I'm not sure what I was expecting when I first picked this up from the library, and to be honest the only thing I remembered was that I wanted to read...moreI'm not sure what I was expecting when I first picked this up from the library, and to be honest the only thing I remembered was that I wanted to read it. I'm not sure how to describe what genre this would fit into. I guess it can be considered a dystopian. It revolves around the ethics of bio-genetics.
It questions how far a parent is willing to go for a child and how far a child is willing to go for a parent. Also, what does it mean to be human, or to exist? Very thought provoking and intriguing. It makes me want to figure those questions out for myself.
I admire Jenna's courage, even if she isn't sure if she has it or not. I believe she does.
I liked that the story was told through Jenna's perspective and not through a narrator. More is added to the experience of reading when it is told through the main character's eyes. Everything Jenna was feeling and reacting to could be felt/heard/understood.
I enjoyed this book and even though there was a great ending, I am curious to read the next book. This tied off Jenna's life pretty well and I am eager to engage Locke and Kara in the next novel.(less)
I don't understand how anyone did not like The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard. I understand not all books are for everyone, but I thought this boo...moreI don't understand how anyone did not like The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard. I understand not all books are for everyone, but I thought this book was great!
How are you supposed to grieve for someone when you were never supposed to know them? Colt and Julia were involved in a secret relationship and after she dies there is no one there to comfort Colt. Although, the entire school grieves over Julia's loss no one understands why Colt is upset.
Out of the blue, Colt is given a first-hand glimpse into the year he shared with Julia through her eyes, after receiving Julia's journal from her brother. He believes it will help him let her go, but it seems harder and harder the deeper he dives into Julia's head.
The story is about trying to move on from something that had changed your whole world. Colt has to learn to let go and move on without help, while maintaining the same persona he did before Julia's death.
The love that was shared between Julia and Colt seemed genuine, and enchanting. I read the book in one sitting and I would love to read it again. I liked seeing the way Colt experienced their secret year and the way Julia experienced it.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I can see why it's so appealing, the world is different and interesting. But...moreTo be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I can see why it's so appealing, the world is different and interesting. But I found I did not like Cassel or his point of view. I understood the way he thought but I didn't feel any real depth from him.
The plot structure was good, even though it was a bit predictable. There were still things that kept me guessing. I think any young adult who reads this will love it but I guess I'm too old for it, which makes me sad because I love the young adult genre.
I'm giving it three stars because of world building and plot structure but if it were based on characters, and point of view I'd probably give it a two.
I heard a lot of great things about this book and maybe the hype was to big for the end results and that tainted my point of view.(less)
I have to say when I first began Radiant Shadows I was confused. I think because it had been awhile since I read the previous books (which I devoured,...moreI have to say when I first began Radiant Shadows I was confused. I think because it had been awhile since I read the previous books (which I devoured,) I was thrown off.
This book is about Ani, the daughter of the leader of the Wild Hunt, and Devlin, the Queens Bloody Hands. He is the product of Sorcha and Bananach.
Ani is restless and wild, she can't stand being caged and wants to run wild. Yet, with her special abilities there is no telling what kind of trouble she'll get herself into. Irial wants to help her all he can without letting others know of Ani's ability, because there are those who would rather see her dead.
Devlin is pushed into the mortal world at the request of Sorcha, and for some reason he can't avoid Ani, no matter how hard he tries. An inexplicable bond forms between Ani and Devlin, and neither knows why.
The only person who knows the answers is Rae, and she is sworn not to tell what she knows.
