A lot of things happen in this book, but it never feels too crowded with action or people. I imagine this book feels a lot like the semi-organized cha...moreA lot of things happen in this book, but it never feels too crowded with action or people. I imagine this book feels a lot like the semi-organized chaos in Blue’s house. Each character comes into their own in this book, becoming more then they (or us) quite knew they could. They become the people they choose to be, the people they have to be, and the people they feared they’d be. We get to know Kavinsky and his white Mitsubishi and we meet The Gray Man, an unusual hit-man with a forgotten identity. This books leads us further into the darkness of dreams, kings, and dead true loves. I know I didn’t tell you much, but trust me that it’s enough and go read the book.
I loved this book, so very much, and cannot wait for it to come out so that everyone else can love it too! I can’t wait to hold my signed copy in my hands. I will probably pet it, and definitely hug it.
Have you ever had that feeling of the perfect book in the perfect moment of your life? That was The Raven Boys for me this past week. It pulled me out...moreHave you ever had that feeling of the perfect book in the perfect moment of your life? That was The Raven Boys for me this past week. It pulled me out of a reading funk, it kept me up past my normal bed time, it got the TV shut off.
I loved this book. I have loved all of Maggie’s books, but I really loved this book. It was intriguing, it was creepy, it was surprising. I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I was really surprised by a book, but it’s been too long.
So, this is the story of a girl named Blue. Blue is the daughter of a psychic who has grown up in a house full of women who are also psychic, but Blue herself is not psychic. Blue will cause her true love to die. This is the story of a boy named Gansey. Gansey goes to Aglionby, he has never worried about money, but he has worried about what money makes him. He is on a quest to find a lost king, and one good clue is all it will take to make the quest start moving faster than anyone dared to dream. This is the story of Gansey’s friends. Adam, like Blue, did not grow up rich, he resents the Aglionby wealth, but he sees Aglionby as his way to something better. Ronan is like a cornered animal, ready to strike at any moment. Noah is quiet, watching more than talking, but when he does speak, his words carry a weight that no one seems to argue with.
I was a little unsure as I started the book. Two girls on vacation in Florida, the clumsy friend literally runs into the merman in human form, he's in...moreI was a little unsure as I started the book. Two girls on vacation in Florida, the clumsy friend literally runs into the merman in human form, he's intrigued but she seems embarrassed/not interested. And then it slowly drew me in and I kept cleaning to hear more. This felt like a new take on the whole concept. There are two factions of merpeople. Galen is a prince of one, though not the prince who will become king. Emma is a human, or so it seems. The first in a series, this book sets up a lot of the mythology and the characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book (as my kitchen can attest to!) The characters were interesting, if not always likable. (A book with only likable characters would get boring very fast.) The book had enough twists at the end to make me want to read the second book. I actually liked that when the POV changed, it went from first person (Emma) to third person (Galen), because I always knew whose POV it was. The one thing that kept drawing me out of the book's world and back to reality was that Emma did not speak with the same New Jersey accent as the other characters who were native to NJ (Emma's mom, Galen's assistant).
This re-imagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story is perfect for young readers. Miss Clevis is the elementary school science teacher. One morning, someth...moreThis re-imagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story is perfect for young readers. Miss Clevis is the elementary school science teacher. One morning, something goes wrong with Miss Clevis's breakfast smoothie when she accidentally adds ingredients from an ongoing experiment. Soon, Miss Clevis finds that she isn't quite herself anymore. Switching between a younger version of herself, one without any negative life experiences, and therefore still kind and optimistic, and a mean version of herself, a substitute teacher who enjoys traumatizing the people around her. Miss Clevis is not gone entirely, but unless she can find her way out, she could be lost for good.
I enjoyed the duality of the new personalities: one pure evil and one pure goodness. It provided a good vehicle for a discussion about how people are a mixture of both, and how giving in to one side gave it more power. In the end, the children in Miss Clevis's class (including Dawn, a girl with such a sweet disposition, who struggles with being labeled "good" all the time) have to work together using the science they learned from Miss Clevis to bring her back. The book is marked as ages 8+ (according to Amazon), and I think it would make a great read-a-loud for younger kids.
