Oh my goodness! I loved it. And for once, I did not hate the female lead. This is a pretty rare occurrence for me since I usually find that female lea...moreOh my goodness! I loved it. And for once, I did not hate the female lead. This is a pretty rare occurrence for me since I usually find that female leads are ridiculously stupid in the authors attempt to make them the perfect feminist character.
I liked the world that Marie Lu created for this series. It isn't uncommon to have a dystopian novel set in the former United States, so that was nothing new. But to have parts of the former United States fighting with other parts of the former United States was rather interesting. Like when they mentioned a rebel colony in Madison, North Dakota, whereas this novel was taking place in Los Angeles, California. To not have the names changed to weird things was rather nice. Plus it helped me to mentally picture where everything was suppose to be taking place.
The characters were also likable. They were nice, yet still edgy. They had their flaws, but they weren't too annoying. They tried to always do the right thing, even when that was difficult. June made some mistakes along the way, but when she realized what she had done, she tried to correct her ways while she could. She didn't close her eyes to everything happening around her just because the reality was too difficult to deal with. And then there was John. I love John. Being an oldest sibling, I understand the powerful desire and drive to do everything in your power to protect your younger siblings. I have three younger sisters and I can tell you, there isn't a line I wouldn't cross in order to keep them safe. This is something that I sometimes thinking about when I watch them (sometimes even creeper style while they are sleeping). "How far would I go to protect you?" And as I watching them sleeping or chatting or laughing or fighting, I know the answer. I would do anything. So I get John. And I love him for being him.
Anyway, back on track. This novel isn't so different than many other dystopians in that it is good vs evil. The poor and oppressed vs the government. But I still like watching the battle between the two sides take place. And maybe in the next book, we will find out more about the colonies. Are they good or are they evil? I cannot wait to start Prodigy!(less)
There is something about Sarah Dessen... she is a magical enchantress. She weaves a spell over her reader and just tugs you deeper and deeper into her...moreThere is something about Sarah Dessen... she is a magical enchantress. She weaves a spell over her reader and just tugs you deeper and deeper into her story until you aren't quiet sure what is reality and what is the world she created and choose to share with you.
Someone Like You was probably the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read. I read it sometime when I was still in college... so like five or six years ago. And that is when my love affair with Dessen books began. I haven't read them all, but every single one I have read, I have loved. It was so nice to re-read this book and rediscover all the things I loved about it in the first place.
Someone Like You isn't a love story. It would be easy to think that, because there is love and romance in it. But more than that, this is a story about life. It is about all the things that make up life. Love and friendships and heartbreaks. Realizing that someone isn't who you thought they were and someone else is even better than you thought they were. It is about falling down and then getting back up again. Making mistakes and living with the consequences. It is about finding out who you are and what is important to you. It is about drawing lines in the sand and standing by them, even when it hurts.
This is a novel that can't help but touch you to the heart. As you read it, you come to see a part of yourself in the characters. Maybe your life isn't exactly like Scarlet and Halley's. But the fight for self-discovery is universal and it is real and it is powerful.
Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this book. I recommend that everyone read it!(less)
This was my very first Agatha Christie novel and I have to say that I loved it. It certainly won't be my last novel. The mystery was very brilliantly...moreThis was my very first Agatha Christie novel and I have to say that I loved it. It certainly won't be my last novel. The mystery was very brilliantly thought out and I spent most of the book trying to figure out exactly "who dunnit". I debated quiet a few theories and I was half right on one of my theories, but as it was not my final theory, I guess I can't really count myself as correct.
The main problem I had with this book is that I had trouble keeping track of who was who. So many characters to make a sudden appearance that it was difficult to keep track of who was accused of commiting which crime and for what reason they did it. And then which committed crime the murdered person had committed. By the time it was down to only 3-4 left, I had it down, but it took me a while to put it all together.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and will definitely look forward to reading more from Agatha Chrisite. I might even take a look at this one again.(less)
Story Universe: I have never read a body snatcher book, so this was a first... and I don't think I have really read an alien book either (maybe one or...moreStory Universe: I have never read a body snatcher book, so this was a first... and I don't think I have really read an alien book either (maybe one or two but I really don't remember). So to me, this was all new. And I liked it. I liked the idea of these aliens that took over the human bodies... kinda like leeches... and the humans that resisted them. It was all very interesting. I look forward to reading the next two books in this series.
Characters: Wanderer - She is great. Really? How can she be so good? How is that possible? But she is and I loved it! So selfless. So self-sacrificing. So everything good! Melanie - She was perhaps a little too aggressive for my personal taste, but she grew on me. And I love the relationship that Wanda and Melanie develop. The genuine love and friendship that they develop between the two of them. I also liked watching it grow. It was completely natural. Jared - I did not like Jared. Not a fan at all. And I could not understand why both girls were so gaga over him. And I guess that when Melanie fell in love with him, she thought that he was the only other human left on the face of the earth. But aside from that, I found nothing likable about him. Blah. Ian - Oh Ian. Completely swoon-worthy. I loved him. He was so loyal and faithful and everything wonderful. I am glad that it all worked out like it should in the end. Jamie - Oh Jamie... I wish I had a little brother like Jamie. As it is, I have no brothers so I guess I am out of luck. I loved how loving he is. I think he truly is someone that you couldn't help but love. Kyle - You spent forever hating him. Like the whole book. And then in the end, he redeems himself. And that is perhaps the most beautiful part of the story. In the end, this is a book about redemption. Romance: To tell you the truth, the depth of love in this book is too much for me. I don't believe in love that strong. So strong that a body, not occupied by that body, cries out for that one true love. I don't accept that. Like if someone woke up from a coma and had no memories, their body would still call for that one person... I don't accept that. In addition, I don't like when love is put above all other family. And I felt that many times, the love that Melanie and Wanda directed towards Jared was stronger than the love that they had for Jamie. I didn't like that at all. I liked the love that was shared between Ian and Wanda because it seemed more reasonable and more logical.