Danger, court intrigue, action, and love are all encompassed in the fourth installment of Marr's Wicked Lovely series. It is one wild ride and should be approached with caution, there is no doubt that followers of the series will love this book! (less)
I think the reason I gave Darklight by Lesley Livingston 3 stars instead of 4 is because it had been so long since I had read Wondrous Strange. I have...moreI think the reason I gave Darklight by Lesley Livingston 3 stars instead of 4 is because it had been so long since I had read Wondrous Strange. I have a vague recollection of what happened in Wondrous Strange and if I had read the books closer together Darklight would have gotten a solid 4. With that aside, here's the review:
The world that Lesley Livingston has created is amazing! I love the Janus Guard and the different courts of Fae and the rivalries. Sonny is a great guy, with a good heart but has had bad circumstances. He has to deal with tough decisions that Kelley might not understand.
Kelley deals with a side of herself that she would rather deny, and realizes that sometimes people aren't always what they seem. It's tough growing up in the first place, but even tougher growing up believing you were a different person. Kelley has to try to meld her Fae side and her "human" side.
The plot is captivating and we learn even more about the Wild Hunt, and Mabh. There are surprises around every corner and Darklight is a wonderful sequel. Unique additions to Fae mythology, and interesting characters. Kelley is definitely relateable, because I'm sure everyone at one time or another has felt like they don't belong. (less)
I have to say that I can see why so many people are impressed with this book. I can not wait for the next book in the series to come out!
Tris is amaz...moreI have to say that I can see why so many people are impressed with this book. I can not wait for the next book in the series to come out!
Tris is amazing, and I would love to have an ounce of the strength that she has. She is put through horrible circumstances and yet she is able to overcome them and be stronger for it.
The world that is created in Divergent is unique and awe-inspiring. It is definitely a tough world to live in, composed of tremendous rules. Every member of the community must decide which faction they want to live in or to stay in the faction they were raised. When they turn 16 they take a test that is supposed to determine which faction they belong in. The day after the test is their Choosing Day. After they make their choice they begin initiation into the faction, even if they were born into the faction originally.
I have not read something this good in awhile and I am so glad that I finally picked it up and read it. If you love young adult books or dystopian novels, you'll love this. Even if you've never read either genre you'll love it!(less)
I don't know what I thought Choker by Elizabeth Woods was about but what I read was definitely not it! That is not a bad thing either! I was deeply em...moreI don't know what I thought Choker by Elizabeth Woods was about but what I read was definitely not it! That is not a bad thing either! I was deeply embedded in the story and it was hard to put down.
Cara has had to deal with life without her best friend, Zoe, and she isn't exactly the most popular person in school. Suddenly, Zoe is in her room after escaping her hard home life. Everything in Cara's life seems to be going great, until the girl next door suddenly dies.
Everything that happens after Zoe's reappearance is a tangled web of twisted lies, deceit, and psychological messes. This book should be considered a psychological thriller and anyone (of any age) would love this book!
I was completely taken aback by the end of the novel, and whatever I though might happen didn't. Elizabeth Woods knows how to write a captivating story and how to shock readers. (less)
I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to rate this and I finally decided on the above rating for many reasons.
I tried not to let my view of the...moreI kept going back and forth on what I wanted to rate this and I finally decided on the above rating for many reasons.
I tried not to let my view of the first book, The Goddess of the Sea, to taint my view of this book BUT I found the characters to be fairly similar. The personality of the characters left something to be desired. For me, there was no growth or change in the main female character. There wasn't a lot of depth involved in the main character and I found the leading male to be too tortured (I know bizarre right??). The other characters changed very well, Hades, Persephone and Demeter. Lina was just Lina. I will admit that she did change her view point of herself (which I guess is the whole point of the novel besides finding love). But I think she could have gone through more of an overall growth and not just a personal one.
I really, really like the overall ideas that were involved in the book, the twist on the mythology of Hades and Persephone. I think that was done very well. I like that there were other mythological stories told within this one. P.C. Cast obviously did her research and did it well. I find anything to do with mythology fascinating and I think that's what keeps me going in this series.
I kept wanting more from the characters and more from the plot. It wasn't a hook, line and sinker for me. I am willing to continue on to the next book in the series but I'm trying to not keep my hopes up on how good it will be. (less)