On a scale of 1-5, I would give this book a 10!!! This is a fast moving, grab you in and don’t let go, political thriller! It's the first book in the...moreOn a scale of 1-5, I would give this book a 10!!! This is a fast moving, grab you in and don’t let go, political thriller! It's the first book in the Mitch Rapp series, all about a CIA agent who is fighting terrorism. All of the books in the series have made it onto the New York Times best sellers list, and I understand why! Every one of them is terrific, but I have to say that Transfer of Power is still my favorite. Vince Flynn is one of my all time favorite authors.
This book revolves around a group of terrorists that are intent on taking over the White House and killing the President. It was extremely intriguing to see the way that different members of the government react in very different ways to the crisis. Because of my job, most of the books that I “read”, I listen to on audio book. This was one of those, and I found that I was so into the book that I would forget to take breaks and not realize it until an hour or two later!
This is a book that I HIGHLY recommend! Vince Flynn is one of the best action writers that I have ever read. One thing that really hit me as I was reading this book and several others in the series, is the fact that it was written before 9/11. And I just had to wonder if things might have been different if more people had the same view on terrorism that is portrayed in these books. Anyways, fantastic book, loved it!!! Can't recommend it strongly enough!
This was such a powerful book! I'm not sure why I waited so long to read it. It's been sitting on my shelf for over a year, and I just kept putting it...moreThis was such a powerful book! I'm not sure why I waited so long to read it. It's been sitting on my shelf for over a year, and I just kept putting it off and putting it off. Since seeing that the movie based on the book is coming out soon, I decided that it was time to read it. I am extremly glad that I did.
Jodi Picoult did a wonderful job of exploring a topic that has so many sides and opinions. It was a book that truly made you question and think about things. But she never pushed you to agree with one viewpoint or another. Instead, she did an amazing job of showing so many different sides of the story so that you could decide for yourself what you feel was right or wrong in the situation.
I listened to the audiobook. And for fans of audiobooks, I recommend it. I loved having different people reading the sections told from each persons point of view. One caution though is that there are some real tear jerker sections, so you probably don't want to be listening to it anywhere that you would be embarresed to start crying!
I don't know what it is about this series, but I seem to always have a hard time really saying what I think about it! I still haven't written any real...moreI don't know what it is about this series, but I seem to always have a hard time really saying what I think about it! I still haven't written any real review for the first book. I've had enough conversations about it that I should be able to piece something together, but just haven't been able to. Let me try to talk about this book, but I'm really not sure if I can put my thoughts into words, so I'm sure this review will be lacking! Also, fyi, I don't like to give spoilers, so this'll be vague!
This book more than lived up to my expectations! I had read some other peoples reviews and some felt like the first 173 pages dragged on. I didn't feel that way at all! No, there wasn't a ton of action at the start, but there was a great psycholigical side to it.
Then came page 173. I stared at that page, rereading the same sentence probably 50 times, because it couldn't really say what I thought it said! From that point on, no distractions were allowed! I had to just keep reading. Then came the ending. And I knew without a doubt ahead of time that I was going to hate the end, because it meant that I have to wait an entire year to find out what will happen next. And I was right! In fact, it was worse than I though it'd be. I have been anxious for 6 months for this book to be released. I thought that wait was unbearable. This one'll be worse!
I am a major reader, and I have a ton of favorite books, series, and authors. But there is just something about this series that pulls me in unlike any other. I don't know if it's the characters or what. But these 2 books are pretty much at the top of my all time favorites.
This was a good book, but not my favorite of the series. One of the things that I wish the author had taken the time to delve a bit deeper into was th...moreThis was a good book, but not my favorite of the series. One of the things that I wish the author had taken the time to delve a bit deeper into was the bad rap that the Coyote Breed have. I mean, it was a part of the story, but I wish that it had gone deeper. I did like Kiowa although Amanda drove me a bit crazy. Overall a good book.(less)
This is a very interesting young adult fantasy novel. The main character, Katsa, lives in a world where certain people posses extreme skills or talent...moreThis is a very interesting young adult fantasy novel. The main character, Katsa, lives in a world where certain people posses extreme skills or talents, called a "grace". These people are called Gracelings, and they are easily recognizable by the fact that their eyes are two different colors. Katsa's grace is the ability to kill, and she's forced to use her grace as the King's enforcer. But what should she do when the King's orders go against everything that she believes and feels?
This was a really good fantasy novel! I enjoyed it quite a bit. Lots of action and a good touch of romance. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because of the ending. There was this whole build-up around who the "bad guy" was and evading him and such, and then it ended really abruptly and was very anti-climatic. There was another section of the book after that to wrap up a few loose ends. I kinda liked that section, but at the same time it seemed a bit odd to me. Maybe it's trying to set up another book? Not sure. But overall, I am really glad that I read this.
