http://thebooksweread.com/2011/11/nig... probably should have read the back of the book before I committed to reading it. I'm not interested in readin...morehttp://thebooksweread.com/2011/11/nig... probably should have read the back of the book before I committed to reading it. I'm not interested in reading really creepy books, and this one is really creepy. If I had known, it would have been less of a shock when she remorselessly kills her own father in the first 20 pages of the novel. I was shocked then, and I never had a chance to recover. This book took me places I never expected. I read the first book of this series last year and liked it. This book was very different from the first one, unnaturally so. I was constantly surprised by Jessamine’s behaviour and choices. Reading this book felt a bit like watching a plane in a downward spiral. You’re hoping for a recovery, but not sure of one. There was no recovery in this book, maybe it’s waiting in the next one, but I’m not sticking around to find out. As far as I’m concerned me and The Poison Diaries Series are through. Out.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.(less)
This novel is unique for a couple of reasons. First, is the format. This book switches POV back and forth from Michael and Leesie. Her POV is either w...moreThis novel is unique for a couple of reasons. First, is the format. This book switches POV back and forth from Michael and Leesie. Her POV is either written as her personal poetry or as chat logs or, sometimes, as a combination of the two. Her poetry was pretty good, not awesome, but not bad. I found the chat logs to be a little too kitschy, I would have preferred to read just a first person point of view, but whatever. Michael's story was told through his dive logs, which I guess is fancy talk for a journal. Which, in the end, is just a clumsy way to deliver first person POV. Those were easier to read, but I hated him, so that didn't really help.
The second reason this story is unique, is that the main girl character is a Mormon (like myself). I mean, really a Mormon. The "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet made an appearance (if you don't know what that is google it.) This is the first book I've read that has a major Mormon character, was intended for a main steam audience, AND was published by a major publisher. This book was published by Razor Bill. Holy Horses. Morrison did a good job of explaining LDS (aka Mormon) Speak and other nuances like Branch President, Stake House and what "formal dress" means for Mormons. It also, surprisingly, didn't bog down the text, which I always imagined would be a problem. So, good job there.
However, like I said before, I hated one of the main characters. That took a lot of the enjoyment out of the reading. Michael loses his entire family at the start of the novel, and spends the rest of it with post traumatic stress disorder. I think we're supposed to cut him a break because of it. I do feel for the guy, but no excuse is good enough for the way he treats Leesie.
The main theme in this book is not grief, like you would think, it's sex. It's a classic will she or won't she, with a Mormon twist. I was very disappointed. It seemed like this novel could have shifted focus away from sex to explore some other issues. The main reason that Michael is getting my ire is that he puts some major pressure on Leesie. "Show me that you love me." What a jerk. Then Leesie feels guilty when she doesn't give in. He doesn't deserve her guilt. I realize that his behavior is plausible, and perhaps typical, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
At the end of the day, I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. It landed somewhere in the middle for me. I didn't hate it, but I have no love for it either.(less)
I listened to Xanthe Elbrick read this book to me. I got it from Audible. I started listening two weeks before I managed to finish. I'd get in only sm...moreI listened to Xanthe Elbrick read this book to me. I got it from Audible. I started listening two weeks before I managed to finish. I'd get in only small moments at a time before I finally ended up taking control of my husbands iPhone, walking around my house listening to it with only one ear bud so I could still be "apart of the family" and hear when my baby was crying. You know, it took a while for the story to get started, but after about ten hours of listening, it finally did. The first ten hours were ok too, it was just mystery piled on top of mystery until everything is revealed in the end. It did a really nice job of tying all of Cashores other books in the series together to form a nice bow. However, I would read another book from this series if she chose to write it. I'd read anything she wrote. (less)
This was truly a good read. Nice writing, good character development, a side love story that was't all encompassing. There were only a few places wher...moreThis was truly a good read. Nice writing, good character development, a side love story that was't all encompassing. There were only a few places where it became obvious that this was a man writing from a girl's POV. But he did really well. (less)
OOoh, I really liked this one. Sara Zarr just understood my teen years. OK so my mom was not an alcoholic, and my dad was not a preacher. But my mom w...moreOOoh, I really liked this one. Sara Zarr just understood my teen years. OK so my mom was not an alcoholic, and my dad was not a preacher. But my mom was sick and I felt like that was something we didn't talk about and I didn't know why. I really connected with this novel for those reasons, and also, it was just nice to read a well written novel. This one is about faith, losing it, finding it and about family. It reminds us that what families look like from the outside, are not necessarily what they feel like on the inside. If you're worried about reading "Christian Fiction" you needn't be worried about reading this one. It is not overly preachy and it really centers on faith, who hasn't questioned something they believed in before? It's a novel for everyone. (less)
Juliet is not a reincarnation story, thank goodness, but it is about a curse, on "both your houses," which is a bit like adding fate in. Thankfully, o...moreJuliet is not a reincarnation story, thank goodness, but it is about a curse, on "both your houses," which is a bit like adding fate in. Thankfully, our modern day "Juliet" doesn't remember a past life, but she is worried that she won't be long in this one. Did I ever mention how much I dislike the whole reincarnation thing? Anyway, Juliet is a story within a story. Fortier takes us through a few different reincarnations of the story of Romeo and Juliet, focussing on the "original." Fortier put a lot of effort and research into writing this ambitious novel. Lots of research. Unfortunately, she let me down.
