Oh! How I wanted to LOVE this. I was certainly impressed by Krokos' Q & A on the fabulous blog: the midnight garden. And quite honestly, it was thOh! How I wanted to LOVE this. I was certainly impressed by Krokos' Q & A on the fabulous blog: the midnight garden. And quite honestly, it was this Q & A post that compelled me to check out his book in the first place. (He also makes some pretty insightful comments on author-reviewer relationships.)
So you see...I was so ready to love this.
It really pains me to say I don't. Right off the bat, I knew I was heading into rocky territory. The first few scenes didn't fit very well with what I expected of an amnesiac: a girl finds herself without any memory and she calmly tells a mall cop "Hello. I lost my memory. I was wondering if you could help." If I was in her shoes, I think I would probably appear frantic, confused, and more anxious about what was happening to me. Haven't you ever walked somewhere, like to the pantry to get something but then when you get there, you've forgotten why you were there in the first place? Well, sadly that happens to me ALOT. And I always feel out of sorts afterwards trying to remember. So it made me think: what if you lost ALL your memories? Wouldn't you feel a little more...unrestrained? Wouldn't you be scared? And in Miranda's case, wouldn't you expect her to manifest those fear waves immediately?
Then later on, I felt that some parts of the story seemed off: when Miranda meets Peter, it feels weird that there is so much drama and mystery of how he knows her. Why was he acting as if it was some kind of game to him? And if you just met a stranger, would you eat his mango chicken? uh. gross. And for someone who is supposedly a top notch weapon, why does Miranda make so many mistakes--like forgetting to grab the gun when she fights Grace? I also completely missed the point of Miranda feeling like kissing these 2 boys all the time; she kisses one and then she immediately wants to kiss the other. If I had a better sense of her, I think I would have understood her motivations better. But the part that bothered me the most was that the Roses were created to cause destruction--just because. Very little light is shed on the creator's motivation for making them--aside from them being "mad scientists." I think that's an easy explanation but not a compelling one; I wished there was more background to the story to make it believable.
I do think the concept for the story is interesting: teenagers used as weapons, with amnesia as a side effect, and I admire Krokos's challenge for writing a female perspective. It seems like it's received good reviews so you might like it. But for me, I found the story to be choppy and flat in places. I would have appreciated more character development in such a plot-driven story. Unfortunately, I lost interest in the characters and plot by by the last 1/3 of the book, skimming and skipping to the end. ...more
Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I thought the story would center on the adventures of a female "James Bond." InstAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I thought the story would center on the adventures of a female "James Bond." Instead, all I got was a bad taste in my mouth. It's not that Graceling was so poorly written: I actually found the writing style and world building nicely done. It's just that...I think I was lied to.
First, Cashore refers to Graceling as growing "from her daydreams about a girl who possesses extrodinary powers--and who forms a friendship with a boy with whom she is insurmountably incompatible." So imagine my surprise when Grace meets Po (the insurmountably incompatible guy) and I end up waiting...and waiting...for the big "reveal" only to find out their incompatibility is due to her being a fighter and him being aware of his surroundings. Now how exactly is that insurmountably incompatible? See...incompatible would be an angel hater saving an angel (like Angelfall). Or a demon falling in love with an angel (like Daughter of Smoke and Bone).
Second, there's the problem of Katsa. Obviously, this girl is carrying around some childhood baggage because she's got some major anger management issues. In one scene she "swung at (Po's) jaw with the side of her hand" bruising his jaw because she didn't like what he was saying about King Randa's hold over her. Whhhaat?! In another, she refuses to understand Po's reason for keeping his Grace a secret. Is she really that clueless? Of course, she eventually comes to her senses and end up in his arms.
Which comes to my second point: a lover or a husband? While Katsa has her own view on what these two definitions mean: freedom or imprisonment, what it really boils down to is commitment. There's just something that doesn't feel right with Katsa and Po's relationship. Basically, she wants to be with Po but without being tied to him and all it requires..."For once she became his wife, she would be his wife forever. Her freedom would not be her own." and "How will you feel if I'm forever leaving? If one day I give myself to you and the next I take myself away--with no promises to return?" It just seems to me that if you are in a relationship (married or not), there should be a certain level of commitment: loyalty, sacrifice...If the tables were turned and Katsa were a man, he most certainly would be considered a player.
My biggest disappoint is that the messages of feminism are poorly characterized in Katsa. Does Katsa have to behave like a stereotypical man (or feminist) in order to further the feminist movement? If a man hit a woman or didn't commit to a relationship, would we honor him for using his manhood? So why should it be okay for Katsa to behave this way? That's not what feminism is about: it's about embracing womanhood and striving for equity between the sexes.
Of course, there were also some minor character/plot development issues like: Katsa finding out that her grace is not actually in killing but in survival (which doesn't really make sense because how then is she able to inflict accurate pain on someone else when she's not being threatened?); or how Princess Bitterblue has the clarity of an adult when she's really only ten; or why the urgency to protect Bitterblue from her father (why she was so important to the King; if she died, then what? what's the consequence?); or why King Leck decided now (and not before) to spread his power across the kingdoms.
Overall, this was a desperately painful read but I was determined to finish...why? maybe I thought there was some redeeming grace at the end. But sadly, the entire time, I just begged it to be over....more
Plagued with guilt over her twin brother's death, Araby tries to escape her subconscious at the Debauchery night club. OutsiAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
Plagued with guilt over her twin brother's death, Araby tries to escape her subconscious at the Debauchery night club. Outside the entire world is broken. The "weeping sickness" is only kept at bay through porcelain masks (I can't help but imagine "Darth Vader" type coverings), worn only by the wealthy and prestigious. Araby's father is the inventor of these masks and as Araby's world begins to crumble by those that seek power, she must decide who or what she's capable of fighting for.
Based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe of the same title, Griffin took an idea and grew it into a fascinating and complex story. This is one of the very few, if only, steampunk stories I've ever really held onto. Carriages that run on steam; new inventions with a feel of the 19th century. The world is spot on for gothic dystopia: dark, dreary, foggy...so Edgar Allen-painted with so much imagery and feeling that I could clearly picture the devastation and turmoil.
Also, try saying debauchery without getting the chills.
But what really struck me were the characters. Talk about complex. To explain, let me refer to a post I came across by Laurie Halse Anderson in which she discusses characters who have dimension and depth. Masque of the Red Death is a perfect example of those characters. Araby, Will, and Elliott all behave both admirably and despicably. Which if done poorly can make a reader go crazy but here Griffin balances their character traits so that you realize no one is absolutely good or absolutely evil. Mind you, there were some parts that made me go "huh?" but for the most part, it kept me on my toes. At times I couldn't help but wonder if given the choice, what I would decide.
My only discontent or puzzlement I have with the story is that the "Red Death" is not introduced into the plot until much later. I was a bit confused because I thought the masks were to prevent the "Red Death." I'm not so much bothered that it stopped me from enjoying the story but I think it would be an interesting idea to discuss.
If you are in the mood for a dark and captivating story, check this one out. I definitely think it's one to put on your to-reads shelf....more
I was SO looking forward to reading this one but when I finally sat down to read it, it was all sorts of disappointment. First, there was the initialI was SO looking forward to reading this one but when I finally sat down to read it, it was all sorts of disappointment. First, there was the initial dance encounter between the mysterious Finn and Wendy where out-of-the-blue, he starts insulting her. Afterwards he tries to apologize and later we find out it's because he didn't want to get too "involved." Okay, uh...Can we please move beyond the "I'm going to be mean because it's for your own good" phase?
