. Keeley and Jesse are both pretty happy-go-lucky and concentrate more on making the people around them happy then themselves happy, which made for a really interesting dynamic later in the story. Especially in their small town setting, they stood out and made really interesting choices.


There was a friendship with three best friends that led to inevitable conflict that felt so real, and while I could see it coming and I groaned to myself, the mistakes that characters made were mistakes that I, too, could very easily make and I loved the realism. The ending in this regard really satisfied me, and I wouldn't have put the events any other way.


I would have liked a bit more development leading up to the ending as though it wasn't out of the blue, I would have liked more scenes between the main characters for me to be even more in love with them.


While I did enjoy reading this, it didn't particularly stand out from others. Still, I recommend it for a light read.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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