**spoiler alert** I liked it....I just didn't REALLY like it which sort of bummed me out because it had gotten such good reviews.
I think the thing tha**spoiler alert** I liked it....I just didn't REALLY like it which sort of bummed me out because it had gotten such good reviews.
I think the thing that really got to me was the fact that the main girl (Grace) had fallen in love or had become obsessed with a wolf that turns into a boy (Sam). I liked the premise but it was just really hard to believe. First off, while Grace gets attacked by wolves, she becomes entranced by one of the wolves who we find out later is the boy she becomes involved with. Ok, I don't know about you but if I got attacked by wolves, I would probably have some trauma about them and not become obsessed with one of them. Of course, Grace's obsession may have something to do with the fact that she was bit by the "werewolf venom" but still...I just had a really hard time believing that she had fallen in LOVE with a wolf initially before she even knew he was a boy. That just didn't make any sense and prevented me from taking their relationship too seriously.
The pacing of the story seemed slow until like the last 100 pages. I felt like there needed to be more suspense. I mean, there was suspense, but it just wasn't the...I'm clinging to the edge of my seat suspense.
And the ending? Well...it just didn't make any sense...Two wolf-boys got the same dose of the "cure" and yet one dies and the other survives? Why? So what happened to make Sam survive? The author doesn't fill us in on that.
I liked how the author flipped back and forth with Grace and Sam's perspective...although...I felt like I wasn't really sure about Grace's personality...on the one hand, she's supposed to be an introvert but then she's like all flirty with Sam and demanding. I don't know, I guess you could have that combination but again it just didn't seem to fit.
*Also, there is a scene where Grace and Sam have sex. It doesn't go into any description but still what a bummer...especially, when Sam was trying to be so chaste.
So...basically, I'm sort of bummed out I spent $15 on it....more
I just have to say. I LOVE Brandon Mull. His stories are suspenseful, funny, and thought provoking. I love the fact that this is a book series I can rI just have to say. I LOVE Brandon Mull. His stories are suspenseful, funny, and thought provoking. I love the fact that this is a book series I can read with my children without fear of gore, profanity, or any kind of censorship. He also provides questions at the end that you can discuss. I REALLY enjoyed reading it and look forward to other books by him....more
I would probably give this a 3 but because I couldn't put the book down, I have to give it that extra 1/2 star for a 3.5.
I have been waiting with antiI would probably give this a 3 but because I couldn't put the book down, I have to give it that extra 1/2 star for a 3.5.
I have been waiting with anticipation for this book to finally arrive at the library so maybe my expectations were a little high for this one.
Mangum gives a very unique description and idea of time and of time travel, of the balance that needs to be made with time. I liked the way she described time (view spoiler)[ as a river (hide spoiler)]. It's is a new way of looking at time and I enjoyed that introduction. She also does a seamless job of connecting Dante and Abby Beatrice to classical works such as (view spoiler)[ Dante's Inferno or Charon (hide spoiler)].
While I couldn't stop reading, I did have some unsettling feelings about the story:
1. Abby: Like another reviewer, I had some minor issues with the name; I felt like the name didn't fit very well with her character. I think Mangum might have chosen the name for it's meaning but the name seems too childish for me. I also felt frustrated by Abby's confusion with her boyfriend Jason; (view spoiler)[ Abby begins to sense that she wants more out of her relationship with Jason, but does not act! She allows herself to be acted upon; she waits until Jason breaks up with HER (hide spoiler)]. This initial part of the story just bothered me. I guess I just felt like Abby was just a bit spineless and just didn't want things to change because she wasn't brave enough? She does redeem herself later on with taking more control of her own life so I appreciated that in her character.
2. I couldn't help but notice some similarities between Abby and Dante's relationship with Bella/Edward: Dante is the new mysterious boy in town and they feel this cosmic connection. Maybe I've just ready way too many YA novels that have this premise and it's just really getting old?. For this story, it does work--and really, it's just that I've read too many "similar" relationships. However, Mangum does add a little more to their relationship than just their physical attraction: their connection to the classics and they do talk and get to know each other. But I could have done with a little less of the "oh my gosh you are so hot" descriptions; they just became overwhelming and dull after a while.
