This book was so good it inspired me to start a website to help promote it and all the other books not properly promoted. Seriously, it was funny, invThis book was so good it inspired me to start a website to help promote it and all the other books not properly promoted. Seriously, it was funny, inventive and very different. The main character was 92% likeable and even her stupid moments I understood. I can't think of a better book and if I could make a book in to a movie this would be it.
The characters were well developed and the family structure was so unheard of in ya literature that I was entranced. I hope this book garners more attention, because even with its drawbacks, it is easily the best book of the year....more
I've been looking for a fun series to pass the time as I work on finishing up my book, The Exemeus, but everything has been falling short latley. I want stories with humor, action, romance, and originality. That is normally way to much to ask, because people aren't getting it. The only books that I have loved recently were angelfall and demons at deadnight.
Most people know how much I love Angelfall. However, most other angel books have not compared. I can pass on most of the angel series, so I was reluctant to read Shadows by Paula Weston, but the name kept popping up. I'm a believer in fate and destiny (on a good day anyway) so I ordered the book and started reading. In the neginning, I was far from interested. I wasn't exactly bored, but there was very little reason to keep reading. And then in stepped Rafa. the book quickly became interesting-seizing my attention. Everything took off from there.
I'm normally farily good at reading the signs. Most authors put enough writing on the wall so that there are no surprises. Not the case here. There were so many times that I was just shocked. The secondary characters all had their own motives and they kept derailing the story -- in a good way. No one was what they seemed. The main character even kept you off your toes, but she was always loyal, funny and true to herself- whoever herself managed to be. You want a funny story that keeps you on your toes? This is the story for you.
In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart ofThis was initially posted on my blog
In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart of Africa. Prince seamlessly blends multiple points of view and a dynamic setting together in a way that makes for a wholly original coming of age story about a germaphobic, hypochondriac named Ethan. When Ethan is sent from the technologically advanced city of Cape Town to stay in the underdeveloped countryside of Zimbabwe with his father, Ethan has to decide how far he is willing to go to survive and what he’s willing to do to save those he loves. The story begins in the mythical land of Karibu with a soul swapper pondering whose body it wants to inhabit. His current body is getting old and he needs a new one in order to continue living, but for him to live, someone else must die. In a conundrum, since he is not keen upon ending someone’s life he peers out over the city and his eyes land on his victim-a witch named Gogo Maya. Gogo Maya is soon captured a long with her familiar, a leopard named Salih. In order to escape Gogo Maya performs a magical ritual called a switch. Unfortunately, she ends up switching right out of Karibu and into Zimbabwe, inadvertently sending Ethan’s cousin, Joe, into the wilds of Karibu. Through an interesting series of events Ethan ends up gaining the witch’s power and is placed in charge of traveling to Karibu to find Joe. Along the way Ethan runs into deadly creatures and perilous situations. The best part of Prince’s story is the development of Ethan’s character. In the beginning, his thoughts were riddled with phobias about the native traditions and their possible impact on his cleanliness and his health. As the story progresses and Ethan finally runs out of hand sanitizer, he becomes more and more concerned with the well-being of those around him, growing into an unlikely hero. In countless situations Ethan puts aside his fears, to save others, but most impressively he puts aside his beliefs of superiority and learns the value of other cultures and traditions. With a cast of side characters such as a witch with a vacillating moral compass, a scrupulous soul jumper, and a shape shifting Hyena with his own agenda Switch is unlike any other young adult book on the market. The characters are multi-dimensional, with motivations that make them seem more human than your average protagonist or antagonist. No one can be classified as all good or all bad, which is an accurate depiction of the world-- and people --not often seen in books. This setup challenges the reader to consider all possible outcomes, and to constantly reevaluate the characters for who they become as the novel progresses. Although this story shines, because of its innovative setting and its cast of characters, there are portions of setting and inner monologue that could have been edited out to ensure a continuous flow of action. Additionally, there are aspects where complex problems are quickly and easily fixed (or not fixed) with no consequences. Despite these flaws, Prince has written a timeless coming of age piece that will appeal to people of all ages. *********** 3.5 STARS **************** ...more
I was so exited after I read this book. I couldn't wait to get to goodreads to read all the wonderful things people had to say and I was shocked to heI was so exited after I read this book. I couldn't wait to get to goodreads to read all the wonderful things people had to say and I was shocked to hear people call this the worst book ever, when a million bad books are vying for the title.
That said, I loved it. It might be because I hate Alice and wonderland or because I had read book after book of unfinishable dreg, or because I had such low expectations, but I loved it. Even in my analysis after the factg it was still one of the best books I have ever read. I loved his use of language although not always grammatically correct. The idea were amazing and his ending of chapters always left you wanting more.
