First thoughts: Not a huge fan of this one. I got tired of the hillbilly speak really fast. And I thought the way Saba talked abo...moreSee full review here!
First thoughts: Not a huge fan of this one. I got tired of the hillbilly speak really fast. And I thought the way Saba talked about her brother was slightly creepy. It wouldn't have been surprising to me if, at the end, they hooked up. I was getting a little grossed out.
This book had me lost for a while. The author doesn't offer up much information about this dystopic world, so I didn't always understand the reasons behind certain events or actions. Things seem to just come out of nowhere. Maybe I missed something.. I don't know. I just know that I didn't understand this world while attempting to see it through Saba's eyes.
I was really sad when Lugh got kidnapped, but what I felt the most emotion about was the relationship between Saba and her sister. I can completely relate with the way Saba treats her. My own sister and I have had a similar relationship in the past when we were younger. The progression and development of their relationship, and the growth both girls go through, are probably the best part of the novel.
The novel felt like a mash-up of Gladiator and Princess Bride without the humor in a way. I just wasn't into this book like everyone else seems to have been. It felt strange with all the different groups of people, and I'd just read Pure by Julianna Baggott, which is slightly similar in my mind. Maybe it was the audio versions that make me feel like they're kind of the same. I don't know. This just isn't my new favorite book.(less)
Seems like this is a good start to a YA dystopian series. I could have listened closer to the audio, but I definitely got the point of this o...more3.5 stars
Seems like this is a good start to a YA dystopian series. I could have listened closer to the audio, but I definitely got the point of this one. The ending just about broke my heart. Can't wait for the next one!
Also, about the narrator. I almost squealed for joy when I heard Tavia Gilbert's voice. I love her. But this was not the book for her. I still enjoyed it, but it could have been better.(less)
I checked this out from my local library. Here's my honest review:
Alright, I have to start out by saying that I totally knew how this...moreFull review here.
I checked this out from my local library. Here's my honest review:
Alright, I have to start out by saying that I totally knew how this was going to end from the very beginning. Completely knew. 100% predictable. Slightly disappointing, but thoroughly exciting. I'm pretty much torn on how I feel about this book. I was semi-confused with the whole NOW and THEN thing since the tense was always the same, but it started to make sense after a while.
With that being said, I can't say that I didn't like it. This novel is fast-paced, action-packed, and a bit romantic. I liked that in this book as well as in the first one. Pandemonium has a totally different feel to it than Delirium does, but it's not all that bad. It seems as though I liked the first one better, but I still enjoyed this as a continuation to Lena's story. I was sad at the very beginning, and then, when the action set in, I felt a little better about it.
I just know that there STILL isn't any closure. The end leaves this series WIDE open, and you have no idea who you're rooting for anymore. It's close to evil, really. Requiem could come out any day now.. seriously. I'd like to know how this story continues!!
Side note: I haven't read Hana, the short story in between, but I don't think that held me back in this one or ruined my reading of it. I'd like to read that one when I get a copy of it to see how much of a difference it makes. (less)
I enjoyed listening to this audio book. I liked the alternating POVs, and I appreciated the first person present tense perspectives. Day and June are...moreI enjoyed listening to this audio book. I liked the alternating POVs, and I appreciated the first person present tense perspectives. Day and June are interesting characters, and their stories, as they combine, are appealing and fascinating. You're never quite sure where the book is going to go. I do feel like this part of the story was kind of long. Whatever the next book is about could have been added here because it felt a little drawn out. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next though.(less)
I received this audio book for review from Macmillan Audio. Here's my honest review:
Honestly, I don't feel one way or the other about this book. It di...moreI received this audio book for review from Macmillan Audio. Here's my honest review:
Honestly, I don't feel one way or the other about this book. It didn't affect me much, which should be bad, but it wasn't a bad book. One of the main reasons is that I don't like one of the narrators much (Ilyana Kadushin). Sci-fi, space, and what comes with those two don't really excite me. Across the Universe was the same way for me, but I thought I'd give this one a shot. Wasn't impressed, but I wasn't totally turned off. I feel weird about it.
