Just as good as Pivot Point. I kind of love this book. This was the perfect mix of fun, humor, action, swoony romance, secrets and conspiracy- so basi...moreJust as good as Pivot Point. I kind of love this book. This was the perfect mix of fun, humor, action, swoony romance, secrets and conspiracy- so basically the perfect book for me. It is ridiculous how fun this series is and I'm not sure why more aren't reading it.(less)
4.5 stars and only because there were a couple things that didn't totally make sense to me and there were a few parts that lagged, but otherwise this...more4.5 stars and only because there were a couple things that didn't totally make sense to me and there were a few parts that lagged, but otherwise this was so so sooooooo good. No joke, this book gave me nightmares the first night I started it. I've always been a vivid dreamer and tend to have nightmares somewhat frequently, so reading this right before bed was probably not the best idea. And it didn't help that my two year old woke up screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night, which caused me to wake up in panic mode because I seriously thought the world was ending.
This was gritty and realistic without being too over the top. I've seen a lot of comparisons to Ender's Game, The Host, and The Hunger Games, and I think all of those are apt since there are similar themes in The 5th Wave. Cassie is fiercely devoted to her brother like Katniss is to Prim; there are child soldiers being trained to kill and strategize like Ender; and the aliens are quite similar to Meyer's beings that inhabit humans. But while there are similarities, The 5th Wave definitely stands on it's own though. I tend to not like alien books because they can be a bit far-fetched and not completely believable (or even humorous) but what I liked about this book was how it focused on the fear of what conquering advanced lifeforms could do to our world and the affects on our humanity. This was definitely more of a psychological thriller than I was expecting. You don't know who to trust or what to believe and are constantly in fear of what is coming next. It was easy to be right with the characters and feel what they're feeling and fear what they fear.
I loved Cassie- especially her early chapters when she's writing in her journal and struggling with her fears and trying to make some kind of sense of the world she lives in now- but I didn't really get into "Zombie" and thought a lot of those parts were a bit slow. I loved Evan (view spoiler)[even though the big "surprise" revolving around him isn't a shocker at all. You see it coming from a mile away. (hide spoiler)], and Cassie's interactions with him. It provided some nice spots of humor in the book and Cassie's sarcastic sense of humor had me loving her even more.
There were some parts that moved a little slow for me but the end is definitely action heavy and left me wanting more right now. I can't wait to see where Cassie goes from here and what "the others" are going to throw at her next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
"In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys."
I think I'm a little in love with the raven boys too.
After reading The Raven Boys back in February, The Dream Thieves was probably my most anticipated book for this year and boy, did it surpass all my hopes and dreams. It was a book that I wanted to savor and take my time with because I never wanted it to end. Part of me was begging to race through it because man, can Maggie Stiefvater tell a story, but I somehow restrained myself to make every second and every word last.
I loved every page of this book. Ronan intrigued me in The Raven Boys- how could he not with all his secrets and sharp edges and then that final revelation at the end? So I was eager to see what we would learn about the prickliest raven boy in this book and boy, do we learn a lot. I loved seeing what made Ronan who he is today and how it's important to their quest. I like seeing his "softer" side too (as much as Ronan can have one anyways). Knowing he's got a heart underneath all his armour was endearing.
And can I take just a moment to talk about Gansey and Blue... their moments together were few but they were brilliant, and some of favorite scenes in the entire book belong to them. I'm not sure how Maggie Stiefvater is able to pack so much punch into such quiet moments but I felt every bit of it. And when Gansey says "And now we never speak of it again.", my heart burst and broke at the same time. Those two... *sigh*
There was just so much that I loved about this book. When I finished it, I immediately wanted to start it over again and relive every bit of it because the writing was so beautiful and haunting and atmospheric. The Dream Thieves is easily one of my favorite reads this year.
