I was actually pleasantly surprised with this book. I was unsure how successful Stephenie Meyer would be, pursuing what seemed to me to be the story o...moreI was actually pleasantly surprised with this book. I was unsure how successful Stephenie Meyer would be, pursuing what seemed to me to be the story of one random vampire that died within five minutes of meeting Bella. But what I found was a lovable, independent young woman who was dealt the wrong cards, but still got to make a difference in the end. (To say a lot without spoilers.)
The story was smooth, and even though it was short, I was so enraptured in the world of Bree, that fact didn't matter. This book was worth picking up and reading. Especially because every book you buy donates one dollar to the Red Cross.(less)
This middle-grade read was given to me by my mom as a senior in college gift. The writing is geared towards middle grade, so no lavish descriptions or...moreThis middle-grade read was given to me by my mom as a senior in college gift. The writing is geared towards middle grade, so no lavish descriptions or large words, but it is just as lyrical as some young adult books. Throughout this book, I was reminded of The Thief Lord with the whimsical characters and action.
This book is more of a suspense book. Nothing huge, but each chapter alternates between the three main characters and the chapters more often than not end in cliffhangers. I had to resist the impulse to flip ahead and see what happened. It was sweet and innocent, with some violence and a little technical jargon with the clockwork pieces, but it was also mysterious and fascinating. The hotel, for example, holds many secrets with boarded up rooms and odd guests. I love exploring old houses, so I was very excited when I came upon the old hotel. However, since it is geared toward middle-grade readers, there were plot strings that were never resolved. It felt a little like there was only one purpose of this book, and the plot threads that were on the side were largely ignored once they had played their parts. This didn't detract from the book, but just indicated it was not like a young adult book I'm used to reading.
Light-hearted and fun, it was long for a lower level book but definitely an easy read for a day or so. I would recommend it as a breath of fresh air for your brain. It was a very nice break from dismal and gritty novels I've been reading. (less)
Fantastic! I had no idea it was so centered around genetics, which was pure bliss for the biologist in me. The book moved fairly fast, with a new twis...moreFantastic! I had no idea it was so centered around genetics, which was pure bliss for the biologist in me. The book moved fairly fast, with a new twist practically ever chapter! I never knew where this book was headed!
It had alternating chapters of Elder and Amy. I loved the earth shattering revelations coming to light with another on its heels! It's hard to say anything really without spoiling something, but all I can say is I got some things right and a lot of things wrong. A great read! I tore through it in less than two days!
Also, loved how the dust cover for the hardback edition has a map of the ship on the inside that acts like a reversible cover. Just makes it all the more awesome! A whole world at the tips of your fingers. It had the feel of Star Trek only as far as the ship and hierarchy but then takes it in a whole new direction that is a mix of sci-fi, romance, dystopian, and murder mystery. Blends all so well! (less)
I loved Maria V. Snyder's STUDY Series, but was let down by the subsequent GLASS series and was only mildly impressed by the INSIDE series. TOUCH OF P...moreI loved Maria V. Snyder's STUDY Series, but was let down by the subsequent GLASS series and was only mildly impressed by the INSIDE series. TOUCH OF POWER is a highly anticipated return to her story-telling in the STUDY series.
Avry was an awesome female protagonist, and there was amazing chemistry between her and the other characters. Yes, some plot threads were largely underdeveloped, especially towards the end, but I wasn't put out by that simply because 1. It's an ongoing series where questions will be answered eventually and 2. I was so mesmerized by the world and characters I was content to let those nagging questions slide, at least for a bit.
Maria V. Snyder has created a world separate from the STUDY and GLASS series' magicians, but with similar attention to detail and mechanisms in this new world. I am definitely in love with this series and Avry, although Yelena will always be my favorite I think.
If you loved the STUDY series and missed those characters (Opal just wasn't that strong of a protagonist in the GLASS series) you should definitely pick this one up. Just loved it!! Too bad we have to wait until 2013 for the next one.(less)
I was provided this book in exchange for a review and am not being paid to share my wit and wisdom, etc.
So I was super excited about this book. Mostly...moreI was provided this book in exchange for a review and am not being paid to share my wit and wisdom, etc.
So I was super excited about this book. Mostly because the title brings to mind so many interesting scenarios. None of my imagined plots ever came to fruitation, of course, but the book is just as good as I wanted it to be. Prior reviews have labeled the "voice" spot on as a spoof of Mark Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN in language and description. The author draws on his Georgia roots with folk sayings and accent-spelled spelled words which pleases me to no end because I am also from Georgia and the folks around here seem to be captured in this book's spirit.
