This book is a great example of why I still finish every book I start. I've always had this problem and I've tried to stop, but then I pick up a bookThis book is a great example of why I still finish every book I start. I've always had this problem and I've tried to stop, but then I pick up a book like this one and realize if I had stopped at 50 pages or so I would have seriously missed out. Is this book great...no but by the end it did grabbed me and the story line is pretty interesting so I'm glad I didn't put it down.
In the beginning, we the reader stay pretty much in the dark about what's going on in this world that Smith has created. At first I was okay with this because the story starts off really action packed and had a lot of adrenaline coursing through the words. At one point I felt like I was in some crazy Transformers from hell movie! After awhile though I just wanted to know what was going on. Contracts, Engines, souls, demons it all just didn't make sense and after 100 pages something should make sense. This was why I almost put the book down. I didn't get enough in the beginning to pull me in even though there was so much action.
Pan is who kept me reading. She is one bad a$$ character and I just wanted to see what she would do next. I wish the book would have been told in just her POV. The flipping back and forth got to be a tad confusing and I didn't like reading Marlow's thoughts as much. His constant thoughts on his asthma got to be annoying and he wasn't a strong enough character for me. He started out strong, but as the story went on we learn really quickly that he is just a coward and runs from everything. He does try and make this up by the end, but even with that I still wasn't connected to him like I was Pan. She was interesting from the get go and like I said the reason why I kept reading.
The story really took off after we learn about the Engine and the world that's been created. This happens in the last third of the book and for some this will be too late. I wish the author would have moved things around because the ending was so explosive and actually had me on the edge of my seat, but people won't get to this point if they aren't captivated from the get go. I hope more people are like me and will refuse to put down a book because this world is unique and one that I think a lot of people will find interesting.
One thing though if you don't like gore turn away mow. Things really got icky at the end and I even had to take a moment or two while I was reading. It was gore galore and the visuals I got were just down right gross. So be prepared if you decide to read this. You can of course skip over the grossness, but A what's the fun in that and B you will miss some things so just read with one eye open.
All in all like I said I did enjoy this. I liked the cast of characters (minus Marlow which is shame because he's a main character), I enjoyed the unique story line and am interested to see where it is going, and I liked the lack of romance. Yes there is one brewing, but the world is the main focus which is just what I like in my reads these days. ...more
PEOPLE!! This book OMG this book!! Morgan Rhodes has crafted a fantasy that is so brilliant and just my gawd just everything I have EVER wanted in a fPEOPLE!! This book OMG this book!! Morgan Rhodes has crafted a fantasy that is so brilliant and just my gawd just everything I have EVER wanted in a fantasy novel. This is YA at its absolute finest and my favorite book of 2015!
Rhodes definitely does not suffer from middle book syndrome. Rebel Spring is just as explosive as its predecessor and honestly even more so in some areas. The story is so intricately woven throughout that every page has a purpose. There are no wasted words or filler here let me tell you. I am completely blown away by what this author has created. COMPLETELY!
Again I won't go into the story because it's a very complicated one and one that I know I won't do justice to. And honestly I don't want to spoil it for anyone. The story is that good to where I would totally tell all my friends to go in blind. Don't read a synopsis, don't read a summary, just go in and experience. I have never said that before so that should tell you something.
I've come to find out that Rhodes is fearless with her characters and will kill anyone off at the drop of hat. I think she's killed off like ten people so far and everyone of them was important! Who does this!!?? Even after so many have been killed off I still find myself shocked when it happens. I'm beginning to get a little blood lust myself though because now when I smell death in a scene I'm starting to chant die die die! This I know can't be a good thing, but I blame Rhodes and her fearlessness!
The characters have continued to grow and change and a few scare me more in this one. Magnus is a loose cannon and I'm terrified of what his plans ultimately are. I'm also finding is fascinating that so many characters have an evil streak! This appeals to the darker side of me and I love it! I was shocked at quite a few dark turns this book took, but it totally fits right in with the story and I have no complaints.
One thing I find hilarious is the romance in this series. I've just said that Rhodes will kill anybody and this has proven to serve more than one purpose. I despise love triangles and throughout this story I've smelled a few of them. Well let me tell you if these pesky triangles bother you too, then you need not worry. Every time I would groan and think NO I don't want a triangle within a few chapters one side of the triangle would meet their end. LOVE THIS! I again know this isn't quite normal for me to feel, but really what better way to deal with triangles?? I think this should be standard in books now with love triangles!
I'm beyond excited to continue on with this series. It is beyond epic and one that I will definitely not let fall to the wayside as I have done with so many series as of late. Bring on Gathering Darkness!...more
The best word I can think of to describe this book is eerie. It wasn't scary and it wasn't creepy it was just really really eerie.
Lauren DeStefano haThe best word I can think of to describe this book is eerie. It wasn't scary and it wasn't creepy it was just really really eerie.
