This book covers one of my favorite concepts in romantic literature: the best friend guy. He's like my all-time favorite guy. I had so much hope for t...moreThis book covers one of my favorite concepts in romantic literature: the best friend guy. He's like my all-time favorite guy. I had so much hope for this book, which was probably my downfall. Not that the book was bad, but I had such high hopes for it and it turned out to be simply an "ok" book. There were moments I laughed, of course, but I feel like I would have done o few things differently. Not to mention a few particular things that had me wanting to throw the book across the room, some things I would not have easily forgiven if I was one of the main characters. And as for Jack, he seemed like a cool guy, but I just don't thing I really fell for him like I do most of the other leading guys. And don't even get me started on the ending. Artistically I can admit that it was kind of brilliant. But as the girl craving romance and final happily-ever-after scene, I was so frustrated I wanted to rip my own eyes out.
Gotta love those books you finish the same day you start them. This book was cute. Certainly not an all-time favorite by any means. But I enjoyed it a...moreGotta love those books you finish the same day you start them. This book was cute. Certainly not an all-time favorite by any means. But I enjoyed it and that's all that matters.
I just don't like when 100% of the main character's problem is boy drama. I love romance, and I love the boy drama. But I believe that it should only be part of the story. There's more to life than whether the boy you are crushing likes you back or not.
I love Greek mythology, so I knew this would be a good book for me. In fact, its the reason why I grabbed it in the first place. It's a light read, short enough to make the time you devoted feel worth it. And the characters are generally likeable...when they're supposed to be.
Well, I've read the summary for the sequel, so I know that she has to take a special training course. But considering the first novel's focus on the romance, I imagine there is going to be some trouble in paradise. Because we all know that the perfect relationship is never interesting enough.(less)
I absolutely loved this book. It was a gift from the mother of one of my Sunday School kids I teach. She told me that if I liked The Shack then I woul...moreI absolutely loved this book. It was a gift from the mother of one of my Sunday School kids I teach. She told me that if I liked The Shack then I would certainly like this one. Interestingly, these two books are very different. The biggest difference is that I didn't cry when I read The Book of Hours. This book was very funny while still being inspirational and powerful. It makes you question your way of life, what you're actually willing to do in your Christian walk, which I believe any decent Christian-fiction should do! It's entertaining and has made a strong impact and I will definitely be recommeding it to others.(less)
I've always loved the famous story of Dorothy and her three companions. My mom and I watch the movie every year at Thanksgiving. I've seen the Broadwa...moreI've always loved the famous story of Dorothy and her three companions. My mom and I watch the movie every year at Thanksgiving. I've seen the Broadway musical "Wicked" twice and I've read Gregory Maguire's interpretation in his Wicked series. I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to actually read the book that started it all.
There's no way not to love this book. It's a classic!!(less)
In an alternate version of our own world where vampyres are acknowledged (yet still frowned upon by many), Zoey Montgomery has been Marked. And by Mar...moreIn an alternate version of our own world where vampyres are acknowledged (yet still frowned upon by many), Zoey Montgomery has been Marked. And by Marked, I mean that she has been chosen by the vampyre goddess Nyx to undergo the Change, a period of transition between human and vampyre that not all fledglings survive. But even from the get-go, Zoey is unlike any other fledgling. She has been specially chosen by Nyx to restore the balance between good and evil. In this first installment of the very long House of Night series, Zoey must take down the evil Queen B at her new vampyre school--and I think we all know what the "B" stands for. With the help of her four new friends, Zoey has to struggle with bloodlust, imprinting, and the always looming possibility that her body will reject the change. There are some pretty awesome powers and even a cute new boy in it for her though, so I guess the whole vampyre fledgling thing isn't all bad.
1) I get that these are supposed to be teenagers and all, but I think the Cast duo may have gone a little overboard with Zoey's young-adult voice. I didn't really know anyone in high school who actually sounded like these kids. I mean, it's not as bad as maybe James Patterson's teenage characters, but still, it just wasn't very realistic to me. But hey, if there are any actual teenagers who say things like "bull poopie", "ho", and--heaven forbid--"gihugic", then I sincerely apologize...your parents must be so proud.
2) I wasn't too bothered by the fact that the entire book happens withing like 3 days...at least not until I read the rest of them and realized that almost every single other book in the series is like this. Granted, there is like a two month jump or so between books 2 and 3, but that's it. Each of the books consist of only a couple of days, making it kind of difficult for the characters to grow and evolve.
