I would really say about a 2 1/2 stars. It was a slow book, the ending was fairly predictable, and really, I am note sure there has been enough story...moreI would really say about a 2 1/2 stars. It was a slow book, the ending was fairly predictable, and really, I am note sure there has been enough story to warrant 4 books...plus a side novella. I really think it could have all been condensed down to two books. then the story would have been tighter, the characters more defined and not so much time to run off on tangents.
This final chapter was also slow...I found myself getting side tracked or losing focus and then skimming ahead. As for the end...I won't spoil it, but it is not a "wow, what a twist, how cool was that" kind of ending. Not saying there were not a few twists, but if you have been paying attention to the previous books, you can probably see it coming.
Over all it was a nice little series. Not the best, but certainly not the worst I have read. I don't feel like I wasted my time, but it is not likely a series I will go back and read over and over again.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was okay. I guess I would really give it 2.5 stars. It was not a difficult read, but neither was it really original. I never re...more**spoiler alert** This was okay. I guess I would really give it 2.5 stars. It was not a difficult read, but neither was it really original. I never really connected with the characters, figured out why I should care.
The two big "twists" fell flat...and while I see the world that the author is creating and I can see why she would start to sow the seeds of rebellion, we still know so little about the world outside the Hart Family complex and dynamics.
Kitty is "rescued" from a life as a III (low level worker with little or no prospect of comfortable life) when she is offered the chance to get the highest ranking possible, a VII, generally reserved only for the ruling family. But there is a catch...she is surgically altered to look like the family of the daughter who has "died" in a tragic skiing accident. She is to take her place, help stamp out the rebellion that is brewing, and then maybe she can keep her life and those she loves safe.
But does Kitty really want to do that? Or should she follow what her "mother" and "fiance" tell her, that Lila was really a voice of this rebellion and that she has to continue the work that Lila was doing. And that they can keep her boyfriend safe?
In the end, kitty follows her heart, doing this "her" way. The twists and turns I think are supposed to be surprising...**SPOILER ALERT***
there are other members of the family who have been replaced...Lila is really alive....her mother is the leader of the rebellion...her finance is also in the rebellion....her cousin whom they are all trying to protect knows a lot more than they they all thought...
These are not really all that surprising, you can see them coming a mile away. The writing is okay, not griping/page turning/can't put down, but not that you can't stand to read it because the writing is horrific.
Over all, it was an okay story, that was written well enough. But on the whole it is not overly original, the characters are not so endearing that you are rooting for one side or the other, or even really care which side comes out ahead. It's not a difficult read, it goes quickly and it is enjoyable enough, but not one I am likely to run out and read when the following books come out. I may pick them up at the library if I see them, or need something light, quick and easy to read. (less)
Wow, I loved this book (and loved it even more the second time around!), I could barely put it down! I spend a lot of my reading time in the YA supern...moreWow, I loved this book (and loved it even more the second time around!), I could barely put it down! I spend a lot of my reading time in the YA supernatural genre, something about magic just always sparks my interest. This is not a YA book, but it has that supernatural realm I am so drawn to.
The characters are so well developed, with enough information so we feel like we know each one, but we also know that there are many secrets left to be discovered. Each character has a well defined history that pops up through out the story, adding layers of depth to even the simplest of scenes.
One aspect that I particularly enjoyed, is that the author assumes a certain level of intelligence on the part of the reader. Not everything is spelled out, obvious, or in your face. Little hints are there, if the reader is paying attention, but not in ways that you can figure out the story in the first 100 pages. I will say that this book took a few twists and turns that while I did not seem coming, fit into the story and did not feel out of place.
I am very excited to see what happens next to Diana, Matthew, and their family and friends. Just wish I did not have to wait until 2012!(less)
I enjoyed this one. It was a quick, easy read, as evidence that I could read it in 2 days. I will admit that there were parts that I skimmed over. Sin...moreI enjoyed this one. It was a quick, easy read, as evidence that I could read it in 2 days. I will admit that there were parts that I skimmed over. Since Sammy is reliving the same day 7 times, there is a quite a bit of repetition, which works for the story. The author does not just cut and paste, there differences each time as Sammy makes adjustments to her actions each day, sometimes for the better and sometimes because she is a teenager who just realized she can get away with anything and there are no long lasting repercussions (or so she believes).
