After my 3-star experience with Unforgotten, I was a little nervous about Unchanged, but my sister assured me that this book would not disappoint. So,After my 3-star experience with Unforgotten, I was a little nervous about Unchanged, but my sister assured me that this book would not disappoint. So, I took her word for it and dove right in -- she was right! Unchanged was pretty damn awesome.
What I've really enjoyed about this series is the progression of setting. That might sound weird, but some series take me to new places I wasn't wanting, etc. This series has taken me on a wild ride of fascinating discoveries! It was a LOT of fun getting to see their version of the future, complete with slang and swear words that actually felt *right* for once!
It has also been a treat to watch how Seraphina has grown, changed, and learned about herself throughout this entire series. The way this book begins -- and progresses -- is just plain brilliant on Brody's part, imo. You get to see so many possibilities, so many different sides to people and I absolutely love that!
The resolutions at the end were some surprises as well, which is usually a great thing. I still feel a bit undecided on some of the final outcomes, which is why I didn't rate this higher than 4 stars. But still. This was a VERY solid book and a GREAT ending to the series!!!...more
THIS was a fascinating look into the world of Unremembered and the goings-on inside Diotech. I have to say, it met my expectations in some ways, and sTHIS was a fascinating look into the world of Unremembered and the goings-on inside Diotech. I have to say, it met my expectations in some ways, and surpassed them in others. If you want to learn more about what happens behind-the-scenes at Diotech, then I definitely recommend reading this short story (and probably best to read it either right before or after you read Unchanged)....more
An outstanding sequel to The Burning Sky. I really do adore the way that Sherry Thomas writes these two main characters; their banter, wit, and humorAn outstanding sequel to The Burning Sky. I really do adore the way that Sherry Thomas writes these two main characters; their banter, wit, and humor are just so much fun to read (or to listen to the narrator read, in my case). The dual narrative going on in this book was artfully done, and it kept me eager to find out how the two stories would eventually meet in both time and place. This book was full of mystery, urgency, some fascinating revelations, and of course — all of the fun and entertainment I’ve come to expect from Iolanthe and Titus on their adventures. Can’t wait for book three!...more
This is one of the many audiobooks in my collection that I either got for free (thanks to Sync) or bought in a random bundle (because how can4.5 stars
This is one of the many audiobooks in my collection that I either got for free (thanks to Sync) or bought in a random bundle (because how can you resist a bundle of audiobooks for less than $10?!). So, the point is, it wasn't high up on my list.
I'd gotten to the end of my urgent queue and wanted something new to listen to, so I picked this one almost on a whim. BUT, it was when I browsed the reviews on Goodreads and one of them particularly recommended the audio version, that I knew I was going to listen to it.
And dang, damn, diddly-DUDE. This book was freaking AWESOME.*
A subject like depression — to the point of suicide (that's alllll planned out) — can definitely be heavy. Matthew Quick handled it masterfully by providing Leonard with a very... personable? ...voice. He was easy to listen to. Leonard is the kind of person that I just wanted to KEEP listening to, because he had all kinds of fascinating observations to share (he reminded me so much of my husband sometimes that it just squeezed my heart!).
Leonard is smart. He's observant and he thinks things through, much more deeply than the majority of his classmates. He appreciates things that nobody else cares about. He befriends people because he's genuinely curious about them, when everyone else avoids them. He's got SO MUCH to say, and he's SO FRUSTRATED by the seeming barriers between himself and others.
The thing is, you listen to Leonard telling you about all kinds of things, and you sort of fall in love with him a little bit. You find yourself nodding along with his observations, tearing up at the beautiful interactions he has with other people. You hear the passion in his voice (omg the narrator is brilliant), and you find yourself rooting for... a guy who plans to kill someone and then himself? —screeeeeeeeech!
Yeah. This book is freaking... intense. But entertaining as hell. And eye opening, and beautiful, and thought provoking in so many ways (I swear, I read this book weeks ago and I feel like I'm writing my whole review in Leonard's voice. It's THAT distinct.). If you were to listen to only one audiobook ever... I suggest it be this one.
