finished reading The Host today in the wee hours of the morning. It was definitely not disappointing. I stand firm on my belief that even though Meyer...morefinished reading The Host today in the wee hours of the morning. It was definitely not disappointing. I stand firm on my belief that even though Meyer’s writing is not the most advanced, her character and plot development is beyond unbelievable. I felt so attached to the characters at the end of the book, and felt like I knew each one personally. (It was the same way for me with The Twilight Saga.)
Still, even though I was resistant to finish the book, I felt that it ended well. Meyer really didn’t leave any loose ends, in my opinion. I’ve heard many people say that they felt she left and ending that welcomes a sequel, but I didn’t feel this way at all. I believe there’s a possibility if she ever wanted to write one, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It left us readers with a feeling of hope, as well as the group (I won’t go into more detail than that, so as not to spoil the ending for those who haven’t read the book). I felt it ended the story well and yet left enough room for imagination.
This book was a definite page turner. I would sit down to read one chapter, and end up reading three or four without even noticing I had. One reason I kept reading because I was so curious to see what happened. But there were times when the reading would slow down and the only thing that kept me reading was that curiosity. It wasn’t terribly slow, but enough to interfere with my interest.(less)
It only took me two days to finish this book. This may be due to the fact that I started it on a Friday, and had an entire weekend to devote to it. Bu...moreIt only took me two days to finish this book. This may be due to the fact that I started it on a Friday, and had an entire weekend to devote to it. But still, there as to be something said for how entirely engrossing this book is. I found it hard to stay away from it, and when I wasn’t reading it, I found I was thinking about it. I also found myself connecting with the characters, and feeling what they felt.
This story is by no means a very happy story. It has its moments of humor and light-heartedness, but the majority of it is entirely tragic. I found myself mourning for the characters more often than not. And I found myself not only feeling repulsed by the vulgar nature of some of the scenes, but feeling sorrow for the people going through it. The Depression ruined Americans in its day, and these characters are no exception. Still, the dark themes to the story weren’t overwhelming. Sara Gruen definitely knows how to have balance in her stories.
I found the traveling circus theme highly interesting, and I was excited to read the book ever since I found out about it. This isn’t your everyday historical fiction novel. ("I'm not a big fan" is putting it lightly for me) It’s highly intriguing and it’s a wonderful read.
The only criticism I have for this book is that sometimes the writing fell flat. Not terribly so, but enough for me to get a little bored by it. But Gruen found her way out of those flat spots quickly enough.(less)
This was a quick read, which isn’t surprising. James Patterson has that style about him, with his signature 2-3 page chapters. That makes any book a p...moreThis was a quick read, which isn’t surprising. James Patterson has that style about him, with his signature 2-3 page chapters. That makes any book a page-turner.
To be honest, I wasn’t completely impressed by this book. I liked the plot. But unfortunately, I think Patterson bit off more than he could chew in that aspect. He had so many things going on that it left little room to develop anything. The plot took about 50-75 different turns in 422 pages. Something new was happening in every chapter. And, with 2 pages to a chapter… Like I said. Hardly anything was developed.
I understand that this book was meant for kids a decade younger than me, but I believe even kids that age would want more. There were at least 2 major typos that I noticed, and for me, that’s very distracting. In general, the writing just felt very ADHD.
I still want to read the next book, regardless of the writing style. The plot was good, it was unique, and it was imaginative. And most importantly, it wasn’t about a bunch of part-bird kids running around who were just born that way. There was a believable reason behind it, and that’s very important to me when the plot crosses the line of reality.(less)
I finally finished Breaking Dawn last night. I really wanted to drag out the last 3 chapters, because I really didn’t want to finish the series so soo...moreI finally finished Breaking Dawn last night. I really wanted to drag out the last 3 chapters, because I really didn’t want to finish the series so soon. I mean, I just started it less than a month ago, and I’m already done with all four books!
I can't say that this was my favorite book out of the four, but then again, I can't quite say that about any of them. I did highly enjoy this one, though. There were some extremely shocking moments that took me a while to warm up to. I think Stephenie Meyer really pushed the limits of the fantasy aspect of her series this time around. Now that I've read the book twice, I have learned to accept it as simply fantasy and move on. Once I got over that, I truly enjoyed everything.
The first time through tended to be a bit confusing for multiple reasons, but after rereading, everything started to make a lot more sense. I found the storyline extremely fascinating, and I was sad to see the series end.(less)
This book was fantastic! My mother’s friend has been suggesting this series to me over and over again, and for some reason I haven’t gotten around to...moreThis book was fantastic! My mother’s friend has been suggesting this series to me over and over again, and for some reason I haven’t gotten around to it. Boy, was that a mistake! The book immediately pulled me in with Stephanie Plum’s cynical, sarcastic remarks to every little thing. There were times when I was laughing out loud in response to the smallest remarks Stephanie would make. The characters that Janet Evanovich created in this book were amazingly real and complex. I found myself turning the pages, wanting to know what was happening next. The story was intriguing, what with Stephanie learning to be a bounty hunter after being laid off from her discount lingerie position. Needless to say, it was interesting to see what would happen next in her adventures of learning the trade. Also, Benito Ramirez was another character that blew my socks off. And not in a good way. Evanovich was able to portray Ramirez in the perfect way: creepy, dark, and crazy. I honestly had chills running up my spine after reading scenes in which he was involved in. Evanovich really did wonders with his characterization.
