I wasn't sure I wanted to read this after finding out about the leak. But I finally did read it on Stephenie Meyer's web site...and read it again andI wasn't sure I wanted to read this after finding out about the leak. But I finally did read it on Stephenie Meyer's web site...and read it again and again. This is by far my favorite of the series. I would love to see all four books written from Edward's perspective. Edward's character is so much more fully understood. When you are inside his head, and not Bella's, you fully comprehend why he does the things he does. I loved the way he describes what it is like when he hears other's thoughts. Plus it was great to go and see the movie (yet again...) after reading Midnight Sun again because I could mentally fill in what Edward is thinking and feeling as you watch him onscreen. I truly hope Stephenie decides to finish this book. I would buy it in a heartbeat. I thing it is the best thing she has done so far....more
This was a very interesting story...Maeve Leahy is a 25 year old who had a twin named Moira. Something tragic happened to her when they were 16 and itThis was a very interesting story...Maeve Leahy is a 25 year old who had a twin named Moira. Something tragic happened to her when they were 16 and it has affected every aspect of Maeve's life. We flip from present day to the past in each chapter until the mystery is solved (which isn't until about page 200). It is well written and not confusing at all to follow. There are some great twists and turns throughout the story as well. As Maeve goes on a journey to find a way to accept what has happened, she finds a lot more than she is expecting.
I thought this was a fine first attempt by this author. There was nothing that made me pause, either in storyline or in editing. The characters were all extremely well developed, the plot was creative and interesting, and she did a great job of revealing little secrets all along the way. I loved Walsh's writing style- it was lyrical and very visually descriptive.
I will definitely read more by this author! ...more
I liked the way this last book in the trilogy moved back into the dystopian society and got away from the silly running and mooning aboutMaybe a 3.5
I liked the way this last book in the trilogy moved back into the dystopian society and got away from the silly running and mooning about love. I have to say that Xander is by far my favorite character, and I never really felt much of a connection to Cassia.
This book included plenty of love, but also sacrifice, hard work, opportunity, and disappointment.
It ends with room for imagination, but also has plenty of "rainbows and unicorns" (ie--happiness) ;D
A favorite quote from the book..."She keeps asking for books about zombies, but I keep telling her we can't read non-fiction at story time."
A few adjeA favorite quote from the book..."She keeps asking for books about zombies, but I keep telling her we can't read non-fiction at story time."
A few adjectives come to mind after reading Warm Bodies--charming, tender, funny, clever, romantic, and yes...at times, gross...Not the words you would expect from a book about zombies. Except this book isn't really about zombies. It is about relationships, people, character development, and the telling of a really good story.
You have to know that I do NOT like zombies...NO, not even The Walking Dead. That being said, I have read one or two that I have liked (re: The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves), but I LOVED this book.
In essence, this is sort of a Beauty and the Beast story, and I am assuming if you are reading this, you have already read the summary and know the gist of this book. I love the way in which it is told.
A few of the things I liked:
1) While eating brains is definitely gross, I found it clever that this was the "filet mignon" of zombie dinners, almost creating a high as the zombie gets to relive flashes of the life of the poor victim he is eating.
2) The book almost begins with zombie conversations that sound like grown up teletubbies, but as the story progresses and the zombies begin to change, so does their ability to communicate. There is a gradual increase in syllables spoken as well as thoughts and communication.
3) Throughout the book, Perry's role is key, even though he doesn't make it past the first part of the book. I loved how Perry and R and Julie all become interwoven in some way, all affecting the others.
4) The narrative is well written and even lyrical at times. Loved reading this writer.
5) Unique and interesting story line...I have never come across anything like this ever before.
6) Great character development, well told story, great plot, sweet romance.
Wishes and wonderings...
I would have liked to have known more about what the zombies were capable of thought wise...get into their heads a little more...not just R's... Sometimes they seemed totally "undead" but at others, they seemed almost capable of thought and feelings...creating little zombie families, trying to be intimate, giving another a "cold look"...how can a zombie give a cold look?
Overall, well told, interesting story...Loved it!...more
Anyone who reads my reviews knows the problem I have with most second books in trilogies...this one is no exception...
Not a lot of plot, although a coAnyone who reads my reviews knows the problem I have with most second books in trilogies...this one is no exception...
Not a lot of plot, although a couple of twists that I liked. I missed a lot of the interesting aspects of the Society that I enjoyed in the first book. One thing that REALLY bugged was The Carving...supposedly this huge series of slot canyons, red rock, etc. (I thought Zion-ish) This was a place that Farmers and the rebels were not easily found by the Society and yet, Ky and Cassia find each other with no trouble at all. It seemed a bit unlikely...
