**spoiler alert** There are books that surprise you. And there are books where you know the end the moment the proper characters appear on the page. T**spoiler alert** There are books that surprise you. And there are books where you know the end the moment the proper characters appear on the page. The moment Sam arrives, you know he will end up with Emily. There's a moment or two as we head towards the inevitable where you wonder if maybe you were wrong and she'll end up with the Golden God, whose name really shouldn't escape me at the moment, but does [It's Oliver.] because he's just there to represent Emily's idealized version of him. His actual personality isn't really needed until the last fourth of the book and even then, it's not actually required.
Emily is the virgin and there a lot of circular conversations involving her virginity and how positively lovely she is. Truthfully Emily bored me to tears more often than not, and only really seemed to come alive when discussing Saltwater, her dream shop, and occasionally when sparking with Caitlin or Sam. Perhaps that's the point. The only people who challenge Emily to any degree are Caitlin, a friend of a friend, and occasionally Sam, but even that's only by accident. Everyone else kept her in her bubble, where they could neatly keep her pristine and Emily didn't have to do anything but exude her untouched beauty.
I preferred Caitlin and Sam's brief moments in the spotlight. Caitlin managed to buy into the Protect Emily At All Costs mentality while also railing against it. She believed Emily was capable of surviving the heartbreaks that life might throw her way if she'd only step up to the plate, but the moment she realized her plan to hook Oliver, Emily's dream man, and Emily up would be a bad idea because of who Oliver really was, Caitlin seemed to forget the plan behind the plan. Get Emily over Oliver and back into reality.
Caitlin's bit of a subplot about actually liking her boyfriend was interesting, but rushed and at parts seemed at odds with what was actually presented. She wanted to kiss Oliver, but didn't want to be seen as snagging him for herself. Fair enough, that I can see. Oliver kisses her, Leon [the boyfriend] sees, and suddenly she's afraid of losing him? Fair enough in theory as well, but it didn't work quite as well.
Skim the talks about how wonderful Emily is and most of the virginity discussions [they will be repeated, don't worry] and the book is fluffy enough, so long as you don't mind taking the obvious route from point A to Z. ...more
This book creeped me out more than a little. But it did so in ways that didn't necessarily seem obvious until you'd raced to the end of the book [allThis book creeped me out more than a little. But it did so in ways that didn't necessarily seem obvious until you'd raced to the end of the book [all the lights in the room blazing, because of course midnight had come and gone] and were left trying to process everything. You know a book has done it's job well when the wait until morning seems unbearable, but there's no way you'll be able to sleep in the dark....more
Let me state that I don't really remember any Stevie or Mim chapters. Chapters where something important happens to them? Sure. Chapters from their poLet me state that I don't really remember any Stevie or Mim chapters. Chapters where something important happens to them? Sure. Chapters from their point of view? Not so much.
The Missing Girl comes very close to living up to the promise of the story idea, but alternates between being entirely too short overall and a bit too long in sections. There's a bit of creeping dread in that you know one of them is going to go missing, but they don't know it [obviously] but by the time one of them does, the book kind of runs like crazy toward the end, when it could have put on the brakes a little and drawn out the tension a little more.
Oddly enough, the most satisfying [and creepy] were from his point of view, which is what pushes the book from merely okay to good, and maybe even further than that. ...more
It's always nice to see Susan get a little bit of the spotlight with Molly. Molly and Susan are paired together for a project, but have vastly differeIt's always nice to see Susan get a little bit of the spotlight with Molly. Molly and Susan are paired together for a project, but have vastly different ideas of how to present it.
Molly wants to go with the old standard of reading it, possibly with a timeline that she will then point to during particularly important parts.
Susan, on the other hand, wants to go all out and dress up like George Washington [the subject of their project] and re-enact certain scenes from his life.
Molly is mortified. Everyone will laugh AT Susan, certainly not with her, and after all the humiliation, they'll get a lousy grade on top of it all. No way, no how.
Susan's hurt that Molly thinks so little of her idea and has so little faith in her abilities. Their friendship might just be over if they can't work through the mess.
Very cute. I always wanted to swing more of Susan's way, but I was definitely a Molly. I knew full well the moment you stepped out of the box, you just left more of yourself exposed for ridicule. ...more
Good grief there is a lot of sorrow in the Kirsten [and Kaya] books. Which might explain the love I have. Anyway, Kirsten meets a young boy and promisGood grief there is a lot of sorrow in the Kirsten [and Kaya] books. Which might explain the love I have. Anyway, Kirsten meets a young boy and promises not to tell anyone about him. Problem is, she's not sure how long he can survive without anyone to help him, plus the kid is more than a little violent.
So Kirsten has to decide whether to break her promise or keep it and keep quiet, even if it means something awful happening to the little boy....more
Oddly enough, I think this is the one that made me tear up most, simply because when you look at it, up til this point everything Kaya loves seems toOddly enough, I think this is the one that made me tear up most, simply because when you look at it, up til this point everything Kaya loves seems to disappear. So it makes sense that she'd want something as close to permanent as a pet would be.
And of course, since she's Kaya, it doesn't work out quite as well as she'd hoped....more
I laughed until I almost cried. I love, love, love this book. And even more than that, I think I love each of the characters in it, in their own way.I laughed until I almost cried. I love, love, love this book. And even more than that, I think I love each of the characters in it, in their own way. Even the annoying ones. That's how good this book is.
If it even vaguely sounds like something you might like to read, you really should. ...more
I figure I find about five books a year that I feel the need to push on other people, and of those five, maybe two are sort of a universal read.
LookinI figure I find about five books a year that I feel the need to push on other people, and of those five, maybe two are sort of a universal read.
Looking for Alaska would be one of the universals.