Conclusion: I liked it. Except for the extremity of the romance. I recommend it. It is much better than the Twilight series. (less)
I love Ellen Hopkins. She isn't afraid to address the hard topics. And drug addiction is a hard topic. This book made me glad that I have never experi...moreI love Ellen Hopkins. She isn't afraid to address the hard topics. And drug addiction is a hard topic. This book made me glad that I have never experimented with drugs. Or ever had a boyfriend who pressured me to do something I didn't want to do... or made me feel like I should be doing something that I shouldn't be.
Ellen Hopkins really knows how to pull on your heartstrings. The choices and decisions that Kristina (or Bree) make are all ones that I would never want to make. It was hard to watch her make those decisions and not be able to stop her. It was hard to understand why she made the decisions she made, but it was all very realistically portrayed.
Ellen Hopkins is a master at using verse to paint a story before your eyes. I normally hate verse, but I will read anything by Ellen Hopkins! Her books don't leave anyone feeling happy and like all is right in the world. But instead, in the end, you are left thinking. And that is just as important as feeling happy and like all is right in the world.(less)
LOVED THIS BOOK. Oh my goodness, I feel like this should be required reading for everyone. Until I read this, I honestly didn't know how involved the...moreLOVED THIS BOOK. Oh my goodness, I feel like this should be required reading for everyone. Until I read this, I honestly didn't know how involved the youth were in Nazi Germany. They were completely brainwashed, on one level. The lengths they were willing to go to for the cause they believed in... it was incredible in its dedication. Imagine if we could get youth that dedicated to their studies?
And Hitler had the perfect plan. The Hitler Youth started in the early 1930s. They were immediately taught to go to extreme lengths for their beliefs. They began military training and exercises in their early teen years. Then, by the time WWII came along, Hitler had millions of Hitler Youth graduates at his disposal who were so dedicated to the cause that they GLADLY went to their death for the cause. In one story, we find out about a young soldier (not even 18) who was trying to blow up an Ally tank. The bomb wasn't sticking to the tank so he held it onto the tank until it exploded. That is dedication. Frightening in its extremity.
This book also opened up my eyes a lot more to what German life was like during the war. In some ways, most people had few choices in what went on. Young woman were required to serve two years doing labor or working in the factories. Many were sent for a couple years into Poland and Austria and other places where Ethnic Germans lived and they farmed their farms and cleaned their houses and such like that. I honestly never knew that. I never knew about the SS HJ which was like a junior league of the SS. 17 year old boys taken away from their families and put into intensive training for 5 months before they were sent to the front lines in France and Hungry (I believe) and then to slow the advances of the Russians in the vain hope that the Americans would make it to Berlin before the Russians. Almost all of these young men lost their lives, but the lengths to which they went to achieve their mission is truly frightening. They were happy to die for Hitler.
As I read this book, I was just filled with wonder (and not in a good way) how the youth could be so easily brain washed and could follow Hitler so unquestioningly. How they could be made to believe things so passionately... I really hope that history never repeats itself in this respect. And this book has taught me how important it is to keep an eye on the youth.(less)
I pretty much hated this book. The only reason the book is as high as 3 stars is because of the ending. I hated the characters. Couldn't identify with...moreI pretty much hated this book. The only reason the book is as high as 3 stars is because of the ending. I hated the characters. Couldn't identify with them at all. And I found it highly unbelievable how "cool" her parents were with things like going upstairs and having sex with your boyfriend with the full knowledge of your parents. I couldn't feel or understand the romance with Adam. I didn't like the entitled way the characters acted. Hospitals have policies for a reason. So while it might seem unfair that only immediate family can visit the patient in Intensive Care Unit, there is a reason for it. Staging huge distractions to get around that is not cool or acceptable at all. It really ticked me off. A book with this same premise, but different characters, would have been really interesting. But I couldn't relate to or identify with any of these agenda pushing, feminist, hippies/hipsters.(less)
I love John Grisham's earlier works (not so much his more recent ones). The Testament was one of the first John Grisham books, I had ever read... I th...moreI love John Grisham's earlier works (not so much his more recent ones). The Testament was one of the first John Grisham books, I had ever read... I think I was in middle school. I remember somewhat the gist of the books, but I didn't remember the ending.
What I like about The Testament is that beyond being a mystery type of book, or Legal Thriller, or whatever, it is actually a story about redemption and turning your life around. Killing your demons, so to speak. I can't really relate to people who struggle with drug or alcohol addictions. I have never really seen the appeal of either of those particular vices. But watching Nate progress through the novel and finally managing to kick the habit, that was a real story of recovery. I liked that.
Overall, this remains one of my favorite John Grisham books and I am glad that I took the time to reread it. Now I need to reread The Pelican Brief and I will have revisited the two John Grisham books that I read first.(less)