I think the last time I finished a book this fast was Fangirl. And, it's got the same kind of feel that Fangirl does. It's a fun, sweet, coming of ageI think the last time I finished a book this fast was Fangirl. And, it's got the same kind of feel that Fangirl does. It's a fun, sweet, coming of age story. It doesn't feel contrite, it doesn't feel like I'm being talked down to by the author, and I like that the characters are real, that they GROW that they become their own people, that they realize things about themselves.
And I'm just a big old sucker for a sweet romance story. It's a fatal flaw of mine. A BIG reason I loved Fangirl was because Rowell writes some of the most realistic relationships I've ever read and I am so incredibly invested in them, and it's the same way with Perkins. I was so INVESTED in Anna and St. Clair. There was never a point that I didn't want to read about them, or a point I didn't want to find out what was going to happen.
I finished this book in two days flat, something that I hardly ever do and, to be honest with you, I finished most of it yesterday. I came home from work and read the thing for almost five hours straight.
This is definitely a book to pick up this year....more
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 anI 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.)...more
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 II 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....more
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 difI 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....more