It's been nice to be able to read about the milestones my baby is going to be hitting in each month of her life. There are also some good recommendatiIt's been nice to be able to read about the milestones my baby is going to be hitting in each month of her life. There are also some good recommendations for how to dress your baby and how often to do things like bathe and do tummy time. However, when it comes to specific issues my baby might be having, I feel like the information is a bit too broad and not super helpful. It also is super geared toward breastfeeding. That's great for a lot of moms, but I am unable to breastfeed, so it gets frustrating when I'm reading about how to handle something and it continually refers to nursing but never refers to formula. But it is great for general information about a baby's development and what to expect on that front....more
There is a ton of really good information in this book. I was always reading what was happening every month and week of my pregnancy, and I really appThere is a ton of really good information in this book. I was always reading what was happening every month and week of my pregnancy, and I really appreciated all the information I got from that. It was also very reassuring to read that the symptoms I was experiencing were completely normal. I would definitely recommend this, especially for a woman pregnant with her first....more
I thought this story had a really interesting concept. It was fairly unique, and I enjoyed reading about the world Aveyard created. I liked Mare's chaI thought this story had a really interesting concept. It was fairly unique, and I enjoyed reading about the world Aveyard created. I liked Mare's character, for the most part, though I thought she and all the other characters could have been a little better developed. I didn't see the twist coming, though I feel like I really should have after finishing. But that is usually a sign of a very well-developed twist.
In all, I enjoyed this book a lot, and I will definitely be looking into the rest of the series....more
This is probably more like 2.5 stars, but I felt like rounding up. There is a ton of setup to get to the real meat of this story, and there are a tonThis is probably more like 2.5 stars, but I felt like rounding up. There is a ton of setup to get to the real meat of this story, and there are a ton of characters involved in that setup. That makes for a bit of a slow start. It took me awhile to get into it, and I just wasn't finding myself really caring about any of the characters until probably halfway through the book.
It's a pretty complicated story, but it is interesting once you get into it. It just takes a bit to get to that point....more
It has been I don't know how many years since I read this book, and while I probably enjoyed it more the first time I read it than this time around, iIt has been I don't know how many years since I read this book, and while I probably enjoyed it more the first time I read it than this time around, it isn't bad. It's set in the early 1970s, and while that's not exactly modern Israel anymore, it is always interesting to read about the culture of the Holy Land.
I found it most interesting to look at why many Jewish people find Christianity so difficult to come to terms with. I hadn't ever really thought about why the idea of a God becoming a man to save other men could be a hard idea to swallow. ...more
For some reason, my previous review of this book isn't coming up because I chose a different edition this time around. So here's my original review beFor some reason, my previous review of this book isn't coming up because I chose a different edition this time around. So here's my original review because I don't want to rewrite it:
This is probably more like 3.5 stars. As always, Stiefvater deals in the darker side of the supernatural. This book is about the spiritual aspect of the supernatural—there are psychics and witches and ghosts. I love Stiefvater's prose. It's so poetic, and she has this way of making stories set in the present feel like they should be taking place hundreds of years ago.
One thing I really liked about this book was that while there was the shadow of a possibility of a love triangle, it never materialized. What Blue, Adam, Gansey, Noah, and Ronan are going through is so much bigger than any high-school angst, and you can feel that as you read. There's mutual attraction, and the idea of Blue's true love is a huge part of the story. But Blue has been told by all the psychics she knows (which is a lot) that if she were to kiss her true love, he would die. That knowledge, along with the mystery of the ley line and King Glendower, overshadow the potential for an angst-ridden love story, which was a refreshing change.
Stiefvater is so good at writing deep, complex characters. Deep, complex characters that are pretty irreversibly screwed up. That's what makes them so compelling. That alone is why I keep going back to her novels.
*Update* I still think the same as the above, though I might have liked this book a little better the second time around. Though that may have been because I couldn't remember most of what happened. I really do love Stiefvater's characters. ...more
This might be the first book I've read about the trek west that didn't involve the Mormon pioneers, and I found it to be pretty interesting. I've readThis might be the first book I've read about the trek west that didn't involve the Mormon pioneers, and I found it to be pretty interesting. I've read quite a bit about the hardships of the journey, which is really what this book focuses on, so none of it was particularly new. This is also one of the simpler plots that I've read in a while. There were no twists, no huge secrets that the reader doesn't know already or learn within the first few chapters. But honestly, that was a bit refreshing. I know there will be more in the series, but I wasn't left with a cliffhanger ending or a million unanswered questions.