I didn't get to know any of the characters in a way that I would have liked. I didn't understand their choices or empathize with them. The main character, Julie/Guiletta was scattered and never really got it together. Her sister Janice was worse. The love interest was pretty in my mind. He worked at a bank maybe, or was he a police man? He had guns, and connections with the police. Maybe things are different in Italy? Oh that brings me to Italy. That was one of the things Fortier did do right. I mean, I've never been to Italy, but I really want to go now. It sounds beautiful and the setting in this novel made me feel like I was there.
I do have a few more complaints. This book was written in the first person. If the author wanted us to feel unsure of whether or not our Juliet would live, she probably should have written in the third person. I've never read a novel written in the first person where the main character dies. And this is not really an avante garde kind of book. Also, Julie/Guiletta is reading a journal in part of the novel and the journal is written in the third person. Who writes their journal in the third person? Clarissa was reading a novel today about Romeo and Juliet, she is starting to think that she should read the play again. Anyway, in my humble opinion, she should have switched them, it would have made more sense and kept us a bit more in the dark. (less)
Five stars, I'm giving this one five stars! I almost never do that. I definitely don't give out five stars willy nilly. OK, so it's probably a given t...moreFive stars, I'm giving this one five stars! I almost never do that. I definitely don't give out five stars willy nilly. OK, so it's probably a given that this is my most favouritist book that I've read this year fo sho. Seriously. I know I sound like a frilly fangirl but I can't help it. It was unfreakingbelievable! How did I not know about this book? This was a goodreads recommendation. knocked it out of the park on this one goodreads, almost makes up for The Summer I Turned Pretty.
So let's get down to it. The Sky Is Everywhere is a story about grief, sisters and family with a dose of first love to help it all go down nice and easy. Jandy Nelson is a published poet, writer and literary agent and this is her first novel. The words in this book are so beautifully crafted that I want to hug it and hope it rubs off on me. Little poems litter the novel adding depth and insight into our main character Lennie.
Lennie's sister Bailey died at the start of the novel and Lennie's grief drips off the pages of this book. It's so visceral and raw, it should be painful. But somehow, it's not. Anyone who has dealt with loss will appreciate this book. Here is my favourite passage:
My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.
Beautiful right? And so true. Anyway, enough fandimonium for a second. I must confess. This book has some language, if you are sensitive, stay away.
I am a huge fan on Melina Marchetta. Since she publishes first in Australia and England, I had to wait over a year to read this one here in Canada. It...moreI am a huge fan on Melina Marchetta. Since she publishes first in Australia and England, I had to wait over a year to read this one here in Canada. It was with sky high expectations that I picked up this book. I read the first chapter and then put it down and was determined not to finish it. I HATED Tom. Tom is the main character in The Piper's Son. He starts out the novel smashing his head into a glass table as he passes out from doing drugs. His language is filthy and he's mean.
I would have left it at that, except I've read all of Melina's other books and I was sure it must get better. Right? So I picked it back up. Now I have to say, I have no love for jerks who are "misunderstood" or hurting on the inside. It's ok if they're hurting, but not ok for them to lash out. It is never OK in my opinion to be a jerk. I want to scream at literary characters to "get over yourself!" However, just like any great book, we see Tom move away from his destructive behaviour and become better.
We see Tom figure out his grief, and find his way back to his family. Marchetta, once again, weaves a complex story with a very full cast of characters into a beautiful tapestry.