Lauren DeStefano has written a unique story about a girl who can see ghosts, but I half of me wondered throughout the whole book whether or not Pram was actually seeing ghosts. At times it felt like maybe Pram was just talking to an imaginary friend, but as the story progressed I did see where the ghosts did indeed become a factor and the story took an interesting twist. I am curious though because I think I would have liked Felix to have been an imaginary friend. I think the story would have been a bit stranger which I think is what the author was going for with this one.
I will say that the major plot line was really interesting and I loved use of the asylum. I've started looking for asylum books and it was a pleasant surprise to find one in this book. I would have liked to have known more backstory about Lady Savant because she was an interesting character for sure. I just discovered this will be a series so maybe more of her story will come out throughout the next book.
Pram was strange and when you read about her backstory you will understand why. She was a very likable character and very brave. I've found in middle grade books the young characters tend to be way braver than most teenage/adult characters. I am not sure why this is exactly, but it makes for a strong character for sure.
I loved the innocence between Clarance and Pram. Lately I have been hunting down books that have zero to no romance because I can't read another instalove story, but this romancish relationship is what I think I've been looking for. It's completely innocent and sweet and what first crushes are made of. The author did an amazing job with this relationship and my only wish is that YA takes note.
Other than the initial request to change the story a bit I wouldn't change anything about this. I loved DeStefano's writing. She has some of the best quotes and honestly made me think throughout the book about death and loved ones. She has crafted a unique tale that I know I will be thinking about for days to come.
I've come to really enjoy middle grade books and I think this is another strong one to add to my shelves!...more
This was certainly a strange little book. The summary sounded really interesting and I thought hmm this could be super creepy. If I look at it one wayThis was certainly a strange little book. The summary sounded really interesting and I thought hmm this could be super creepy. If I look at it one way it is creepy, but if I look the other way I just don't get it.
Oli and his mom have moved to the countryside for the summer and are hoping Oli's dad will join them sooner rather than later. What Oli finds out though is that the reason behind the move isn't a good one and he seeks solace in the attic with a monster who just wants to hear Oli's stories. Or so he thinks.
So the thought of a story eating monster intrigued me. I knew this monster would only grow stronger with every story he was told and become creepier and creepier. I was right to a point, but I found out that creepier came with a side of strange.
I think what threw me off was that this book talked in riddles and in circles. At some points it even sounded like a deranged Cat in the Hat from a Dr. Seuss book. I kept tripping up on the strange lingo and punctuation. I didn't know going in that this was written from an English author and normally I don't have any trouble settling in to the Englishesque storylines, but man this one really threw me for a loop. I've never seen so many exclamations points and "yes"'s thrown around. I think the story probably would have still been a strange one but adding in the strangeness of the writers flow just increased the oddness.
The story itself was yes strange, but I felt bad for Oli. He was kept in the dark about his father and then when the cat jumped out of the bag (a reference you will totally get if you read the book) he fell apart. He didn't understand why things were kept from him and I have to agree. The adults were not very adult and didn't see what was happening to Oli. I ended up being frustrated and when the end happened I wanted more from the adults point of view. I wanted to know what they thought and what they were doing.
One extra chapter would have been great because the story is left so open and well I just didn't get it. I got the scary part of it, but I didn't get the overall point. Well I guess that's not true I got what happened I guess it's more accurate to say I didn't get all the why's of each character. If someone could please let me know all the why's I would be forever grateful....more
My husband brought Martin Moone and his crazy Irish family into my life this past summer and my life has never been the same. I loved this TV show andMy husband brought Martin Moone and his crazy Irish family into my life this past summer and my life has never been the same. I loved this TV show and it brought back so many memories for me because this show felt like The Wonder Years and well that was MY show back in the day. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Martin and Sean had their very own book! I had to have this little gem so I one click bought it and couldn't wait to read more Moone adventures!
This book is exactly like the show. It revolves around Martin, his crazy family full of sisters, his friend Padraic, and his imaginary friend Sean Murphy. Yes you read that right his imaginary friend ha! I love Sean Murphy and he brings that inner voice that we all loved in The Wonder Years to life! In this story though we get to see how Sean Murphy came about and that was super fun. I enjoyed seeing how these two crazy characters came together and how imaginary friends actually work. Having this as part of the book is great because it makes the reader understand what Martin is going through and why he chose to find an IF (Imaginary friend) It's not for any big drama reason so don't go looking to far into it lol, it's strictly because he needed a wingman to keep him sane.
I will say I don't know if this will work for those who haven't seen the show. This book might just seem really silly, but if you find yourself saying I just don't get it watch the show! It's on Hulu and I promise after you watch the show you will definitely get it!
I've seen this compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but this is not that type of book. This is for middle grade because Martin is in sixth grade but it has more teenage situations than middle grade so I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers.
One side note I loved the addition of the footnotes. Sometimes when I read books published in another country I have a hard time grabbing the lingo so this little cheat sheet was well appreciated and I found them hilarious! This was super fun and I will definitely read the next book!...more