I have no words for how much I loved this book even though it destroyed me. It managed to utterly break my heart and warm it, sometimes at the same ti...moreI have no words for how much I loved this book even though it destroyed me. It managed to utterly break my heart and warm it, sometimes at the same time. The topic is one that I'm emotionally sensitive to (view spoiler)[because euthanasia is still suicide in my opinion (hide spoiler)] and I was reading the last few chapters with tears in my eyes the whole time. And when I finished, I had to take several minutes to compose myself and clean up my face. This will easily be one of my favorite books read this year and I'm so glad I had seen numerous blog reviews about this book that inspired me to add this to the top of my to-read list. I would highly recommend it.(less)
World After was just as strong as Angelfall, in my opinion, but for different reasons. Penryn is still just as scrappy and gutsy as usual but I lik...more4.5
World After was just as strong as Angelfall, in my opinion, but for different reasons. Penryn is still just as scrappy and gutsy as usual but I liked seeing her on her own for the majority of this book. It proved what a capable, fast-thinking, loyal and strong character she is. And it made for maybe the best reunion scene I've ever read. Man, I loved that part. Penryn's mom is still a main part of the novel too but now I'm beginning to think there's some method to her madness and I can't wait until we get all of her story. Penryn is once again searching for her sister, Paige, but this time there's a little bit of emotional hesitation. Paige has changed so much and Penryn has to come to terms with that change because Paige really is a little bit scary.
World After is also a more violent, horrific novel as well. If I thought the world was cruel and gritty in Angelfall, it's even more ramped up in World After. I'm not usually a big fan of gore and violence but it's done in the right way in this book. Nothing is gratuitous or over-detailed but it set the mood and scene fitting for this world that has completely fallen apart since the angels came and destroyed society. I was horrified at what the angels and humans are doing and then I was grinning with satisfaction when Penryn is going all awesome with her newly named angelsword, Pooky Bear. The mix of horror and humor in this book balanced nicely and really worked for me. I'm quite impressed that through it all I was able to laugh and smile so much. Especially when our duo is finally reunited and we get the Penryn-Raffe from the first book back.
I am beyond excited for the third book now. With all that we know now and with that final scene in the book, I will be waiting on tenterhooks for the next book. What will happen? How will things be resolved? Can there be a happy ending? The wait just may kill me.(less)
2013 update: I re-read this one when I was going through my now rarely used Kindle purchases and I remembered just how much I loved it the first time...more2013 update: I re-read this one when I was going through my now rarely used Kindle purchases and I remembered just how much I loved it the first time I read it. I'm glad to say it still held up just as well the second time around. I'm dying for the next book and I'm hoping that some info about it will be released soon. I can't stand the waiting!
Finally. It's been so long since a book has knocked my socks off but Angelfall did it. I loved it so much that when I finished it, I started it all over again. It was that good. The past couple of weeks it seemed like everyone was reading this and it was getting awesome reviews, so I decided to join the bandwagon and read it for myself to see what all the hype was about. And the fact that it was only 99 cents for the Kindle made it even more appealing. Best dollar I've ever spent on Amazon.
I immediately loved the idea of angels with sinister intents. Forget all the "fallen" angel books that are all over the place these days. The angels in Angelfall are the real deal. It managed to be creepy and disturbing (especially the second half) without being too dark. And for once, the romance isn't the main focus of the story with the threat being a convenient excuse for the two love interests to get together and profess their love for each other. There's just a hint of romance in Angelfall, which was perfect.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series.(less)
I have a soft spot for The Iliad and its heroes. This was the book that, when assigned to read it for a Humanities class my sophomore year of college,...moreI have a soft spot for The Iliad and its heroes. This was the book that, when assigned to read it for a Humanities class my sophomore year of college, made me fall in love with learning again (my freshman year wasn't so great for learning) and with the classics. I even went on to take a Greek/Roman mythology class because i couldn't get enough of them. So maybe it's no surprise that I lovedThe Song of Achilles. It's certainly a different perspective of Achilles but the story and the writing were so beautiful that I fell hard for this book. We get to see Achilles' softer side and then the transition to the prideful, raging warrior. All of the characters really come to life and I especially loved Odysseus. Some people might be turned off from reading this since it's basically a love story between Patroclus and Achilles but I would still highly recommend it. I wish all the books I read could be this fantastic and amazing.(less)
I don't know if I can explain how much I loved this book...but it was so so so good. This was a rare one for me because reading it was such an experie...moreI don't know if I can explain how much I loved this book...but it was so so so good. This was a rare one for me because reading it was such an experience. It was magical (pun intended- ha!) and so incredibly imaginative, and I was easily sucked into the world that the author created with all the smells and tastes and colors (or lack of them at times) and of course all the "illusions". How I wish that Le Cirque des Rêves was real.(less)
