The fight is not over, and while some may need a few days of revelry to celebrate the small victory, the Rebels have a steep climb ahead. I will climb alongside them. I'll even lead if I have to.
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
This book took me by surprise at first. I am never a fan of love triangles. Ever. The only few times I have willingly decided to read a book that had one were in cases where the book supposedly had some other redeeming aspect that I was interested in, and that was the case for Taken.
It sounded, and for the first few chapters felt, similar to the world I have grown to love in The Hunger Games. The people in Claysoot are surrounded by a wall which they cannot cross and whenever a boy in this town turns 18, he is taken. In a metaphorical way, the Wall reminded me of the Capitol, keeping it's people in line, and the Heist of the reaping's every year, which took away loved ones.
The first character we are introduced to is Gray, who is having to deal with his brother's heist in a day's time. He is frustrated and trapped in a world that he feels doesn't give him enough time.
This can't be it. Life can't really be so short.
He copes by going out to the woods to hunt and he yearns for more time, for his child-hood friend, and, mostly, for answers. For these reasons, he reminded me very much of Gale, from The Hunger Games, in not only his ability to hunt with a boy and arrow, but too with his not being satisfied with what his current situation offers him. He questions the Wall, as Gale questioned the Capitol.
But that, my friends, is where the similarities stopped and the story became a disappointment in various ways.
I did not expect this book to be a paper cut out of The Hunger Games. I noted the similarities early on and was excited for a new development to happen that keep me even more intrigued beyond it's initial premise- (view spoiler)[ and it did happen with Gray and Emma's venture over the Wall (hide spoiler)]- but it turned out to be a complete downfall from there.
The characters deteriorate as the book continues. Gray started off as a strong, admirable character, but he quickly becomes unlikable. He completely lashes out at Emma for her joining him in his climb over the Wall.
"That's exactly it, Emma." I spit back. "It's not nice to see you at all. How could this possibly be nice? I have a chance here, but you, you'll be like all the others."
"Why is your seeking the truth anymore justifiable than my wanting to?" "It's justifiable because I actually have a chance." "That's really two-faced," she snaps. "I don't care!" I shout
First off, he has no proof that he "has a chance" outside the Wall. Just because he survived the Heist, by a fluke, if anything, he thinks he's invincible. He then goes on thinking about how much he loves her and that he's glad she's there and they start kissing. I also did not like the way he started questioning people's motives when his life was endangered, but when he was all safe and surrounded by a new set of walls, did not question everything. He just accepts it because the man who is telling him these things touches his shoulder in a very comforting way.
As soon as Frank removes his hand from my shoulder, I wish he's put it back. He makes me feel anchored in this strange world.
Thankfully, he does get the hint enough to break away from this society he landed in and he does make his way to the Rebels. Even then, though I found him to be so naïve and selfish. He not only shares feelings for two girls, but acts on his feelings for both of them. He flirts with Bree, and yet has the audacity to put blame on Emma for her choices? And then, out of desperation or revenge, he continues his actions with one girl while simultaneously thinking about how it will affect his relationship with the other.
She doesn't want a baby, and neither do I, but deep down it's like I know sleeping with her will make it impossible to repair things with Emma. I find myself oddly relieved every time Bree presses her palms against my chest, whispering, "Not now. Not tonight."
The story, which I first found to be exciting, becomes full of twists that I already saw coming. The author makes Gray believe everything he is told when he first escapes the Wall, when the real truth, the one that I suspected all along because I have read enough YA books to see it coming, is revealed, Gray is astonished.
My legs feel weak. I slide up onto the dresser because my feet can no longer support my weight. "How can you know that?"
I just went along and feigned surprise, hoping that another twist would come by soon and take me by surprise. But nothing else really intrigued me beyond this point. I feel like this would be a good twist for those who have not read and analyzed as many YA books as I have. Or, if you aren't bothered by twists that you can see coming.
I also felt there were some plot holes both in the interrogation tactics to discover if Gray is a forgery, and also with the fact that the codes Harvey had implanted in him to gain access to rooms back in Taem were still active and "had not been changed" after all those years. To me, it was almost as if they were inviting him back with open arms to access all their information.
Also, not to everyone, I hate prophetic dreams. I cannot stand when characters have these dreams that have meanings behind them. Dreams are due to nothing more than spastic activity in our brains. That's it.
The love triangle bothered me because I couldn't even understand why it existed. It is obvious that Emma only started to show an interest in Gray because she felt like he was her only option left. She appeared to have more of an interest in his brother, so with him gone, why not the next thing that looks just like him? Their romance kind of develops into something legit, but I just wasn't feeling it because of how it started. It was too much a spur of the moment. First, she tells Gray that she has no interest in him, but then all of the sudden she does.
What romance I did like was between Bree and Gray. They developed something far better, and you could see it developing. They don't even like each other at first, not like Emma wasn't interested in Gray, Bree and him were not even seeing eye to eye. But then, through working and training together, they start to share feelings. It is not as tender as with Emma, which is why I think some people like their relationship better, but I think his feelings for Bree are less forced and more genuine.
Overall, I would still recommend this book. The reasons why I didn't like it were more to do with personal taste. It just wasn't what I am interested in.
"Maybe we're not supposed to be like the birds." "Maybe we are."
Everyone wanted water. Everyone was waiting in line. He stole something. He was a thief. But did he deserve to die over a jug of water?
"Murder?" she spits. "It's not murder when we're fighting for our lives."
It's not like the world's going to end just because I can jump around in time. Or that I'll serve some greater purpose, like saving the human race from dying. But as Adam says, I must be like this for a reason and it's up to us to find out why.
Jackson Meyer is hiding a secret. He can time-travel. But he doesn't know how he does it, how to control it or what it means. When Jackson, and his girlfriend Holly, find themselves in fatal danger, Jackson panics and catapults himself two years into his past, further than he's ever managed before, and this time he can't find a way back to the future. All the rules of time-travel he's experienced so far have been broken and Jackson has no choice but to pretend to be his younger self whilst he figures out a solution. Jackson is tearing himself apart with guilt and frustration, wondering if Holly survived. He's also become the target of an unknown enemy force and it seems even his dad is lying to him. Jackson is racing against time to save the girl he loves, but to do that he must first discover the truth about his family and himself.
After reading and really enjoying Ruby Red, I have to admit I had semi high expectations for this book, another one about a teen with a time traveler's gene. However, I was again disappointed.
Jackson was unlikable, unrealistic, and extremely cliché. He is your typical YA spoiled, handsome rich kid (who thinks he is better than other spoiled rich kid "snobs" and yet acts just like a spoiled rich kid), who has the beautiful girlfriend who "hardly ever wears makeup" and the super nerdy, MIT enrolled best friend/side-kick. Not only is he spoiled, rich and handsome, he can quote the French Declaration and Dickens and can just sweep his beautiful girlfriend off her feet *fake swoons while eyes roll*
I don't have anything against rich people, and I don't have anything against beautiful people, but I am tired of the same crap being done in YA.
So, Jackson has this ability to travel back in time. This is where I was first interested. He usually cannot go back too far, until a traumatizing incident (his girlfriend is shot in her dorm room by people who were after Jackson) sends him back in time two years without a way to get back. He ends up pretty much in the same area, so what does he do first? He he finds a way to get the younger versions of both his side-kick and girlfriend involved. What? I can understand wanting to get Adam, his smart buddy, in on this because he was the one who was helping him figure out his abilities, but why get a past version of his girlfriend involved? One who was supposed to travel on a certain path first (dating a different guy) before meeting Jackson?
At first, the plot had been getting interesting. Jackson is farther in the past then he's ever been before, and now he has to figure out why. I was even more interested. Especially when Adam discovered the one twist (view spoiler)[ That Adam and his Father did not share any DNA (hide spoiler)], but the unnecessary romance surely ruined it. There was no need for it. What he needed to do was focus on getting back to the future, since he supposedly can't change anything in the past anyway, and deal with the events from there. But instead, he uses this as his second chance to get into Holly's pants again. Maybe that was a bit harsh because he doesn't, but that's the general idea. So he begins this relationship with the younger version of his girlfriend, okay fine, whatever, but then he constantly begins to question both their age difference and whether or not this is considered "cheating" on future Holly. Then why get involved at all?! Shouldn't these have been things you think about first? Instead, he continues to be selfish, employing the same tactics he uses to fool his future girlfriend. Quoted here:
I'd spent nearly a year time-traveling and covering it up. Making up stories. Of course, fooling  Holly was probably a little easier...
You can just feel how deeply he cares about her, how much he "loves" her by making sure there are no secrets in between them. What if your girlfriend was hiding something big from you? Oh wait, she was, but then she spilled her guts about it before having sex with you. And yet you still keep secrets from her and continue to be vague to her. This leads to the issue of sex. Not only has Jackson had sex so many times that he can't remember the last time he did it with a virgin, if ever, but he is very vague with Holly about his past sexual excursions as she tells him honestly that she is a virgin. His reply to her commenting on his expertise is this:
She teases me about being an expert at putting a condom on, so I told her I practiced when I was younger, which was true when I was, like, fourteen.
