When I first got this book, I wasn't too thrilled. I started reading it but the writing style distracted me. Maria V. Snyder uses shorter sentences th...moreWhen I first got this book, I wasn't too thrilled. I started reading it but the writing style distracted me. Maria V. Snyder uses shorter sentences than I'm used to. Not horribly short but I'm used to, say, J.K. Rowling's good sized sentences. HOWEVER! There is some allure to this book that I can't explain. I kept reading it and finished it within a day. When I finished, I thought to myself, "This series is well on its way to becoming a favorite of mine."
It's just simply amazing; this idea. It's THE most original magic book I've read, with absolutely AMAZING descriptions. It paints the picture without getting to graphic during some scenes and that was totally fine with me. When it comes to sensitive topics, I hate it when authors go into fine detail.
The only thing I have to say, even though it isn't quite negative, is her use of language. Not swearing, even though there are swear words, but some of the "oldness" of it is lost on a few keys quotes, when it sounds more modern than you'd expect. Perhaps this is Maria V. Snyder's style. Perhaps this is what is acceptable in her world. Whatever it is, it doesn't detract from the reading unless you're a dork like me who picks up on that stuff.
I definitely recommend this book to all who are looking for a good romance and who want a fresh, original idea. And, consequently, for anyone who would enjoy a good "spy" novel.(less)
For years, I've never been able to pick my favorite book of all time (outside the HP books, I mean), but when I read Graceling, it shot to the top lik...moreFor years, I've never been able to pick my favorite book of all time (outside the HP books, I mean), but when I read Graceling, it shot to the top like a comet. Whenever I was asked my favorite book, Graceling popped into my head. Kristen Cashore's writing style is captivating and her characters believable and a joy to follow. I highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader.(less)
Tamora Pierce has always been a favorite author of mine and I definitely see her as a source of inspiration for my own writing. Alanna: The First Adventure is a fantastic story, the first of many. This is my second time reading it and it never disappoints.
The story, in my opinion, is only as good as its main character, and Alanna is fantastic. She's charming with her wit and steel backbone. Sometimes, though, I think her pride results in several bruises and broken bones that otherwise could have been avoided. However, I am a big fan of her stubbornness and determination to stay true to the person she wants to become.
What captures me most, I think, is the world. So expansive and well painted. More than once, I have wished to be transported to Tortall. It is a world that I look to for inspiration when I'm working on my own world-building. It's intriguing and treacherous and beautiful, just like Alanna's story.(less)
Another FANTASTIC delivery from Sarah Dessen! She is, beyond a doubt, my favorite realistic fiction author. And this novel might just be my favorite o...moreAnother FANTASTIC delivery from Sarah Dessen! She is, beyond a doubt, my favorite realistic fiction author. And this novel might just be my favorite of all of them but it's so hard to choose between "This Lullaby", "The Truth About Forever" and now, "Along for the Ride". But I was laughing up a storm with this one! Not that the others aren't funny, 'cause they're hilarious. But the heartening feeling you get as you read through Auden's adventure...man.
I won't deny that I would've done a few things differently than Auden but she's come so close to what I'm like--except I'm far from as academically driven as she was. But there are a lot of things that struck a chord.
Another great novel by Sarah Dessen. I hope the mood strikes her again to write soon. 'Cause it's so hard to wait for one novel every two years. So hard. I stayed up much longer than my parents would ever condone. I felt like I connected with her better, since I read it in the middle of the night, with the house completely quiet, with this lovely tale spreading out in front of me. It was nearly impossible to put it down to go to bed before I collapsed.(less)
I was a Non Blonde Cheerleader is the most hilarious book I've ever come in contact with. Kieran Scott takes the classic "new girl and popular hot guy...moreI was a Non Blonde Cheerleader is the most hilarious book I've ever come in contact with. Kieran Scott takes the classic "new girl and popular hot guy" situation and turns it into a hilarious read that will leave your sides aching. It also delves into the "rawer" side of being a teenager: biting romance, testing friendships, and of course, winning cheerleading competitions. (less)
'A Certain Slant of Light' is a brilliantly written novel by Laura Whitcomb. It captures the heart and can really get your blood pumping. The plot is...more'A Certain Slant of Light' is a brilliantly written novel by Laura Whitcomb. It captures the heart and can really get your blood pumping. The plot is unique and enchanting.(less)
Carrie Jones has such an open-hearted and teen spirited way of writing that it's almost breathtaking. It's like being in Belle's head, with everything...moreCarrie Jones has such an open-hearted and teen spirited way of writing that it's almost breathtaking. It's like being in Belle's head, with everything that she goes through in just one week. Carrie Jones has inspired me to no end with her quick-wittedness and hilarity. The romance in this book was presented so well and it was so sweet that it almost hurt. It made me feel like the giddy "Mallory" that I'd sworn never to be again.
