Generally I find all things zombie pretty hilarious...but this just didn't do it for me. I think the first pictures of a dog peeing on a zombie cracke...moreGenerally I find all things zombie pretty hilarious...but this just didn't do it for me. I think the first pictures of a dog peeing on a zombie cracked me up, but other than that... meh. (less)
What you see is what you get. It reminded me of the Scary Stories books... but for a slightly older audience. Easy, fast read. Horror, and for the mos...moreWhat you see is what you get. It reminded me of the Scary Stories books... but for a slightly older audience. Easy, fast read. Horror, and for the most part, not involving monsters... though there are a few. (less)
Definitely not the most interesting juvenile book on wwII. Though, it was the first I'd read that explored the extermination of disabled individuals....moreDefinitely not the most interesting juvenile book on wwII. Though, it was the first I'd read that explored the extermination of disabled individuals. So, that was interesting. Even though it was written in verse, it read more like non-fiction to me.
This was a really good read. I was hoping it would be, since one of my other favorite authors gave it good reviews...but I was still leary. I was worr...moreThis was a really good read. I was hoping it would be, since one of my other favorite authors gave it good reviews...but I was still leary. I was worried it would just be The Hunger Games over again. And in a way it was... Hunger Games fans should definitely like this book. But it had its own elements that made it feel fresh, a compelling storyline and characters...and overall, I was quite pleased with it. I kept thinking it was a mix of the book "Pure" and "The Hunger Games." Pretty cool.
So, pros and cons...
1. Dystopian Fiction - love it! Currently my favorite genre. And I felt like the author built this world pretty well. It was not painted as completely as some authors (Julianna Baggot's Pure), but still, you had a good feel for why the world is what it is, and during the story, you came in contact with some scary 'survivors.'
2. The whole game/play to the death thing. I just find this whole concept so creepy. And while The Hunger Games definitely did a good job with that, I am close to saying that this book does a better job. Some of the deaths are pretty horrific. And they are unexpected. You are led to believe that most of the kids involved with this testing have no idea what the consequences are. At least in the Hunger Games they were prepared for battle.
3. Fast Paced, Action packed, level headed strong female lead that even boys shouldn't have a problem reading. Even if there is a bit of a love story. :)
1. Not much to say here except that I found the first few chapters a bit boring. When asked how the book was after the first 20 pages, I was thinking, "Meh." But as soon as it got going it was non stop and totally fun to read. (less)
I totally loved this book. I thought it was great. Was it perfect? No. Was it a tad predictable? Yes. Do I care? Not really, cause it was a great ride...moreI totally loved this book. I thought it was great. Was it perfect? No. Was it a tad predictable? Yes. Do I care? Not really, cause it was a great ride. And to be honest, the best thing a book can do in my eyes, is not be boring. And I wasn't bored. So i'm happy.
1. Cassie, Ben, Evan, Sammie, the Bear. All of the characters. I loved them. For whatever reason, I felt close to them right away. I loved their humor, sarcasm, and opinions. Their steadfastness, will to survive, and all of the awesome aspects that make teen dystopian heroes/heroines.
2. This leads me to the writing. I have never read Rick Yancy before... I am super excited now to try out some of his other books. I found his writing to be smart, witty, deep and lighthearted at all the right times. I think he did an excellent job channeling the teenaged voice and crafted a great story.
3. The readers. I listened to about 90% of the book...when I didn't have the patiance anymore and finally read the last bit at work. The readers were awesome. Though one of my few complaints lies with them as well.
4. Action packed. This book had me going straight from the beginning all the way till the end. Even if it was nervewracking as hell. I mean, who are the good guys??? What's going on??? :)
5. A series that might actually deserve to be one! I don't know. I get irriated when books feel like they are being stretched too far. But this one still has a long way to go with the plot, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens nest.
6. Appeal to both girls and guys. Regardless of what you favor, this book has it all. It has some squishy lovey moments, it has sarcasm and humor, it has action and gore...it has everything.
