This is one of those books that I don't know how to adequately express how amazing this book is and how much I loved it. Because OMG, y'all, this bookThis is one of those books that I don't know how to adequately express how amazing this book is and how much I loved it. Because OMG, y'all, this book is all kinds of amazingness. There is so much to this book. The writing is beautiful, the characters amazing, and the romance hot, hot, hot. I was lucky enough to get this from OUaT blog tour and I was doing a happy dance all over my house when it came. And believe me - if I didn't have to send it out I would totally be reading it again - even with all the other books I have lining my shelves. And passing it around to all my friends and being all annoying and making them read it NOW. Not later but now.
At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to Juliette. Juliette - who is thought to be a monster by society. Juliette - who has been locked up for 264 days with no type of human contact whatsoever. Juliette - who is trying not to go insane. As Juliette sits in her cell the world outside is disintegrating. There are food shortages, the environment has gone to crap, people are forced to live in compounds, and the Reestablishment has a iron fist hold on all of it. And then - Juliette gets a cellmate and her world is changed forever. When Adam walks into the cell Juliette's world is thrown into such a chaotic mess and she has to decide if she will continue to be a victim or become a fighter.
One of the things that drew me into this book right away was the writing. It really was amazing. Mafi's writing style is different and fresh and poetic and pulls you in and doesn't let go. There are some amazing passages in this book. The kind you want to read again and again. And she also uses a strike out style of writing that is done brilliantly.
I love Juliette. Mafi makes her character come to life and the reader feels what she is feeling. She is so close to being broken but she doesn't crack. She is tough and after everything that has happened to her she still cares about people. It takes a lot to come out of solitary confinement and still be able to stand up for yourself and this girl does it and rocks at it.
And then we have Adam - totally swoon-worthy male lead who will steal your heart. I think he has replaced my love of Jace - and that's saying something. I totally fell for Adam in this book. He was the kind of lead male I like to see - tough and real and just.. I dunno.. amazing. I loved him and everything that he brings to the story is just swoon-worthy.
The other male lead is the bad guy - Warren. There is also something about Warren that draws the reader in. In some scenes, you feel sorry for him and you want to know what made him as cruel and heartless as he is. I think there is so much more to his character and I can't wait to see what it is and how it develops. And then there is also Kenji, Adam's army friend, who brings some humor into the story. Even though he only shows up the last part of the book I really loved his character and I know we will be seeing so much more of him.
There is so much to this story - it is sexy and full of action and beautiful writing and unique and just all kinds of amazingness rolled into one book. The dystopian world that Mafi creates is so haunted but the writing makes it beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful. Books like Shatter Me are why I love to read. I can not wait for the second book - and this one isn't even out yet!
I'm putting it out there - as of right now this is my favorite book this year. And I've read some amazing books but this blew me away and left me wanting so much more than any book this year has done so far. If there is one book that you buy this year - this should be it. ...more
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is a fun, imaginative story that is perfect for the middle grade reader. Even though I don't quite agree with the "HarryThe Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is a fun, imaginative story that is perfect for the middle grade reader. Even though I don't quite agree with the "Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games" blurb, The Unwanteds is a creative tale that will be engrossing to young readers - especially the musically and artistic inclined since there are not a lot of books that put such a positive spin on these creative traits.
McMann creates a fun world full of magic, friendship, and danger. When Alex becomes an Unwanted, he is sent to the death farm with the rest of the Unwanteds - what he doesn't know is that they death farm is actually a hidden school for all the Unwanteds. At the school, they are taught to use their artistic abilities to create spells and weapons to defend the school - in case the Wanteds ever find out about them. The spells and weapons that the students create with their magic is very imaginative on McMann's part.
The characters are fun and have some baggage attached to them - especially Alex, whose twin brother remains behind in Quill. Alex misses him and wants to find a way to bring Aaron to Artime - even though Aaron is one of the bad guys now (which Alex doesn't know). The other characters all have interesting backgrounds and stories that will keep the reader engaged and wanting to know more about them.
I listened to The Unwanteds on audio and I loved Simon Jones as the narrator. He really brought the story to life the way he read each character and each story line. He brought the right level of excitement, suspense, and fear to the story when it was required and made the story fly by.
