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message 1: by Inge (new)

Inge Oh dear!


message 2: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Oh my gosh -- I'm so nervous about whether or not you're gonna absolutely love it. @_@


message 3: by Scarlet (new)

Scarlet I hope you find something redeeming about this book...I certainly didn't!


message 4: by Victoria (new)

Victoria I'm very curious on what your opinion will be on this book.


message 5: by Keertana (new)

Keertana @Inge: I should have listened to your review and steered clear of this book in the library, but instead I checked it out. It isn't bad, but I can't finish it. I simply do not freaking care. *sigh*

@Amelia: Aww, I'm so sorry to disappoint but I wasn't a big fan of this one! I love the concept and the writing and the plot, but Grace hasn't grown on me and neither has the romance, so I don't care enough to continue with this past the 63% mark I'm stuck on right now...

@Scarlet: I did find a lot of redeeming qualities, but not enough to make me finish this one! :/

@Victoria: You'll see soon...I have a nice review planned out in my head that actually isn't snarky (isn't that a surprise?) so hopefully it'll be up on GoodReads sometime soon!(:


message 6: by Inge (last edited Oct 07, 2012 08:45AM) (new)

Inge Usually I'm right! ;) But of course, you have to see for yourself. I'm sorry you didn't like it as much!


message 7: by Keertana (new)

Keertana @Inge: Yup, you usually are but funnily enough, none of the major qualms you had with this book were the ones I had. I had completely different issues with it, but it all boils down to the fact that I couldn't get through it. I really wanted to like it too...I think I'll stick to Stiefvater's newer books I think.

@Stargirl1234: The Scorpio Races is amazing. It's one of the best books I've read ever so you definitely need to pick up a copy soon. You'll love it - there's no way you can't. ;)


message 8: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I guess it is a little slow, but I like slow-moving books. I actually thought Shiver would have been something I liked if the beginning was slower and more explained... Either way, TSR is a class all of its own. I loved it, so I hope you do too!(:


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa This is one of those books that seems to have very polar reactions. A lot of people love it, others (like me) couldn't stand it. I'm reading The Raven Boys now and I'm liking it much better than Shiver but not loving it. The writing is more enjoyable (way less purple but still descriptive), I like the characters more, no instalove so far, but the plot is very slow moving.


message 10: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Sorry this one didn't work for you!


message 11: by Lisa (last edited Oct 07, 2012 04:12PM) (new)

Lisa Stargirl1234 wrote: "Lisa wrote: "This is one of those books that seems to have very polar reactions. A lot of people love it, others (like me) couldn't stand it. I'm reading The Raven Boys now and I'm liking it much..."

I actually like Stiefvater's writing this time around. I think her style lends itself well to the third person perspective. The four Raven boys are likable so far and I'm intrigued by their histories. I'm not sure how I feel about Blue yet but I definitely don't dislike her. I just wish the plot was moving a little quicker.


message 12: by Sarah Marie (new)

Sarah Marie I started it in May and got halfway through it in one night. I liked it, but I got sidetracked while reading another book. I should probably pick it up again. Can't wait to see what you think.


message 13: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Lauren wrote: "Sorry this one didn't work for you!"

I know! I am too! I loved the idea, but I just couldn't feel anything for Sam and Grace! :( *sigh* I think I'll stick with The Raven Cycle in the future... I might give Ballad a go though, so we'll see how that turns out.


message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan I'm sorry to see you're not very happy with this book. I found it rather enjoyable, I'm actually on the 2nd book. Don't get me wrong, I've read better lol. In regards to the The Raven Boys, I found that extremely engrossing! I keep hearing about the Scorpio Races, I'm not sure if I want to check them out yet though.


message 15: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Megan, The Scorpio Races is one of the best books I've ever read and even die-hard Maggie fans have admitted that its her best work. If you liked The Raven Boys and Shiver, then you'll love TSR without a doubt, so I hope you decide to pick it up!(:


message 16: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I wish I could have felt for the characters, Jordyn. I know if I had, I would have loved this book too. Stiefvater always has some of the most unique concepts, so I was quite upset this one didn't work out for me. :/ Oh, well. *shrug*


message 17: by Megan (new)

Megan I think once I finish Linger I'll pick up the first of TSR. I'll let you know what I think of it after I read it :-) I think I'll enjoy it as I have with her other books.


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Maggie Stiefvater's writing seems to vary a lot. Liking one of her series doesn't mean you'll love the rest, and hating one doesn't mean you'll hate the rest or so I gather from my friends' reviews.


message 19: by Keertana (new)

Keertana @Jordyn: Aww, I'm sorry TSR didn't work out for you! :/ I hope you have better luck with TRB though! :D

@Lisa: I agree - it's such a hit-and-miss and varies from book-to-book, so she isn't one of those authors you can simply write off either. Plus, each of her books seem to work for well or not-so-well for different people, so you just have to give them a shot yourself.

