**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed in this book because I like my zombies to be over the top and blood thirsty, but I found these zombies to**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed in this book because I like my zombies to be over the top and blood thirsty, but I found these zombies to be pretty lame. Yes they did crash a few parties, but they were so easily killed that they weren't scary. I never once feared for the characters' lives at any point of the book. I was excited about this book because I was hoping that the writer would just do some crazy things like turning one of the Bennet girls into a zombie; however, I was extremely disappointed that Grahame-Smith just added tidbits of zombies to the overall story.
Overall it was an okay read. I wouldn't say it was horrible because the original "Pride and Prejudice" story line saved it, but it just wasn't as original as I would have liked. The beginning of the book was good, but it lost steam about halfway through. It almost seemed like Grahame-Smith got bored. I think I enjoyed the illustrations more than the text by the end of the novel. I may have enjoyed this book a bit more if I hadn't just read the original "Pride and Prejudice" last week, but I felt like it was the same book just with the word zombie thrown in every once and a while. I think it would have been more successful as a short story. I don't think it warranted an entire novel....more
I have a new favorite Libba Bray book and it is "The Diviners"! Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition, anti-immigration, the KKK, eugenics, spunky femaleI have a new favorite Libba Bray book and it is "The Diviners"! Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition, anti-immigration, the KKK, eugenics, spunky female characters, and the Occult!!! What is there not to love about this book? Some of you may say the length, but as a slow reader and someone who can't stand books that make me feel like I'm watching paint dry, "The Diviners" kept my attention from start to finish. Usually I am antsy to finish a book so I can start a new one, but this didn't happen with "The Diviners".
I listened to the audio book and the narration was fantastic. I don't usually listen to audio books from start to finish (I switch between the book and the audio), but I sat for hours staring at the wall engrossed in the audio book. I did read some of the book; however, I found myself missing the narrator and usually switched back after 20 minutes.
I didn't realize when I started the book that it was part of a series, but realized it towards the end of the book that there was no way Libba Bray would be able to explain all the mysteries and questions I had. Usually I cringe when I realize a book is part of a series; this was not the case with "The Diveiners", I can't WAIT to get my hands on the next book! If Libba Bray tried to wrap up "The Diviners" in one book, it would have been TERRIBLE. The plot and characters are just too rich; the book would have just fallen flat.
You know a book is fantastic when you have a pile of books on your "to-read list", but none of them sound intriguing anymore....more
I read The Jewel based on a recommendation by a friend. We both LOVED The Selection series and she thought this was a good read alike. Yes there are gI read The Jewel based on a recommendation by a friend. We both LOVED The Selection series and she thought this was a good read alike. Yes there are girls in pretty dresses and they are somewhat competing for the favor of royals; however, the feel of The Jewel is nothing like The Selection. The Selection had a pretty light tone to it, but The Jewel was heavy.
While I thought The Jewel was great, I spent most of the book insanely stressed out about how Violet would become pregnant. The process of impregnating the girls, like all aspects of their lives, are kept secret. This unknown act kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book; it felt similar to reading a horror novel and knowing that something terrible would transpire but not knowing exactly what it would be and when it would happen. It has been weeks since I finished The Jewel and it still unsettles me. I know I am making the book sound awful, but I'm of the opinion that if you are going to write a book about women being forced into becoming surrogate mothers for the wealthy it NEEDS to make you stomach churn, else the author is doing a disservice to what could have been a powerful story about women's rights.
The Jewel has more than just a super creepy plot; it has dynamic characters, a steamy romance, page after page of mystery, and an amazing ending. The whole book is pretty mysterious because of Violet's limited knowledge about her life as a Surrogate. She has no idea what is expected of her until she is presented with a situation. You think you have figured out a specific character in The Jewel and the next thing you know they act in a way that drops your jaw. Is anyone entirely evil or are they just reacting to the situations they find themselves in? You just do not know!
I have to say that I'm pretty over the dystopian craze. It feels like deja vu every time I pick one up; however, I am very glad I read The Jewel because it was very different from other dystopian teen novels that have been coming out in recent years. I will confess that the beginning of the book will feel very Hunger Game-esque, but that wont last very long. You will swiftly get past that part and find yourself in a twisted world unlike one you could ever imagine. I've been told it is similar to The Handmaid's Tale, but I haven't read it so I can't say whether or not that is accurate....more
One Man Guy is a fun book that tells the story of Alek, a 14-year-old gentleman (he literally walks girls to the door!), who is trying to find his ideOne Man Guy is a fun book that tells the story of Alek, a 14-year-old gentleman (he literally walks girls to the door!), who is trying to find his identity. Yes he is Armenian, but he knows there is more to him than how his parents see him. When cool Ethan hijacks Alek into a forbidden day trip to New York, Alek discovers more than the secret to experiencing a day in New York with just $5.
If you haven't figure this out from the cover and title, One Man Guy is about Alek falling for Ethan. If realizing you are gay isn't difficult enough, Alek must figure out what this means in relation to his traditional Armenian family. This is the first book I have read about Armenian Americans and I enjoyed the family dynamics. I think Michael Barakiva created a good balance with blending in Armenian culture without feeling like I was being lectured. The recipe for stuffed grape leaves at the end of the book was a great addition; after all, food was an important ingredient in the book (sorry I couldn't help the bad pun).
