Definitely the weakest of the series. Doesn't really go anywhere, it's not, "oh, an unpredictable ending" it's more like, "wait, that's it?" I couldn'...moreDefinitely the weakest of the series. Doesn't really go anywhere, it's not, "oh, an unpredictable ending" it's more like, "wait, that's it?" I couldn't really get into Tobias' voice either.(less)
Okay, it's not that hard to make a 7 months pregnant woman bawl, I admit, but my god. I think a lot of it c...moreWow, John, could you depress a woman more?
Okay, it's not that hard to make a 7 months pregnant woman bawl, I admit, but my god. I think a lot of it comes from being able to take way too much of this book to heart. Having a variety of things wrong with me, especially recently, had only served to reaffirm my lack of a belief in an afterlife and the idea of death as the ultimate easy way out. Reading this book, however, has only served to prove to me that pregnancy has irrevocably changed my ability to see things so black and white. Life never gives you anything that easy.
I can't say that the book is written in a common voice that any YA reader would pick up on, because these are not common characters. If there is any leniency in life, at least 3/4s of the readers will never have to experience anything like these characters are living with, be it personally or in a close friend or relative. But the voices seem appropriately characteristic and although it is a somewhat amazing story, if the circumstances written could occur in real life I don't see the story as overly unbelievable.
The story is both dark and light, and although it is a bit heavy, it will definitely put your head somewhere that you probably try to avoid going at all costs. Sometimes, someone has to push you there.(less)
It's books like this that I feared as a teen services librarian- heaven forbid one of my teen girls get sexually assaulted and have a book like this e...moreIt's books like this that I feared as a teen services librarian- heaven forbid one of my teen girls get sexually assaulted and have a book like this enforce upon them the idea that it was their fault. By all means, be spiritual and modest, but don't tell teen girls that they are at fault for all the things men do. (less)
It's a seriously cute book. The art is spectacular and you can really feel Lyga in the writing. That being said,...moreLOVE the idea, the execution... 50/50.
It's a seriously cute book. The art is spectacular and you can really feel Lyga in the writing. That being said, the story itself is lacking overall and there is definitely some room to work with.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the best parts of this endeavor are the meta jokes. The janitor having to sweep up motion lines absolutely killed me. I wish it had MORE of that. In an effort to be a tad bit serious it has a too, too stereotypical romance plot and that just crimps the appeal for me. I guess it's appropriate in the comic-book-meets-manga sense, but it wasn't anything I could get into. It also just felt a touch rushed, but again this is probably coming from me as a manga and NOT comic fan who is used to a longer installment. (less)
A well-written fantasy novel, albeit somewhat disturbing in sections.
Having suffered horrible tragedies and abuses in her life, young mother of two Li...moreA well-written fantasy novel, albeit somewhat disturbing in sections.
Having suffered horrible tragedies and abuses in her life, young mother of two Liga is stopped from killing herself by a supernatural being who grants her the power to escape to her personal heaven. Liga lives there in piece with her daughters Branza and Urdda other than disturbances brought about by an inexperienced witch who is trying to make money with an altogether shady short man. When Urdda is able to slip back into the real world, a decade goes by with no sign of her until the two worlds are suddenly reunited by a skilled witch (only a few years having passed in the real world but several decades in Liga's realm) Liga and both her children are forced to handle some harsh (and less harsh) realities.
Yes, there are some very dark and disturbing happenings in this book. Right from the start we have Liga being molested and raped by her own father. You couldn't possibly think the book was suddenly going to become optimistic from there. Liga suffers horribly in the novel and yes, in the end, Urdda compensates for at least one of these misgivings pretty much as horribly as possible. It's a dark world with dark happenings, but well written and easy to get absorbed into. (less)
Very enjoyable paranormal read that doesn't focus on just one or two of the wide span of supernatural creates. This would be a decent entree for the y...moreVery enjoyable paranormal read that doesn't focus on just one or two of the wide span of supernatural creates. This would be a decent entree for the young male reader who isn't into the genre.
Sam's life isn't exactly what he planned. He dropped out of college and spends his time flipping burgers in Seattle. When he's not at work, he's being lazy at home with his friends from work. Really, there is not much going on for Sam until he dents the car of one scary gentleman named Douglas Montgomery while playing potato hockey. It turns out that Douglas is a necromancer who sees something more in Sam... something that he considers a challenge. Soon, Sam is brought into a world of talking heads, undead school girls, and locked in a cage with a sexy, naked werewolf. Amazing how quickly life can change, isn't it?
McBride made an enjoyable, fairly light-hearted world that a lot more can come out of. (less)
Looking for a quick YA read or something that's great for either a preteen or struggling teen reader? Perfect book.
Jade has a lot going on. She's a c...moreLooking for a quick YA read or something that's great for either a preteen or struggling teen reader? Perfect book.
Jade has a lot going on. She's a chunky 13 year old still reeling from her mother's drowning death the previous summer. Dad's a total dork and her best friend just also happens to be rich and popular. What's worse? Getting your first period while trying on bathing suits for that same best friend's pool party. Could her mother's name on the perfect suit be a sign? What Jade doesn't know is just how quickly her world is going to become a whole lot more complicated, especially involving her mother's death.
It's fast paced book that doesn't slow down. It's got enough of a plot to not be boring but not so complex that you'll get lost in it. Very enjoyable and exactly right for young chick-lit fans. (less)