I think I actually enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed Divergent. I feel like there was a lot more action, a lot more thought behind the plot line an...moreI think I actually enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed Divergent. I feel like there was a lot more action, a lot more thought behind the plot line and Tris was a lot more sure of herself.
I will admit that the back and forth "Do you trust me?" between her and Tobias got a little tedious, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't ignore it. Also, I was kind of over her extreme guilt by the end of the book. Tris did a lot of wrong, and this was no different, but we heard about it SO OFTEN.
However, there was a lot of action, and a lot of mystery. You never quite knew what was going to happen next (unless it involved Tris sacrificing herself. Then it was an almost guaranteed situation.)
It was a good second installment to the series. I'm debating going onto the third (mainly because I know the Big Spoiler and I'm not sure if I want to read it, but I guess I will.)(less)
I am always in the mood for a good retelling. And let's face, Gregory MacGuire is really the only one who has taken on the Wizard of Oz stories. So I...moreI am always in the mood for a good retelling. And let's face, Gregory MacGuire is really the only one who has taken on the Wizard of Oz stories. So I was really excited to read Paige's take on the whole thing.
The book takes place post- Wizard of Oz book (and movie). Dorothy came back to Oz and came into power, essentially destroying Oz. Amy is our main character and has to go kill her. But now, Good is Wicked and Wicked is good, and no one is safe.
I really like how Paige incorporates the characters. She twists them and they become evil but in a way that you can almost see how they got like that. I will give you that Amy is your typical super girl prodigy who manages to figures things out and become awesome in lightening fast time, but it isn't so ridiculous that it isn't believable.
I was a little annoyed that there was no conclusion, but I think it's going to be a trilogy, so I was expecting the lack of conclusion. I wish there were more stand alone novels these days, though. I feel like I can't ever read a book without having to read two more.
Her writing was good and kept the story moving forward. There were a couple of lulls, but nothing that stopped me from finishing the book in just a few days.
I enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't pay for it.(less)
I have to admit: so far, I am a big fan of the Cinder series. Cinder was very well done and, while it definitely had some Cinderella elements, was dif...moreI have to admit: so far, I am a big fan of the Cinder series. Cinder was very well done and, while it definitely had some Cinderella elements, was different enough that it was just GOOD. And Cinder is an incredibly likable character.
The same happens in this book. I LIKE Scarlet, I LIKE her journey, and I like that our characters from book one weren't forgotten, they were just grandfathered in with the new characters and the new story line.
The book was decidedly less predictable than Cinder was, which I also appreciate. I find I'm getting better and better at figuring out the endings, and I kind of hate that. I'd LIKE to be surprised, but I just can't turn that part of my brain off. Luckily, this one wasn't really a "big twist" kind of book. It was more of a transition book, I feel. Forwarding the plot, but not in an insanely fast way. Which, actually worked better than I thought it would. There was a lot of action, a lot of movement, which made it interesting.
I can't wait to see how Meyer is going to incorporate the other fairy tale characters. Scarlet (or little red riding hood) was this book and I'm FAIRLY certain that Rapunzel will be the next one (there is long golden hair on the cover, so it's kind of obvious.) I think there's four books to the series, so it should be interesting to see who the last fairy tale character will be.(less)
This whole series was kind of... weird. Book one read very much like The Giver, while book two I REALLY enjoyed. It became its own story and was inter...moreThis whole series was kind of... weird. Book one read very much like The Giver, while book two I REALLY enjoyed. It became its own story and was interesting and made me care.
But the third book really wasn't the strongest finish. The first half of the book was Xander and Cai whining about the fact that they wanted to be with Cassia and couldn't. And, I mean, they just didn't stop, to the point where I wish I could have just skipped their chapters because they were starting to become irrelevant.
As the book went on, basically after Cassia was back with both of them, it got less ridiculous and focused more on the story and what was going on.
BIG SPOILERS BELOW ... ... ... ... ... ...
