**spoiler alert** Overall, a solid read. It definitely slowed a bit partway into it between the prologue (which was exciting and action-packed) but th...more**spoiler alert** Overall, a solid read. It definitely slowed a bit partway into it between the prologue (which was exciting and action-packed) but the slowness was definitely necessary for plot development.
I enjoyed the characters in this book, though I think the typical vapid, cheerleader-type love interest is a bit tired (having seen the film last night, I much prefer the direction Sarah's character went in that respect).
The overall story is really nothing that hasn't been done before, imminent alien invasion and a battle between species/worlds with some flashy new baubles thrown in to differentiate it from others like it (ie: the Legacies and the alluded to backstory behind the second ship that left Lorian).
For a quick read, it's definitely attention-grabbing and I'll definitely be picking up the next one.
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book overall. I'd give it a four and a half star rating, I think.
At the beginning I found it a bit slow-going...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book overall. I'd give it a four and a half star rating, I think.
At the beginning I found it a bit slow-going and it reminded me a great deal of Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" but it quickly picked up and I was really drawn into the story.
I think the characters were hit and miss for me. Some, like Katniss, Rue, Cinna and Haymitch I thought were very well written and had some easily-relateble qualities and were very interesting and had clear variances between one and another, while still all having similar personalities at times. Others, like Cato, Peeta and Gale (though he was minor) I found to be very one dimensional and slightly unrealistic. Cato had no variances in his character whatsoever, he was a very one-track, simplistic villain I found and Peeta, though I liked the character overall, got a bit irritating with the whole unrequited love and over-protectiveness after awhile.
Overall, I thought the plot line was exceedingly interesting and I'm looking forward to the sequel, Catching Fire and seeing what develops (or doesn't) between Katniss, Peeta and Gale and what, if anything, will happen to address the Panem society as a whole, specifically, the Capitol and it's leaders.
A fantastic read and entertaining story, I definitely recommend it.
Rating: PG-13 Instances of violence, gore and mature themes.(less)
This ranks way up on the list of some of my favourite books. Of t...moreMy favourite of the bunch, by a mile and a half.
Reread (as always...): August 2013
This ranks way up on the list of some of my favourite books. Of the three Mortal Instruments books, I loved this one the best (Stupid Jace!), although the whole series was fabulous.
The characters were so well written and I was constantly laughing, grumbling at the goings-on, and trying to will my eyes to move across the page faster so I could finish the story, which I then, of course, had to go back and re-read right away.
Highly recommended. Go read it, if you haven't already. Like, right now...(less)
**spoiler alert** Overall this was an enjoyable book. While the writing style was not very strong and the characters not well developed, it was an eng...more**spoiler alert** Overall this was an enjoyable book. While the writing style was not very strong and the characters not well developed, it was an engaging story and made for an easy and interesting read.
The story follows Rose, a guardian for mortal vampires, and her best friend and charge Lissa as they return to the Academy they ran from two years before. As the story develops, Lissa's powers are defined and she and Rose struggle to conceal them from the other vampires and guardians while trying to deal with the usual teenage dramas, romances and threats against Lissa from an unknown source.
I'm intrigued about the story developing between Rose and Dimitri and am now going to have to read the others but for a light paranormal romance read, this book wasn't bad at all.
**spoiler alert** Overall a cute, quick read. I think (if we were able) I'd give it 3.5 stars.
I wouldn't say it was absolutely enthralling and sucked...more**spoiler alert** Overall a cute, quick read. I think (if we were able) I'd give it 3.5 stars.
I wouldn't say it was absolutely enthralling and sucked me into its plot, or that it left me thinking and that the characters were multi-dimensional and had some depth to them. But nonetheless I did enjoy this book.
Pretty Little Liars is the story of four ex-best friends slowly coming together in the wake of being terrorized by the mysterious "A" after the disappearance of their friend Alison years earlier that effectively split up their friendships.
All the girls have secrets of their own, that the others (with the exception of Ali) knew about - Aria is hiding from her mother that her father is cheating, Spencer is in constant competition with her older sister (right down to competing for boyfriends), Emily struggles with her sexual orientation and Hanna is body dysmorphic.
Can they uncover who the mysterious "A" is? Can they still hide their secrets from each other and from everybody else? Can they try to salvage their long-damaged friendships with one another?
**spoiler alert** This book was slow to start, but once I got into it, I was hooked. In fact, I lie, I may have been hooked at "BAD DOG" and just wait...more**spoiler alert** This book was slow to start, but once I got into it, I was hooked. In fact, I lie, I may have been hooked at "BAD DOG" and just waiting for the story to unravel itself a bit before I truly jumped into it.
I'm not sure about the writing style, at times it was a little juvenile (example: writing "damn" and then following it up with, well I didn't say damn, it was a stronger expletive - or something to that effect) and at times was hard to follow but it's a great Young Adult effort regardless and I highly recommend it.