3) The romantic interests leave something to be desired--well, a lot of somethings really. Let's see, we get to choose between Heath, the drunken, pot-smoking human (gag me!), and Erik Night, the devastatingly attractive and mysterious, yet insecure (double gag me!). Okay, to be fair, the first time I read this book I had really liked Erik, which makes this book all the more depressing now. Erik is just not desirable to me. And let me tell you, a love connection made as eyes meet while the guy is "unwillingly" receiving a blow-job...seriously? Who in their right minds could honestly think that this relationship is a good idea. And then to have Zoey go and compare him to SUPERMAN of all people!!! Why don't you just gouge out my eyes right now?!? His only redeeming quality is that he likes Star Wars, a dorkiness factor that the Cast duo try a little too hard to make the cool norm among the group of friends.
1) It's really easy to read, as in requires absolutely no serious thinking, ZERO! This book is one you can pick up on a day when you have nothing better to do, read through real quick while barely even paying attention, and then finish within a few quick hours. This book does not require much brain power, which can be perfect during a stressful month of summer classes...just saying.
2) I originally read this book when I has just started reading for real, which means I was really reading anything vampire. But this book is more than that. My favorite parts are the witchy aspects, the whole circle-casting and calling of the five elements. I'm not necessarily so big on the whole Cherokee spirit world stuff, but I can appreciate that it is something different and is quite a refreshing twist to the overused vampire mythos.
3) Did I mention it was a really quick read?(less)
Not terrible, but not terribly interesting either. In fact, it was all rather depressing. I guess this just wasn't my thing, though I can see why othe...moreNot terrible, but not terribly interesting either. In fact, it was all rather depressing. I guess this just wasn't my thing, though I can see why others would like it. The perspective of black men in a time when they were accepted, but they really weren't accepted, especially when it comes to relationships white women.(less)
Yet another Sarah Dessen novel. I love this author, but this is one of my least favorite of her works. I knew it was written fairly early in her caree...moreYet another Sarah Dessen novel. I love this author, but this is one of my least favorite of her works. I knew it was written fairly early in her career, so my standards weren't as high and I wasn't too disappointed. The main character was very likeable, in my opinion an almost impossible feat for today's writers. Norman, however, was not as great as Dessen's other leading men I've met so far. I liked that the book was about the search for identity and the confidence to go with it, and not just about whether the boy likes her or not. Not Dessen's best, but certainly not bad. And it was a quick read to boot!(less)
All I can say is that I absolutely love this book...and the fictional Shane Morgan. There are some racy parts that I could have done without, but over...moreAll I can say is that I absolutely love this book...and the fictional Shane Morgan. There are some racy parts that I could have done without, but overall I loved the story and the romance and the characters!(less)
To be honest, I only even have this book because the story is inspired by my grandmother, Betty Dell Stone Stults. I received an autographed copy from...moreTo be honest, I only even have this book because the story is inspired by my grandmother, Betty Dell Stone Stults. I received an autographed copy from Priscilla Cummings when it first printed. I was about 12 years old then, and I'm sad to say that I've just now read it all the way through for the first time at 20 years old.
Though I love to read now, I absolutely hated it when I was younger. I had some free time, so I picked up this book, determined to finally read it all the way through.
And now I'm so glad I did. I loved this book and still would have even if it hadn't been inspired my grandma. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this story is heart-breaking and uplifting, about loss, struggle, family, and most importantly hope. I'm so glad I read it!(less)
My first Sarah Dessen and I absolutely loved this book. Remy is a unique type of character who I really enjoyed reading about. She's a well-built, rea...moreMy first Sarah Dessen and I absolutely loved this book. Remy is a unique type of character who I really enjoyed reading about. She's a well-built, realistic character. Though we don't have much in common, I completely understand where she's coming from with her issues on love. Except for near the end when I was practically banging my head on the wall hoping she would finally come to her senses, I really liked this main character. And thank God, she wasn't whiny at all, something I see too often in young adult heroines as well as something I really hate. But even better than Remy was Dexter!!! I absolutely loved this guy and I love how easy the author made him to be loved. Wow, a lot of love here. You know its a good book when I'm constantly jealous of the girl who's getting the guy! I'm excited to read more by this author!(less)
Loved this book. I'd read the Waitress before this one, and it was good, but I absolutely loved The Nanny. I love trying to figure out with of the Jan...moreLoved this book. I'd read the Waitress before this one, and it was good, but I absolutely loved The Nanny. I love trying to figure out with of the Jane Austen novels each book is supposed be based on. I also really liked the characters in the novel. It reaches me on a personal level, considering I've been working with children since I was about 15 years old, so I totally sympathize with the main character. Plus, I always enjoy a great love story!!!(less)
I really only got this book because I'd read the first three a few years ago. I hate not finishing a series, even if its only "okay." It wasn't hard t...moreI really only got this book because I'd read the first three a few years ago. I hate not finishing a series, even if its only "okay." It wasn't hard to remember what happened in those first three books so it was easy enough to get back into the story. It's only about 200 pages, and considering I just finished the Sun Also Rises and Catch 22, I certainly appreciated the quick, light read. I imagine I'll be getting the last two books from the library the next time I go. (less)