I really enjoyed reading One Man Guy. My minor complaint is that I wish we knew more about Ethan's family, but that is really just a personal preference. This is Alek's story, so It makes sense that the focus is on him and his family. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in first love, LGBTQ experiences, or a humorous book filled with family drama. ...more
Another hit by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVED "Fangirl"! I only found 2 things wrong with the book. 1- When the twins turned 18 they talked about all the thiAnother hit by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVED "Fangirl"! I only found 2 things wrong with the book. 1- When the twins turned 18 they talked about all the things they could now due and included seeing a Rated R movie, but they would have been able to watch rated R movies for the past year. 2- Cath kept taking a rubber band out of her hair... they are called hair elastics or elastics! It just makes me cringe every time I think of someone taking a rubber band out of their hair because it would rip their hair out from the roots. Maybe this is one of those words that is different all over the country, like pop or coke, but it just made me cringe.
The rest of the book was pure wonderfulness. I love how Rainbow Rowell writes about these beautiful love stories without having to add sex. It is taking all my energy for me not go to completely fangirl on "Fangirl". The book is just amazing and I can't see what Rainbow Rowell comes up with next. ...more
I loved this book so much that I made myself do chores, spend extra time at the gym, and added walking into my day so I could listen to the audio! A fI loved this book so much that I made myself do chores, spend extra time at the gym, and added walking into my day so I could listen to the audio! A full review will come, I just still am trying to wrap my brain around the book!...more
Blah... I started writing this whole beautiful review... and my giant thumbs pressed the wrong button on my tablet deleting the whole thing! What you nBlah... I started writing this whole beautiful review... and my giant thumbs pressed the wrong button on my tablet deleting the whole thing! What you need to know- the book is awesome. Great love story with family issues adding to the drama. Who doesn't love a book with a family more screwed up than your own and some romance? It isn't that love at first sight junk either! Like Park, this book is a keeper.
*Receieved a copy for review through NetGalley...more
"Dear Catastrophe Waitress" is exactly the type of book I have been looking for! Not only did I have trouble putting it down, but it is about characte"Dear Catastrophe Waitress" is exactly the type of book I have been looking for! Not only did I have trouble putting it down, but it is about characters in their 20's! YAY! Maybe I just haven't been searching hard enough, but I have been having a difficult time finding books with characters in their 20s.
Here are some real reasons to read the book. I loved the two main characters. Yes they had their problems, but they were realistic. It's the story of two people just trying to find their way in a cruel world. Yes this book deals with serious issues, but it is also really funny. One of the main characters actually dresses in a purple suit and sings songs about poop to children, which sounds completely juvenile, but it ends up being a cute addition to the story. I like when characters don't take themselves too seriously! ...more
I don't know why it took me so long to read this book... I have only heard wonderful things about "The Maze Runner", but somehow I kept overlooking itI don't know why it took me so long to read this book... I have only heard wonderful things about "The Maze Runner", but somehow I kept overlooking it. Thank goodness I randomly requested the audio book from the library because this is a must read for fans of "The Hunger Games". "The Maze Runner" wasn't as good as HG, but I really don't expect many books to be able to compete with its sheer awesomeness. From the very beginning of the book I felt just as lost as the main character, Thomas, and I was hooked. I LOVED how none of the characters in The Glade really know what is going on- some of them have theories, but that's all they are.
There wasn't a ton of character development, but everyone was very realistic. I really liked how everyone had their own way of coping with being in The Glade, some characters handled the situation better than others, but I would probably be a crazy, mess if I was in their situation. I loved how Dashner showed the characters' reactions to change. People don't like change in life as it is, in such a high stress environment it isn't surprising how some of the characters react to some of the changes Thomas's arrival brings. This book is violent, but I didn't think it was over done. The violence is used to show how terrifying The Glade is.
If you like adventure and mystery then "the Maze Runner" is a must read. The ending is fantastic and there are plenty of questions left to keep you wanting more. “The Scorch Trials”, the second book, is available now, and the last book, “The Death Cure” is coming out in October. Now is a great time to start this series! ...more
"Unwind" is amazing. I read this book a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it! You may have seen me around the library having conversation"Unwind" is amazing. I read this book a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it! You may have seen me around the library having conversations about this book with staff. I have read a lot of dystopian, but I found myself completely unsettled by this book. There was a part that was making me sick to my stomach because it was so horrifying- it may be the most terrifying part of any book I have ever read.
While this is a teen book, I think any book group could read this book and have a lively discussion for hours. It touches upon some very interesting issues that politicians have been arguing about for decades (if not longer)....more
I couldn't put Althea and Oliver down! If I didn't have a job I would have finished it in one sitting. When there were cringe worthy moments I still hI couldn't put Althea and Oliver down! If I didn't have a job I would have finished it in one sitting. When there were cringe worthy moments I still had to know what would happen next. Even if Althea or Oliver were driving me nuts, I needed to know if Oliver would stay awake or if Althea would do make another bad decision. Both characters were very human, full of flaws and ridiculousness. It was a nice change to read a romance where the characters weren't perfect.
I would recommend Althea and Oliver to older teens or adults who enjoy literary teen fiction. This book is not going to be for all readers, you'll either love it or be completely off put by it....more
I liked the artwork, but wished there was a bit more to the story. I liked how the artist showed what was really happening instead of the author telliI liked the artwork, but wished there was a bit more to the story. I liked how the artist showed what was really happening instead of the author telling us in unnecessary detail....more