So you're not going to tell her the complete truth? At least that you have done this whole thing before? I just was not feeling their relationship, at all, despite all the tender moments they do have together. I would just remind myself of how much a selfish asshole Jackson is, and then I would remember that I was not enjoying the romance.
The only interesting character was Courtney. I have heard people stated that they would have preferred if the book had been written about her, and I agree. She was interesting. Jackson was not.
The plot was, like I said, really the only thing that this book almost had going. It would get pretty interesting, like a song building up for a drop, but then the excitement would quickly fade as the reveal ended up being lame. I felt like the author kept leaving me hanging.
Overall, I would not recommend this, nor would I read the sequel. If you want a YA version of The Time Traveler's wife, it may not be exactly like it, but I would recommend reading Ruby Red.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I stand here (I write standing up) and I say, “No!” No, this book will NOT be lost! This book is necessary. It’s an important work from an important man. I was the number one News Anchor in all of San Diego. My name is Ron Burgundy and what you have in your hands is a very big deal. It’s … my … life. It’s my words. It’s my gift to you.
From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his odds-defying climb to the dizzying heights of becoming Americas most trusted and beloved television News Anchor, Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in Let Me Off at the Top! In his very own words Burgundy reveals his most private thoughts, his triumphs and his disappointments. His life reads like an adventure story complete with knock down fights, beautiful women and double-fisted excitement on every page. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I really love Will Farrell as an actor. He has been in some of my favorite movies (Elf, Talladega Nights) and I think he is a really funny actor, so I was expecting nothing less from his book.
Unfortunately, this book was filled with nonsensical things that, while some did make me laugh, most of the time made me roll my eyes or cringe because of the outrageous of it all. It, to me, felt like a lame attempt at capturing the comic genius I have previously loved on screen. Most of the story was completely absurd and not to mention a bit offensive, especially for someone like me who understands that not everything is meant to offend. Especially in a book like this which is meant to be a joke, I still found it to be so.
The biggest disappointment, though, was watching the movie to to along with this book. Anchorman, in my opinion, was just as bad as this book. There were funny parts, don't get me wrong, but it felt too played and strategically placed, just as it did in the book, and it wasn't the normal kind of humor I was used to from Will. This is intensely crude humor that I am not as interested in.
Overall, it was no where near as funny as I was expecting it to be. I wouldn't recommend it unless you were a huge fan of the movie.(less)
Working for the Library Defense Force is considered even more dangerous than being a police officer or in the army.
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her! (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Compared to the other two manga series I have read so far, this one by far was my least favorite. It has a very immature feel to it, like Sailor Moon did, but without the cool super powers.
The story was pretty interesting, but the characters were not. I am also not a fan of this type of art style- where the guys and the girls all have shiny, perfect hair and large perfect eyes. I much prefer the art style of Fullmetal Alchemist
Overall, this just felt like a very fluffy book. There wasn't any depth to the story or the characters. I can't say I would recommend this, if not only for the story.(less)
Her eyes bored into her daughter's. She said in the gravest town Eureka had ever heard: "Never, ever cry again."
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.
And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I honestly just don't understand this book. Nothing about it- the story, the romance, the characters- made any sense to me.
Our main character, Eureka, isn't one of the worst YA protagonists I've read about, but she comes pretty close. She is very guarded with emotions, which I did find interesting. I know that I am a very emotional person, though, so while it was kind of hard to grasp that she never cries, I also sort of admired her for it.
However, couldn't help but think how completely unrealistic and immature the entire story felt because of this.
She never cries, yet one day she meets this "mysterious boy" and all the sudden she feels like bawling her eyes out.
"Don't," the boy said. "Don't what?" her voice quavered just as unannounced tears gathered in the corners of her eyes. They were so foreign, clouding her perfect vision.
Everything that happened in this story happened more due "because the author said so" than actual, logical sense. And, don't forget it fills the cookie cutter mold of your typical YA book, and the most terrible fate to ever become a piece of literature: There is the drop-dead gorgeous main character who is troubled and insecure, the best friend who is super handsome and is realizing he is in love with his best friend, and the dangerous, also handsome, bad boy who the main character just meets and is, for some reason that is beyond me, inexplicably drawn to, like a bug to light zapper. "He's so dangerous and he makes me want to cry but I love him, I love him I tell you!"
His eyes are like the ocean, she wanted to say. His lips are coral-colored. His skin holds the kind of power that makes a compass needle jump. (page 130)
Keep in mind that this ^ happens after she's seen him two times, each for not very long times.
Then, her best friend and the new guy do a role reversal and all of the sudden he is the bad guy and the new-guy-transformed-good-guy becomes her only hope for happiness.
The bad boy comes to her house to give her back her wallet which she left in his car, but then practically assaults her best friend, apologizes, and leaves. Eureka, being the completely intelligent person that she is, begins fantasizing about him and the color of his bed sheets.
She wanted to know what it looked it, what color the sheets on his bed were, whether his mom was cooking dinner. Even after the way he'd just acted toward Brooks, Eureka longed to be back in that truck.
Because that makes sense. Let's talk about him.
Ander is a stalker. It's his mission to learn everything she can about Eureka, and so apparently he has been watching her since she could walk.
"I'm supposed to be at school already," she said as Ander started up the truck. "Would you step on it? It's faster if you take the-" "Side roads, I know." "I go to Evangeline High. It's on-" "Woodvale and Hampton," Ander said. "I know." She scratched her forehead, wondering suddenly if this kid went to her school... But she knew every one of the two hundred and seventy six people at her small Catholic school.
He knows everything about her and, because of this, he loves her though he has never actually met her. He loves her so much, that he is willing to sacrifice the success of his mission, and inevitably the fate of the world, in order to save her.
The choice was as simple as that: Save the world, or save the girl. (page 2)
He knew everything about her. He would ace any exam on her complexities. He had been watching her since the day she was born. All of the Seedbearers had. He had been watching her since before he or she could speak. They had never spoke. She was his life. (page 3)
But, won't that choice consequently call for her demise anyway, when the world ends because she survived? Yes. That would be true. Now, you could throw tons of explanations for his action at me, including how I should admire him for saving her life instead of murdering her, but in all honestly, that just sounds like sugar coating it. I am all for the preservation of human life, that is without a doubt, but I also believe in sacrifice. I would have admired him more if he carried on with his mission, only to have her survive by some chance, not because he jumped in to save.
Above all else, I just found every part with him to be insanely creeping because we, as the readers, know how long he has been watching Eureka and how he feels about her, while she has no idea because she just met him.
The boy raised his index finger, reached toward her, and caught the tear on his fingertip. Very slowly, as if he held something precious, he carried the salty drop away from her toward his own face. He pressed it into the corner of his right eye. Then he blinked, and it was gone. "There, no," he whispered. "No more tears.
The rest of the characters follow YA tropes and are cliché, bland, over-done and annoying. I did not like a single one. At all.
The Story is what, unfortunately, got me. No, I do not mean about how Eureka can't cry because her tears will bring about the return of Atlantis, I am talking about the Atlantis part it self.
I could care less about the story and how the characters are involved in it, I just want to read a YA book about Atlantis so badly that I might brave reading the second book just because of it.
The actually story, much like the characters, is cliché, uninteresting, and filled with insta-love, angst over strange men, and bitchy females.
Overall, I would stay far away from this book unless you are looking for something light and with no strings attached. And, if you are a fan of Atlantis myths which, unless someone can recommend me a good YA book about, I would read because of.
The following is the story of my young life as I remember it. It is the truth as I know it. Of the stories and the myths that surround my family and my life- some of them thoughtfully scattered by you perhaps- let it be said that, in the end, I found them all to be strangely, even beautifully true.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
Review: I received a free copy of this book for review.
This book is very hard for me to rate because there are many factors to consider. The writing was beautiful, but some of it was just a mess; the flow of the plot was an aimless disaster, but the overall story began, and ended, nicely; the pace was fast, but I mostly just could not wait for it to end, it was undoubtedly unique, but also something I don't ever want to read again.
Because of the critic in me, I have really cannot omit the fact that this book was an absolute nightmare to get through.
The writing is very poetic, if you are into that type of writing. I really like Walton's style, and I'll give you some examples so you can see if you like it, too:
They died with empty bellies, their eyes vacant of both dreams and expression.
For a moment, she saw him in a common soul and smiled at the thought of spending the next fifty years sleeping in the crook of his long arm or walking together in stride- arms matching arms, step matching step. But then she remembered Jack and all those months she'd spent waiting for a love that never returned, and she wrapped her heart in its burial shroud once again.
