I'm not a fan of romance novels, but I wanted to read it before the movie. I will remember it because of the tragic ending, which made it worth readin...moreI'm not a fan of romance novels, but I wanted to read it before the movie. I will remember it because of the tragic ending, which made it worth reading. :)(less)
I only got to page 54, but to give it one star is premature. Maybe it has a great ending. I just didn't make it--which isn't like me.
The Poison Study...moreI only got to page 54, but to give it one star is premature. Maybe it has a great ending. I just didn't make it--which isn't like me.
The Poison Study was so original. I have never heard of a food taster and I loved Yelena and Valek's relationship.
I was worried when I found out the sequel was called Magic Study. I have a problem with fantasy books. Only amazing authors can capture me. I like realistic/fantasy; if that's considered a genre. Like demons in Brooklyn (mortal instruments) or normal boy entering a magical world (harry potter). The only real fantasy series I like is Lord of the Rings. But Magic Study is too "far out there" for me and Snyder is no Tolkien.
I bet fantasy lovers would enjoy this sequel. I don't though.(less)
Cassia embarks on an adventure in Southern Utah (or it may as well be) to find Ky. She encounters other aberrations, enjoys rock climbing, and sees de...moreCassia embarks on an adventure in Southern Utah (or it may as well be) to find Ky. She encounters other aberrations, enjoys rock climbing, and sees death. Meanwhile Ky escapes the death camp to find Cassia also meeting aberrations, climbing rocks, and seeing death.
I'm glad I gave Crossed a chance. I enjoyed it immensely more than Matched. It was solid adventure--no lulls in the middle where two kids sit on a hill and learn to read. I still don't get the Ky & Cassia relationship. It's cute and all, but it feels like a distraction. Xander made this book worth reading. He is the most interesting character and I'm sad we only got to hear about him through Cassia's skewed paradigm. This book switched back and forth between Cassia and Ky's points of view. At times I had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to see who was talking, especially when they reunited. Evidently they sound similar, when they have such different backstories they should sound completely different. I would love the sequel to be between Cassia and Xander's points of view.
I feel like Condie missed out on a great character development opportunity. There was potential here for Cassia to mature and she didn't. Still naive and irrational. However, I did enjoy hearing Ky's backstory. Another small thing that bothered me: Ky has been out of civilization for months, but no mention of facial hair. He should be some kind of wild man but nope; still smooth-faced lover boy.
Overall, it is an intriguing plot and would be great--if Condie wrote Ky and Cassia's relationship better. (less)
A mysterious sign appears in the sky above Antartica, then in Greenland, and then over the head of a Gandhi-like character named Father Jerome. Is the...moreA mysterious sign appears in the sky above Antartica, then in Greenland, and then over the head of a Gandhi-like character named Father Jerome. Is the sign from God or is it a scientific creation? The book follows Gracie Logan, the tv reporter who first filmed the sign over Antarctica, and Matt Sherwood, who is out to save his brother from an evil group of scientists. Eventually these characters meet up and discover the true nature of the mysterious image in the sky.
The book is 458 pages of solid action. People hotwiring cars, chucking homemade bombs, and hijacking garbage trucks. Very 24-ish. Kept me sane while I was babysitting three kids for a weekend.
Khoury has very strong political beliefs that he puts into the mouths of his characters. The main message is how faith and religion can be used to manipulate people and essentially control them if they don't pay attention. Some of his views might offend some people, but I didn't mind.
Overall, I liked it. Returning it to the library and won't read it again. But it wasn't a waste of time.(less)
I'm not exaggerating here. Ok, there may be a little bit of originality. If you haven't seen/read Star Wars o...moreStar Wars + Harry Potter = City of Bones.
I'm not exaggerating here. Ok, there may be a little bit of originality. If you haven't seen/read Star Wars or Harry Potter then you'll find the plot incredibly complicated and surprising. However, if you have, then it is extremely predictable.
Nonetheless, it kept me up all night. Why? Well, probably because combining two great stories can only equal a great story. The characters are lovable, especially Jace, and the plot moves at a good pace.
Clare threw all the twists of Star Wars and Harry Potter into the first book of this series, so I am genuinely interested to see what she will do in the sequels, which I will definitely read.(less)
I promised myself I would never read another paranormal romance novel after Twilight. Twilight was an anomaly, and I don't like all of the copycat...moreOk--
I promised myself I would never read another paranormal romance novel after Twilight. Twilight was an anomaly, and I don't like all of the copycats that have come after. However, this book was next on my goodreads book club, so I broke my promise.
And I was pleasantly surprised. Like, REALLY surprised. It's not like Twilight at all. Totally different storyline.
Grace Divine is the local Pastor's daughter. Everything about her life is perfect until the prodigal son/brothers-best-friend, Daniel, returns after a 3 year hiatus. She can't stay away from the kid even though her brother says he's dangerous and evil. Not to mention all the bloody bodies everywhere.