I was also under the impression that the story was about the Fey because well..uh, Wendy is a changeling (and isn't that what Fairies do?)...but it's actually about trolls...and so, I got all confused and just couldn't keep going. Unfinished around page 114....more
As a story, I wasn't that impressed. The plot line was pretty simplistic and fairly predictable. Only a third of the way thrAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
As a story, I wasn't that impressed. The plot line was pretty simplistic and fairly predictable. Only a third of the way through and I already had a lingering suspicion of who the culprit might be. There were also a few unrealistic moments. For instance, when the target is finally revealed, I kept wondering why they didn't just google "Ortolan & video game," a hundred pages ago instead of just "Ortolan." Which by the way is evidenced when Nick says, "We should have done more research...Then we would have found him a lot earlier." Yes, my thoughts exactly. I also didn't feel that much for any of the characters: an eyeroll every once in a while and an exasperated sigh. The pacing was also somewhat slow for a thriller and quite honestly, I felt like it was consuming up too many hours of my time. And when a book makes you wonder if "it is ever going to end?"...well, that's not a good sign.
HOWEVER, I really did like the writing style. And while I wasn't impressed by the plot, I was impressed by the way the characters became totally consumed by the game. I'm not a gamer myself so I can't fully understand the draw...but I've always wondered what keeps them hooked. As the story switches back and forth from the gaming world and the real one, I began to get a better feel for what keeps them going. There's the secrecy of the game and its rewards. Once Nick gets his hands on Erebos, he becomes completely consumed by it: just one more level...just one more reward... My favorite parts were when Nick must accomplish a task in "real life" in order to obtain a reward in the game: Nick acts nearly psychotic and desperate.
AND I did appreciate the fact that the story is more multicultural than most high school settings. Erebos takes place in London, and I expected a completely homogeneous group of people, so I was pleasantly surprised to read references to descriptions and names from different races. It made London feel so real!
But towards the end, I just wanted the story to be over. The romance with Nick and Emily was too forced...like the author just had to make it work. The pacing was too slow for me, and I expected more plot twists, more suspense. Also, I'm a bit surprised that Nick's parents never mention a word to him about Erebos. It is an interesting read but not as entertaining as I would have liked. I would have to recommend this as a "Maybe" read....more
There is a delicate balance between a story that is too simplistic and a story that leads to information overload. Too simplAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
There is a delicate balance between a story that is too simplistic and a story that leads to information overload. Too simplistic and the reader falls asleep; too complex and the reader is left in the dust wondering what just happened. Unfortunately, The Obsidian Blade falls into the latter category.
I should have known from the first chapter that I was heading into a bad mix of Star Trek vs The Twilight Zone. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both. I'm just not sure they work well together...well, at least in this setting.
At the start, we are given a brief historical account of the Klaatu Disks (or time portals) invented by one discorporeal being in the postdigital age but made by Boggsian corporeals. Is your head spinning yet? It took me a few minutes to come to grips but I had to put that aside because then comes Tucker and his Reverend dad who finds themselves drawn to these time portals. And well...the adventure confusion begins.
From there, we discover that the Reverend has lost his faith and his wife is slowly heading into mental instability as a result of playing Sudoku. (Beware all you Sudoku fans!) The Reverend wants to cure his wife and disappears into the disks. But Tucker suspects this and eventually follows them.
In his journey, he meets such bizarre beings as futuristic autistic medical attendants (medicants) who use you in their product assembly line, futuristic priests who sacrifice pure girls to the disks, the last day of earth with a single mysterious woman who has secrets, a retelling of the crucifix of Jesus (who instead of dying and returning to earth, actually got delivered to the medicants: repaired and returned in 3 days), discovers that the Reverend got "cured" of his belief in God, references to the Digital plague, maggot disk eaters, and then being reintroduced to the Reverend as now Father September who will somehow return every one to a state of grace (from technology).
Wait a minute, I was under the impression I was going to read a time travel novel. Instead, the time traveling aspect is just a set up for introducing new bizarre circumstances. From what I can gather, the point of the story is about how we eventually become corrupt from technology...but why all the religious references? Is there a subtext I'm not understanding here. It's just all too complex and unrealistic; is there such a thing as unrealistic science fiction?
Sadly, I felt like I was reading a foreign language. I didn't feel anything for the characters and the story was just bizarre. Then a few days ago I was watching "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and ironically discovered that the main character is named Klaatu... coincidence? Why name the disks after one of the most popular sci-fi characters? I'm not sure, but I'm already too confused to think about it any further.
Sadly, a recommendation I can't make to anyone. If anyone has suggestions on a true time traveling novel, please let me know....more
I really really wanted to like this one: Mind Games, Visions, Sleepwalking, A Boarding School, A Mystery, A Dark and HandsomAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
I really really wanted to like this one: Mind Games, Visions, Sleepwalking, A Boarding School, A Mystery, A Dark and Handsome Mysterious Boy? All the perfect ingredients for a great story...
...that fell flat like a homemade souffle.
The main problem with Harbinger were too many lose ends. With thrillers, I am completely prepared for unanswered questions that compel me to turn the page, eager to find the answer. But with this one, when i finally got to the end, all the lose ends just became a jumbled mess.
*****I am sorry but this is going to contain major spoilers.*****
In the beginning, Faye gets dropped off (against her will) at Holbrook, which is basically a school for wayward kids. The world has been destroyed and people live in "cooperatives" (which is never really explained; plus, what happens in the story could've just taken place without that). Faye has visions of drowning which began when she was a child but her episodes are getting worse. Then at Holbrook, she begins to hear drums and mysterious thingshappen.
The Holbrook Director, Dr. Mordoch plays mind games with the group in order to ensure cooperation: solitary confinement, privileges taken away, etc...Plus, there are pepper-spraying, taser-loving caretakers. Faye meets a host of characters who bond together like "Survivor Island" against Dr. Mordoch. There's even a ghost. The friends find themselves supposedly sleepwalking and in the morning, their hands are red and there are drawings on the floor.
So of course, I have to know what happens...and in the end, the only things I can gather are: 1) A long time ago, there were a group of people who had power over the earth and had a special meteorite seer stone. (Yes, a meteorite, and I have no idea where they got their power from.) 2) They saw that the earth was going to go to waste in the future so the members transferred their spirit to some relics that were buried. (So they could save the world in the future.) 3) When Faye touched the ocean when she was a child, one of the spirits transferred into her body causing her the visions. (I have no idea how the spirit attached itself to the ocean and what happened to the original Faye.) 4) Dr. Mordoch was being haunted by one of the original tribal spirits. Rita (the ghost/tribal spirit) leaves clues for Faye in the form of a prophecy on Tarot cards. 5) Faye begins to realize her visions as images of the past. 6) Faye, who originally wanted to 'save' the world, now wants to destroy/cleanse it. 7) Her group of friends had been sleepwalking and digging for the relics and become possessed with the spirits of the past and now have powers. They try to prevent Faye from destroying the earth. She ends up changing her mind because of Kel (eye roll). 8) Everyone sings (SINGS!!!) and the pollution from the sea and sky begin to dissipate.
But wait, I never learned more about the bones that Faye finds comfort in or why there were creepy Dr.-Who-Like-Weeping-Angel statues at the Academy or how the friends sleepwalked in the first place.
And although the cover says "psychological thriller," I never felt it as psychological as it was more weird fantasy. And my idea of a psychological thriller does not include spiritual possession. It does remind me a little like a Dr. Who episode (surprise, surprise. since Etienne is a fan) but where Steve Moffat's creepy paranormal scenarios are wrapped up nicely, Etienne leaves you with a disjointed and confusing story. I do have to say some of Faye's lines are a bit humorous but the entire premise was so poorly formed and left me quite angry at the end.
