While I found the story itself sad, haunting, and beautiful- at times the author's writing skills left me cringing. Some of her analogies were as if sWhile I found the story itself sad, haunting, and beautiful- at times the author's writing skills left me cringing. Some of her analogies were as if she just threw two words together and thought "That sounds smart!" The beginning of the book was stronger than the ending, which left me wanting and didn't feel much like an ending at all.
But with all of that aside, this is a good story. The family connections, the way Susie trails them through their grief and every day lives is what made the book for me. She longs for the life that was taken from her, the simple things that she'll never get to experience as she watches her sister grow up. She traces her killer, sees the ways that he tries to cover up the evidence of her death- she sees his memories and the other girls who died by his hand.
If you're able to over-look certain aspects of the story and take them with a grain of salt, this book is quite enjoyable....more
This is the most basic break down I have ever read of Shakespeare's work- it's great to familiarize yourself with a particular piece before reading anThis is the most basic break down I have ever read of Shakespeare's work- it's great to familiarize yourself with a particular piece before reading and dissecting the original version. I also highly recommend as a way for younger readers to get a feel for the bard....more
I must admit this series is my ultimate guilty pleasure read. I refer to the series as "my stories" like my grandma called her soaps. Logically I wou
I must admit this series is my ultimate guilty pleasure read. I refer to the series as "my stories" like my grandma called her soaps. Logically I would think I would hate it, but I've been reading since Marked & I'm still in love. I adore Zoey & Aphrodite, pretty much all the characters have lovable quirks. While I admit its not for everyone, I really enjoyed the latest installment. I am part Cherokee so I especially enjoy the interwoven mythology. My biggest gripe is the pop culture references which I feel drop the maturity level but do sometimes make me laugh. ...more
Please note, my original rating was a 2- after reading the rest of the series and stepping a assessing my enjoyment of the series, I changed my ratingPlease note, my original rating was a 2- after reading the rest of the series and stepping a assessing my enjoyment of the series, I changed my rating to 4/5.
Let me start by saying that I did NOT expect to enjoy this book much at all. I have a friend who recommended it to me very highly when "The Elite" came out. She informed me that I simply MUST read this series. So I gave it a shot, for her. Based on her description of the book, it sounded like a weird cross between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. Essentially, it sounded pretty bad to me.
Boy, was I wrong! I burned through "The Selection" and "The Elite", then had to twiddle my thumbs waiting on "The One" to be released. And I must say, I love this series as a whole, especially now that I have read the full trilogy.
I'm going to touch on some bullet points of what I enjoyed about this series and specifically this book: - America is fantastic. Truly. In terms of a comparison, you could relate her very easily to Katniss's character from The Hunger Games. She is feisty, rebellious, unconventional, makes a lot of mistakes yet remains very lovable. She is a true "heart of the people" character. - Despite what may feel like a contrived premise, the series is quite gripping and entertaining. There is so much more to the series than just the Selection process and fluffy romance (though this series is definitely a fluffy read, but a very enjoyable fluffy read). - Though the story is fluffy, it also has some substance beneath it, particularly in the way the government and caste systems are structured. I wish the history of Illea had been developed further in general throughout the series but what we do learn is interesting enough to make it the main grip of the story to me. - Prince Maxon is actually quite lovable and I found myself feeling for his story as much as I did for America's... Though I believe my favorite characters were actually Lady America's trio of palace maids. They are adorable enough to make an impact on the story. - Aspen. You will understand once you read it. I love Aspen.
I found myself becoming very wrapped up into the characters, particularly the more rebellious ones and the history of Illea. While the world is not as developed as it could be (and some of the characters are a bit one dimensional in this way as well) it does have an interesting, even if not original, premise.
I would recommend this book to: - Fans of dystopian and utopian YA literature. - Fans of strong female characters- I truly compare her story to that of Katniss. If you enjoyed the Capital and game preparation scenes of The Hunger Games then this will likely have the same type of charm. - Someone looking for a relatively light and fun read.
To sum it up, 4/5 stars for some underdevelopment but overall a recommended read within the YA lit genre.
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the House of Night series. I have read every book, novella, graphic novel, guide, etc. And Neferet is aLet me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the House of Night series. I have read every book, novella, graphic novel, guide, etc. And Neferet is absolutely one of the most interesting and intriguing characters in the series. I was seriously anticipating this novella, I pre-ordered it and ripped into it on day one.
Normally I drink this series in, I refer to it as my "stories" because let's face it, there is nothing profound here. It is just plain fun and I love the character and story evolution even if it feels like a bit of cash cow at times. But honestly, with Neferet's Curse, I was bored from practically page one.
This entire story was cliche, I called every move from the very beginning. There was no mystery, no curiosity or intrigue... it honestly felt like it was churned out just for the sake of producing another HoN addition. I won't give away any spoilers, but I have a feeling that anyone who has read any form of youth lit before will know the entire plot within one chapter.
I truly hate to say it, but unless you just NEED to read them all for continuity's sake, you can skip this one. It was hard for me to finish, I had to pretty much force myself in hopes that something would shock the story into being better. It adds nothing to the overall HoN story arc and honestly, made Neferet much more one dimensional for me....more