However, we also get some phrases that I found to be a bit absurd, quite like some people found the some of the author's metaphors in the Shatter Me Series to be.
She could tell when a woman was pregnant- even before the woman herself might know- just from the way she smelled: a combination of brown sugar and stargazer lilies, happiness had a pungent scent, like the sourest lime or lemon... Sadness filled the air with a salty, sea-like redolence...
She was banned againt from the bakery after a batch of her eclairs make the customers cry so hard, the salt from their tears ruined a week's worth of bread.
No man within walking distance could resist a daily dose of the blond woman's infectious laugh. When they bought a box of chocolate eclairs for their wives, they fantasized about licking a swipe of custard from the crease between Penelope's lovely breasts, of hand-feeding her every morsel.
As a boy, Nathaniel's simple "hello" prompted neighbors to blurt out long-hidden sins or to donate new clothing to the local homeless shelter. Just the sight of him crossing the street with his mother led adulterous men to become celibate and avid hunters to develop appetites only satisfied by vegetarian recipes.
Yes, it may sound very poetic, but I had a difficult time trying to figure out the actual meaning of these metaphors with lines like these. Then, there are the phrases that I found to just be down right strange.
Also to be noted, though I do not know how unedited my advance readers copy of this book is, there were many errors, not just in format but grammatical, too. It made the writing even more difficult to stay in tune with.
The story started, and ended, nicely. We begin with the background story of the main character's grandmother, then continue on to the story of her mother, and then the story of her own life and the events leading up to a tragedy that effect them all in their own ways.
Unfortunately, in between these events are littered countless other stories that, what some people may come to find interesting as I did at first, just became annoying. Literally every single character we meet has to be fleshed out to the point of their birth, childhood, young-adulthood, and their dreams and desires. Every. Single. Character. Yes, I got to know all the characters very well but it came to the point where I no longer cared. I was reading a story about Ava Lavender and her family. I do not care about her neighbors or her great uncle twice removed (he does not exist but that's besides the point).
The characters are a very diverse blend of people. And get ready, you will know them each inside and out. I liked very few of the characters, and was quite happy to see how their stories ended. I had very little care for most of them, though. It was an.. interesting journey, though, to see what they all when through.
However, strange is not the world I would use to describe this story's characters. It would be absurd. Some of the things that they do, say and have the ability to do I found to be completely ludicrous, and, despite this being a story about all about strange, I wasn't entertained by it.
The flow, and this is my biggest point, was terrible. I don't know if it's just because of my advance readers copy, but this is the main reason why I had to give this book a one star.
The POV would change mid paragraph, sometimes without notice. I found it to be jarring and very distracting. It would ruin my momentum and really chopped up the pace. I cannot stand when author's do that. At least make each chapter a different POV and keep up with the same POV for the entire chapter. As I read on, I would be thrown from one POV to the next like a hacky sack and I couldn't wait for it to be over. It especially gets worse towards the end, as the story rose to a crescendo.
Overall, I think I may have rated this book too harshly, and I don't want this review to come across as me not recommending this book, because I do. I think that is has the potential to be great, but it honestly was just not for me. If you are able to read a book and be okay with not questioning every thing that occurs, this will be perfect for you. However, it is in my human nature to question pretty much everything, and so to read this book, which gave me so many questions but never any answers, was not satisfying enough.
Where did I come from? And even more importantly: What would the world do with a girl such as I?
And I, I was born with wings, a misfit who didn't dare to expect something as grandiose as love. It's our fate, our destiny, that determines such things, isn't it?
How else could I calm the thud of my beating heart but with the words: This is my fate. What else was there to do but blindly follow its path?
But I'd been protected my whole life, forced to watch the world through the lonely window of my bedroom while the night called to me, like a siren luring forlorn sailors onto a rocky shoal. I didn't want to be protected from the world anymore.
She spend her days trying to forget the sound of his voice, and her nights trying to remember. She spent her hours standing by the mailbox waiting for letters that did not come, sitting by a telephone that would not ring.
Jack had to leave in order to come back, didn't he? And she knew he would be back, just as she knew that some of the stars that shone bright in the sky were already dead and that she was beautiful, if only to Jack. And that's just the way it was.
It was a kind of beauty perceived only through the eyes of love.
What did it mean to be human anyway?
I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped.
"And that might just be the root of the problem: we're all afraid of each other, wings or no wings." Rowe smiled that quick smile of his.
"Why would you be given wings if you weren't meant to fly?"(less)
"Trust me. Everything's going to be just fine." Famous last words, I think, as Olivia- with timing worthy of a professional comedienne- yacks a little blue spit-up onto her daddy's gray jumpsuit.
Yeah, I think. Me and the kid are going to get along just fine.
After Elvie somehow has a baby girl, the always-male Almiri completely wig out. Suddenly Elvie’s supposed allies have shipped her—along with her father, her best friend, Ducky, and her maybe-boyfriend, boneheaded Almiri commando Cole Archer—off to a remote “retention facility” (aka alien jail) in Antarctica. Talk about cold. But things really get complicated when a new group of hybrid aliens arrive with information that sends Elvie’s world spinning. Will Elvie ever be able to convince the Almiri that a conspiracy to conquer the planet is a greater threat than a sixteen-year-old girl and a newborn who won’t stop crying? (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Review: I received a free copy of this book for review.
So, what to say? This book is basically comic gold. But, there comes a point when you have to realize that something is just so ridiculous that it's not funny anymore.
I love Evie, really. She is extremely witty, sarcastic, funny, sassy... everything that you look for in a heroine along with being kick ass.
This Byron guy doesn't seem to find the whole situation all that serious. Like hospital bed abductions are as common as artificial grass.
I really admired her decision in the last book to keep her baby. I thought that was a really mature decision to make, and I loved the way she explained her reasoning behind that decision. So yeah, in this book she also has a baby, so she's learning how to be a mother (without really having had a mother to talk about these things with) and I have to say she's giving it her best. She also has dreams, really big dreams, of what she wants to do in life someday and so I hope that she is able to accomplish them despite her current situation.
The two supporting characters, Ducky (the best friend/side-kick) and her father are both great additions. Her father can sometimes be totally clueless, while he does have good intentions, and Ducky is always there to have her back.
What ruined this book for me was the other main character, Cole.
He is a total nut-brain and I have literally no idea what Evie sees in him besides his good looks. And she constantly insults him, too! She knows that he is a complete doofus and yet she loves him because of his perfect teeth and his alien good looks?
I look at Cole and smile wistfully. He smiles back. His teeth are so perfect. I hope Olivia gets his teeth and not mine. Some other things, however... I mean, I love the lug, I really think I do.
I just hope being a moron isn't hereditary.
I just don't get it and I really couldn't stand him. Yeah, his handsome, you can only point it out so many times before I actually think you need to be smacked. He is just so annoyingly stupid, and I wish I could have gotten over it for the sake of Evie (because I love her as a main character), but if the roles were reversed and Cole was the protagonist, I probably would have given this book up on page 1 of the first book. I see no reason why I should like this book anymore just because it isn't told from his point of view. He is still in it enough to make me want to throw this book against a wall.
Everything gets really out-of-wack in this book. We find out more about these different alien races and what they want with humans. However, even after the first book and despite everything that Almiri (the suposedly "good" aliens) have done for the human race, I still can't see myself agreeing with their plot to "impregnate oblivious human girls without telling them that they will become infertile after giving birth to one of their alien babies". I just am not buying into it, at all.
Again, great. Both the author's jam-packed the first book and this one in with great humor and hilariously ironic situations. I think that they both have talent, and so I would keep an eye out for other books by them.
Keep in mind, there are some mentions of topics such as abortion.
Overall, I don't think I would have an interest in reading another book in this series, if there is one, but I wouldn't mind checking out other books by these authors.
Her wailing is reaching a decibel I thought only tweaked dolphins were capable of, which is not superconductive to the whole "crafting a master escape plan" thing.
This shit is definitely not in my genes, though, because by the time I've exposed enough skin to the baby for her to nosh on, my shirt is practically tied in a knot at my armpit.
"I'd doubt you'd survive using a gliding cape from this high up." Dad sure knows how to make a guy feel better.
So I realize the following thought isn't going to help my application for the MacArthur Genius Grant any, but it bears relaying anyway: Antarctica is cold. Like, balls cold.
A few huskies similar to the ones currently mushing our sled are hanging out by the front entrance, but they don't look to be at all threatening. That's the vibe I get from the way they're busing sniffing each other's crotches, anyway.
"Elvie, go!" he shouts. For serious, that is some badass shit.
"Holy shit balls," I say, in the spirit of being poetic.
Cole and I exchange a look, which pretty much conveys our simultaneous thought. W. T. F.(less)
"Hey, don't act like you're never going to see me again." "We're never going to see any of us again," she said, and then was gone.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I can easily break this book down into three parts:
The Beginning (about 100 pages): Mostly development of characters and background story. We meet Nick "Nero", his little sister Amanda (So adorable! Loved her, even though the way she talked was hard to get used to at first, she really grew on me) his crush, Petal, and a bunch of other side characters.
