I really liked this book. It was very well written, and thought provoking. It made me cry! But, I loved the emphasis and importance this book gives to...moreI really liked this book. It was very well written, and thought provoking. It made me cry! But, I loved the emphasis and importance this book gives to words, and of course, how can I not love the idea of books being so precious and loved?! A great book, one everyone should read. It would be 4.5 stars if I could. (less)
I did like this book. It was interesting, and I really liked it. However, the end was a little bizarre, and seemed rushed. Overall though, a good book...moreI did like this book. It was interesting, and I really liked it. However, the end was a little bizarre, and seemed rushed. Overall though, a good book. One I would recommend! *** The more I think about the ending, the more I like it! It makes more sense to me now, and I love it! It's far more clever than I originally gave it credit for!(less)
Update- This is the first time I've read this book more than once in a year in a while. I used to read it pretty much back to back when I was younger,...moreUpdate- This is the first time I've read this book more than once in a year in a while. I used to read it pretty much back to back when I was younger, but have recently spaced it out to once a year, or every other year. I listed to it on audio this time and while I do prefer reading it myself, it does make it easier to cry when someone else is reading it to me. :P
Just reread this book, again, and I tell you. No matter how many times I read it, (and I think I've passed 50) it never gets old. Every time I read this, I love Billy and those dogs a little more and I sob every single time.
I absolutely LOVE this book. I would call it my favorite of all time! This book is so incredibly amazing!!
I LOVE this book! I have decided I want to get it in as many editions as possible. I am not entirely sure why, other than I love it! Some are odd, but I love them! I read them when I was younger, and was shocked to learn that Happily Ever After was NOT the way the stories ended! (less)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth[Image] by Carrie Ryan is my first real experience with zombies, and I can't say I was disappointed. It was... Wow.
There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book, something I really didn't like about this book, and things I didn't really like, but couldn't have had it happen any other way. Sigh... I love when a book can bring such varied reactions at the same time while still being great! This is definitely a book that grabs your attention and keeps it, all the way to the end.
I do wish that we had learned more about the Sisterhood and the Guardians. Both groups (but especially the Sisterhood) gave off these real creepy sinister vibes, but we never really get to learn about them. It's hinted at and alluded too, but never spoken.
I also was fairly dissatisfied by the ending. It left a lot of unanswered questions, some I believe will be answered in the sequel(s), but some I imagine will never be answered. The very end was also the only time I actually felt that Mary was selfish. I've read quite a few reviews that complain about how selfish Mary is throughout the entire story, but I didn't see it. Sure, she was a teenager with the natural amounts of self-centeredness that goes along with that, but I didn't think she was anymore selfish than the average teenager, until her choices at the very end, which I won't tell you (obviously) because it would be a shame to spoil this book for you like that.
Although there were a few things I didn't love about this book, for the most part I was incredibly pleased. The writing was wonderful and captivating, beautiful and heartbreaking. I love that the undead were referred to as 'unconsecrated'. It changed the rhythm of the story (if that makes sense) and I definitely liked it. Any way you talk about them though, I definitely don't want to live in a world where zombies exist. ~shudder~
This book, although beautifully written and brilliantly designed is not a happy book. It's about the end of the world, and zombies, so it's to be expected. And, while I definitely prefer reading books with a happy ending and lots of closure, the stark realities of their world, and the unhappiness they have to live with is infinitely more logical, likely and realistic. So, even while crying, and wishing things had ended differently, this ending made sense to me, and felt right.
This is definitely a book that will stay with me for a while. And, I'm eagerly awaiting the chance to read the sequels.(less)
Brilliant. I don't have the words to do justice to this book. It was beautifully written with so much passion and feeling behind every word, each phra...moreBrilliant. I don't have the words to do justice to this book. It was beautifully written with so much passion and feeling behind every word, each phrase and every telling of the various parts and pieces that make up this story. I don't know how to describe how it made me feel, other than to say this book was utterly, completely and totally brilliant. (less)
I first heard about The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens from Becky, who blogs at Escapism through Books. She was talking about it, and wrote a really stellar review of the book (read it, you know you want to!). I left a comment mentioning that I thought it sounded like a great book, and being the wonderful person Becky is, she sent me her copy!! (Thanks Becky. You are made of awesome!)
