I have to admit I ignored alot of the buzz around this book when it was just becoming popular with the "teenage girls" but then I recently saw the mov...moreI have to admit I ignored alot of the buzz around this book when it was just becoming popular with the "teenage girls" but then I recently saw the movie Twilight on PPV and I really was intrigued by the way the author brought in legends and fables so I picked up the second book to see where the story was going. It is hard to ignore the Romeo and Juliet theme that seems to run throughout the book. Although I find the characters somewhat annoying at times I do like the writing of Meyer... particularly the moon analogies. (less)
After reading the second book in the second book in the Twilight Series New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) I immediately wanted to read the next boo...moreAfter reading the second book in the second book in the Twilight Series New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) I immediately wanted to read the next book for hopes that there would be more about the werewolves. In this aspect I was not disappointed with the third book. The werewolves do come back in this novel and they are a more dominant part of the book. In this book there are more stories about the spirit warriors. I really enjoyed the legends that Meyer writes into the exacerbating love story of Bella and Edward. However, the novel as a whole is disappointing. New Moon was a spectacular novel in comparison. The love triangle and Bella’s inability to make any decision besides wanting to be a vampire as soon as possible is tiresome. The only part of this novel (besides the legends of the spirit warriors) that promised to be interesting was the battle that the whole novel built up to at the end (trust me I am not giving anything away here it is obvious from New Moon what will happen in the next book) was briefly dealt with and at times boring. Overall, the story and the writing were not as interesting and engaging as the second book which is why I gave the book 3 out of 5. If you read the other two books though and you want to know what happens next in the series it is worth it to read this book. If you have not read the series and you, like me want to see what everyone is raving about… don’t start with this book, it is not worth it. (less)
Stiefvater’s second book in the Mercy Falls series does not disappoint. The reader is gently guided through the events that happened in book one and b...moreStiefvater’s second book in the Mercy Falls series does not disappoint. The reader is gently guided through the events that happened in book one and brought up to speed as to what Grace and Sam are doing now that they have found not only each other but what they also believe is the cure that will keep them together forever. It is also the opportunity for readers to finally meet the new wolves that we only got a glimpse of in the first book, Cole and Victor.
Cole and Victor were best friends who had everything and were on top of the world until their hectic drug induced lives were no longer enough to keep them satisfied. When Cole met Beck and heard of the alternate life he could live and forget the life he was currently leaving it was not hard for him to say yes to the strange and physically painful lifestyle choice. Convinced that it would solve both their problems, Cole talked Victor into becoming a wolf. Now that they were both wolves and it was beginning to warm, they both questioned their decision. It was not until Cole met Isabel that he began to feel human again, which was exactly what he did not want. Slowly with the help of Isabel, Sam and Grace he tried to become a better man and in the end was the key to saving Grace.
Just like the first novel the second novel is a sad romance where love ones will be lost in the struggle to understand and protect the wolves of Mercy Falls. But it is not just a tale of loss, it is also one of new friends and unexpected friends.
Grace and Sam fought for each other in the first book only to have parents and shifting come between them in the end and the cure they once thought would end it all is just a temporary fix that proves they are no closer to knowing the truth about their conditions.
Like the first book the youthful love Grace and Sam have for one another borders on obsession, but both when put in the position where they only have themselves to depend on, find that while empty, they can survive (at least temporarily without the other). It is with the help of new friends like Isabel and Cole Sam and Grace continue to hold onto each other.
Warning this book has an unexpected and somewhat sad ending for fans of the love affair between Grace and Sam. But not all hope should be lost as the dawn of new knowledge into the werewolf condition leads Sam, Grace and Cole closer to a real cure.
Readers who enjoy romances that are not sickly sappy and the Twilight series (Team Jacob) will enjoy this book.
"A scientist has a frog and he says, 'Jump frog.' The frog jumps ten feet. Then the scientist writes down frog jumps ten feet. Then the scientist chops off one of the frog's legs and says 'Jump frog' and the frog jumps five feet. Then he chops off another leg, and says 'Jump' and the frog jumps two feet. The scientist writes down cut off two legs and the frog jumps two feet. Then he cuts off all the frog's legs and says 'Jump' and the frog just lies there. The scientist writes down the conclusions of the test: cutting off all the frog's legs makes the subject go deaf." - Cole to Isabel Linger (less)
Stiefvater writes an elegant story of young love that borders on desperate obsession. The characters are constructed with care and gradually as you ge...moreStiefvater writes an elegant story of young love that borders on desperate obsession. The characters are constructed with care and gradually as you get to know each one better you begin to see depth in most of them.