Jerome is your typical teenage boy "misfit" that finds himself on the rehabilitation side of Heaven. And by typical, I really mean, stRated 2.5 Stars.
Jerome is your typical teenage boy "misfit" that finds himself on the rehabilitation side of Heaven. And by typical, I really mean, stereotypical: lives on the wrong side of the tracks with his drunk dad, has no future, can't stop thinking about "milk cartons" or short skirts, and acts without consequences--like letting his cousin shoot an apple off his head. Which is how he found himself in Heaven's rehabilitation program in the first place. His last saving grace is to be Heidi's guardian angel. So since her birth, he's pretty much made her believe she hears voices in her head, singing FreeBird.
When Jerome finds himself in the Rehabilitation Program, he learns about the "Guardian Angel's Handbook: Soul Rehab Edition" (which he promptly loses), the 9 levels of Hell (Level I: Everlasting Standardized Testing, Level II: Ballroom Dancing with the Elderly, etc...), Morning Therapy Group Sessions, and of course, swearing sensors.
While I admire the creative parody behind the story, I found it tiring after awhile. And even with the "swearing sensors" in place, Jerome has a pretty active mouth. The barrage of slang (chevy, motherflasker, apple hole, well...you get the point) was distracting and overwhelming...after reading it for the HUNDREDTH TIME.
The plot was also a bit unbelievable: Heidi wears a black-and-white spandex outfit and dances with her best friend, Megan, in front of the entire school in the Talentpalooza. According to BFF Megan, "We have to do this, Heidi, if only to take high school back from the people who rule it....We must defeat them." Now either I'm missing something or Megan's lost a few screws because when was dancing with another girl in front of the entire school EVER going to be a winner? I just can't believe that a teenager would ever think so. So of course, Heidi's upset and ends up taking a walk near a frozen pond.
You can imagine what happens. She falls through the ice, and Jerome inadvertently saves her...by detaching her soul from her body, and they now have 48 hours to make things right. I have to say, this is where the story went south for me. With so much emphasis on the comedic aspect of heaven, it became too much.
I was surprised by Heidi's lack of despair or panic when she finds herself "dead." I also thought the entire side plot for saving her dog Jiminy was a bit ridiculous. She pretty much occupied his body in order to save it while Jiminy's spirit went off to chase squirrels. But then again, I've never had a dog...
In the end, I did like how Jerome changed and became more confident and responsible. The story is a bit predictable and somewhat confusing towards the end (what was the celestial squirrel nut for?) and I thought the reincarnation was a bit out of left field. And being a romantic, I don't always like stories where the (view spoiler)[boy and girl don't end up together. (hide spoiler)] I admire the creativity behind DI but after that, it didn't really do much for me.
So should you read it? Maybe...if you've got a lazy afternoon with nothing to do.
I guess third time's the charm because they finally did something right with the cover! In this one, Alona is stuck in the bAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
I guess third time's the charm because they finally did something right with the cover! In this one, Alona is stuck in the body of Will's friend Lily. As they try to make sense of this situation, things get complicated when another ghost wants a turn in Alona/Lily/Ally's body.
This series has definitely found its place on my "books I need to own" shelf. As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked. Kade has this way of writing that is not only catchy and witty but natural-as if each character him/herself is telling me his/her side of the story. And how does she come up with all those lines?!
I really grew to love Will and Alona. They have both matured and become more selfless and caring. You can really feel their longing for this relationship to work out. And when this other ghost complicates things, I couldn't help but hope for that happy ending.
In the end, I was very happy. I was actually surprised by how well everything in the story seemed to work out. I still shed a tear or two when I said good-bye to Alona and Will. I had some pretty good times with those two. I can't wait for Kade's next series: The Rules!...more
Are all cloning stories based on the same idea? If I hadn't already read The House of the Scorpion or watched Ewan McGregor in The Island, I may haveAre all cloning stories based on the same idea? If I hadn't already read The House of the Scorpion or watched Ewan McGregor in The Island, I may have been more impressed by a story of (view spoiler)[harvesting organs from human clones (hide spoiler)]. Granted this one was about 1 individual being cloned multiple times...but, wait...wasn't that like The House of the Scorpion?
But--as the character Abby would so often point out: there are pros and cons to everything so here's my list for Replication:
Pros: 1) I felt like I really knew Martyr; As a clone, we learn of his perceptions and views while living on the farm and then see his lack of knowledge of the "real world" when he escapes. What he thinks about colors, sky, clothing. What he calls a "dog" or a "house." It makes me think about when and what we learn about the world. 2) Abby's train of thought and sarcasm were funny. 3) Williamson did a good job of balancing the themes of Christianity in a Sci-fi novel. I didn't feel like she trying to preach to me. It just felt like a story about a girl who just happens to believe in God. There are definite Christian principles in the novel such as prayer, creation, and the Bible which may be a little overwhelming if you are not interested in those topics. 4)A discussion guide was included! Yay!
Cons: 1) I had hoped for a more interesting concept/plot line and the story was fairly predictable--which is probably why I wasn't on the edge of my seat and began to get a little bored closer to the end. (But if you haven't read many human cloning stories, you may enjoy this one.) 2) Some answers weren't good enough for me. Why do clones need to be educated if the doctors are just going to take out their body parts? Just to keep them civilized? What if you just kept them in a vegetative state?
Even with 2 strikes against it, I think it's well worth the read and would make for an enlightening book club discussion.
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...so I confess. I didn't even get half-way. Not even 40%. Yep, I stopped at 34%. Even did the math.
First, it's a little hard for me to take an author...so I confess. I didn't even get half-way. Not even 40%. Yep, I stopped at 34%. Even did the math.
First, it's a little hard for me to take an author seriously who is shirtless on the beach for his "goodreads" photo, but I digress...
After being bombarded page after page with a glamorized angel celebrity guide consisting of too many "Hollywood" spin-offs (Angel News Network or ANN, Angels Weekly, Angel Television or A!) and too many references to Designer Brands, I felt like I needed my own personal bodyguard just to make it to the next chapter.
While the concept of the story seemed interesting at first, the writing appeared amateurish and the dialogue filled with cliched teen talk: "OMG, Perf!, totally". It was too over the top for me to take the writing seriously. Plus, how can I take something serious when every reference was a spin-off of some "Hollywood" term (see above paragraph). Not only that but Maddy and Jackson were annoying and unlikable. In one scene, Jackson returns to apologize to Maddy and instead of hearing him out, she makes accusations which end with Jackson responding "...you're impossible!" (...as if they've known each other longer than 24 hours).
Sadly, one of the most disappointing author debuts...and I was so looking forward to an Angel story. But I have to say... I do love that cover!...more
Ditched is one night at prom filled with quirky characters, some hilarious lines...and a hangover.
While the first few chapters were entertaining: funnDitched is one night at prom filled with quirky characters, some hilarious lines...and a hangover.
While the first few chapters were entertaining: funny one liners and an interesting premise, sometime after that, my attention drifted elsewhere. The flashbacks of the night told to two 7-eleven strangers got tiresome. The partying and high school behavior wore me down: a drunk teen taking vodka-jello shots at his parent's house (and his parents have NO clue!), dog swapping pranks, discussing the male anatomy, smoking marijuana...It was a little too much drama...And I guess I was expecting Ian to play a bigger part in the story than off stage.