It wasn't exactly predictable because I can't wrap my head around the space-travel novel. The human nature stuff I understood, but when they start throwing weird spaceship words around, I kind of lose interest. I'm sure you're thinking, "Mickey, you should have known this by reading the summary of the book!" But alas, I don't ever really do that because I like to be surprised. I requested it because lots of people made some buzz about it, and unfortunately it just isn't the book for me. And that's okay. It's creative and full of imagination. The book is also kind of sad if you think about what these girls go through to keep their race alive.
If you liked Across the Universe, you'll probably like this one too. Enjoy!(less)
I received an ARC from Net Galley. Here's my honest review:
I tried this one a couple different ways. Reading the eARC just wasn't...moreSee full review here!
I received an ARC from Net Galley. Here's my honest review:
I tried this one a couple different ways. Reading the eARC just wasn't doing it for me. I met the author at a Dark Days event and still couldn't get into it. I finally gave it some time and got the audio book. MUCH better. Not sure why I was having such a tough time at the beginning, but this seemed to be a common complaint. After a while, though, the book gets much more interesting and easier to get lost in.
The sudden love story doesn't always mesh with me, and in this one, it didn't feel forced but it did feel a bit off. While I grew to like them as a couple, the story obviously doesn't bode well for them. I guess we'll just have to wait for the next one to see how it all unfolds. But Aria is a brave yet naive girl. She has a lot to learn, as does Perry.
This book has a bunch of twists and turns, and you never really know who's telling the truth. It's definitely entertaining once you get through a few chapters. I'm just glad I finally finished it!!
Here's a bit of a (view spoiler)[ I didn't really like that they had sex. I'm not a prude, and I read adult novels, too. But it's not okay to just have sex with some random dirty boy you find out in the wild! I know that they'd been working closely together to survive, but seriously. They're so young, and she'd never done that before. And the whole, "No, you can't get pregnant because I'd be able to SMELL it," thing totally weirded me out. Oh well. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had some high hopes for this, and since it was nothing like I was expecting at ALL, it totally lived up to the hype! And MAN, i...moreSee full review here!
I had some high hopes for this, and since it was nothing like I was expecting at ALL, it totally lived up to the hype! And MAN, if you all could have seen my face when the big shocker happened towards the end there. I was in my car, trying to save my Famous Dave's leftover box from crashing to the floor when it happened, and I totally just froze. I was in total shock! I couldn't believe that I didn't see it coming. But what a great cliffhanging ending to this book. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!!!(less)
I did a roller coaster type thing with this one. I liked this one quite a bit, then I didn't really care much. Then it happened agai...moreFull review here.
I did a roller coaster type thing with this one. I liked this one quite a bit, then I didn't really care much. Then it happened again. I really did like the male POV in this book, and I liked the end in an irritated, annoyed way. It made me want to read the next one! :o) (less)
What a great book! I read a review before writing this that compared this book to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, saying that...moreSee full review here!
What a great book! I read a review before writing this that compared this book to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, saying that this book is what that book should have been. That's 100% true. I won't go on about how disappointed I was with parts of Nick and Norah, so let me go on and on about why I loved Graffiti Moon!
The audio book was fantastic to listen to because it really gave the Australian feel to it that I wouldn't have felt by reading the words on the page. The accents were authentic for all three main characters. I do wish that the voices for the side characters were more distinctive, though. The voices never changed, really.. so it was hard to tell who was talking sometimes. Other than that, I really enjoyed listening to this one.
Graffiti Moon is a touching, frustrating, wonderful read. While reading it, you know the whole time that Ed is Shadow, the perfect graffiti artist that Lucy is looking for. Lucy used to date Ed until the date went dangerous, and they haven't spoken in 2 years. She has no idea that he's Shadow. She thinks Shadow is smart and sexy and mysterious and perfect. Ed dropped out of school, can barely read, and lost his job. He knows she'll be disappointed when she finds out. What a premise.
