(view spoiler)[these paintings are actually tiny spoilers you will only understand after you read the book (heh). so consider yourself unspoiled...more3.75/5
(view spoiler)[these paintings are actually tiny spoilers you will only understand after you read the book (heh). so consider yourself unspoiled for now. (hide spoiler)]
every year they come out of the sky at the same day and same time to take people.
this understandably scares the shit out of people. pastor warren takes it upon himself to soothe people and point out that those beings coming to take people away are indeed angels sent from god. and that the town was blessed to be chosen. riley thinks it's all bullshit and shoots the "angel" in the face when it comes to get her. and this, people, is where all the fun begins! (not telling anything more for fear of spoiling the book)
i didn't have any expectations whatsoever concerning this book, which is why i was able to lay back and enjoy the ride all the more (even at scenes that had me scratching my chin). outcast is so much fun to spend time with and really you do NOT want to miss out on reading this! the main lead tends to be a bit mary sue-ish, but it can be forgiven. and all the other characters, take lacy for example, who starts out as the clichéd popular, bitchy cheerleader and gets so much more developed as the story unfolds.
what was crazier was that she seemed to love being this stereotype. even more than that, no one else seemed to notice what a stereotype she was. it was like no one else in my school watched movies. [arc, 15%]
how lacy coped with living her life as a barbie doll i had no idea. then again, maybe she just had no concept of irony. or maybe this was all meant to be ironic? [arc, 20%]
in one short bizarre (view spoiler)[drunken (hide spoiler)] conversation with a cheerleader my entire perspective on life had changed. well, on cheerleaders at any rate. who the heck was lacy green? who the heck were any of them? (..) i'd grown up with them. i knew them as lists of features, but that was it. i didn't know them at all. not really. felt kind of stupid about that. kind of bad. [arc, 26%]
that leads me to the swearing in the book with all its shits, hecks, shut ups. i love it when the author doesn't shy away from language. more please. moar! the ending is obviously (thankfully) a set up for the books to come, as it leaves space for a sequel with unanswered questioned. outcast is a gem among stones. it has some really interesting conversations about bible interpretations and questioning faith in general and i sincerely hope to read more of that in the future. allow me to conclude with a smirk-worthy scene:
"thank you for choosing us, and in your glory we ask that you continue this gift. we thank you for sending us guidance to steer us into your love, and we thank pastor warren for taking this burden unto himself. thank the angels." "thank the angels," repeated the fold. i wondered if pastor warren ever said the thanks, and if he did, if he had to thank himself:"we thank me for taking this burden unto myself .." [arc, 37%]
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it's great actually having a girl of color on the cover. but the cover, unfortunately is horrible (view spoiler)[well, slightly less horrible th...more2.75/5
it's great actually having a girl of color on the cover. but the cover, unfortunately is horrible (view spoiler)[well, slightly less horrible than the first one (hide spoiler)] and probably scares away a lot of its potential reader (who'd enjoy it were it not for the cover). so sad. but what it lacks in the visual book design department, it makes up with a feisty ((view spoiler)[finally a (hide spoiler)] non-caucasian!!) female lead and lots of twilight/fallen/hush hush/[etc] bashing.
despite the temptation to strangle him right now, i couldn't let a moment go by without touching him, to remind him that his pleasure, as well as his discomfort, was mine also. i tipped his chin to look at me. "you do realize this is a serious problem in our relationship? i can barely go a day without seeing you, but we're talking long-term commitment here. what if you become a jerk in ten years? he scowled. "you're one to talk." "and if i get really nasty and super fat?" "hey, more cushion for the pushin'." he took a huge bite of his candy. i rolled my eyes. (-- %18)
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"(..) how long have you been following me?" "since you left your house this morning. i got bored and wanted to talk to you." "you know that's called stalking, which is illegal in all 50 states and all u.s. territories, right?" (-- %43)
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i took a moment to observe his appearance, the even brown complexion, the thin layer of waves on top of his head, the broad, slightly flat nose, and the full, sculpted lips. the resemblance was uncanny, and no one could tell the difference. but i know, and i silently grieved for such wasted beauty and unmet potential. (-- %43)
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"i don't think you understand how dangerous it is for us to be together." "dude, what is your problem? i'm not deaf. i heard you the last 3 times you told me. how about you follow your own advice? stop chasing me around, quit spying on me from across the store, and take your emo ass home! you're not even scheduled to work today. why. are. you. here?" "i needed to see you," he answered simply. (-- %88)
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps jus...more2.5/5
cover the cover sums the story of the book in just one picture up: dark, creepy, terrifying, but also with flashes of beauty. i get goosebumps just by looking at this cover.