I didn't really feel the Ky/Cassia connection too much in the first book, and although it improved in this one, it still didn't make me swoon by any means.
And will the romance or the rebellion take front stage in the last book? I guess I will have to read it and see......more
I had one word that kept coming to my mind as I listened to this book...BORING...There was so much inane detail (what they ate, what they wore, how thI had one word that kept coming to my mind as I listened to this book...BORING...There was so much inane detail (what they ate, what they wore, how the wine tasted, etc...) I realize the author was probably trying to help us to picture the 16th century world, but Oh. My. it got very tiresome...
The other issue is that in this lengthy book, pretty much nothing happens. They go to England, France, and Eastern Europe, Diana and Matthew do get married...one or two other things I won't mention (don't want to spoil it!) but mostly, they just spent the story trying to stay under the radar of those who would kill witches.
And considering that there whole purpose of going back is to find Ashmole 782, that part of the story is barely touched on and when it is, we are left feeling a little gypped.
Too much history and not enough story pretty much sums it up...
Things I did like...yes, there were some...
1. LOVE many of the characters. Harkness does an excellent job of creating well developed characters that the reader can connect with and easily picture...We become invested in what happens to them. This in itself helps the book work better.
2. The way Harkness wrote the sex scenes...They were romantic and tender, with enough detail to swoon, but not so much that you feel like you are in a porn flick.
3. I liked the jumps to a few things happening in the future...however, these jumps never really come together well in the end.
4. The witch training...this should have occurred earlier in the book, in my opinion, and was another reason Diana and Matthew went back in time...but again, not enough time spent here and not developed to my liking.
I will read the last in the trilogy because I do like the characters and I loved the first one. Then we will see......more
Yeah...I do remember listening now...must be getting old...
Still like this well written story. I am kind of over the whole supernatural boy/gir1/19/13
Yeah...I do remember listening now...must be getting old...
Still like this well written story. I am kind of over the whole supernatural boy/girl romance thing, but it is still an interesting take on the werewolf myth and well told. Definitely a solid 3.5 or 4
What does it mean that I have no recollection of listening to this book on CD? Here I am listening again so I can get through all three books...Funny I can't remember! PS...I changed my rating to a 3...or maybe a 3.5
I listened to this book on CD before reading the sequel, and it was interesting that my feelings were quite different this time around. I probably would change my rating to a 3.5...
I still liked it, but not nearly as much as the first time. This time I kept noticing glaring similarities to Twilight (of which the fervor has died down a LOT). It sort of bothered me. Also the first half of the book was not nearly as interesting to me as it was the first time. I did still enjoy the story and liked the second half much better.
I still think the author is a good writer. It will be interesting to see where she takes The Lost Saint.
This is the kind of book that you don't want to say too much about because the discovery is so much fun! But here goes!
The beginning of this book was great! It caught me up right away and got me wondering about so many things...Who is Daniel? Why did he leave? Why is he back? What caused him to change so much? How is Grace's brother involved? and more...
I knew pretty early on that there is some sort of supernatural element to the book but even after 200 pages, I still didn't know what...Was it vampire? werewolf? demon? something else? I could not figure it out. Ms. Despain keeps the mystery throughout the book, but throws out enough bones to keep you going.
I like the characters in this book a lot. Daniel has moments of darkness and then moments of light. He has made very human mistakes, he isn't always nice, but it works and I still liked him very much. He was human, not superhuman. So many books right now seem to feel the need to make the "hero" totally perfect. Daniel is not even close, but it totally works.
I also liked the way the author incorporated the religious aspect. It made for a unique and interesting twist on the supernatural myth in the book.
I also loved the way art was incorporated throughout the book.
I thought it was interesting the way the author used the section titles by using places and times. I even liked the font used in the chapter titles.
There were twists at the end that I wondered afterward why I didn't see them coming, but I really didn't! The ending was great too. I like books that are complete in themselves, and this one could be, although I am THRILLED there will be more of Grace and Daniel.
The author also takes care with language and content. There is some mild swearing, but nothing is overused. This is a book that I would feel good about recommending to ages 12 and up.
I loved the author's writing style and was so happy to see a book that had a really good copy editor! The only glaring error was the forgotten "you" at the top of page 41. Most books today are so full of errors that I think about changing professions! So kudos to this one!
This is a well written, compelling story! I loved it! ...more
I have read a lot of reviews that seemed to reflect the idea that there was just not enough Sam and Grace in this installment. I have decided that isI have read a lot of reviews that seemed to reflect the idea that there was just not enough Sam and Grace in this installment. I have decided that is coming from people who don't love Cole and Isabel. I happen to love Cole and Isabel...I also love Sam (a LOT), but to me, Grace is just okay. I love hearing the four distinct voices, I love Isabel's snarky attitude (and how it changes over the course of the story), I love Cole's selfish, sometimes harsh, sometimes sexy personality (and how it changes over the course of the story)...dare I say I almost like Cole and Isabel better than Sam and Grace? No...well, maybe better than Grace.