@Sam: Phew, I'm glad it wasn't just me! If their relationships had had a more solid foundation, I know I would have really enjoyed this one, so that was unfortunate. I do hope you enjoy TSR when you give it a try though, Sam. It's her best work in my opinion (I haven't read Ballad yet), but I loved it and I can't wait to see what you think of it as well!(:


message 20: by Inge (new)

Inge I do agree with you. That's what bugged me the most - the minute Sam turns into a human, they sleep in the same bed and they're making out and dating, and their parents don't notice a thing. Then they're together all the time because they can't be apart and suddenly all her friends are irrelevant.

I swear, some people..!


message 21: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I knowww! Gahh, it was irritating. I needed more development...it would have been SUCH a good book if a little MORE was there! :/ I have yet to find a truly marvelous werewolf book...looks like I'm going to just contend myself with my Tonks and Lupin fanfiction! ;)


message 22: by Inge (new)

Inge I would recommend L.J. Smith, as always, but the werewolf thing isn't really prominent in there. I was in several bookstores today and saw The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice several times, but I don't know if it's any good. She's the queen of vampires though, so maybe she'll give a nice twist to lycantropy as well?


message 23: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I loved Derek in The Darkest Powers trilogy, so I have to agree with you on that one. I'll check out The Silver Wolf for sure now, Stargirl1234. Thanks! :)


message 24: by Keertana (new)

Keertana It sounds fantastic, so I'm sure I'll love it too! :D


message 25: by Redwolf (new)

Redwolf I agree that the pace was too fast but i loved the book nonetheless.


message 26: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I'm so glad you did! :) I know a lot of readers enjoyed it and I wish I could have been one of them. I've loved Stiefvater's other work though, so I guess this was an outlier of sorts for me. :/


message 27: by K. (new)

K. Haha, Keertana! My favourite part: "I wanted her to gradually develop a friendship with Sam the human and then fall in love with him. Whatever anyone may say, a wolf and a human are two very different creatures."


message 28: by Keertana (new)

Keertana :D It sounds funny, but it was such a huge road block for me in the novel. Grace was actually in love with the WOLF who saved her, not the human he became, but to her, it was all the same apparently. Maybe I'm just more demanding of the people I meet in life? O.o.


message 29: by K. (new)

K. Well, I will definitely have a higher rating of the book than you. And I also have something to say about this particular issue but right now I'm just trying to gather my thoughts for a review. But for now...I don't think Sam and Grace's instant connection was so weird, hmmm... ;)


message 30: by Inge (new)

Inge Keertana wrote: ":D It sounds funny, but it was such a huge road block for me in the novel. Grace was actually in love with the WOLF who saved her, not the human he became, but to her, it was all the same apparentl..."

You're not more demanding, your problem is just that you're not a Mary Sue YA main character and therefore you will never have two, let alone one, boyfriends. But when you do get a boyfriend, it won't be a manipulative douche, so that's a plus :D

But seriously, that was my biggest piece of criticism as well. She knew Sam for years, but she only knew the wolf. From the minute they could talk, they lived together and slept in the same bed and became a couple. That is just.. no.


message 31: by Keertana (new)

Keertana K. wrote: "Well, I will definitely have a higher rating of the book than you. And I also have something to say about this particular issue but right now I'm just trying to gather my thoughts for a review. But..."

I saw your review, K., and I loved your take on their romance. I do agree that it was a bonding of souls, but I guess I wasn't able to feel that connection as palpably when Sam was a human. I don't know why, but for some reason, I was unable to connect with their quickly blooming relationship once Grace figured out Sam's secret. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it, though. I really wish I could've loved it more!


message 32: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Inge wrote: "Keertana wrote: ":D It sounds funny, but it was such a huge road block for me in the novel. Grace was actually in love with the WOLF who saved her, not the human he became, but to her, it was all t..."

Inge, you're a sweetheart!<3 What would I do without you, dear? (Thankfully, I'll never know since we'll be cat spinsters together! :D )

Like you, though, I felt that Sam the wolf and Sam the human were so completely different. I think it's great that Grace was able to accept Sam as a human so easily, but I wasn't able to, unfortunately. :/ (On the other hand, Stiefvater's other romances have worked for me really well, so this seems to be an outlier...)


message 33: by Mike (new)

Mike I'd actually like to debate the point about the wolf and human being too different. Well, not that exactly, but the point you made in your review about the insta-love. I bought that Grace would be infatuated enough with Sam that it would feel like love until she really did love him. I understand why you wouldn't, but it didn't bother me the way it seemed to bother you.


message 34: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Mike wrote: "I'd actually like to debate the point about the wolf and human being too different. Well, not that exactly, but the point you made in your review about the insta-love. I bought that Grace would b..."

I'm glad it worked out for you, Mike, and I know so many of my friends who just loved this. I wish it could have worked that well for me, but it unfortunately didn't. I think that was the only issue that really made or broke this series for people. :/


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