It is 1914 and Prince Aleksander's parents have just been murdered. His father had planned for such an event & the necessary steps where put into...moreIt is 1914 and Prince Aleksander's parents have just been murdered. His father had planned for such an event & the necessary steps where put into motion. Now Alek was on the run & not sure who to trust. Deryn Sharp was a tomboy of sorts who loved Ballooning with her dad. With the help of her brother & a disguise (remember this is 1914, no girls allowed), she tries out for the British Air Service. By chance, thanks to a storm, she joins the crew of the Leviathan, a whale airship. Ironically for such caring people, it is war that brings together Alek & Deryn's two completely different 'worlds'.
This first book of a trilogy is full of action, easily devoured. Scott Westerfeld paints an amazing alternate world drawing from the origins of World War I. In this world, countries are divided into Clankers (who create machines that mimick animals) and Darwinists (where biology is key, they create new creatures). Alek is a Clanker, Deryn is a Darwinist and both carry secrets. One person's secret is revealed to a few, the other remains untold... I can't wait for it to be discovered. Once that comes into play, I can see the characters taking on a bigger role. In this story, I think Alek & Deryn took the backseat with action as the focus - or maybe I was just in awe at the machines & animals?
I can't help but say how much I loved the art work, it added so much more to the reading experience. I am still in awe at the Leviathan on page 70, what an awesome creature. This was my first "steampunk" read & wow, I loved it! (less)
Dystopian's are hit or miss for me, this one nailed it. Blown away, this is going to be in my Top 10 for 2010 for sure, maybe even #1!
Shatter Me is a...moreDystopian's are hit or miss for me, this one nailed it. Blown away, this is going to be in my Top 10 for 2010 for sure, maybe even #1!
Shatter Me is a book you will consume in one sitting. I read a lot on my commute to work and stop at the end of a chapter but not with this one, I needed to read as much as I could and didn't waste one minute! Juliette is a strong character who just happens to have a natural ability that people would love to have power over. She is in demand, so to speak, but has her morals and knows that what she can do is not something to play around with. I loved seeing her defy Warner, who stole her to use as a weapon. But what I think makes this book stand out so much for me is that in Warner,Tahereh Mafi created a bad character that you also feel sympathy for! But wait, she doesn't stop there...she also gives us Adam, and the chemistry between Juliette and him is perfectly played out. Full of non-stop action & intrigue, this debut is not to be missed.
Nora and Patch are paired together to work on a biology class project that involves getting to know each other. Patch, however, seems to knows a lot a...moreNora and Patch are paired together to work on a biology class project that involves getting to know each other. Patch, however, seems to knows a lot about Nora and wants to reveal little of himself. In an attempt to learn more about Patch’s mysterious past, Nora and her best friend, Vee, try piecing together details of Patch’s life. It doesn’t take long for Nora to realize her quest to know about more Patch is not the only reason she’s interested in finding answers. Against her better judgment, she’s falling for him. But as strange things start to happen to Nora, Patch seems to always be close by. Is it him or just a coincidence?
Patch, the mysterious bad boy from school, is the perfect mix of a guy who makes you weak in the knees, gives you butterflies in your tummy and yet somewhere deep down inside your gut tells you to be careful. Like Nora you can’t help but fall for him. Fans of Twilight will eat this up. The last few chapters tie up many of the loose ends but if there is one complaint, it would be that too much is wrapped up in so few pages. The sequel can’t come fast enough. In the meantime, I will devour Hush, Hush over and over again.
Make sure you cancel all your plans because once you start Hush, Hush you won’t be able to put it down. A real pager-turner that keeps you guessing until the bitter end. Move over Edward Cullen, here comes Patch! (less)
A frightened shiver rushed through my body. Part of me wanted to climb back into my room and l...moreRecommended for: paranormal romance lovers
A frightened shiver rushed through my body. Part of me wanted to climb back into my room and lock the window. But most of me wanted to take him in my arms and run away from everyone and everything. (pg 182)
My rating: 5 /5
It's been three years since Grace Divine last saw Daniel. Daniel lived next door, was her brother, Jude's, best friend and was taken in by the Divine's when his abusive father took off. But something happened between Daniel & Jude; Daniel disappeared and the family refuses to talk about it or him. Then out of the blue, Daniel returns & Grace wants to be friends again or at least lend him some help. Unfortunately Jude wants her as far away from Daniel as possible. While the subject is off limits with her family, Grace has always wondered what happened to cause such a drastic shift.