I've had this book sitting around for a while and I'm kicking myself for taking so long to read it because I loved it! I've liked everything I've been...moreI've had this book sitting around for a while and I'm kicking myself for taking so long to read it because I loved it! I've liked everything I've been reading lately, but there hasn't been anything that has lit a fire in me- until now that is. I can see where the comparisons to The Hunger Games came from but Divergent is different enough that it stands on its own. Tris is the kind of character I love- she's loyal, good-hearted yet flawed in realistic, relatable ways. Some of my favorite scenes in the book were when her desire for revenge/cruelty/rage are battling against her first instinct to be selfless or accommodating. It really made her a believable character and also a heroine I was rooting for. And Four has got to be one of my all-time favorite love interests ever. Oh man, I loved him. As you get to understand his past and see him open up to Tris, its impossible to not fall for him too. And there are some great bad guys in Divergent as well- the kind that are so easy to hate and I was so glad to see them get what was coming to them. Really, this was an easy 5 stars for me. And now I am dying for the next book in the series! (less)
I decided to try something new and listened to the audio book of Maisie Dobbs, which is a bit unusual for me since I've had zero luck with audio books...moreI decided to try something new and listened to the audio book of Maisie Dobbs, which is a bit unusual for me since I've had zero luck with audio books and had sworn them off. But I recently had a big project to do that was going to greatly decrease my time allotted for reading and the thought of not being able to read was a bit depressing, so I figured I'd give audio books another shot. So, to my library's digital download site I went and stumbled upon this book that I had remembered being interested in. This project turned out to be the perfect occasion for it too. It required enough of my attention that I wouldn't be able to watch a movie or catch up on my DVR shows, but was mindless enough that I could still concentrate on Maisie and the mystery behind Vincent. And I ended up LOVING this book. There was something about Maisie that drew me in immediately. Her keen ability to read people and also empathize with them, her quiet intelligence, and her hidden sorrow made me want to know everything about her. And luckily we get to do that through her flashbacks and her recountings of her time as a nurse during The Great War. I haven't read many novels centering around WWI but I felt that Maisie Dobbs did a fantastic job bringling that time period to life. WWII often eclipses this other terrible part of our history and Maisie's experiences of the war and the aftermath were more moving and affecting than I expecting it to be.
It may have been the narrator that brought this book to life for me, so I'm not sure what my experience would have been if I had read a hard copy but I'm so glad I listened to this. The narrator did such a fantastic job (although her voices for the men did make me laugh a little) and her English accent made it more authentic for me. Maisie was so real and as we uncover what happened to her my heart was breaking. This was such a sophisticated historical fiction with a great mystery. I particularly liked how Maisie's past and present tied together with the mystery and how everything was loosely connected. It was so very smart and played on my emotions even more because of it. There was a time when I felt like the story stalled as we jump from Maisie's present day as she's unraveling the mystery with Vincent, to her as a young child who just lost her mother. It was hard going from the interesting puzzle of the scarred war veterans to the much slower story line of Maisie's past, and it almost felt like the story took two steps backwards. But luckily it gets much better quickly and you get to understand Maisie so much better. Especially with the introduction of Simon.
Really, everything about this book was amazing. And that last chapter when we finally get to see what exactly happened to Maisie during the war just about broke my heart. I sat there listening to it with tears in my eyes and holding my breath in suspense. I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was still in for a surprise. I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved. I think Maisie's mentor, Maurice Blanche, put it best when he said "The extraordinary hides behind the camouflage of the ordinary." Because while this books looks and sounds like nothing special, it was something extraordinary for me.(less)
Definitely my favorite of the series so far! These books just keep getting better and better. Magic Bleeds has it all- drama and suspense, awesome fig...moreDefinitely my favorite of the series so far! These books just keep getting better and better. Magic Bleeds has it all- drama and suspense, awesome fight scenes, wit, romance, humor (the attack poodle!) and an amazing set of characters that I've grown to love. I love Kate. I love Curran. I love Kate and Curran together. They are one of my fave duos and they compliment each other in a perfect, crazy way. And Kate is just pure awesome. I love that she's had a bizarre childhood, that she's socially awkward sometimes, that she's so snarky and sarcastic even when she's shaking in her boots, and that she's loyal to a T. This time around, Atlanta's newest threat is a doozy and of course Kate is in the middle of it all. When things get personal, her first instinct is to protect those she loves and her friends.- even if it means she could likely die in the process. Friendship and love are new to Kate but she's not going to give it up just to save her own skin.