I loved this book. It kept me up way past my “bedtime” because I just had to finish the last couple of chapters. I immediately started the next book, Two For The Dough. I have a feeling I’m going to be reading a lot more of these books sometime in the near future!(less)
After reading One For The Money, I knew I had to read Two For The Dough immediately. I loved the first one, and I knew I'd love the second one. Thankf...moreAfter reading One For The Money, I knew I had to read Two For The Dough immediately. I loved the first one, and I knew I'd love the second one. Thankfully, I was right. This one definitely didn't disappoint. The book was filled with the sarcastic, cynical remarks of Stephanie Plum that I just adore, the plot was creative, and Grandma Mazur was funnier than ever.(less)
From the first page of this book, I could not put it down. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the plot was impressive. The reason I couldn't put i...moreFrom the first page of this book, I could not put it down. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the plot was impressive. The reason I couldn't put it down was because I was 100% confused, and was determined to figure out the key to all of the craziness coming together to make sense. So if you're looking for a book that will take you on a roller coaster of a plot, this one will fit that category. But a realistic, satisfying plot, you might want to look elsewhere.(less)
Janet Evanovich definitely didn’t disappoint this time around, and neither did Stephanie Plum. In fact, as far as humor goes, this book has been the f...moreJanet Evanovich definitely didn’t disappoint this time around, and neither did Stephanie Plum. In fact, as far as humor goes, this book has been the funniest yet. There were scenes I read that had me keeled over in laughter.
Evanovich’s writing style is fresh and fun, and leaves little room for disappointment, even after reading the first three books of the series, one after the other. She knows how to create a completely original plot while still staying with her general theme without making it feel monotonous.
Of course, it’s never a good idea to read too many books of the same series because of the risk of getting burnt out on them. I know when to bow out, and I’ll be starting a new series now. But I am looking forward to coming back to Evanovich’s charming story about Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter.(less)
As soon as I read the side flap on this book I knew I had to read it. It was recommended to me by a good friend of mine, and I put it off for a while...moreAs soon as I read the side flap on this book I knew I had to read it. It was recommended to me by a good friend of mine, and I put it off for a while because Dean Koontz has never been a favorite author of mine. I tried to read a couple books of his a few years ago that were also recommended to me by the same friend, and I couldn’t finish them. Koontz’s books are too creepy for me. But, when I read the synopsis of this book, I just had to pick it up. Unfortunately, you can pretty much figure out how the book is going to go by just reading the flap. The book gets a little disturbing, and it started to lose my interest quickly.(less)
As much as I love these books, I’m really starting to feel as if they are getting repetitive. Each book is the same: Stephanie finds out she’s in over...moreAs much as I love these books, I’m really starting to feel as if they are getting repetitive. Each book is the same: Stephanie finds out she’s in over her head with her next FTA, she and Morelli develop their love-hate relationship, she traipses around with Lula and Grandma Mazur, going back and forth through town, she gets harassed by a creepy man, her car blows up, and she ends up finally capturing her FTA, wth a little bit of help from Ranger or Morelli. That’s the basic outline of every novel, and it’s starting to get old. They're enjoyable! But it's hard to read too many at a time, I'm finding.(less)
I started this book with hesitation, knowing that reading six books in the same series so close together is a bad idea. But when it arrived to me in m...moreI started this book with hesitation, knowing that reading six books in the same series so close together is a bad idea. But when it arrived to me in my BookSwim package, I decided to read it anyways, deciding it was worth the risk. Thankfully, I didn’t get so bored with it I had to quit, like other times.
One reason I didn’t get bored with this book was because it offered something a bit different from previous novels. With Ranger on the run, Stephanie is left to handle some of the more difficult apprehensions by herself. This gets her into some sticky situations with Lula so faithfully by her side. These are the scenes that I enjoy the most, as they produce numerous fits of laughter.
The other reason I didn’t get bored with this book is because a lot happened. Individual books in a book series often focus a lot on current happening, and very little on character and plot development. Especially when there’s 15 books and counting in the series. But with this series, that doesn’t happen. The story is constantly moving forward, and that’s something that I really enjoy.
My one complaint, which is ongoing with this series, is that there are too many times when Stephanie is left to just wander around with nothing to do. That makes reading dull at times. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad this time around as it was with the last book, but it’s still disappointing.(less)
This book blew me away. I started reading it thinking it would be a fun, semi-intense read that would go by fairly quickly. I never imagined that it w...moreThis book blew me away. I started reading it thinking it would be a fun, semi-intense read that would go by fairly quickly. I never imagined that it would quickly pull me in and hold me, slowly becoming my favorite book as each page was turned. But it did.
The book starts by shedding light onto Katniss’ relationships with first, her sister Prim, then her mother, and then her friend Gale. By the 20th page, I was already completely attached to the characters and involved in their relationships with one another. Then the unthinkable happens when Prim’s name is called for the games, and from that moment on the story lead me into an adventure worth remembering, and coming back to again and again.
The relationships that Katniss built throughout her adventure were amazing, and they were truly believable. Each was individual, and though good or bad, they made sense, and were not unrealistic in any way — a major pet peeve of mine. There was one moment during the games that had me in tears (I won’t explain further than that, as giving any little detail away is robbing you of the surprises that Collins throws in throughout the story). I was so touched, and yet so saddened by the loss of one of the characters, and it’s rare that I am moved to tears by a book. Especially one meant for young adults.
That being said, even though this book was written for young adults, I felt that it’s one that all ages would surely enjoy, just as I did. Collins’ writing is remarkable, and the majority of the themes, and the morals of the story, are all very adult-friendly. The way Collins brings light to the subject of how people who are coming of age and being caught in the times of war — witnessing violence and destruction all around them — are affected is astounding, and heart-wrenching.(less)