The book starts out as so many of these intense fantasy series do- It has children (girl, boy, girl) mysteriously/suspiciously missing parents, a prophecy (of sorts) and the understanding that these seemingly unimportant, average orphans are going to change the fate of the world. Everyone has read a book like this recently. I can almost guarantee it. Sure, the number of children, their gender, why/how the parents went missing and the specifics of the prophecy all change, but the basic storyline is the same. When the book started out, following this pattern, I admit that I groaned a little bit. But then, the story moved on and became something completely wonderful. The basic outline laid out for us, Stephens then delves into his own specific mysteries and magics and I was swept away.
Kate has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility for her younger siblings. Her parent's went missing when she was four years old, and right before being taken from them, her mother made her promise that she would keep her siblings safe. That's a lot of pressure to put on a four year old, and Kate feels it at times, but she never tries to avoid it. The children have an amazingly strong bond, and they are deeply loyal to each other. Kate is also the most sure that her parents are not dead, because just after her mother made Kate promise to keep her siblings safe, she also promised Kate that they would all be together again someday.
Michael is more of a dreamer. He's learned to cope with the increasingly horrible conditions in the various orphanages they are forced to live in by imagining hidden and secret worlds, and he is especially fascinated by dwarfs. Emma, the youngest is fierce and tough, having learned early on that in this life, being weak, or unwilling to fight is dangerous and that only the strong survive in these places.
When the children are kicked out of yet another orphanage, they are sent to a mysterious home, where they are the only orphans in the 'orphanage', the orphanage director is absent and nothing 'quite' adds up. One day, while exploring the house, they stumble across a room that they assume is the owner's study and they find a green book. They assume it's just an old photo album, but when Michael places an old picture on one of the pages, the world as they know it will change for ever, and they are thrust into the middle of a conflict that's been brewing for centuries.
I loved the development of this story. Each of the characters was given their own set of strengths and weaknesses, and we watched as all of their unique abilities developed, changed, and led to the growth of the characters. Each of the secondary and side characters was also given a distinct personality. I was actually surprised at how uniquely formed each and every character and situation was, given the rather formulaic pattern used to set the initial stage for the story.
The magic in this book was also wonderfully developed and explained. The children have no idea that the world of magic exists, so we get to learn everything as the children do. I've always loved being able to learn right along with the main characters. It's just an extra way of becoming involved in the book, because we are sharing an experience! And when you get to share a life changing experience with your characters, when you learn it as they do, and they keep no secrets from the reader, it offers the reader an extra connection to both the character(s) and the story.
I'm a little bit sad right now, because I know that my review is not doing this book justice. I read the book a while ago, and I kept putting off writing the review, because every time I tried, I was painfully aware that no matter what I said, I wasn't really going to be able to articulate how this book made me feel. So, instead I'm going to finish by saying that I really enjoyed the story, and it's one that I think will have a very wide level of appeal. It's a book that can be read and enjoyed by both the younger, MG set, and the older groups, YA and up. I believe that this is a series that is going to have a lot of cross-over appeal and will be enjoyed by just about everyone who gives it a chance.
Now, if only I didn't have to wait so long for the sequel!(less)
I don't love this book, but there was actually a lot that I really did enjoy. Although, some of what I took from this book is going to be opposite fro...moreI don't love this book, but there was actually a lot that I really did enjoy. Although, some of what I took from this book is going to be opposite from that which other people will take- I see it as clarity, while they will see if as proof/justification. And yes, I realize that I'm being strange and vague and whatevs, but so what. Imma leave it there.
Also- this song refers to music from Little Shop of Horrors. Seriously one of my favorite musicals EVER and it's kinda like- Instalove if a book is going to quote it. This pleases me.
I liked the growth in this book, the learning. Because, ya, pretty much every character is annoying/flawed/rather... messed up, but then again, how many 19 year olds really have all their ducks in their proper row?
Contradictions here- but this is a book that is rather realistic and kinda unbelievable while also being wholly authentic. Very interesting juxtaposition there.
But I did like the book. I actually liked it better than Nick & Norah, probably even significantly so. (less)