Grady grew up knowing he wasn't what Floyd told him he was. An orphan and described in delightfully picturesque words as ugly, Grady tells his story in a series of short chapters that are captivating and a day or a few months can elapse between. This kept the story fast paced while still keeping the beautiful simplicity of Grady's personality and perspective on life. Grady's world is a world similar to our own, but almost paralleled to the Georgia swamps all the way up to the Appalachian Mountains. This makes for an easy transition from my world to Grady's, a fact that the author did so seamlessly that I didn't notice why I loved the book so much until I really thought on it.
This book has been deemed "Christian" although it does not have any religious qualities to it. This is simply because it's a good "clean" book; it does not have curse words, bad themes (other than lying and being a charlatan), and has Grady struggling with being truthful to who he is and pleasing Floyd his parental figure. It will be a book that I will keep to read to my children when they are in elementary school. Touching on the same feeling as THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE CHARLATAN'S BOY is a definite treasure I stumbled upon accidentally and I am so pleased that I did!(less)
I got this copy free in exchange for a review from Library Thing.
This book was in a lot of ways what I expected and also not what I expected. I expect...moreI got this copy free in exchange for a review from Library Thing.
This book was in a lot of ways what I expected and also not what I expected. I expected it to be gritty, action-packed, and for there to be a love triangle. Kaya starts out dangerously close to being a damsel in distress but shies away from it by barely a hair's breadth. The book starts out weak, but don't give up hope until she's at the Academy for a little bit before you pass judgement. Between tough-as-nails Maddox, Kaya's babysitter/guardian, and Trayton, you really see that Kaya isn't just some pushover heroine.
I didn't expect, however, for the book to be both action-filled and dragging. Training in secret with a hot off-limits Unskilled is about as risque as the book goes in terms of not conforming to society and working to ensure Kaya's Barron parents' safety. In between these forays, there's a bunch of sitting in class and Kaya holding her anger about the discrimination of Healers versus Barrons which was so close to being a turn off. I was left knowing that Kaya was a bit of a hothead when it came to her beliefs, but not the why. Yes, she did grow up around Unskilled with two Barrons for parents (unheard of and illegal; usually a pair is a Healer and a Barron) so I understand that aspect of her life but for her to buck against anything and everything about the Skilled for such a strong but flimsy reason didn't really do it for me. I found myself fussing at her in my mind whenever she mouthed off because I didn't really feel for her cause.
The book is written fairly well, with good solid bases for the characters and some light humor and rebellion. However, I just wasn't sure I followed where some of the leaps of logic the characters decided upon came from. It wasn't a deterrent, and I certainly liked the book very well so it is most likely me being a little more critical than normal, but I just wanted a little more.
Enough to keep it on my shelf and eagerly await the next installment (called Soulbroken in case you were interested) and lend it to some friends for sure. A good adventure that sidesteps the worn ideas of "healing with a touch" be it magical or not. There is no easy solution, and this book delves into that caveat.(less)
If you're like me, in order to get a good grade in a class you have to at least be able to reason with the information instead of rote memorization. T...moreIf you're like me, in order to get a good grade in a class you have to at least be able to reason with the information instead of rote memorization. This book has saved my life in organic chemistry. David Klein is amazing at mentioning simply in every section prior "information" the teacher should have told you what is but probably didn't. For example, I had no idea what a "carbonyl" group was and what exactly was happening in certain mechanisms. I'm fairly certain my professor might have mentioned in passing what a carbonyl group was, but I was too busy trying to follow to register.
Klein offers advice and gentle reminders in small sentences that don't make you feel like an idiot. He is very adamant that this is not a textbook but a book IN ADDITION TO the textbook. In fact, I read what he has to say before I even crack the textbook so I am already familiar with nomenclature and can focus on the studying aspect instead of stopping every few sentences and having to look up a term. This saves much headache and frustration in a subject that already has plenty of that built in. Plus it has loads of practice problems (with solutions in the back!) to try before tackling your textbook.
This book (and its twin for the first semester) are so much better than any Dummies book or Demystified book I've read for organic chemistry. SO much better. If you are going to buy a book for this course, get this one and First Semester Topics before you try anything else. It is so very worth it.
You might also want to buy a separate pack of highlighters just for these books too, just because there's so many great tips.(less)
Cinder was what I expected and what I wasn't expecting. I expected a parallel to the Cinderella tale (which, obviously, is what the book is built upon...moreCinder was what I expected and what I wasn't expecting. I expected a parallel to the Cinderella tale (which, obviously, is what the book is built upon) but I wasn't expecting such liberties to be taken with the story. They were well plotted liberties, even if the main basis of the story was so dreadfully predictable. The whole "The princess has been missing" bit brought to Cinder's attention about twenty-five pages in was just screaming "THIS IS WHAT THIS PLOT IS ABOUT. PLEASE TAKE NOTE." However, I found I didn't overly mind the predictability part simply because of the inventive spices added to a common fairy tale.