As soon as I finished the last page of this book, I ordered a copy for myself. I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters, especially...moreAs soon as I finished the last page of this book, I ordered a copy for myself. I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters, especially Four (insert swoon here). Remember your first love? The one who made your knees weak and your stomach drop just at the mention of their name? Yeah, that's how I felt about this book.
In Beatrice's world, the population is divided in five factions. Ideally, each faction embodies the quality that they believe is key to keeping civilization civil: honesty, kindness, knowledge, bravery, or selflessness. Everyone is given a chance, during the choosing ceremony, to pick which faction they will belong to. However, as noble as these traits are, even the best intentions can be twisted over time.
Beatrice, or Tris as she chooses to be known, is a wonderfully strong character. She has doubts, fears, regrets, and on occasion a very cruel streak. She is also strong, curious, intelligent, and refuses to give up. She's figuring out who she is, and what it means to be grey in a world that's supposedly black and white. (less)
Holy f***ing WOW! This book was amazing. Kept me all night to finish. Rachel Vincent can make her characters keep secrets like no other. I can't wait...moreHoly f***ing WOW! This book was amazing. Kept me all night to finish. Rachel Vincent can make her characters keep secrets like no other. I can't wait for the next book, because there is SO much more I need to know about these characters and the world they live in. (less)
Hilarious and lighthearted, this book is a great read when everything else is wearing you out. The short diary entries make it perfect for filling in...moreHilarious and lighthearted, this book is a great read when everything else is wearing you out. The short diary entries make it perfect for filling in a few minutes of free time, and as always Georgia is funny and dramatic.(less)
This book was an amazing example of biology vs. machines, when both have been taken to their extremes. I can't wait to read the other two books in the...moreThis book was an amazing example of biology vs. machines, when both have been taken to their extremes. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series, I was on the edge of me seat reading this. I loved the history, and how Scott Westerfield changed parts of it (and the fact that he tells us what he changed at the end.) The characters were so wonderfully drawn (quite literally, as there are illustrations throughout the book) and watching them grow was a treat that I know will continue in the next book. (less)
I really wished that Forever could have lasted that long, even though I thought my heart was going to break with nearly every page turn. Forever was a...moreI really wished that Forever could have lasted that long, even though I thought my heart was going to break with nearly every page turn. Forever was a fantastic end to a wonderful series. This novel has a little bit of everything in it: love, revenge, death, politics, passion. It answers a lot of questions, while still leaving quite a bit open-ended. It manages not to be too perfectly tied up, without feeling unfinished either. The end is more of a feeling, one of hope for the future, without fully knowing what that future is. If you've already read the first two books, you are in for a great third book. If you haven't read the first two, start there. This is not a series to read out of order. I'm going to miss Same and Grace, Cole and Isabelle. (less)
I don't read a lot of adult fiction these days, but I am so glad that I picked this one up. From the first page we start right into the action, with a...moreI don't read a lot of adult fiction these days, but I am so glad that I picked this one up. From the first page we start right into the action, with a man dead. From there, we watch as Francesca Giordano rises to fill her father's recently vacated position of poisoner for Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, one of the most powerful men in Rome. As his poisoner, it is her job to keep him alive. However, several other powerful men do not want to see her accomplish her job. This book has almost everything I love: history that stays true to fact (in her author's notes, Sara says that nothing in the book contradicts known facts), a strong heroine in an unusual position, a mystery to unravel, the Vatican behaving badly, and inconspicuous ways to kill people. The man that Francesca goes up against is truly mad and has only one objective. He has planned steps out so far in advance that no one is sure what the extent of his plans (and back-up plans) really are. Francesca must reach into the darkest, scariest parts of her mind in order to stop him. I truly cannot wait to read the next of this series.(less)