The ending could have been a bit better, but it did not detract from the story as a whole. I couldn't put the book down, I hope others really devote time to reading this book, so they can love it as much as I do. ...more
I'm starting to feel desperately out of touch. Is it just me? People are talking about how great this book is and don't get me wrong it had its momentI'm starting to feel desperately out of touch. Is it just me? People are talking about how great this book is and don't get me wrong it had its moments, but it wasn't amazing. A book doesn't have to be that amazing for me to keep reading-I read new moon in one sitting and i though that was pretty bad- but this book, i would find myself putting it down and losing it. I think it was my subconsious telling me to go do womething more productive.
The book had decent moments. The plot was different, but the writing was pedantic and the main character I liked her strength, but I didn't like her moments of bipolarness. I'm sorry, I just wasn't in love like everyone said I would be with the two of them. I am sad this couldn't be my new favorite series, I might have to cry pink tears. ...more
To me the beginning dragged, I have no idea what kept me going and then I was sucked in by the characters, the story and the plot. I loved the way sheTo me the beginning dragged, I have no idea what kept me going and then I was sucked in by the characters, the story and the plot. I loved the way she created the disparities between the capitol's wealth and the poverty of the districts. At first I had no idea why a society would create such horrid games, but when I learned it was punishment for their rebellion it seemed fiting. Governments over time have shown the most cruelty to those who tried to buck the system. The present tense writing was initially offputting, but after awhile I hardly noticed it. I truly loved the story and Katniss'attempts at rebellion. The book was a great read and I truly recommend it. ...more
There are actually people on this planet who don't know how awesome this book is. Even worse, they don't know thisMore Reviews at theexemeus.blogspot
There are actually people on this planet who don't know how awesome this book is. Even worse, they don't know this book exists. Reading this book should be a requirement for people to gain their daily supply of oxygen.
I have only been truly impressed by two angel series and this is one of them. The characters in this book are in some serious crap; nothings going right, people have been kidnapped, their fortress is under siege, there are traitors in their midst and two ofthe main characters don't even remember who the hell they are. There is so much going on--I can barely breathe. But the characters still find time to crack jokes.
The main characters are hilarious, even the side characters are funny. Some times I was literally rolling on the ground laughing. When I read it in public I was sure that someone was going to wrap me up in a straight jacket and take me away, because they would never believe a book could be that funny.
Paula Weston writes this tale of a a girl who thinks she's lost her family, but has truly just lost her mind in the best possible way. If you haven't read this, life is just not worth living. Can't wait for the last book-I'm literally flying to Australia to get it on its release date. Seriously--it's just that good.
**spoiler alert** I normally have a firm policy against writing reviews for books that I couldn't finish, but for this I must. Of the series this had**spoiler alert** I normally have a firm policy against writing reviews for books that I couldn't finish, but for this I must. Of the series this had been the funniest book ever with more twists than I would expect this late in the game. However, despite the twists in what could occur, everything felt a little rehashed. Like the originality had gone away.
And Kaylee has managed to get a little dumber. The dead dog made it clear that avery was possessing alec and then Kaylee goes and kills him. Really? I couldn't read after that. I can only deal with so much stupid and Kaylee, NAsh and Sabine were pouring it out in droves....more
I have been fairly dissapointed with ya since the entire harry potter series and just the one twilight book. Nothing seemed to match up. Although thisI have been fairly dissapointed with ya since the entire harry potter series and just the one twilight book. Nothing seemed to match up. Although this book started off fairly fast paced there was a lot ofexplaining which was necessary, but took a little away from it all. After that the book was amazing and every book there after was extraordinary- knocking twilight out of the water if you ask me. I liked the character Rose and I LOVE DIMITRI. Her friend Lissa was so so and christian was pretty great (more so in the other books). this book left me wanting more. Overall a great read....more
**spoiler alert** So, I liked how it started. There was no leading build up or waste of time, everything you needed to know in the past was mentioned**spoiler alert** So, I liked how it started. There was no leading build up or waste of time, everything you needed to know in the past was mentioned later. I loved the premise, it truly was novel. I liked the supernatural touch. I even liked the coyotes, but the darkness. That was when I could no longer believe. Also jumping from character to character made no sense and was a little unnecessary. And if Pete created the fayz why was some weird monster tricking people on the end? I am just curious. But I couldn't put it down so still a 4. ...more
I was really dissapointed. Was the author serious or was this book a joke? I was looking for a good series to tide me over until the next vampire acadI was really dissapointed. Was the author serious or was this book a joke? I was looking for a good series to tide me over until the next vampire academy book comes out. This isn't it. I don't know why I gave it two stars instead of one. I guess it was an interesting premise, but badly executed. I tried to forge a head, but I couldbn't. I felt like the whole cherokee thing wasn't incorporated all that well, it was like a bad version of new moon and I didn't like new moon.