I bought this book for my middle school library and several of them have brought it back singing it's praises! McMann has definitely found her audience with The Unwanteds. ...more
A steampunk YA book set in 1897 England? Yes, please! When I first saw talk of this book I was very curious about it. The concept was interesting, theA steampunk YA book set in 1897 England? Yes, please! When I first saw talk of this book I was very curious about it. The concept was interesting, the cover GORGEOUS, and the setting different from most YA books. I was happy when Teen Book Scene added me to the tour for this book and excited to read it.
The Girl in the Steel Corset starts out with action and intensity. Finley Jayne has a dark side - a side that she has no control over once it is unleashed. When she runs from an incident involving her dark side she falls right into the lap of Griffin King, Duke of Greythorne, and full of mystery and intrigue himself. Griffin sees something in Finely and takes her into his band of "misfits" - against the wishes of his closest friend, Sam. With Finely now in the group, they must work together not only to help her control her dark side but find The Machinist - a crazy mastermind that is using automatons to commit crimes within the city.
I loved the characters in this book. Finley was such a strong character. She has a Jekyll and Hyde personality going on that makes her very interesting. I liked that she didn't take crap from anyone - even when her good side was out and not the bad. Griffin, how has "powers" of his own, is the good guy in the story - the leader of the group and the protector. I just loved him so much. I usually go for the bad boy but not in this case - definitely loved Griffin out of all the boys. Speaking of bad boys - Jack Dandy is the resident bad boy in the book who takes a liking to Finley. He is a very interesting characters with a soft spot for Finely and a cockney accent that can be endearing and annoying all at the same time. He is not part of the group but I have a feeling that might change eventually. Emily, the smart girl of the group, is sweet and caring and way smart. The things the girl can do with machines is amazing. Sam, who is half machine thanks to Emily who saved his life, is in love with Emily. He is the muscle of the group and not happy at all with Finley's presence. I also loved Jasper, an American cowboy, who is fun loving and made any scene he was in that much more entertaining.
I've gotta say - Thank you, Kady Cross for no insta-love! The relationships between all the characters and relationships are developed wonderfully. Cross does an excellent job of world and relationship building that doesn't leave you wondering how the characters got from point A to point B so fast with no explanation.
One thing that was obvious was the villain - I knew who it was as soon as they were introduced to the story. That being said - it didn't take away from the story at all and made it more interesting to see how it would all work out.
Overall, I loved this book. It had a little bit of everything to keep the reader entertained and wanting more. I can't wait to see what Cross does with the characters next! ...more
So, I wanted to read this book before I watched the movie on DVD. I managed to get the book on audio from the library and was thrilled with my choiceSo, I wanted to read this book before I watched the movie on DVD. I managed to get the book on audio from the library and was thrilled with my choice of listening rather than reading. The reader was great and really brought the whole story to life for me.
I Am Number Four starts off somewhat slow for me - there is a lot of back story that the author has got to get in but I wanted more action! The reader is introduced to Four - a "alien" from another planet who is hiding out on Earth from the Mogadorian (another alien species who has killed off most of Four's species). Only nine young Lorians made it off their planet with their protectors and they are now being hunted and killed off one by one - but they must be killed in order. (Seems kinda crazy but the story makes a little more sense when you read it).
John Smith, aka Number Four, is next - and him and his protector go on the run again and keep hiding - this time in Paradise, Ohio. Something happens in Paradise that has never happened to John before - he makes friends and falls in love and when love is involved all sense and reason goes out the window. When John discovers that the Mogadorian are too close for comfort it might be too late to save his friends and loved ones from destruction.
Once the book got going I ended up enjoying it a lot (much better than the movie). John Smith is a likable character and you really want to see him get the girl and save the world - but there's gotta be some problems and he definitely encounters them. The cast of characters surrounding him are also enjoyable - especially Sam. Every alien needs an alien-obsessed side kick, right?
I listened to this on audio and loved the reader. He does a great job of making the characters each have their own unique voice and not being too dry. I usually don't like male readers but I definitely enjoyed this one and would love for him to read the next book in the series.
I ended up enjoying this book - but not lovin' it. Now that the ground work has been built and we have a lot of the back story, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to John Smith and the rest of his friends in The Power of Six. ...more