Don't get me wrong, I like Grace just fine. She just isn't anything special or "stand out-y" to me... Not like the others.
I continue to LOVE Maggie Stiefvater's fluent,descriptive,and emotional writing style. It is beauty on the page...I cried 4 times in this story (yep...I am an emotional reader), although none of those times were at the end. I liked the ending because there was room for me to continue the story in my head the way I wanted it to be, but at the same time, Maggie did a fine job of "ending" the story on the page.
One thing I have loved about Stiefvater's books is that they are well edited and nothing makes me...pause...and say "huh?" Nearly every book I read lately has several grammatical/spelling errors, not to mention problematic places with details in the story. Refreshingly, her books are not that way. That being said...I did find one place in this book that made me stop...(don't look if you want to read it yourself, but I won't reveal anything)...Sam gets out of the car to talk to Rachel, leaves it running, but then Rachel wants to drive and puts her hand out for the keys...if you saw (and heard) the car running, wouldn't you figure out that the keys were IN the car already? Okay...dumb I know, but that is the only thing that caught me.
I liked the mythology behind the wolves in this series...more scientific in a way and not so fantastical, I liked the story lines, and LOVED the writing. I cannot wait for The Scorpio Races!
And yes, Angela, I will keep the wolves...you take the fairies and we will be happy! :)...more
At first, I rated this book 4 stars, but I liked it SO much better than the first one (which I rated 4 stars) that I had to change it to 5 stars.
In thAt first, I rated this book 4 stars, but I liked it SO much better than the first one (which I rated 4 stars) that I had to change it to 5 stars.
In this installment of the trilogy, Abby is desperately trying to build a new door in order to bring Dante back. But he did not end up where he was supposed to, and to make things more difficult, Zo is messing with Abby's past, which is changing her present. I was hooked right from the beginning and read this one in 2 days. There was nothing that really "bugged" me, like there was in the first one and Lisa Mangum's writing has definitely improved.
Things I liked... 1) I love the "physicality" (if that is a word) of the river and the bank. Her time element seems so real and I can see it in my mind, which is a must for me when I am reading.
2) I loved the twists and turns with the changes in the past which affect the present.
3) I LOVED Valerie's role in this one. It was unexpected as I didn't see her in that role after the first book. In fact, I loved seeing things from so many points of view...Dante, Abby, Valerie, Tony, V, even Zo.
4) I liked that we got more of the history of the time travelers.
5) I loved the changes in some of the characters...
6) I loved the ending...especially the way that it connected to the way the first book ended.
7) Some things from the first book that I wondered about were explained...others weren't but I am hopeful all will be resolved in the last book.
Other stuff... 1) I only found two typos in this book! That is always a happy day for me as errors seem to abound in today's books. I don't know if it bad editing or if publishers are trying to push books through so fast they don't care if mistakes are made...
2) There is still too much "tears" talk. I get that Abby cries a lot. She is under a lot of stress...but tears pricking her eyes, and tears in her throat...too much!
3) No 17 year olds I know (or adults for that matter) would call a 17 year old an amazing "woman" and no 17 year old calls his girlfriend (or best friend) his "best girl"
4) I wish the characters were all in college instead of high school...
5) Dante et all have AMAZINGLY good English for the short time they have been in 21st century America...
Overall, I can say that I LOVED this book...how to wait a whole year for the third one???...more
This is a well written historical romance set in Trenton during the Revolutionary War. The characters come alive as well as the war during that time pThis is a well written historical romance set in Trenton during the Revolutionary War. The characters come alive as well as the war during that time period. Jemima, a teenage girl, wages constant war with her tutor, John Reid, a supposed Tory. Her brothers are Patriots who go off to fight with Washington, her sister is married to a British officer, and her mother secretly writes pro-rebel essays for the paper. Ann Rinaldi is a real expert at telling an interesting and compelling fictional story while keeping the historical facts surrounding the plot accurate. This is a wonderful book for anyone teenage to adult. I can't wait to read more Ann Rinaldi!...more
It would be easier to review this book if it hadn't taken me 4 months to read it...Life was crazy this summer!
Still love the characters and s3.5 stars
It would be easier to review this book if it hadn't taken me 4 months to read it...Life was crazy this summer!
Still love the characters and some interesting twists and turns. Some parts fell a bit flat for me and there was some of the dreaded "2nd book syndrome" in the sense that Lena and Ethan were the "not together" couple a la New Moon...
I love the southern feel, and glad that Macon could make somewhat of an appearance....more