While this part of the book was not particularly boring, it has no zombies. I found many of the conversations the characters had to be pretty funny, but that was really only what got me through reading this part. 100 pages with no zombies for a zombie book was pretty rough.
The Middle (about 200 pages): This is where we see the action. The outbreak begins, peoples start turning, feasting, etc., and the rest running and trying to survive (but mostly running).
I found this part of the book to be pretty exciting and very similar to zombie games like Left 4 Dead. The author makes things very detailed, and I actually liked it. This is the best part, and would have made it all worth it, except the entire outbreak only lasted about 1 day. All the action ends after just one night of surviving this so-called "zombie apocalypse". After that, (view spoiler)[ everyone is saved, healed and returned back to "normal" (hide spoiler)]. Besides that, we also learn some... disturbing things about Nero, including his girl-zombie fetish?
The Ending (last 100 pages): After the whole shabang is over, we learn about who was behind it all and what their plans are for the people involved (Nero and all the other side characters we meet).
This is where I got lost. I just had a hard time processing all the information that is dumped on us in this last part. Part conspiracy/Part pure madness- with, what I felt to be, nothing concrete. Even after finishing the book, I still can't recall exactly what the point of it all was. And that ending? Are you serious? Nero, do you think that gives you reason to start another zombie apocalypse?!
(view spoiler)[ Look, I know that is it sucks to be a pincushion, but you are curing people. I understand and agree with Nero's decision to break Petal out. Even though her blood holds the cure, she is being used by a complete mad-man who has no authority to even be doing what he is doing (Or at least I don't think so? I didn't even understand who he was). I just don't think that breaking your girlfriend out of her holding cell is enough justification to start another zombie apocalypse. He should have found a different way, like mass media exposure, blow up their facilities, infiltrate with the army, the government, call 9-1-1, SOMEBODY. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, while this book does include zombies, it was, in my opinion, not satisfying because of both the way it began and ended. The middle was great for all those hard-core zombies fans. However, the slow zombie-free beginning and info-dump filled ending really make it hard to enjoy this book as a whole.
"Sorry," Nick said. "Sorry," Petal said. "Eat me," Ballou said.
"How's he doing, anyway?" An image of the Dude arguing with the microwave rose in Nick's frontal lobe. "Fantastic."
"Righteous. Some of the ladies made it." The girls continued forward. With mechanical, quivering steps. One of them moaned. The other gurgled. "Dang." "Never mind." "I am sorry, but I do not wish your phone number after all," Yelstin said.
It all comes back to the elemental question. The ontology of zombiedom. The first great and most enduring mystery: why are they all so goddamned hungry?
They went another two hundred yards, and then Nero stopped. There was an enormous boulder in the way. "Great." "It's completely perfect." "Way to go, Magellan."
"Ponytail knew what he was all along." "A mutt." "A leg lifter." "An asshole sniffer."
"We lost a few good men on the climb up," Idle admitted. "What good men?" Billy said. "Only, so we lost a few men on the climb up."
"The price of leadership is that your raw materials are chosen for you."
"I figure it's not so much being bit, you know? It's the being eaten part. The being torn apart part."
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The man in white says, "What fate has brought together, let no man tear asunder." Fate, I think, is a theif.
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years.
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out? In a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?
I think this book had a dark idea behind it that, if done properly, would have been more fit for a new-adult novel. Instead, it was washed down and labeled as young-adult and in doing so opened holes in it's logic that I couldn't ignore.
This argument is brought up by many reviewers and it shouldn't be hard to find their opinions on the matter.
In a world where the world... really doesn't exist except for America (which didn't make any sense) and people only live to age 25 for men and 20 for women, keeping the population going is the main priority.
But.. it didn't feel like it. What this world seemed like was basically a world in which the government fell to shambles and trafficking blew up to disturbing proportions. If people were so desperate to keep the population going, why were they so picky as to finding girls who were pretty and pleasing aesthetically and killing of the ones that weren't? Shouldn't (what's left of) the government be controlling the population through mandatory coupling and reproducing?
This concept of "repopulating" was pulled off much better in Eve by Anna Carey. In her post-apocalyptic world, in order to keep the population going the new government sets up birthing houses where young girls are groomed to give birth and young women are strapped to beds and injected with sperm so they produce baby after baby until they are no longer capable.
Dark, yes, but more realistic if your goal is to keep the population from dying out. Which, is what the case is supposed to be in Wither.
There is also the fact that the whole entire world is destroyed and underwater except America? I didn't really understand the explanations of what happened to the world in this story's past.
Other than that, I liked Rhine's feverish attitude to escape, Gabriel's kind-hearted playfulness, and Rose and Linden's love and passion. Besides that, nothing else really stood out to me in this book.
Overall, despite the holes in the logic behind this story, I couldn't help but give it a 2 star rating because I admired Rhine's determination.
I don't know if I would recommend this, though.
I think, in this strange world of beautiful things, there may be some humanity after all.
"I mean a game game." She looks to me for help, but the only game I know is the one where my brother and I set noise traps in the kitchen and try to survive the night intact. And when I was taken by Gatherers, I sort of lost.
But now and eerie silence fills the floor. It's the silence I imagine in the rest of the world, the silence of an endless ocean and uninhabitable islands, a silence that can be seen from space.(less)
Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month l...moreOn My Blog: Books and Katie
Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. Her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.
Ever since I saw this cover and read the synopsis, I was intrigued. I will admit, though, that the reason why I stopped myself from reading this book was because I can't see myself being with the same sex. When I read, I try as much as possible to connect to the main character and imagine myself in her shoes. I didn't think I would be able to do so since I am not physically attracted to a girl (I do have my fair share of girl-crushes, but they are actresses and authors who I look up to and admire as role models).
Eventually, my inner nerd started to tingle and I could not ignore it's call much longer. I gave in because I wanted to read this story about aliens, government conspiracies and other strange happenings. I also thought I would give it a try with the romance and just use my imagination.
The story: Awesome!
Killer birds and conspiracies. I wanted to know more. And why. Why was this all happening? Who was really behind all the plane crashes and deaths. How does Reese has the ability to regenerate skin tissue so fast? I think the author did a great job of spinning together this sci-fi story and I wanted to read and learn more.
The romance: No.
I like how the author created Reese's character. She made her seem strong and yet, deep down, we see that she is hurting and closes herself off from creating close, emotional attachments with other people. The psychological aspect of it is most likely that she feels a mistrust towards men because of her philanderer of a father.
It was obvious that she does feel something towards David, but also just as obvious that she never feels quite right around him, as well. Like something just isn't clicking. It is even more obvious how she felt about Amber.
However, no matter how awesome the story is or how hooked I am, insta-love is becoming as much of a story-killer for me as is love-triangles. And this story has both!
The love-triangle (angle?): I actually didn't mind if Reese ended up with either David or Amber. If it was David, then I hoped it would prove to her that not all men are abusive cheaters and that her father's actions cannot be associated with the entire male population. Or, if she ended up with Amber, I hoped it would show that, even if she never forgives her father for his actions, she was able to find love elsewhere in the end.
The insta-love: Amber and Reese's relationship was cute and I loved how they were so tender and sincere. Except: On the first day that Amber and Reese officially hang out, Amber (no matter how much I loved that she mentions majoring in chemistry or microbiology..) comes off as being nice, but having no sense of personal space or boundaries. On the second day they meet, Amber invites Reese over to her house where she practically strips in front of her, questions her about her sexuality, and then makes out with her on the couch. On the third day, her and Reese are taking off their shirts and bras and making out on Reese's bed.
I don't know about you guys, but even for me, being the straight person I am, if Amber was replaced with a guy I would still feel the same. Too much, too fast. Bottom line.
Maybe I still need to understand that there are different types of love, some that are fast and some that come more slowly. However, I don't think I am wrong in saying that I think all of us readers appreciate a well developed romance, not insta-love.
Though this has nothing to do with the story itself and I don't want to talk about it too much because I prefer to keep my person interests to myself, here is is: I do understand that everyone has their own values and beliefs and I can appreciate what this author is contributing to the book pool. I think adding this kind of variety is great, especially because I only know of one other well known author who writes LGBT books.
However, I cannot and will not support her because she does not understand that you can't get everyone to agree with your cause especially if you do not take the time to understand them and their reasons. You can't bash religious people without truly understanding their religion.
Overall, I think this is a great sci-fi story, but the romance really ruined it. At least for me. Amber and Reese's relationship was cute but too rushed and I didn't really like parts of Amber's personality or the fact that Reese begins smoking for no reason after telling her best friend that smoking is a disgusting habit (which it is).(less)
Reason for not finishing: Right from the start, it is hard not to pegged this book as being filled with plenty of sexual tension between a girl and a...moreReason for not finishing: Right from the start, it is hard not to pegged this book as being filled with plenty of sexual tension between a girl and a wolf (who the girl does not know can transform into a human).
