Interesting read... Probably closer to 3.5 stars than 4, but I like to round up. It definitely leaves you hanging. (Thank goodness for sequels, eh?) O...moreInteresting read... Probably closer to 3.5 stars than 4, but I like to round up. It definitely leaves you hanging. (Thank goodness for sequels, eh?) On the whole I enjoyed Firelight. Dragons are cool. :)(less)
It was an interesting read that sucked me in and kept me reading till I finished in basically one sitting. The concept of it--a deaf girl m...more3.5 stars.
It was an interesting read that sucked me in and kept me reading till I finished in basically one sitting. The concept of it--a deaf girl managing a rock band--was strange and cool at the same time, and I liked Piper and really felt for her when it came to the problems she had with her family--and I liked how those problems were resolved. (I like happy endings, so, yay. :)) And the other characters, as Piper sort of mentioned near the end, were so much more than they first appeared, which was nice. Side characters don't always have a lot of depth and usually are only there to fill a nondescript role, but the band & family members were, I thought, well fleshed-out and 3-dimensional. I'm not a big rock music fan--I've heard of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, but I can't say I've ever listened to them--so that part of the story didn't reach me as much as Piper's personal growth did.(less)
A beautifully sad tale. Or maybe sadly beautiful. I'm not sure. (It's three in the morning and I should be sleeping, not reading/writing about reading...moreA beautifully sad tale. Or maybe sadly beautiful. I'm not sure. (It's three in the morning and I should be sleeping, not reading/writing about reading, so there you are.)
I thought the writing was excellently executed, though I wish the author had left out some (or all, heh) of the plenteous F words within. I don't get the deal with musicians having potty mouths. But then I don't really get the deal with anyone having a potty mouth. Oh well.
However, profanity aside, I really liked this book. Even if it was horribly depressing. Even if it made me cry. Even if I felt so terrible for Mia, for the anguishing choice she got to make, for the pain and grief she has to go through. I can't even imagine--I don't want to even try to imagine--what losing your family like that would be like.
On a nondepressing and slightly random note, Mia was a cellist. :) I'm not a musician (I only wish I were), but I love the cello, so I loved all the cello talk. (less)
This book reminded me of the Twilight saga (which, for the record, I liked). Mysterious people with loads of money, fast, expensive cars, and preterna...moreThis book reminded me of the Twilight saga (which, for the record, I liked). Mysterious people with loads of money, fast, expensive cars, and preternatural longevity, check. Instant, mystical attraction to some super-hot guy with (for all intents and purposes) super strength and senses, check. Main girl who's beautiful but insists she's plain and boring despite how all the guys she meets are instantly smitten by her beauty, check. There are even some blood-sucking creatures in this...and talking of "hunting"...and it starts out in the Pacific Northwest (albeit Oregon instead of Washington)...
Anyway, my rating is averaged between 5-stars for the plot/story and (a generous) 3-stars for the writing. It came across very much like a first novel, with a lot of unneeded, minute descriptions, and it was rather clunky and awkward in parts. And the beginning was SLOW. I had a hard time getting into it, but once I got past it to when they got to India, it was a lot more exciting and absorbing.
There was one scene--I'll call it the secret rendezvous at sunset scene--that wasn't supposed to be funny (I don't think, anyway), but I laughed through most of it. Um, wow. I think the protagonist, Kelsey, was more correct than she realized when she called herself an idiot.
Anyway, once past the beginning, and ignoring the less-than-perfect writing, I enjoyed this book a lot. (less)
Heehee. This book sucked me in from the get-go (which was around midnight, stupid me), and kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat (figuratively,...moreHeehee. This book sucked me in from the get-go (which was around midnight, stupid me), and kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat (figuratively, anyway...I suppose "edge of my bed" would be more accurate) until I finished the last page (at 4 something in the morning, stupider me). It was a library book, but luckily for me, my sister owns the second book so the next day after I dragged myself out of bed (also luckily for me, I had nothing going on that day) I borrowed it and read it straight through, as well. Alas, my sister doesn't have the third one, so I have to wait to get it from the library.
