Lately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand...moreLately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand out.
The voices of the two main characters—Neily and Aubrey—are so strong and so realistically portrayed that I found myself reading their story well into the night. While their voices are a bit familiar that you need to check whose part it is, their narration really sucks you in. Their grief, frustrations, anger, and their other feelings just leapt off the page and felt so true.
I do read quite a few of mystery books that I can easily tell who the culprit is a few chapters into the story, but Jarzab kept me guessing and doubting myself. I just couldn’t believe the twist at the end! It was superbly well done.
The book does start a bit slow, but the story picks up a few chapters in. All the characters –even the secondary ones—were written in a way that it felt as if they could be someone you knew. Jarzab is so great at writing characters and plotting out a novel that I didn’t believe that this was her debut novel.
Overall, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is a book that I strongly recommend and that should be on everyone’s to-read list and one that I can’t stop gushing about. Jarzab has made be a fan of her works for life. (less)
SOME GIRLS ARE takes mean girls to a whole new level. This was a dark, edgy, great sophomore novel from one of my favorite authors, Courtney Summers....moreSOME GIRLS ARE takes mean girls to a whole new level. This was a dark, edgy, great sophomore novel from one of my favorite authors, Courtney Summers. I was afraid that Ms. Summers would have been bitten by the sophomore slump and that SOME GIRLS ARE wouldn't be just as amazing as CRACKED UP TO BE, but I was wrong.
I cringed and was emotionally unstable as I read this book. The things that Regina went through were just so horrible, that I commended her for still being strong and fighting back. And Regina does fight back—she doesn't just take the violence. It was a very gritty book that left me exhausted.
At first I didn't like Regina because she was one of those girls. Those girls that we love to hate. But Ms. Summers has a knack for writing loveable mean characters. I don't know how she does it. Regina was a gray character—she did bad things but hated herself for them; she punished herself and sometimes thought that she deserved what she got.
The relationship between Regina and Michael was so sweet which contrasted with the dark tone of the novel. But their relationship wasn't picture perfect—they had problems, fought, and said some horrible things to eachother, but it was a realistic relationship.
Overall, SOME GIRLS ARE was a great follow-up to CRACKED UP TO BE. Dark, gritty, edgy, and just made of awesome; SOME GIRLS ARE is a new favorite of mine that I would recommend to anyone. This is in the top ten of my favorite books ever. A+(less)
This book just blew me away. I'm so glad that the book met my expectations--and exceded them--and the praise is well-deserved.
The author did an excellent job researching and writing a book over the scary polygamous community. It does show that she did a whole lot of research since the book rang true and there was nothing that felt false about it. Her writing was just superb and she did a great job adding in flashbacks to the story.
Kyra was a character who defied the rules and the women's place in the community, making her a strong character--one who you just want to keep reading about. Her constant battle with herself to whether or not leave the community was made stronger by showing her strong ties and relationships with her huge and caring family. Her relationship with Joshua was meh at first but I like how over time it grew and became stronger.
The book mobile played a big part in the story (you'll see how if you read the book) and I liked that it was once of the sources to teaching her about the real world that is outside of her community.
There were some saddening and frightening scenes in the book that just brought tears to my eyes.The book was a very quick yet amazing read. Even though the book is short in length, it does not take away from the story, it improves it since it doesn't allow room for unnecessary scenes.
Overall: A great novel about polygamy and a girl's quest to try to leave it behind. Definitely recommended. You'll stay up all night reading this amazing novel.(less)
I don't think I've read a book where the main character is and knows that she's a fairy, so this book was very surprising and very original.
OK, so the...moreI don't think I've read a book where the main character is and knows that she's a fairy, so this book was very surprising and very original.
OK, so the book starts off a bit slow but if you hang in there, it will so pick up in the first few chapters.
Bryony (AKA 'Knife') was a spunky, strong, character who puts others before her. I don't think I found anything wrong with Knife. She is now one of my favorite characters. Knife was so well-developed and she never let anyone get in her way and she didn't give up. The world she inhabits and the way she acted was so interesting and just keeps you hooked. Her naive-ness towards the humans, her actions, her everything was just excellent.
The secondary characters were just as amazing, just as great. They each reminded me of humans, except for the fact that they were 5-7 inches high and that they were faeries, but still, the way that they acted towards each other and how they sometimes showed human emotions really made me care for the characters. I now have a sort-of attachment to them.
This book was really original and I liked the faery world that R.J. Anderson created and how different it is from other faery novels. Her writing was superb and I just loved it; I loved the imagery, Knife's voice, and the plot. Anderson really added a uniqueness to the faery world and she wrote a spell-binding novel.
Overall: I highly recommend and suggest that you buy a copy at your local bookstore. You do not want to miss out on reading this outstanding debut. I cannot wait for the sequel to be released! I just wished that the sequel would come out sooner.And my review does this book no justice.(less)