The only other problem I had was that I listened to the audiobook and I'm not sure if I recommend that. It was a full cast audio, so basically one reader for everything but the dialogue, and then a bunch of readers for the dialogue. And honestly, they were all pretty good. It took me a bit to get used to that kind of setup because I am so used to just one or possibly 2 readers. But I got used to it pretty quick. The problem I had was the music that they kept inserting into it! That drove me crazy! I kept feeling like I was watching some old movie where some says something that's supposed to shock or surprise you, then you hear "Dum, dum, dum" (or whatever the music happens to be). I just felt like laughing every time that they did it! Which is probably not a good thing since they were adding it to the parts that were supposed to be suspenseful! So, I think that I'd recommend reading it, not listening to it.
This series is growing on me more and more. I thought that the first book was good, but not great. This book was even better. I didn't want to stop re...moreThis series is growing on me more and more. I thought that the first book was good, but not great. This book was even better. I didn't want to stop reading once I'd started. It's just such an intriguing world that Westerfeld has set up! I also love how the number 13 is brought into everything. 13 pointed stars, stairs with 13 steps, 13 letter words, etc. I have always had a thing for the number 13, so it's been really fun.(less)
I wasn't really sure what to rate this book. It has a very unique premise and characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. But there were a lot o...moreI wasn't really sure what to rate this book. It has a very unique premise and characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. But there were a lot of times where I felt like the action could have been more suspensful or better developed than it was. I really enjoyed the book, and plan to read the sequal, but it wasn't a book that just grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. And I think that it really had the potential to do that if things were developed a bit differently.
I was torn between giving it a 3 or a 4, but ended up with a 4 because I did enjoy it enough to want to read the sequal when it comes out next year. (less)
Hmmm...I HATE reviews with spoilers. So I'm not sure what exactly to say that wont give major spoilers for the first 3 books! The first half of the bo...moreHmmm...I HATE reviews with spoilers. So I'm not sure what exactly to say that wont give major spoilers for the first 3 books! The first half of the book kinda dragged for me. There were some interesting things that happened, but there wasn't the suspense that I have come to love in the rest of the series. But maybe that was because I had built this book up too much in my head beforehand! Especially after the way Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) ended! But this book did really set up the series for a very....interesting next book!
OK, I give up, I have to put spoilers! If you haven't read this book yet, don't read!!! I'm going to give away the entire ending to book #4!!!
***last chance! SPOILERS*** I just have a really bad feeling that this series is now being set up that Dimitri is going to be healed, and it'll have to be poor Adrian who does it! I mean, yes, I was sad when Dimitri died. I cried along with everyone else. Then I read the scene at the end of Shadow Kiss with Adrian, and I melted and just really felt that Rose could eventually put all of the hurt behind her and move on! And then this book, with Dimitri acting the crazy way that he was. I just really was turned off by him! And yes, some people will argue that as soon as he's "saved" he'll be back to his old self. But is that really possible? Could you ever go back to the person that you were before after going through what he currently is? Then Rose staked him! Finally! She can move on! And wow, Adrian was so cute at the end!!! Then we find out that Dimitri's not dead after all? That just really sucked! Alright, all of you who are firmly on Team Dimitri, you can go ahead and argue with me! But, I think that Rose has a much better chance of a real, true, happy future with Adrian than with Dimitri.
Aislinn is one of the very rare humans that can see faeries. She's always learned that that world is dark and brutal, and it would be extremely danger...moreAislinn is one of the very rare humans that can see faeries. She's always learned that that world is dark and brutal, and it would be extremely dangerous if any faeries were to ever learn that she can see them. Aislinn has grown up constantly being reminded of "the rules". The top three being, #3 Don't stare at invisible faeries, #2 Don't talk to invisible faeries, and most important #1 Don't EVER attract the attention of faeries. But what should Aislinn do when she finds that she's somehow attracted the attention of not just one faerie, but seemingly all of them.
This is a really great young adult urban fantasy. It does have a darker edge to it, but that's one of the things that I found extremely intriguing. I loved how unique this book was. First off, you have a "leading man" that is very atypical. He has bars in his eyebrows, a ring in his lower lip, wears black fingernail polish, and lives in a couple of renovated train cars. Definitely not your typical protagonist. Also, as I started reading this novel, I was sure that I knew how it was all going to end. After you read as many books as I have in this genre, you tend to see patterns. So I was delightfully surprised when the book went into a completely different direction from what I had assumed. Very refreshing change!
This is a book that I strongly recommend to fans of urban fantasy. Also, as a side note. I know that you should never judge a book by it's cover, but I just have to say that I absolutely love the cover of this book, as well as the later books in the series. I've posted a picture of it on the left side of my blog, but it just can't do the cover justice. If you are at a book store, you should check it out!