Wow. All I can say is this was incredible. Cynthia Hand is an amazing author that has sucked me into a whole new genre: angels. I was not 100% sold onWow. All I can say is this was incredible. Cynthia Hand is an amazing author that has sucked me into a whole new genre: angels. I was not 100% sold on the idea of this book when I first received it from NetGalley. I saw that there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but I didn't think it was for me. Boy was I wrong. Cynthia Hand has a knack for telling a story. The entire time I read this book I felt like I was there, experiencing everything Clara was going through. The thing I liked the most about this book is that at no point did I think I knew what was going to happen. I couldn't put this book down until I knew for sure what was going on. I had all these different ideas in my head, but of course, I was wrong on all accounts. Clara is the perfect heroine. She isn't your stereotypical beautiful/popular girl that saves the day. She is having to deal with the same things that all teens go through. I really think this helped me to connect with Clara, because I understood most of what she was going through (well the human emotions at least!). Following along with Clara's journey was such an emotional roller coaster. I felt highs and lows but I knew I just had to push through. I cannot wait for the next book in this trilogy! I highly recommend this to anyone that reads. I know that sounds silly, but I never in a million years thought I would enjoy an angel book, but WOW....more
I have to admit I am pretty sad that this is the end of the series. It was a wonderful end to the series, but again, I wish it could go on forever!! II have to admit I am pretty sad that this is the end of the series. It was a wonderful end to the series, but again, I wish it could go on forever!! It was strange, because this book took me a while to get through this book. I don't know if it was because I didn't want to complete it or if it just wasn't "my favorite" in the series. Anyway, this is a great series!!...more
As usual, Jodi does not disappoint one bit in her latest book, filled with highs and lows, twists and turns, love and hate. I feel like I set the barAs usual, Jodi does not disappoint one bit in her latest book, filled with highs and lows, twists and turns, love and hate. I feel like I set the bar really high when it comes to Jodi's books, and I expect a lot from her. I think that it is warranted though, because she is known for all of the research that is put into one of her books, and I think that is what really sets her apart as an author. I'm not saying that there are no other authors out there that research before writing a book, but she takes a controversial issue and breaks it down on all sides, in hopes that she can help even just one closed minded person. I've heard a lot of reviews recently saying that they are "tired of Jodi Picoult writing about controversial issues that end up in the courtroom", and to that my friends, I say "STOP READING HER BOOKS THEN". You know what you are going to get from her, as with any other author she has a formula that works for her.
So, since this book is filled with all sorts of controversy, I feel as though I could write an entire book just on my feelings about the book. But I will spare you my ranting and raving. From the first page, I loved Zoe and knew that no matter what I would be on her side. I think Jodi did a fantastic job making Zoe a character that anyone and everyone could relate to. With Max, I went from indifference to disgust to hatred -- just thinking about his character makes me want to punch a wall. He was a total hypocrite and a poor excuse for a man. I'm sure it wasn't Jodi's intent for me to hate Max so much, but it is just so easy. I really liked Vanessa's character, and loved the way that she and Zoe were together.
I'm not religious, I'm not homosexual, but I do have very strong feelings when it comes to gay rights. It has been hard for me to understand why people feel the need to meddle in other peoples business. I'm not sure why it is so hard for people to understand that you can't help who you fall in love with. Some women fall in love with men that are abusive, some women fall in love with men that cheat on them....and no one bats an eye. But when a woman falls in love with another woman...everyone has something to say about it.
At a few points in the book, it is mentioned by Max's attorney's that gays are not fighting for equal rights, they are fighting for extra rights. I'd really like to know how that is...considering that gay marriages aren't recognized in most states, gay couples have a hard time adopting, if one person in the gay couple happens to be in the hospital their partner is unable to be in the room or to make any medical decisions for them. Tell me, how would having these rights be "extra" rights? They are rights that straight couples take for advantage every day.
The one thing that I really got to thinking about while reading this book was the question that is posed in the synopsis - "What constitutes a 'traditional family' in today's day and age?" When I think of the word family I think of a unit of people that love and care about each other. A unit of people that will stick together through thick and thin and will never let anything get in the way of that. To answer the question of which is better for a child - a mother and a father, or a same-sex couple, I think that you would have to look at both sets of parents. There are plenty of children in the world that aren't even lucky enough to have two people to raise them, same-sex or not. While I still think that society as a whole has a hard time understanding a family that is made up of a same-sex couple, I don't think that makes the same-sex couple any less capable of raising a family.
