This might actually be my favorite of the books thus far. I've finally mostly gotten over the way Faythe's name is spelled and in return, Faythe has fThis might actually be my favorite of the books thus far. I've finally mostly gotten over the way Faythe's name is spelled and in return, Faythe has finally started to grow up. She still does a few really stupid things that you know are going to bite her in the ass later on, but she's also started to realize that if she's going to lead one day, she's got to make sure she sets a better example....more
I have such a soft spot for MA Saves the Day. It's the first time MA really stands up for herself and it also sets up her fighting style with the BSC.I have such a soft spot for MA Saves the Day. It's the first time MA really stands up for herself and it also sets up her fighting style with the BSC. She takes their abuse until she snaps and then she hits them right where it hurts the most.
Most importantly for me, Dawn is introduced and I love the weird triangle it throws Dawn/MA/Kristy into. ...more
Truly Madly is a good, quick read. Originally I intended to wait until my days off to attempt reading it, but my "quick peek" pretty much turned intoTruly Madly is a good, quick read. Originally I intended to wait until my days off to attempt reading it, but my "quick peek" pretty much turned into a race to the finish because I didn't want to put the book down. Immediately after I finished it, I wanted the sequel as well as to pass the book off to at least three people I knew who'd love it.
I like LucyD, which is getting harder and harder to say about heroines these days. She's funny and charming, and I can't wait to see what other situations she manages to get herself into.
Mystery wise, I managed to guess the twist fairly early on, but there were plenty of times I second guessed myself, so it was still a fun ride.
There were a couple of flaws.
One is the way Lucy keeps saying, "In all my 28 years" or something similar. We get it. You're 28. Luckily this bad habit seems to be broken by the second half of the book.
The other? It's taken Lucy how long to realize she could just see if the lost people she bemoans being unable to help were also wearing lost objects. I spent the first half of the book wondering why she couldn't and then... she finally caught on. Luckily, when it's explained, she seems to have a bit of a, "Why didn't I think of that? Duh!" moment herself.
So, very small flaws in an otherwise good book. ...more
Slumber Party was the very first Pike book I ever read. It was so good that I immediately had to hunt down his other books. In retrospect, I'm bettingSlumber Party was the very first Pike book I ever read. It was so good that I immediately had to hunt down his other books. In retrospect, I'm betting my mother probably regrets picking this one out for me.
Despite being more than 20 years old, the book holds up well with some stilted dialog being the only thing that bugs me. I'm still a sucker for the backstory and the way it colors Lara's perceptions of her friends and their ill fated ski trip.
Plus, I've never quite managed to get the mental image of Nicole going up in flames out of my head....more
I'm a sucker for just about any of the early super thrillers, but this one is one I always forget until I re-read it. In retrospect this probably saysI'm a sucker for just about any of the early super thrillers, but this one is one I always forget until I re-read it. In retrospect this probably says many bad things about the plot, but I like to think of it as a plus. It's like always having a new SV book to read.
Poor Nicholas Morrow just can't catch a break. He falls for Liz before she's seriously cheating on her boyfriend at every turn, and even when she's between boyfriends he still can't get any love. Then they kill his sister (to whom he was always a little overly attached) and basically only bring him out for the next fifteen books to point out how sad and heartbroken the boy is.
THEN he finally gets a love interest and she's being held prisoner by her psychotic "uncle" and... yeah. That never turns out well. Boy cannot catch a break....more
Since I'm not the target audience, I considered giving Switched an extra star since I'm betting my eight year old self would have loved it that much.Since I'm not the target audience, I considered giving Switched an extra star since I'm betting my eight year old self would have loved it that much. Identical twins adopted by different families? Reunited years later and one of them is a vampire in a town where the vampires don't really hide? Yeah. Younger me would have been in heaven. As it was, I was a little bored because there's not really anything to keep the book moving besides a whole lot of twin switching.
It's fluffier than marshmallow fluff, but it sets up further books which might have more substance and it's fun to read. ...more
**spoiler alert** Cover aside, I enjoyed KoL more than I did Generation Dead. I gather that puts me in the minority based on the reviews, but there yo**spoiler alert** Cover aside, I enjoyed KoL more than I did Generation Dead. I gather that puts me in the minority based on the reviews, but there you have it. I liked reading about the other characters (aside from Phoebe) and how they were or weren't adapting to things.
I... don't really buy the Adam/Phoebe relationship. I get that he loves her. That I buy. But I don't really feel that Phoebe loves Adam. Maybe it's something that will take time or maybe it's that she spends half the book acting as if she has to love him or else he'll have died in vain. Which is guilt, not love, and other characters point that out. Hell, Phoebe and Adam both do as well.
I want Pete killed horribly and Karen back. But mostly I want the third book. Now. Waiting? Not my specialty. ...more
**spoiler alert** The Things That Keep Us Here is an exceptionally painful book at times. Not because it's awful but because awful things happen. Ther**spoiler alert** The Things That Keep Us Here is an exceptionally painful book at times. Not because it's awful but because awful things happen. There's just enough room left between the lines to imagine what would happen "if." If the pandemic we've been panicking about for the last year really did happen (although in this case it's H5N1) and if it was so much worse than we ever expected.
If you're looking for one of those epidemic books where you can't go three words without hitting a very long, very garbled scientific explanation, this is not the book for you. There's enough science to keep things rolling at the beginning of the book, but for the most part Things expects that you already know that a pandemic is the worst nightmare you've never given quite enough thought to before.
Instead, the book works because it focuses on how one family's world implodes during the aftermath of the avian flu. Simple things like grocery shopping or stopping to talk to a neighbor become far more dangerous than one would imagine and therein lies the hook. You're forced to stop and wonder what you would do in each circumstance. Would you continue to go to work at a job that would constantly expose you to the deadliest disease in decades? Would you pay nine dollars for a can of tuna or would you be the person who feels justified in price gouging to such an extreme? Would you let an infected friend in when they came begging for help or would you lock the door?
There are a couple of issues I have a bit of a hard time with in Things. When trying to explain this awesome (but horrible for my ability to sleep and then go to work at a job where people seem to delight in sneezing right in your face) book, I realized the shopping trip that made me so angry I was shaking (on behalf of the characters) happened... Day One. And I'm not really sure that people would degenerate quite that quickly on the first day of an announced pandemic. Day two, sure. But day one seems a bit premature, particularly when the general population hits the mall on days two and three. The scene is a good one but I fear it happens a little too early.
Also, when looking back on the book, there seems to be an overabundance of back story drama. On the one hand, it doesn't seem to be quite so much while actually reading the story. On the other, after it's all said and done, I can't help but think... that's an awful lot of crap thrown at them before the book even started. Was it just to push Ann and Peter's marriage to the breaking point? The way it comes across in the book, they seem to have just never really recovered from losing their son, William. Do they really need Alzheimer's, a probable suicide, and cancer all thrown in the mix as well? This isn't to say it's not realistic but looking back it does seem a bit like overkill.
Even with these small flaws that may apply only to me, I couldn't put the book down. I originally planned on reading maybe a chapter or two every morning after work but that first day I managed to read halfway through before I even realized what I was doing. The story haunts even as it races along....more
You know how every short story collection has at least a couple of stories you suspect were only included to meet a magical number (in this case it'sYou know how every short story collection has at least a couple of stories you suspect were only included to meet a magical number (in this case it's thirteen) or because the editor is friends with the author or something?
The closest this collection comes is Cassandra Clare's entry and that's simply because I don't remember what it was about, despite having read it yesterday. Just about everyone else is already on my "Love them!" list or is now on my "read... more!" list. Bonus points for some of the vampires actually being villains. ...more