*And I don't even care what a total dork I just sounded like... ...more
This is the bonus little short story that’s available to read for free on Cristin Terrill’s blog, so of course I read it almost immediately after finiThis is the bonus little short story that’s available to read for free on Cristin Terrill’s blog, so of course I read it almost immediately after finishing All Our Yesterdays. I enjoyed getting to see things from Finn’s point of view, for once. This was basically a sweet little story to show where Marina and Finn ended up months after the ending of the book. There’s not much to say, really, besides… It was nice to see how their personalities had developed during that time, and it was cute to see how they interacted with each other upon meeting again. Oh, the possibilities…...more
I have to say, I really enjoy these novellas, because Jules is one of my favorite characters from the series, and he was especially absent in the finaI have to say, I really enjoy these novellas, because Jules is one of my favorite characters from the series, and he was especially absent in the final book. I loved this little addition, getting to see what things are like for the Revenants in New York. And it’s always fun to get to watch the way things are unfolding after the closing of the final book in the series. A few more giggles, some warm hugs, and hopeful opportunities. Definitely recommended to those who liked this series!...more
Daaaaang, what an ending. I seriously, like, never know what’s going to happen with this crew! Some of the things that happened, I felt were really prDaaaaang, what an ending. I seriously, like, never know what’s going to happen with this crew! Some of the things that happened, I felt were really predictable, almost to the point of absurdity. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but when I’m agreeing with the villain because THEY saw it coming as much as I did? Guys, come on. And there was one little… romantic pairing that I just didn’t really believe. But whatever, I’m nitpicking, I guess. The story was a wild and interesting ride, with a pretty satisfying ending, for the most part. Definitely a pleasure to listen to on audio....more
I was excited to read this because I *thought* it was going to be a piece of Jules’s past, but it turned out to be a condensed version of the first twI was excited to read this because I *thought* it was going to be a piece of Jules’s past, but it turned out to be a condensed version of the first two books from his perspective. Still, it was entertaining (I especially enjoyed seeing the popular highlights from other readers). It was eye-opening, amusing, and also quite sad to see everything the way that Jules experienced it. I still can’t decide if I’d recommend it to my sister, because it reveals some things that might change the way she see him…...more
I’m really glad I decided to borrow my sister’s audiobooks for the rest of the series — the narrator is FANTASTIC! This was another great entry in theI’m really glad I decided to borrow my sister’s audiobooks for the rest of the series — the narrator is FANTASTIC! This was another great entry in the series, and by no means does it suffer from second book syndrome. The stakes are raised in all kinds of ways, some interesting new characters are introduced, and Kate continues to pursue what she believes is right, with passion (and a bit of naivete). I really enjoy how each character comes to life in this series, and the unusual lore of the Revenants continues to fascinate me....more
I got to listen to Sanderson read the first chapter of this aloud at a local event for Firefight, so I was quite excited when this little novella wasI got to listen to Sanderson read the first chapter of this aloud at a local event for Firefight, so I was quite excited when this little novella was released. It’s a bit different from his typical style, but that made it all the more intriguing (a lot more sci-fi than fantasy). The story went into areas I wasn’t expecting, and as usual, the world was so robust and rich that he could easily write mounds and mounds MORE, and I would read it all!...more
When I read The Glass Sentence last year, I absolutely fell in love with it, and I have to admit that I fangirled a bit when I met S. E. Grove at a loWhen I read The Glass Sentence last year, I absolutely fell in love with it, and I have to admit that I fangirled a bit when I met S. E. Grove at a local book event. That fangirling sparked a nice rapport between us, however, and she was gracious enough to send me an ARC of The Golden Specific! It was a challenge, not diving into that book immediately, but when I finally allowed myself to read it -- such delight!
The Golden Specific was every bit as wondrous and entertaining as I'd hoped. It continued with themes I really enjoyed from the first book: maps, the time-sliced world, strange magic, mystery, danger, and whimsy. One thing that impresses me about Grove's writing is that she is able to weave so many threads together, pulling them along in varying degrees of intensity, but never letting them fade.