There wasn't a single likeable character. You had to go along with the main character,well, because you had too, but you didn't have to like her. And you didn't. 'the writing was horrendous. I felt like I was in a off the mark pop culture dictionary, what was going on with the overuse of pop culture references. As a teacher I hang out with teens all the time and they don't talk like that. I was very dissapointed. Maybe I'll sludge through to the end and find something in it that made me give it that second star....more
This was different. Definitely not slow paced- the tendency of the second book in a trilogy. It was a totally different set up then I would have expecThis was different. Definitely not slow paced- the tendency of the second book in a trilogy. It was a totally different set up then I would have expected and I loved Oliver for trying something new. The romance was structured so differently and the male was so different from Alex that you couldn't help but be intrigued that one girl could fall for two totally different Oliver did what Stephanie Meyer didn't, she built a triangle where either decision would be really difficult. Where there is no clear and easy choice. ...more
My first pick for the year is Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Prior to this book, I had read others in this series, as well as her other series, Obsidian. The books were all good enough to make me finish, but not quite strong enough to make me crave more...until this one.
I loved this book. The main character Alex poses a threat to the covenant and the entire governmental system, because, once she turns 18, she will raise the god killer. Her "mate" will be able to suck power form her and become this destructive force that is powerful enough to wipe out the gods. The covenant and a secret society, desperate to ensure this doesn't happen, attempt to nullify her as a threat by condemning her to servitude... or worse.
This book is incredibly well written. The action starts from the beginning and continues non-stop until the end. It is believable and well written in a way that makes you feel like you're there. But the best aspects are the characters Alex and Aiden. Their relationship is intense, their attraction to one another smolders, seeping through the pages. Like most YA love stories, is a forbidden love, but it doesn't feel rehashed. Jennifer L Armentrout makes this plot device feel new and original, breathing a life into all of its own.
She manages to make Alex seem headstrong and powerful, while still giving her an heir of uncertainty and most importantly, femininity. Her ability to fight with the big boys, but to still be gentle enough to love and be loved by Aiden, made her a character easily worth remembering.
Aiden is an amazing character. Armentrout does a great job of making him stoic, dependable, and noble. Aiden’s adherence to rules could be a bit grating at times, but when he ultimately breaks the rules it means even more to the story. Armenttrout puts these two drastically different characters together in a way that forces them to grow. Armentrout made the dreaded second book be better than the first, a rare feat from any author. I truly look forward to reading more from her in the future. ...more
I had to say this book was a far cry from what I was expecting. How can you have a romance novel, without any romance. And what weak excuse for a manI had to say this book was a far cry from what I was expecting. How can you have a romance novel, without any romance. And what weak excuse for a man leaves his woman if she idn't ask him too and who curls up in the forrest, so that people have to come looking for you? I understand being sad, but good god don't be a wuss. And that voice in her head, was enough to have her be committed.
I haved so much irritation over this book. I feel like young girls learned to take back the guy who abandoned you and screw over the guy who was there for you. Is that what we're learning? To each their own. the only reason this got two stars instead of one was because I couldn't put it down. I kept hoping that the next page would be better and then the next book. At least I stopped myself at eclipse, the synopsis of breaking dawn sounds horrendous....more
The book did make me keep reading, but it was missing a lot. I didn't find anyone, other than puck and the cat all that funny. Anytime those two charaThe book did make me keep reading, but it was missing a lot. I didn't find anyone, other than puck and the cat all that funny. Anytime those two characters weren't in the book the desire to skip pages was overwhelming. And the main character was the least interesting. Unfortunately, the cliff hanger makes me unable to just step away. ...more
I LOVED this book. I have read all of Linda Howard's books hoping that one would match up to the phenomenalness of this, but none have. The p.o.v charI LOVED this book. I have read all of Linda Howard's books hoping that one would match up to the phenomenalness of this, but none have. The p.o.v character was hilarious. I loved her antics and the way she always made the best of crummy situations. This was wonderful....more
I loved this book, it was wonderfully written, the language flowed and each character was well definMini Review initially posted at The Exemeus Blog
I loved this book, it was wonderfully written, the language flowed and each character was well defined. The heroine was strong and there was no insta-love. I also loved the character's devotion to her family and the way that her relationship built between her and the angel, Raffe.
This is one of the rare heroine's who wasn't dysfunctional. She had one goal and no one could deter her. The goal centered focus of the book made everything very coherent, which is frequently missing in YA fiction. I am dying to read the sequel. A really good start to a series.
Original review posted at Do you remember when you were a kid at Christmas? And it felt like all year you had waited to see what gifts you received- Original review posted at Do you remember when you were a kid at Christmas? And it felt like all year you had waited to see what gifts you received- but you were a little worried that the reality of Christmas couldn't live up to the dream? That's how I felt about this book. And it completely lived up to the expectation. Susan Ee did a great job of providing moe...more