So this girl Grace is attacked by wolves.. and she just lays there doing nothing. Then, a wolf stares her *meaningfully* in the eyes and "saves her". Everyday since then, they watch each other from the woods, yearning for one another like secret lovers.
The romance is insanely unbelievable. If I have to hear Grace refer to the wolf as "my wolf" one more time I swear- And I was only 38 pages in when I stopped. The way she thinks about this wolf- and she gets distracted for a whole week of school thinking about him- it's almost as if she knows he's part human. Which she doesn't. Considering how much they know each other (which they don't, at all, besides watching each other from a distance) the amount of time spent thinking of one another was too much.
I can just tell I'm not going to be able to connect to either of the characters. Especially not after Grace says that she "couldn't forgive Jack for dying" because he endangered the safety of "her wolf" by making everyone think they are bloodthirsty and dangerous.
And am I just supposed to just sit here and not think it's weird that Grace's dad calls her mom "Rags" and refers to her as "his pet" in front of Grace, without wanting to gorge me eyes out?
"Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!"
With the districts in uprising, Katniss is in her own battle against her Mocki...more
"Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!"
With the districts in uprising, Katniss is in her own battle against her Mockingjay status. She is now the face of the rebellion, but there are still secret motives and dirty-tricks-up-sleeves. What is she fighting for? Who is she really working for? And, when the fire has burnt out and the smoke has cleared, who will rise from the ashes as the leader of this new world they are striving for?
I am not going to go in great detail about why I liked this book, because it was the same reason why I liked the first two: Kick-ass Katniss and the rebellion.
However, I will talk a little bit about why I did not like this book.
(view spoiler)[First off, I hated how cornered Katniss was the entire story. At least in the first two, when she was trapped in the arena during the games, Katniss had an upper-hand because she could hunt, fight and survive.
Now she is playing a whole new game- and one that she is not too great at: being a political leader.
Most of the book is spent in the underground of District 13 and, while it was interesting to learn about their living situation, I felt like she was just being used and played by President Coin and there was little she could do about it.
Secondly, and this going along with the first point, there is really not much going on at some points. There are large gaps of boring and it was just boring and boring.
Thirdly, I wish we get more information about the government at the end. I want to know what happened, and how it came to be set up after President Snow and Coin were eliminated.
Lastly, Ms. Collins killed off my two favorite characters. How could she?! I felt their deaths were unnecessary, too. She build up such a hopeful future for both of them, and then has them die. I mean, I guess the death of the one character was what made Katniss realize that President Coin was up to something fishy, but couldn't it have been done another way? It's just too much. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was my least favorite book of the series and a very disappointing ending. I do like how it all ended for Katniss and Peeta, but there is still so much that feels left undone, and I wanted to know more.
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Reason for not finishing: Everything seemed a little too perfect, to the point where it was eye roll-able. Maybe it's just too fluffy for my taste. Th...moreReason for not finishing: Everything seemed a little too perfect, to the point where it was eye roll-able. Maybe it's just too fluffy for my taste. Things like:
- Brie and her best friends perfectly matching up with Disney princesses (Her one friend has long red hair and an obsession with a guy named Eric in their town, who could her princess match possibly be?!)
- Her heart breaking exactly in two. When the book started and she said she died of a broken heart, literally, I was kind of put off. But, then she said that she had a weak heart and it was actually cardiac arrest. I thought that was more realistic. Then, when they did her autopsy, her heart was actually split into perfect halves? I just wasn't buying it.
- She has the same reoccurring nightmare every fourth of July. Now, I've taken a psych class and learned a thing or two about phobias and nightmares. The fact that she had a reoccurring one on a day that was exactly once a year? I just couldn't fall for it.
- Lastly, the whole idea of the "after-life" was just way to perfect. If that's how it actually is, I'm sorry but I'd rather die and live there. Don't take me seriously (please), but, in the book, you don't age, you can eat pizza and never get fat, you can ride motorcycles and surf (you basically live wherever on Earth you want to) and you can have relationships with other ghosts. That's the one thing I'm scared most about dying, whether there is an after life or not, it's not being able to be with someone. In a friendship and relationship way. I may not like people, but that doesn't mean I want to be alone for eternity!
Reason for recommending: I loved how this book pulled my heart-strings and made me cry within the first few chapters. Really, that was such an emotional beginning! I loved it. I also liked how the author segmented the book into the five stages of grief. That was another thing I learned in psych and I thought it was perfect for the story.
Even though this book wasn't for me, I would definitely recommend it! This is just another reason why I don't know if contemporary is for me.(less)
Nadia sat back. "You know I'm telling you the truth about how dangerous it is." "Yeah. I do. Want to protect the people you love. I do, too. But we fall apart or we stand together, right?"
Nadia was born with the ability to use magic. Her mother, a trained witch, was teaching her the tricks of the trade. Nadia had hopes of becoming the most powerful witch she could possibly be and everything was looking bright, until her mother up and left the family and Nadia's dad decided it would be best to move them away to start anew.
Now in a new town, Nadia feels a strange and unsettling darkness seeping from the ground and hovering over the entire Captive Sound. With the help of new-found friends, including a boy who holds seemingly impossible magical abilities, Nadia tries to uncover what is holding Captive Sound captive.
I have no doubt that many people have enjoyed it, and I can see why. However, this really seems to me to be a case of individual preference. If you are able to connect to the characters in a way I could not and look past some minor plot holes, you will most likely really end up enjoying this.
I found the story to be interesting and kept me wanting to read to see how it ended, but didn't really attach me enough to want to see how the story continues in the future books. The characters were like-able at face-level, though for me, I couldn't really connect with them on a personal level. The bad-guy (girl, rather) was pretty insane, but didn't really make all of the extremes I thought she should have.
Beware of the spoilers!
The story, like I said, was interesting. However, it felt as though the mysteries were solved way too easily. Need to find out about the history of witchcraft in the town? Well, it's all right there in the newspaper, no need to dig around that much. Need to find an ancient, powerful witch book? Well, it's right there on the bottom of the ocean near the lighthouse (and it's not even covered over, it's seriously just laying there!) Need to beat a witch 400 years more powerful than you are? Don't worry, you just need to get stuck in cobwebs for 24 hours and sit there until you have a gigantic revelation that it took you the entire book to find out.
Maybe I'm exaggerating (and I am. Really, I am). But, to be honest, certain ways in which the story progressed felt off to me. I can't really place my finger on them exactly, but it just felt like there were too many holes in it for me and nothing special about it that made me form an attachment.
The characters- specifically the love-interest- are pretty much all beautiful people. Everyone is beautiful yet somehow over-looked and misunderstood and I just could not find myself connecting to any of them. Not that I have terribly low self esteem. It's just that everyone seems so "barbie-doll" perfect with personalities that I didn't feel were really deep that I would basically consider them all to be plastic and fake.
There were also so many moments that I wanted to slap them all. Nadia, the most, all because of that scene where she went ape-shit on her dad because he wanted to make dinner for them that night. I pretty much lost all respect for her in that moment.
Finally, the antagonist. She is pretty bad-ass and I liked her as the villian. The only flaw I felt she had, was when she decided not to take action against Nadia because she saw her as not being a threat. The way the author portrayed her, and the way I viewed her as being super evil with no inhibitions, I thought she would have decided to eliminate her regardless. Especially because she constantly refers to the fact that she feels a great power within Nadia, even if the girl has no idea how to reach it. I thin she should have been seen as a threat the entire time (even though I guess it all worked out for her and her evil plan in the end).
There is also the villain's side-kick, a devil spirit. It really put me off how, once she releases him, he decides to be all good and helpful to some humans. Like, wtf?! You're supposed to be a demon. Go kill people or something, gosh.
Oh, and just something to think about while you're considering this book. How do you realize you were holding your breathe while you were sleeping?! The world may never know...
Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable read but nothing that I feel a great attachment to. I would still recommend it, though, because most of my opinions are based on my personal preference and not really actual faults, per say.
"There are plenty of limits, and trust me, the world will smack you down and teach you were they are. But make the world do that. Don't do it to yourself."
"Cold?" He smirked. "Nice thin T-shirt shows that off. I like it." Gross. "Die in a fire." Nadia muttered.
"Last night, I narrowed it down to three possibilities." Verlaine counted them off on her fingers. "One, you have some kind of superpower, but you're trying to hide it because you have a secret identity; maybe there's a Justice League scenario, et cetera. Two, this is more supernatural or occult, like witchcraft, maybe. Three, you're an alien. I know that's a long shot, but then all of these seem like long shot even though they're the only possible explanations. So, can't exclude aliens. If you are from another planet, I want to say, welcome to Earth, and if you have a star ship or a transporter beam or whatever, as long as I can still call my dads once in a while, I'm totally ready to ditch this planet and try it somewhere else."