I really like Lee Westfall. I love how strong she is and how much she is capable of doing on her own. I also loved the way Carson weaved in the struggles of women in particular. Leah is left alone in tragic circumstances, and she is incapable of making her own way because she is a woman. She can't enter into contracts or own her own land or make her own decisions. And I love how that is a major theme throughout the story. Lee encounters women who are strong in a variety of ways, and they each teach her something about herself.
I will definitely be looking out for the remaining books in the series. I want to see how Lee's story unfolds....more
Here's the basic plot: James Halliday created the OASIS, a virtual reality so lifelike that most people end up going to school, working, and playing wHere's the basic plot: James Halliday created the OASIS, a virtual reality so lifelike that most people end up going to school, working, and playing within the system rather than in real life. It is where most people spend their free time. A combination of a global economic collapse and global warming have created a rather bleak and dangerous landscape. The OASIS is the perfect way to escape the hardships of real life. When Halliday dies with no heirs to his vast fortune, he decides to issue a contest: Whoever can find his hidden Easter egg will inherit all that Halliday left behind.
This is probably more like 4.5 stars. I'm not entirely sure why it took me SO LONG to finish this book, because I was entirely fascinated from the first page. I really enjoyed this book. It's set in one of the most realistic futures that I've ever seen. I could absolutely see our society crumbling into the world that Cline created. It's a world where virtual reality becomes the escape from a brutal actual reality for most people in the world, and where most relationships are solely online relationships with no contact in the real world.
Those who devote their lives to hunting for the egg are called gunters, and they collectively fight against the Sixers, who are employees of a vast corporation that is trying to take over the OASIS. I loved the struggle between those who wanted to maintain the freedom of the OASIS and the corporation that was trying to take that freedom away. I also loved rooting for the underdog the entire book.
I also really came to love Parzival, Art3mis, and Aech. They each had nice characterization and development. I was rooting for them all and found myself getting completely caught up in their quest to beat the Sixers. Plus, the pervasiveness of '80s pop culture was super fun. ...more
I enjoyed the different nature of this book. Especially with YA, you get so used to reading only about the "chosen one"; the one that gets turned intoI enjoyed the different nature of this book. Especially with YA, you get so used to reading only about the "chosen one"; the one that gets turned into a vampire, or finds the magical amulet, or is the only one with the skills to save the world from whatever supernatural calamity is coming next. So it was nice to hear about the kids in the background, the kids who are affected by the calamity but have no part in averting it.
It was a bit refreshing to read about some normal activities in a YA book: Friend drama, graduating from high school, going to college. It was a quick read, and I cared enough about the characters to get sucked into their stories. It certainly didn't hold a candle to Ness's Chaos Walking series, but it did have his ability to create deep, dynamic characters that you really care about....more
I love books about books. Rather, I love books about people who love books so much that they become an integral part of their lives. This was one of tI love books about books. Rather, I love books about people who love books so much that they become an integral part of their lives. This was one of those interesting cases where the prose was fairly straightforward and basic without a lot of flowery language and imagery, but it worked so well with A.J.'s character. I loved A.J. And all the people in his life. I loved watching him remember how to live and love again. I loved watching him learn to be a father. And I did love how all the parts of the story came together in the end. This truly was a beautiful novel. ...more
This was definitely a thriller of a book, and it was often very creepy. But it was well written, and I found myself sucked into the story from the firThis was definitely a thriller of a book, and it was often very creepy. But it was well written, and I found myself sucked into the story from the first chapter. I wanted to know who Hannah was and what she was running from, and then I became fascinated by how this horrifying history had continued through the generations. Jakab was a terrifying villain, and I loved that Jones went into his background and how he came to be who he was.
I don't want to say much about what happens in the book because discovering it as you read is part of what made the story so intriguing. But I will say that I often found myself feeling like I needed to validate the people around me to make sure that they were who they claimed to be. I also wouldn't necessarily suggest reading this right before bed. It gave me a couple of weird dreams.
As a warning, this book does have violent and rather gory sections. There is no swearing and no graphic sex, but there is gore. So be wary if you have a difficult time with that....more