1. So, most of the book I listened to. And while I am normally a super huge fan of alternating viewpoints, I found this reading to be particularly difficult to keep up with what was going on. It wasn't hard to figure out, but there was some, "wha??" going on a few times. Specifically, amongst the male characters....for obcvious reasons. Cassie being the only female narrator and all that.
2. The only disappointing part of this book was that it reminded me a lot of the Host. You know, the little beings in the brain? Consciousness? Good aliens... Whatever, not a big deal. Everything is derivitive. But still, a bit of a bummer. (less)
On the one hand, I really enjoyed this book. On the other, I found it vaguely disappointing as well. Here's why...
1. Story line - I loved it. I...moreOn the one hand, I really enjoyed this book. On the other, I found it vaguely disappointing as well. Here's why...
1. Story line - I loved it. I liked the whole idea that they're trapped in this game...that they are spatially tied to one another and have to work together even though they don't like each other.
2. Characters - I also loved both main characters, Kira and Rogan. Mostly, I liked them because they weren't clean. You know what I mean? They weren't all prissy and perfect and well behaved and decision making geniuses. I liked that they were flawed. That they had/do make mistakes. They had quirky, sometimes inappropriate senses of humor which made them feel real to me.
3. Chemistry/Love Story - I thought this was well done. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kira and Rogan...even when they didn't like each other much. Plus, I'm always a sucker for a HEA, and this had one. At least as far as teen books go.
1. Overall book construction. That is the only way I know to put this. I was so surprised by this. Michelle Rowen has written a ton of books! I couldn't believe that I kept feeling interrupted by choppy writing...or juvenile writing? I don't know. Something about it bugged me. I think that because the concept for the book was not new (we've all seen and read stories of people being forced to fight for their lives), that having the writing feel off-putting was a disappointment. I would definitely recommend this book, but not with the enthusiasm I reserve for other authors (i.e. Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, etc.)(less)
This was actually much better than I expected. I found this story to be charming and easygoing. I can't really say I laughed out loud...but I did chuc...moreThis was actually much better than I expected. I found this story to be charming and easygoing. I can't really say I laughed out loud...but I did chuckle a few times.
1. Boy read. Good for boys...good boy narrator that is smart and clever and sweet.
2. Clever, easygoing, charming conversations. This book, like some ya's has a ton of conversation in it. But at least these conversations we're pretty entertaining to read. And to me, they sounded authentic...rather than making me feel like rolling my eyes every other page.
3. Strong, supportive father figure. That was different and appreciated. The dad in this book was awesome. In fact, all of the adults in this book, with the exception of the boys mother are portrayed very favorably. It was refreshing to say the least.
4. Lower reading level. This book should appeal to reluctant readers, readers who want to make sure they get a ocean book, and Tweens or juveniles that want to start reading teen fiction but don't want anything too advanced.
1. The cover. The cover of the edition I read wasn't that bad...but the hardcover edition was completely awful. It totally looked like a jf book rather than ya. No wonder it never checked out! This edition is better, but still not great. It just looks so juvenile. I can see why most teens wouldn't want to pick it up. (less)
To be honest, I'm sort of ambivalent about this one. I liked it. But I'm not sure I loved it as much as most people seem to. I will say that reading t...moreTo be honest, I'm sort of ambivalent about this one. I liked it. But I'm not sure I loved it as much as most people seem to. I will say that reading this as an adult for the first time probably has a much different effect on you than reading it as a child...so there is that to take into consideration. Or maybe my expectations were just too high. At any rate, here are my pros and cons....
1. World war 2 fiction. Who doesn't find the holocaust interesting? So yeah, that was cool.
2. Setting. I liked that it was set in Denmark. It was nice to get a different perspective. Plus, my husbands mother is from Denmark...so it was cool to learn some stuff about their history.
3. Short, quick read.
4. History. It was cool to learn new facts about the war. For example, the whole handkerchief thing....
1. My main issue with the book is that I never felt very connected to the characters. I guess that made the book such a quick, easy read keeps the author from going into too much detail. Plus it is a juvenile book.. But the overview talks about how the two girls "live like sisters" -- and I just didn't get that. It was more like a sleepover for a few nights. Anyways, nitpicking I know. (less)
I have mixed emotions about this book. I ended up liking it quite a bit...there were just a few things that bugged me.