Most of all, Justina-which by the way is such an awkward name for a character-did not deliver. At first, I was cheering her on with Ian. But then her behavior just spirals out of control. From the moment Ian picks her up for the pre-party, it was a domino effect just waiting to happen: her jealous side seems to have affected her ability to think straight. She draws some pretty big erroneous conclusions about Ian when they are supposed to be BEST friends. Aren't you supposed to know your BFF pretty well? Or maybe love/heartache blinds you in a way that you can't see clearly? Or maybe she was just insecure? Or maybe it's like what Gilda, the 7-eleven worker, tells her "Couldn't you have waited until you had some questions answered?"
Yes Justina, couldn't you have just waited? Then I wouldn't have this hangover.
I'm not sure if Fracture was about Delaney's "paranormal" talent or a case study on dysfunctional relationships.
First, there's Delaney: a girl who wakI'm not sure if Fracture was about Delaney's "paranormal" talent or a case study on dysfunctional relationships.
First, there's Delaney: a girl who wakes up from a coma and experiences weird pulling sensations and discovers she can sense impending death in people. Which would have been interesting if her ability was a little more climatic and exciting. What's so unique about sensing the dying if she's only drawn to those who are already sick (or would be sick)? Even I can tell you they wouldn't live. Why not have her sense those who might die in a car crash or get murdered? ...And then save them?
If it were me, I would be less concerned about her "sensations" and more about her obsessiveness over her schoolwork. She died, came back to life, and is worried about her chance at valedictorian?! (Okay, okay, maybe I can kind of understand that being a little Type A myself...but still...that's what you worry about after dying?!) Well, that and apparently her weight.
Then there's her rescuer, Decker (oh look, they both begin with "D"), who she likes but can't seem to say what she means to him and begins keeping secrets from him. And still keeps secrets from him even though he drops everything and to come to her (view spoiler)[rescue AGAIN! from the psycho killer (hide spoiler)]
Decker, who is a love sick puppy who keeps sticking around, keeps asking her to clue him in (but she doesn't), and so devoted that it's making me sick.
Should we talk about the mom now? The mom, who seems more worried that her child isn't fixed than the fact that she's alive. The mom, who has her own skeletons in the closet.
But nothing compares to Delaney's relationship with Troy, the mysterious stranger. Troy, who has (view spoiler)[ a similar ability (hide spoiler)] and happens to know just a little too much about Delaney. Yet she's perfectly fine hanging out with him. Troy, who almost (view spoiler)[KILLED HER--to end her "suffering" while comatose (hide spoiler)]. And Troy, who turns (view spoiler)[crazy, as in chase-you-down-in-a-car-in-a-sing-song-voice, crazy after Delaney finds out he almost murdered her (hide spoiler)]. And yep, you guessed it! She's fine with looking for him afterwards and trying talk sense into him. Look, you can't talk sense to a psycho.
Now I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she's acting like this because her brain is damaged: some psycho boy tries to (view spoiler)[kill you (hide spoiler)], bruises your arm, and you're okay with that?
All in all, four case studies, but that's not even counting the one with the boy she doesn't like but still kissed. Unfortunately, I was looking for a paranormal story, not a dysfunctional one.
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To be perfectly honest, it is a different book from Revis but the initial chapters did remind me aWhy do I feel like I'm reading Across the Universe?
To be perfectly honest, it is a different book from Revis but the initial chapters did remind me a lot of Across the Universe: there's a ship in the middle of space with problems and racing to colonize a new earth.
Other than that, the story takes a much different turn. Waverly and the entire ship of girls are kidnapped by their sister ship in order to populate their race. With the adults mostly dead and unconscious on the original attacked ship, the entire group of boys left behind must decide how to rescue the girls and survive among themselves. Meanwhile Waverly must decide what it will take to escape.
In a story like this one where the perspectives switch from the two main characters: Waverly and Kieran, a 1st person POV would have added more depth to the story and helped me internalize the character's emotions and behavior. With 3rd person, I felt so disconnected from the characters...but I also wonder if it's because the characters just had too many negative traits that I never knew which character I was routing for; I actually liked some of the minor characters more as they didn't seem to have so many internal conflicts.
Initially, I thought Waverly was a pretty strong character but in the very last chapter, I have no idea what to think of her. Also, the numerous lies and secrets were just too much for me to handle. By the end, I felt like they all needed to attend group therapy.
The plot was interesting (kidnapped girls, engine failure, mutiny) but again it was really my lack of connecting with any one character that makes this story lacking.
Also, the plot takes a real odd twist toward the end with the introduction of (view spoiler)[ God's voice/words to Kieran (hide spoiler)]. The problem to me was not that (view spoiler)[ God is speaking to him, although I do wonder if it is indeed God or Kieran's imagination (hide spoiler)], it is the fact that it comes OUT OF NOWHERE; I never felt like Kieran was a spiritual person and then all of a sudden this happens. It would seem more plausible if Kieran showed signs of spirituality prior to that.
And lastly, I have absolutely no idea what the title means or refers to.
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Suma's pyschological drama reminds me of the opening to the "Twilight Zone":
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a diSuma's pyschological drama reminds me of the opening to the "Twilight Zone":
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone."
The whole of Imaginary Girls is based on questions answered and unanswered--wondering what's real and not. Suma keeps you wondering wondering wondering what's the mystery? what's happening? and keeps you reading up until the end...
...the end that I'm still wondering about.
The imagery, dialogue, and emotions are beautifully written, and the mystery of the night Chloe tried to swim the reservoir keeps you connected to the story. The loyalty of both sisters is both admirable and heart-breaking. Ruby's behavior is both empathetic and horrific. So nothing is purely one-sided.
But while the writing was beautiful, I found myself deeply disappointed. I wanted answers to the following questions:
(view spoiler)[ 1) How does Ruby know so much about the town of Olive beneath the reservoir? The reservoir doesn't seem to be an issue to the townspeople until that dreadful night so what is her connection? 2) Why does the town of Olive want to claim the life of Chloe so badly? What is their motivation for doing so? revenge against the people still living? 3) How did Ruby bring London back to life? (hide spoiler)]
I didn't like how the story was really about 2 stories: Ruby's mysterious influential power along with the mystery of the reservoir's power. For me, the focus on Ruby's power would have been enough of a creepy/psychological thriller: a girl who has power over her entire town. That was already creepy in and of itself so why did Suma add this reservoir element to it? The two phenomenon kept competing for my understanding and focus.
The story left me with too many questions without a solid answer. And while I commend Suma on her beautiful imagery and diction, I thought the plot itself was too void of interpretation leaving me frustrated and unsatisfied for a 2.5 stars.
(There are many many readers out there who have thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you like magical realism or the "Twilight Zone," I think you may enjoy this one more than I did.)
**Content Advisory** There are several teenage depictions of partying, drug usage, and sexual behavior--that I personally got tired of reading about page after page after page.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I can't really say much seeing as I've only made it to page 6. It's true, I'm probably biased by other reviewers who only gave it a 3 star so I'm goinI can't really say much seeing as I've only made it to page 6. It's true, I'm probably biased by other reviewers who only gave it a 3 star so I'm going to bench this one for now.
Maybe I'll return to it--but most likely I won't. Sorry....more
Meyer definitely changes things up with this sci-fi spin of the traditional Cinderella story. While there were elements of the original story (the "evMeyer definitely changes things up with this sci-fi spin of the traditional Cinderella story. While there were elements of the original story (the "evil" stepmother, the mean stepsister, servitude, a royal ball, a prince), thankfully, there were also some new ideas: a loving stepsister, a plague, a Cyborg foot instead of a glass slipper ;). So really, Meyer deserves a round of applause for making Cinder less than traditional.
