I think I would like to give this book 3.5 stars. I more than "liked" it, but it wasn't "really good". I think it's possible that I am NOT the target...moreI think I would like to give this book 3.5 stars. I more than "liked" it, but it wasn't "really good". I think it's possible that I am NOT the target audience for this, although I seem to be able to enjoy teen books in general.
I thought that the narrative was pretty good, although there was an over use of the word "hustle". I liked the characters well enough, and thought that they were well written... I just didn't really identify them.
My only complaint, really, is that I found this book to be very superlative. Nathan is VERY good at martial arts, he's VERY good at playing the violin. Kelly is VERY good at not freaking out. When bad things happen, they are VERY bad, and the good solutions are VERY good. I felt like the book was really extreme, but I suppose that if it was all mediocre, it wouldn't have been as interesting or as intense.
I liked how the book tried to promote good morals without getting too preachy (although I thought that some things were a little repetitive, it did flow with the story and the protagonists point of view).
Over all, I think this is a great example of how Christian fiction can exist without being "HEY LOOK, I WANT TO TEACH YOU SOMETHING BECAUSE THIS IS A CHRISTIAN BOOK!" Also, the book didn't try to tell you about Jesus, which is ok in Christian fiction - the majority of people who pick Christian fiction up already know about Jesus.
Anyway, over all, I did like this book, and I think that I will probably pick up the second (and I believe that there is a third coming out eventually?) book in the series.
I think that this book would be good for middle-teen's, as well as adults who enjoy fast-past, adventure driven stories about time/dimension travel.(less)
I really liked this book. Obviously, from the four star rating.
All of the characters read real, as did the events (although? Who has money to just he...moreI really liked this book. Obviously, from the four star rating.
All of the characters read real, as did the events (although? Who has money to just head off to Vegas for a weekend, especially when one works at a coffee shop? This part struck me as unbelievable) and relationships. I really appreciated Maggie's growth, and was very happy for her at the end. This is a book that I didn't really want to see end.
There isn't any smut in this book, so people who prefer their reading to be smut free will enjoy it! (less)
What did I learn from this book? I learned the snogging scale in German, that Masimo is even worse at English than I thought, and that I am far FAR to...moreWhat did I learn from this book? I learned the snogging scale in German, that Masimo is even worse at English than I thought, and that I am far FAR too attached to fictional cats.
This is another spot-on installment about Georgia Nicholson. I laughed a lot in this book, and I might have even cried a little. But it was still incredibly over the top, and reminds me of being a teenager. Good times! (less)
This book was pretty good, but it wasn't fantastic. It was a little bit dry, and I skipped some parts, only because it was a lot of the same.
She did...moreThis book was pretty good, but it wasn't fantastic. It was a little bit dry, and I skipped some parts, only because it was a lot of the same.
She did relate a story on how one winter they didn't have money for winter boots for the kids. So each of the kids was responsible for praying for God to provide their own boots. I liked this idea because it helps to bolster and grow the children's faith, not just the parents. If we ever are in the situation where we are praying for basic needs, I think I would like to remember to have my kids involved in that process too, as is appropriate for their ages.
I think if I hadn't read any other finance books, I would have found this book a lot more interesting, but as it was, it was a lot of stuff that I had already read before. There's nothing wrong with repetition, but I was in a hurry to get it back to the library so I didn't give it as much attention as I might have. (less)
I'm moving this back to "to-read" and putting it on the bottom of my TBR list. I couldn't get into it, and it's slowing down my reading schedule. I co...moreI'm moving this back to "to-read" and putting it on the bottom of my TBR list. I couldn't get into it, and it's slowing down my reading schedule. I couldn't get in to it, there was no immediate connect with the main character, and I'm really frustrated at it. I think I'll let it go for now.(less)
This book only got 3 stars because every review said "oh, it was so scary" and when I read it, I didn't think it was frightening at all. It's probably...moreThis book only got 3 stars because every review said "oh, it was so scary" and when I read it, I didn't think it was frightening at all. It's probably true that I have a higher scare tolerance than some, but there wasn't a single time when I was kind of creeped out. The two other things that I thought might be contributing to my non-frightened state was that vampires (if that's what the Mulo truly are) are firmly in my "do not believe" category, and I try not to waste time on being frightened by things that I believe aren't real. The other thing is that there was only about 10 pages where I wasn't sure whether the main character was really in any danger. The Hero in this book is a very convincing hero, to the point of not worrying about the protagonist. I wish that Olson would have cast more doubt on the Hero, or made him a little more imperfect.
