I ran out and bought a copy of this book because I knew I wouldn't want to end up waiting for a copy from the library. It was worth the money. Suzanne...moreI ran out and bought a copy of this book because I knew I wouldn't want to end up waiting for a copy from the library. It was worth the money. Suzanne Collins has managed to come up with another edge-of-your seat tale in this second volume of the "Hunger Games" series. I felt the quality of the writing was a little sketchy/lacking at times, and the pace of this volume was a bit slower than its predecessor. But, it held my attention so well, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. That warrants 5 stars in my ratings. Returning home after her victory in the Hunger Games, Katniss finds herself to be the center of more attention than she wants; especially the attention of the evil President Snow. Saying more than that will only prove to be a spoiler. So, I will only say, if you liked "Hunger Games" - read this! You will be eagerly anticipating the third book in the series.(less)
This is the first book in yet another series of books being written to ride the wave of Stephenie Meyers' Twilight series. Indeed, Strange Angels cert...moreThis is the first book in yet another series of books being written to ride the wave of Stephenie Meyers' Twilight series. Indeed, Strange Angels certainly shares similarities in its storyline of vampires, werewolves and a burgeoning love triangle.
The story starts out on a gloomy note as a zombie bursts through the back door of the house where sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson and her father have been living. Dru is able to destroy the vile creature. After all, she received training from her father who spends his life tracking down those horrors that go bump in the night. But Dad won't be coming back to give Dru lessons anymore. It turns out Dad was the zombie and he lost a battle with one of the evil monsters he hunts. Now Dru is left to battle the horrors on her own. That is, until she teams up with Graves, a boy from her high school. Graves is quickly attacked and turned into a loup-garou (half-werewolf). The third leg of the love-triangle is completed with the introduction of Christophe, djamphir (half-vampire) and vampire hunter.
This installment does little more than introduce us to the main characters of Dru, Graves and Christophe with only a few action scenes thrown in. The story is plagued with pacing that is choppy. The story often seems to be stuck and is kept moving only by a glut of oddly chosen descriptions and the interruptions created by Dru's inner dialogue dispersed throughout the story. I can only describe as the writing as sloppy and dimwitted.
Because of its similarities to Twilight, it will probably become a popular choice of less sophisticated teen readers and its cliff hanger ending will leave those readers anticipating the sequel. (less)
When Grace was nine years old, she was attacked by wolves but survived because of the interference of a member of the pack. Eight years later, as the...moreWhen Grace was nine years old, she was attacked by wolves but survived because of the interference of a member of the pack. Eight years later, as the days grow longer and the air speaks of winter, Grace watches the woods behind her home hoping to catch a glimpse of the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her. But this year, as winter approaches, a teen is attacked and killed by wolves. A hunting party has been formed to rid the woods of the menace. Terrified that her wolf will be killed, Grace fabricates a story hoping to buy time for the wolves so they may escape the hunt. After a harrowing race through the woods, Grace finds a wounded boy huddled on the back porch of her home. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf - in human form. Now it is Grace’s turn to save Sam, the wolf that once saved her. With a clever twist on the folklore of werewolves, Stiefvater has crafted a romantic tale that shares the intensity of its nemesis, Twilight. The odds are against this couple as their romance blossoms and the forces of nature threaten Sam’s ability to remain human.(less)
Beautiful Creatures is a twist on the young adult, boy meets girl, supernatural love story. Several twists make the story a bit unique. One: The boy i...moreBeautiful Creatures is a twist on the young adult, boy meets girl, supernatural love story. Several twists make the story a bit unique. One: The boy is the “normal” one and the girl is the supernatural, angsty, attractive new kid at school Two: The story is told from the boy's point of view. Three: It's not about vampires!
I chose to read this book based on its rave reviews, and the plot did sound intriguing. However, I was a bit dissappointed. Overall, their was something about the whole plot that just didn't resonate with me. I had issues with the pace of the story and with the editing. More than once I found inconsistencies in the story line and sometimes I felt like the story was an Energizer bunny wannabe. (It just kept going and going and going... and I wished it would just get on with the story.) It wasn't horrible though, it did hold my interest enough to get me to finish the book and the ending was action packed. I did like the southern town setting, some of the snappy lines and literary references. (less)