I was so excited to read this book. I noticed that it showed up on goodreads, it was recommended me by a friend, and it showed up in EW. So I was expe...moreI was so excited to read this book. I noticed that it showed up on goodreads, it was recommended me by a friend, and it showed up in EW. So I was expecting good things. I was not disappointed.
In this version of the future, the city is separated into 5 factions The story follows Beatrice as she joins a faction, tries to survive the initiation process, and discovers an insidious plot.
I really enjoyed this story. I liked Tris, I think she's a great character maybe not as good as Katniss but in the same vein. She's brave and complex. Four is pretty awesome I like his character he's well rounded and interesting..
I enjoyed the trials that they went through as initiates. I thought the story was interesting and fast paced. I liked the love story I just hope the author avoids the temptation of a love triangle in the future.
My only complaint was that it took a while to get to the intrigue. There should be a very small sap warning for some of the scenes. It was a great read!!! I can't wait to see where its going. I want to know what happens next where everyone ends up and there are still answers I want! (less)
People of the Book was a surprisingly good read. I thought that it sounded interesting but I had no clue that I would enjoy it as much as I did.
The s...morePeople of the Book was a surprisingly good read. I thought that it sounded interesting but I had no clue that I would enjoy it as much as I did.
The story follows an illustrated copy of a Haggadah throughout history. The author switches narratives focusing on Hannah, an Aussie book expert, and a series of others who have had something to do with the book. The journey takes the reader through this particular manuscripts dangerous past.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I like Hannah even though she was unsympathetic at times. I found myself wanting to know what was going on with her. But I still liked the parts that were spent with the Haggadah. Except for Venice. I wasn’t a big fan of the Venice chapter.
Nevertheless, I think this is a great read for anyone who enjoys history or really just a good story. (less)
Juliet is really two stories in one. First its the story of Julie Jones who has always been obsessed with Romeo and Juliet, and is sent to siena to fi...moreJuliet is really two stories in one. First its the story of Julie Jones who has always been obsessed with Romeo and Juliet, and is sent to siena to find the treasure that her mother has left for her. Through her journey she finds out that she is in fact Giulietta a descendant of the real Juliet, Shakespeare's juliet, which brings us to the next story. As we follow jule we also learn the "true" history of Gulietta and her romeo.
This book actually reminds me a lot of People of the Book. The two stories are told side by side and furthering the modern plot.
Although I thought the author's word choice was sometimes repetitive and at the end I was left questioning some holes, I still enjoyed this book. I liked the characters. I was interested in what happened to Julie, I LOVED allesandro. Janice is still not my favorite though. I loved the setting. I felt like the twisting streets and contradas of Siena were major characters in the story.
Overall this was a great fun read. If you have any interested in going to Italy, Romeo & Juliet, or just a good book you should pick up this book. Ignore the holes and the repetition and enjoy (less)
Judd Foxman is not having the best year. He caught his wife cheating on him with his boss and now his father has passed away and asked his family to s...moreJudd Foxman is not having the best year. He caught his wife cheating on him with his boss and now his father has passed away and asked his family to sit shiva. So for seven days he and his dysfunction and emotionally incapable family are bound to their childhood home.
Their story is heartfelt and crazy all at the same time. I could defiantly relate to this crazy family dynamic. I love Judd. I pulled for him. I wanted him to magically get it together. I love that he fell in love and lived little lives with every woman he met.
I have read a lot of YA lately and this book was return to adult literature. And what a return it was. The language is defiantly PG-13 and some of the content is far more R then anything I’ve read in awhile. However, it was a great story to get in the swing of adult fiction. The characters were complex. The story was intricate. The best part was it wasn’t wrapped up in a pretty little bow. There wasn’t sweeping music and a full house ending. Life just kind of goes on. Unfortunately, that was also the worst part. (less)
This book was a little shy of ok. It was very short which doesn’t automatically make it bad, but there was little substance to it. I still have huge q...moreThis book was a little shy of ok. It was very short which doesn’t automatically make it bad, but there was little substance to it. I still have huge questions, but I don’t know if I would be willing to read more(less)
I got a sample of this book on my Nook. It cuts out at page 12. By page 12 I wanted to read the rest of this story.
On the surface the story itself se...moreI got a sample of this book on my Nook. It cuts out at page 12. By page 12 I wanted to read the rest of this story.
On the surface the story itself seems a little lame. Two prisoners traipsing around Leningrad during WWII for a dozen eggs? I mean that’s strange! But really The City of Thieves is your classic buddy tale. The relationship that grows throughout the book is genuine and entertaining. Koyla is hilarious, outgoing, and just as insecure as everyone else. Lev is young, sweet, and looking for a way to make an impact.