Overall, the writing in this book was really good, and the plot moved along at a very good pace. I would have enjoyed a little more exploration of the secondary characters, as well as of the Hero, but it is what it is. (less)
This book was pretty good, but wasn't amazing by any means. I think her best run was 9, 10, 11, & 12. I think that it could have honestly used way...moreThis book was pretty good, but wasn't amazing by any means. I think her best run was 9, 10, 11, & 12. I think that it could have honestly used way less Morelli and way more Ranger. I mean, we all know that there is very little future with Ranger, and thus she has to end up with Morelli... but dude.
I'm definitely looking forward to any more shenanigans that Stephanie can get in to.(less)
I'm not sure that I liked this book. It was like eating a chocolate chip cookie when you really want chocolate cake. Sure, it tastes good... but it's...moreI'm not sure that I liked this book. It was like eating a chocolate chip cookie when you really want chocolate cake. Sure, it tastes good... but it's not really what you want. I wanted Ranger, but instead got handed some dude named Diesel, who doesn't show up in any books besides these little novellas.
I like the storyline just fine, but I didn't like the supernatural side to it. It doesn't fit with the rest of the series. I almost feel like Evanovich said "I wonder if I can write paranormal romance? Well, why don't I try it out with Stephanie Plum! Excellent!" Or maybe it was the publishers. Regardless, I didn't love it like the other ones.
It's also that I might be all Plumed out right now. I didn't feel like 14 was as good as the previous ones, so maybe I just need a good change of pace for a while. (less)
I definitely enjoyed this book. I felt like the end was a little bit of a cop-out (I would have preferred the resolution to have been a bit more diffi...moreI definitely enjoyed this book. I felt like the end was a little bit of a cop-out (I would have preferred the resolution to have been a bit more difficult for Sophie), but over all it was very good.
It wasn't as frightening as some of her other books have been, although it was certainly creepy, and there were some scenes that definitely wouldn't sit well with some readers. But I didn't need to sleep with the lights on, or just remind myself that it was a story.
**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob....more**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob. I like that Bella had to chose between them. I think it all works well.
What I don't like is Bella's personality in this book (or in New Moon, either). She's so co-dependent and manipulative in Eclipse. I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more had I not fallen off my chair several times from rolling my eyes so hard. It's not that Bella's actions are unbelievable (oh, I think that Meyers has an 18 year old girl who's in love down pat), but I am so annoyed at her inability to look beyond the Edward Future. Sure, she has glimpses of it, especially at the end, but it's always followed by "I'd die without Edward", which is a ridiculous thought.
Honestly, I am reluctant to have this book available for my daughter to read. I certainly won't encourage her to read it, and if I thought it would work, I am sure that I would ban the book from our home. Oh, I am fully aware that one book isn't going to change my daughter's personality... but when there are so many other GOOD heroines to look up to, I would hate to see my kid look up to Bella.
Also, I know that there is no sex in this book, but there is too much tension that I am comfortable with for a YA book. I know that it's not up to the author to censor that stuff because young people might be reading her books... but I am uncomfortable with Bella's demands for sex, knowing that 12 year old girls are reading this series.
I didn't hate this book. I don't mind the writing style, I could definitely identify with Bella in parts (honestly? I'm not an Edward fan. I don't get it. I would NOT chose cold and hard over warm and yielding), and the overall story arc is quite great. I didn't love it, either. I'll definitely read Breaking Dawn, just to see how the series pans out... but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I buying in to the hype that is the Twilight Franchise).(less)
I don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she...moreI don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she really nails it. It was interesting enough that it can captivate an adult audience, but wasn't too mature that it would turn off some of the younger readers.
