I’m not a huge fan of zombies, anybody who knows me knows that I’m ridiculously terrified of just the idea of them. So when I opened this as a gift pr...moreI’m not a huge fan of zombies, anybody who knows me knows that I’m ridiculously terrified of just the idea of them. So when I opened this as a gift previously, I was a little iffy. However, as I began reading, the entire concept just drew me in.
The plot kind of reminds me somewhat of True Blood, where zombies are like vampires and are mostly frowned upon by society. Of course, I’m not relating the two of them past that, because they are radically different. (And I wouldn’t suggest True Blood to anybody under 18, just a friendly hint) Moving on, I found a new adoration for zombies during this. Daniel Waters introduced a very clever way of portraying them in a positive light, which I’ve never seen before.
I was a bit hot and cold with the characters, but towards the end, everything fortunately cleared. They’re your run of the mill, teenage cliché group of students, but with the zombies (which is an insult to them!) mixed, it works.
This book was a lot more than just “forbidden” romance. Phoebe and friends are dealing with the pressures of being ridiculed for their choices of interacting with the dead. The “differently biotic” are dealing with the struggles of trying to find their place in a world that wants them gone. I found the main topic of the book being racism, and Daniel Waters approached it very wonderfully.
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Kiss Of Life, the sequel, yet. I hope Tommy redeems himself, and I hope Dan turns the angst level up a whole lot more. It’s not my favorite book in the world, but it’s a great read, and I definitely recommend it to any YA reader!(less)
Maggie Stiefvater did an amazing job with this story. The plot was simple, but she wrote it so beautifully and attracting. I was hooked, line and sink...moreMaggie Stiefvater did an amazing job with this story. The plot was simple, but she wrote it so beautifully and attracting. I was hooked, line and sinker, just after the first chapter. Though I was excited about this book, I was worried that it might have that Twilight-esque feel to it, but any pre-conceived notion about that was thrown right out the window.
Grace and Sam are portrayed as regular, all-around normal teenagers. There’s no strong personality traits getting in the way of their relationship, and there’s no complicated angst to keep them separated. They work through the story with their hearts in tact, and with no cliché teenage problems, which made me extremely happy.
Another thing I enjoyed were the lack of characters. Most of the time, I find that a flaw in stories, but with a story like this- it’s good to keep things leveled. Maggie introduced just a few key characters, who will more than likely play key roles in the future books of the series. Each character was different, defined and contributed amazingly to the plot.
I laughed (Sam is extremely cute), cried, smiled, yelled, and went through the whole chain of emotions with this one. It’s a love story without all the cheesy fluffing. All in all, this is right up there on my list of favorite books of all time. It’s that good.
So my suggestion, if you haven’t read it yet- drop everything and find a way to get your hands on a copy. Everything about it, right down to the beautiful shiny cover, is incredible!(less)
I absolutely loved this story. These are my favorite kind- where authors create alternate worlds, where anything could happen. It opens so many doors,...moreI absolutely loved this story. These are my favorite kind- where authors create alternate worlds, where anything could happen. It opens so many doors, and this is exactly what The Forest Of Hands and Teeth did.
It’s a zombie story, which is sort of comical because not once is the word zombie actually used. Instead, they’re called the “Unconsecrated”, who were born during the “Return”. Just that little trait alone boosted the story so much higher, because it fit so naturally- like a part of their everyday lives, which it was.
I think every character had a different mission when their town was breached. Mainly, Mary’s focus was the one at bay, which was to find the Ocean that her mother always spoke about. At times, I was slightly annoyed with this. Even Mary’s character knew that she was probably being selfish and putting everyone in danger, but she kept going. And then there were times when Mary’s focus needed to be severely prioritized, in my opinion. Instead of fearing for her life, she lusted after Travis, the boy she loves. In the midst of a zombie attack, I would‘ve been a little more centered on keeping myself alive, rather than wanting to kiss somebody. I think that’s possibly the one and only thing I disliked about the book.
