Once upon a time..., or perhaps, there once was a... Isn't that how all great tales begin? The Night Gardener doesn't exactly start out with those wor...moreOnce upon a time..., or perhaps, there once was a... Isn't that how all great tales begin? The Night Gardener doesn't exactly start out with those words, but it still has all the elements of a great tale. Or maybe legend? I wonder what Hester would say. This is a great book for kiddos who love scary stories, but are ready for a little more bite. Think middle school to young adult. There are two particular scenes that I'd describe as gruesome, but not gory. The main characters are Irish and Auxier did an awesome job using an Irish dialect in his writing. Some younger readers may find is a bit difficult really "hearing" the accent. Definitely recommend this gem to anyone wanting a dark and twisted tale. (less)
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?
I found this book difficult to engage with. I know the narrator was supposed to be helpful, warning when the really gruesome parts were coming, but I...moreI found this book difficult to engage with. I know the narrator was supposed to be helpful, warning when the really gruesome parts were coming, but I just thought it was distracting. The narrator did offer some sage advice. (You'll just have to read for yourself). My other issue is the lack of depth the characters had. This is partly due to the writing style. Line after line of action, which I love action, but I also want to feel connected to the characters. Oh well. It was okay. I would suggest it to kids (4th-5th?), mostly for my own curiosity to see what they would think about it. (less)
**spoiler alert** I couldn't stand all the whining and monologues. I kept thinking Gabry would have a revelation from all her thinking, but just when...more**spoiler alert** I couldn't stand all the whining and monologues. I kept thinking Gabry would have a revelation from all her thinking, but just when I think she understands something she says or does something completely stupid. It was also fustrating that every boy Gabry falls in love with something bad happens to them. It was very draining.(less)
**spoiler alert** I HATE zombies! I gave the book 3 stars, because the zombies never stop, and nobody has an awesome power to totally decimate them. T...more**spoiler alert** I HATE zombies! I gave the book 3 stars, because the zombies never stop, and nobody has an awesome power to totally decimate them. There is a love story in there that will make you shed a tear, but the atmosphere is heavy and dark. If you can handle intense suspense with only gasps of hope, then you'll love it. There is a sequel or companion novel, I can't remember what it's called, but it's on my to-read shelf.
I think about Travis and Harry and this endless path and I realize that sometimes death comes before you expect it. That while we are rarely prepared for our friends, family and loved ones to die, we are never prepared for our own deaths. Never prepared to reconcile our own regrets. I storm down the path, tears blinding me. When I rejoin the others I go straight to Harry and hold out my arm, the Binding rope dingy and dangling. 'Cut it,' I tell him. 'With the ax.'
Also I really wanted Mary to just grow 'some' and stop taking everyone's crap! I couldn't tell if the brothers were really in love with her or just trying to get into her pants. There is the good and the bad in this book. OH and we never find out, atleast in this first book, how and why people are infected. (less)