I love mythology. I adored the first book and the second one is just as good. Maybe even better. I enjoy the idea of Greek mythology existing in the m...moreI love mythology. I adored the first book and the second one is just as good. Maybe even better. I enjoy the idea of Greek mythology existing in the modern day world. Can't wait for the next installment. Oh, and Henry frustrates me so much! But I still heart him :)(less)
Plot: *warning, may be a little fan girlish* I was DYING to read this book. I had heard a little bit of a hype surronding this book (and got to chat w...morePlot: *warning, may be a little fan girlish* I was DYING to read this book. I had heard a little bit of a hype surronding this book (and got to chat with Kristi Cook a little bit at the Book Blogger Chat) so I just had had had to read it. I LOVE boarding schools, I don’t know why but whenever a book is based at a boarding school I just absolutely want to read it. So.. Kristi has given me a book with a boarding school.. throws in a little Twilight (which I think is a GOOD THING) and a little bit of Buffy. Perfect recipe for awesomeness :))) The secrets and twists kept coming until the very end.
Characters: Violet was a little hard to connect to for me. She has these powers that she wishes she doesn’t have. She goes to a school where those powers are completely ACCEPTED and she finally feels at home. Yet, she still wishes to be “normal”. I was so frustrated with her sometimes I wanted to yell at her. Accept who YOU ARE, please (and that goes out to ALL teenagers in YA EVER). I know it’s a personal struggle that takes time, but it seemed like Winterhaven was the perfect place for her to accept herself. At Winterhaven, Violet meets a group of girls who pretty much instantly become her friends. This group of girls were one of my favorite aspects of this book. They each had their own personalities yet as a group they just clicked. I wish Cece would be my best friend :)
Other Stuffs: Aidan makes me a little swoony, that is all. There *is* a reason why these t-shirts exist!
Plot: Danny is from a family of mages who are desperately trying to hold on to their powers after years of isolation from their homeworld, Westil. The...morePlot: Danny is from a family of mages who are desperately trying to hold on to their powers after years of isolation from their homeworld, Westil. They are slowly weakening because a long time ago a gatemage closed the way back to their homeworld. Danny has to escape from his family and into the real world... where he learns of a whole new world that he didn't know existed. There are Westilians everywhere, not part of one of the royal families. He learns more about his family’s past, about Westil’s past, and more about the banned knowledge of gatemagery.
Characters: Danny is a bit of prankster. Throughout the book you learn that he can’t really help it and he does mature a bit by the end. He has a snarky mouth and likes to play tricks on people just because he thinks it’s funny. These traits would probably annoy the crap outta me in real life, but reading about it is fun :) His foster family, the Silvermans, were the perfect answer for Danny. They truly cared about him. But they still let him live his life and learn what he needed to learn, despite the risks.
Other Stuffs: Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors of all time. I fell in love with Ender’s Game years ago and haven’t looked back. I am making it a goal of mine to read Pathfinder sometime this month, I’ve had it for awhile I just haven’t had the chance to read it.
Plot: It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. I’m not sure why but after awhile I was totally invested in the book. I loved the premi...morePlot: It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. I’m not sure why but after awhile I was totally invested in the book. I loved the premise (I have a HUGE weak spot for dystopian) because I can EASILY see our society turning into the society in Awaken. Everything is digitalized, people rarely socialize. It’s scary... this might be us in 10+ years. Through a little rebellion (okay... maybe a lot) Maddy choses her own future.
Characters: Maddy is a strong character. She’s on the verge of falling into a completely digitlized life when Justin whisks her out of that life. He shows her that there’s more to life than staring at a computer screen. The romance that develops between them is SO refreshing. It’s realistic, it shows that not every single romance is automatically perfect. Most YA’s now have two characters who are in love and that love is never doubted. However, in Awaken you get to see that relationships actually you know... take work *gasp*.
Other Stuffs: I hated hated hated the generic names for all the computerized things... It really irked me but eventually I got over it. I also struggled (and still am struggling) with the idea of digital school. It’s sooo compelling (free education for EVERYONE? including college?) yet this book demonstrates that there needs to be a line somewhere or else our humanity slips away. Definitely made me think and I think that it’s actually something society will have to deal with eventually. Dystopian books that deal with technology can seem a little bit preachy at times but I didn’t feel that with this book. It was just shown to us exactly how it affected these peoples lives. I recommend this book to any love of dystopian.
Plot: This book captured me like only a couple books ever had. This book reminded me why I keep reading YA and love the genre. I was totally captivate...morePlot: This book captured me like only a couple books ever had. This book reminded me why I keep reading YA and love the genre. I was totally captivated with the story of Lena and Alex. A society who believes love is a disease... a society who cuts into peoples brains and essentially removes any emotions from them? oh-my-goodness...
Plot: The plot had me wanting to read more and more, I stayed up late trying to finish it but I just couldn’t stay up anymore. I did finish it as soon...morePlot: The plot had me wanting to read more and more, I stayed up late trying to finish it but I just couldn’t stay up anymore. I did finish it as soon as I woke up though! :) However, the plot doesn’t really have that much action in it. The main scene throughout the whole book is the house in which Rhine and her fellow sister wives are being kept. Don’t let the lack of scenery changes fool you though, you feel like you are in that house experiencing everything Rhine is. Lauren DeStefano had me captivated by this world and needing to hear Rhine's story.
Characters: You can’t help but adore Rhine. She’s strong, she’s independent, she’s smart. She’s totally focused on saving her brother. Her situation is tough but she never loses sight of what’s important to her. Linden, the husband, is another character that I kinda felt bad for. It seemed like he was just as much of a prisoner to his Father as the brides were. He didn’t really understand the whole story behind how the girls came to be his wives and he lived in his own little world of ignorance and bliss. The sister wives are loveable, even if one of them is a bit cranky :)
Other Stuffs: As I’ve said time and time again, I heart dystopian novels. I love the fact that in Wither you are thrown into this world that is, to me, scary. I’d already be dead for 5 years if I lived in this world. However, the characters in this book draw you away from the scary world and into their own story. I adored this book and can’t wait for the next in the series!