Paper Towns- John Green.
Paper Towns was, I believe, the one John Green book I really wanted to read, after I read TFiOS (so this puts me back to when that first came out) and yet, though I got the box set of his work last March, I only now have read this book I felt so sure would be a definite favourite. And, guess what? It wasn't a favourite. I'm not sure I even thought it was all that good. Full of incredibly beautiful, marvellous quotes, yes, but the story had very little else that appealed to me; Quentin was, I felt, a flimsy protagonist and his infatuation for Margo, the girl next door, was really a little odd. He was just completely in love with her, and there was really very little about her, that I could see, to make him see her as this goddess, brilliant, otherworldly type human. She, too, was just as flimsy and controlled by expectations as he, and so the love and admiration felt pretty odd... flat.
I'm glad to have (finally) read it, but didn't find the Favourite Green novel that I was certain I would. I found a bunch of great quotes, though!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone- Laini Taylor.
I can safely classify Daughter of Smoke and Bone alongside The Book Thief, and this is why: it is a book I got out from the library, read very little of and decided hastily was not for me. Somehow I decided to try it again, though my initial reaction hadn't been positive when I had given it a brief go, but the beautiful reviews I read and the love from reviewers for this series turned me back, and I ended up with my own copy. And WHAT A BOOK.
Goodness. It is a blindingly brilliant, gorgeously written book and an epic tale told so, so well. I was fascinated with all of it, completely smitten from start to finish- the end struck me a little glum, but I hope things progress in a more positive way in books 2 and 3. Which I will be reading. Soon.