I always think its interesting reading a book that’s set in WWII that isn’t from an American perspective. Even though this didn’t focus on the war on a large scale I found the small historical tidbits fascinating.
Over all I really enjoyed how the story was told. I loved the characters and even though I had figured out parts of the ending early it didn’t make the book any less satisfying. (less)
I’m sure I’m going to be unduly harsh on this book, but I thought it was just ok.
I’m sure its partly my fault. I like the story. I think the concept...moreI’m sure I’m going to be unduly harsh on this book, but I thought it was just ok.
I’m sure its partly my fault. I like the story. I think the concept of The Society is interesting, but I think I built it up way too much before I read it. I had read so many glowing reviews that I expected this to be my next Hunger Games. Unfortunately it wasn’t.
I could be extremely over the love triangle in YA. I don’t understand why authors are continuing to insist that a girl can only be happy if she has two guys vying for her attention. Besides that, the nice normal guy always gets screwed! I knew it less then 10 pages that poor Xander didn’t have a chance of ending up with the girl he wants. And if someone calls spoiler on that they obviously haven’t even read the back of the book or any YA in the past few years.
Next Grandfathers shouldn’t die! That should just be a rule! If the heroine has to fight a whole government and decide which of the two amazing guys (who both love her) she’s going to end up with she shouldn’t also have to deal with the death of her grandfather. Don’t believe me? Lose a grandfather, then we’ll talk.
Now all that being said, the story was decent if not predictable. I want to know how Cassia is going to bring down The Society, because come on you know she’s gonna. And I need to make sure that Xander doesn’t end up with Em. So yes I will read the next book to see how it goes. Maybe by then I won’t be so harsh on a book that really is decent. (less)
I don’t really know what to say about this book. To say I enjoyed it seems wrong. The subject matter was anything but light. However, it was well writ...moreI don’t really know what to say about this book. To say I enjoyed it seems wrong. The subject matter was anything but light. However, it was well written. I appreciated what the author had to say. But this is anything but a carefree read. I thought that the way that Little Bee saw the world was beautiful at times. Yet I didn’t really like Sarah. I thought some of her traits were admirable and others were, well, not. But I have always loved Batman! I thought it was a really good book. (less)
I don’t often read memoirs and this was my first in a very long time. I think that McCourt’s style is engaging, but it felt like he was telling the sa...moreI don’t often read memoirs and this was my first in a very long time. I think that McCourt’s style is engaging, but it felt like he was telling the same story over and over. He didn’t like teaching, he didn’t care about the kids’ problems, then there’s an open house and he talks to the parents. Even at the end where he gets into more of a groove of teaching I was still disinterested. I stuck it through to the end, but this was not one of my favorites. It was written well, but again it just wasn’t for me. (less)
Even MORE YA dystopia! And I got to say, I’m still not done with it. In this society, love is a disease that has to be eradicated. Boys and girls are...moreEven MORE YA dystopia! And I got to say, I’m still not done with it. In this society, love is a disease that has to be eradicated. Boys and girls are kept separate until the age of 18 when they undergo the procedure that will take away their ability to love.
Lena has always looked forward to the day of her procedure when all feelings of hurt and pain are erased. Then she meets Alex. He is from The Wilds. He has never had the procedure and he hates the rules the government. … and I’m pretty sure you know what happens.
I loved this book. It read so well. I liked the characters. I liked their development. I loved hearing the problems that the cure causes. That aspect is fascinating to me. The fact that sometimes parents kill their children because they don’t develop attachments to them is an insane detail. I would love to know more about that sort of stuff. I’m excited to see where this story goes. (less)
The Bird Sisters is the story of two sisters and how in one summer changed their whole lives. The story switches between time and narrator. Both siste...moreThe Bird Sisters is the story of two sisters and how in one summer changed their whole lives. The story switches between time and narrator. Both sisters, Milly and Twiss, take turns remembering the summer that their cousin Bett came to visit. At first, I found this really distracting. It was as if as soon as I got involved in one of the girls perspective it was switched. However, I got the hang of it and there was only one time jump at the end that truly confused me.
I really enjoyed both sisters. Milly in all of her proper pleasing ways and Twiss in her wild stubbornness. Nevertheless, I wanted to beat both of the senseless at different times. Milly who is willing to sit back and put everyone else first even if it will destroy her. Or Twiss who's contrary just for contrary sake.
I had kind of figured out how the story was going to go, but there were a couple of twists I didn't count on. I found the ending SO upsetting. I grew very fond of these characters and although its pretty clear how these women were going to end up I was still crushed that it turned out like it did.
Overall it was a very good story and a good read. (less)