I really liked this! I found it very relate-able, as I grew up Catholic, too, and had many of the same questions she did. I had a very similar thought...moreI really liked this! I found it very relate-able, as I grew up Catholic, too, and had many of the same questions she did. I had a very similar thought process towards our religion, and I have never been able to accept God as the scary one seen in the Old Testament or the suffering we're supposed to do in order to be devout. She came to the same conclusions through life that I have, and she told most of her journey in a way that made me laugh, so it was enjoyable and reaffirming for me!(less)
It took me FOREVER to finish this book! For the first 100 pages or so, all I could think was that Sophie Kinsella REALLY wanted to milk one more novel...moreIt took me FOREVER to finish this book! For the first 100 pages or so, all I could think was that Sophie Kinsella REALLY wanted to milk one more novel out of Becky Bloomwood, but didn't put enough effort into making it worthwhile. Maybe it was just me, getting sick of Becky's antics...I laughed through the first 4 books, but it was just getting old!
However, in typical Becky fashion, she redeemed herself. And I admit, I was roped in wanting to find out what was happening with Venetia. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't walk away from the book feeling like it was a total waste of time. It still isn't one of the best books I've read lately.(less)
While a little redundant at times, and more religious than I expected (not overly so, it's just worked in here and there), I really enjoyed the inform...moreWhile a little redundant at times, and more religious than I expected (not overly so, it's just worked in here and there), I really enjoyed the information in this book. I thought it was informative, and I'm looking forward to putting it into action! I discovered the love language of both my husband and I, and not only are they different, but my primary language is the one he understands the least, and his primary is the one I understand the least (which we discovered after ranking them for ourselves). It's interesting - I think we've been aware of each other's languages for years (especially evidenced by the fact that I hadn't even finished reading the list of languages when my husband shouted out which languages we each speak), but not catering to them. This book certainly gave us a better understanding of each other, and I love that!(less)
I'm an unbiased YA fan, in the sense that I care more about enjoying the emotions and the love story than making sure it's a politically correct examp...moreI'm an unbiased YA fan, in the sense that I care more about enjoying the emotions and the love story than making sure it's a politically correct example of modern day teenagers. And this particular love story had a bit of mystery, fantasy, suspense, good vs evil, and history to it. It was entertaining, and easy to get involved in.
Although, if you want to get preachy about it, it was nice to see a book like this written from the guy's perspective. This wasn't the stereotypical "dumb girl" that will do or give anything to follow a guy around (whether he had special powers or not). But what annoyed me about that, is those girls still existed in this world. And the one girl that had redeeming qualities - Lena - was of course, gothy and punky. Because naturally, only gothy-punky girls that wear all black and don't care to put any time into how they look can have an ounce of intelligence! (thankyouverymuch) I realize that her character had to appear a bit dark to enhance the creep factor. My point is simply that there's a negative argument for every type of character in YA, but it's never enough to distract me away from the plot or main conflicts.
There were a few inconsistencies that I couldn't ignore. For example, in the chapter about Lena's birthday party, she & Ethan kept grabbing for each other's hands every-other paragraph. So unless their hand holding only lasted for a couple seconds, followed by dropping them, and holding them again, and dropping them again...this was an annoying mistake. I know it's kind of an inconsequential detail, but when you're reading along and painting a mental picture of the scene, and their position is changing every other paragraph, it's jarring. You picture them holding hands, and then are told Ethan grabs for her hand two paragraphs later....so your picture of them holding hands then seems wrong. Inconsistencies like that, in the story telling, bother me more than in historical fact.
There were enough questions left unanswered to inspire to me to read the rest of the series, so I will, but at the same time...I'm actually hoping (for once) that the movie is better than the book. The trailers look so intense and detailed, and while I was entertained enough through the book, I feel as though the Caster details will translate better on screen. If only they didn't cast such a supremely ugly Ethan. Seriously, I can't get past the shape of his head enough to root for their relationship the way I'm supposed to...blech.
At any rate...
Definitely worth a read if you're looking for a mystery/fantasy-infused YA series to delve into! (less)