I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Cinder. I thought it sounded really cool, but at the same time I was like “cyborgs” seriously? The...moreI wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Cinder. I thought it sounded really cool, but at the same time I was like “cyborgs” seriously? Then I watched a video over at Interrobang YA, where I, when I actually remember to do a video, and several other bloggers talk about books, reading, YA, and really whatever we want. Well, Cat from Beyond Books did a video about how awesome Cinder was. Cat has really good taste in reading, so I decided to move this one up in my reading pile. And I’m SO GLAD that I did.
Cinder is a futuristic retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. Cinder is obviously Cinderella. She lives in a world called New Beijing, inhabited by humans and the androids like Cinder. There is a bit of discrimination between the humans and androids, so Cinder tries to keep her mechanical side a secret.
Cinder is a kick-butt mechanic and runs a booth offering her services to the people of New Beijing. And who would happen to stop by one day than the Prince himself. He needs Cinder’s help fixing one of his droids and so their two worlds become intertwined.
There were so many plot twists in this one. I figured out a major one fairly early on, but I still really enjoyed reading this one. I remember being about four or five pages into the story and turning to J (my husband) and saying “wow, this is really good.” That doesn’t usually happen to me. I think it may be a curse of reading so many books, but it takes a awhile for a book to really suck me in. Cinder did that right away.
The one thing that impressed me the most was the story. I absolutely loved it. I loved the world that Meyer created and the characters, I loved how she took one of my favorite fairy tales and MADE IT BETTER! And after that ending, wow! I am dying for book two, literally dying!
This book has a little bit of everything and I think readers will truly enjoy it! I know that i did.(less)
This is such a fun series! And yes, it’s a series, but I’m going to try to keep this review spoiler free for those of you who still need to read the f...moreThis is such a fun series! And yes, it’s a series, but I’m going to try to keep this review spoiler free for those of you who still need to read the first book. I would definitely recommend reading the first book, Clarity, before you read Perception.
Perception begins soon after Clarity ends. The summer is over and life is going back to normal for Clare and her family. Clare and her family all have these special gifts, though most people are sceptics. Even though Clare helped solve a murder during the summer. (That is what Clarity is all about!) Clare’s mom can read minds, her brother can talk to the dead, and Clare can hold an item and see and feel what the people in contact of that item see and feel. Which is how she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her in book one. Don’t worry that wasn’t really a spoiler.
Soon after Clare starts school she hears that a girl has gone missing, and she’s eager to help. Even though her mom is totally against the idea. However the police aren’t so sure the girl is actually missing. They think that she ran away since several of her personal items were taken with her, and she’s over the age of 18. After a session with the missing girls mom, Clare isn’t so sure that the girl ran away.
On top of it all, Clare is still struggling with her feelings for Gabriel (who you meet in book one, so I won’t go into to much there) and Justin. And did I mention that she has a creepy secret admirer. She has her plate full for sure!
I loved this story! Harrington managed to keep me guessing till the end yet again and she always grabs my attention with those prologues! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. All of my favorite characters returned for this installment and we even met a few new ones! Like Clare’s new friend Mallory. Although I never met guys like Gabriel and Justin in high school… I sure hope there are boys like them out there. It just seemed that some of the things they do for Clare seem a little far fetched.
Fans of Clarity will definitely enjoy this one! Can’t wait to see what Clare gets herself into next!(less)
Calder is a merman. As are his three sisters. (If you can even call them sisters.) They’ve been searching for the man respo...moreYay! Another mermaid story!
Calder is a merman. As are his three sisters. (If you can even call them sisters.) They’ve been searching for the man responsible for the death of their mother and they’ve finally found him. Now it’s time to take their revenge. Preferably watching the spark leaves his eyes as they drown him. It should be easy for Calder to use his charms on one of the man’s daughters and learn their trust so he can betray them by killing their father, right? But there is a little more than meets the eye on the waters of Lake Superior.
I didn’t really know what Lies Beneath was about, beyond the fact that there was some mermaid action going on. I almost like going into the book that way. I did have readers mention how much they didn’t like this book, or did like this book to me. So, going in I didn’t have any expectations. I wanted to like it, but I wasn’t sure that was going to happen. It did. Maybe I am just a sucker for mermaid stories, but I really like this one!
I loved the mythology that Anne created. Her mermaids aren’t blood thirsty, but emotionally thirsty. (You’ll know what I mean if you end up reading it.) The bottom line, they are killers. And for some unexplainable reason, I thought that was awesome. I would have liked the mythology to be a little bit more developed, but it was an interesting intro.
Calder’s internal battle was intriguing. Not only with his relationship with Lily, but his relationship with his sisters. And speaking of the sisters. I so wanted more from them! They were so mean and manipulative. I loved it! I just wish they would have been a bit more developed.
I didn’t really care for Lily’s character at all, nor did I get into her relationship with Calder. She started growing on me by the end, but I just didn’t get “her.” Perhaps with book two, which I believe will be in her POV, I might come to appreciate her a bit more.
Overall the things that I enjoyed about the novel, overshadowed the bits that I didn’t.(less)
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this one! It is SO GOOD! Even now thinking about it makes me feel giddy!