Lucy is so open and spunky, even if it's a bit understated. She stands up for what she believes. She has great friends in Jazz and Daisy. They make some parts of this story down right hysterical. I laughed quite a bit when Jazz was talking. Then there's Ed, Leo, and Dylan. Leo is Ed's graffiti PIC, writing the poetry for their walls. He has quite a bit to hide though, and it makes things tricky for the night that this story follows. Dylan is dating Lucy, but he forgot her birthday so chaos ensues. It's humorous.
I just really enjoyed the lightness and seriousness blended together to make this novel. It has won awards and certainly deserves them. It's a great story that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Definitely check this out as soon as you can get a copy!(less)
I can hardly say much without giving it all away, so all I'm going to say is that my heart hurt for most of...moreWHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE!!!!!! Holy heck.
I can hardly say much without giving it all away, so all I'm going to say is that my heart hurt for most of this book. And I wanted to punch a certain nightmare craphead in the face the whole time. WOWWWW. This is purely an emotional review.
Okay.. I have to spill. Warning time!
(view spoiler)[ At first I started to hate Nash, but then I understood. Because then I just wanted to absolutely KILL Sabine. She's a total buttface. I was completely ready to kill her myself, and I almost wanted to take Nash with her, AND THEN I wanted to slap Kaylee!! She was kind of putting herself through this. I get that she didn't want to take him back because he needed to get clean, but GIRLFRIEND.. FREAKING HELP HIM YOURSELF so that he doesn't have to turn to his hot, powerful, bitchface ex-girlfriend! Come on now. And Nash was SO desperate to get Kaylee back. Goodness.. that was a huge, heartbreaking mess for a while.
THEN.. when Nash was going on and on about how he needed a friend because he didn't have many, I felt for him.. UNTIL he decided to trash Alec as a friend to Kaylee! They needed to save Alec from a hellion possession, and Nash says, "I don't give a shit about Alec!" Well.. Kaylee never really gave a shit about Sabine, huh?! Sucks, doesn't it.. geesh. Whatever. (hide spoiler)]
Alright, what did you think?! This one really got me. I cried, laughed, gasped, and got a bit hysterical. I can't even imagine this getting more stressful, but I'm guessing it will go there. Here I go, on with the next one!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I did not like the narrator for this one. This is Tod's book so it's a male narrator. His voice for Nash was utterly ridiculous and petulant. Ugh.
Bes...moreI did not like the narrator for this one. This is Tod's book so it's a male narrator. His voice for Nash was utterly ridiculous and petulant. Ugh.
Besides that, though.. it was refreshing to hear about Tod's life. It was amusing, upsetting, and very eye-opening. I have a couple questions, but I definitely liked listening to this one. Can't wait for If I Die right now!(less)
Wowweeee wow wow! This one is also a roller coaster ride!! Up and down, up and down. Goodness. Just when I thought I couldn't take anymore, Vincent ri...moreWowweeee wow wow! This one is also a roller coaster ride!! Up and down, up and down. Goodness. Just when I thought I couldn't take anymore, Vincent ripped my heart out again. But this time, a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel was presented to me. Thank my lucky stars! She makes me cry, laugh, sympathize, hate with a passion, get angry, and feel so, so happy (all usually within a couple pages.. haha). Poor Kaylee and all her friends and family. What distress! Oy!
If you aren't reading this series, you seriously should. The next one comes out in June, so you have plenty of time!! Hurry! GO! (less)
This is a great prequel. I enjoyed learning more about Kaylee's past, and since we hear so much about her stay at the mental ward, it was good to hear...moreThis is a great prequel. I enjoyed learning more about Kaylee's past, and since we hear so much about her stay at the mental ward, it was good to hear that part of her story first hand finally. Looking forward to moving on this series!(less)