I thought this book was amazing... thought provoking, and disturbing.
I read this book for my book-club, unfortunately I was unable to finish readingI thought this book was amazing... thought provoking, and disturbing.
I read this book for my book-club, unfortunately I was unable to finish reading it by the time we meet. I learned what the main premise was from our meeting. I was only about 45 pages into it by that night, so the next day I went back to page one. I think having the knowledge of cloning from the beginning changed my reading of the characters, the subject matter, and the story overall. I can't help but wonder, if the author had revealed that aspect of the story much earlier in the book would reader's reactions be different? I think possibly.
I think there are so many levels and depth to Kathy's story. I really enjoyed her narrative. It was childish and mechanical, but given her circumstances I can see why she would sound that way.
It's hard to write everything I'm feeling and thinking, because one thought leads to the next, and then jumps to another and back again. The whole question of whether clones have souls or not boggles my mind. Actually, my head hurts with all the things running around in there.
Do they have souls... well, who knows. It is just a book after all. I can believe they do or not. The thing is by starting the story from when Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are children and walking through their lives like that... knowing they love, are jealous, get angry, and have all the other feelings and reactions "humans" do. I can't help but think yes they do have a soul.
There is that underlining question, that they were taught to feel and react that way, but aren't we all. It's just a matter of perspective.
Anyway, I thought this was a fascinating topic. This story will stay with me for a very long time, and like my friend Kerry wrote, because this book will stay with her, she gave it five stars. That is my reasoning too.
I also cried like a big baby at the end and had a very ghoulish dream. I was very off kilter this morning because of it.
I would say I'm an easy person to please. It usually does not take a lot for me to fall in love with a book and the cast of characters. With that beinI would say I'm an easy person to please. It usually does not take a lot for me to fall in love with a book and the cast of characters. With that being said, I have in the past though, unfairly rated some books and raved about others that were less than perfect. Well, some would say they were awful or cheesy books, but I found something to love about them.
Anyway, I loved the first book in the Chicagoland vampire series. Merit is a fantastic lead character. I really enjoyed the whole cast and the chemistry between them all. Mallory was an awesome sidekick.
My problem with this second book was my problem with other series in the past. I'm a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but Chloe Neill like Charlaine Harris, repeated themselves a lot. Too much in fact. I understand that a certain amount of recap has to take place to catch the reader up on what may have taken place from the last book, but there comes a point when there is more recapping than new material. I'm just saying.
Plus, while Neill does have a more advanced vocabulary it fell short in other areas though. Some of the simple description in character movements was repeated over and over again. To the point where I was like, okay, so Merit has bangs and Ethan can't keep from playing with his hair and so on. It was these things that were so prevalent throughout the book that it took away from my really loving this second book. Some of the excitement from the first book fell away.
Putting my little annoyances to the side, I have a feeling they may be short lived. I like the story and characters more than on an average level that I wont care if gestures and what not are repeated. Looking forward to starting book three.
On a side note, why oh why, do the girls always fall for the boy that is probably all wrong for them or that will only hurt them... I know it wouldn't make for very good drama, if things were all wrapped up in a nice little bow; but still, drive me crazy much, will you.... ...more
I'm relieved that at last I have read this book. Just so I can take it off my "to-reads" list.
I heard someone rave about it last year, maybe even lonI'm relieved that at last I have read this book. Just so I can take it off my "to-reads" list.
I heard someone rave about it last year, maybe even longer than that. Anyway, I recommended it to the girls in my book club. They enjoyed it, but I keep putting it off. Now, with the release of the movie I was compelled once more to start it.
I'm not quiet sure how I feel about this book. Do you ever feel that way, neither happy or sad? Neither liking or disliking a book?
I'm a huge animal lover and it was hard for me to read the abusive parts towards the animals, especially Rosie. Those moments evoked the most emotion out of me. The human characters didn't grab my attention or sympathies quite as much.
Maybe that was Sara Gruen's objective. I drew great pleasure from the fact it was Rosie who enacted the finally blow to August. Talk about poetic justice. We all know there have been and still are cruel people in the world and August and Uncle Al represented that dark side perfectly.
Marlena and Jacob's relationship was melodramatic at best and well, lets just say I wasn't swipe off my feet quite like Marlena was.
I feel very unburned to have this book finally behind me. I think that was partly my fault. I don't appreciate a book nearly as much if I'm not in the mood to read it, and since my friends wanted to go see the movie and I prefer to have the book read before hand, well here's the result I guess. I'm glad it was a fast pace read.
I did really enjoy the history aspect surrounding the circus though, and the state of America during the early part of the 1930's. I was also interested in the circus life of those who works so hard to put a show on. I couldn't imagine what it must have been like to live in those conditions night after night. Nevertheless, there is also something intriguing about it too. ...more
I loved this book. It was humorous and gory in all the right places. The writing was intelligent and thoughtful.