"Are you, like, wearing a costume? Because I know sometimes guys are like, that's so gay, not gay as in actual gay but as in not cool, except I guess maybe some costumes are actual gay if they're, like, drag and makeup or something, but then on the other hand some guys like to wear, like, horror costumes and look all bad ass so I was wondering if you were going to maybe do something like that?" (page 205)
Reason for not finishing: This book reminds me so much of Monument 14, another quarantine story I had high expectations for and yet it fell short.
Anno...moreReason for not finishing: This book reminds me so much of Monument 14, another quarantine story I had high expectations for and yet it fell short.
Annoying, teenage drama that I do not care about and do not wish to spend my time reading 400 pages worth of. Backstabbing, cheating and "I want you back, he was a mistake, it's you I realy want" that, while it is sadly realistic, I do not care for reading about.
Call me a dreamer, or say I have my head too far in the clouds, but I read to escape. And, if I'm going to do so, I will be reading about characters that I can look up to, not ones that remind me of the kids I go to school with.
Also, I completely disagree with people who state that they "don't understand the female mind", or the male mind, for my situation. I can't agree with it because I would like to hope that not all guys are the stereotypical-hot-girl-chasing-and-partying jock. Which, is who the character David reminded me of.
Reason for recommending: It has a pretty high rating and good reviews, and it is a quarantine story which is a topic that interests me most. However, The Way We Fall is still my all time favorite quarantine story. Those were characters that you could look up to. The kind of people that you would want to be with if you were under quarantine.
I sstill recommend this, just be warned that it is full of high school drama.(less)
Reason for not finishing: Such a huge disappointment after reading Incarnate. I was expecting most of the focus in this book being on discovering the...moreReason for not finishing: Such a huge disappointment after reading Incarnate. I was expecting most of the focus in this book being on discovering the truth behind everything that has happened and what might happen. I guess to an extent, it is, but I felt like in the beginning it was too rushed and by the middle it turned into more of a lust dilema.
Especially the scene starting on page 260. For some reason, it just bothered me.
I don't even know who in the conversation made me upset. I have personal beliefs about sexual matters, but that doesn't mean I can't understand that expression of love even if it is outside of marriage. I do understand, and it doesn't bother me, so long as the situation feels right and, in this book at this moment, I felt like with everything else going on it was not the time to be discussing the D.
The third book, maybe? When things are coming to an end.. I don't know. It just felt out of place and one of those: Really? You pick a time like now to do this?, kinda moments.
Reason for recommending: I think the first book in this series was great, and overall probably a pretty decent series. It has very awesome fantasy aspects and I do really want to know the answers to all of these questions.
I will probably give this book another try after the third comes out, so if I end up enjoying the second book the second time around, I can read right on into the third.(less)
She talked about the warm color of the hills against the blue Aether. When the wind picked up, she said the sound reminded her of turbines. She stared at rocks, wondering what minerals that made them, even pocketing a few. She'd fallen into a deep silence once, when the sun appeared, and it was then he's wondered most what she was thinking.
Reason for not finishing: The characters.
I was actually loving the story line, and it alone is what kept me hooked and able to read through practically 200 pages in a few hours. I really wanted to know what was going on with Aria's mom and what it had to do with Perry's nephew. (view spoiler)[ My prediction: Aria's mom is either a really bad guy or a really good guy. Not in between, I don't think. (hide spoiler)]
I thought the idea was really original and I was enjoying it a lot. However, what I was not enjoying were the main characters, Aria and Perry. As far as their motives were concerned, I liked them. Perry wanted to save his nephew and Aria wanted to survive and make sure her mother is safe. Pretty selfless goals.
What annoyed me, I guess, were aspects of their personality and their relationship towards each other when they meet.
It's hard for me to explain, really. In simplest terms, the past books I've read recently (Incarnate and The Darkest Minds) had such strong, determined and remarkable characters with heart-crushing and realistic romance that Perry and Aria just pale in comparison.
Reason for recommending: This book, I strongly believe, was very original. Though I've read some other books about Domes (which sort of seemed like the Pod Aria lived in) or some sort of Utopia where the outside was a dying wasteland, I felt like the specific aspects of this story made it unique.
I am definitely going to be picking this up and giving it another go, maybe when I am in a reading slump again. I was in one when I checked out this book, but reading Incarnate brought me out of it.
So yeah, I am willing to come back to this one and you should check it out!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
But can you put a price on happiness? Really, if that's what it costs to make you glad to be yourself, then isn't it worth it?
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
This book was such a huge disappointment for me. Even before this book came out, all I heard and saw were non-stop rave reviews. Now, I'm not saying that this was a particularly bad book, but it obviously just wasn't for me.
I am not going to tell you that the struggles Elise faces and the emotions and actions that come from it are unjustified. I have never been bullied at all, so I don't have any experience to draw on as far as that is concerned. I will say, though, that I have shared some of Elise's feelings due to other reasons.
However, I just didn't like her character. I couldn't connect to her at all, really, for a couple of reasons. First off, for someone who has been "bullied", I found her to be very harshly judgmental.
My friends are named Sally and Chava. They are both less popular than me, and I don't know why, but I hope it's because they are unbelievable boring.
Okay... ? What gives her the right to deem them "less popular" than her when she's battling her own popularity. Can't she just relish the fact that they are human beings who don't seem to hate her like everyone else apparently does for a reason that I still don't understand? She also gives us this little piece of... "advice" on how to make friends:
Making friends is actually not that hard when you drop every single one of your standards.
I can almost see the humor in this, but I refuse to acknowledge it. It makes sense, yes, but I just don't agree. I don't think you should ever drop every single one of your standards on anything. Yes, you can't always get everything you want in a person and you will have to make exceptions, but settling for anything? No. Also, just another example of how inconsiderate she is being to the two girls who seem to be the the only two living human beings in school who will actually stand her company.
There is also this statement that she makes about herself:
"Come here!" she called. I obey direct orders... that's why I was crossing the street now. Because someone told me to."
What really made me not like her the most, though, was the moment she thought she could "save her sister" from being teased because she was exceptional and good at something, by tearing to shreds the project she worked so hard on. Really just way too dramatic and not something I agreed with at all.
As far as the rest of the characters go, there weren't any that really stood out to me. I didn't like the love interest at all, and I only kinda-sorta liked Vicky and her band.
The story, is anything, showed the only point of redemption. I really like self-discoveries and while this wasn't the best one I have ever read, I did enjoy seeing how Elise changed at the end. I also liked how the author mixed in some mystery as to who was writing the blog, which I did not pick up on at all.
Overall, I would still recommend this book if you are interested in it. It just wasn't what I was hoping it would be.
"Yes," I said, and did not want to elaborate that I always had my headphones on so I wouldn't always have to hear the world around me.
That's the problem with life. You never get enough time to stare at your ceiling and try to figure out what's going on.
The girl's misery and rage slipped away, and the secret sank like a stone, deep, deep, deep inside her, until the truth was as forgotten as hope and beauty and all the other things given to darkness.
In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.
As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
The beauty of this story's writing style was not completely lost on me, yet it had no effect. I wasn't really impressed by the writing. I wasn't captured by it, or by the characters and their struggles. Not by the romance, or the tender moments between Isra and Gem. Not by the past that haunts Isra and the death that haunts Gem. Not either by the mysteries of Yuan. Nothing really made it easy for me to connect to the story. For the most part, I just skimmed through.
What didn't help with my inability to connect to the characters was the pace of the story. I really just wanted it to be over after every page. There were moments when everything was sped up too fast, including the relationship that develops between Isra and Gem. Weeks go by that they spend together, but were just told that. All of the sudden, five weeks have passed and then they just start having all these tender feelings. Then, other times the pacing will be so slow that I just skim through tens of pages at a time. And, reading through the last part of the book was a drag. There's some info-dumping and stuff and blah, blah, blah.
I can see where this story parallels with the classic Beauty and the Beast, but there were also parts that were lost on me. While I like how Gem and Isra's roles were reversed with Beauty and the Beast's, I didn't really understand the Bo's role. I assume he was supposed to be the authors version of Gaston.. but why was he actually likable at times? He is supposed to be completely repulsive and instead I found myself liking him for some parts. Yes, there are parts of him that repel me, but overall he wasn't that bad. The author shouldn't have made him like that.
Then, what's also lost on me, was why they were going to kill Isra before she had children? Isn't that the whole point, continuing the royal blood line? It was once stated in the book that the couldn't risk loosing their king and queen because then the royal line would be lost. But, if they were just going to have someone who married into the line, marry someone else and then have kids who continue the line, there won't be any blood relation to the original line... so if they lost both their king and queen at the same time, with no children to take their places, they could essentially just find someone else to start a new line. Right?