I have known since book one that she was going to end up with Cai and not Xander, which I hated from book one. Xander knew her better than she knew herself, DESERVED her more than Cai, DID more with his life, not to mention did more for Cassia. Cai just seemed void of personality and conviction, whereas Xander and Cassia had so much.
And Xander and Indy were my two favorite characters and they kind of got the short end of the stick. Xander less so, but his story was very much a "this is hopeful for him" kind of ending and he deserved SO MUCH after all the crap he got from Cassia.
And then Indy died!!! And what's more, she DIED OFF SCREEN! We didn't get to see her death or even mourn it. I was so blase about it because it was like, "Oh, yeah, Indy is dead."
Basically, I wasn't a big fan of the series. It was ok, but certainly not something I'd recommend, or ever pick up again.(less)
I read this one, and then Fangirl directly after it, and honestly, I loved them both. Rowell is AMAZING at writing two characters in love. I don't kno...moreI read this one, and then Fangirl directly after it, and honestly, I loved them both. Rowell is AMAZING at writing two characters in love. I don't know what it is. Usually that much mushy just... bleh, but it doesn't FEEL that way with her. It feels real and deep and so intense you almost can't handle it.
As usual, I predicted a lot of what was going to happen, but that doesn't mean it was bad. It was very gritty and real life but still... still really wonderful.(less)
I have read a LOT of Libba Bray's books by this point in my life (in fact, I think I've read all of them.) And each time I expect them to be hilarious...moreI have read a LOT of Libba Bray's books by this point in my life (in fact, I think I've read all of them.) And each time I expect them to be hilarious and then they're not. However, I didn't really expect that with Diviners. I knew it was going to be a more serious book, and honestly, I'm glad I wasn't going for that expectation.
This is the first Bray book that I have truly enjoyed. I think it was paced well. I think it's a good trilogy book. It wraps up the action and the plot from this book, but still leaves more than enough to continue on with a series. The characters were incredibly likable. I LOVED Evie. She was funny and smart, but couldn't seem to keep herself out of trouble. There was a little of the Your Super Spectacular Girl thing going on (you know, the thing where the main character is so fabulous everyone can't help but fall in love with her), but it certainly wasn't the worst I've ever seen.
I like that the romance in it is a slow burn and not a sprint. It's not the point of the story at all and I loved that. I love how much occult and real versus fantasy she's mixed into it. And setting it in the roaring 20s couldn't have been a more perfect setting for it.
I think this is the first book that Bray just gets everything right. She doesn't take on too much (like in Beauty Queens), she doesn't strive for funny, but miss the mark (like in Going Bovine). She just becomes the writer that I always knew she could be.(less)
Ok, so I had heard, going into this, that it wasn't really the greatest book ever. And it really did live up to that reputation. It's very Twilight-es...moreOk, so I had heard, going into this, that it wasn't really the greatest book ever. And it really did live up to that reputation. It's very Twilight-esque only with Angels instead of with vampires.
The things that probably annoyed me the most? That Fitzpatrick was trying to be edgy and it just came off as annoying. Nora's friend V (what kind of a NAME is that anyway?) is horniest 16 year old you've ever met in your life and every other word out of her mouth is telling Nora to get some (the other words are STAY AWAY FROM PATCH! Unless of course he wants to have sex with you. Then it's ok.)
There's also a ton of pop culture references in there, which will die out pretty quickly. They always jerk me out of a book, because I just think that name brands should be kept out of other worlds. I'm supposed to be able to imagine myself there and that just doesn't always give me that option.
The dialogue is also really ridiculous. I think it was even worse because it was a book on tape, so the awkward, unrealistic dialogue, became that much more obvious.
The only thing I didn't dislike about this book (I won't go so far as to say that I liked it) was that at least Nora didn't fall for patch in 2.5 seconds. She resisted, or at least tried to. She was attracted to him, but he annoyed her so much that she basically hated him through the whole book.