We're treated to our favorite, familiar characters from The Glass Sentence, but are introduced to quite a few new faces who are sure to steal your heart as easily as they did mine. Remember when I said that S. E. Grove is the Brandon Sanderson of YA? IT'S SO TRUE, YOU GUYS. She knows how to make each and every character feel alive, like a complete person, no matter how large or small their part in the story might be. It is remarkable, and it truly helps to immerse a reader in the story.
You know when you're really just sinking yourself deep into a world and story that you love -- just settling yourself in, locking arms with the characters, and sighing happily, never wanting to leave? Yeah, that's how this whole series has made me feel so far. Which is awesome, but also terrifying, because this is a trilogy, people! I don't even know if this is a review, or just me trying to tell you how much I loved the book without being spoilerish... Look, just... READ THIS SERIES! IT IS SO GOOD....more
This is only the second time I’ve given a 5-star rating to a shorty like this, and I’m not really surprised that it’s a Brandon Sanderson story. (AreThis is only the second time I’ve given a 5-star rating to a shorty like this, and I’m not really surprised that it’s a Brandon Sanderson story. (Are you?) This man just knows how to weave an interesting tale, and it seems that he never lacks for an imaginative setting that always feels REAL and ALIVE and full of actual PEOPLE. This story was eerie and dark and wonderful. It was over all too soon, and it truly left me wanting to learn so much more about the people in this forest, and this woman named Silence....more
In All the Rage, Courtney Summers hits so many nails squarely on their heads that her careful storytelling becomes a subtle and frightening entity. AsIn All the Rage, Courtney Summers hits so many nails squarely on their heads that her careful storytelling becomes a subtle and frightening entity. As we're introduced to Romy's life, it's clear that the sinister tendrils of hatred, arrogance, misogyny, and bigotry have run deep into the heart of the community where she lives. Things have not gone well for her, and people are cruel.
My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl's sport, but it's not. It's armor.
Romy has rituals that help to calm her body and center her mind before she leaves the house. You witness her careful skirting of people and places, to avoid confrontations. To avoid reminders of past confrontations. You see her reluctance to get close to people, to open up to people, but understand her innate desire for connection all the same.
I walk over to the window and peer out at the party. I like it better from this distance, away from everyone. Safe.
Maybe you'll be as confused as her mother — or her co-workers at the diner, or the boy she might like — as her actions don't seem to match up with her words, or she fails to explain why she wants (needs) things to be a certain way. Maybe you'll be frustrated like I was, when she doesn't respond to a *good person* the way that you think she should.
“So you never said if you’re having a boy or girl.”
“We won’t know until it’s born.”
I hope it’s not a girl. The thought shocks me, comes so quick it has to be honest. So I think it again, careful and slow to be sure. I hope it’s not a girl. I feel it even more the second time.
But that is SO MUCH of what All the Rage IS. It is about the frustration, the confusion, the lack of (or misdirected) compassion that Romy experiences. (And she's not alone.) It's about the blatant ways that people hurt each other, yes. But more than that, it's about the subtle, insidious ways that we hurt each other. You see it in how nobody listens to Romy, nobody believes Romy, and everyone is ready to accuse Romy at the drop of a hat.
It's about how this specter haunts us all, subtly and obviously all at once. Every day. All around us. It is, indeed, ALL THE RAGE....more
This one was a book club assignment, expertly chosen by my best friend who didn’t know what to pick, so leaned over as asked her mom about a new bookThis one was a book club assignment, expertly chosen by my best friend who didn’t know what to pick, so leaned over as asked her mom about a new book she’d bought on her Kindle. There’s been a lot of talk and hype about the book, so I learned it was a thriller, which was a good sign. However, this book pretty much bored me. I did not like any of the characters; the main character had no redeeming qualities and I felt unable to sympathize with her or care about what happened to her. The story moved slowly and was pretty predictable on several plot points. The narrators (there were three) were fine, at least....more