A touching read, a first class young adult book. Carrie Jones has what it takes to be a best-selling author.(less)
BAD: City of Bones, while outrageously funny, did not provide me with any sense of girl-empowerment. The main character, Clary, while possessing more o...moreBAD: City of Bones, while outrageously funny, did not provide me with any sense of girl-empowerment. The main character, Clary, while possessing more of a smart mouth than Bella from the Twilight books, is just as much the damsel in distress. I noticed how she did just enough screaming in this book to annoy me.
There's also the HIGHLY TYPICAL best-friend-love complex. You've got a boy and girl who are best friends and it's where the guy is OBVIOUSLY in love with the girl and the girl is, of course, oblivious to this until everything blows over and she gets it thrown it into her face.
GOOD: This is a very funny book. I didn't notice anything off about the language--teenage slang-wise. The plot is unique enough. Oh! And it's a pretty good mystery with one plot twist that actually had me thrown--which does NOT happen often. Most of it was predictable but I'd read it just for that plot twist, 'cause it's really good.
The author starts it off interesting--enough to draw in the reader. But there's this whole bad-boy alluring thing going on, which is very predictable within itself when you thrown in the best guy friend and the amount of hormones that fly around during the ensuing fiasco.
Overall, I'd say give it a chance and get it out at the library. I stayed up REAL LATE reading this and I LOVE good long books. (less)
Okay. I have to get this out so I can feel better.
Shiver. Best freaking urban fantasy book ever.
Does it top Twilight? Hell yeah.
What truly strikes me...moreOkay. I have to get this out so I can feel better.
Shiver. Best freaking urban fantasy book ever.
Does it top Twilight? Hell yeah.
What truly strikes me about this book is the main character: Grace. She isn't weepy and pathetic or weak like Bella. She's strong and she's FUNNY! This book seems like it truly could be real. The characters are realistic and I can relate to many of Grace's ways of thinking. (How many times that happens? Almost never.)
I recommend this to the many, many fans of Twilight because it's a romance to kill for. It's stronger, in my opinion, than the romance of Twilight between Bella and Edward. The bond between Grace and Sam is deeper and the sparks between them much, MUCH more believable!
I also recommend this to the many, many non-fans of Twilight. Grace is funny and interesting and strong and far from the pathetic, wimpy, predictable Bella. Sam is a typical special teen boy. His story and reactions ring true. He's not the infuriating we-can't-be-together-because-I'm-dangerous type. In fact, he doesn't say anything along those lines. Does he do anything to protect Grace? Of course he does. He's hopelessly in love with her.
Onto more technical praises: I love how this story alternates between Grace and Sam. I simply LOVE that.
I read this book in less than twenty-four hours. I haven't gotten a book this good in a long, long time. It's a fantastic romance. I might even reread this. (Again, that feeling RARELY happens. It's a mark of just how much I like a book that I want to reread it.)
Another thing. I would LOVE to have a fifteen-minute conversation with this author. She appears to be a really fun person.
This is a great break from vampires. GO WEREWOLVES!(less)
Kel is one of the most kick-ass heroines I've ever read about. "Determination" is her middle name. Unlike more than half of Tamora Pierce's main femal...moreKel is one of the most kick-ass heroines I've ever read about. "Determination" is her middle name. Unlike more than half of Tamora Pierce's main female characters, Kel is left without the Gift. It is because of this that she tops all other heroines. She makes do with quick wits, rock hard determination and a stubborn nature that could rally a mule's. There's nothing this girl can't do...except shrink herself.(less)
A luscious read...heartwarming till the very end. A fabulous cast of realistic and believing characte...more(Side note: I read this book in less than a day.)
A luscious read...heartwarming till the very end. A fabulous cast of realistic and believing characters who combine both their world and yours in one big story. This story truly keeps you wanting more; screaming for a sequel. Amazingly original, "Savvy" will, someday, be up their with Harry Potter, Twilight, and Jane Austen novels. (less)
Wow. The Hunger Games. The first thing that comes to mind is that the main character, Katniss, is the ideal heroine except when it comes to romance of...moreWow. The Hunger Games. The first thing that comes to mind is that the main character, Katniss, is the ideal heroine except when it comes to romance of course. She can fight and she actually has something more than hot air between her ears--both characteristics sadly lacking in many, many urban fantasy novels. The Hunger Games is brilliantly original. It makes me wonder how Suzanne Collins's mind works.
I highly recommend this book for any who enjoyed Graceling by Kristen Cashore. (Anyone notice the slight familiarity between the two main characters names? Katniss and Katsa, Peeta and Po?)