I read a review yesterday stating that the reader was highly offended by this book. The reader claimed to be a Christian and thought that Jodi was bashing Christian's as a whole. I really don't think that the reader understood what Jodi was trying to get across. I don't think that Jodi was saying that everyone who claims to be Christian is as nutty as the people that attended Pastor Clive's evangelical church. I think that Jodi was trying to use the extreme right to make her point. It is funny that the reader was so upset by being stereotyped, however the reader never stopped to mention the stereotypes that are laid upon gays every day. The reader just wanted to be offended and shocked at the audacity of this book, but didn't want to read into what the message truly is.
Anyway, like I said, I could write an entire book just based on my feelings about this book, but I won't keep rambling on here. My point is...this is an incredible, thought-provoking book that I think everyone should read. ((As a side note, this book comes with an audio CD of songs that Jodi wrote and her good friend performed. I honestly haven't listened to it yet, as I was sucked into the story, but I think it is an awesome idea to have a soundtrack to a book!!))...more
this has been one of my favorite books for ever and ever and ever. its one of those books i can pick up whenever and just open to any poem and read. ithis has been one of my favorite books for ever and ever and ever. its one of those books i can pick up whenever and just open to any poem and read. its amazing....more
I'm a HUGE James Patterson fan, so as soon as I saw this in the box from Hachette Books I freaked out! Anyway, I was pretty skeptical of this book atI'm a HUGE James Patterson fan, so as soon as I saw this in the box from Hachette Books I freaked out! Anyway, I was pretty skeptical of this book at first. James Patterson is known for his murder mystery books, so that is what I was expecting. When I read the back of the book, I really thought that Patterson had stepped out of his element, and I just couldn't see this working. Was I ever wrong! This book has the same fluid and wonderful writing style you will see in all of Patterson's other books, and the characters are just as well developed and easy to love.
I had been hesitant when I picked up Sam's Letters to Jennifer and Sunday's at Tiffany's as well, because those were more romantic type books. Patterson didn't disappoint in those two books, and certainly didn't in this one either! I was hooked from the first sentence, and it just got better from there.
I love Patterson's Alex Cross novels, and Michael Bennett novels, and I'm hoping that this can be another series staring Hays Baker. I'm not really sure how that would be possible...but I would love it!
I love when you are reading a book and halfway through you think you've completely figured everything out, and then BAM, you've been wrong the whole time! This is a DEFINITE must read for Patterson fans! ...more
Words cannot even begin to express my love for this book. I received Delirium from NetGalley and LOVED it. Everyone kept telling me that I had to readWords cannot even begin to express my love for this book. I received Delirium from NetGalley and LOVED it. Everyone kept telling me that I had to read Lauren Oliver's first book, Before I Fall. While searching for Christmas presents in Barnes and Noble I happened upon the very last copy in the store. It was definitely a sign! The book caught me from the first page. I was weary about it at first because I kept thinking that I didn't want to read about the same thing over and over again....but it was fantastic! I loved Samantha, and seeing her transform over the seven days was incredible. I can't say that I know what I would do if that happened, but Samantha is an amazing character and handles the situation so well. Samantha has a tight group of girlfriends - Lindsay, Ally and Elody - and they do practically everything together. Samantha wasn't one of the popular girls when she was younger, but after a party her and Lindsay became inseparable. It was hard to see Samantha start to realize that Lindsay wasn't all that she was cracked up to be. I think this book did a great job of showing that people aren't always who they say they are. This book has definitely earned a spot on my "top ten favorites of 2010", maybe even "all time favorites"! I highly recommend this book to any and all YA lovers. It is a fast-paced incredible story....more
I loved this book! I love the Alex Cross series, but I thought this was by far the best one. The book is pretty gruI am a HUGE James Patterson fan!!!!
I loved this book! I love the Alex Cross series, but I thought this was by far the best one. The book is pretty gruesome, as all of the victims are killed by being shoved into a wood chipper, and then bagged up. SICK and TWISTED. I have no idea where James Patterson comes up with this stuff, but it's great!
Seriously, I think I might be in love with James Patterson. Haha, he is a-ma-zing. It's funny because every book that I read by him I think "oh James,Seriously, I think I might be in love with James Patterson. Haha, he is a-ma-zing. It's funny because every book that I read by him I think "oh James, too easy" and I think I have it all figured out halfway through. Then it gets to the end and I am sitting there open mouthed saying "NO WAY, HOW DID YOU THINK OF THAT? You are a genius. Honestly."Anyway, if you couldn't tell I absolutely loved this book. It was full of twists and turns that I just never saw coming....more
This book was quite the page turner. I really enjoy James Patterson, and couldn't wait to start this book. I still can't decide which of the books wasThis book was quite the page turner. I really enjoy James Patterson, and couldn't wait to start this book. I still can't decide which of the books was my favorite in this series, but this was pretty close up there. ...more