Unfortunately, while the concept was intriguing, the execution needed a little help:
Cinder: As a cyborg, Cinder is part human/part machine and according to society, is seemingly less than "human." But while there were scenes and details that depicted discrimination towards Cyborgs (mostly only to her), I just plain couldn't relate. For me, I never felt like Cinder was less human...which stems greatly from the fact that in our present society, we don't look at humans who have mechanical parts (metal arms/legs, plastic heart valves, electronic pace makers) as less than human; in fact, we graciously praise those scientist for making it possible for these humans to live. Now, if Cinder's society is an extension of the human condition, then--based on what we know today--why would I consider Cyborgs inhuman? What made her society view them as such?
Since Cinder's character as a cyborg was such a key part to the story, this depiction of her made it extremely hard for me to understand WHY certain characters treated her as such. For me, Meyer, needed to expand on what I already feel today and change it so I can relate to her character's behavior.
New Beijing: Again, Kudos to Meyer for adding a little multiculturalism. However, the setting of New Beijing needs something more than a booth of buns and Asian-type references and names. What makes Beijing, NEW Beijing? And why Beijing? (In my mind, I kept envisioning Hong Kong--with it's bright lights of skyscrapers and electronics.) So, again Why Beijing? Who are the people living there? Why is there an emperor? Describe to me the smells, the food...give me a little background so I know where I am!
Lunar: As the story progresses, we are introduced to a competing society to earth: the people of Lunar who (you guessed it) live on. the. moon. While the introduction of another colony is intriguing, there wasn't much background to their existence except that they were an advanced human race that lives on the moon and can manipulate bio-electric energy to make you do what they want. And maybe I'm being a little picky here but...how do they live on the moon? Do they live in space stations? Is there gravity/air? The reason I ask is because in a later scene when pictures are taken of them, they appear to be STANDING STILL (not floating) on the moon without any helmets. ???!!!??? Also, why is Lunar and Earth at war with each other??!
I think the main interest of this story is it's adaptation to the traditional tale. Otherwise, the story line is predictable within the first few chapters, the introduction of lies that induce conflict is getting tiresome to see in story after story, and the lack of empathy for the mc makes this book lacking.
Again, I do applaud Meyer's sci-fi adaption and the bionic parts that make up Cinder, and the writing is decent (considering that it's in 3rd person--which I don't favor) so overall, I would give this 3.5 STARS. Interesting and somewhat enjoyable to read (if you can ignore the predictability)...I think I will read the next installment to see if there's improvement to the character/plot but it was still somewhat of a disappointment to me....more
I'm breathless and without words. It's been so long since I've read high fantasy, I'd forgotten how MUCH I miss and love it!As seen on Zombie Mommies.
I'm breathless and without words. It's been so long since I've read high fantasy, I'd forgotten how MUCH I miss and love it!
From the first pages of artwork, I was pulled into Ravka: A land marked by a dark stain filled with images of gnashing teeth surrounded by intricate designs. Her Russian inspired fantasy world was new and different from anything I'd ever read before.
The storytelling begins with the tale of an orphaned boy and girl who find refuge at the Duke's estate and then leads into Alina's perspective: from a nobody girl to a girl of power.
After reading so many debut books this year, I had almost given up on the possibility of one that would really shine...and I've finally found it in Shadow and Bone. Bardugo has crafted a tale with thought and care. The worldbuilding was done to perfection: the Russian inspired language and landscape transport you to this fantasy world. The details of clothing and scenery so carefully crafted that they seem almost close enough to touch.
Each of the characters are unique and filled with mystery. Alina: Funny and a bit stubborn and insecure. I loved her story and her struggle to understand her place as she gains social status and power. Mal: the cocky childhood friend whose loyalty never falters. The Darkling: the most powerful Grisha (magical elite) whose charisma may or may not be as it seems.
The plot twists and turns with a few dead ends you weren't sure how it could possibly turn out. My hands were glued to this book from the very beginning. Some of the distinctions of class were a little confusing at first, but by the end I understood it all. I CANNOT WAIT for the next installment. This is one story you don't want to miss!...more
I'm almost tempted to take my Enclave review from over a year ago, change a few points and call it done. I'm overdue in librAs seen on Zombie Mommies.
I'm almost tempted to take my Enclave review from over a year ago, change a few points and call it done. I'm overdue in library fines...and it's basically identical to how I feel about Outpost (just add the romance part.)
What this means is that what I thought about Aguirre's writing in Enclave is pretty much the same here...and I'm not yet sure if that's a good thing or not.
On the one hand, I very much enjoyed the background and thought process that went into the world of Outpost. Deuce has found herself in Salvation (a town based on fundamentalist/religious doctrine) and must figure out her role in it. The world building in Outpost is one of Aguirre's strengths in this series. She really tries to have you imagine what the world might look like if it went apocalyptic: there was the gang and underground life of Gotham, evidenced in Enclave and now in Outpost, another scene of life in a separate and guarded town much further away. Could this happen in reality? I think so. So in that regard, what Deuce tries to make sense of is real: how she was raised in her former life and what she is being taught now.
On the other hand, this would have made a much greater impression on me if there was more of a character focus. While the plot flowed smoothly (albeit slooowwwlly...), I didn't feel as connected to Deuce as I would have liked. And it really bothered me that I didn't; she's a strong fighter, loyal, and has a no-nonsense kind of attitude so why didn't I...like her? And then it hit me...she's a little too perfect. I'm not saying that she didn't make some really big mistakes in the story because she did, it's just that...as a character, she feels too flat, too good, too one-dimensional, too heroic. Sometimes I felt like Deuce's thought process was too mature:
"Whether there was any truth to it or not, I accepted that flaw in human nature. Topside or down below, they always needed someone to blame..."
"...it broke my heart into a thousand pieces. But it wasn't time to be angry; I couldn't focus on how his behavior made me feel. I had to recall that self-doubt sliced at him like hidden knives."
I'm not saying it isn't a good idea to go through this type of thought process because it is, but sometimes it felt like I was listening to a therapist talk--not a 16 year old girl. Granted I haven't lived Deuce's life but all this self-regulating-I-know-everything behavior just doesn't fit right.
Because the focus of the story presents society in an emerging new world, I understand why Aguirre's writing is so plot-driven. I do think there could have been more "show-not-tell" scenes that might have picked up the pacing of the story. Outpost seemed to go on and on without much happening (at least to me) until close to the end. (Then my heart started pounding. Finally!) I guess for an apocalyptic world, I tend to expect more edge-of-my-seat reading.
However, I do find the concept of the story fascinating and can make for some enlightening discussion material. And it's really because of that, that I give this 3.5/4 stars. I do think Aguirre has very nice descriptive writing. But what I am most happy about was the romance between Deuce and Fade! Sheesh, I'm such a sucker for romance. I do look forward to Horde(Book #3) but I might not be as fanatical about it as some other reads....more
Review: Sadly, I have no happy words on how to "start" this...
I went into Starters thinking it would be like a YA version of Grisham's The Firm but with a sci-fi twist to it. Maybe that was my first problem...
****Spoilers were included to make sense of the review.*********
The World: For a story that's supposed to take place in the future, it felt very bland and unimaginative. Most of the futuristic technology was similar to what we have today except for its name: text = zing, taser = zip taser, helicopter = heli, answering service = voiceZing, a large cookie = supertruffle, starters = young citizens, enders = old citizens. So why not just set the story in current time instead of trying to fake another world?
