I LOVED "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". Laini Taylor is a beautiful storyteller; she was able to combine the beauty of Prague with paranormal romance toI LOVED "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". Laini Taylor is a beautiful storyteller; she was able to combine the beauty of Prague with paranormal romance to create an epic fantasy novel.
The characters are one of a kind. Brimstone is a monster that sells wishes for teeth. Yes, you read it correctly, TEETH! At the same time, he is part of the only family that Karou has ever known. Karou herself is wonderfully mysterious. She has tattoos and "naturally" blue hair, is extremely artistic, runs dangerous errands, was raised by monsters, and has no idea who she is. Karou is a strong female character searching for her identity, but nothing can prepare her for the truth.
The way Laini Taylor described Prague transported me back to this beautiful, historic city. Prague is a fantastic city and is the perfect setting for this book. It is so romantic with great old-world charm that I could totally picture there being secret doors that lead beyond our world.
On top of characters, plot, and beautiful storytelling, there is this huge war that has taken over two civilizations for hundreds of years and Karou is getting sucked in. I know this probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but you will just have to read the book to find out how all these pieces fit together.
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is filled with so many mysteries that it hooks you from the first page until the last. And let me just say that the last page will blow your mind hole! How can Karou be family with monsters? Why does Brimstone collect Teeth? Who is Karou? Honestly, just go buy "The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is awesome and one of the best books that was released in 2011....more
I LOVE the cover of "Entwined". It fit the romantic aspects that I was sure would be a part of a book that highlighted dancing and magic. I think I loI LOVE the cover of "Entwined". It fit the romantic aspects that I was sure would be a part of a book that highlighted dancing and magic. I think I loved the cover a bit too much because the book did not live up to it. I really liked the retelling of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale. It was great to understand why the King was so harsh. He became a character with depth instead of just a horrible father trying keep his children from having any enjoyment out of life. I liked how the daughters struggled to live with their father. Their difficult relationship felt true and grounded the story in a way that made it seem more realistic. For the most part, I liked how the girls didn't adhere to social norms. They had spirit and I enjoyed that.
There were a few problems with "Entwined". First, the daughters were kind of dense about the danger they were in. I understand their naivety at first, but out of 12 girls only the oldest started to worry... it was very unrealistic to me. Especially since these girls are strong minded and educated. Second, the book was kind of slow. I think it was just a bit too long because there were times when not a lot was happening. I am a fan of dancing, but some of it could have been cut out. It was just a bit too much. I guess the problem was that I didn't love Heather Dixon's writing style. It just wasn't my favorite.
Overall, I liked the book. It didn't take me a long time to read, I just wish there had been more editing. I am glad I read it because I did enjoy the plot. I have a feeling that there will be readers out there who love this book, but I am just not one of them. ...more
"The Fault in Our Stars" is my favorite book by John Green. I had serious issues putting it down. I stayed up WAY too late two nights in a row reading"The Fault in Our Stars" is my favorite book by John Green. I had serious issues putting it down. I stayed up WAY too late two nights in a row reading it. If I didn't have a job, I would have read it in one sitting. I don't think I've had a crush on a book this hard since "The Hunger Games".
Why is this book so swoon worthy? The character are AWESOME. Hazel and Augustus are characters with depth and personality. They may not have talked like your average teenager, but they've been through more in a few years than most people go through in an entire lifetime- makes sense to me. This is especially true in Hazel's case- she is way beyond the intellectual level of most high school students and John Green shows this through her dialog. Isaac is another great character that I kind of wish had more face time.
Of course the book had more than just great characters. "The Fault In Our Stars" was beautifully written with a fantastic plot. I have to admit I had no idea what the book was about before I bought it. I just knew that John Green had a new book and I HAD to read it. The book is about teenagers battling cancer so it does tear at the heartstrings, but is also hilarious. John Green is one of the masters of mixing devastating issues with humorous dialog and hi jinks.
This is a must read book! I am just going to wrap up my review now because you just have to go out and read it. This is a book that will permanently live on my bookcase and I will lightly nudge my future children to read. I say nudge but I'll probably end up being like "OMG YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK OR I'LL GROUND YOU FOR LIFE!!!". Just kidding, I would probably just use reverse psychology and tell them they aren't allowed to read it. I think this review just got weird... In short, the book is LEGENDARY.
