Super weird book that is quite descriptive in disturbing ways. I actually read it for a class I'm taking on Pulitzer Prize winners, and at first I thoSuper weird book that is quite descriptive in disturbing ways. I actually read it for a class I'm taking on Pulitzer Prize winners, and at first I thought it was just pretentious and annoying. After understanding the horrors of the Dominican Republic and the author's motivation in writing the book as well as the symbolism behind the names, stories, style, etc... I do appreciate the intellect behind it. ...more
For a World War II book, this one chooses to portray the pain of the war in a much more restrained way, spinning the tragedies with small, impossibleFor a World War II book, this one chooses to portray the pain of the war in a much more restrained way, spinning the tragedies with small, impossible occurrences. Gorgeous writing and stories that have a subtle, shimmery beauty. ...more
Most of this book is Levana whining. It's nice to understand her better and sympathize with her to a certain degree, but the best part will be seeingMost of this book is Levana whining. It's nice to understand her better and sympathize with her to a certain degree, but the best part will be seeing her get shut up in Winter. ...more
Deliciously dark and creepy. This book doesn't try to dress up OCD and PTSD, and it also sheds light on the injustice of the criminal system. The switDeliciously dark and creepy. This book doesn't try to dress up OCD and PTSD, and it also sheds light on the injustice of the criminal system. The switch between past and presence is jarring, and it's also got that feeling of watching a slow motion trainwreck because you know exactly where the main character's relationship is headed. There are scenes that are going to make you wince because they're that gruesome. ...more
I hate this, I hate that. Like, oh my God, how come all the guys aren't chasing after me? I feel so left out. Oh no, what do I do while these two brotI hate this, I hate that. Like, oh my God, how come all the guys aren't chasing after me? I feel so left out. Oh no, what do I do while these two brothers fight over me? Should I scream and stand there? Yeah, maybe I'll do that. Oh, let me string along this other totally nice guy and be a bitch to basically everyone in my life.
This book is the wet dream of every Draco/Harry shipper.
I didn't know what to expect going in. The first 1/4 seemed confused about whether or not itThis book is the wet dream of every Draco/Harry shipper.
I didn't know what to expect going in. The first 1/4 seemed confused about whether or not it was a creative work of fiction or a carbon copy of Harry Potter. There's Watford (Hogwarts), the Mage (Dumbledore), the extremely smart best friend with lots of siblings (Ron + Hermione), and the "Chosen One" (pretty obvious who that's supposed to be). Everyone is British. But there just wasn't anything very interesting going on, and I nearly gave up on this book. Did I really want to read about gay wizards? I asked myself. The answer was yes, so I read on.
While this book lacks the complexity of Harry Potter and is fairly predictable, it's an entertaining read, especially once Baz shows up. I love Rowell's subtle humor and the characteristics she gave each of her characters. I really felt like each perspective stayed true to its respective character. The way they cast spells based on songs or cliches was unique and cute. Despite the fact that this is the only book and it's about 500 pages, Rowell managed to flesh out each characters, from Baz and Simon all the way to Baz's crazy aunt Fiona and Penny's parents. I do have to say that Agatha was utterly useless. She was just there to take up space and make a final point in the end about how it's okay to be a scared little pansy. You're not going to invest in this book for the plot, but rather for the interactions that the characters have with one another.
Carry on writing your fanfiction about this, Cath. Carry on. ...more
Leila Sales is the kind of author who takes YA contemporary and tries to break the stereotypical boundaries that say teenagers should only be preoccupLeila Sales is the kind of author who takes YA contemporary and tries to break the stereotypical boundaries that say teenagers should only be preoccupied with love and drastic life-bombs. Instead, she zeroes in on people's lives and puts them in a place where magical things can happen.
This book zeroes in on Arden Huntley's life. She is "recklessly loyal," and this basically translates into being a goody-two-shoes who tries a little too hard to help the people in her life. I didn't like Arden. I didn't like her obsession over her own goodwill, how she fixated so much on how unappreciated she was. In fact, during her argument with Lindsey, I could sympathize with a lot of the things that Lindsey said that Arden was not doing right. She also gets jealous over a virtual guy she has never met, and she is quick to idealize. But while I didn't like Arden, I can't deny that she's a real person who has problems. Sometimes she blows them completely out of proportion, but don't we all do that sometimes?
I was expecting a lot out of this book, so of course it did disappoint me. While I was interested in reading on, especially once Arden set off in search of Peter, I thought a lot of parts could have been explored more in-depth. Arden's relationship with Lindsey, for example, felt extremely imbalanced. I found it difficult to believe that Arden just ordered Lindsey around and Lindsey followed all her orders. There's some talk about Lindsey and track, but that's about the only individualistic trait that Lindsey owns. Being that the majority of this book is about their friendship, I thought there wasn't enough of a focus on it or a stable foundation provided to make me think their friendship was anything worth saving.
I wish there was a little more dimension to the final reveal than what I was told. It seemed like Sales was in such a hurry to go "ha, I tricked everyone!" that she didn't spend enough time on her characters. If you don't want to read this book, all you need to know is that (view spoiler)[Peter is an asshole (hide spoiler)]. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The scar doesn't bother her. If anything, it takes his face out of the category of symmetrical and ordered things to which everybody else's face bel
The scar doesn't bother her. If anything, it takes his face out of the category of symmetrical and ordered things to which everybody else's face belongs. It's a face like the throw of a dice.
^Don't let that quote deceive you. It's literally the only slightly romantic crumb in this entire book.
The Girl with All the Gifts takes the concept of a zombie dystopia and brings it in a completely new direction. It's no longer about only the humans or only the zombies. It's about both and the human, intrinsic things that drive both of them. It's your choice whether you want to interpret the ending as full of hope or hopeless. For me, I thought it was heartbreaking. There are some pretty graphic, Rated R descriptions in this book, but Carey doesn't skimp on the zombies. There are no cute, funny zombie antics á la Warm Bodies. This is a raw depiction of human life after the apocalypse and a close perspective of what it means to survive in this kind of era, of how humans cling to what's left of their identities in the struggle for survival.
The book didn't really pick up for me until much later into the second half, when the violence starts happening and being described in vivid, gruesome detail. Every character left standing--Parks, Justineau, Gallagher, Caldwell--all had their own motivations, things they clung to while being put through the wringer. It was interesting watching the relationship between Justineau and Melanie, then seeing that turned on its head. How ultimately, Parks, Gallagher, and Caldwell meet fates that are both appropriate yet heartbreaking as you realize what that means for the world.
You're not going to find character arcs or preachy stuff about love and morals. You're going to find a gritty tale about survival, but not the kind you're expecting. ...more
This book reads like a fairytale, which can be a good and bad thing.
The good is that curious things happen, creative things happen, and you're left inThis book reads like a fairytale, which can be a good and bad thing.
The good is that curious things happen, creative things happen, and you're left in wonderment of the world that has been created like a small, flickering flame in the middle of the desert.
The bad is that there doesn't really seem to be a reason for anything. Things happen, but where did they come from? Why are they possible? These are questions that this book does not strive to answer. The characterization is mostly flat, which is further exacerbated by the lack of real names, and the climax sputters the book to its end.
An interesting take on A Thousand and One Nights, but it's a story without much life. ...more