**Grades depend on style, technique, presentation, story, and cover art. :)
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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Books I've Read in 2012
1- Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Next on List:
-The Host by Stephenie Meyer -Bec by Darren Shan -The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
-Crazy In Love by Dandi Daley Mackall
-Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
-Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne -Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater -Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead -The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith -Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
2012 Release Dates
Fever by Lauren DeStefano 2/21/12 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 2/28/12 Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter 3/27/12 Destined by Aprilynne Pike 5/1/12 Insurgent by Veronica Roth 5/1/12 City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 5/8/12 Endure by Carrie Jones 5/8/12
I would say that this book is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Again, some mild sexual references, but nothing too extreme.
The cover art of this book is so significant to the story and I love the way it's tied in without giving too much away. It symbolizes the connection between the two most main characters and how the were brought together.
In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.
After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph -- his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother -- and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart -- destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, The Lucky One is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.
Secrets are a definite "no-no" in a relationship. There are too many problems they can create and without full trust on both parts, the relationship may be doomed to failure.
This was most definitely not my favorite of the Nicholas Sparks books. It started out very slow and character as well as plot development didn't really begin until the middle of the book. For a lot of the time I was reading it, I just wanted to stop. But, once it got into the main body of the plot, it was actually a decent read. I just think that it needs a fair warning that it may take a while to get to the heart of the book.
This book did have a rather cute storyline though. The fact that the entire relationship was based off of a picture completely falls under the catagory of hopelessly romantic. Although a little far fetched that one would actually find the person in the picture, it is still extremely sweet.
This story is another one involving a single mother of one son. Much like The Rescue. While not as heartfelt as The Rescue was, this story is still very touching and sweet. The connection made between the two lovers with the child in the middle is what single mothers are looking for. Someone to share that parental bond with, and someone for their child(ren) to look up to as a father figure.
I would recommend this book only with the warning of it's slow beginning (there is too much unnecessary information in the beginning that takes up too much time, dragging the story on and on, eliminating anticipation for what may happen next) and it is re-readable, but only because of how wholesome the story itself is.
My name is Ali and I love to read and write. I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic and that reflects in both my reading and my writing. I'm a 21 year old college student and I like long walks on the beach. Haha, just kidding. ;)