I absolutely fell in love with both Sam and Grace. It is rare to find an author that can write both great dialogue and descriptive prose but Ms. Stief...moreI absolutely fell in love with both Sam and Grace. It is rare to find an author that can write both great dialogue and descriptive prose but Ms. Stiefvater does both beautifully. I cannot wait for Linger to come out.(less)
What's to say about this book that already hasn't been said? We all know it's good in an almost crazed addictive way. I mean, I read the damn thing in...moreWhat's to say about this book that already hasn't been said? We all know it's good in an almost crazed addictive way. I mean, I read the damn thing in less than 48 hours, went and bought the 2nd one immediately afterward and then had a dream that I had a boy and named him Peeta. Yes. All in 48 hours.
On top of the fun of reading the book, our 11th grade English class at the school I work at is also reading it, so the past two days I have had so many kids come up to me to talk about the book. It's been nice to make connections with kids that aren't athletes that I would normally never see, let alone get to know. Now, they are all anxious to see what I think about Book #2.
So, all in all, the only regret I have is waiting so damn long to read it. I passed it all the time and thought-- meh-- one day I will read that-- maybe. What the H was I thinking?? (less)
I can't say enough about this book. I simply adored it and moreover, I have found a new author crush in David Levithan. I can't wait to read everythin...moreI can't say enough about this book. I simply adored it and moreover, I have found a new author crush in David Levithan. I can't wait to read everything he's put out. (less)
Okay. I have to admit that I just finished this book and about threw it across the room. I just couldn't believe the way it ended. So many loose ends....moreOkay. I have to admit that I just finished this book and about threw it across the room. I just couldn't believe the way it ended. So many loose ends. So many possibilities and what ifs. Granted, I enjoy books that end without everything tied up nicely with a big bow on top but with this book, well, it just felt like Ms. O'Brien had so much more to say. It seemed like she was given a time limit to write it and her hour so to speak was dwindling and she rushed to end it without actually ending it-- if that makes sense.
In my frustration I immediately came on to goodreads (no lie, less than 10 minutes ago) and gave it 2 stars because while I loved the overall premise I just couldn't get past the ending. And then a thought occurred...what if there is a sequel? A quick search yielded just that! A sequel! Coming this November! I can't believe it and I am now singing a different tune. Is that wrong? Probably. But the end makes sense now that I know there is more coming. And yes, the fact that this story is continuing makes me like this book more-- enough to change my original rating from 2 stars to 4. Get mad about it. ;)(less)
This book had me from the cover. Isn't it GORGEOUS? And the description? A girl wakes up in a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there and how...moreThis book had me from the cover. Isn't it GORGEOUS? And the description? A girl wakes up in a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there and how she survived an accident and her friends didn't?? Um...YES PLEASE. I mean, for the most part, the premise isn't a new one but then there was this line:
"She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
Y. E. S.
I tore through the first 300 pages of this book like a woman on a mission. It hooked me from the very first page. And the potential book boyfriend eluded to on the back?? Noah Shaw?? OHAITHERE NOAH.
So there I was, page turning like it was my job and then something started happening to the plot line and I was like, HUH??
I won't tell you what but it was-- distracting? Disturbing? It felt like out of no where the plot took a strong left turn and as someone who likes to predict where books are heading and the way they will end, this was NOT okay with me. But I stuck with it because I hate giving up on books and because I wanted more Noah.
As you may or may not suspect-- I AM SO GLAD I PUSHED THROUGH.
I was really and truly ready to give up on this book altogether at around page 430. I was so dead set on being mad at the book not going where I thought it should go instead of waiting to see where it would go. And man, I was NOT expecting there to be another twist right AT THE VERY END. And you know what?? It WORKED.
I simply cannot WAIT for the 2nd installment of this. MORE NOAH! MORE ANSWERS! Oh and in case I failed to impress upon you this most important point...MORE NOAH SHAW!
Who will like this book? People who like: mysteries, plot twists, things that may or may not be what they seem, to die for book boyfriends
Who will not like this book? People who don't like: books they can't predict, supernatural forces, constant use of the phrase "his perfect face".
Overall rating? I give this book a serious side squeezing hug, aka 4 stars. Why not 5? Because despite my overall enjoyment of the book there were times when the writing felt choppy. While I admit that might be part of the character's voice we are experiencing, it was confusing at times. Again...maybe that was the point. Also, seriously too much fawning over Noah's looks. We get it. He's hot. I mean, he says hot swoony things that I will daydream about-- I don't need Mara to tell us every page about his perfect face. (less)
I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I kept getting lost with all the different characters and because I can't help myself,...moreI have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I kept getting lost with all the different characters and because I can't help myself, I kept trying to figure it out instead of letting the story unfold.
I think part of the problem was that prior to reading, I had read reviews that said that this book felt unfnished. That too many questions were left unanswered. These reviews were obviously written before it was announced that there would be a sequel.
In fact, I didn't find out about "Torment" until half way through the book. I think that is when I relaxed and started to just enjoy the story. The worry about whether all would be resolved was no longer there and I finally felt myself enjoying the heck out of this world that Lauren Kate created. To say I am excited for the sequel is an understatement.