Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t really decide to read it until I saw the movie trailer. Honestly, I didn’t 100% love it. I think I might like the movie more than the book, which feels like a sin to say. I liked how Greg tried to be friends with everyone and wished that he didn’t feel like he had to lose that status to be friends with Rachel. I think Rachel was the best character in the story and she really got the least book time. I almost wished the focus was more on her rather than on Greg. Earl was also a really interesting character and I feel like he had the better character arc. I would definitely have loved the book if it was from Earl’s POV. I am excited to see the movie and how they flesh out the book.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
I cannot wait until Queen of Shadows comes out, so to bide time, I listened to The Assassin’s Blade. It was all five novellas in one book. I really enjoyed learning more about Celaena’s history, especially Sam. I could not believe the way she was treated by her master, and it was so interesting to see how she stood up for her beliefs and worked to save slaves even though it risked her own life. The slow burn between Celaena and Sam was awesome. I know that further on in the story, we have new boys in her life we love (Dorian) but I cannot help but wish there was some more Sam. I think I enjoyed Celaena’s time in the desert the best. And the book definitely made me so much more excited for Queen of Shadows.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
Confess was my first Colleen Hoover and definitely will not be my last. Both main characters, Auburn and Owen were amazing and the way the stories flowed together was so well done. I listened to the audiobook and felt like it helped me connect even more to the book. Colleen’s writing was flawless and I loved her style. I can definitely see why others have raved about her work. I was a little worried with the NA genre that it would be overly sexualized, but I did not feel that way at all. Both Auburn and Owen had a lot of baggage, but neither of them really did anything bad to get that baggage. It was almost like bad luck or bad timing and caring too much. The coolest part of the story were Owen’s secrets. It was like PostSecret mixed with art. I really wish I could have been his images come to life. Sometimes it is so hard to confess all your secrets, but in this case, it was exactly what was needed.