Sammy does begin to figure out that the point of her reliving this day, of all days, is to make changes, effect the outcome of certain events. Her struggle really is what events is she supposed to change and how? And in the end, what do these changes mean for her?
I found the ending satisfying, if not a little sad. Our heroine does finally figure out the point of her all, she also realizes a great deal about herself. And while it is not always good, she also learns to accept herself for who she is, realize the changes she would make, and accept the consequences of her actions and of fate. What I did enjoy is that the ending was not your typical "and they all lived happily ever after". There are consequences and fate can not always be diverted. We must learn to accept ourselves and our take responsibility for our choices, and sometimes, the end is just the end.
In the end, a very enjoyable read. I enjoy Ms Oliver's writing style and will look for others by her when I am in the mood for a nice light read, which with pregnancy brain, is generally what I am going for now a days!(less)
Okay, I am not embarrassed at all to admit that I do enjoy a good romance novel. Easy reading, wonderful escape...I really enjoyed this first book of...moreOkay, I am not embarrassed at all to admit that I do enjoy a good romance novel. Easy reading, wonderful escape...I really enjoyed this first book of her new series. It is interesting to read about the "behind the scenes" of a wedding business and did make me wonder what I would do if I were to do my wedding all over again....
**May 2013-Still a nice easy read. Sometimes I just need to have a little fluff in my life!**(less)
This is one of my all time favorite books. I love the narration and the "good parts". I have very found memories of my mother reading this book aloud...moreThis is one of my all time favorite books. I love the narration and the "good parts". I have very found memories of my mother reading this book aloud to me and my friends one summer (when we were 13!). (less)
This one took a little bit to get into, as the vampire mythology is different that others. And even after finishing this first book, i am still not 10...moreThis one took a little bit to get into, as the vampire mythology is different that others. And even after finishing this first book, i am still not 100% sure I have it all clear. thank goodness for the list of definitions at the beginning of the book!
I liked how the story pretty much starts in the middle of the action. Even though it takes a bit to get into the grove of this vampire lore, the story moves quickly, drawing in the reader, connecting the reader to the characters, to the world, to the conflict that is brewing.
well, I didn't actually finish this one, I skimmed the last 150 or so pages. I just could not seem to get myself to care about these the main characte...morewell, I didn't actually finish this one, I skimmed the last 150 or so pages. I just could not seem to get myself to care about these the main characters. I still don't see what the whole big "conflict" is that is supposed to tie these books together. yep, the lessers are out to get them. yep, there is a "war" brewing, but it seems there is always a war between these two, so what's the big deal NOW? Oh well, I may come back to the series at a later date, but for now, I am moving on to something that I hope will draw me in completely and I will WANT to read.(less)
I really love this prequel series to Ms Clare's original Mortal Instruments. I think she has done a wonderful job showing us a different time, a diffe...moreI really love this prequel series to Ms Clare's original Mortal Instruments. I think she has done a wonderful job showing us a different time, a different way of life, and a different journey for the Shadowhunters. I love that there are some characters that cross over between the series, that there are circumstances, choices that are made that will effect the original series as well as the coming books.
As we learn about Tessa (who she is, where she came from, who her parents really are, and WHY she was so important to this war) we learn so much more about those she has come to love. Will, Jem, the Lightwood boys, Charlotte and Henry, and the world of Shadowhunters in general. And while I was a bit surprised that the big "climax" came about 2/3's of the way in the book...and I wondered what she would do now...there was just so much to learn! The remaining journey of these characters was just as intriguing as the lead up to and the final battle!
I just wish the second series of the Mortal Instruments was as awesome...but I still love this world, these characters.(less)