If I could go back in time and smack myself in the head for not reading this sooner, I would. I won't say Pudge has the average sort of life you expect either from reality or a fictional teenager, but odds are good you'll relate to something about him. He heads off to boarding school in Alabama of all places in search of a Great Perhaps. And he finds it, although at a price higher than he expected to pay.
The book is split into Before and After, with a countdown to the moment that divides the two. Be good, don't flip ahead to figure out what happens. It takes a little while to get into fully, but once you do, you'll be hooked. I laughed aloud at things and I cried miserably at others.
As a side note, a lot of people have commented on the drug use and drinking but they don't seem to mention it's not as if these things are portrayed without consequences or the acknowledgment that they get away with more than they should given their unique circumstances. It's hardly a case of glorifying 'bad' behavior as some would have you believe. Weird. ...more
**spoiler alert** There are two kinds of SV fans. Those who realize that this is the best book of the series, or at least on the very short list of th**spoiler alert** There are two kinds of SV fans. Those who realize that this is the best book of the series, or at least on the very short list of the best... and those who don't.
I re-read The Evil Twin every year for Christmas because it's not Christmas without Margo trying to kill Elizabeth and assume her identity. Sure, there are a lot of problems with the logic that Margo's appearance brings up, but for the most part, this is the moment SVH burned its brightest and best.
Sadly, nothing that came after could live up to the awesome promise delivered here. So the Evil Twin, and the arc leading up to it, did what Margo could not. They killed the twins, but it took another forty books [plus specials] for anyone to get the memo....more
**spoiler alert** It's very, very easy to sum up Breaking Dawn when you think about it.
If the thought of the super!baby gimmick that almost every sup**spoiler alert** It's very, very easy to sum up Breaking Dawn when you think about it.
If the thought of the super!baby gimmick that almost every supernatural/otherworldly movie/show/book tries at least once makes you want to tear your hair out, you should avoid Breaking Dawn. Know that everyone lives happily ever after, even if it's not your version of H.E.A. and just move on. Save yourself the pain.
If you're intrigued by the idea because you're hoping for massive bloodshed, as vampire children are supposed to be fantastically good at such things, keep moving. Nessie here is not your typical vamp-human hybrid and as such she lacks the rain of blood you're expecting. Really, you'll be worse off than the ones expecting to hate it simply because babies ruin so much in fiction.
I'm not a big fan of the super!baby thing that keeps being trotted out by writers in any medium. I get that each is sure that their baby is special, that it will avoid the curse of being a sucking void of storyline, that theirs will be the exception to the rule... but they're almost always wrong. It's the nature of babies, real or fictional, to blind their parents to the truth. Nessie isn't an exception to the rule, much as I'm sure she was intended to be. She causes problems, but is not evil. Everyone who meets her loves her, and if they don't, they're at best a morally questionable character. And even some of those fall under her spell.
Which is all well and good, except she's fantastically boring. And like many babies before her, she renders perfectly decent characters just as boring as she is. Jacob falls under her spell, and the pain that kept him three dimensional is wiped away. He's rendered nothing more than a wisecracking cardboard cutout used to cart Nessie from one scene to the next when Bella's hands are full.
I feel bad concentrating so much on the final third chunk of the book, but you can't overstate how much the baby influences things. Really, you can't.
And I might have been able to deal with the baby overload, but we spend a good portion of the third part of the book waiting for a fight.
A fight that doesn't happen, people. One person dies and everyone else just leaves. On what planet? Seriously, I cannot think of anyone else outside of a little kid coming up with this and expecting anyone to buy that a bunch of vampires would just ... walk away. I wasn't looking forward to people I still liked dying, but since the last chunk of the book basically ignored anyone who wasn't Nessie, it wasn't like they'd be missing much.
I can see why people would really like the book. I can see why people would loathe it. I'm still not sure where I fall, truthfully.
I enjoyed it more than Eclipse, but for all the tension established in the previous books, and this one's third 'book', there's no payoff. Bella is so wonderfully awesome that after she survives giving birth to Nessie, she gets a free pass on everything else vampiric. Right. Of course....more
I'll admit it's been awhile since I read it, but a friend of mine lent me her copy and told me I had to read it. Most of the time I trust her judgmentI'll admit it's been awhile since I read it, but a friend of mine lent me her copy and told me I had to read it. Most of the time I trust her judgment completely.
I can't say I hated it because I read it fairly quickly, but I can say that I disliked Andrea to the point of distraction, and it's always hard for me to like a book where the main character spends most of the book being unbearable. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is one of those books where you wish you could just curl up in your favorite reading spot and stay there until the end of the b**spoiler alert** This is one of those books where you wish you could just curl up in your favorite reading spot and stay there until the end of the book, without having to worry about anything interrupting you. Part of it is due to a good mystery, but most of it is the feeling of coming home to visit old friends that a really good series manages to conjure. This would be one of those cases.
Melanie's given birth to her second child and in the aftermath of the new baby, lets things begin to slide a little. Her best friend Alice asks a favor, and within no time at all, Melanie's stumbled across another murder. Alice volunteers Mel's services and it doesn't take long for Melanie to become fully wrapped up in her mystery.
As usual, Melanie's a few steps behind the person she's tracking and doesn't always see that maybe she shouldn't choose the option most likely to end with her facing down the barrel of a gun. On the other hand, she admits that since the birth of her new baby, she's realized that solving crimes used to fill in the holes in her life that have now been filled with the family she's always wanted. Part of me worries that this could mean bad things for more books, but another part of me likes it when characters manage to change and evolve without it turning them into horrible people, as some tend to do the longer a series progresses.
Overall, a good, warm fuzzy sort of read, if one can say that about any book involving a murder investigation. ...more