story daphne (daughter of lilith and lucifer) and a mortal boy, truman meet in hell, because he tried to kill himself. but circumstances allow truman to return to earth. daphne stays in hell. when her brother goes missing, she leaves her home behind to find truman, the last person to see her brother. one thing leads to another and they find out some surprising things..
the good, the bad & the ugly the story read nicely, although sometimes a little stiff.
angels aren't all downright good or evil, more like somewhere in between, just like the demons who are in hell. that added a nice touch. i like my characters with shades of gray. there are even some horror elements (that's a plus point, btw!) (view spoiler)[a baby who can talk and doesn't need food for a month with pointy metal teeth (flashbacks to angelfall) (hide spoiler)]
there's no love triangle (hooray), there were some nice and touching moments and dialogues between the lead characters, but overall it still wasn't enough. maybe i'll feel differently at some point, but right now? nope. also the secondary characters like lilith or beelzebub (view spoiler)[In later Christian and Biblical sources he appears as a demon and the name of one of the seven princes of Hell. [ article] (hide spoiler)] or obie (her brother) were underdeveloped. i wish the author had polished the characters a little bit more, to give them a little shine.
the showdown wasn't much of a showdown. it was pretty ... anticlimactic to tell the truth.
quotes daphne & truman: "I have a toothbrush,” I tell him, trying to make him feel at home. “You can borrow it, if you like.” He just looks at me. Then he smiles a little, shaking his head. “Toothbrushes aren’t the kind of thing people usually share.” “I know. I haven’t used mine yet though, so it’s new. It could be yours instead.”
beelzebub: “What you have to understand is that this is his life, and he’s the one who has to live it. People make decisions, and maybe you don’t always agree, but those choices are still their own.”
flashbacks to daughter of smoke & bone: All I know is that demons are born from chaos. They’re born from rage or blood or fire, or ruined holy water. They’re born from eggs. They come into the world as wisps of smoke or in grotesque forms that splinter off and multiply. There are all kinds of origins, all different ways to be born [..]
love is a bitch: (view spoiler)[I remember kissing Truman on the balcony, and maybe he never said he loved me, but he meant it anyway. And there’s my mother, shrieking in pain when she thought something had happened to her son, and Myra with her sly smile and her dead eyes, grieving for Deirdre in the only way she knew how. My father, holding the razor to Beelzebub’s throat, telling him that it would all be over in an instant. (hide spoiler)]
moloch & truman: “I’m not a holy man,” Moloch said from behind his hand. “I’m not pious, and I’m not good. But if I were, your penance would be to start reaching for the things you want and giving up the things that will destroy you.”
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on th...more3.75/5
likeable female protagonist on a quest to save her sister. loved the parts about the family. as an individual pal (you know, drinking beer on the porch with), i'd have liked him, but as a serious love interest, he was .. bleh so far.
2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for a...more2 stars for the (view spoiler)[reincarnated (hide spoiler)] deadly beautiful (aren't they always, --sigh) star crossed lovers plot device 3 stars for atmosphere, setting & writing
the rights to laini taylor's imaginative story about a mysterious girl, an otherworldly romance and demons who traffic in teeth has been bought by universal pictures, according to a statement from the studio. [ article ]
the main character was incredibly boring, annoying and flat. (the others too, actually, but let's stick with the main character to get to the point)
e...more the main character was incredibly boring, annoying and flat. (the others too, actually, but let's stick with the main character to get to the point)
every few pages lucinda had to tell us how strong and mighty daniel was, how fascinating his hair was and how hurt and excited she felt, if daniel didn't even deign to look at her. let me quote from the book's only (sometimes) likeable character, penn (- yes, it was that bad):
“my point is,” luce said finally, “i’m not so superficial that all i’m looking for is a guy who buys me things.” “not so superficial, eh?” penn asked. “then i dare you to make a non-superficial list of why you’re so into daniel. which means no he’s got the loveliest little gray eyes or ooh, the way his muscles ripple in the sunlight.” [...] “he just gets me,” she said, avoiding Penn’s eyes. “i can’t explain it.” “he gets that you deserve to be ignored?” penn shook her head.
i had to force myself to finish this book. luce was really obsessed with daniel and while obsessing (aka stalking) him, she amused/distracted herseld with cam. it was painful to read, i'm telling you. as a reader you constantly think: "ugh. get a grip on yourself! where's your dignity?".
don't get me wrong, i love books with angels, but only if done well. unfortunately, this was not it. this book could've been good, only it isn't. maybe a few books later, lauren kate's got the knack? there are in fact many, many scenes in the book, which were not well thought out. i guess i'm in the minority here. oh, well. (less)