I think people would have been prepared for Mockingjay if they had read the Underland Chronicles first, especially this book.
And I remember people com...moreI think people would have been prepared for Mockingjay if they had read the Underland Chronicles first, especially this book.
And I remember people complained about the epilogue in Mockingjay, and well...at least it got an epilogue. :(
I had a couple of questions about the ending, and I planned on listing them in this review. But I think I probably just need some time to really think about it and figure it out. (Use my imagination. What Suzanne Collins would probably say to me if I asked her these questions. :p)
Anyway, great series! Wonder what her next book or series will be about.(less)
Might be my favorite book in the series so far. I love the characters. Gregor, Luxa, Boots, Temp, Ripred, and Ares are all great. And I can totally un...moreMight be my favorite book in the series so far. I love the characters. Gregor, Luxa, Boots, Temp, Ripred, and Ares are all great. And I can totally understand why Ripred is Suzanne Collins's favorite character.
Since this series is for a younger audience, it's a bit more lighter and funnier than The Hunger Games. But really, it's not that much different. Sad things happen. There's war and hunger and death. And there's creepy stuff too. (Like with what happened to a bat in the previous book or the plague in this book. Really grossed me out.) There was a quote I wrote down from the first book that really made me think of THG, but I misplaced the paper I wrote it down on. Don't want to give spoilers, so I would say it was something like....life would never be the same but at least they had each other.
Suzanne Collins is definitely one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to finish reading this series. :)(less)
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke u...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, her parents are getting divorced, and she's been forced to see a psychologist after she tells her parents that a guy has been stalking her. A guy that apparently only she can see.
Things only get worse for Kylie when she's caught at a party with alcohol, and at the advice of the psychologist, Kylie's parents send her to Shadow Falls Camp for the summer. Shadow Falls is suppose to be a camp for troubled teens, but Kylie quickly realizes that no one at the camp is normal. Everyone is a supernatural, and there are all types: vampires, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, etc.
In this book, supernaturals can figure out if a person is a supernatural, and what type of supernatural they are, by reading the person's brain pattern. Kylie is different though. For some reason, no one is able to read her brain pattern. They know she's not a normal person, but that's about it. Kylie, thinking that they are wrong about her, spends the majority of the book wishing/hoping/praying that she is not a supernatural.
And I felt that's really all that happened in the book.
Other than Shadow Falls Camp being a promoter of peace between the different species of supernaturals, teenage supernaturals go to the camp to learn how to harness their powers. Or so it states in the book's summary. Throughout the book I was waiting to read some kind of scene like that, but it never happened. There was just a bunch of talking and questions from Kylie. It seemed most of her questions were not answered until later or at all because nobody seemed to know or have the answers. That was probably to add to the mystery, but I just wish it didn't take the entire book to find out whether or not Kylie was a supernatural. Especially since it was obvious that she's a supernatural (and it got pretty annoying how much she was in denial).
As for everything else in the book... I think the most intriguing scenes were with the "ghost stalker." When we found out the ghost's story, I was surprised. Didn't see it coming. I liked Kylie's new friends Miranda and Della. The bickering between Miranda and Della was pretty funny at times. The love-triangle... Well, I tend to dislike love-triangles. I didn't hate this one, but I wasn't impressed with it either. It was a typical love-triangle. Instant attraction. Kylie couldn't stop thinking about either Lucas or Derek. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend Trey. I thought I would be rooting for one of these guys by the end, but nope, I'm not. Not much progress.
Like I mentioned before, not all the questions were answered. There is still a lot of mystery. But I guess that's why this is a series, not a stand-alone. And even though I felt like there wasn't enough action in this book, I'm intrigued enough that I would probably read the sequel.(less)
For as long as she can remember, Michele's had the same recurring dream about a young, blue-eyed man. The dream always leaves her wondering a...more3.5 stars
For as long as she can remember, Michele's had the same recurring dream about a young, blue-eyed man. The dream always leaves her wondering and wanting to know more about him, but that's all she can do. Because he's not real, only a dream. But after a tragedy forces Michele to live with her grandparents all the way in New York City, and with the help of a key left behind by a family member, Michele is transported back in time and discovers that the mysterious man may not be a dream after all.
While I liked the idea of the story, it didn't hold my interest as much as I had hoped. I didn't feel a connection to the characters, and I also felt the relationships were a bit too rushed, which didn't make them seem very believable. Such as Michele and Philip's relationship. Michele has dreamt about Philip all her life, and Philip has seen Michele once before, but they didn't really know each other. When they finally met, there wasn't much suspense or build-up. They immediately accepted each other and fell in love. Then there's the ancestors Michele met. Clara, Lily, and Stella. I felt they also accepted Michele way too easily. First they freaked out, but after Michele gave them a pretty simple explanation as to why she was there, they calmed down and talked to Michele as if they've known her their whole lives. It just seemed too convenient.