R was a sympathetic character and forI loved this book. It was humorous and gory in all the right places. The writing was intelligent and thoughtful.
R was a sympathetic character and for a zombie he was adorable. I can't help myself, but I smile when I think of him and his story. For goodness sakes, I never would have thought I would feel this way about a zombie. But why not, I love vampires and they're dead too. Maybe more attractive in that state, but still dead...
I really liked the message and the insinuations regarding the direction our world is taking. I believe that zombies are imaginary, in the sense of the dead coming back to life, but we can be zombies in a symbolical way. Dead to caring about anything other than ourselves. Hell bent on destroying anything we touch. Not all of us are like that, but some.
I'm not sure where that little diatribe came from.
Throughout this whole series, I have had a love/hate relationship with Bianca. In this one, the last one, I just feel indifferent. I was surprised itThroughout this whole series, I have had a love/hate relationship with Bianca. In this one, the last one, I just feel indifferent. I was surprised it took me so long to finally read it. I thought I would be more intrigued to know at last how her and Lucas's story would end.
I feel let down.
***This section contains spoiler***
At the end of "Hourglass," we were left with this huge cliffhanger. Lucas was turned into a vampire. I was excited about that turn of events. So, I looked forward to seeing how that situation would concluded. I guess, I didn't expect it to be so short lived. It seemed like a cop out that he was turned back into a human.
The whole book just seemed like one long anticlimactic scene. I'm kind of glad its over, now I can move on... ...more
Oh... no! I didn't know there is only going to be one more book. Boo.
Even though, I don't always like Charlaine Harris' writing (She repeats informatOh... no! I didn't know there is only going to be one more book. Boo.
Even though, I don't always like Charlaine Harris' writing (She repeats information way too much. It really drives me crazy), I really enjoyed this new adventure into Sookie's world. A lot of questions got answered for me, like how Sookie received the ability to read minds and stuff about her family, well her fairy family.
It does seem as if Eric is going to be out of the picture. I think the decision is up to him or, Sookie could use that cool little wish box to change the out come of her life. The possibilities are endless to how this series will conclude, especially when it seemed as if Bill and Sam were back in the picture as would be love interest. In a major way I think. They were never too far away to begin with. Always in the periphery.
I'm very interested to find out what is going on with Dermont and Claude. Something is up there. It was an obvious subplot of mischief in the making. I can't wait to find out, because it looks like they're setting up for a fight, or a storming of fairyland.
Anyway, I've loved Eric from the beginning. But, he has always looked out for his interest. I just hope being with Sookie is one of them. I would have to admit I'm coming around to liking Sam and Bill more. That scene with Bill under the house, that got me to smile and laugh a little. I hate to write it, but it was cute.
Can't wait for the next one. Even if it is the last.
I would have given this book four stars, but I didn't really care for Celia in the beginning, and that clouded my judgment for half the book. She wasI would have given this book four stars, but I didn't really care for Celia in the beginning, and that clouded my judgment for half the book. She was a sniveling brat with major parental issues.
There were strong life lessons throughout the writing. I appreciated them. I guess I was just expecting something a little more comic-bookish (if that makes any sense). Arthur Mentis' character made up for most of what I didn't care for.
Anyhow, I thought the story got better towards the middle-end. Worth the read though. ...more
Awesome!... I loved everything about this book. It was creepy and dark. A great combination. I was kind of surprised, when I found myself not sleepingAwesome!... I loved everything about this book. It was creepy and dark. A great combination. I was kind of surprised, when I found myself not sleeping well Saturday night after reading a few chapters. I didn't think a YA book would spook me so much. It could be that I don't read many horror type books.
Anyway, this book reminded me a lot of the CW t.v. show "Supernatural." Cas' character was a mixture of Sam and Dean. He had Dean's hard edge and Sam's vulnerability (especially when it came to Anna, you'll see what I mean). I liked getting into his head. He had a great narrator's voice.
The way this book ended, well, it has to be a series. One that I can get excited about and look forward to the next. I just hope that Kendare Blake makes the next book even more creepy. I would love to have my pants scared off...
******Caution: below this line there will be spoilers*****
Okay, I have to get something off my chest so to speak. I couldn't help feeling a little disturbed that Cas fell in love with Anna and they kissed. A few times. I mean, she's a powerful-murdering-ghost. Is it me or isn't that just weird? Plus, isn't it even more perplexing that I ended up being a little happy about it? What does that say about me? I must be creepy too...
I hope Anna didn't really perish into the pit at her house. I'm thinking that wasn't the end for her. I hope not at least. Maybe she'll turn into a real girl again. HA!