While very funny, Strange Angels contains too much language for my taste. I did read all of it and I liked it. The main character, Dru, is interesting...moreWhile very funny, Strange Angels contains too much language for my taste. I did read all of it and I liked it. The main character, Dru, is interesting and funny but isn't a strong, iron-core heroine. I like the whole dynamic between Dru, Graves, and Christophe. The author does do a good job describing things but there isn't a lot of information on the "underground network" which every urban fantasy has. The world isn't very well developed so you're stuck in whatever situation the characters are. You can't expand because you don't have enough information; so it's rather constricting.
I do recommend it if you don't mind some heavy swearing. It's worth reading. I finished it in less than twenty four hours.(less)
I have deemed Hush, Hush as my #2 Highly Recommended Book for Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
I must say the real strength of this novel comes from t...moreI have deemed Hush, Hush as my #2 Highly Recommended Book for Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
I must say the real strength of this novel comes from the author's superb ability for sarcasm and her building up of characters. For example, Patch. A real pain in the butt sometimes but Becca Fitzpatrick does a good job layering her characters. This makes them believable.
The only thing that I think this book needs improvement on is the building of suspense at the end. While the action sequence was pretty well done, there was something that lacked.
This is one of those novels where you don't have a lot of information but you've got a lot of creepy stuff going on. There aren't really a lot of clues, at least none that I saw.
One other thing that bugged me was that the main character, Nora, sure does a lot of running in this book. Not like cross country running, but a holy crap this is scary kind of run. She's not a true wimp though. Not like Bella. In fact, Nora is pissed off at Patch in the beginning. Even throughout the story she's resistant.
A truly good read.
I bought this book without reading it (something I've only done once before) and I was not disappointed. It's sitting on my desk beside me right now and I'm not planning on returning it anytime soon. It's definitely a keeper.
Definitely buy it or request it at your library. See for yourself. :)(less)
I couldn't believe this was the last book. I picked it up with a thrill and partial trepidation. I mean, this is the LAST BOOK! I don't want to finish...moreI couldn't believe this was the last book. I picked it up with a thrill and partial trepidation. I mean, this is the LAST BOOK! I don't want to finish it! I wanted to go slow but...just couldn't do it. I was done with it before I could even believe it.
Rick Riordan has a true talent for describing huge battle scenes. The second half of the book was ALL fighting. And I couldn't believe how alive it felt. All these huge things going on, negotiations, temptations, tension running high....
I loved the mystery. Like who was leaking all that info! Holy crap! I couldn't believe who it was!
Another thing too. The romance?! Practically throughout the entire thing, I was like, "They're gonna kiss! They're gonna kiss!" and what happens? They don't kiss! But the ending...wow. LOVED the ending. :) Fabulous way to end a series. It was funny and I closed the book with a huge grin on my face.
Why is that books written in guy's points of view are funnier? They just always are for some reason. Like the Pendragon books by D.J. MacHale, those were pretty funny.
I just love the detail Rick Riordan puts into his books. And Percy is such a believable character. All of them are. The hardships are just that--hard.
I can't wait for the Lightning Thief to come out. :) It looks fantastic, even if they changed a lot. I just wanna see some stuff on the big screen. And it helps that the guy is cute, eh? (less)
I always enjoy a good Rick Riordan book. You gotta admit, the dude has talent for telling a good story. True, this book is for “kids” but we all love a good, heart-racing adventure. Even though this story is a spinoff from the Percy Jackson series, the characters come off more mature than in Titan’s Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth, or The Last Olympian. The story, however, is just as exciting and funny as the books we already know and love.
The increased level of maturity was very subtle, but Percy seemed different than in The Last Olympian though he’s probably the same age as he is in The Son of Neptune. His responses are more varied and give him a deeper, more three-dimensional look than before. Frank, also sixteen, has his own issues that are perhaps a bit darker than anything Riordan has presented before. Hazel was the only character who didn’t stick out in that aspect, but I still liked the girl’s spunk.
A friend and I talked about the Rick Riordan books and I remember him saying how they were becoming too “kiddy” for him, which is understandable because this book is technically a “middle grade” novel. Still, I’m seventeen-years-old and I freaking love these books. I couldn’t wait to get into this one. I can’t wait for the next one, The Mark of Athena. Nothing has taught me more about Greek mythology, and nothing gives me such an “unstructured” read than a Riordan book. Almost all the young adult mythology tales are so poorly done, I just can't bring myself to read them. But Riordan makes it fun, entertaining, and gets me emotionally invested in the story to where I absolutely love every minute.
This was a great installment in the Heroes of Olympus series. It had its share of cliché moments (the good kind) and sometimes the dialogue was a bit “meh”. But the characters were awesome, the story was fantastic, and totally leaves me wanting more.(less)