There is also the fact that the MC is blind, but pages would go by that I would completely forget she was. I don't know if that is necessarily good or bad, but I thought it would have been nice to constantly be reminded of her blindness to the point where I almost felt blind myself.
Overall, just because I didn't enjoy the story, doesn't mean I won't recommend it. I really see the potential in it, though this story just wasn't for me.
And what good is a voice when so few will listen.
The loss of hope is the worst kind of loss. I don't want to be the cause of that in someone, even if that someone is a monster.
She lifts her face. Her eyes aren't empty now. They're swimming with misery and pain. This girl wouldn't run through the garden laughing like a child. The death of her father cut that part of her away and left her bleeding inside were wounds hurt the most.(less)
Reason for not liking: This book was good, in the beginning. I didn't fall in love with it, and I felt that the relationship between Augustus and Haze...moreReason for not liking: This book was good, in the beginning. I didn't fall in love with it, and I felt that the relationship between Augustus and Hazel just didn't feel.. natural. For some reason. It was almost like insta-love, but yet not exactly that.
I just could not, for all the kittens in the world, attach to the story or the characters. I don't know why. I am assuming, though, that it is because I have never dealt with a personal death in my family, circle of friends, or anyone I even barely knew. I guess in that regard I have been very fortunate. The only death I remember was of my great-uncle, and, while that did hurt me because I was fond of him, I hate to say that I was so young and probably didn't fully understand besides the fact that he wasn't going to be there anymore at our family gatherings.
I am not trying to say that I am an insensitive person, because there were parts that I did cry. For example, when Hazel's mother said that she wouldn't be a mom anymore. I bawled my eyes out. But, when I skipped ahead and read that Augustus died, I just.. didn't feel anything. In order to feel emotion towards characters in a book, I have to connect with them and feel emotionally invested.
Overall, I guess, and more-so as the book progressed and I felt like I was sitting in a room full of people with one head and I had two, that this book and I were just not meant to be. This is nothing against the writer, or his book, just simply that you can't please everyone and you need to "just keep swimming."
Reason for recommending: It's all about you. If you feel like you'll enjoy it and it's your kind of book, go ahead! I want you to read it. But, if you are already apprehensive and have read reviews like this one and feel the same, I maybe wouldn't suggest going out and buying it, but instead check it out from your library, first!(less)
Reason for not finishing: I really wanted to like this, and I did, for the "biological warfare" aspect (excuse me while I fan-girl) However, after mor...moreReason for not finishing: I really wanted to like this, and I did, for the "biological warfare" aspect (excuse me while I fan-girl) However, after more than 100 pages in, I am not attached to the story or the main character, and continuing to read just feels like I am banging my head against a concrete wall.
Reason for not finishing: I really didn't like the main character. She was so concerned about her looks and why "boys like him", who used to pay atten...moreReason for not finishing: I really didn't like the main character. She was so concerned about her looks and why "boys like him", who used to pay attention to her, weren't paying attention to her anymore and maybe she just wasn't attractive anymore like that was the worst of her problems not that she was just resurrected from the dead 100 years later by a government that wanted to poke and prode her and then unfreeze the others like her to be their slaves. Yeah, I think I got that right.
And, I saw that someone else mentioned this too, it did kind of feel like the author was projecting all of her beliefs and values onto us. I know that I have strong beliefs and values, too, I'd just rather not read about someone else's or make them read about mine.
Reason for recommending: Cryonics! Squeeeeee!(less)
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a li...more
Something inside me broke free..
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret.
She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
(Synopsis taken from GoodReads)
I am so disappointed. A part of me almost wishes I never even picked up this sequel. Shadow and Bone had a lot of unfinished business at the end of it, but the ending was open and hopeful. It was an ending that I could have lived with, if I had known how upset with my favorite characters Siege and Storm would make me.
The story started off well and exciting. I was instantly hooked onto the characters and their stuggles once again. For the first 200 pages, I was in love.
Just as Alina and Mal begin their new journey, they are thrown back into the mess that is Ravka that they left behind and, this time, they have new friends and a different goal.
I loved how Alina decided to step up and take charge. Her demands, while are mostly far-fetched, are met with agreement. As weary of the Grisha as some may be now, they still know she is their only hope, being the Sun Summoner. She is just as fierce and independent as she was in Shadow and Bone.
Her character has grown though, too. She is less naive and is more ready to accept her new role as the Sun Summoner. However, there is still much she needs to continue to grow, and I cannot wait to see that happen in the third book.
Even though I was "Malina" all the way at the time, I appreciated how the author added in another male lead, Sturmhond, not as a love interest ((view spoiler)[ except now I'd rather him be with Alina than Mal (hide spoiler)]) but as a way to lighten the mood.
Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. "I can't decide if your crazy or stupid." "I have so many good qualities," Sturmhold said. "It can be hard to choose."
Then, unfortunately, from that moment on I just became overly exhausted with the characters.
I understand that love is not all rainbows and unicorns. There will be disagreement and arguments. A prime example of this is in Insurgent, when Tris and Tobias go through some rocky moments in their relationship. I get that.
What bothers me is the way Mal handles it. (view spoiler)[ He disagrees with Alina's decision to stay at the Palace and, while I loved the "free" feeling of them being on the run, I appreciate the fact that Alina is preparing to face the Darkling.
Unfortunately, Mal takes out his sour feelings by sulking, getting drunk, fighting and kissing Zoya. Then, he rubs it in Alina's face the fact that he knows she is not experienced in kissing and that he has kissed many girls.
I just wanted to slap him! I almost got my wish, too, when my favorite not-favorite scene occurred:
He pulled away from her, grinning, his cheeks still bloodied, and that was when his eyes met mine. His face went white.
After Alina runs out of the room and Mal catches up, I was so pumped thinking this will be the moment that she will tell him what's-what. That she has more important things to be worrying over than to be playing this game. That, if he couldn't tell that she loved him, he needed to walk away and swallow his pride and jealousy.
But no. She begs him to run away with her so they be together again and happy again and blah blah blah while Mal becomes all cold and harsh and becomes all furious and testosterone-filled-raging. I wanted to slap them all.
I don't care what is excuse what- because he thought Alina didn't want him, because she flinched when he went to kiss her and then ignored her attempts to try and explain herself- there is never an "excuse" for cheating. End. Of. Story.
From that point on, I lost all faith in Mal. I also began to pick up on things that had happened previously in the novel, like him becoming all jealous and upset whenever another man so much as looked at Alina. I thought he was just being a loyal, protective boyfriend. However, even after she catches him kissing Zoya and he goes all ape-shit on her, he continues to play the jealous, sulking boyfriend and I just wanted to slap him and shout at him to get over it! She loves you, you blind oaf! Why are you doubting it? Why are you cheating?!
Alina isn't perfect herself, either. She seems to have captured the attention of the most handsome and powerful men in all of Ravka which bothers me to no end. Especially because, in the first book, I had a clear idea of who she wanted. Now, though, it seems as if she could end up with anyone and the sad part is I am pretty sure I don't even care because I am no longer rooting for any of the love interests.
She comes close to cheating on Mal herself, but the man in question stops her because he knows it is just to spite Mal.
"I want to kiss you, but I won't. Not until you're thinking of me instead of trying to forget him."
I just wanted to give them both all the slaps. Smack, smack, smack!(hide spoiler)]
Despite the problems that have arisen in Alina and Mal's relationship, (Alina being too forgiving and Mal being sulky and jealous), I have such high expectations for the third book and for one reason only- I want to know what happens to Ravka!
The relationship stuff I feel as though I can put behind me. Every since (finally) reading The Hunger Games and being able to push aside my angry feels for the romance and just being able to focus on the rebellion, I found it just as easy to do while reading Siege and Storm. When it is all over, I will allow myself to sit back and think about whatever relationship is left in the end but, until then, I will be focusing on the future of Ravka.
I am totally in love with this world filled with Grisha. It's very "elemental-powers" and Avatar like and I mean that in the most complimenting way because that is exactly what I am interested in!
There is also so much authenticity about the language and the world that Ms. Bardugo has created.
I need to know about: (view spoiler)[ The third amplifier, and how they all fit in together! (hide spoiler)]. I also want to know about Alina's true origins! I have my suspicions..
Overall, while this book disappointed me in ways that almost make me wish I never read it, I am still glad I did because there is more to this story than just romance. There is a huge power struggle in this book and it is filled with tension, hopelessness and a "bright light at the end of the tunnel".
"My mother was an oyster," he said with a wink. "And I am the pearl." He strolled away, whistling an off-key tune.
"I feel you slipping away from me, and I don't know how to stop it."
"We do the best we can." I offered lamely. No matter what I said, we both knew the hard truth. We do our best. We try. And usually, it makes no difference at all.
