A great foray into Middle Grade fantasy. I could see it play out in my head like a movie. The characters are likable and the villain is particularly vA great foray into Middle Grade fantasy. I could see it play out in my head like a movie. The characters are likable and the villain is particularly villainous in a cringe-worthy way. There was action, romance, and family dysfunction, which was basically my entire middle school experience... minus the super cool comic book/graphic novel. :) Ha ha.
Still, a fun read. Will be picking up more MG to see what other little treasures are out there. ...more
I've said it several times before, for some inexplicable reason, a book has to be really 'blow my mind' spectacular when its contemporary. I'm such faI've said it several times before, for some inexplicable reason, a book has to be really 'blow my mind' spectacular when its contemporary. I'm such fantasy/scifi geek that a book feels kind of... well, naked without those elements. It doesn't excite me as easily. UNLESS, it has that extra something. I expect so much.
I tend to love contemporary romance comedies. Because I love to laugh. And if done well, I'm usually smitten. While this book wasn't a comedy, it was light and fun, and I think that really helped it, especially when it got into the meaty parts.
There were several things about Statistical Probability that really sold me. 1- The title. I mean, come on. It's awesome. 2- The hero. Jennifer Smith had me at British accent. But I loved that he had all these layers and that we had to peel them apart SLOWLY. Kept the mystery alive. 3- The chemistry! Though the characters tried to keep things light and airy and unimportant, in those quiet moments on that airplane, there was real magic. Beautifully done!
It had great elements, it was fun to read, and there was nothing I really disliked about it. I'd say it's a perfect summer read. Nice way to pass a few hours at the beach or poolside. :)...more
So here's the thing. The blurb, while captivating, didn't tell me much about this book. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I'd downloadSo here's the thing. The blurb, while captivating, didn't tell me much about this book. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I'd downloaded a free expert onto my Kindle app about two months ago, and I swear guys, I haven't been able to stop thinking of it since. So when I finally came across the book at the library, it was that kind of giddy, nervous, 'what if it doesn't live up to my standards' kind of excitement.
I started it last night at about 11:30pm. I figured, I'll read a chapter before bed. But I couldn't remember quite where I'd left off in the excerpt, so I decided to start from the beginning- again. So SO glad I did.
This book is captivating. While my eyes roamed these pages nothing else existed. I was absolutely intrigued/taken/confused/awed by Juliette, and Adam... please don't make me talk about Adam. I seriously am not sure I can handle it without breaking into embarrassing fangirl squees. The chemistry lights the pages on fire.
And Warner... gosh, Warner. Psychotic, charming, brilliant, terrifying. I wanted to hate him. I really did. But there's something about him. Those random moments of tenderness... I just... I don't know. I don't know. Every good, moral thing in me says: come on, Iz, he's the bad guy. But I kind of have a soft spot for him. Which makes me infinitely thrilled that we'll have a novella in his POV (DESTROY ME, OCT 2012). He just reminded me so much of Moriarty, from BBC's new updated Sherlock.
It's REALLY difficult for me to explain all the awesomeness in this book. Like, seriously. I saw the other side of 5am this morning, because of this book. I think, more than anything, it's a testament to Mafi's beautiful writing. I cannot wait to get lost in her worlds again. Easily, one of my fave YA books, EVER. And that's quite a feat! :) ...more
Beautiful writing and some of the most fascinating retellings I've yet to read. Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, The Evil Queen (Snow White)... sheBeautiful writing and some of the most fascinating retellings I've yet to read. Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, The Evil Queen (Snow White)... she hits my biggest weaknesses with hooked knives and digs them so deep that I don't care that they hurt. I like the pain. I was completely captivated from beginning to end. Have definitely become a fan. Will have to go grab up her other books just to get another taste of her layered writing style....more
I really need to start reading more contemporary YA fiction. If you follow me at all you know that I am all about Fantasy/Sci-Fi, so a book has to beI really need to start reading more contemporary YA fiction. If you follow me at all you know that I am all about Fantasy/Sci-Fi, so a book has to be really interesting to make me care about anything non-magical. This book was full of enough personality that I didn't miss the other elements I'm used to. It had great characters, an interesting back-story, a lively and colorful world - I mean, what more could a girl ask for? Not to mention Stephanie Perkins is a dynamic writer. She made me laugh and she made my heart flutter. Win-win. ...more
A very quick read. I've been doing so much fantasy reading that jumping into a contemporary, even one with a touch of paranormal/scifi, was a bit jarrA very quick read. I've been doing so much fantasy reading that jumping into a contemporary, even one with a touch of paranormal/scifi, was a bit jarring. Still, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it.
At first I thought that the plot was a bit contrived. I mean, it feels like it capitalizes on the popularity of social media. I can't help but wonder, how legitimate will this book feel in 30 yrs, when Discman's feel ancient and Facebook is maybe just what MySpace is now?
Maybe that's a tad cynical, but time and technology change so often. Still, it was a nice trip down memory lane. I had my fair share of those AOL CD's. And I loved hearing the ping that let me know someone wanted to IM. It was such an integral part of my youth that reading about it again made me feel kinda nostalgic.