This is not just your typical "good girl falls for bad boy" story. Grace is not a weak character. Her major flaw is innocence but she makes up for it with being stubborn yet open-minded when necessary. You can't help but feel for Daniel and what he had to endure growing up. He is fighting to prove he's better than where he came from. Throughout the book, I really felt the characters' emotions & was deeply drawn into the amazing story Bree created. Although much is wrapped up plot-wise & there's a satisfying ending, you can't help but wonder what happens next and it's easy to see that Bree has so much more in store for these characters. I'm really hoping for a sequel, can you tell?!
I know it's early in the game, but I think it's safe to say this is going to end up being a top 10 read for 2010. Yay, Bree on writing such an awesome debut!
Vaclav and Lena are Russian immigrant children growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout the novel, we witness their lives at age five, nine and se...moreVaclav and Lena are Russian immigrant children growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout the novel, we witness their lives at age five, nine and seventeen. Upon meeting, the two kids instantly became the best of friends. They are both struggling with their English, trying to fit in at school and everyday they work towards their goal of putting on a magic show. For years, they only have each other. Vaclav's mom, Rasia, is tough and keeps a tight reign on her only son, wanting him to achieve his dreams (this is after all the reason she moved to America!). She also knows that Lena does not have the best home life, living with an Aunt who dances, and so everyday Lena is at their house until it is time for bed. When they are nine, Rasia feels she must contact the police and Lena is taken away. But Vaclav can't help but think of Lena everyday and on her 17th birthday, they meet again. We learn what happened to Lena, the impact it had and how she attempts to carry on.
The story begins when they are young and as English is new to them, the narrators voice depicts this. It may come off as awkward at first, but as their grasp of English improves, so does the narrator's. I loved this aspect as it made the story more authentic and reminded me of spending time at my best friends house, with her Polish speaking parents. The mother, Rasia, was so loveable and provides that link between the old Russian world and new America, allowing you to see the world from a unique perspective (why is the rich teenage girl wearing ripped jeans?). She offers quite a few comedic moments!
My heart went out to Vaclav. Ever since he was a little boy, he dreams of becoming a famous magician, with Lena as his assistant. He sees only the good in things, has tunnel vision, and is so innocent. Lena is broken and Vaclav is her rock. He is the best friend everyone needs. When she is gone, he worries about her, but moves on, has a girlfriend and still continues doing what he loves...magic! After Vaclav and Lena meet again, it's like time stood still and he wants things to be as they were seven years ago, but she is not the same and his mom can no longer shield him from Lena's plight. There is not a perfect, happily ever after ending, and as much as I love that, this ending was even better.
A magical debut by Haley Tanner, Vaclav & Lena is a story full of innocent love and hope that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page. This will be one of my favorite reads in 2011! If you enjoyed Gayle Foreman's If I Stay and Where She Went, I think you'd love this one too.
One night Samantha Kingston was a typical teenager, out with friends. She was part of the 'in' crowd and everyone was headed to a house party. But on...moreOne night Samantha Kingston was a typical teenager, out with friends. She was part of the 'in' crowd and everyone was headed to a house party. But on the way home, something jumped in front of their car, they swerved off the road and Sam is killed. Sam is given a gift...she has the opportunity to relive her last day, fixing some wrongs as she see's things in a whole new light.
This debut by Lauren is simply striking. A great novel has the ability to suck you in, and this one goes that step further and makes you question yourself. The plot and character development are top notch, it really felt you were back in high school again. Each character is unique: some you love, some you hate and some you just plain feel sorry for. What I loved about reliving the day over and over again was seeing why each character acted the way they did. One of Sam's best friends, Lindsay, was shallow, snobby and just plain mean to others below her and yet by the end you realize why she's built herself up by putting others down. I loved seeing the vulnerable side of her. The progress Sam makes as she relives the same day is also amazing to see. It's too bad she's realizing things after her death, but better late then never. I wonder if the book offers something different for teen vs adult readers? As an adult reader myself, high school for me was portrayed perfectly in the book. Looking back I see how easily someone can go from being popular to an outcast just by one rumor and how people sold their souls just to try and fit in, even hurting those around them to get there. That's not to say what happens is right, just that it is what it is.
The book is a great take on the butterfly effect...what if you could go back in time and set things right.(less)