Oh... sequel. Seriously, I have a theory that sequels have it the hardest. I mean Ashes came out in Sept. of 2011 and Shadows was published a year lat...moreOh... sequel. Seriously, I have a theory that sequels have it the hardest. I mean Ashes came out in Sept. of 2011 and Shadows was published a year later. Now there are probably a ton of people out there who would reread the first book, but I'll be honest, I'm not one of those people. My memory of Ashes was a little foggy when I picked up Shadows, but I did remember the nail-biter-ending and I was pumped to start reading. Man I should have reread the first book. Bick does give some glimpses of the first book, but gosh there was a lot going on in that book. So maybe that's why I dislike sequels. I forget everything from the first book! Overall Shadows was more gore then drama, but it did hold my attention, probably because every chapter ends with... a cliffhanger.
"What -" Peter was sick with horror. "What are you going to do with me?" "Isn't it obvious?" Finn said. Mather's eye dangled from his fingers by a bloody stalk of nerve. "Experiment."
Eeewww so gruesome!
Her mother had never let her watch movies or play computer games like that. What made people think that killing, even when it was pretend, was something you should do for fun? (less)
Comments to come. But I'll leave you with, wow, my adrenaline was pumping.
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I gotta admit, I am completely bias when it come...moreComments to come. But I'll leave you with, wow, my adrenaline was pumping.
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I gotta admit, I am completely bias when it comes to post-apocalyptic books. They're like candles. I love them all, some more than others, but they make a room warm and cozy and a little mysterious. If you're lucky their delicious scent will encapsulate an audience. Now, you're probably thinking, that is the strangest analogy I've ever heard. Well, I am strange, but I chose candles for a reason.
Have you ever thought about your sense of smell? No, really thought about it. When someone asks, what would you wish for if you could have a super power, would you ever say, kick-butt sense of smell? Probably not, but I guarantee after reading Ashes you'll think twice about your sense of smell.
Imagine being able to smell if someone is lying to you, or scared out of their wits, or having some other hormonal surge. Yes, you would be able to smell the unpleasant things like rotting flesh and the sort, but get over it. There are so many wonderful descriptions of how things or people smell in Ashes. Dark, like how shadows would smell, warm like apple pie, or a spice quality. Alex, girl with kick-ass smelling abilities and others, survive an electromagnetic pulse. Some people have interesting side effects as a result of said EMP and others, yep, kaput.
Would I recommend the book? You betcha. Will I read the sequel? Seriously? You had to ask? (less)
Black Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to like...moreBlack Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to like about this book. Tons of action paired with comical dialogue, little tidbits of science, and yes, even some of the characters. I thought for sure Durango was going to be the typical 'chief' self-obsessed and absorbed, or the opposite and perfect down to his machismo shoelaces. (I don't think the symbiarmor had shoelaces though.) But he wasn't. In fact, I thought he was a pretty lousy chief, and if not for Mimi he wouldn't be worth his salt. Vienne was the real tour de force and I just gobbled that up. I was a little disappointed with some of her choices towards the end though. I also enjoyed the ubber-psychotic queen. Please, somehow have an evil twin for book two!
There were a few flubs in the writing, but nothing detrimental. My one remaining question is why Black Hole Sun? Did I miss the black hole part?
It seems to be a popular trend of young adult novels, well, that and dysfunctional romances. I can hear the publisher...moreI’m kind of sick of cliffhangers…
It seems to be a popular trend of young adult novels, well, that and dysfunctional romances. I can hear the publisher rubbing his/her moisturized hands together and saying, “It’s sells, doesn’t it?”
Blood Red Road doesn’t really end as a cliffhanger but more of a view-from-the-top-of-the-hill-and-you-can-see-what-lies-ahead. “The End”.
The story is good, and it kept my attention, but several times I was jarred from the text saying, “Really? You had to go and write that?” For example, “Let’s get this party started!” Groan. You can sog through it because there’s a cleaver crow, crows are very intelligent, and lots of action. Then comes the anticipated romance, along with several forehead slaps as you read the idiotic things Saba says. And then, oh and then, you’re left with the craziest ending of all. You’re thinking this is a good crazy, but don’t get your hopes up. Not that kind of crazy. Stop reading now if you don’t want to hear about the ending.
I don’t understand what possible reason there is for Jack to go and hunt down this briefly mentioned ‘Molly’ when Ike could have gotten off his lazy bum and done it himself, then to fuel a quasi-suspenseful ending. Seriously! The sequel-tension was already built up with DeMalo and his mysterious, and slightly threatening, message to Saba, to write Jack off (hehe). You know what’s coming, right? Oh, yes. Jack will get captured and then Saba will have to go after him. Come on! There’s so much more going for this book than going that route. Okay, I just need to calm down.
Let’s hope there’s something better tucked up Young’s sleeve than a cheap, been there done that plot for book two.
Would I recommend this book? Yeah, dystopian is very “in” right now. Will I read the sequel? Undecided. (less)
Two Alaskan Native American sisters are thrown into the wild after their village is devastated by a plague of (I'm assuming) measles. I felt the story...moreTwo Alaskan Native American sisters are thrown into the wild after their village is devastated by a plague of (I'm assuming) measles. I felt the story was too short and underdeveloped to warrant any emotional investment. I did like the side story that began each chapter. It is an Alaskan folk tale about Raven and the mischief he causes. This was supposed to correlate to girls' story, but it felt forced. I'm curious if "The Trap", also by John Smelcer, is better since it was best book for young adults. This book may appeal to kids who liked "Hatchet". (less)
Clearly written with tons of great information. The pictures are spectacular. I'm amazed I've never heard of this strange parrot that weighs about 9 p...moreClearly written with tons of great information. The pictures are spectacular. I'm amazed I've never heard of this strange parrot that weighs about 9 pounds, smell like sweet honey and earth, and is flightless. There are less than 90 kakapo left in existence, but with the help of an extraordinary group of scientists and volunteers this native New Zealand bird may have a chance.(less)