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,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, 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.
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. StiefI 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....more
I bought this book without knowing anything about it, only that I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham and will pretty much buy anythingI bought this book without knowing anything about it, only that I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham and will pretty much buy anything she writes. That being said, it was kind of a shock when I go home and realized it was sort of a ghost story.
I almost put off reading it because of that but I knew that if anyone could pull off a chick-lit ghost story it would be Kinsella. Naturally she didn't disappoint.
There were times that the main characters got a tidge on my nerves, what with their shrieking/fighting/being generally emo but that was all very early on in the story and I told myself that they eventually had to grow-up, change, etc throughout the story-- that that was kind of the point. And sure enough, by the end, when the story all comes together I was almost in tears-- sad tears.
Overall, a great fun read. I'd rec this to almost anyone.
Where to begin?? I just finished this book and feel like I will need a couple of days to process it all.
The story begins right in the middle of an acWhere to begin?? I just finished this book and feel like I will need a couple of days to process it all.
The story begins right in the middle of an action scene and we are to decipher, from the beginning, the lingo of this world. While fascinating, it did become frustrating to plow through it all and make sense of it. Again, this could be intentional. There is a sequel so perhaps things will come full circle in the next book.
The two main characters are like able, Finn more so than Claudia for me. Both struggle with learning exactly who they are and whether or not the worlds they are both living in are in fact real but Finn's story is the one that I came to care about the most.
That shouldn't detract from Claudia's story at all though. She is a strong female lead who is intelligent, thoughtful, determined and not afraid to take chances. I believe that her time to "shine" will be in the next book and I look forward to seeing her character grow.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, however, I will admit to being confused through out. This is probably intentional as the world Catherine Fisher created is one of illusion. A world where nothing is what it seems. ...more
I think that I was expecting more Julia Child "history" to be intertwined in with Julie Powell's story. I probably shouldn't have watched the movie fiI think that I was expecting more Julia Child "history" to be intertwined in with Julie Powell's story. I probably shouldn't have watched the movie first-- I usually try not to-- but there was a lot more story weaving in the movie.
However, I really enjoyed being inside Julie's mind. I feel like we would have a lot in common if forced to sit next to one another for any period of time. And she cusses. So, bonus there.
I guess the reason that I didn't rate it higher was that sometimes I got confused on what she was talking about. There were a lot of tangets that she takes off on, but to her credit they do loop back around and "tie it all together". It read at times, almost like a stream of consciousness and I would get lost. That is probably just me though. I tend to get lost a lot. ...more
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 inWhat'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?? ...more
Based on the summary of this book, I really wanted to like this book. Even more so when I realized that the author, Julia Karr is a member of the ClasBased on the summary of this book, I really wanted to like this book. Even more so when I realized that the author, Julia Karr is a member of the Class of 2K11. The verdict?? I didn't NOT like it, if that makes sense.
While the lead character, Nina, is written as a strong protagonist, there were times when I wanted to reach right in the pages and smack her silly. She gets frustrated and upset when she finds out that several people have been keeping things from her, claiming to want to make those decisions for herself, but then turns around and does the very same things to her friends and family-- all under the guise of protecting them. In the end, I feel that her choices to not reveal some information and be open with others leads to some fatal consequences.
One aspect of the story that I did enjoy was the hot and cold relationship between Nina and Sal, although there were times when I wondered how Sal became so interested in Nina so quickly. For those interested in a little UST, there are a couple of scenes that should "do you up right", ifyouknowwhatiamsayin.
All in all, I felt that the story was a good premise but in the end it felt unfinished. I would have gladly stuck around a couple of hundred pages more to get all the loose ends tied up and to hear more about what happened to Nina and her friends and family in the future.
I will say that I look forward to more of Ms. Karr's work in the future. I think has promise and I will not hesitate to buy another one of her books again. ...more
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.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. 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. ;)...more