Likes- 1. Strong, female lead....moreI have mixed emotions about this book. I ended up liking it quite a bit...there were just a few things that bugged me.
Likes- 1. Strong, female lead. Man, Velvet is pretty epic. Contrary to her name, she is one tough cookie. She's raising her sister, taking on the care of her 'disabled' mother, getting rid of her loser boyfriend...all while the world is in turmoil. I know it sounds cheesy and like your basic ya main character...but there is something different about velvet...her voice? Maybe because she's coming into her own, owning her imperfections, etc. that I just fell in love with her.
2. Realistic viewpoint of survival fiction. So, this book gives you a glimpse of what life might be like if the zombie apocalypse happened, but then they turned out not to be flesh eating monsters and the world didn't really end...things just got really messed up. Lots of orphans, lots of people falling through the cracks, discrimination of those afflicted and their families regardless of laws, the government still being together, but sow to help, figure out laws,rules, and restore order...and of course, lots of debate over what is right and wrong and ethical, etc.
3. The second half of the book. The first half of the book was fine. I was interested, but bugged about the story and where it was going. By the second half enough oer stuff had happened, momentum had built, and a the story started to turn into what I expected in the first place.
4. The ending. Great cliffhanger without feeling totally screwed. :)
Dislikes- 1. I did not like that everything about this book leads you to believe this is zombie/horror fiction...and it is... Kind of? As I mentioned before, this is essentially mad cow disease gone wild rather than flesh eating zombies. And for most of the book, I would hardly call it "horrifying" or "bone-chilling." Even if it was intriguing I was still disappointed in the lack of action and general zombie craziness.
2. Umm, the over explanations of what caused the virus. I got sick of hearing about thinpro. I get it, it was in the water. It just seemed a bit awkward when explained.
3. The x-boyfriend, I don't know. I see why it was in the story. But maybe it should have been told as a memory rather than real time... It just seemed like overkill the way it was written. (less)
I was quite pleased with this book. I liked the first one, but didn't really think that book 2 would be worth the effort of reading; even though I wan...moreI was quite pleased with this book. I liked the first one, but didn't really think that book 2 would be worth the effort of reading; even though I wanted to read it because I love disaster fiction so much. And surprise! It turned out good! Ok, so here are my thoughts:
Pros- 1. Fast paced and a quick read. It's like the author new I'm already behind on my Goodreads goal. :) I'm not a fast reader, but if I had the time I would have finished this in a day. So, great for reluctant readers.
2. Varying POV's. Some people love this, some people hate. I happen to LOVE it. it's been so long since I read the first one, I can't remember if the author did this in that one... but in this book, the group splits in two, so you get simultaneous, but separate versions of what is happening to both of them. Pretty smart. It kept things interesting and the pages turning until the characters and the story converge.
3. Boy Book. There are plenty of female characters....so no worries, I can't imagine girls having issues with this read. But it is nice to have a book that is fun and easy to read that has good male leads.
4. Disaster Fiction. Love this. I liked that Laybourne came up with a new version of 'sickness' thats effecting the world. Even if it tests the bounds of belief...it doesn't really matter, cause ultimately, its a survival story. And when done decently, those are great. :)
5. Teen appeal. We had a complaint in our library system about sexual content in the first book. Which, is actually how I learned about the series in the first place. And it is true, in the first book I was a tad surprised by some of the authors decisions in that vicinity... Of course, it doesn't bother me-- I found the writing, voice, descriptions of sex, etc. to be authentic and realistic to teenage life-- but it is always good to know about so you can be prepared to field questions and comments. In this book, there was sex but it was much more glossed over than in the first book.
1. No major complaints. Perhaps the biggest thing for me as an adult reader, is that this series feels very 'teen' to me. It's not really a bad thing, just that I don't find the actual writing to be that impressive or amazing. That being said, it doesn't really matter if you enjoy the book, right? (less)