I didn't think the book could get any better and then I listened to the audio book. The narrator got Augustus PERFECT even though she was a girl. While I didn't find this book heartbreaking when I first read it, I found myself excited about continuing the story, but sick to my stomach at the same time because I knew what was coming the second time around. I love love love this book! I also learned that John Green released an audio of himself reading "The Fault in Our Stars" and I think I'll try to listen to that as well. :)...more
I hate to say that I disliked "Reached", but it's the truth. I was actually rooting for Cassia to die by page 200. Everything just was way too predictI hate to say that I disliked "Reached", but it's the truth. I was actually rooting for Cassia to die by page 200. Everything just was way too predictable; I craved a plot twist. Everything felt dull and obvious, especially the romance. This is a book where there's a rebellion and I was bored... how does that happen?! I think there was just too much happening and there were a lot of things that were glazed over. If you didn't figure this out yet, I totally lost interest in the characters. I think the multiple narration just told way too much and defused some of the tension in the book. Ally Condie kept trying to play up the love triangle and stir things up with new love interests, but we knew what everyone was thinking, so it just felt pointless. A romance which could have felt surprising was obvious; while, a sudden crush just felt ridiculous. By the end, I lost the love for the cast. I can't remember why I cared so much about Ky and Cassia in the previous book. I loved "Matched", but was very disappointed by "Crossed" and "Reached". I wish I had stopped at "Matched". The two things I will give the series are great book covers and titles. I wish I enjoyed this series more. My recommendation to readers- if you were a huge fan of both books, or liked "Crossed" better than "Matched", read "Reached". If you were not as big of a fan of "Reached" then you might just want to quit while your ahead. Or just try it. You'll know fairly early on if you want to read the whole book....more
While "Bitterblue" is a long book, it did not feel that way. I never sat there wanting it to end, I just wanted to know what would happen! I loved howWhile "Bitterblue" is a long book, it did not feel that way. I never sat there wanting it to end, I just wanted to know what would happen! I loved how Kristin Cashore was able to make "Fire" and "Graceling" come together in "Bitterblue"; I wasn't sure how it would work, but I felt it was done beautifully....more
I picked up "Exposed" hearing great things, but, to be honest, not having high expectations. I am presently surprised to say that it is a great book.I picked up "Exposed" hearing great things, but, to be honest, not having high expectations. I am presently surprised to say that it is a great book. It is an extremely fast read. I was reading it on my droid, which I tend not to read books solely on my phone, but it was such a fast read I flew through it only a couple of hours. I've read a decent number of books written in verse, yet I foolishly didn't think "Exposed" would be able to tell a rape story in a fulfilling way; however, I was completely mistaken (and happy about it btw). After reading this book I immediately had to tell my boyfriend (bless him for listening to me) about it. I wish I could say I beautifully formulated a description that truly expressed the soul of the book, but I'm pretty sure I said something along the lines of "OMG! THAT BOOK WAS RIDICULOUS!" I was so pumped up that he thought I disliked the book and was shocked when I said I thought it was great! I love when books get me so pumped up at the end that I have to blog about them immediately, jump out of bet, shout "OH SNAP!", talk to someone about it, or post something on Facebook- unless the book had a horrible ending that enraged me, but that should go without saying. "Exposed" is able to tell a compelling story without using a lot of words. Even though the book is technically about 272 pages, there is probably closer to 150 pages of actual writing. I was so impressed with how emotionally invested I felt in the book in such a short amount of time. Obviously I felt bad for Kate, but my heart ached for Liza. She was stuck in an impossible position between everyone she loved in life. This book truly shows how rape effects more than just the victim. "Exposed" is a great book, but I do warn that it is difficult to read. Liza loses so much that I felt helpless while reading this book. Even after I was finished I was shocked at how sad the story was. I know the story is about rape and I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was at the end of the book, but I didn't expect a second hand account to be so depressing. Foolish me! This wasn't my favorite book of 2011, but it is one I highly recommend reading. It is such a fast read you don't have anything to lose by trying it. I really hope Kimberly Marcus continues to write. ...more
Don't judge this book by its cover! "The Romeo and Juliet Code" is a historical fiction book about WWII. I really enjoyed this book, but I probably woDon't judge this book by its cover! "The Romeo and Juliet Code" is a historical fiction book about WWII. I really enjoyed this book, but I probably wouldn't have picked it up because it just looked like a cute romance. There was much more to this book than romance. Felicity, the main character, is struggling to understand the events going on around her. Her parents left her to live with an aunt, uncle, grandma, and "cousin" she had never met. She doesn't understand why her parents cannot be with her and what problems exist between the family to keep them apart for so long. Felicity must find a way to make Maine her new home while she waits for her parents to come back.
The characters in this book had unique personalities. I loved seeing how Felicity changed throughout the book. She continued to be inquisitive and bold, but she was able to handle difficult information in a more mature manner. Aunt Minnie and Uncle Gideon were fun to read about. I wish they were my aunt and uncle. They brought Felicity into their home and did there best to make her feel at home. Watching Felicity's relationship with Derek grow was also really enjoyable.
If your interested hasn't been piqued yet then I should mention that there is lot of mysteries to uncover throughout the book. What are with Felicity's parents? Why wont Uncle Gideon play the piano anymore? Why didn't the family communicate until recently?
"The Romeo and Juliet Code" is a great book. Even though I found the book to be a bit predictable, the other elements in the book outweighed the predictability of the plot. I really thought this book was a great balance of historical fiction, mystery, and a bit of a love story....more