I hyped myself up for this because Epic Reads kept raving about it, but I just didn't feel the same excitement. It was still good and interesting, butI hyped myself up for this because Epic Reads kept raving about it, but I just didn't feel the same excitement. It was still good and interesting, but it didn't wow me. I listened to it on audiobook though, so maybe that makes a difference? I loved the narrator though! Also it made me try more audiobooks through the library, which has been new for me. I think I still prefer text, but it is nice to listen when I have the concentration, whether while coloring, crafting or cleaning....more
I really wanted to love this based on the premise. I even liked a quote in the beginning. But considering when I started and how I've been avoiding reI really wanted to love this based on the premise. I even liked a quote in the beginning. But considering when I started and how I've been avoiding reading because I didn't want to pick it up, I finally decided that you know what? It's okay to DNF a book. Life is far too short to waste time on something you don't enjoy especially when you're a slow reader to begin with.
This book to me, started out okay but quickly became like trying to wade through a mud pit; hard to get through and bogged down with fillers. The length is not justified as the pace is so darn slow. As a kid I would have put it down and moved on long ago; I had no problem DNFing back then, which is maybe why I read a lot more.
I didn't care about any of the characters; every one of them was flat and uninteresting except for maybe Dustfinger but even he wasn't a great character. And they never developed. I read almost 150 pages and hardly anything happened in that time, which is ridiculous to me.
So I don't understand why it got high ratings from people, but the book just wasn't for me. Too bad I bought all three, but at least I got them used and didn't spend more than $10. At least they'll free up some shelf space once I remove the others....more
I was actually listening to Neil Gaiman reading as I followed along in my book, which I think added to the experience. He's an amazing storyteller. II was actually listening to Neil Gaiman reading as I followed along in my book, which I think added to the experience. He's an amazing storyteller. I loved the twist on The Jungle Book and thought it was great. Silas was my favorite character. I kept envisioning it as a Tim Burton style movie though, lol. Overall it was a fun read....more
I delved into this one knowing ahead of time what topics it would touch on, which both hyped it up for me and made me approach tentatively because theI delved into this one knowing ahead of time what topics it would touch on, which both hyped it up for me and made me approach tentatively because the topic at hand is one I know well personally and I’m always tentative going into books on the subject. Do note though, that from the time I first heard of the book, I knew that this one was calling to me and I have great respect for the author and was really excited to get a “Channel Your Brave” bracelet (though now I really want that shirt someday). I pre-ordered it, after years of not pre-ordering hardback books (the last one was The Manual of Aeronautics, but as for actual novel, it was the last Harry Potter book). It felt that important.
It arrives, and I begin reading. As I’m reading I feel connected to Alexi in a way I didn’t really expect. It was around page 70 that I thought, “I am Alexi.” Not that I went through the same thing as the main character, but that I acted so much like her with my experience. I could sympathize with Alexi as well as Bodee, and my heart ached for both of them. My bracelet and my reading helped me get my own truth out.
And then I stopped reading. Not because of the book, but because I was going through my own healing. Finally, I looked at the book and picked it back up, needing to know what happened. I know from other reviews that people took issue with the ending, but it didn’t bother me. I understood those feelings, so to me it made perfect sense.
There’s not much to say about the plot itself, because you can read that in the summary. I wasn’t so much a fan of Heather, her best friend, but the friendships felt real. Bodee was awesome and reminded me of an old high school friend, and also of my husband. So girls, remember “Bodee” characters are real and they do exist! The book really helped me (and I’m 28, but it got me to Channel my Brave so there you go, recent Slate article). It’s one of the best contemporaries I read and I’m so glad I bought it.
Decided to officially DNF this book after all, as I simply have NO desire to go back to it. So much wasted potential. In the end, I just couldn't careDecided to officially DNF this book after all, as I simply have NO desire to go back to it. So much wasted potential. In the end, I just couldn't care about a single character or what happened to them. They were all pretty one-dimensional and there was no connection for me as a reader....more