Saturday, January 3, 2015
Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
There is so much I adored about this book. I can't even say that there was anything about it I disliked. Because there are no silly break-ups. There is not kissing of other people. There is no drama that ruins the relationship. There is one other thing, but I understood it, and it was done really well. I didn't dislike it.
Mostly I just loved this book to pieces. The writing is stunning and a bit fun, because Sage is all kinds of awesome. My god. I adored this girl. I loved how she is described; with her big butt and her huge heart. And her shadowy past. I adored every part of her. She's all kinds of amazing. Just.. I adored Sage. I loved how she did the post-it thing on her school; it was so kind. And I loved getting to know about her past too. She's been through a lot, and I just adored her more for it, because she's so awesome now. Sigh. And her Aunt Gabby. Eeek. She was amazing as well, and I loved getting to know more about her as well. She cared a lot for Sage, which I loved so much. Their house is just the cutest. And Sage rides a bike everywhere! I adored how she cares about all things Green. And not getting into a car. She's awesome. I loved reading about Sage.
In the beginning of this book, she spends all her time with best friend Ryan. And no one else. But then Ryan does something really stupid, and I won't get into all of that, but yeah. I didn't like Ryan much. And I'm glad she didn't go back to being with him all the time. He acted like an idiot. Sigh. But they were great friends, still. Anyway. Because of what he did, she's finally getting knew friends. She meets Lila. Whom I adored so much. I loved reading about her; she's all kinds of sweet. I loved their friendship.
Then there is Shane. Sigh. I loved him from the moment he arrived in this book. And I adored how taken Sage was with him. And then their friendship began. And it starts small, but it gets so big, and it is the bestest thing. Their friendship is the sweetest. Especially as Sage is into him all the time, lol. Her thoughts are just the most awesome. Then their friendship turns into more. And it happens sort of slow, maybe, but either way, I adored it to pieces. The relationship between Shane and Sage was the best :)
But then there is just Shane. Whom is such an amazing person. He is so shy at times. Yet he has such a big heart. And he's so sweet. And getting to know his past. Sigh. It made my heart hurt. And his dad. Ugh. Wishing he cared more. Shane deserves to get all the love. Because he is the best boy. I loved how kind and sweet he is. I loved how he plays and sings. I just loved how he is trying his best. He has my heart. I adored how neither of them had been in a relationship before; made me care even more. <3
There isn't much happening in this book, it is more about relationships. And I adored that to pieces. Because there is no silly drama. And the characters are all so adorable and fun and I loved them all. And the romance. Sigh. I cannot wait to re-read this book. Because the romance is the best and it made me smile so many times and I just. I would love a sequel to this book. <3 I would read anything that has more of Sage and Shane together. And Lila. And Aunt Gabby. Yeah. I just want more of everything :)
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things is a stunning book. It is full of amazingly done characters, great friendships and heartbreaking pasts. This book is special to me. And I'm so glad I read it. The writing is perfection. The characters are the best. And I cannot even talk about the romance. It is so so good. It's sweet and fun and just perfect. I'm so glad I read this book. And I know it will be a book I shall re-read a bunch of times. <3 Because, yeah. No drama and lots of love. This book was pretty amazing. Much love.
Huge thank you to Fierce Reads / Macmillan Kids for hosting the very amazing twitter giveaway that I won, so that I could get this very amazing review copy. <3 Thank you. This ARC will forever be special to me, as I adored this book so much. I cannot wait for my hardcover to arrive in April as well. Which feels forever away. Hmph. But oh. I just really think you should all read this book. Because it is sweet and real and just all kinds of amazing. I loved it so much. And I think everyone else will too. Go pre-order it. <3
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Oh dear!! I SO NEED THIS ONE!! I adore Ann Aguirre so MUCH and I knew I'd love this one, but I'm so happy to hear that you loved this one, Carina!!ReplyDelete
I have been looking and seeing this one all over lately. Glad to see it is getting good reviews from you:)ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!! It sounds absolutely adorable. I'm glad you enjoyed the romance and the characters! :)ReplyDelete
I am going to have to add this to my TBR! I love Ann's work and am sure I will enjoy this!ReplyDelete
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
Wow, this book sounds amazing, I will definitely need to add it to my list.ReplyDelete
I adore Ann Aguirre - I enjoy her fantasy/sci-fi much more than her contemporary, but your review has convinced me to give this one a go!ReplyDelete
Ack. You're so lucky!!! I'm so jealous. Pretty surprised with this new development, though. I rarely see you enjoy contemporaries. :)ReplyDelete
I have this and now I want to read it even more!! You are like me, soooo picky with contemp stories because I hardly ever read them, so I'm glad to hear this one really worked for you!ReplyDelete
I've had my eye on this book for sometime now Carina, so I'm thrilled to know that you really enjoyed, the cover is super cute too! April seems like such a long way away, but hopefully the wait will be worth it! Fab review! :)ReplyDelete
I didn't read this review *too* closely because I have this book for review as well. I'm crazy picky with contemporary novels (I usually hate them lol), but this one sounds lovely. Plus, I LOVE Ann's books! So I think we're good. Excellent review, Carina!ReplyDelete
Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
I can't remember the last time I've seen a review of a contemporary romance book, Carina and as a lover of contemporary romance I'm excited to see this one. I love the sound of it and your excitement makes me giddy to read it too! Lovely review! :)ReplyDelete
OH MY GOSH, CARINA!!! I need to read this ASAP - "beautiful writing, stunning characters, perfect romance" without "silly drama?!" I'm sold right there. It's especially telling since you don't' read this genre much. I can't wait to meet these characters for myself!! Great review.ReplyDelete
I'm so happy you enjoyed this as much as me! It's such a lovely book, and so wonderfully drama free. SO happy they don't break up for a stupid reason and that there's no love triangle. Fingers crossed we get more books like this in 2015!ReplyDelete
Lovely review, and thanks for sharing, sweetie. :)
Oh my gosh, yay! I looove Ann Aguirre, so of course I was excited to read this, and now I'm even more so, since you loved it. :) I'll have to read my ARC ASAP. :D :DReplyDelete