Other than that, I absolutely fell in love with Josh and his very beta tendencies. I don't see enough beta heroes and I wish there were more that were well-written and likable. ...more
There's something to be said about going into this with no expectations and too many expectations all at once. I love Maggie Stiefvater. I've made noThere's something to be said about going into this with no expectations and too many expectations all at once. I love Maggie Stiefvater. I've made no secret of that. In a world where even fairly well recognized authors have great ideas but mediocre writing skills, her prose shines. Her books are beautiful because she can not only make you care about the characters but also paint a picture with her words.
I knew very little about The Scorpio Races, only that it dealt with horses and racing. I didn't realize it held something kind of magical between its pages and that its atmosphere would be just as captivating as the story line.
For as long as I can remember I've had a weakness for the Irish. Mythology, culture, etc. While this wasn't based solely on any one particular myth/legend/culture, it drew from the familiar and in establishing her world with its cliff sides and angry shores and ginger-haired rider girl... how could I not love this? I mean, she covered all my bases right there.
The love story is subtle but beautiful. Bred more out of respect and shared interests than some inexplicable 'something' so often found in books these days. It thrilled me to see the hero and heroine learn about each other, that quiet moment when they realize things are something... more.
"Don't let me be your weakness." (You'll know exactly what I mean when you get to this scene.)
The family relationships are what really captivated me though. Sibling relationships can be both wonderful and ultimately complex enough to be heartbreaking. A beautiful reminder that sometimes, it's hard to grow up because things have to change. And we all know change is never easy.
Yea. I loved this. In case you can't tell by my glowing, fangirl praise. ...more
This book was so unexpected. I'm not even sure how I feel about it yet. It's beautiful. So much about it is just utterly breathtaking. The tents. TheThis book was so unexpected. I'm not even sure how I feel about it yet. It's beautiful. So much about it is just utterly breathtaking. The tents. The Ice Garden. The living statues. I mean, the pretty is so out of control that at times you feel you should be weeping. The omniscient narrator is off putting at first, but then the story is so completely engrossing that you don't even notice it, until the end, and then when you notice it again, its with a kind of warmth and appreciation you didn't have when it started.
There are so many characters and such interesting subtleties to them. And while the the two main characters obviously draw you in, I was far more fascinated by the quiet characters lurking in the background. Mr. A-H for instance, up until the very last page, I wanted more of him, about him.
And while the love story wasn't the point of the story, it certainly strengthened your resolve to see what would become of this labor of love, this beautiful circus that meant so much to so many.
Fantastic premise. I saw the other side of dawn reading this book. The writing is engaging and beautiful. I hope the next book in the series comes sooFantastic premise. I saw the other side of dawn reading this book. The writing is engaging and beautiful. I hope the next book in the series comes soon because WOW what an ending. ...more
I've become interested in the new wave of dystopian novels making the YA rounds lately. This one was particularly interesting, not because of what hasI've become interested in the new wave of dystopian novels making the YA rounds lately. This one was particularly interesting, not because of what has actually caused this new society (though that was interesting as well, watching perfection backfire), but because of the way society as a whole responds to this very tragic change. The characters are what sold this book for me. The complexity of their relationships, the way they each had their own way of caring for each other, messed up and twisted as it might be. So much of this world disturbed me and yet I couldn't stop reading. I found myself gasping, eyes wide, terrified. And yet, I couldn't turn away.
What I wasn't expecting was how little would be answered. I'm glad this will be a series, I just hate waiting! Vaughn in particular both horrified and fascinated me. I have to know what he's up to. I feel there's an ultimate master plan and when it finally unravels it's going to blow our minds....more
I was on the fence about this book. Initially I loved it. It left me on a strange, adrenaline fueled high. Much like I imagine the heroine suddenly feI was on the fence about this book. Initially I loved it. It left me on a strange, adrenaline fueled high. Much like I imagine the heroine suddenly felt about life after Choosing Day. More than anything else, I loved the characters in this. I enjoyed their relationships and how they grew as people. I hated how the author dealt with some of the characters toward the end and some of the choices made, but that's spoiler territory and I don't like to go there. One thing I'd like to see more of, perhaps in book 2, is more worldbuilding. It was fascinating, but I kept forgetting that it was just a city, and an American city at that. It felt like a world onto itself. This is not a bad thing at all. Not a criticism. I just want to know what happened everywhere else? What's out there, in the big world? Why did things fraction as they did?
I'll definitely read the next book. I'd like to see where the story goes. I think it has potential, as a whole, to be great. ...more
My good friend Lisa is the one who suggested this book to me, and while I jumped on the Maggie train due to Lament & Ballad, I wasn't all that eagMy good friend Lisa is the one who suggested this book to me, and while I jumped on the Maggie train due to Lament & Ballad, I wasn't all that eager to do the Mercy Falls series. I'm not really a werewolf girl, and the one time I fell in love with one, he imprinted on a vampire/human child. Not something I come back from easily. :-\
Anyway, as usual, Ms. Stiefvater managed to make her book about far more than wolves. The opening scene of this book is all you need to know that it's going to be breathtaking. That scene in the snow still makes me shiver (no pun intended, I swear). Her writing is brilliant. Plain and simple.
I didn't swoon with the hero/heroine the way I like to in a book, because let's face it, I'm all about swoonworthy romance. I enjoyed the hero but kept coming up lukewarm with Grace. But that's ok because I loved the side characters. The entire unfolding of the secret life is what kept me reading.
Am definitely going to finish the series, if only because I'm curious what else she has in store. ...more