Grace, a seventeen year old high school student, has always admired the wolves that lived in the woods outside her house. One wolf, the wolf with the yellow eyes, captured not only her attention when he saved her from a certain death as a child, but also her heart. Throughout the years they watched each other, both yearning to know more about the other. Then when the wolves of Mercy Falls were threatened by hunters Grace raced to wolf only to find a human boy wounded on her porch who strangely reminded her of her wolf. Once they found it each it was hard for either of them to let the other one go, both knew that they had to find a cure for the strange condition that turns the yellow eyed boy into a wolf when the temperature drops. And as if that were not a tall enough order they also must stop the newest wolf Jack from revealing their secret. Friends and family will be lost in the process but both Grace and Sam will do everything they can to keep each other.
In the chapters, divided by degrees the reader will discover the truth behind the wolves and the lives of the people that are connected to the wolves. It is a tale that will leave the reader in awe of the fresh take on the werewolf. No longer is the werewolf just a dog that exists to quarrel with vampires… not the case in Shiver in which the werewolf is a sensitive, poetry reading youth who longs for humanity because it is the only way to hold on to the girl he loves.
Readers who enjoy romance that is not sickly sappy will enjoy this book. Readers who enjoyed the Twilight series and find themselves an avid fan of Team Jacob will love this book because finally the warm hearted werewolf finds his love.
A Novel Moment: “I held on to those eyes for as long as I could. Yellow. And, up close, flecked brilliantly with every shade of gold and hazel. I didn’t want him to look away, and he didn’t.” (from Grace 15 degrees)
“I was next to her, and she was looking up at the endless sky with distant eyes. Maybe dead. I pushed my nose into her hand; the scent of her palm, all sugar and butter and salt, reminded me of another life. Then I saw her eyes. Awake. Alive.” (from Sam 15 degrees)(less)
This book had an unexpected turn in it. At the beginning it had some funny moments but gradually it lost the lighthearted tale and became a sad tale o...moreThis book had an unexpected turn in it. At the beginning it had some funny moments but gradually it lost the lighthearted tale and became a sad tale of lost humanity. I have a feeling that had I read this book instead of listened to it, it probably would have had a lower rating. But the reader of this book was entertaining and carried the book through some of the moments in the book that seemed to function as a distraction while the next act was being prepared. This book is worth at least one read though. While it continues in the long line of vampire stories with the same stories we read over and over, it offers a fresh look at the old tales by addressing the old stereotypes with humor.(less)
Set in the fictional nation of Panem The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the story of nation of people who after a failed rebellion are barely surv...moreSet in the fictional nation of Panem The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the story of nation of people who after a failed rebellion are barely surviving in their districts. The Capitol oversees the 12 districts and makes it clear to the people of Panem that any future rebellion will be terminated not only quickly but also with extreme violence. To reinforce their point they force each district to pick two tributes every year to a deadly game… the Hunger Games. One boy and and girl (ages 12-18) will be taken from their homes and thrown into a fight to the death against their fellow tributes. The child who survives wins the favor of the Capitol with a new home, food and money not only for themselves but also their district will receive gifts.
Katniss Everdeen has lived in the Seam of District 12 for 16 years and considered being a tribute in the Hunger Games as a death sentence. When her younger sister Prim, the only person she has ever loved is picked for the 74th annual Hunger Games she immediately volunteers herself for the position to save her sister from death. Katniss along with her fellow district 12 tribute Peeta must figure out how to be the last tribute standing.
First let me say that I cannot believe children are reading this book. Honestly there is not too much out right gory details of violence in this book but the idea of kids reading about children fighting to death with other children is somewhat disturbing. That being said this book is riveting. Katniss, although somewhat lacking in the personality department, grabs me from the first chapter and invites me along on her journey to stay alive without having to shed too much blood along the way. While I read this book in only a two day period and I found it hard to put down I do have to say that I found some of Katniss’s cluelessness to be annoying. I was really hoping that we would not have another clueless when it comes to feelings female protagonist in a children/young adult novel. She is after all a hunter and a survivor so why does she also have to be a silly 16 year old girl when it comes to love?
Peeta the other tribute for district 12 is a much stronger character than Katniss in that he at least knows what he wants, but his lack of self-confidence is insufferable at times. While I am somewhat annoyed by both our main characters in this novel I cannot say that the book as a whole is disagreeable. The plot drives this book and it is well written with detailed, yet somewhat elusive descriptions of place and action. The climax and many of the major events in the book are not always surprising but they lead you on quickly enough to want more. Also I have to say the ending is one of the best open endings I have read in a popular fiction book to date. Without telling you what happens let me just say that it made me buy the second book immediately upon finishing.
You should read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins if you are looking for a book that has a good plot and somewhat tolerable characters. If nothing else, read this book so you will know what everyone is currently talking about. (less)