I can't help but smile that the bullies in this book got ripped to shreds. Literally. Talk about bad karma. It doesn't pay to be a jerk in Blake's world. I think that all kids or adults that get bullied should turn to writing. That way, they can disembowel all those people who taunted them in school or where ever.
Well, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narrWell, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narrating. Both sisters shared memories from the summer that changed their lives. It wasn't just a one sided story.
One of the other elements I really liked about Rebecca Rasmussen's writing was all the emotions she pulled out of me. I had a strong reaction to some of the characters (mainly Milly) and the plot. I'll explain more below, because there will be spoilers.
There were two situations that worked on my feels most from this book and that was what happened between Bett and Milly and Twiss' dad. I really didn't see that coming. I even had to go back through and reread some passages, because I felt like I over looked some things. Like, I didn't see the signs. Honestly, I thought that there was going to be a scenario between Bett and Asa (well, there was in a different way). I keep waiting for that to happen. That's why I was taken so off guard when it was their dad.
The other thing that took me for a loop and made me so mad, was Milly giving up Asa and handing her over to Bett. I was like, "Come on. This can't really be happening. Not after everything." Well, it did happen. I thought Milly's saint like qualities were taken too far. Nevertheless, it probably wouldn't have been as good a book, if it had ended the way I wanted. Happy ever afters don't always sell a book. Sadness does.
Speaking of sad. I felt sorry that the two sisters spent their lives together, but alone. I know it's perfectly okay to not get married. Being married doesn't always bring the ultimate happiness. But, neither sister got what they wanted: Milly a family and Twiss an advantageous life traveling.
I kept asking myself which sister am I? Am I Milly the self-sacrificing saint or Twiss the selfish adventurer. Martyrdom doesn't look good on me. I'm the selfish type, because I would have taken Asa's hand and run away...
I didn't know who to feel sorry for the most in this book. I ended up not feeling sorry for anyone. They each made their choices. The only character that got her way was Bett.
My first impression, I thought this book read like a teen-wolf-soap-opera. Towards the end though, I lightened upWhere to start with this one. Hum...
My first impression, I thought this book read like a teen-wolf-soap-opera. Towards the end though, I lightened up and started to enjoy the book more. Love-triangles bluh, but I had to appreciate the one between Calla,Shay, and Ren. I think mainly, because I can't get too upset about Calla falling for Shay. Calla never started out loving Ren. She had a duty and a prearranged attachment to him. Calla and Ren had physical chemistry, where Calla and Shay had, well I guess I can say the freedom to choose.
Even though, Calla loved Shay for representing what she wasn't suppose to have, I don't think a life with Ren seemed so awful. Even if you didn't get to actually choose for yourself. We don't always choose what is best anyways. Plus, Ren... I mean come on. He was a sexy Alpha wolf. There was that tiny complication that he got to screw around, while Calla had to be the innocent flower. That wouldn't have been any fun. He did seem to really want to be committed to Calla after the union. That scene at the end, that broke my heart. Poor Ren.
I liked this book enough to want to follow what will happen next. I can't wait actually. Luckily, I don't have to wait too long.
***This after thought contains a spoiler***
I almost forgot. One of the things that annoyed me the most about this book was the part when Shay was turned into a werewolf. It wasn't so much that he was turned, because I pretty much new that was coming. It was the way it happened. I thought of all the things that needed to have a punch, it was that. I can't believe I'm writing this, but a bit more drama would have been nice. That whole scene seemed so blase. I was like, "I'm a werewolf now. No big." That's probably just me. ...more
I think I might have waited too long to write this review. I liked the character dynamics in this book. Emerson was sassy, but with a certain amount oI think I might have waited too long to write this review. I liked the character dynamics in this book. Emerson was sassy, but with a certain amount of vulnerability. She was very likable, so was Michael and Kaleb.
***Some Spoilers: be warned***
What started out as a ghost story, turned out to be Emerson's ability to travel to the past. I liked the idea of time travel versus seeing ghost. I also loved what seemed to be an element of the X-Men type resemblance going on with this book. I look forward to maybe other new characters popping up or some of the secondary characters from this book becoming more of a factor. Hopefully, Myra McEntire wont just focus on a love-triangle. Please don't...
I really liked Kaleb of course. You'll see why. He'll be the brooding trying to be the bad boy, but not quite making the cut yet.
The question that keeps floating around in my head is whether Emerson will end up with Kaleb or Michael. The reason I'm stumped is because of her traveling from the future, the future in which she was happy with Kaleb, and the same one supposedly Michael had died in. Or, we were lead to believe that. It's just that one insinuation that keeps me wondering. Of course, all love triangles are about figuring out who will end up with who, right? There's usually a front runner.