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.
I don't remember what I thought this book was about when I picked it up but whatever it was, the book is completely different.
I struggled getting into...moreI don't remember what I thought this book was about when I picked it up but whatever it was, the book is completely different.
I struggled getting into the book only because of Sam's attitude and the attitude of her friends. They were rude, mean, and conceited. Yet, the best part of the book is Sam's evolution from who she was at the beginning to who she is at the end.
At first I didn't understand why she kept re-living the same day over and over again but then it makes complete sense at the end.
Everything seemed so vital to the story, and I love the way that Lauren Oliver writes. I think it's amazing. I can see why so many people have loved this book and others that Lauren has written.
To be honest I didn't want the book to end and the way it ended was not what I expected. I am happy with the ending but I also wish there was an alternate ending.
It asks some serious questions about life and death and how you want to be remembered after you die. It makes me look closely at my life and I try to recognize what I am proud of and what I wish I could have done differently.
Overall, it's a great book. I recommend it to all Young Adults and Adults. It's a quick read because you get sucked right in and don't want to put it down. (less)
It has been awhile since I read the first two books in this series (I believe about a year and a half - bad I know but I get distracted easily). Altho...moreIt has been awhile since I read the first two books in this series (I believe about a year and a half - bad I know but I get distracted easily). Although I do remember I greatly enjoyed the first two books, I do recall not really liking Paige as a character. I have to say that Dime Store Magic has definitely changed my perspective.
Paige has a lot more to deal with in this book, especially since she's trying to be Coven leader, care-taker, and a semi-normal 24 year-old witch. She learns that there are secrets within the Coven that she is kept from knowing and that there are things about the supernatural world that she does not understand. The world that Kelley Armstrong creates is vivid, illuminating, and intriguing. I really can't wait to start the next in the series (and I plan to not wait as long as I did before).
I really liked Savannah, I believe she is head-strong and set in her ways (the ways of her mom, Eve). Even if she doesn't think she's doing something right, she still follows through. She is quick to action instead of thinking about what the repercussions will be which is typical of a 13 year-old. Although she's hard to deal with, she really does want to be with Paige, and she does want to learn about spells and such.
Lucas Cortez is still a mysterious character, even though there is a lot of information shared about him; I don't know how I feel about him. He wants to help Paige and Savannah but why? I understand he has personal reasons and he tries to make those known, but he doesn't really go into a lot of detail. I can't wait to find out more about him in Industrial Magic.
Overall, this was a great third installment to the series because it makes the reader interested in the series. Sometimes authors have trouble after the first or second book with keeping readers interested but Kelley Armstrong does a very good job of it. I like that she's taking her time with each set of characters and still keeping the other characters involved as she goes a long. It makes it easier to keep track of everyone and to recognize who you like and who you dislike. (less)
I've heard great things about Nalini Singh as a writer, and this is the first book of hers I've read. It was a little hard to get into but after the f...moreI've heard great things about Nalini Singh as a writer, and this is the first book of hers I've read. It was a little hard to get into but after the first 30 pages or so I didn't want to put it down. I took a small break and then I finished the rest of the book in one sitting.
I liked Elena's strong-willed, stubbornness, and courage. She doesn't take any crap from anyone, even if she should keep her mouth shut. I liked that about her. I think she did a very good job of trying to keep away from Raphael, but at the end of the day he was just too much for her.
Raphael is just plain scary! I was even terrified for Elena when she started mouthing off to him. But he's strong, and he really does care, even if he acts like he doesn't.
I have been off the vamp train for awhile and I wasn't sure how I'd feel about reading about vamps AGAIN! But I have to say Nalini Singh really makes this series more about the angels than the vampires. Plus the vampires are so unique that they really aren't like vampires. Except for the whole needing to drink blood thing.
There was a chemistry between Elena and Raphael that was apparent in the beginning even though Elena tried to fight it with everything she had. I'm not sure I like the arrogance of any of the angels but I can understand why they are like that. If they are the most powerful creatures that they know of then what do they possible have to fear but each other?
I can't wait to find out what will happen next for Elena and Raphael. I think the end was great, and that it still leaves readers wanting to know what happens next but it does tie up all of the loose ends from the book. The next installment should be a book of its own just featuring Elena and Raphael, much like the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.(less)
The exceptional thing about Firelight by Sophie Jordan is that it is so different from all the other paranormal romances that bombard Young Adult shel...moreThe exceptional thing about Firelight by Sophie Jordan is that it is so different from all the other paranormal romances that bombard Young Adult shelves. The world that is created is unique and mesmerizing. I would love to be a Draki. It sounds way fun, and dangerous.
Jacinda is a Draki, and she has a twin sister who never gained the ability to manifest. After certain events Jacinda, her mom and sister move away from the Pride. While there Jacinda encounters Will, who awakens her Draki like no other person.
I was captivated and intrigued through out the entire novel. It ends on a cliffhanger so be careful, and it's one of those cliffhangers where you want to yell and throw the book but re-read it all at the same time. I'm very excited to dive into Vanish.(less)