Some Things I loved about it: 1. The characters. They were all interesting in their own ways, with their own secrets and personalities that drew me into the story. I consider character to be more important to a story than plot (that is, I'm more forgiving of a poor plot than poor characters), and in The Summoning, Chloe was intriguing from the start, and the other characters were, too, as they were introduced and then developed more in Chloe's eyes. Plus, I thought the interactions--friendships and non-friendships, etc--between them was realistic and believable. 2. The plot. Even though not much actually happens in this book--Chloe's stuck in a group home for crazy teens most of the book--it feels like nonstop action, and the climax is...well, climactic, to say the least. :) It leaves you hanging, which can be considered either good or bad. Good, for me, since I waited till all the books in the series were out to read them. 3. The hint of romance--it was sweet, and, I thought, age-appropriate and believable.
On the whole, it was very gripping and entertaining and left me eager for more.(less)
4.5 stars. A typical Sarah Dessen fare. (Hehe. Fare. Like food. Ha. Sorry, bad pun...I'll blame it on the lateness and my tiredness.) Although, I have...more4.5 stars. A typical Sarah Dessen fare. (Hehe. Fare. Like food. Ha. Sorry, bad pun...I'll blame it on the lateness and my tiredness.) Although, I have to say, with Dessen, I tend to either love her books or hate them. (e.g. Just Listen and The Truth About Forever: loved. This Lullaby and Dreamland: hated.) What Happened to Goodbye was, thankfully, the former. (less)
Note to self: I really shouldn't read other people's reviews (especially poor ones) of books before I write my own. They tend to make me focus on all...moreNote to self: I really shouldn't read other people's reviews (especially poor ones) of books before I write my own. They tend to make me focus on all the weaknesses, etc, that can be found within the pages of the story instead of my own thoughts and enjoyment I derived from it. But because I did, let me say, yes, the romance in this does have some similarities to Twilight, and yes, Em's constant lusting after Michael (and Kaleb) did get old.
However, despite those details, I did enjoy this book a lot. I'm guessing there will be a sequel, since it left some pretty open-ended plot threads, and I'm looking forward to it. I hope Lily will be in it more--I liked her, and wanted to see more of her, (view spoiler)[and learn more about her talent (I was glad she wasn't the boring normal sidekick friend to the I-have-special-time-traveling-powers protagonist) (hide spoiler)]. I also really liked Thomas and Dru. Ava kind of intrigued me, actually, especially at the end--I felt sorry for her more than I disliked her. Oh, and I hope Grace is in the next one and recuperates.
Time travel in books always kind of confuses me--my brain can't wrap itself fully around the concept--but I thought the way Myra McEntire set it up was interesting and for the most part comprehensible. Altogether, Hourglass was an enjoyable read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A cute story. That's really all I can say about it.
Oh wait, one thing--IRELAND. While they're only in Ireland for about ten pages (or something...it...moreA cute story. That's really all I can say about it.
Oh wait, one thing--IRELAND. While they're only in Ireland for about ten pages (or something...it wasn't very long, like a day and maybe two nights?--which I think is just sad. Ireland so deserves more time than that. But I'm an Ireland fanatic, so...), they were still in IRELAND. Squee. :) Keith's comments about Americans and Ireland made me smile, but, dude (or should I say blimey?), Ireland is just better than England. It's a fact. *grins* (This coming from a girl who is most definitely part English and only possibly a teeny-tiny bit Irish...and probably only by association...sigh...but I cling to that teeny-tiny bit anyway.)(less)
Well, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. :) I liked the concept of it, and what Jenna Black did with Avalon, how it was an overlapping of the two...moreWell, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. :) I liked the concept of it, and what Jenna Black did with Avalon, how it was an overlapping of the two worlds, and how--unlike with every other faerie book I've ever read--the fae weren't some secret, hidden thing that mortals didn't know anything about. Weirdly, I think Finn was my favorite character.
Kind of random thought: I wish the author had stuck with the tradition of the fae not being able to tell a lie. Lying with the truth is so much more devious than lying outright, and with all the lies that go on in the book, I think it would've been richer, and more complex for it.(less)