The Vaccine: Callie's parents are dead when "Spores" are sent to Los Angeles from an attacking nation. What the situation was, I'm not told except that it set the stage for those not vaccinated to die. Now I'm assuming these spores are some kind of biological warfare agent, maybe a virus or bacteria...But according to Price's FAQs, these spores are NOT viruses. So. Then...uh... what are they? If they are not viruses, then what kind of vaccine were the scientists creating? Price compares this vaccine to a flu vaccine that's given to the young, old, and infirm. But here's the thing I don't get: if the government knew that our immunity system could not defeat these "spores" (like a typical flu) then why would it even matter who they gave it to? Anyone non-vaccinated dies from exposure to the spore; it doesn't matter who they are. So looking at it in a purely LOGICAL sense, wouldn't you want to keep the middle-aged and younger generation alive to populate humanity and contribute to society? Why keep the OLDER generation-even if "modern medicine" could help them live to be two-hundred? AND if "modern medicine" could keep the old alive and well-functioning, then why would they need to rent a "younger body?"
Callie's Parents: Of course, Callie's parents didn't get the vaccine (since they are in the middle age group: 20-60). Also her dad did not want to use his "position" to acquire it. This made no sense to me at all: you're telling me that her dad would rather put his ethics before the welfare of his children? He KNOWS that if he and his wife are gone, Callie and her brother would be left on the streets (according to the rules of the government). Sorry, but I don't buy it: first, a parent would do anything to live and protect his/her children. second, you're telling me that the government did away with estate planning as well?
A poor choice of character: Callie She could've been such a great character. In the beginning, she's in a difficult situation and makes the choice to become a DONOR (a rented body for the Elders to use) to earn money to take care of her brother. But after she went to the Body Bank, I think her brain got switched because she acts so confusing. Through a malfunction to her brain chip she discovers (view spoiler)[that her renter wants to assassinate the Senator to prevent him from making a deal with Prime Destinations that will allow renters to permanently occupy donors. (hide spoiler)]
First, she doesn't want to be involved in killing anyone but then later on, she has a change of heart, and decides she can kill. What!!!??? And then there's the romance insta-love with the Senator's grandson Blake who she keeps thinking about. Which is somewhat understandable since she misses this fancy lifestyle but then later on she finds out he was actually a rented body occupied by the evil mastermind (Old Man) of Prime Destinations. And what do you think she thinks about that?
"I wasn't going to let the Old Man win. I wasn't going to let him strip away my sweet memories of the time with the boy I had thought was Blake.(But those memories weren't even about Blake, it was about the Old Man!!!!)
His touch transported me back to the times we'd spent together in his car. I'd missed all this so much.
It wasn't the Blake I knew. But it looked like him; it felt like him."(But again, it's NOT! Are you infatuated with his looks because obviously it WASN'T him in this body! Arghhhhh!!!!)
Then when she gets caught and sent to a prison/institution, she tries to prevent a girl from going to Prime Destinations WITHOUT telling her it's because they will do awful things.
"You're going to go with him [them], aren't you? I can't talk you out of it?(Of course you can't talk her out of it because you haven't said ANYTHING! Why would anyone believe you if you don't tell them the reason!!!!)
Oh, and then that poor girl DIES so Callie can escape. Now why would any girl that you've only known for a few days DIE for you?
Sci-Fi/Dystopia Fluff: What could have been an interesting premise (old people renting bodies from the young) was so poorly executed with weak details, unimaginative descriptions of sci/fi elements, and a senseless dystopic world. All this fluff didn't impact the plot of the story. It could have easily evolved the same way if Callie was orphaned by some other means, living on the streets without a war. It didn't add anything to the story. It was a confusing and left me irritated and frustrated.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The title may be cheesy albeit catchy, but I'm starting to really like this series. It's entertaining and basically a FUN light read. Kade writes as iThe title may be cheesy albeit catchy, but I'm starting to really like this series. It's entertaining and basically a FUN light read. Kade writes as if the MC's are speaking directly to you, without sounding overly slangish or cliche. I enjoyed the different perspectives between Alona and Will and the mixed signals they gave to each other. There are subtle insights into their insecurities. And I grew to really like them as a "couple."
I just wish the cover wasn't so cheesy. I don't like the depiction of the "Will" character on the front. And there was one scene that I didn't understand technically how that was possible: the scene when Will enters the hotel and (view spoiler)[ a 'real' fire develops there because of the ghostly presence? (hide spoiler)] I mean, how was that technically possible?
And I wasn't prepared for the ending and what happens to Alona but it also makes sense and I like how Kade didn't take the easy way out and resolved everything with a typical "happy ending" but ended it on a complicated situation. Kudos to you Kade!
Overall, I have to say, it was a FUN read for me. I don't know how to categorize those kinds of books. For me, it's like going to a "chickflick" movie: I go to be entertained and have a good time...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Oh, how I wanted to love this one: apocalypse, engineered organic beings, dystopia...it was everything I could've wanted...Unfortunately, the only thiOh, how I wanted to love this one: apocalypse, engineered organic beings, dystopia...it was everything I could've wanted...Unfortunately, the only thing I got out of this was a good night's sleep. The main challenge I had with this story was its pacing. It just took too long to get going. I also felt like the writing was somewhat bland for my taste...in an apocalyptic militarized world, I expected more suspense, more action, more snide remarks, less talking. There just wasn't enough to keep me going. And after meeting Dan Wells, I felt even worse for not finishing. Tried and Died around page 70....more
With Angels being the next big thing following the vampire/werewolf craze, it's been hard to find one that works. Most of the angel lore I've read areWith Angels being the next big thing following the vampire/werewolf craze, it's been hard to find one that works. Most of the angel lore I've read are so convoluted that my head is often spinning right after and some, are just plain ridiculous...
So I took a chance and Angelfall falls right into my Kindle. Amazing little device by the way. And I'm a bit hesitant because all my GR friends have raved about it and what if I don't like it?
Angelfall starts out so different from all the other Angel books-with the aftermath of earth destroyed by otherworldly beings. The Bay Area is torn apart by Angels. Civilians are left to their own devices for survival. In the middle is just another teen and her family trying to live long enough to get to another meal...until they happen upon an angel's brawl.
What makes Angelfall unique:
Indie Author: I admit; I was a bit (okay, really) skeptical about reading a self-published book. I don't have a lot any experience reading them (except for that time, a little boy tried to sell me his self-published picture book at a Book Festival); and I truly expected poor writing. But Ee delivered high quality material. And her reasons for becoming an indie author really clarified things for me and can be explained here: The Background of Angelfall.
The Angel Apocalypse: Angelfall makes you wonder what would really happen if the word was destroyed tomorrow. What causes humanity to change? What would you do to survive? While I loved that Angelfall started out this way, I did want to know more background to the destruction. There are a few clues here and there, and maybe Penryn doesn't really understand it all, but it would have been nice to know a little more. I still don't understand much about the Angel lore either; there's a scattering of information about them, but i don't feel like I have a clear construct of who they are, who Raffe is to them, and other definitions of nephilim, archangel, etc...
But at least there was NO insta-love: With fantasy-land being inundated with insta-love romance, Angelfall is an outlier. Penryn despises Angels but must save one in order to save her sister. I love the idea of two characters brought together under less than ideal circumstances who must determine how they feel about the other person. I did hope that there would be more hatred and anger from Penryn towards the Angel in the beginning. While there were several scenes that conveyed her disdain for him, I felt like it could have been more. And it's quite clear that Penryn is "attracted' to him even though she hates him. I think I would have liked it more if she didn't find him as attractive: would it have changed the story? Would she have eventually liked him? And the part where she decides to (view spoiler)[ kiss him at the club (hide spoiler)] still confuses me.