Enter the existence of cyborgs, mutant humans living on the moon, and a very strange plague. Being a pre-med student with a focus in diseases, I naturally found many flaws in this sickness. For it to be the basis of unrest it needed to be a little less mysterious than it was. The science mentioned was mediocre at best, but this is a work of fantasy and not exclusively a science fiction novel. Meyer wasn't so ignorant as to build weak plot threads, so this wasn't much of an issue. I personally appreciated the mechanics of the cyborg people, which was a little more solid than the plague itself.
I literally tore through this book in a day. I do not recommend doing that, as this book mimics the "middle book of a trilogy" syndrome. Simply put, you get a lot of information but nothing substantial to feel like you were granted anything in the story. Yes, it was good with fairly solid characters (most of them tolerable to possibly engaging) but in the end you really get nothing. Nothing from the main points of the story line was accomplished. I kind of felt cheated because I read through four hundred or so pages and wasn't even tossed a bone for my efforts. If the book had ended in a better cliff hanger, one where I could enjoy what had just happened and reflect on it until the next book up heaves my satisfaction, I think I would have felt better about it. It was almost like Meyer wanted to give us more story and sacrificed a good place to "end" the first installment. It was like drinking watery tea versus a shot of caffeine; yes the tea will last you longer but the caffeine will give you the immediate satisfaction.
I did think the book had a well rounded build, hence the five stars, but I just felt like I was lead asunder. I will read the next book, but I doubt I will keep this series in the long run unless I can glean more satisfaction from the characters or the plot. I'd pick it up at the library first to make sure you like what you read before you fork over money for the hardback.(less)
This was as fantastical as the first two books. The characters are just as awkward and flawed, maybe even more so, and the threat is more real than ev...moreThis was as fantastical as the first two books. The characters are just as awkward and flawed, maybe even more so, and the threat is more real than ever. It was fascinating to learn more about Katniss, her way of thinking while not under pressure of maybe dying (or maybe she is...) and the uniqueness that is hers and hers alone. The plot keeps going, with cliff hangers at the end of each chapter that is designed for you to never put it down (I was forced to).
A fantastic end to a wonderful series. Melancholy in more ways than one and poignant. I cried. If you have read the other two, read this one too! If you haven't, read those and then read this one!(less)
This book was a little inconsistent with the Star Trek timeline, but since this is a canon, I can forgive it. The book was very interesting, and kept...moreThis book was a little inconsistent with the Star Trek timeline, but since this is a canon, I can forgive it. The book was very interesting, and kept my interest throughout the entire book.
I think the story line I liked the most was the supposed "first time" Vulcans interacted with humans. The Spock/Kirk story line was interesting and sweet, with lots of friendship and loyalty, but the real action happens in the other story line.
I think it's definitely worth reading. I watch Star Trek and read canon, and this is one of the best canon books I have read thus far. You won't be disappointed.(less)
This was perhaps the cutest book I've read on the subject of "divorce" and fathers leaving. There is not a sad feeling in this book. Yes, sad things h...moreThis was perhaps the cutest book I've read on the subject of "divorce" and fathers leaving. There is not a sad feeling in this book. Yes, sad things happen, but there's always hope.
The book is filled with straight forward innocence. It's the magic of having animals to love and protect you, about having an imperfect family that really is perfect in the end, and about having hope.
I entered a drawing for the ARC because my mom's a teacher who deals with lots of children with broken families. I won it, and was reading it for my mom, to test drive it. I would personally recommend this book to any age, from toddlers to grown ups. Perfect magic. (less)
So I was super surprised at how much I loved this book. I was also mildly surprised that this was the second in a series, mostly because I never felt...moreSo I was super surprised at how much I loved this book. I was also mildly surprised that this was the second in a series, mostly because I never felt lost with the character's back stories I should have known before reading this. Which really goes to show how amazingly Bracken seamlessly wove her first and second installments together.
Ruby's transformation from fearing her ability to being forced to use it to survive was a very palpable struggle. This book really sucked me in, but didn't have such a hold on me that I couldn't relax and enjoy it. Ruby's new responsibilities and coming to love those under her in the League against her will was poignant and just so real.
There was so much action and so many twists, most of which I never saw coming. The book never lulled and never lost its constant momentum which I was only too happy to be swept away by. I loved it so much I'm going to be reading the first book of the series and buying this book when it comes out!
The only real problem I had with it is that one of the new character curses like a sailor literally every bit of dialogue. It was good character building, until it was just too much and I got tired of the f bomb being dropped like it was a space filler. I think I would have liked this book better had there been a bit more discretion with that character. However, overall I really did enjoy myself and devoured this book!
I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley. I am not receiving any recompense besides the free text.(less)