I enjoyed the story line, and I remembered that it takes place in the Otherworld, the same as her adult series about half way through the book... and it all made sense then! I wonder if we'll see any of the Otherworld adult cast in this series?
I found the characters and the situations believable (as believable as can be... maybe read-able would be a better description?). The action and plot was perfectly timed, and the writing, as always, is very good.
I would definitely recommend this book to people over the age of 16. There is no smut of any kind (although there is implied fooling around, but no one is actually doing so), so unless your 16 year old scares easily, this is a pretty safe teen read. This heroine is at least tolerable and you wouldn't have to worry about your daughter turning into a simpering fool after reading this book! :o)(less)
**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, an...more**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, and marginally better than New Moon (personally, I liked Jacob and his part in the story - had it ended in New Moon with Bella loving and staying with Jacob, I would have loved this duo with an undying love ). I will say this about Breaking Dawn - it kept the pages turning. Honestly, I was ready to throw the book out during Bella's portion in the beginning. If that hadn't ended when it did, I am not certain I would have finished the book.
Here's my breakdown of the book:
1. We have Bella's portion where she marries Edward. I liked that they got married. I couldn't identify with her debilitating fear of marriage (I was all together too happy to walk down the aisle on my wedding day), and I am sure that I got eye strain during the honeymoon portion from rolling my eyes so far back in my head. I totally understand wanting to jump your husband's bones every second of every day - that should be what honeymoons are about. However, Bella doesn't just talk about it... she whines! I also object to the fact that young girls are reading this. I am fully aware that people have sex when they're married - my kids will be aware of this too. However, I don't believe that it should be written about like it was. They really could have done without that. Most teens know how babies are made, and didn't need all the "Edward... have sex with me! Have sex with me! Right now!" etc. I just found it all so annoying.
2. Jacob's portion was the most tolerable to me. I personally love the wolves society and find it way more interesting than the vampires. Plus, Jake kind of tempered the whining from Bella, which was all good. I liked being in his head, and as far as characters go, I like him best.
3. For the final part of the book... well, Bella had what she really wanted, and she wasn't so annoying. Until the very end, she was still very passive, letting things happen to her rather than being proactive (or even reactive - it seemed to me that she just sat around waiting for things to happen to her for most of the series). I also have to say that I hate the name "Renesme". That was the most stupid name EVER in the history of made up names. Ever Carlie (Nessie's middle name) was better. I felt that the fight at the end, while stressful, wasn't as climactic as it could be. Mostly, Meyer had me drawn in through my feelings as a mother. I can't say that the average teen would be able to identify that way. In fact, I'm not sure that this book would relate to teens in any way. I mean, they might be able to say "oooh, I love my boyfriend as much as Bella loves Edward", but that's about it. Most of my "oh this was good" feelings about the book were directly related to my knowledge of the mother-child bond. The only reason that I was invested in the book was because I wanted to make sure that the mother-child bond wasn't destroyed (because that is something I fear, losing my daughter, and would never wish that upon anyone... real or fictional).
Overall... it was an ok book. I'm not going to buy it, I didn't like it that much, and I'm not sure that I will recommend it to anyone. I suppose that if you persevered far enough in the series, you may as well read this one... but I definitely wouldn't buy it for the full price. But then again, as much as I liked Twilight, the rest of the series was kind of a bust for me. This was just unfinished business that I'm glad is at an end.(less)
I really thoguht that this book wouldn't be very good, only because I didn't enjoy Firefish all that much. However, the narrator of this book is a dif...moreI really thoguht that this book wouldn't be very good, only because I didn't enjoy Firefish all that much. However, the narrator of this book is a different person, so Polivka was able to give it a very different voice.
I enjoyed it a fair amount. I didn't find it as captivating as it could be, but it was interesting enough to keep reading (even if I only read it in small chunks over several months).
I enjoyed Jenta's storyline the most, and kind of glossed over other parts.
I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy Christian literature, and enjoy books about pirates. I wouldn't recommend this story to people who dislike religion in their fiction. (less)