That being said, sometimes, I wish they would've just gotten on with it. The pacing in this book was HORRENDOUS and I just wanted to shake the author and say, "get to the point already!" especially because it was insanely obvious (at least to me), who our bad guy was. I just really was sick of the "clues" she was giving us, which were the same three clues over and over again for the whole book.(less)
I have to admit, I enjoyed this one much more than the first one. The first one seemed like it was trying to be like other YA books, but the series re...moreI have to admit, I enjoyed this one much more than the first one. The first one seemed like it was trying to be like other YA books, but the series really seemed to come into its own in this book. You were able to see Ky and Cassia more. You really got to see what Cassia was made of, and the new characters that Condie introduced were great.
The whole book alternated between Ky and Cassia's point of view, which was cool, because you got two very different perspectives. And you learn a lot more about the world that they both belong to, which you didn't necessarily get in the first one. It was very The Giver type setting.
I think the only thing I didn't like was the absence of Xander. He's pretty much my favorite character, and honestly, part of me doesn't want him to end up with Cassia because she doesn't DESERVE him. He's so incredibly good to her and she can't be bothered with anything but Ky. On the flip side, if Xander gets hurt, I'm going to be really annoyed.
I think I'll pick up the third one, especially since because I've started like... four series this year an haven't actually finished one.(less)
This was one of those books that you really need to get all the way through it to appreciate it, to get its full value. It wasn't that it was a bad bo...moreThis was one of those books that you really need to get all the way through it to appreciate it, to get its full value. It wasn't that it was a bad book, it wasn't at all, but not a lot happens in the first half of the book. It's a lot of getting to know the characters, which is great, because it pays off well in the end. It makes the ending of it that much more amazing.
Karou's character was amazing. I love how well she was crafted and how her character was revealed, and all the mystery surrounding her. Her interactions with everyone are so heartfelt and real. Her relationship with Brimstone is endearing and wonderful. The story is uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time.
You kind of get a story within a story and it's very well done. Sometimes that doesn't work, but Taylor really crafts it wonderfully. I also wasn't expecting to like the book that much. I mean, I had been told that it was good, but I was still delightfully surprised.
I really recommend this one, even if you're not a fantasy lover. It's very well done and worth the read.(less)
This book was not what I expected. David Levithan is not so much into the supernatural-esque books as he is the more real life but there are problems...moreThis book was not what I expected. David Levithan is not so much into the supernatural-esque books as he is the more real life but there are problems fiction. And I didn't read the flap of the book before picking it up (it was David Levithan and therefore pretty much guaranteed to be amazing.) So when I started to read about a kid changing bodies on a daily basis, it was kind of neat.
A has tried to distance himself from people over the years, never wanting to get close, never being ABLE to get close to anyone because he will have to leave them after a day. He doesn't do anything drastic and makes sure that when the person gets their body back, everything is exactly the same.
Levithan tells the most wonderful love stories. He always had and even when endings are tragic (as this one is bound to be from the beginning), it's still wonderful and moving and... I don't know. His writing is just phenomenal and inspiring and unbelievable. This book holds up to all of his other books. Not my favorite by him, but most definitely one that should be read.
This is also the first one I wished he would write a sequel to. Levithan isn't really a sequel kind of writer. Most of his books are stand alone, but this one was a little more open ended. I wonder if he did that so that he would, for once, have room to write a follow up.(less)
I try to keep my five stars for the really special books, and this was a very special book.
I'm a big sap for stories about friendship. It's part of th...moreI try to keep my five stars for the really special books, and this was a very special book.
I'm a big sap for stories about friendship. It's part of the reason I love The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants so much. I love to see that bond that's so deep, you would literally do anything for them. Any single thing.
And Maggie really DOES have to do anything for Julie. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test. It's wonderful and heartbreaking and endearing and just so freaking sad it was hard to handle at times.
But it was entirely worth reading and everyone should.(less)