"I can't run away from what I am, Mal, from what I am becoming. I can't bring the Alina you knew back, but I can set you free."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I probably shouldn't rate this because I didn't finish it. However, after reading other reviews from people who shared my same opinion, I know that my...moreI probably shouldn't rate this because I didn't finish it. However, after reading other reviews from people who shared my same opinion, I know that my verdict would stay unchanged even if I finished this book.
Reason for not liking: This book is the authors failed attempt to create an atmosphere like the one in Blood Red Road, which I loved dearly. After the Snow pales in comparison as it tries to capture the language.
It has the same sort of feel as BBR, but when it comes to talking slang with "cos" instead of "because" and using past tense in place of present, you have to have enough to make it believable, or it will be lacking and just become annoying. That's what happened with this book.
Reason for recommending: The language might not bother you as much as it did me, and for that reason I'm sure this book it a interesting dystopian to read. (less)
Without warning, we're slammed down into our seats as the entire pod jerks. A ripple of white-hot energy shoots through its metal frame. I taste copper, and then the universe goes black with a sound like a thunderclap in my ears. All the lights, the countdown, even the emergency lighting... gone. We're left in utter blackness but for the stars outside the viewport.
Stars that are no longer stretched thin. The Icarus has been torn out of hyperspace.
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
For a book that was being described as a "space opera" and a science-fiction, I found this book had very little to do with space, science-fiction, or even making actual sense.
The Bad: My first thoughts as I was reading this book was "where is all the space?" Only the first few chapters of this book actually take place in space, and the rest of the book takes place on a planet. Now, this wouldn't have bothered me too much, even though it still would have disappointed me. What bothered me the most was that the planet they landed on was created with no imagination what-so-ever. If you're not going to give me a space adventure in a science-fiction book, at least land me on a planet that does not resemble an uninhabited version Earth. There's normal looking trees that form a normal looking forest, normal looking fields with normal looking flowers, and normal looking mountains with normal snow. Normal animal life- though we only see a few animals.
If you're going to call the book that your selling a science-fiction, at least give me glowing mushroom trees, purple cat like animals with six legs, and giant butterflies that swim in the rivers which float throughout the air because water doesn't give a damn about gravity on this planet. I almost forgot I was reading a heavily acclaimed science-fiction.
When the cruise-liner spaceship that the two main characters are aboard is pulled from space and falls from the sky, crashing on the nearest planet, it seems like a very unfortunate accident. However, as the story progresses and we learn more about the circumstances, it becomes apparent to me that the reason the spaceship crashed was due to a very stupid error that makes no sense as to why it couldn't have been avoided. (view spoiler)[ We find out that the Lilac's father's company has been doing some terraforming on the planet, as well as creating rifts and messing with matter and lifeforms from different dimensions. When a problem came up, they tried to keep it hidden and covered up, all while still keeping up the program after leaving the planet.
Now, obviously this is not the first time a planet has been terraformed and this is not the first time hyperspace travel has been achieved. That being said, I would have assumed that this company, run by the richest man in the galaxy, would have been a little more than just careful in making sure that their secret experiments on this planet were not discovered and that they would have been even more careful to make sure that their biggest spaceship yet does not crash on that planet, killing all but two of it's 50,000 passengers. (hide spoiler)]
And that's another thing. I would have found it more believable if there were scattered survivors, even if they only totaled to be 5, or if there were no survivors at all, than there being only two survivors from one pod: our two main characters. You can't get me to believe that when a space ship has 50,000 passengers, no one else was in a pod that made it off the ship. Is Lilac the only person on the entire ship who has expertise in hot-wiring? Was there not a single other engineer aboard? I just found it to be a very sloppy way for the author's to cover up their tracks and accomplish their goal of only having to deal with the two main characters. I would have enjoyed the story much more if there was at least one other survivor.
Then, we have the matter of the paranormal twist that was pulled a quarter of the way into the book. At first, I would have considered this among what I liked in the story, until, as the story progressed, it went from fascinating to extremely sloppy. The only purpose I saw to it was to add some sort of excitement to the plain-Jane survival story (view spoiler)[ and also so cover up a shit attempt to off one of the characters (hide spoiler)]. The authors dig themselves a pretty deep hole by trying to complicate the plot even further, and then use this paranormal aspect to quickly dig themselves back out just in time to end the book without to much as putting a well developed explanation as to what the actual fuck just happened.
Lastly, a point that I have seen come up often, is about the lack of world building. All we know is that Lilac is a rich heiress to one of the largest companies in the galaxy, who is at the top of the world, and not allowed to have a single boy look at her or "daddy warbucks" will send them off to their deaths. And, all we know about Tarver is that he is basically a war-hero version of Slumdog Millionaire who fights rebellions on different planets. We don't know anything about the year, the government, the laws, the rebellions, or even the money system used. And that was something I felt could have been explored more.
The Good: We have a futuristic world where history includes learning about the first time the people of Earth tried to terraform Mars. This has not happened yet because we lack the technology (and the funding) and, that being said, this book probably takes place very far in the future. This interested me, a lot, because if there's one thing I want more than anything, it's to be able to be in the future. Granted, as long as life is like it is in this book: humans have achieved space travel and the ability to create life on other planets.
The paranormal twist in the story was exciting for a while. When Lilac starting to hear voices, my interest instantly piked.
I have to admit that, while the characters weren't the most favorable when we first meet them, they both undergo same favorable development. They change and adapt to their dangerously heightening survival situation and as they learn more about each other. Even though I found it hard to really distinguish Tarver as being written as a young man's perspective, I did like the moments when he viewed Lilac with admiration for her strengths.
She stalks off down the mountain, and I wonder which one of her fancy tutors taught her this- the ability to make an exit without a door to slam, picking her way down the snowy path with her back ramrod straight in furious indignation. I wonder where she finds the strength for it.
I was not a huge fan of the romance, contrary to many of the readers. I have read way better developed and more admirable romances than this one.
In the end, I was very satisfied with Lilac's character, but not so much Tarver's. I never really connected with him. My biggest problem with his character was the cliche way that he clutched Lilac to his naked chest when she frightened and pulled out his gun, ready to shoot down all those who dare threaten her. *yawn*
Overall, while this was not the biggest disappointment of all time, it was not really the way I would have liked to start off a new year of reading.
I knew I liked her for a reason.
Lilac Rose LaRoux. Untouchable. Toxic. I should've been named Ivy, or Foxglove, or Belladonna.
"That all you got, kid? Try harder." That's all I ever hear. That all you got? Try harder. Be richer. Be smarter. Learn which damn cutlery to use. Speak like us. Think like us. Screw that all way to hell.
And there it is, against all hope, like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The smallest hint of a smile.
"Listen, I can't drag your ass through the forest for you. You have to work with me." "I'd thank you not to do anything at all with my ass," I reply, glaring at him. "You're not the lord and master of this planet, and you're not the lord and master of me. My opinion is as valid as yours!"
This is a hell I've never imagined. And I think I'm going to die here.
She's not looking at me and seeing a guy brought up on the wrong type of planet. She's not seeing a soldier, or a war hero, or an uncultured lout who doesn't understand who hard this for her, or an idiot who knows nothing about the right kind of anything. She just sees me.
As we leave the river for the foothills, I find myself thinking about the girl in the salon. The one who flirted as easily as she breathed, the one who dodged bodyguards and stayed up all night gossiping. I bear so little resemblance to her now it's as though she no longer exists.
Which of us is shaking more, I can't tell, but where our hands are joined, we're steadier. He's drowning and I'll drown with him.
The corner of her mouth lifts in a rueful smile, and then she shakes her head briskly. "Leave it," she decides, turning her back on what's left of her old life.
What kind of man possesses that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Reason for not finishing: I am really disappointed about this book. It had a great idea and a lot of potential yet the author made the character very...moreReason for not finishing: I am really disappointed about this book. It had a great idea and a lot of potential yet the author made the character very hard to relate to for the majority of people.
Right in the beginning, the main character, Cam, bashes religion and calls anyone who believes in it a moron. If only the author had not done that, she probably could have made some more fans. I am okay with books being non-christian, nothing against that, it's only when it becomes painfully obvious and blatant that the author does not like Christianity or religion and so forth and states it in their writing that I'd prefer not to read their book.
Then, Cam has on her list to "lose her virginity at a keg party". She states that she wants to get it over with and move on, that people don't get married early or wait to have sex until their married, and that it was like a band-aid that she just wanted to rip off. I didn't hate her for thinking this, but it didn't make me want to read any more about her. Obviously she is not actually thinking in terms of the entire world, maybe just her own little world. People do wait to have sex. I am a living, breathing, like-it-or-not example. Go ahead.
Cam proceeds to have sex with some random guy at a party. She says yes, then no, they guy says she wants it, so she does it, and at the end she cries and wishes she could forget it even happened.
I guess this character would be more relate-able for someone who is like her, but I am nothing at all like Cam and therefore I didn't enjoy reading about her story.