However, there are some things about this book that I did not enjoy and I wish they weren't present. Tom and his family use filthy language. To me, it's not acceptable. The language is a reason that I wouldn't recommend this book.(less)
Why oh why do I keep reading this series? I really don't enjoy the way Aprilynne Pike writes. She overwrites constantly. It "set's my teeth on edge."...moreWhy oh why do I keep reading this series? I really don't enjoy the way Aprilynne Pike writes. She overwrites constantly. It "set's my teeth on edge." I find Laurel so completely annoying, I can't stand her. If she were an actual person, I would try very hard not to ever have to speak to her, or be in the same room with her. And I'm generally known as a friendly person. She is a controlling knowitall that has two boys in love with her. Not to mention that the rest of the boys in school would do anything to get with her, (sounds a little Bella like to me). Her being so wanted, doesn't really seem possible. I don't care how gorgeous she apparently is. Then the ending? Again, I ask, what ending? That was not an ending, just like this. (Is not a sentence, that was what it was suppose to be, before I quit writing in the middle of it.) I understand cliff hangers, I do. But I hate them. It's a cheap parlour trick. Watch, while I make half of a book disappear! (That was suppose to be read with some sort of accent, pick your favourite.) I, however, WILL be reading the next book, if only to see the series end, for good and I'll be a happy woman when it does. If I can get through FIVE seasons of Lost (of which, only the first was good), I can get through one more book.(less)
If you've read New Moon, you probably don't need to read this book. This book felt like filler. Something we have to get through to get to the next on...moreIf you've read New Moon, you probably don't need to read this book. This book felt like filler. Something we have to get through to get to the next one. At least that's what I'm hoping. Honestly, there was a lot of similarities between this one and New Moon. It felt a bit too, oh-crap-I-rushed-the-romance-in-the-last-one-I-guess-there-better-be-some-drama-in-this-one kind of move. Where do you take a trilogy with no obvious direction? A what can I pull out of my hat? kind of story. But I think the next one is possibly the last one, either that or an episode of a new paranormal crime drama.
I keep getting distracted. New Moon, ok, so there's a break-up, and a make-up and a potential new boy, and the devastation of a break-up, and it's the second book, and it's a set up for the third book. You get what I'm saying? It's basically a waste of time. But I'm still giving it three stars, and I'm not sure why. Really, it doesn't have a lot going for it. I hate the main character. Love the name Violet though. She was so stupid. I thought she might get smarter in this one, nope, she's just as stupid as she was in the last one. Whenever she goes off by herself to look for a body, she comes off as stupid. I think the author is trying to make us understand that her "need" to go seek out the body blocks all reason, which might work if she didn't think to herself, "Well I better not wake up Jay." Stupid, stupid girl. When Derting does that, it just comes off as a way to get her in a dangerous situation, a plot device, that just doesn't play well with reality. It could be that I liked it more than I liked Illusions or whatever it was called by Aprilynne Pike (the third wings book, I'm still annoyed about that one.) Anyway, maybe it gets three stars because I think it left me feeling like there were some possibilites opened up for the third. Oh, and I'm hoping she gets smarter in the next book. (less)
Ok, ok I really don't like the title, it's super cheesy but I loved this book. I mean I can't give it five stars because I save those for books that I...moreOk, ok I really don't like the title, it's super cheesy but I loved this book. I mean I can't give it five stars because I save those for books that I would say, "This book changed by life!" This book did not change my life. It was fun, it was well written! It was funny! Beautiful. I really do like chick lit, and this is great chick lit. (less)
Ah, well, what can I say? This book certainly does have beautiful prose, but I have to say, I really didn't enjoy it. It reminded me of The Particular...moreAh, well, what can I say? This book certainly does have beautiful prose, but I have to say, I really didn't enjoy it. It reminded me of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which I hated. Both books have gorgeous prose, and both have very strange and unbelievable things that happen. I just didn't like them.
In this one, I really couldn't stand the main character's sister Ruby. She is just a terrible, controlling, selfish person. I also found the main character a bit of an empty shell. It felt like she became whatever Ruby filled her up with. Which made her come off as weak and a bit pathetic.(less)
I read Unearthly and it annoyed me. Well the book was good, but it didn't have any sense of closure. I was mad that the book I was enjoying felt like...moreI read Unearthly and it annoyed me. Well the book was good, but it didn't have any sense of closure. I was mad that the book I was enjoying felt like it was cut in half. I have been looking forward to reading the second half for a long time. And here it is. I am not in love with it. It's was not book-crushworthy. Some of the questions I had at the end of Unearthly, which was nice, but the book as a whole failed to really resonate with me.(view spoiler)[ I lost my mom when I was 16. I felt like it should have resonated considering that I went through the things that Clara went through, except the whole angel business, my mother was an angel, just not technically angelic ;) (hide spoiler)]
I'll still recommend it as a nice YA Angel Paranormal. But it won't make this year's top 10["br"]>["br"]>(less)