Plenty of witty dialogue: I love love a book with witty dialogue! Dialogue can either make or break a story and Angelfall definitely makes it. One of my personal favorites:
"My friends call me Wrath," Says Raffe. "My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What's your name, soldier boy?
A host of interesting characters: Outwardly, the angel Raffe has the cockiness of a warrior but inside is a mixture of hidden emotions. I loved his character the most. Penryn is determined and loyal but whose fears are always just at the surface. I loved that she was strong and knew how to throw a punch! I loved that she cared about her family albeit her creepy mother. The mother who makes you wonder how much is reality and how much is mental illness.
Overall: If it means anything, I survived 3 days on 5 hours of sleep just to read the next chapter and the next. It's a definite page turner, but I do have to say that the first 3/4 of the story didn't pull at my heartstrings as much as the last 1/4. However, Ee must have been doing something right during the build up because I cried. CRIED! And my heart broke at that one part (view spoiler)[ with his "new" wings (hide spoiler)]. And then everything about Raffe seemed to make sense. I really really liked this story, and I can't wait to read Ee's subsequent books! it's a definite read!
And for only $2.99 on Amazon, it's more than worth it! Unless you value your sleep, of course....
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Here's the thing about Fitzpatrick: I really really like her writing. To me, she writes great dialogue and her writing flows.
Unfortunately, it's the pHere's the thing about Fitzpatrick: I really really like her writing. To me, she writes great dialogue and her writing flows.
Unfortunately, it's the plot, characters, and all the other fluff that makes a story that doesn't work for me:
1)...so Nora's just returned from being kidnapped. And even if you don't remember being kidnapped, wouldn't you take a little more caution going out ALONE? But no, not Nora: "Oh, I just got kidnapped but now I'm going to try and stop a robbery since I'm all alone in the dark at a convenience store." Is this REAL?
2)Why is it that male characters in relationships think they should make decisions based on "what-THEY-think-is-best"? Did Patch really think that a mind-wipe was the BEST solution?
3)Why are Nora and Patch together? I don't remember why anymore. And quite honestly, I don't really know what's so great about Patch except that he's supposedly "HOT."
Overall, the entire Hush, Hush series is a little like ice cream: flavorful and delicious while empty of all nutrition.
Sam is an unsuspecting fast-food burger boy suddenly thrust into the throws of a madman to unearth who he reallyHow can you resist a title like that?
Sam is an unsuspecting fast-food burger boy suddenly thrust into the throws of a madman to unearth who he really is. Along with his buddy Ramon, his headless co-worker, Brooke, and a weregirl, Sam has to decide what he's really made of.
This was a witty and entertaining read with a side of suspense and mystery. Similar to Riordan's sarcastic style, McBride sets the tone for a wickedly funny tale that is also creepy and scary. For someone like me who is a "fraidy cat," McBride gives you just enough details at the 'scary scenes' to let your imagination take over without layering on the gory details.
I only wished that: *I could have seen more of Sam's powers develop and what he will use it for (maybe there will be a sequel?) *The scene with the weregirl and Sam (view spoiler)[ having sex (hide spoiler)] was just a little odd--even though it made sense in werewolf context but still just a bit disturbing that that happened. *which leads to my curiosity and desire to see more of a resolution b/w the weregirl and Sam. *Only a few lines of humor that I didn't like.
Overall, this story had both the humor and plot to match. Definitely a FUN read if you're looking for a light horror story with some humor.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I almost didn't make it to the end. Half-way through, I almost tossed it aside. Half-way through, I had to tell myself to just keep on going and finisI almost didn't make it to the end. Half-way through, I almost tossed it aside. Half-way through, I had to tell myself to just keep on going and finish. To tell you the truth, it lulled me to sleep a couple of times.
It wasn't that the writing was dull, it was just a slow...long...trek to uncover the truth behind Rose's sleep.
Found in a futuristic anti-aging tube in the basement of a wealthy condominium, Rose awakens after more than 60 years asleep. She finds herself suddenly thrust into the public eye as THE HEIR to a powerful interplanetary company. But as she tries to make sense of the present, there are still some unexplained memories in her past she must confront.
Rose is one of those characters that you have to look beyond the surface to see the complexities beneath. Initially, I found her to be quite plain and spineless. Sorry for the pun, but really, she's a fish out of water. Here she is 60 years later, a complete stranger in a new world, and not a single complaint or peep is heard. I wasn't sure where this story was going...because, like I said, I was just trudging along...
But by the end, everything made sense, and it took that long, slow climb to finally reveal WHO Rose truly is, was, and will become.
It's a story of a broken soul who eventually finds herself. Unlike the fairy tale (Sleeping Beauty) and refreshingly so, (view spoiler)[ the story does not have the typical "HAPPILY EVER AFTER ENDING," and the PRINCE doesn't sweep her away to happiness (hide spoiler)] But it does however give a deep and thought provoking look into the life of a scared little girl (view spoiler)[ abused by her parents (hide spoiler)] who has the will to LIVE ON.
My only challenges to the story are: 1. I wanted a more "futuristic" quality to it: more unique technology and less forced slang. 2. Some scenes seemed unrealistic: (view spoiler)[ when she gets her fingers burned at the end, she's still able to draw? (hide spoiler)] 3. And while the ending provided resolution, it was still (view spoiler)[ sad. But that's not really a criticism and more of me just wanting a "happy ending." (hide spoiler)]:) 4. The addition of the (view spoiler)[ missing brother and sister (hide spoiler)] seemed a out of place and unnecessary.
But overall, after I closed the book, its story still haunted me into the next day...and that's always a good thing. Hope you enjoy it too!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
After waiting and waiting and WAITING for the US Debut of Graffiti Moon, I finally grabbed a copy and breezed right through it in one morning. I literAfter waiting and waiting and WAITING for the US Debut of Graffiti Moon, I finally grabbed a copy and breezed right through it in one morning. I literally could not put it down.
Told in alternating voices, Crowley paints a clear picture of Lucy and Ed's fears, insecurities, and pleasures. I loved their banter and their he-said/she-said. I laughed out loud a few times. The descriptions of the artwork really blew me away: I wanted to picture the art on the walls; I wanted to sit in a museum interpreting a piece's meaning; I wanted to get my hands on a piece of charcoal and try sketching. And even though there were some tough decisions and topics that came up, Crowley knew just how to touch on the seriousness of the topic without making it overly heavy.
With so many different characters, I was worried they would all sound somewhat the same or be so drastically different. To my surprise, each of the characters had a unique voice. Also Crowley was somehow able to show that boys do have that sensitive side to them without making them appear "weak."
I enjoyed the lingo, and it made me feel like I was right there in Australia. My only disappointment was the unnecessary frequent usage of the f*** word: someone needs to clean out that boy's mouth.
A very talented writer and and enjoyable read; one that will not disappoint....more
What happened to the gorgeous covers of the first 2?! Don't get me wrong; it's a "nice" cover but there is some awkwardness to the image. And why theWhat happened to the gorgeous covers of the first 2?! Don't get me wrong; it's a "nice" cover but there is some awkwardness to the image. And why the hands when the first 2 didn't? And that darkish coral-colored dress? Okay, maybe it's a bit more vibrant than actual coral, but....still.
But aside from the 1 or 2 annoying references to CORAL, the Dark Divine has captured my heart. I need to ride up to the top of a skyscraper and confess my adoration...although no one would probably hear me from the top so I guess the internet will have to do:
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE DARK DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Despain's trilogy comes to the PERFECT end with The Savage Grace. I certainly saw Despain's talent and storytelling grow with this series. I could picture the fight scenes in my mind, the pain of the characters, and even connect with the metaphor of the wolf. The conflicts and solutions were so seamlessly stitched together to an ending that wraps everything up in a nice bow (almost--(view spoiler)[ unfortunately, Talbot's still out there (hide spoiler)]. She kept me guessing with several of the characters: who's side are they really on...up until the very end. I could feel the conflict Grace felt from within and the scenes between her and Daniel...well...ahhhh...swoon.
