3.5 Overall, I really enjoyed "The Winners Curse" but too much happened at the end. It just felt very rushed and a bit confusing. The pace at the begin3.5 Overall, I really enjoyed "The Winners Curse" but too much happened at the end. It just felt very rushed and a bit confusing. The pace at the beginning was leisurely, so it didn't flow well into the end.
I can see why people enjoyed the book, but it didn't live up to the hype for me. I would still recommend this book....more
Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fun read. I don't know much about the series and am just starting to read super hero based graphic novels, so I dGuardians of the Galaxy was a really fun read. I don't know much about the series and am just starting to read super hero based graphic novels, so I don't have a lot of background knowledge on the story or medium.
I liked the variety in characters; I know just enough to be intrigued about their backgrounds and am excited to learn more as I continue with the series. I appreciate the fact that we don't know much about the group, it feels more real when it's not one giant info dump. Like meeting a new friend, it would be disconcerting to learn their whole story in your first encounter.
I guess it did seem a bit cliché that earth was in danger, again, but the motley cast gives it a unique spin. I don't mind a good "we must save the world" story if the characters keep me interested. I look forward to reading more!...more
Short Sweet Synopsis: Cadence Sinclair Easton, Cady, was in an accident that she can't remember, which has altered her life forever. No amount of herShort Sweet Synopsis: Cadence Sinclair Easton, Cady, was in an accident that she can't remember, which has altered her life forever. No amount of her family's fortune can mend her brain; she will have to find a way to remember on her own, but will she be able to handle the truth?
"We Were Liars" was a wonderful book; I read it in just a few sittings. I had to know what happened to Cady! What is Gat's issue? Why are Johnny and Mirren being so selfish? My brain was full of these questions and more. At first, I found E. Lockhart's writing style to be a bit confusing, but I got used to is pretty quickly. Cady's brain is broken, so how can you expect her narrative to be clear? I thought Lockhart did a wonderful job of showing us Cady's mental instability.
"We Were Liars" was not just about Cady's personal struggles; it was also about the family dynamic. Yes Cady's family has more money than I can imagine, but we learn that family expectations and pressures add conflicts that wear down on all its members. It was awful seeing how the family was, essentially, tearing themselves apart.
By the end of the book I was completely shocked when all was revealed. I did not see any of it coming. I would never have guessed what the accident was! If I had taken time to stop reading and really think about what was happening, I guess I might have been able to figure out some of it. I was just so entranced with "We Were Liars" that there was no way I was going to put it down! I was truly caught up in this book and I think that, if you read the book with an open mind, you will too!...more
Short and Sweet Synopsis: The peculiar children have left their island and now must find a way to save Miss Peregrine by exploring time loops with wigShort and Sweet Synopsis: The peculiar children have left their island and now must find a way to save Miss Peregrine by exploring time loops with wights and hollowgasts on their tail.
"The Hollow City" was a really good book; it had a great plot and interesting new characters. I especially enjoyed learning about the different time loops. The book had a good pace and I was constantly worried about the well being of the characters, especially Miss Peregrine. Would she stay a bird or would the children some how succeed in their impossible quest? Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was seeing Jacob's peculiar ability develop.
My one criticism of "The Hollow City" is that the photographs didn't feel like they added anything to the story. When "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" came out, I thought the photographs eerily fit the story; however, the photographs in "The Hollow City" felt like more of an afterthought. The pictures in this sequel weren't always good representations of the story or characters.
Overall, "The Hollow City" was great! The photographs were disappointing, but the story and characters were very intriguing. There was a twist at the end of the book that I did not see coming and left me craving more. I will be continuing with this series!...more
I loved this book so much that I read it in one night! I got into bed expecting to read a few pages and ended up finishing the book. This was such a gI loved this book so much that I read it in one night! I got into bed expecting to read a few pages and ended up finishing the book. This was such a great series and I'm happy that it held up from start to finish.
Even though I new how it would end, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I just loved the characters and enjoyed seeing what antics they would be up to next. Whether it was sneaking around the castle, wearing another ridiculous gown, or openly defying royalty; I just couldn't get enough!
If you are a fan of romance, humor, big dresses, and dystopia; then this is the perfect series for you! It doesn't sound like it would be a recipe for a great book, but it's kind of like ketchup and eggs. Sounds disgusting and an affront to breakfast, but you eventually try it and find you can't have eggs without ketchup.
I just realized that the series is over and I feel sad. What will I do without America and Maxon banter?!?! Anyone know of another amazingly hilarious YA couple? I think I'm going through withdrawal already......more
As expected, "Panic" is a great book. I think Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writers and I'm happy that she pulled off another winner. "Panic" wasn't myAs expected, "Panic" is a great book. I think Lauren Oliver is a wonderful writers and I'm happy that she pulled off another winner. "Panic" wasn't my favorite book by Oliver, but I attribute that mostly to my age. I can see this being a huge hit with teens....more
I almost really liked "The Clockwork Scarab", it had an interesting plot and I appreciated that the story was centered around strong female charactersI almost really liked "The Clockwork Scarab", it had an interesting plot and I appreciated that the story was centered around strong female characters. I really enjoyed the Steampunk elements in the world that Colleen Gleason created; however, there were aspects of the book that disappointed me.
While the book was fast paced, there was a little bit too much going on. "Clockwork Scarab" wasn't a very long book, but there were a lot of character introduced at the beginning of the book and it felt like some of them got lost as the story developed. Two of the male characters didn't seem like they were even necessary to the plot. One in particular I thought could have been introduced at the end of the book to bring intrigue to the sequel. ...more
"A Dance with Dragons" took up about a month and a half of my reading life. It is hard to describe exactly how I feel after finishing, but I'll do my"A Dance with Dragons" took up about a month and a half of my reading life. It is hard to describe exactly how I feel after finishing, but I'll do my best. It's almost as if I was given a beautiful 50,000 piece puzzle. After weeks of anticipation and enjoyment of putting it together, I finally completed it. It was fun while doing it, took forever, and I'm left with the feeling of accomplishment; at the same time, my life hasn't changed and it doesn't feel much different from other puzzles I completed, it just took longer.
I really enjoyed reading "A Dance with Dragons" and I was dying to know what would become of these characters, they were up to some pretty interesting things, but I don't feel the excitement of finishing like I did with George R. R. Martin's last couple books. Yes one of my favorite characters may be dead, but Martin has played that scenario before. I am actually kind of glad "The Winds of Winter" doesn't have an official release date yet, because I need a serious break from this series. It has taken over almost a year of my life and now I can move on to other series. I will continue to watch the show though!
The book still deserves a 4 after that little rant for a few reasons. I really enjoyed reading this book. I tried to put down "A Dance with Dragons" and read other books, but I just couldn't stop thinking about it. The characters feel like they are family. I may hate some of them once and a while (or all the time), but a part of me loves them in spite of myself. Sometimes you just need space from your family. Last but not least, any book that can get me to read almost 1000 pages is a great book. I mainly read Young Adult books, so any adult author who holds my attention for more than 300 pages is a winner in my book.
So yes, I still recommend this series, with the caveat that it might be best to give some space between the books....more