3. The scene with Abby and Dave (you'll know which one) was a bit over the top. It didn't seem realistic (in the sense that the consequences for that behavior wasn't realized in the story). I could actually see Dave doing what he did but I think there would be more repercussions for his action. Like maybe Abby or one of the cast member would have told someone in authority...(However, I have to say that if we're talking about "teenagers" here, they really might not have known what to do in that situation or been embarrassed to say anything to anyone so I can also see nothing happening either.) Even so, I had some issues with the way Abby dealt with this; I could tell she was really upset by this and if something like this happened to me as a teenager, I would seriously have had some major trauma and embarrassment.
Overall though, I did enjoy reading it; and it kept me reading late into the night. And I am interested to read more about Abby and Dante's journey in the next part of the series. If you like time-travel and a good Bella/Edward type romance, you might enjoy this one! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It was sort of interesting at first but then it just got ridiculous. I'm not sure what the author was thinking. KoglNote to self: Chapter 12, pg. 200.
It was sort of interesting at first but then it just got ridiculous. I'm not sure what the author was thinking. Kogler tries to incorporate too many "special powers," too many references, too many made-up names, too many characters, not enough suspense, etc...it becomes too much and ends up being frustrating and laughable. I mean, Fern is supposedly a vampire called otherworldlies, who also has special powers referred to as a Poseidon, who can teleport, hear what other people are saying, gets stomach cramps but doesn't drink blood, etc...I mean it just becomes so confusing and not really enjoyable to read at all. I think if Kogler just called these "special" people otherworldlies instead of vampires, the story might work but she tries to incorporate too many things.
So far, I'm not impressed by the authors who will be at my city's book signing. Bummer....more
**spoiler alert** I had high expectations for this book...which fell to great depths. First off, I felt like I was reading a script for some new MTV O**spoiler alert** I had high expectations for this book...which fell to great depths. First off, I felt like I was reading a script for some new MTV Orange County Reality Series or another Laguna Beach High School Show. Am I reading an advertisement for Orange County: Oh my gosh, there's Disneyland, the surf is great, they go to the St. Regis Hotel...I mean, are we "name dropping here?" When I first started reading, it seemed like a dumbed down version of Twilight: Weird girl at highschool meets hot mysterious/immortal boy (who also happens to drive a fast car and is rich). The plot was confusing and shallow with too many unanswered questions: if Damen knew of Ever before she almost got killed why didn't he meet her beforehand (why wait until she almost died?) and what was that all about with the whole reincarnation thing that Ever experiences? And Ever and Damen's relationship? Just plain ridiculous. Their relationship doesn't seem to move much beyond their proclamations of love and lust to concerns about "going all the way." Seriously. So lame. And do we even need to address the issue of the psychotic ex-wife who apparently keeps killing Ever in each of her lifetimes? And really, did we need to add the gay friend to the story to make it more "real"?
Of course, I have to say, the book did grab my attention, and I couldn't put it down (curiosity got the better of me) but let's just say it was like getting sucked into watching Housewives of Orange County: I watch just to see what happens not because there's any substance behind it.......more
I Love books that are both exciting to read as well as thought-provoking. Shusterman weaves both imagination and insight into a brilliant story that rI Love books that are both exciting to read as well as thought-provoking. Shusterman weaves both imagination and insight into a brilliant story that raises questions about abortion, life, nature vs. nurture, and terrorism. The issues are present throughout the plot but linger in the background as something to consider afterward. Shusterman's characters are well-developed (I even felt sympathy for those I disliked earlier on) and there's great dialogue throughout. Overall, very well written and enjoyable.
I'm now curious to read his other books.
(As for Ch. 61: it wasn't so much creepy as it was disturbing and sad. I had to hold back the tears by the end. Out of all the chapters, I would have to say this one is the most pertinent; the one that answers the curiosity of unwinding. And while it was gut-wrenching sad, it was the chapter that made the whole story real.)...more
LOVED IT. Never a dull moment. The writing was sophisticated and the banter between the siblings seemed realistic. I got a sense of the character's peLOVED IT. Never a dull moment. The writing was sophisticated and the banter between the siblings seemed realistic. I got a sense of the character's personality immediately. So many opportunities for discussion. Really enjoyed it...I can't wait to read the next book....more