As for the story, I didn't really get into it until the last 100 pages. I am glad that not everything was resolved by the end. I thought I had everything figured out too, and in a way I was right, but the ending still made me go, "How did that happen?" Thankfully, Timeless is not a stand-alone, and although this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, I'm curious to find out what happens next.(less)
In Demonkeepers, the Nightkeepers must find a way to access the library of their ancestors in order...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
In Demonkeepers, the Nightkeepers must find a way to access the library of their ancestors in order to acquire knowledge of new spells and prophecies. Their only hope in finding the library is with Lucius. A human who has the Prophet's power lying within him. However, after rituals and blood sacrifices fail, it is decided that another type of magic should be used to try and awaken Lucius's powers. Sex magic. Although not having seen Lucius in months and not truly knowing the status of their relationship, Jade, who is tired of being on the sidelines, volunteers.
Demonkeepers is the second book I've read in Jessica Andersen's "Final Prophecy" series. From reading Nightkeepers, there were some characters that I wanted to know more about, like Rabbit, Sven, Cara, and Jade. When I realized the fourth book was Jade and Lucius's story, I was very intrigued and couldn't wait to get started.
I must say that I really enjoyed the book. I liked Jade and Lucius. They were great characters, and I could easily connect with them. Both wanted to do more than what they felt they were actually capable of doing. Even though there were times where I was frustrated with them because they kept pulling back from each other, I thought they had an interesting (and hot) relationship. I was glad when they both began to realize that magic was not the only answer. And I was definitely rooting for them till the very end.
After reading this one, I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. Thank you goes out to the author, Jessica Andersen, for sending me a copy of the book! :)(less)
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was such a cute and enjoyable book! It had it's sad and heartbreaking...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was such a cute and enjoyable book! It had it's sad and heartbreaking moments, but at the same time, there were many uplifting and happy moments. I loved Amy and Roger's journey together. They were great characters. I especially loved Roger! He was so nice and completely adorable. I also loved the romance that blossomed between them. Their relationship really helped them both develop and grow as people. It was gradual and sweet and made me smile. Honestly, the entire story just put a huge smile on my face!
This book featured a road trip across the US, starting in California and ending in Connecticut. I was actually on my way to Florida when I started reading this book, so I felt like I could relate to Amy and Roger in a way. The long hours in the car, taking food and restrooms breaks, listening to music, and watching the scenery pass by. Amy and Roger's trip sounded fun and exciting. I loved the pit stops they made along the way. Whenever I recognized something like a landmark, restaurant, song, or anything featured in this story, I couldn't help but to point it out to whoever was sitting beside me on the car ride. It was great!
I have to say I was extremely impressed with Roger's playlists that were scattered throughout the book. I didn't know all the musicians, but there were some that I was shocked and happy to see! St. Vincent, The Knife, Röyksopp, Passion Pit, and Animal Collective to name a few. I had a heart attack when I saw that the Röyksopp song mentioned was "What Else Is There?"! I love that song so much! It just surprised me that Roger (and the author, who has AWESOME taste, by the way) knew about these groups because sometimes I feel like my sisters and I are the only ones who listen to them.
So, my review seems to have focused mostly on certain random stuff mentioned in the book... I couldn't help it though! I just love it when authors include things readers can identify from their own lives. It's a nice feeling. Almost nostalgic. As for the actual story, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour had everything to make it a perfect summer read for me. The ending of the characters' journey was bittersweet and completely satisfying. I'm definitely keeping on eye out for any other books Morgan Matson writes.(less)
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty much returned to normal for Violet after the incident during the Homecoming dance. Things change, though, when she discovers the body of a young boy stashed in a cargo ship container in Seattle. Violet is later contacted by the FBI, who want to know exactly how she managed to locate the body. This is when Violet's problems begin.
It's hard not to compare this book with The Body Finder. Both books are similar in that there's chapters for the 'stalker' and Violet needs to figure out that person's identity before an innocent person gets hurt or even killed. Some of the differences in this book are that there's a couple new characters and Violet is much more secretive. I will admit that those are the reasons I didn't love it like I did the previous book. Of course new characters are to be expected, but I didn't have much of a feel for them. The brother and sister felt random. And the FBI characters seemed really important, but they didn't get much scenes. (Maybe the author is saving them for a third book?) As for Violet and her secrets, I got pretty annoyed with her when she kept information from everyone, including Jay. Those secrets just led to more problems and caused her to be upset throughout the book. Sometimes it was a bit too much.
There were some other issues I had with the book, but they were minor compared to how I felt about the new characters and the secrets. And while I didn't love it as much as The Body Finder, I did enjoy Desires of the Dead overall. The moments between Violet and Jay were probably my favorite parts to read. I would recommend this sequel to those who liked The Body Finder and want to know what happens next with Violet (and Jay).(less)
All the books had humor, but this one made me laugh so much. There was also more moments between Eugenides and the...moreEugenides owned. It was so awesome.
All the books had humor, but this one made me laugh so much. There was also more moments between Eugenides and the queen, which made me Awww... I loved this book. It's my favorite out of the first three books. :)(less)