I usually get really angry at books that ended the way that did, but it sort of worked. There are so many questions left unanswered. Where did Jed go? What happens to Harry, Jacob, Cass & Argos? Does Mary stay and live in the newfound town? I know that a sequel/companion to this, titled The Dead-Tossed Waves is coming out soon, so I’m hoping these questions will be answered then.
Overall, I really loved it. Though I had to put it at down several times, for my tears blurred my eyesight and made it impossible for me to read, I really enjoyed it. As rough (rough meaning a lot of sadness/heartbreak!) as it may be to read, I definitely recommend it. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues within arms reach when you get near the end!(less)
I remember standing outside of Borders before the store opened bright and early on May 6th in 2008, waiting to get myself a copy of The Host. I brough...moreI remember standing outside of Borders before the store opened bright and early on May 6th in 2008, waiting to get myself a copy of The Host. I brought it home, locked myself in my room and started reading it right away. I got two chapters in and was highly disappointed when the story didn't interest me, didn't suck me in. And my discouragement and disappointment pushed me to put the book away. But I was fully intent on opening it up at another time.
Four years later.
Those first few chapters are just as lifeless and dull as I remember them to be, but after I got past them ... HOLY MEATBALLS. Even though I'm a very big Twilight fan, it's so obvious that The Host surpasses those books writing/storywise with leaps and bounds. This 600 page monster did some crazy things to my heart and by the time I had finally finished, I was just a sobbing mess of happiness on my bedroom floor. True story.
I really loved how the Melanie/Wanderer situation was handled. I thought I'd eventually get exhausted by the two characters in one body, but that most certainly didn't happen. The two are polar opposites in personalities but I came to love both of them. Even though, at times, I wanted Melanie to just go away. It seemed wrong, but I wanted Wanderer to continue Melanie's life with Jared and Jamie. And then changed my mind about that. And then changed it again. These characters had me completely scrambled and unsure what think/feel and I loved it.
I can't really dissect this book. It was emotional, romantic, action-packed, heartbreaking and so many other things. I wish everybody who harbors an intense hatred of Stephenie Meyer for Twilight would read this book because I really think it would change their minds about her, at least a little bit.
And if you're like me, and you were discouraged by the beginning, please log off on the computer right now and go pick it up again. It gets better. So, so much better. I promise. (less)
I’ve read so many novels about student/teacher relationships, so I was a little skeptical about this one, but I just after the first chapter, I knew i...moreI’ve read so many novels about student/teacher relationships, so I was a little skeptical about this one, but I just after the first chapter, I knew it was going to be different.
The entire story is told through Carolina‘s, or Nine as she’s nicknamed, point of view. She’s probably one of the most unique and different characters I’ve ever read. Her thoughts aren’t ever really focused on one thing. She’s what you call a scatter-brain, but it works very well. Her story is full of completely off-topic ramblings, but it only makes her character much more entertaining to read.
It was one of those stories where I got so wrapped up that I’d actually start to feel. For example, when Mr. Mann, Nine’s dreamy new poetry teacher, breaks up with her out of the blue, my chest literally throbbed for Nine. Another reason Nine was so different to read about- she didn’t sit down and take it. After awhile, Nine’s love and heartbreak for Mr. Mann turned into a full obsession. He hadn’t given her an excuse for breaking her heart, and she won’t stop until she gets one.
This isn’t the story of a student/teacher relationship and how it came to be. This is a story about the aftermath of such. Though I felt some negativity towards both of the main characters, Nine and Mr. Mann, the book left me in a content with them, and their relationship.
It’s not recent, and you’d probably have to do some online shopping or library browsing for it- but I definitely recommend it. I can guarantee you that it’s the most diverse student/teacher story you’ll ever read about, and it’ll probably become your favorite as well! (less)
The story, though very interesting and well written, didn’t really hook me. Everything was paved out, and it was so easy to guess what was going to ha...moreThe story, though very interesting and well written, didn’t really hook me. Everything was paved out, and it was so easy to guess what was going to happen next. At the end of the chapter, I never felt the incredible urge to read the next one, which was disappointing. But in no means is it a bad story.