So excited for Magic Slays because you know a big showdown is coming, and I can't wait to see how Kate and Curran save the day. If it's anything like Magic Bleeds, it's going to be epic!(less)
I now know why this book is a classic and I absolutely loved it. It started off a bit slow but once the new Mrs. de Winter and Maxim arrive at Manderl...moreI now know why this book is a classic and I absolutely loved it. It started off a bit slow but once the new Mrs. de Winter and Maxim arrive at Manderley, things really started to take off for me. I'm so glad that this was picked for my book club because it forced me to keep reading when I may have given up. In fact, I attempted to read this about a year ago and gave up after a few chapters; I had no idea what I was missing out on.
What bothered me at first- all the long descriptions and wordy paragraphs- became something I am now glad for. The writing really made Manderley come alive in my mind. The woods surrounding the house, Rebecca's room, the morning room, the cottage on the beach, etc... felt so real and took on a life of their own. The settings were hugely important to the story and once I could see that, the writing style became enjoyable and I looked forward to seeing how it was going to be described.
The nameless narrator was something else that bothered me in the beginning with her incredible lack of self-esteem or backbone, and her relationship with Maxim seemed so wrong at first. The characters seemed so aloof to me and I couldn't read them very well. I never knew for sure what they were really thinking or feeling, or if what Mrs. de Winter was imagining was actually reality. And it bothered me. But once again, as the story unfolded, I could see just how masterful the author was to be able to keep me from guessing where the story was going. As the mystery unfolded, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
I'm so glad that I stuck with this book because it's now one of my favorites. Daphne du Maurier is a freaking genius!(less)
I love this series! This was the perfect read while I am recuperating from surgery and I loved every minute of it. The action starts from the very beg...moreI love this series! This was the perfect read while I am recuperating from surgery and I loved every minute of it. The action starts from the very beginning and doesn't stop until the end. Now I am craving the next book in the series, The Iron Knight! (less)
Really loved this one and so glad that it takes place just shortly after The Last Olympian. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many familiar charact...moreReally loved this one and so glad that it takes place just shortly after The Last Olympian. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many familiar characters but was really happy how this book developed things more.(less)
I was so excited when I got an ARC of Night Road because I loved Firefly Lane and have been wanting to read another of Kristin Hannah's books for some...moreI was so excited when I got an ARC of Night Road because I loved Firefly Lane and have been wanting to read another of Kristin Hannah's books for some time. Night Road completely blew me away. I loved all the different layers of the book- it's a story about friendship, about family, love, and about the power of forgiveness. Lexi and Jude's story (told from their points of view alternately) evolved through the book and I really enjoyed getting both perspectives. It was an incredibly moving book too; I was flat out crying during multiple points throughout the book. I absolutely loved Night Road and would highly recommend it.(less)
This was a re-read (again) as I need to refresh my memory before I begin Flame of Sevenwaters and I think I love Liadan and Bran more each time I come...moreThis was a re-read (again) as I need to refresh my memory before I begin Flame of Sevenwaters and I think I love Liadan and Bran more each time I come back to their story.(less)
Silent on the Moor is the most twisted of the three Lady Julia books but definitely the most interesting in my opinion. I loved how this time the myst...moreSilent on the Moor is the most twisted of the three Lady Julia books but definitely the most interesting in my opinion. I loved how this time the mystery surrounding the inhabitants of Grimsgrave directly involves Brisbane, and because of that we get to learn more about his past. Despite the creepiness of Grimsgrave, Julia rises to the occasion and this time Brisbane really needs her. I love that they drive each other crazy, how they are each others match for stubbornness and wit, and I love how perfect the end was. Easily one of my favorite series.(less)
I liked this book even better than the first in the series, which I didn't think would be possible. I love that Julia seems to feel much more comforta...moreI liked this book even better than the first in the series, which I didn't think would be possible. I love that Julia seems to feel much more comfortable in her own skin and asserts herself with more confidence, even though she sometimes bundles things up still. And the tension between Julia and Brisbane is just so perfect that I can't stand the wait until I get my hands on the third book to see what lies ahead for them.(less)
I found this book in a box in my basement while looking for something else entirely but ended up taking this back upstairs and re-reading it. Stil...more2014
I found this book in a box in my basement while looking for something else entirely but ended up taking this back upstairs and re-reading it. Still loved it and after 4 years, I had forgotten quite a few things so it was fun to reacquaint myself with the story. Now I want to read all of this series again!