Aria lives in a world very different...moreI don’t know why I waited so long to read this one! It is SO GOOD! Even now thinking about it makes me feel giddy!
Aria lives in a world very different from our own. She has grown up in a protective dome called Reverie. They also have these eye pieces (Smarteye) that can “transport” them anywhere and let them experience anything from wherever they happen to be. It’s fascinating once you understand the concept and I’m sort of jealous. It would be nice to be able to “visit” Hawaii at the drop of a hat!
Aria witnesses something that she shouldn’t have and is basically exiled outside of the dome. It’s only a matter of time before her immune system starts to break down and she dies. Fortunatley for Aria she meets one of the natives, Perry, who has a complicated story of his own. Their two stories collide and they go on the adventure of a lifetime! You get to go on it with them. And meet an amazing cast of characters along the way.
This one has been described as dystopian and while it does have those elements, I think it has a little sci-fi twist to it as well. And I absolutely loved it!
Under the Never Sky is told in alternating perspectives between Aria and Perry. I love when we get into the minds of multiple characters! I love knowing their feelings and thoughts and not having to guess intentions. Getting to see their internal struggles, it made me like them even more. With that being said Aria and Perry could not be more different and they compliment each other really well. Had I not had that intimate look into Perry, I’m not sure I would have liked him as well. He had a complexity to him that I wasn’t expecting.
And the world! Rossi does an exceptional job creating these two worlds that co-exists yet are so very different. (Much in the same way Aria and Perry are!) The aether storms and the tribes. The Smarteye and the realms. It was fascinating. Although, with all the technology that Reverie has, I think perhaps I’d choose the Death Shop!
I absolutely adored this book. I enjoyed reading it so very much and I am dying for the next book! Add this one to your reading piles if you haven’t already! (less)
A Want So Wicked is the fabulous sequel to A Need So Beautiful. I love these book, although A Need So Beautiful is still my favorite. This is a much d...moreA Want So Wicked is the fabulous sequel to A Need So Beautiful. I love these book, although A Need So Beautiful is still my favorite. This is a much different story with new characters, new places, but there are a few familiar faces that you will recognize from the first novel. Now, even though the story is different, you’ll still want to read book one.
A Want So Wicked is a continuation of Charlotte’s, although she’s not exactly in the story. Confused? I was a little bit too. In A Need So Beautiful we learn about the compulsion, the “need” that Charlotte has been battling. In A Want So Wicked we learn a bit more about the bigger picture that was only introduced in book one with the scary Onika.
This is Elise’s story.
She just recently moved to a new town after the death of her mother with her father and sister. She’s been having these visions or dreams and has no idea what they are, but she’s too afraid to mention them to anyone. What could these strange visions be!?!
Throw in a cute and charasmatic co-worker (Abe) and the motorcycle riding bad boy (Harlin) and you have one confused girl! And yes, the bad boy with the heart of gold is back! Yay Harlin!
I didn’t connect with Elise as much as I did Charlotte. I wanted to slap Elise a few times. Come on girl, open your eyes! And even though I was excited to see Harlin return, I wasn’t really digging his relationship with Elise. Hoping something will go on there in book three. It was just missing something, or maybe I was just so used to him and Charlotte.
I loved learning more about the darkness and the crazy Onika. I can’t wait to see where that develops. The ending was crazy pants! Need book three, ASAP!
Overall, this was a great sequel. I love this work that Young has created and the characters too!(less)
Oh goodness... I LOVED IT! i think this may be my favorite of Sarah's books ever! And I soon as we meet Cross, I thought of Pippa... I need her book,...moreOh goodness... I LOVED IT! i think this may be my favorite of Sarah's books ever! And I soon as we meet Cross, I thought of Pippa... I need her book, like yesterday! (less)
Before I get started, let me just say: I LOVED THIS. Love, love, love this book. One of my favorites of 2011. Before you get started on the review, kn...moreBefore I get started, let me just say: I LOVED THIS. Love, love, love this book. One of my favorites of 2011. Before you get started on the review, know that it will never do this book the justice that it deserves. Just go buy the book.
Laini Taylor is a story teller. A master story teller. She’s not a writer she’s an artist. Painting a world only she could create with words. Forming characters that seem as real as the person standing in front of you in line, close enough to touch. I was emotionally invested in this book. In this world and with it’s characters. Even though it was about as “out there” as you can get, I totally believed it was real. I never wanted it to end.
Now that is EPIC.
I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone and found myself in a daze. It was like waking up from a dream.
I don’t want to divulge too much of the story. As a reader I think it’s more exciting going into a story blind! I didn’t know much about the story when I picked it up, actually I didn’t really know what it was about at all. I think that perhaps that was why I was so taken with this novel. I was expecting a tinge of mystery, but this book was so much more than I could have every imagined.
You, as the reader, know what Karou knows. It isn’t much. We don’t know who she is or where she came from. We don’t know if she’s human or if she’s something more. And we don’t know why a glance from Akiva sets her skin on fire. Believe me, you will have an epic adventure figuring it all out. And good luck with that figuring out part, perhaps you’ll be better at it than me!
Daughter of Smoke of Bone was an epic adventure through worlds that only Taylor could create. I can’t wait to go back.(less)