I can definitely see why it won a National Book Award. Evie, the narrator, was a very easy character to like. Though she’s a lot more old fashioned than teens nowadays, since the story was set back 1940’s, she’s a great depiction of a future-crazed fifteen year old. Her relationship with a much older Peter is something that no matter how wrong it is, you can’t help but root for. This is definitely not a love story; instead, it’s more of a tale of deception. Though I had mistakenly read a big spoiler in another review, the audacity of Bev, Evie’s mother, and Joe’s actions really made me gasp.
I don’t think I would’ve placed this in the young adult genre. I felt as if this was something I would’ve read in high school, but don’t let that stop you from reading! There are no huge surprises, no shockers and huge plot twists- but it’s still a really good story. The writing is simple, which some people like. I’m partial to heavier literacy, but that’s just me. She makes it impossible for you to become confused. It’s an easy read, and to be honest, I even learned a few things about WW II, that I didn’t before- and that’s always a cool bonus!
If you’re only into heavy romance, supernatural creatures and teenage angst- this isn’t the story for you. I think knowing exactly what I was picking up when I did, I probably wouldn’t have gotten it. But I don’t regret it at all- What I Saw And How I Lied kept me entertained, and overall, I liked it more than I thought I would. (less)
It’s safe to say that I am officially a huge fan of the Strange Angels series. At least, I hope it becomes a series.
Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mut...moreIt’s safe to say that I am officially a huge fan of the Strange Angels series. At least, I hope it becomes a series.
Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mutant rats? Completely up my alley, and it definitely did not disappoint. Dru’s a relatively normal girl, who just happens to be in the business of slaying creatures of the night. Lili St. Crow makes it so natural even though it’s not.
What I loved most about it was the action. It’s not huge on romance, which most paranormal YA novels are. Dru’s character kept her focus on what was most important- keeping her and her newly werewolf bitten friend, Graves, alive. Not once in the story did I roll my eyes or scoff in a ridiculous demeanor.
There weren’t too many characters introduced, and I expect that to change in the next book, Betrayals, considering the ending we were left with. Besides the heartbreaking change from human to zombie of Dru’s father, Graves and Dru are pretty much the solid of the story, until Christophe is introduced. Not much is said about him, and he’s only in a few of the last chapters, but I know I’m already a huge Christophe fan. I’m really hoping his character is bigger in the next book.
Overall, I really loved this book. There was no cheesy love scenes (though I’m not saying cheese is bad. I happen to love the mush- when it’s necessary) but it was really entertaining. My only complaint was the total cliffhanger ending Lili St. Crow left us with. How many more days until November 17th?(less)
Following the supernatural-filled pages of Strange Angels, Betrayals was the perfect second addition to the series. It’s witty, action-packed and the...moreFollowing the supernatural-filled pages of Strange Angels, Betrayals was the perfect second addition to the series. It’s witty, action-packed and the plot opens a can of worms that will have you on the edge of your seat.
I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did Strange Angels. For a good chunk of the time I spent reading, it felt more like a filler book- something to add between main conflicts and plot changes. But regardless, it held the same attitude and boldness that the first one had.
Dru complained a lot in this one, but it was justified considering the circumstances. I was heavily bothered by her wishy-washy emotions towards Graves and Christophe though. She’s angry at Graves for not spending time for her and the next minute she‘s over it. She’s gushing about how strange and safe Christophe makes her feel and the next minute she‘s terrified of him. (And even though I’ll probably be skinned alive for this- I’m totally team Christophe. Graves just feels like a best friend to me, since that’s how he’s written.)
I love how it ended. It took you right back to square one, with the exception of a few new, extra characters. Overall, if you were a fan of the first book- Strange Angels- this one will definitely not disappoint you. It’s not as engaging and fast-paced as the first one, but it’ll keep you turning the page.(less)