This was an impulse pick from the library. I randomly picked it off the shelf, liked the cover and thought it sounded interesting enough to take home with me, so I was more than pleased to have enjoyed it as much as I did. The mystery was just the kind I like- lost of twists and turns, clues that raise more questions, clues the mislead, and dynamic characters who fit them all together without being raunchy or vulgar. The mystery of Edward's murder is compelling on it's own but there was also plenty of mystery in other places surrounding Julia and Edward's marriage/relationship, the intriguing Nicholas Brisbane, and the brother who is obviously hiding something. All of the different facets of the story come together beautifully and make for one interesting novel that kept me guessing until the end. The characters are fantastic and I loved the quirky March family, especially when they rallied around Julia during her difficult time. They are the kind of characters you enjoy reading about. And the ending is so great, I can't wait to read the next book.(less)
Even from the first page, I knew this was going to be an amazing book. And I was not disappointed. It is all at once beautiful, haunting, heart-wrench...moreEven from the first page, I knew this was going to be an amazing book. And I was not disappointed. It is all at once beautiful, haunting, heart-wrenching and sweet. I loved it.
Re-Read in 2013: While making my way through all the Sevenwaters books in preparation to read Flame of Sevenwaters, I actually saved this one for last, even though it's the first in the series, simply because it's my favorite and I love it so much. And after reading all the others and comparing it to this one, Daughter of the Forest still blows them all away (although Son of the Shadows is amazing as well and a strong contender for that top spot). After three readings of this book, it still hasn't gotten old. I love the ending and it always makes me want to start all over again to recapture the magic of this book.(less)
I absolutely loved this book! There are other people who have already reviewed who have done a much better job than I ever could, but I will say that...moreI absolutely loved this book! There are other people who have already reviewed who have done a much better job than I ever could, but I will say that this was one of the best books I've read this year. I would highly recommend this to anyone.(less)
I can't say enough good things about this book or it's predecessor The Hunger Games. I love the world that Suzanne Collins created and it's just so be...moreI can't say enough good things about this book or it's predecessor The Hunger Games. I love the world that Suzanne Collins created and it's just so believable that I got caught up in the book right from the beginning. The characters are amazing, although at times there are so many to remember and it was a little hard to keep straight. There was a twist I didn't see coming at all and throughout the book I was on the edge of my seat. This was just as good as the first and I cannot wait for the next one!(less)
I actually won this book from the GoodReads First Read giveaways and just received it yesterday! I'm so excited to start!
I LOVED this boo...moreI actually won this book from the GoodReads First Read giveaways and just received it yesterday! I'm so excited to start!
I LOVED this book. From the very page, I was sucked in and couldn't put it down. It's clever, different, witty and even has a bit of a love twist. It has a 1984 feel to it but not nearly as depressing. Definitely the best thing I've read this year so far!(less)
"About accursed books, about the man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a novel so that he could burn it, about a betrayal and a lost friendship. It's a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind."
It's been a few years since I first read The Shadow of the Wind back in 2009 but it still remains one of my favorites and stands just as strong through a second reading. Picking this up again took me back to when I first discovered this book, when I was trapped inside for weeks because of snow and bitter cold, living in a new town where I knew maybe 5 people. I had ordered a handful of books from Amazon to keep me from going insane and The Shadow of the Wind was the first I read and the one that stood out the most (although Kafka on the Shore was also a winner from that horrible winter).
Even though I've read this before, I was still caught up in the mystery of Julian Carax with all it's twists and turns and circling back on itself. There were things that stood out differently to me this time around but what didn't change was how much I love the writing. Zafón is able to make me feel like I was there walking the misty streets of Barcelona with Daniel and Fermín.
It's strange because as much as I love this book I'm always a little hesitant to recommend The Shadow of the Wind to other people because I'm not sure my heart could take it if they didn't love it as much as I do. So if you read it and don't love it, don't tell me. But I think it's worth the chance though. Read it.(less)
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. There were some parts that were a little slow and I tended to skip paragraphs because I couldn't...moreI enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. There were some parts that were a little slow and I tended to skip paragraphs because I couldn't take 3 pages describing her plantation, Tara. But I really loved the story and the characters are so unbelievably developed. So good and I would highly recommend this book.(less)