Not going to lie, it reminded me A LOT of Claudia Gray's Evernight and I can already see the Sophie-Archer resemblance with Evernight's Bianca and Lucas with a dash of Harry Potter thrown in for magic and some Wicked Lovely for fey and other supernatural creatures too. The direction it went in, however, doesn't seem to follow the books it clearly drew on for inspiration and for that, I'm impressed. The story had some wicked twists in it that I could not predict at all.
I had kind of guessed that Archer *insert fan-girl sigh here* was going to be the "or something" dangerous being that had penetrated Hecate's defensive spells and was wandering around unbeknownst to the others in the school. I did not, however, see the twist at the end of Sophie being a demon and not a witch; that threw me for a loop (pleasantly) a bit and I'm curious to see where it's going to go when Demonglass comes out, what with her vow to head to the Council and have her supernatural powers removed, or attempt to have them removed. And I'm sure there will *hopefully* be a few run-ins - or better yet, even more than that - with Archer in London and I'm eagerly anticipating it.
The characters in this book were great; there's a diverse mix of personality types ranging from the typical shrinking violet, the emo/goth vampire and the strong personality of Sophie; I loved quite a few of them (Sophie, Jenna, Archer, Cal etc.) though I did find the typical "mean girls" clique of Elodie, Anna et al was quite predictable and I was easily able to figure out what had happened to them, though the "whodunit" stumped me.
Nonetheless, I'm eagerly awaiting the follow-up; March and Demonglass can't get here soon enough.(less)
**spoiler alert** What can I even say about the House of Night novels? They just get better and better. I loved this book.
Though I was hesitant at fir...more**spoiler alert** What can I even say about the House of Night novels? They just get better and better. I loved this book.
Though I was hesitant at first about the series switching from a single protagonist's (Zoey) point of view, I found I quite enjoyed the multiple viewpoints as it gave a much broader view of the series of developing plotlines.
Although initially I was a bit dubious about the...connection, for lack of a better word, that began developing in the predecessor to Burned between Stevie Rae and Rephaim, I find myself liking the two characters together and how they play off one another. It is intriguing to see the character development between the two and I can't wait to see how the taking of sides that occurred at the end of this book in the series plays out; it seems almost Romeo and Juliet-esque at the moment.
While on the topic of relationships, they are one of the things I like most about this series, and they were evermore expanded on in this latest offering from the Casts. The character development - mostly in the characters in relationships (Aphrodite & Darius, Zoey and Stark and Kalona, Damien and Jack) is both interesting and just plain fun to read about. The characters - Aphrodite in particular - changed and seemed to take off with the addition of the 'partner' and unlike most young adult genre novels, the characters grow together; they aren't portrayed as empty shells, needy females or star-crossed lovers.
I'm curious to see where the plot will go from here and whether or not Neferet's evil will finally be revealed in the next installment. It's on my must-read list.
Rating: PG-16 For language, some violence, adult themes and some sexual references.(less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. It was a bit more developed than the first one and the story was a bit stronger in my opinion. I'm really getti...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book. It was a bit more developed than the first one and the story was a bit stronger in my opinion. I'm really getting into the whole Rose-Dimitri relationship. It's absolutely enthralling and they are written so well with regard to one another. It's always a good thing, in my eyes, when I get emotionally invested in a character and I was definitely mentally yelling at Dimitri throughout the course of this novel as he continually tried to resist Rose.
I'm also a bit intrigued with the Lissa-Christian relationship, I didn't like his character at first but it's really grown on me as he's become the troubled outcast rather than the mysterious bad boy and I'm also excited to see what is going to happen with Adrian. I'm loving his character already.
Can't wait for the next one!
Rating: PG For some violent scenes, the occasional use of inappropriate language and an overall undercurrent of sexuality. (less)
**spoiler alert** This series gets better and better with each book and this one was a heartbreaker. Rose's character development throughout this seri...more**spoiler alert** This series gets better and better with each book and this one was a heartbreaker. Rose's character development throughout this series has been fantastic and it definitely has peaked with this latest one. I loved seeing this other side of Rose, not the strong, confident fighter but the emotional, lost and conflicted side. When she finally found Dimitri I was so happy but that was quickly followed by an 'oh noes' feeling as Rose discovered that he couldn't love her as a Strigoi and wanted her either dead or as a possession of his. It was heartbreaking.
Meanwhile, the conflict that developed between Lissa and Christian was also very heartbreaking in a way, not because I liked her character so much but because Christian had really grown on me and I loved the character. Adrian again, was also a favourite character and finally seeing how much he truly cares for Rose stepped it up to another level entirely. He was great as a playboy but seeing this fun loving, sarcastic and tortured character fall in love (or his approximation of it, we'll have to wait and see) was fantastic.
I'm counting down until the next one comes out and crossing my fingers that Rose can save Dimitri and the two can be together once again.
Rating: Rating: PG-13 Minimal strong language, some explicit nudity, intense violence, gore, some sexuality.(less)