The twist at the end was amazing.I didn't see it coming AT ALL. Looking back, it was obvious but I totally missed it. I usually catch that stuff. Either I'm dumb, I was tired at 2am, or Despain is a genius. Probably a mixture of all three!
So...I'm thinking this girl (the author) is mormon. Clues--she lives in SLC, Grace talks about the responsibilities and stresses of being the "pastors" daughter, and the trouble with the spaghetti straps of her dress. (What is is with mormons and the paranormal genre??)
It has room for sequels, which I will anxiously await!
Gaia lives in a civilization that borders Unlake Superior. She and her parents live a happy and simple life outside the wall of the Enclav...morePretty good.
Gaia lives in a civilization that borders Unlake Superior. She and her parents live a happy and simple life outside the wall of the Enclave as a midwife until her parents are kidnapped one night. Gaia manages to sneak inside the wall and finds out that her mother is a part of something much bigger than just delivering babies.
Fast read. Cool premise. Leaves you hanging--obviously meant to be sequels. And falling in love with your captor is hot. (less)
An asteroid hits the moon, throwing it off course. The tides change flooding all of the coastlines, earthquakes rattle and dormant volcanoes erupt fil...moreAn asteroid hits the moon, throwing it off course. The tides change flooding all of the coastlines, earthquakes rattle and dormant volcanoes erupt filling the sky with ash for months. The entire world goes into survival mode.
Life As We Knew It is 16-year-old Miranda's diary of the disaster. You read as her mood changes from denial, to bitterness, to acceptance and even generosity.
This book hit close to home, almost too uncomfortably. Unlike other apocalyptic books I've read, it takes place in a small town. There are no people running around with guns shooting aliens or "bad guys". There are no superheroes or magic animals. Just a family that does everything it can to survive.
I stayed up all night reading. I couldn't put it down. I'm giving it only 3 stars because, well, it was plain depressing. There are sequels though which I will probably read.(less)
Gemma is sent to a London finishing school after her mother dies. She doesn't really fit in with the other girls and finds her studies boring. To top...moreGemma is sent to a London finishing school after her mother dies. She doesn't really fit in with the other girls and finds her studies boring. To top it all off, she is having these weird visions all the time that a creepy stalker guy keeps telling her to block. But Gemma has never been much of a rule-follower.
The best aspect of this book were the characters. Gemma, Felicity, Ann, and especially Pippa were developed so subtly and detailed. Bray made you hate Pippa and Felicity one minute and then pity them, and then love them the next. The conflicting feelings reflect the adapting emotions we feel about real people.
I couldn't put this book down, I read it in two days. But the reason I give it three stars is because I felt jipped at the end. There were 370 pages of build-up and background information as Gemma tries to solve her mystery, but the climax was only 30 pages long. Suddenly everyone is running around dying. I feel like more detail should have been used there, I just couldn't keep up with the jumps in the plot.
But it was good, and I'm definitely going to read the sequels.(less)
This book was like a horrible car wreck that I couldn't help but read.
Let me clarify; it is a fantastic book. The characters were so real to me, fabu...moreThis book was like a horrible car wreck that I couldn't help but read.
Let me clarify; it is a fantastic book. The characters were so real to me, fabulously developed. I genuinely felt for them and cared about their lives.
But the premise is just plain creepy.
Connor, Risa, and Lev live in a world where children can be sentenced to "unwinding"--taking a person apart piece by piece. The parts are then given to whole people who need a new eye, leg, or ear. The children are told that it isn't dying, but living in a bunch of different places. Connor, Risa, and Lev find away to escape the cops early on, but they aren't home free. No one is until they die--or unwind.
Yeah. Creepy. But I seriously couldn't put it down. I was up all night and then I woke up early to finish. Definitely not going to read it again, but it left an impression. I'll never forget this story.(less)
After reading a certain amount of dystopian books, you'd think the same patterns would form, that they'd start to become predictable. Not in this case...moreAfter reading a certain amount of dystopian books, you'd think the same patterns would form, that they'd start to become predictable. Not in this case.
Thomas wakes up one day in "the Glade"--an enclosed village of sorts, surrounded by a giant ever-changing maze. Every day for the past two years, "runners" have gone out into the maze trying to find an exit. The doors close at nightfall and the "grievers" come out, snarfing up anyone left behind. Thomas remembers things about the maze that the other boys don't and does everything he can to help them escape.
I flew through this book in about a day and a half. The plot moves at a perfect pace, so you can't stop anywhere. The end is completely different from the rest of the book and left me kind of sketched out, but wanting to read more.
The characters however lacked development, in my opinion. Not that they didn't have personality or weren't likable. All I know is, I didn't really care when one of the main characters was murdered--not a good sign. (unlike the Hunger Games where I completely broke down).
Will I buy the book and read it again? No. Will I borrow the sequels? Absolutely.(less)