The only things I was slightly annoyed about were: 1) the coral color--yes, I really really don't. like. it. and quite honestly can't imagine a teenager actually approving of it either. So yes, I am tiny bit worried about Grace Divine's choice of favorite color...coral-colored bed sheets? I've seen coral-colored bed sheets and they remind me of an 80-year-old woman's house. REALLY?!! CORAL??!!!!
2) Whoever proofread this may have been doing it at 2 in the morning: there were way too many missing words making it frustrating to read.
3) I had forgotten a lot of what happened in book 1 & 2 (especially all the werewolf lore) that made reading this one confusing at times trying to remember what an Urbat or Akh was, how the werewolf infection worked, and Talbot's relationship with Grace in Book 2. I think it would have been easier if I read each book right after the other.
Overall though, I'm just a sucker for paranormal romance or for wolves or butt-kicking chicks or childhood loves...But whatever the reason, The Savage Grace left me with that heart aching feeling you get after reading a story and wishing you could live in that world just a little longer. Those are my 5 STAR books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
After reading the sequel, I have to say that for me, this series is about right there in the middle: It's okay, and there are some entertaining characAfter reading the sequel, I have to say that for me, this series is about right there in the middle: It's okay, and there are some entertaining characters (Zo and Valerie) and climatic scenes but overall, I wish it could have been better.
The plot was interesting and what happens to Dante as he goes through the door is unexpected. (And it was a nice change to see Abby as the heroine instead of reading about another male saving her and everyone else.)
When Zo returns to the river, he makes changes to Abby's life that we see unfold in the story. I really enjoyed seeing the changes but I wished Mangum had added more details about what Zo did to initiate the change. Mangum was able to capture Zo's devious character in this one and I could really feel that Zo was a psychopath. Valerie's mental instability also really drew me in on this one; Mangum was able to SHOW ME how her mind has been taken over by her experience at the bank in HGD. V also makes an appearance, and his loyalty comes into question: (view spoiler)[ Is he still working for Zo or does he want to help Abby? (hide spoiler)]. We also learn more about V's relationship with Valerie and I have to say, I felt more about their relationship than of Abby and Dante.
The end was a bit predictable (only because you already know that she will (view spoiler)[ have to go through the door and go back in time...Mangum foreshadowed this in the prologue of HGD (hide spoiler)]. And I am interested to find out how Abby will return her timeline back to "normal."
But with Abby, I'm still not sure how I feel about her; I don't feel that invested. Her determination is admirable but sometimes I feel she should be wiser about the things she says and does.
For example (I ried to keep the spoilers vague but enter at your own risk): 1. During a confrontation with Zo, she blames him for causing Jason to break up with her and for preventing any "unseen possibilities" with him. Shouldn't Abby be over Jason already? She's now with the love of her life Dante so why does she keep returning to this subject? Wasn't it a good thing that Jason broke up with her? She wasn't even that happy with him so why the obsession with the break-up? I don't get it.
2. I quickly came to understand how volatile Zo's presence is to the erosion of the bank/river. SEVERAL times during the story, there is the constant reminder that "names" are important and that Zo is listening. So if it became clear to me so quickly, why does Abby completely IGNORE that warning?! And in the end, it's actually (view spoiler)[ Abby that causes Zo to appear at the door just as she is about to enter (hide spoiler)].
3. When present-day events begin to change, I'm not convinced with the way Abby responds to it. When changes first begin to occur, I understand her panic, and she does try to "go with the flow" in making the best of the situation. But it was when (view spoiler)[ Hannah disappears that she lashes out at her mom for not knowing who Hannah is and for "turning 'Hannah's' room into a guest room". (hide spoiler)]. Now, I know Abby's in shock but by now she's had so many experiences with life changing that doesn't she realize she can't be angry or upset with (view spoiler)[ her mom for Hannah's disappearance (hide spoiler)]?
Overall, it's an entertaining read...just as long as you don't think about it TOO much...and just take it for what it is. There are a few areas that still just don't make any sense to me like (view spoiler)[ how printed photographs (and not digital one) can fix someone in time (hide spoiler)] And sadly, I just don't feel that much for Abby and Dante's relationship or even Abby for that matter. And honestly, I'm not that compelled to read the 3rd one even though I am determined to finish the series. I just wish there was something more to their relationship, and I can't seem to point my finger to what is missing...Anyone?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
At some point in the future, humans colonize the planet Loka. It is here on the continent of Svarga that different caste systems exist with True HumanAt some point in the future, humans colonize the planet Loka. It is here on the continent of Svarga that different caste systems exist with True Humans at the top (gestated in the womb) while "Genetically Engineered Non-humans" exist to serve those above them. These GENS are born into tanks and fused with technology, a skill set (sket) and animal DNA.
As best friends Mishalla and Kayla embark on their separate assignments, new information comes to light to either destroy them or set them free.
Sandler's premise of a Genetically altered population of beings is an interesting one: What makes a human, human? Her story telling is creative and the plot moves along at a good pace.
While I enjoyed her story-telling, I felt like her themes and scientific explanations could have been further developed: (view spoiler)[ 1) If GENs are tankborn, do they have belly-buttons? This may seem like a non-point, but if belly buttons are used to nurture in the womb, would tankborns have any? And if they didn't, wouldn't this unique absence definitively identify them? (So there would have been no question later on if a human was true or GEN.) To me, this would have had a stronger impact on my feeling for them as GENs than would "animal DNA."
2) There are several references to "animal DNA" but it was not clarified or discussed in depth except to say Dolphin DNA helps to nurture, etc...(which I wonder where they got that from anyways). If the "animal DNA" is a marker to their non-human status, then I want to know why truehumans discriminate against it. If the GENs exhibited some animal feature in their physical appearance, it would compel me more to believe on their discrimination. Or was it just the idea of them being more animalistic.
3) The origin of their society seemed too simplified: one group had money to build the ships (so they became trueborns), another group built it (so they become the demis), etc...HOWEVER, what compelled them to build a ship anyways? Was the planet EARTH dying? Was this just an exploration/colonization journey?
4) Along those same lines, why the segregation in skin color? Did all the separate groups come from a specific continent on earth? Did they come from America? Africa? Asia? If they did, what was the reason? Were all the rich people on earth of dark descent? All the poor of lighter descent? Why?
5) In the end, when you discover who Kayla really is, I think that's just an easy-out to what the theme of the story is about. If we're supposed to feel sympathy for GENs (and discover what makes you human), what does it mean that she's technically not really one? All of my feelings are now null because she wasn't really a GEN in the first place? Let me feel and connect with one who REALLY IS. (hide spoiler)]
Of course, there are many topics to discuss in comparing our OWN society's distinction of class and color and stereotypes but to me, it felt like reading a history book than feeling it. Too many themes interwoven that I felt lost and had a hard time focusing on what the author was trying to convey.
Overall, somewhat entertaining; I think some details are missing and provide some holes to what could be more of a fulfilling story. It's a bit predictable. And while there were some gut-wrenching moments, I wanted to feel more for the GENs. The idea is unique and multiculturalism is great to see in a book, but I would have liked it flushed out further.
Personally, The House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer was a much more compelling read that also had genetic cloning and multiculturalism.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more